August 4- Today we went to go teach the Nietes Family. When we got there we were super surprised to see his wife. Up until then every time we went there she hasn't been there. Also when we got there Tatay Nietes was having an asthma attack. He was struggling so much to breath. So Elder Francisco and I gave him a blessing. With in 5 minutes he was breathing just fine. His wife wasn't to interested in our message. But when she saw the blessing and what it did, it definitely spiked her interest. Our Heavenly Father works in ways that you and I may not understand at the time but when something happens you can bet that there is a reason for it.
After we taught them Romeo and Kin Kin came and worked with us again. We went to the beach to go contact a referral from Nanay Heda. The Ta-aca family. The Sister is what we call a Golden investigator. She asked like all the perfect questions and had an amazing lesson with her about Eternal Families. The spirit was super strong.
August 5- Today we got up early to go play some basketball with a couple members at the plaza. The court was kind of slippery from the rain the night before. I went to go save the ball from going out and I slipped and fell pretty hard on my hip and elbow...and I didn't end up making the save :/ After basketball Nanay Heda told us to come over and have lunch so of course we did. :) Grabi sarap gid sya! Then Nanay Sally called us and told us to come over for lunch and of course we can't turn it down so we went over there and had pork chops. Then we read the Book of Mormon with her and talked about the 3 Nephites. Then when we were about to leave she made us FRENCH TOAST with lemon and powdered sugar! Just like ole south pancake house :) So yeah we ate a ton today!
August 6- Today we visited Tatay Mercello. We has a super strong desire to be baptized. His only problem is he has trouble understanding and remembering things. He will figure it out though :) Then we went to Mary Jane and taught her the Plan of Salvation. She didn't understand the whole "no hell" thing at first. After we explained it she was super happy and open to the whole thing. Then we went and taught Jousha the Word of Wisdom. She is super close to baptism now. I just hope her grandparents will let her be baptized.
August 7- Today we decided to switch things up a bit and go on splits. So I went with Elder Bontoyan and worked in my area. I learned a lot from him. The way he teaches is super personal and makes the investigators feel more comfortable. And he also teaches very simply and to the point. I was super impressed. All of the lessons we taught today were all really powerful. So I am trying to use what I have learned from him and apply it to my own teaching.
August 8- So today was kind of lame. We had a plan to work super hard and teach a ton of lessons. It rained all night like crazy and it continued all day.Because of the typhoon Hanna. We still went out and taught the Nietes family. Romeo and Kin Kin weren't there though.We were planing on inviting them to institute today. So we left and had lunch at Minute Burger and met up with Nanay Heda. Then we went to institute. About half way through Romeo, Kin kin, and their friend showed up. It made my day. Elder Francisco and I have started going to institute every Saturday to motivate the youth and help Nanay Heda.
August 9- We decided to start off our Sunday with a testimony meeting with the four of us elders in the apartment. Then we went to church. Jousha and Tatay Mercello didn't come. This was the last time they had to come before they can be baptized.on the 15th. So we will have to move their Baptism date back to the 22nd. Romeo and Kin Kin both came to church again! This was their 2nd time so they need to come two more times and they can be baptized. :) Then Sunday evening we went to the Flores home. Nanay Flores made me homemade pizza for my birthday! It was super good! Then we finished out the week with a Family Home Evening!
It was all in all a great week. Hope yall's week was great as well. Love and miss you all!
Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission