With Sister Fui
"Press forward with faith." I don't know how many times Sister Fui and I looked at each other and said that this week. When allll our plans fell through and we didn't have any members to come and fellowship with us on Friday, we prayed and left the apartment. We were on exchanges and I was in another area working with Sister Molina. All I could do was pray for them and they pressed forward with faith. When they got to their area, they found that Sister Donna had come back early from her trip and was able to go with them. Miracles from a prayer of faith and pressing forward :)
It happened again on Sunday night when all our plans fell through. We looked at each other and said, "press forward with faith" and were led to Brother Sonny, who came with us to his brother's house and introduced us. We were able to teach Brother Rusty and really felt the Spirit as Bro Sonny testified to his brother of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. :)
We also told Sister Lydia and Bro Rodolpho to press forward with faith last night as we sat cross-legged on their bamboo floor and taught them by candlelight. We told them that even though they can't see how they will be able to save enough to get their marriage papers in order, God will provide a way for them as they continue to press forward with faith. Sister Lydia is almost done with Ang Aklat ni Mormon and asked what else we could give her to read. She is amazing and we know Heavenly Father is blessing them by providing work for Brother Rudy this month :)
We also pressed forward with faith this week with Sister Mau and extended another baptismal date to her and this time she accepted! She will be baptized by her dad (a newly ordained priest!) on Saturday :) When we asked her how she was feeling about her baptism, she said she is so excited "Dahil alam ko na ito ang unang hakbang para sa akin na bumalik sa aking Ama sa Langit." Because she knows that this is the first step for her to return to her Heavenly Father. The light of Christ just radiates from her eyes and we couldn't be more happy for her :)
I'd like to leave you with my favorite scripture from 2 Nephi 31:20. Look it up :)
I love you all and this work,
Sister Gustafson :)
Our service project earlier this morning- cleaning out the storage area for all the extra mission furniture. Let's just say we found lizards, snakes and spiders galore!
Sister Fui and I gave a short workshop earlier about how to
make our prayers more meaningful.
My birthday surprise at 6:30...ignore the hair and glasses! Haha! Sister Fui and the other sisters here in Villasis woke up at 6am to surprise me with ice cream and a card that the whole zone and some ward members had signed :) we sat down right away and finished off an entire container (1.5L) of filipino ice cream in about 10 minutes flat. It was heaven :) (let me just explain that Filipino ice cream's first ingredient is water, so it's not too rich, but it's still delicious :)) I love being a missionary and the best gift I received was to serve Him the whole day long :)
Birthday package from home!