Hello and good morning, Family.
It’s another great week in the Philippines and a great day to be a missionary! :) It’s a great week for new starts and Sister Pilkington and I are trying to eat a little healthier so we will have more energy to work and give our best! Oh and working out a little bit in the mornings has helped. We need all the energy we can get if were gunna knock out all of Mandama before August :)
|Preach my gospel two by two!|
We had a meeting at the mission home and we got to meet the new President! ( for those who don’t know, Pres and Sis, Querido went home last Sunday night when the Dahle’s came to take their shoes). It was so great meeting President and Sister Dahle this last Friday. They are from Lehi, Utah and they love the outdoors. I love their fresh look and attitude on missionary work, they are so excited to share the great gospel and they are on fire! What I got most out of the meeting was on the law of consecration and the power of the spirit. After the meeting we went to eat PIZZA in the mission home (probably the 2nd time I have had American-ish pizza on my mission) Needless to say, it was so good! After we ate, I felt real sick and ended up sleeping at upstairs in the mission home for 3 hours, by the time I woke up and was feeling up for an hour drive back to our area, it was late and President and sister Dahle had to take us home. But I really appreciated it and especially enjoyed spending a little extra time getting to know them! They are amazing and I feel very blessed to have two of the most spiritual and inspiring people as my mission president and his wife. As we were driving home, we stopped at a toll booth and as President was paying, the girl in the booth, handed him his receipt and said, “Thank you sir, your receipt ”. And he responds right back and says, “And for you” as he handed her a pass along card and then we drove off down the expressway. In that moment, even though it was such a simple act of handing out a pass along card, it made me realize how simple missionary work can be. You don’t even have to speak the same language to be able to share the gospel. I know that all our leaders are called of God, and man am I grateful for that!
One thing that I learned this week is about the importance of the spirit in our day to day lives and the law of consecration. I have been focusing on these two aspects in our work these last couple days and we have seen big changes in our work and the way sister Pilkington and I go about teaching lessons. I know that the spirit is the most important element in this work and it indeed would be foolish to try and work without it. That is something that I have been focusing on in the last 6 months of my mission. I want to be able master to have and recognize the spirit in everything I do. I know that if we gain this knowledge now and strive to stay worthy of this gift, it will help us heaps in our lives.
|Nancy and Joanne at church|
|Trying to be like Brigham (doggie kisses!)|
Our area here in Mandama is still doing well, we have 5 possible baptisms this month and sister Pilkington and I are doing everything in our power to help those 5 souls to receive the gospel in their lives. I love the people here in my area and, I love Sister Pilkington. I have no doubt that she was meant to be my companion for the last 12 weeks of my mission. She has helped me through so much and I have learned heaps from her! We love you, have a great week.
Our Llego’s are still going strong. They had us over to eat last night and watch the Restoration. Our ‘ulam’ was “stuffed bangus” and rice of course! Let’s just say, Brother Fritz Llego sure knows how to fry up some good fish!
|Dinner at the Llegos!|
|just our stinkin cute Llegos!!|
Sister Nancy Sanchez is more dedicated than ever to live this gospel and was able to attend church yesterday.We have seen miracles happen here in the small area of Mandama. I feel so blessed to be apart of the work here in the Lord's vineyard here in the Philippines. And we will continue to do our best to bless the lives of the wonderful people here!
You are all amazing, I love you and hope you have a great week!
Love, Sister Rossberg
|it's rainy (or flood) season|