On Tuesday we had district meeting, Elder Staples taught us about Christlike Attributes. Then we all went to Mang Inasal for lunch. After lunch we went to work. We went and finished teaching Sister Geraldine the lessons. Because you're suppose to teach all the lessons the recent converts after they are baptized. While we were there, her son Haans (he is 3 years old) was very sick and had a really bad fever so I gave him a blessing. I love giving blessings because you feel the spirit so strongly. Then we went to teach Manuel. He is one of our investigators. Surprisingly, I understood his Tagalog pretty well.We started talking about Priesthood and being baptized by the proper authority. So I was prompted to ask his to be baptized. And almost before I could finish my sentence he said "yes!" for the rest of the lesson he had a huge smile on his face! He is so excited. We set his date as Feb 21. I'm super excited for him. After that lesson we were on our way home and the Zone leaders invited us to a dinner appointment for Elder Kimball's birthday at the Baldons home.It was super good!! Elder Kimball got everyone Krispy Kream! After dinner we ended up staying the night at the zone leaders home.
On Thursday we went to go meet a referral we received his name is Charles. He is super smart and nice! His dad used to be the Mayor of San Miguel but both of his parents died in 2013. He is very well known here is San Miguel. We hope to continue teaching him. Then we went and taught Gilbert. He is so ready to be baptized. He is still on track to be baptized this Saturday! We are super excited for him! Later on that night we went to go teach the Camrel Aragona Family. It was kind of weird. When we walked into there home they were watching the Pope give a speech and pray. When we walked in we could tell the spirit wasn't really there so I ended up just teaching a little message from a verse in the Book of Mormon and then we left. Because the Pope is here in Manila this week it has made our work a little bit difficult. But its okay because the holy ghost is way stronger if we just allow it to be there.
Friday was kind of weird. Haha so at night we went to go teach someone pretty far away in the bukid (jungle/mountains) on our way home it was really dark. As we were walking we saw a guy that was super drunk! He could not walk straight to save his life. I went up and asked him "where are you going" "where did you come from" and he said he was going home. So I offered to help him. He said "no" But we still walked with him till we got to a rice field. His home was in the middle of the field. He said he could get home from there. So I stood there and watched him for a few seconds. In that few seconds he fell into this huge ditch and was just laying there. So I ran over and helped him stand up and get out of the ditch. After that I helped him walk through the rice fields all the way home. I grabbed him by his arm and put my hand on his back to support him and walked side by side with him through the muddy rice fields. As I was doing this I couldn't help but think about Jesus Christ and how when we are in trouble and we fall that he is always there to pick us up and help us get where we need to go.Even when the path is super small and super muddy. He went through the same things we are going through. He walked through that muddy path with us so we could get home. I'm so grateful for everything our savior did for us so that we could return and live with our Father in Heaven again. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to serve that day.
I'm so grateful for the opportunity to serve here in San Miguel. There are so many great people here waiting to hear about the gospel.
Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission