Thursday, September 26, 2013

An Instrument Of Patience

During orientation for the new missionaries I had them read Alma 17:11. I know that the true text of this scripture contains the word "Lamanites", but to apply it to our missionaries serving in Cavite, I changed it to "Filipinos'." It reads:
"And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Filipinos', thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls."
Our missionaries may not be asked to suffer the same afflictions that Ammon or the sons of Mosiah did, but they will have days of discouragement, despair, and days of affliction. In this scripture, the Lord promises them that if they are patient, He will make an instrument of them in His hands unto the salvation of many souls. I took out my Thesaurus and looked at all the words that are synonyms for the word Patience. Just a few are: 
Fortitude, Grit, Composure, Perseverance, Poise, Restraint, Backbone,
and in the footnotes to this scripture it gives us Forbearance.
Satan would rather us give up, get angry, or be filled with fear.
I love how the Lord asks Ammon and his brethren to be good examples while suffering affliction. Last month during Missionary Leadership Council, two of our Zone Leaders stood and talked about the discouragement they faced while trying to be an example to the rest of their Zone and yet not getting any new investigators themselves. Their grief and despair was compounded every day as each appointment would be cancelled or no one would be home. Yet they were patient and prayed with all their might. In tears, one of these elders bore witness of how the Lord blessed them, and perhaps had been testing their patience to see how strong they were. At the end of yet another discouraging day they decided to stop at the home of a past investigator. This family was in their area book, a family that had been contacted by other missionaries but there had been no success. The Zone Leaders decided to stop by and visit - it was a "why not?" visit. This time the family was ready and that visit changed their lives. The Zone Leaders now call this family 'Golden' and by telling others of their experience, they have become better Examples of faith, perseverance, and patience.
In Alma 26:27 it says, "Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, . . . and bear with patience thine afflictions and I will give unto you success."
I know that we can find peace in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my scriptures and I know that I can open them and find help and guidance to any problem or trial within its pages. I know that the Lord watches over and blesses His missionaries in all that they do. This truly is a marvelous work and a wonder and I am so blessed to be a part of it. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


WELCOME to our newest missionaries!
So . . . at this point President and I are functioning on 2 hours of sleep. Five of the 18 missionaries have a picture with the mission mom's eyes closed. Sorry about that! 

 Wow! Isn't this a mighty army of missionaries? A marvelous work is about to go forth among the people of the Cavite Mission! 
Heading out from the Mission Office.


Another six weeks has passed and we are all excited to welcome our newest missionaries.
This will be a LONG post! I take a lot of pictures, but most do not make it to the blog because YOU would have to be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the computer as you sat all day looking at them. (and it would take me 3-4 days just to download them.) I try to find the best and post them. I would rather collage them, or group them together to take up less space, but I know there are mothers who cut and paste their missionary - a collage would make that impossible.
So . . . here we go . . . a post of our wonderful incoming missionaries. Enjoy!
 The above pictures were taken at the Manila airport as we were greeting the incoming Provo sisters and elders. It was 11:30pm and we loaded all luggage into a van then drove the missionaries to their hotel for the night. President and I had the two sisters in our car and as President was backing out of our parking spot, he hit another car. Quite embarrassing for President Tye! We sat in the parking lot for a good hour and a half as the police came and took pictures, and the owner of the car wanted payment for the damage right on the spot. We finally got everyone fed and in their hotel rooms by 1:00a.m.
The next morning at 5:00a.m., we headed to Manila to pick up the next group of sisters and elders from the MTC there. 
This elder has no family support whatsoever. He is being supported by his ward. The courage and dedication of these missionaries who ALL have personal challenges and stories is inspiring.
We gathered all 19 of our new missionaries together and had muffins and juice, orientation, lunch, and their first chance to meet their trainer and companion for the next 12 weeks.
 President asked all of them to stand and introduce themselves.
Our lunch today was delicious! My favorite was the Mango Leche Flan and the fish in black bean sauce. Yummy!
The trainers and senior couples are invited to the lunch. At this point, the new missionaries do not know who their new companions will be.
Meeting and hugging new companions.