(Sorry the letter was a little longer, but some of it was just for Mom : ) so I didn't share it. I asked if they were soggy there, because Typhoon Mawar hit the Philippines.)
We haven't had any sort of monsoon/baggio type weather here. Its been nice and flippin hot this past week.
(I asked what Fast Sunday was like there.)
Fast Sunday in the Philippines- it’s pretty much the same. Now that I understand Tagalog for the most part, it’s just normal. Of course people use a ton of other dialects, but that’s just normal too. I’m gunna go crazy when I go home and all people speak is English. It’s so boring now. Though I’m kinda bored with Tagalog as well. That’s why I’m starting in on Ilocano now. But back to sacrament. I actually went to 2 in Angadanan this past Sunday. One was normal. The other we didn't have testimonies. It had about 15-20 people, most of which were investigators. I ended up giving a talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and our fellowshipper that came with us gave a talk on how to bear a testimony. It was held in a member's home there, and they don't have a branch pres. they only have a group leader. We talked on a kind of broken karaoke machine. It was interesting....
Nasaan ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos dito sa mundo? Alam ko at ibabahagi ko sa yo. Noon, tinawag ng Diyos ang mga propeta dito sa mundo katulad nina Adan, Noe, Moises, Abraham, etc... Magbabago ba ang Diyos? Hindi po. Sinasabi ng mga Banal na Kasulatan, hindi magbabago po siya. Parehas po siya "noon, ngayon, at magpakailanman." Noon, ibinigay ng Diyos and kapangyarihan niya sa mga propeta na makapagturo at makapagbinyag sa tao. Kung totoo ang sinasabi doon sa Biblia, ibninibigay niya and kapangyarihan sa mga propeta ngayon. Ang mensahe ko ngayon so inyong lahat ay meron tayong isang buhay na propeta, tinawag ng Diyos dito sa mundo ngayon. Ibinibigay ng Diyos ang kapangyarihan niya sa kanya. Ginagabayan niya ang mga propeta sa pamamagitan ng paghahayag o revelation. Alam ko totoo po ito. Ang totoong simbahan ng Diyos meron tatlong haligi. Yon tatlong haligi ay Buhay ng propeta at mga apostol, meron silang kapangyarihan ibinigay ng Diyos, at tinatanggap nila paghahayag mula sa Diyos para sa buong mundo. Ang Simbahan ni Jesucristo ng mga Banal sa mga Huling Araw meron yon tatlong haligi. Ito po ang aking patotoo and alam ko totoo po ito. Iwanan ko ito sa pangalan ni Jesucristo, ang ating Tagapagligtas at Manunubos, amen.
Translation of Message:
Where is the authority of God on the earth? I know and I am going to share it with you. God called prophets here on earth in the past, like Adam, Noah, Moses and Abraham. Does God change? No. The scriptures say He does not change. He is the same "yesterday, today, and forever." God gave his authority to the prophets to teach and baptize people. If what the Bible says is true, He still gives his authority to prophets today. My message now to you all is that we have a living prophet, called of God, here on earth today. God has given his authority to him. He guides the prophet through revelation. I know this is true. The true church of God has 3 parts to its foundation. The 3 parts are: a living prophet and apostles, they have authority given to them of God, and they receive revelation from God for the whole world. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has this foundation. This is my testimony and I know it is true. I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, amen.
My mother also shared a quote with me that I feel I should include here.
“Faith can move mountains, but don't be surprised if God hands you a shovel. ~Author Unknown”
I love you! :* I hope you have a good week! :)