Wednesday, January 1, 2014

RING IN THE NEW YEAR!!!

Maayon Bag-ong Tuig Kaninyong Tanan!! Happy 2014 everybody!!

This week is the last of the transfer...and I'm being transferred to NEGROS!! Again! I'm opening a new zone in Valencia. Can't explain how excited i am. It is literally my favorite place on planet earth...so far.a

Last Sunday, Reymund was confirmed in sacrament meeting and when he came down from the stand, he shook everyone's hand on the way back to his seat, just beaming. The best. He is so happy to be a member of the church and he kept whispering "Thank you! thank you!" 

A couple weeks ago, our zone began to plan a fireside with the stake, to teach the members how to use the online resources to "Hasten the work." We held it on Sunday evening and the attendance was way more than we expected-- it was a huge success!! (We even had a special guest- the first missionary that was ever assigned in the Philippines spoke. It was cool to see him look out into the crowd and see the blessings of his first service). One of the things I love about the Church is how it keeps up-to-date with the technology. We showed videos and explained how to give referrals. Afterwards people came up to us thanking us and saying how they're so excited to share links and invite people to listen to the missionaries. Here are some examples of the videos or other features online:

http://mormon.org/values - Explains what we value as members of the Church
http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon - Request a free copy of the Book of Mormon
http://mormon.org/chat - Chat online with a full-time missionary and ask questions

Well another year gone. It just doesn't stop does it? Out with the old and in with the new. Let us take this time to reflect and account for the time that Heavenly Father has given us. I want to use this year to do good and become more Christ-like. I think it is our duty as literal children of God to become better every day; it's our incredible human and divinely inherited ability to improve and progress. And thanks to the perfect Atonement of our Savior, we can develop a new outlook on life and become new. (Romans 12:2)

God bless us every one! Happy snappy new year

Love,
Elder Mahaffey

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