Sister Balajaida has been emergency transferred to my first area, Bauang. Our experience together was really interesting in that when we first became companions it was honestly difficult for both of us. We are both passionate about the work and the people but we express that passion differently. Then as we learned to love and serve one another and make adjustments for each other we became so close. I consider her now to be one of my best friends in the mission.
My new companion is Sister Manu. She is my first Polynesian companion in the field! She is so sweet and I am so excited for the memories we are gonna make together!
We had the best lesson with Sister Ting on Saturday. We were accompanied by Sister Seymour, something she used to do with me in Lingsat. She always brings such a special spirit into the lessons. At first we opened with reading a few verses from Romans 8 about how nothing can separate us from the love of God. Sister Ting then asked the question "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Sister Seymour had all the answers. She testified of our refining through trials, of good things coming out of hard things, of our learning and even of others learning because our hardship. The Spirit was very strong. After the lesson they discussed baking and Sister Ting showed Sister Seymour around her kitchen. It was so sweet:)
Almost everything is set for Brother Edsel and Sister Nene to get married on November 8. They also had hoped to get baptized on that day as well. But because Nene just recently quit drinking coffee we told them the baptism will have to be delayed another week. I was afraid they would be sad or disappointed and they were at first. Then later that night when we saw them again Brother Edsel testified of how great it is that God sees it important that we are spiritually prepared before entering the waters of baptism. Brother Edsel exemplifies the phrase "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." On another occasion, we taught the Plan of Salvation and he had a hard time grasping the concept of the spirit world, judgment and life after death. He was clearly frustrated but stated amidst his frustration, "if what you are saying comes from the Book of Mormon, there's no question." We gave him Alma 40-41 to read and by the next lesson his concerns had been resolved. Because of the testimony he has built in the Book of Mormon, nothing can shake his faith.