This Blog is about Elder Hennessey's two year mission, in the Philippines Baguio Mission, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Monday, April 24, 2017

STORY: We were being guided by a little girl to the little food stand where her mother works, when all of a sudden she just stops walking, turns around and starts looking in the distance.  We didn't know what happened so we just waited, then it took forever, I looked at Elder Dosdos and he didn't know what was happening either. She turned away from me so I called her name to see if she would respond. No Response. She then started na sumasayo, dancing. Well that’s what it looked like, like she was grasping at strings that weren't there. We didn't know what to do so we just told her auntie she was not well and we left. It was sooo weird, and I swear before it happened there was an odd wind that blew by. It seemed honestly like she got possessed a little bit. Superstitions and ghost stories in America are scary, but people have a lot of doubts, here, it’s way different. If someone tells me something I believe it right away, cuz all that stuff is real here, as well as South America. I don’t know why, but there is something about this place where you just accept it. 

We're also teaching this lady named Donna P. We have taught her maybe 6 times now. She has read 19 chapters in the Book of Mormon, but has not yet attended Church. The first night after she read the BOM (Book of Mormon) she woke up from her sleep to see a light floating in the middle of her room. People always expect us to know exactly what it was so she asked "What was it?" expecting us to be like ghost whisperers or something. We told her God works in mysterious ways and that we cannot give her a definite answer. But she did also pray to know if it was true. We told her that if we were in her situation, we would take that to be a spiritual experience, or spiritual sighting (pagpakita, thing that was seen) and that she needed to decide for herself. She was content with our answer and has continued reading, which means she has continued to invite the Holy Ghost to testify of the truthfulness of the message and of the Book of Mormon. 

Brother Conrad, the husband of the non-practicing Muslim lady, is very sincere. He has a lot of troubles in life, he lives in a bamboo house that doesn’t have electricity, and he doesn’t have a job. We were teaching him and he said he has always tried to build his relationship with God the Father, but by-passing Jesus Christ. We told him that while God is super important, we need to get to know (makilala) Jesus Christ to obtain all of the blessings. He said it perfectly when he told us "I have spent so much time in prayer, directly to God, I think I need to know Jesus Christ". We were so happy to hear this because, YES, we all need to get to know him, build our relationship with him. He is our Brother, Savior, and Redeemer from all. If we pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ, after reading and doing all that we can to learn of him, we will feel through the Spirit that He is true, that through His restored Gospel we can obtain the one and only way back to eternal life and his presence.  

Hope you all had a great Easter! I'm looking forward to my skype on Mother’s Day. Even though EVERYDAY should be Mothers Day. 

Ingat kayo lahat, sana binabasahin mo ang Banal na kasulatan na ipinahayag ng ating unang propeta sa panahon natin :) Also, mahal ko talaga Baguio Mission!!!

The Jeepnee going through the streets of Agoo's barangy SAN JUAKING SUR, its super tight, we even snapped an electrical wire that was hanging really low. Someone was nice enough to fix it for only 100 pesos, He said "just pay for my marienda (noontime snacks (coke/chips)”

Us at the Binyag of Sister Hazel, me doing my Pinoy Pose, people say I could be half pinoy sometime, or part Spanish, all because of my nose. If you have a big (not flat/smushed) nose here, wow, you are attractive, that’s why Sister Dennis is admired by a lot of people here, hahaha.

Some more of the artwork from the Bahay na Bato (House of Rocks).

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