Monday, March 3, 2014

Week 25 in the Philippines - "happy birthday grandma!"

Happy birthday Grandma!!!! That sounds so fun you all went to eat at a Mexican restaurant and they sang to Grandma in Spanish! I hope you also ate some broccoli with her:) We're so blessed to have such an awesome family.

Well, we had another wonderful baptism this week!!!! Shiela Mae is 14 and her aunt and uncle referred her to us, the Bulahan family. This weekend was so amazing.So Tatay Rex, Shiela Mae's uncle, was LA when we first got here. Since we've been here, he has come back and gradually become more and more active. We're super close to their family. They're the ones I talked about having the FHE with last week. So we asked Tatay Rex if he would like to baptize Shiela Mae and he did! I'm pretty sure it was his first time baptizing and he also confirmed her on Sunday. I attached a picture so you can picture him and his wife is there and their daughter Joy, who is Shiela Mae's cousin. Tatay Rex was so nervous for performing both ordinances, but he did so great and it made me soooo happy to see him exercising his priesthood. It was kind of funny when he was baptizing Shiela Mae. He was so nervous and lowered her into the water so slowly and then barely put her head under. He had to do it again because her elbow was sticking up. The second time, he did the same thing and when they told him she wasn't all the way under, he finally just dunked her:) But after the baptism he came up to us and had tears in his eyes. It was a really beautiful baptism.

I'm also attaching a picture of Sister Arline with her 3 little boys. She hadn't been to church in a really long time when we arrived and we kept visiting her and finally a few weeks ago, Sister Pamela came with us and convinced her to come back to church, so now she's been coming with all of her little boys every week:)

Also, this week some of the YM and SA brothers went to visit some LA youth. The people they visited came to church this week and it was so amazing to see these 17 and 18 year old boys fulfilling their responsibilities as member missionaries. Members make such a huge difference! They made the LA youth feel welcome and like they had friends. It was so great to see. 

Also, another awesome success that happened yesterday is that so many people were crowded around bishop's office paying their tithing after church. It was amazing. We've been emphasizing tithing a lot lately and it's been incredible to see all of these members acting upon their faith and paying their tithing. Miracles are happening and it's so beautiful! God's work truly is moving forward.

We visited the police station this week because we know some members that work there. We ended up teaching this big group of criminology students and then came back with Book of Mormons for all of them. 

Well, I hope you are all staying string and pressing forward! I love you all so much! I love being here doing God's work. It truly is the greatest thing ever. I feel so incredibly blessed. I'm so grateful for all of your support and love and feel so blessed to have such incredible family and friends. I love you tons and tons!

Love, Sister Malyon 

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