Date

May 1, 2018

Area

Sikatuna, Cebu

Companion

Elder Clegg

Nanay To the Rescue

Guys, I wish I had video-recorded this. I will try to describe this to the best of my ability, but just know: it was more glorious in person.
Elder Clegg and I were walking down the street yesterday, when we saw this cute little kitten in the middle of the street. A motorcycle was coming down the street, and heading straight for this thing. Behind it is the woman, maybe 60+ years old, who shuffles right behind it. We both assume that she's going to pick it up and gingerly set it on the sidewalk, because it's a baby animal, right? Nope. She doesn't even bend down, but kicks it to the other side of the street. We were shocked, because as it tumbles over, she kicks it again, making sure its on the sidewalk now. It had rolled on its back and had its little legs kicking and waving everywhere. It was priceless. I know God will bless this Nanay for her good works.
Hi everyone, it's been another hot week in the Philippines, but one full of miracles. We were able to go to the temple earlier today. Wonderful. Cannot describe how absolutely amazing the temple is. Please go if you can.
Andrey is going to be baptized next Saturday! If I haven't already shared with you all, he is the sassiest kid I've ever met. During sacrament meeting, I was asked if I could speak, to which I assented. While up at the stand, delivering my talk, there he is in the pews, making faces at me. I must have looked pretty awkward up there, staring at only one half of the congregation for the next five minutes.
We also found a new investigator, who is from a part-member family. Her name is Marcel, and her husband is a member. They have two kids, but she hasn't had any real contact with the Church, as her husband is less-active. During one of our lessons, she shared with us her desire to help her and her kids go to church, so they can learn about God and Jesus, but she's afraid because her husband and her don't see eye to eye about this: His parents separated when he was a kid, though they had been married in the temple. He is still a little bitter about that, and has some resentment towards the Church. She's read some of the Book of Mormon, but it got burned in a freak fire that almost destroyed their house and tindahan (store). As we were talking about this, I felt inspired to promise her that if she began to read the Book of Mormon, she would find solutions to her answers, and that they would be solved. It was quite a spiritual moment, and I'm glad we were able to hand her a Book of Mormon with our testimonies written in it. I'm excited to see if she's read. Fingers crossed!
This week I've been focusing on the peace from Christ. I've been reading a lot of Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage; I absolutely love this book, and how Elder Talmage describes the reactions of the Jews to Jesus's preaching- they totally freak out. It's kind of funny, how I picture it in my mind: these grown, middle-aged men totally throwing a temper tantrum because Christ is teaching His gospel. As comical and pathetic as that sounds, how often do we do that in our own lives when we don't understand the Plan of Salvation, or we are required to do something, in which we don't really understand why? Though these Jews were smart men, because they had no understanding, they truly couldn't learn the better way, the higher law of Christ. Without understanding, we cannot truly learn, nor gain wisdom. We cannot truly love. Understanding is key. Of course, understanding doesn't mean having all the answers, but it means acquiring the view of Heavenly Father and His Son, and their perspective, realizing that it's okay if we don't have all the answers. Understanding is gaining Christ's perspective.
For this week's challenge, I challenge us all to get understanding: through prayer, through scripture study, through temple attendance, through fasting, through talking! There are so many ways to gain understanding of our Lord and Savior, as well as His children, our brothers and sisters.
Lots of love, and hope you're all doing well. Don't forget to hold to the iron rod!
-Elder Maltby
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHOUT🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈😎🤗🎈🤗🤗😎🤗🤗😆🎵😆🎵🎵😆😆😆😆 OUT TO THE BEST! Lots of love! :P

The kid is Andrey, who is going to be baptized next week, and the sassiest kid on the planet. The girl is Marphine his cousin. We're doing weird little finger hearts (it's a Korean thing). Kana lang!




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