Monday, September 15, 2014

More Pressing Forward in Faith

It was another week of our faith being tested and strengthened. On Thursday we taught our progressing investigator Bro Bryan, the single dad with two adorable little boys and a real desire to quit smoking, who told us that he was unexpectedly called back to his work in Manila and is not sure if he will be able to come back except for the occasional Sunday off. When he told us that, I didn't feel worried, just peace and calm.  While we are not sure how he will be baptized now, Sister Fui and I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for Bro Bryan and will always provide a way for His children who are willing, to keep His commandments.

We also had another golden investigator, Sister Joy, leave to go to Manila as well to take care of a sick husband. She begged us to please keep in touch with her and come back to visit her when she comes home, hopefully in the next few weeks. She has also agreed to be baptized and we are trusting that Heavenly Father will provide a way for her as well :)

We saw amazing evidence of our combined effort in pressing forward with faith during Sister Mau's baptism, performed by her father, on Saturday. We led sister Mau to the font and gave her a big hug. I whispered, "mahal kita, Sister Mau" and they was overwhelmed by the Spirit and moved to tears as we watched recently baptized Bro Rabara exercise the priesthood authority of God and baptize her. The Spirit was so strong and they were both glowing.  I don't know how else to put it- they were glowing with happiness, the Spirit and the pure joy that comes from living a commandment of God. Her baptism was completed yesterday when she was confirmed and received the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Part of the blessing she was given was that someday she will become a powerful full-time missionary, exactly in line with her desire that she's shared with us. :)  She's going to be an amazing member and an amazing missionary some day!

I gave a talk yesterday in church, to a very small congregation. People have a really hard time coming to church here when there are typhoons, but those who can, do. I spoke about keeping the Sabbath day holy and how it is an expression of our love and gratitude for the Savior and His Atonement. I got really emotional as I bore testimony of the Atonement and how Christ died for us.  All He asks in return is one day in 7 to leave our worldly labors and pastimes and go to His church to worship and remember Him. What a blessing it is to have the Sabbath and to be able to feast spiritually for one whole day per week!

 I'm so happy to be here and love the Savior and His work :)
Sister Gustafson

Sorry, no pics this week. next week!! :) 

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