Monday, July 17, 2017

'Til We Meet Again

Magandang Hapon family!

Well I don't want to sit here crying about how this is my last email home so I'll just get straight to the miracles that happened this week!

Jesse and Kenneth were baptized! We had such an amazing turn out from the ward, we are so grateful for the support! They are both miracles, Heavenly Father truly prepares people for the gospel and I am grateful to have been a part of these people's lives! Kenneth and Jesie were both completed families, meaning that they are the last member of their family to be baptized. It was amazing to see the support of their families, all there to see their loved ones enter the waters of baptism. The miracle is that not only have they accepted the gospel into their lives, but the goal of entering the temple and being sealed as a family is in the picture as well! I have really learned that this gospel is what really brings families together, and I am so grateful for the priesthood and for the temples that we have on the earth so we can be together forever! I hope someday to see that these families are entering the temple to be sealed for time and eternity. :)

I had a wonderful exchange this week with sister Sarto in Morong. She is an amazing sister and has inspired me to always treasure every moment as a missionary, especially as this is my last week to be able to say the words "I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints". Haha the funny thing about Morong is that it's out in the province, and there are not as many people out there are as there are here in the city! So I learned the importance of opening our mouths about the Gospel to everyone we can haha!  I learned soo much from her during our 24 hours together and I am so grateful I got to exchange with her :)

I just want to write how grateful I am for my mission experience. My 18 months as a full time missionary has been just too fast. I have developed such a great love the Filipino people and I am sad to be going home. I know that this Gospel is true, that it really has been restored on the earth by a prophet in these latter-days. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way that our families can find eternal happiness. My understanding of the plan of salvation has grown so so much during my time here, and my perspective on life has become much more eternal :) I am grateful for the examples of the faithful members here in the Philippines, especially those I have been able to teach, and to see take that huge leap of faith in accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father truly loves all His children, in every corner of the world and I am grateful to be an instrument in bringing some of them to the Gospel. I don't want this to end! But it will..:( and I only pray I can give it my all this last week that I have. I love you all so much and I am grateful for your support as I have been here. :) 

Mahal ko kayo! Ingat kayo! see you soon :)

-Sister Behunin 

Exchanges in Morong! :)

Sweet is the Work

Magandang Umaga family!

Well things this week have been...I guess the best word to describe it is Celestial. :) There is really no better work to be a part of than full-time service to the Lord. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is becoming to me more than just principles learned in Sunday school, it's really something that changes lives and helps us to find true, eternal happiness :)

Our part-member investigator, Kenneth, as progressed more than ever now that we have full support from the young men's presidency, they have been getting him to youth activities and he is really getting the fellowshipping that he needs. The first time he came to church he said he felt pretty shy and then he missed a week. Now that he has friends, he hasn't missed a week and he is so excited to be baptized this upcoming Saturday :) He is really a miracle in our area!

We had another miracle with Jesse, another one of our investigators. Long story short, Jesse has been waiting a long long time to be baptized, and President Koster was finally able to interview him yesterday before church, and President said he is ready! Jesse is going to be baptized along with Kenneth this upcoming Saturday! He had a big smile on his face the rest of church, it has been such a joy to be able to see this change in him, I have really grown along with him! Although I can't really explain too much about Jesse, I can really testify that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be made clean, and our burdens can be made light. We can truly change through repentance! 

Zone conference was amazing, I had to give my Pauwi (going home) testimony. It's hard to believe I'm at this point in my mission, I know I'm going to be home soon but I'm trying to focus on just giving it my all and "sprinting to the end" as they say haha :) 

Exchanges with Sister Quebec was great! I am inspired by her dedication and her love for the work. I have been living in the same apartment with her since I've been here in Antipolo, and I have really grown to love her! 

MLC was also great as usual, we are going to blow all false limitations out this month of July! I love being a part of the best mission in the world :) 

We had another small miracle with our investigator Genevine. We recently taught her about the Word of Wisdom, and committed her to stop drinking coffee and tea ( it's hard to believe but actually hot coffee is pretty popular in this tropical country haha). She has really gained a testimony of the Restoration so she committed to live the word of wisdom. Then the last time we went to visit her, her husband was just going out and asked Genevine if she wanted him to get her some coffee, she just smiled at us and said "just get me milo" (milo is a kind of hot chocolate). To top it off she even told her husband that he should stop drinking coffee as well haha. (he hasn't entirely accepted our message yet but his time will come!) It's such a blessing to see our investigators really accept and live the principles we teach them. She is amazing! 

Like I said, this work is amazing and sometimes I wish I could be a part of it forever. The statement "come as you are, but don't plan to stay as you are" has rung true to me as I have grown so much throughout my experiences here.

I love you! More miracles to come :) mahal kita
-Sister Beh