SISTER NORMA BAUTISTA

QUEZON CITY NORTH MISSION
8/13 TO 3/15

Sunday, March 9, 2014

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"



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