SISTER NORMA BAUTISTA

QUEZON CITY NORTH MISSION
8/13 TO 3/15

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dear Lovely Family and Friends,

Pasencya po sobrang matagal hindi na magupdate kayo po. So much has happened since I last updated you all. Sorry It has taken me so long...I usually hand-write my stories to my family..it's a lot easier that way. However, I do remember telling you all that I would take you along on my adventure dito sa Philippines. I am sorry I have not gone through with what I had said. I guess it's still not to late, diba? I will update you all on what has happened this week. It was very amazing actually. We have District meeting every Tuesday. District meeting is where we have a workshop from our District Leader...The workshop is supposed to help us learn how or what we can do to be better missionaries. It is also a time to share what has happened during the week. It's where we have the chance to seek advice from other missionaries and also learn from one another. There is this one Elder I really like to point out. He has come up with a genius idea. He has tried it out for a week and finally shared it with us last week. It works wonders! Instead of knocking on doors or O.Y.Ming our district has decided to use His idea. He has made up this survey of questions. Instead of just randomly walking up to someone and sharing what we know to be true we have this new approach now. People seem to respond well to it. We now walk up to people and ask them if they will be willing to help us out by answering a few questions...we tell them it will take no more than 3 minutes. They seem to be excited...Sadly, I didn't bring it with me this morning, but I will tell you what the question are along with one of the many experience we had with the survey or questionere. I will share that with you next week s stay tuned! (: Anyway, My new companion and I have been doing a lot to build up our ward. We are seeing such great changes and we are working with the leaders and members and wow! Missionary work is amazing! It's amazing what love and desire does to the hearts of people! Thisngs start changing for the better. our ward is picking up and people are returing and I love watching this ward grow!  I told my Family about these 3 little children we are teaching! They are so ready to be baptized and start on the road to eternal life. It's so great to see how much they have grown . They are not the same little kids I knew  a month ago. I wish I can tell you everything, but I am running out! Just know that soon they will be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints. I love these three so much they are so special to me along with many others! Pero anyway, I have realized that one of the biggest reasons people leave the church for a time or become less active is because they get offended. You know that being offended is a choice. let us not get to this point. Before we decided we wont go back to church because of something someone said or did to offend us...let us rethink...think twice before finalizing your decision. Lets think of our future, our purpose dito sa mundo, the reason why we attend church. Are you going to let something someone said  or did stop you from progresssing to eternal life? Are you going to let them dictate your life? Or are you going to keep pressing forward? May we use our agency wisely.

Sister Bautista

March 10th

Dear Magandang Pamilya at mga Kaibigan,

Saya ang week namin as in, sad, talaga. I am out of Deet, the ones my parents sent me seguro mga 3 months ago...and the one day I didn't wear it I got 3 bites on my left leg, 2 on my right foot right on the arch, and 5 on my right arm...Then we had a CSP this last Saturday and I pulled something in my back by trying to attempt to pull out a papaya stem/trunk thing...lol same thing right? That's what I get for trying to go above an beyond haha I should of stuck to pulling out weeds. But that's not the sad part. The sad part was that othe daughter of the 2nd counselor passed away from lung cancer. She was in so much pain. And so we had a funeral service that Saturday. Plus, my Less Actives son, whom I adore so much! fell out of a really high mango tree....he was super smart and amazing. He was so fun to be around and one of the most behaved boys I have met. He is 13 and seriously so polite and just amazing....I was in tears when I heard what happened. He is out of the hospital now they did a CT and it doesn't look so good. I was crying so hard  along with his mom...which prob didn't help but he is now home and can not speak and only moves his eyes and its so hard. Please keep him in your prayers. I know I am supposed to tell you all the positive things and I am a positive person but I told you all I would take you along the ride. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pray for him! I love these people whom I get to serve. I wish I could tell you about every little moment I've had dito sa field, but all I can say is that for me, these are moments that can never be forgotten. These are moments to be treasured...They're captured by "snapshots taken with the heart, are never lost...they become an album of beautiful moments that live forever."  

It's crazy how every misyonero dito sa field has a unique story to what got them here...some have it a lot harder than others "pero" we all have one purpose. That being to build up the kingdom of God. I want to continue to accomplish everything that I have been sent here to do and learn. And Like Sister Sperry-mission president wife-said, "I want to remember what I've learned and how I have felt. Mostly, I want to remember the faces and names of the great young people we've come to know and to love...I just want to sprint to the finish line having given my very best efforts to the Lord..."

Oh! Before I forget...i have to tell you about the survey questionnaire thing. Plus I have to tell you about Mondays (last Mon) FHE.  So I will tell you about our Kapit bahay experience dahil their outcome was amazing. So These Sister (my last companions before when we were a 3some) these Sisters, they knocked on this door ...called tracting..and they asked these people if they had a few minutes to take a survey. The people were a little hesitant but then gave in. One of the Sisters began by asking the first Question  : "is a close strong family important to you?" an they said yes and the sister wrote down the answer and 2nd "Should churches provide better programs for families and youth" they said sure 3rd "Do you have a belief in God" and they said "uhm sure" and 4th "Do you believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God" and they said "yes?" 5: "Have you ever asked yourself questions like 'Where did I come from?' Do you think that there are answers to these questions? " and the one lady started crying and asked the sisters if there is a plan? and if so how do they know ....so the sisters proceeded right to the last question 10 "Would you like to be happier than you are now?" and they said "yes with tears in there eyes" and The missionaries asked "what would make you happier" and they said "idk you tell  me" and the missionaries said WE would like to tell you how...do you have a few minutes for us to tell you a little bit about *they pull out the restoration pamphlet *about how we can be with our families together forever. (these are question 6:Do you believe the bible to be the word of God or just a history book? If knew there was another book of scripture written by prophets that testifies of Christ, would you read it? 7"Do you pray" 8"If so, do you feel that God hears and answers prayers" 9"How do you cope with crisis in your life) And the Family allowed them to share a quick message for a couple minutes. Anyway, the family they surveyed that day is now their former investigators. They are doing so well!!!! I love missionary work. our district is trying the survey out and it's super effective. Filipinos love taking part in surveys (: so  that's fun. I am out of time to tell you about the FHE last Monday bbut know that I think this is his time. This brother never wanted to take part in anything you couln'd force him, but he was so willing to last Monday! I love it that My companion  and I get to be part of something so great! Btw remember the # kids I told you about last email AJ, BELLY,and JB will soon be members of the church! I love them so much! Anyway Have a great week i have to go! Love you all!

Love,
Sister Bautista

Quote of the Day: "Satan's goal?role in Gods eternal plan creates 'opposition in all things' (2Nephi 2:11)and test our agency-whether we choose obedience or disobedience to the commandments of God is actually a choice between "liberty & eternal life" and "captivity and death"