Thursday, October 31, 2013

Y'all like to party?

Wow. Let me just share a couple experiences from this week.
The other day we stopped a guy named Kier on the street to talk with him. He said he had some friends that were Mormon and read part of the Book of Mormon said we could come visit him another day to teach. In our rush, we didn't get his address. A couple days later, we were about to end our night with dinner, but I had this feeling to go find Kier. We just went back to the area where we met him and started asking around if anyone knew him. Several attempts later, someone pointed us down a dark alley way where his house supposedly was. When we got to the end, a bunch of angry dogs were barking and snarling and we saw a man sitting, we tried to ask him but he was deaf and mute and was signing to us that he couldn't hear... Feeling helpless, I spelled "K-I-E-R" in the sign language i remember from 3rd grade...the man UNDERSTOOD. I was as surprised as Elder Mingus was. The mute man pointed us to Kier's house and we went in and found him and taught him. He is elect. It was an incredible lesson. Can you believe that?
Also, this week we talked to a black man from Los Angeles. I think my inner-city "St.Louis" smeezy accent slipped out a little. He said "Aye, y'all like to party?" hahaha but we explained to him we were missionaries and he was so chill and willing to listen.
We had the awesome opportunity to help pack relief boxes to ship to Bohol where the earthquake hit. The damages are worse than i thought. But after church on Sunday, everyone gathered in the cultural hall and we did an assembly line tossing boxes of food and soap and toothpaste. I love how the Church reacts to do that. It was such a cool thing seeing everybody so happy in the Spirit of service.

Also, Elder Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited Cebu on Saturday and we had a double mission conference, so we saw all our batch from Cebu East mission. Oh man it was amazing to meet and shake hands with a living apostle. Inspiring
The ward is wakin' up! We're getting the best investigators from member referrals. Our minds are blown! The spirit is so strong in our work. I love it. City zone is doing so well too! We had Zone interviews last week and president told us that the Spirit was amazing in City.

Strive constantly to feel that Spirit in your life. seek revelation. When we receive revelation, the veil is thinned and we get a glimpse of the full truth that we were taught before this life.

Love y'all
Elder Sum

Elder Mingus, Kristel, Elder Mahaffey

MTC batch reunited!  OH HAPPY DAY!!

After the Earthquake in Bohol

Mormon Helping Hands
Missionaries working in Bohol

More earthquake destruction in Bohol

Companions in Cebu
Friends for Life
"Suffer the little children, and forbid them not..."
Together Forever

Shaking hands with
Elder Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Now I write somewhat as seemeth me good"

Our investigator Merry-Ann is the most elect I've ever met. So prepared. She completely understands repentance and prayer and she loves reading the scriptures and unpacks the verses that we read. my goodness. She is getting baptized this Saturday.
We had to move Sister Kristal's baptism back because she didn't come to church because of work. We didn't hear from her for a few days and we were worried, but we finally contacted and taught her. We asked her how important baptism is to her and she got it. She said "I want to be baptized because I want to be new...I want to go into the temple someday and perform baptisms for my parents as well.."
SO many investigators came to church this week. It was incredible. Even the ward members were surprised. We hope they start giving more referrals. Last month 3 referrals were given...and every single one is getting baptized. Miracles! It's so interesting to see the difference in our mission. We rarely teach less actives anymore. We teach investigators every single day. It's the best.
I love you all so much,

Elder Mahaffey


Thursday, October 17, 2013


This week we had: Transfers, General Conference, oh and a 7.2 EARTHQUAKE. WHAT???   You should have seen our neighbors screeeaming and running outside.  Our house mates hit the deck, and me and Elder Mingus were laughing, walking around trying to stay balanced. Everyone said it was the strongest one they've ever experienced. Despite the earthquake, this has been probably the best week of my mission. Elder Mingus, my new companion was actually in my MTC batch, so we're pretty close and we just hit the ground running with the work. It has been one of those pivotal moments in my life. I've never laughed so hard and I've never felt the Spirit so strongly. It's a good balance.
The other day, Kristal came running into the church and she said "Sir elders! I finished the Book of Mormon! I read for 7 hours yesterday." We were all so shocked we didn't know what to say and she showed us her scriptures and sure enough, every. single. page had markings and notes and underlines. Then she came to General Conference and took notes and cried listening to the Prophet. Bliss.
We also taught a young couple, Jerrex and Christine, who just had a baby, and we taught them about the Plan of Salvation and where we come from before this life and how we can be sealed as families for eternity in the temple. I wish you could have seen their faces as we testified. They looked at each other and then looked at us with this look of hope. A kind of hope that you don't see a lot these days. They agreed together to be baptized.
Our week has been scattered with so many spiritual experiences, it's incredible. We'll be riding on a jeepney and have a prompting to get off and go visit someone and meet new people and teach them. Or we will be walking one direction and then just completely turn around and walk the opposite direction and we're led to these other people. And then you feel this confirming feeling of peace and joy. Every day I feel that Spirit. I wish everyone could feel it. It's the sweetest thing about life.
This Church is true. I invite everyone to search for yourself. Don't just believe me. You can come to a surety that there really is one true, complete organization and Jesus is the Christ and He lives.
Love y'all
elder sumner mahaffey

Thursday, October 3, 2013


It's already been a week? That was probably the fastest week of my life. Haha so we finished up the Peace Walk which was a huge success. We taught thousands of people and got tons of referrals. Because of the festival, our temple tour attendance tripled! It was amazing. We met so many elect people and I talked with other religions and priests and presidents and mayors.
One day I stopped a man in the plaza and had a ten minute conversation with Spanish! He was from Spain and didn't know any English. ahahah shout out to Senora Kiser! Oh man it was so choppy and i had such a Cebuano accent. but it was awesome experience nevertheless. great peoples.
On Friday, I got to witness the sealing of the Fernandez family in the Temple. (One of the families we brought back to activity while we were in Mabolo). Elder Warner came all the way from Negros to attend. It was one of the best and most spiritual moments of my life -- to see the fruits of our labors, a family returned to the gospel, being sealed for all eternity by the true authority. They have changed, happy, bright countenances. Cant even explain it here.
Jossana is being baptized this Saturday by her returned husband. She just simply great. She loves reading her scriptures and they got a cute 'lil 2 year old baby and Jossana knows that this is 'the best thing she could do for her family.' She's gonna be a strong leader.
Kristal is one of the smartest, interesting and investigators I've ever met. She's like known among the missionaries as the most golden. I feel honored to be teaching her. Sometimes she teaches us... I wish you could hear her prayers at the end of each lesson, it is honestly the most sincere and pure communication with God I've ever heard. She's preparing for baptism on the 19th of October, as well as a couple other investigators. ah every one of them is incredible.
Ah there's so much more to say but I cannot write but little because of the awkwardness of my hands. All I know is, this is the Lord's work and I have no question. I'm humbled and blessed to be a part of it.
Be nice to everyone, don't gossip, look for and only say good things about others.
Elder Mahaffey