Posted by: Susan Johnson | June 9, 2009

Two More Souls Enter the Waters of Baptism!

Family Family Family and friends one and all!….haha ok — that was just a little too cheesy! Thank you for your e-mails! I haven’t read them yet because I don’t have time but I will print them and read as I cruise the streets of San Carlos. So updates. Transfers are this week. We find out tomorrow if any of us gets transferred and if so then it is off to Bacolod on Friday. My head tells me I am staying with Sister Cudac for at least another transfer but my gut tells me I will be transferred. I kinda want to stay because there are some up and coming baptisms that I really want to be there to see. They are people that I have been teaching since I first got here and the reason it has taken so long is they need to get married. Speaking of baptisms — this last Saturday we had two more blessed souls enter the waters of baptism. Edlyn and Jerome Gerangaya. Edlyn is 14 and Jerome is 19. I think I wrote about them last week but they are so awesome! I was planning on sending pics but you will have to wait till next week — today has been a crazy day. The baptism went great though and the following Sunday they were confirmed. Also sister Berang Berang was able to come and she was confirmed too. It was sweet. I feel so happy to see them be baptized. It is awesome.
I’m excited to read about Brady! He is a stud. I skimmed the e-mail and it was saying something about swine flu! What?? Haha I guess I will have to read it more carefully. Today was awesome! We had a zone activity at this place called Lalomar. It’s a beach resort place. It was so nice and we had a huge lunch (which I am still trying to recover from) we played along the beach (not swimming of course) and played Frisbee and built rock castles — you know what any 19/20 year old missionary would do on a p-day. It was so beautiful there. Aahhhh just another day in paradise. For real that is where I am right now. I have some sweet pics I want to send to you all. The work is going great.
We have some more people lined up for baptism for the month of June. I just hope and pray they all go through. I have still been having a rough time with the language and getting frustrated with myself. I just need to relax. It’s hard because I am trying to deal with my own perfectionism. If that makes sense. I want to be the best missionary I can and work as hard as I can and just be a maniac missionary but I fall short time and time again and I have this guilt that I feel and I don’t feel very effective and then at the same time I don’t want to lower my standards…ah caramba what am I to do!! Pasentia. I’m still working on how to get out of this rut. I know I will – I just need to build up the faith. I do know this that if I let myself get frustrated it takes a long time to recover from it so I just need to avoid the whole frustration thing. Sorry this is probably not making any sense so I will go now but I want to leave you with my testimony that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is tinuod gayud. It just is. It just makes so much sense. I know that we have a buhi nga propeta karon si Thomas S Monson who leads and guides us. I know that this is the church of the Lord and that he leads it. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He suffered for us and did everything that His father sent him to do. He was perfect and loves each one of us perfectly. I pray I can more fully understand this love and make it a part of who I am and share it with all I come in contact with. I love you all!
Sister J

Family Family Family and friends one and all!….haha ok — that was just a little too cheesy! Thank you for your e-mails! I haven’t read them yet because I don’t have time but I will print them and read as I cruise the streets of San Carlos. So updates. Transfers are this week. We find out tomorrow if any of us gets transferred and if so then it is off to Bacolod on Friday. My head tells me I am staying with Sister Cudac for at least another transfer but my gut tells me I will be transferred. I kinda want to stay because there are some up and coming baptisms that I really want to be there to see. They are people that I have been teaching since I first got here and the reason it has taken so long is they need to get married. Speaking of baptisms — this last Saturday we had two more blessed souls enter the waters of baptism. Edlyn and Jerome Gerangaya. Edlyn is 14 and Jerome is 19. I think I wrote about them last week but they are so awesome! I was planning on sending pics but you will have to wait till next week — today has been a crazy day. The baptism went great though and the following Sunday they were confirmed. Also sister Berang Berang was able to come and she was confirmed too. It was sweet. I feel so happy to see them be baptized. It is awesome.

I’m excited to read about Brady! He is a stud. I skimmed the e-mail and it was saying something about swine flu! What?? Haha I guess I will have to read it more carefully. Today was awesome! We had a zone activity at this place called Lalomar. It’s a beach resort place. It was so nice and we had a huge lunch (which I am still trying to recover from) we played along the beach (not swimming of course) and played Frisbee and built rock castles — you know what any 19/20 year old missionary would do on a p-day. It was so beautiful there. Aahhhh just another day in paradise. For real that is where I am right now. I have some sweet pics I want to send to you all. The work is going great.

We have some more people lined up for baptism for the month of June. I just hope and pray they all go through. I have still been having a rough time with the language and getting frustrated with myself. I just need to relax. It’s hard because I am trying to deal with my own perfectionism. If that makes sense. I want to be the best missionary I can and work as hard as I can and just be a maniac missionary but I fall short time and time again and I have this guilt that I feel and I don’t feel very effective and then at the same time I don’t want to lower my standards…ah caramba what am I to do!! Pasentia. I’m still working on how to get out of this rut. I know I will – I just need to build up the faith. I do know this that if I let myself get frustrated it takes a long time to recover from it so I just need to avoid the whole frustration thing. Sorry this is probably not making any sense so I will go now but I want to leave you with my testimony that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is tinuod gayud. It just is. It just makes so much sense. I know that we have a buhi nga propeta karon si Thomas S Monson who leads and guides us. I know that this is the church of the Lord and that he leads it. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He suffered for us and did everything that His father sent him to do. He was perfect and loves each one of us perfectly. I pray I can more fully understand this love and make it a part of who I am and share it with all I come in contact with. I love you all!

Sister J

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  1. Kelsy – Hi – love catching up and reading about your successes and everything else goin on with you. You continue to be in my daily prayers and its fabulous your bro is now joining the world of missionaries. Love to u and peace and happiness.


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