Thursday, July 25, 2013

THE BURIED LIFE - RESURRECTED

It's crazy it's already been a week. We work to exhaustion every day and we have fun doing it. Especially tracting.

We've tracted the biiiggest houses. We feel like we're on the TV show, The Buried life, because we're doing the most insane things, pushin' all fear behind us. One day we stood outside the gates not knowing what to expect, the guards let us in, and then the owner sees us and kicks us out and sends his dogs on us. rude... Needless to say, that was not a Filipino. Filipinos are much kinder about their rejection. We also tracted a small resort and the owners let us in and listened to us and they were like "come back anytime! swim in our pools and relax! no charge!" hahaha maybe in couple years! Then we met another man who works for United Nations and he had all his maids get us snacks and drinks...treat us like celebrities. We were speaking all in English and using all these big words; "wow sir! Gary is a great name for you because you're so gregarious! was that deliberate?!" haha. We have a lot of fun with that.  Confidence can get you places.

We have had a ton of successes in finding investigators this week. One woman let us in and said "Oh you're Mormons??" and she runs and gets her daughter's backpack and pulls out a Book of Mormon and said "I make her take this to school every day!" Haha, but she didn't know what it was, someone just gave it to her. So we explained it was a record of prophets in ancient America and reading it would bring her closer to God than anything else. We asked if we could come back and she was like "well of course you can! if I'm lookin' for the truth, who says you don't have it?"  Those are just a few of the awesome experiences.
We are postponing Joseph's baptism date 'til August so he can get over Word of Wisdom problems, but he's still excited and trying hard. please pray for him! He's trying hard!
We're doing good here in Zambo. of course it's disappointing when people wont even give us the time of day. One man saw us walking up the street and he runs inside yelling, "NO! no! no! I have enough! I don't need anymore! I'm content with my religion!!" I immediately thought of 2 Nephi 28:29...it's sad, knowing how much the gospel could bless them and make them happy, and it's right here for their taking.
Well, I gotta go. Take care!
love,
elder sumna!
 
I LOVE THESE PEOPLE!!!

 

HOPE ON!!

Hi fam!
 
We had a pretty...good week! There were trials and difficulties and disappointments but all is well! We're still going strong. On Sunday, only a couple investigators came to church of all the ones we've been teaching, but I trust Heavenly Father's timing. I've learned a lot about faith and we can't lose hope just because a couple bumps in the road. Hold on to the faith you got and run with it. 
The members in the branch have noticed a big difference in the area and I think it's getting them excited to help with the missionary work. It's fun to see. Our investigator Joseph is doing awesome. He really recognizes that this is the only Church with the right and true authority. He's like "there's nothing missing! It's all complete. It's the same exact church Christ built." He'll be baptized next week!
 
My comp is awesome. We sing for all our investigators and while riding on tricycles. Pretty sure the entire municipality of Zambo now knows the song "I am a child of God".. unfortunately, Elder Metusela is transferring back to Cebu!! My new comp is Elder Harris from California and I'm the new District leader of Bayawan zone. Crazy things happenin! I'm excited for this new transfer, and for good things to come. 
 
I love y'alls.  I heard a quote this week that made me think of our fam:
 
"There is nothing so noble as to travel and make friends" --Mohammed Ibd Aruk
 
So Hope on, journey on! Love life, love God.
 
love,
me
 




 
 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"You need Jesus."

Dear Fam,

The move to the new island was great. I was talking to everybody on the boats on my way here. Taught the first lesson to a Baptist preacher. Met a lot of cool people. One girl from Denmark traveling the world by herself, a gold-hunter from San Fransico. It was so cool telling them about the Church and just being friendly. My life is so cool!

Ok Negros (Oriental). It's one of the best places on the planet earth. We live right by the beach (mom and dad, I can hear the waves) and all the roads are sand and the people here are so nice. They speak a different form of Bisaya with new words, so I'm still getting used to it but I love it. They have like a tone when they talk, it sounds like theyre singing. haha my area is Zamboanguita, it's huge area-- rural/beachy/mountain/ricefields (google it!) and the members are amazing. The attendance at church is small, about 50, but I have such high hopes and faith for this area.

My companion is Elder Metusela. Samoan from australia. yeeeeah. (I can hear the mahaffey fam cheering). He has the best voice I've ever heard, honestly its incredible. like famous-person-good. I'm follow-up training him, He's about 3 months in so he's still learning the language but he's got a testimony as big as he is. SO funny, I laugh so hard. Last night, we were at a bakeshop ordering and a crazy old toothless man hobbled up to us and was chuckling at us and Elder Metusela looks at him and said "Ooo brotha, you need Jesus." hahaha I died.

Many miracles have happened already. The other day, we were tracting houses along the beach (literally walking on the sand) and found awesome return appointments. Then we kept walking for like an hour up into the mountains talking to everyone, and then we realized we were lost and VERY far from home and we hadn't seen a motor for a while, so we said a prayer and said "Please send us a motorcycle." within 2 minutes, a motor came driving by and stopped. (prayer answered) This woman told us that 10 years ago, she rented to a foreigner woman that was a Mormon and she went on and on about how kind she was and she remembered all her kids names...wow! That shows the influence we have as members. The power of kindness reaches far, even into the jungle mountains of Zamboanguita. haha we must always always be kind. Ok? 

So things are so good! I'm looking forward to this area and the miracles and meeting the people. I love you, you are all beautiful.

love, aloha and negros,
Elder mahaffey

From Cebu to Zamboanguita

Central Park in Zamboanguita

LDS Church in Zamboanguita

Road in Zamboanguita

 Sumner's Area