Here in Sevilla Ward, there is a family who has a missionary going to Ghana Africa Mission. He leaves on November 30th. Last Friday night, we had a "Sevilla Night" which is what they call the ward’s activities no matter what the occasion is. Their going away part included the welcoming back of another Elder who just came back from his 2 year service. What they did for the going away part was some games, had a talk from the Bishop, had Bro. Lorilla speak then sat him down in a chair at the front of the cultural hall facing everyone and every member of his family had a chance to speak. His Dad and Mom are both converts, so he is the first of his family to serve.
I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the one and only true church because I’ve seen so many blessings to those who are faithful to its standards. There are so many families that have a lot of kids (3-7) where only one parent works, and yet as long as they keep the Sabbath Day holy, pay a full tithe and do everything else they are supposed to do, they will have enough at the end of the day, month and year to support their righteous living. I know if we are having a hard time in our lives, we first need to look inside and evaluate our actions. Are my actions in line with what Heavenly Father wants for me? If it’s not, or if it’s living contrary to the standards of the Church, fix it, and "and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10
If you are not a member, or do not know where to start, contact a member of the Church, It could be my family, and get in contact with the Missionaries. They are ordained and authorized to guide us to the straight and narrow path. Of course we will not know this if we don’t test it. So we need a open heart and willing mind and to TRUST HIM, then act.
Thanks to all of you who read this blog, even if it’s just the ramblings of a rice hungry missionary in the Philippines. I know the things I share to you are true, and I leave them with you in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Back when I had short hair :) Elder Tabaua is the big guy in most of these pictures. He’s from Kiribiti, islands close to Fiji. He is an awesome house mate and loves to eat fish and rice. He goes home with my companion on December 11.