We are moving into our last 9 months with new focus. Elder
was recently called as the 2nd
councilor in the District Presidency.
This has provided new opportunities to work more closely with Branch
Reinforcing this focus is the new truck we picked up in
Cebu just Friday, January 11th.
Well, it is not a new truck, but it is new for us. A Senior Couple who had been
serving in Bogo, Elder and Sister Stroud, were using it. They were wonderful
missionaries and have now completed their service and returned to the
States. They will be missed. We feel
blessed to know them.
This truck will allow us to get up into Lamac and other rural, mountainous areas.
A guy and his truck
McDonalds and a coke from Seven-Eleven
What more could he want?
We will be attending sacrament meetings throughout the district and will be much less involved in
I and II on Sundays. Having Sisters in Toledo I as well as Zone Leaders there is
making a big difference. There were 30
in Relief Society on Sunday. They have
been instrumental in bringing several less-or-inactive men back to church, also.
By July, as the effect of the age change for missionaries is fully felt, there
should be Sisters - as well as Elders –
in many branches. If what has happened
in Toledo I
happens in other branches, the church will be greatly strengthened. Toledo
Last week was transfer week. Losing the last of the group of Elders who have served in
over the last months, have left us feeling
like we are definitely in a new phase of the work. We had worked closely with Elder Garver, a
zone leader who had been here for three transfers, with Elder Laureano who had
served in two different branches but been in the zone for 9 months and Elder
Rose who had been here 5 months. Elder Rose came into the zone as a new
missionary with that “where on earth am I and how will I survive this” look
that I understand so very well. He has worked hard though and served well. Elder
Mingus, from Toledo ,
was transferred also. He has been in
Lamac for three transfers and has done much to strengthen the branch. Missouri
We drove Elder Garver to Balamban on Wednesday evening where he would spend the night and then head to
Cebu to complete his transfer the next day. He had to go late. Transportation would have been hard to find
at that hour. We enjoyed one last visit with him.
Elder Laureano requested a ride to Balamban the next evening for himself and Elder Mingus. We were happy for one last visit with them also. We actually enjoyed a back seat concert on the way as Elder Laureano began singing some of his favorite songs in his rich, clear tenor. Then Elder Mingus joined in with an amazing rendition of vocal jazz percussion. The King Singers would have given him a contract on the spot! Fun memory indeed!
So now we look forward to introducing many new Elders to The Toledo Couple’s Mission Famous All You Can Eat Pancake Brunch. The name had to change from “Breakfast” to “Brunch” because President Schmutz asked all missionaries to complete their regular morning study program before beginning P-Day activities.
Tuesday of last week, January 8th, we attended the temple sealing of the Teñado family. It was a great and glorious opportunity to be there. They are a great strength to the Pinamungajan Branch and a joy to know.
Brother John Kline from
was baptized on January 2nd. He
came to the California Philippines from
It has been a marvelous experience to assist in teaching him the restored
gospel of Jesus Christ. He said several times of his baptism day that it was
the happiest day of his life. We have every confidence that it is only the
Brother John Kline with his wife, Pilar, and daughter, Claire.
Brother John Kline and family with missionaries and a number of the wonderful members from
Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.
Wherefore, he is the first fruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved. II Nephi 2:8-9
We humbly express our gratitude to daily testify of this truth as authorized representatives of Jesus Christ.