Monday, November 14, 2016

The Nature of Happiness

So good news, I am staying in Lipa with Sister Uba!! Yay! People like to call us big and small haha but we like to call ourselves the power team! We are having fun and seeing sooo many miracles. 
Me and Sister Uba

We found our investigator reading the Book of Mormon like this!
Another great training meeting, found some more families who accepted baptismal goal dates, a SUPER full Sunday School class on Sunday with our great investigators. We are moving into a bigger room next week! I love being an instrument in the hands of God. Oh and we have a small family of cats living in our roof hahaha. We are working on finding a solution, no worries. 
I love the Lipa Zone!!
Something I really liked in my personal study this week was in Alma 41:10-11. The phrase "wickedness never was happiness" is a common one to us but I learned a lot as I studied it more in depth this week. I love verse 11 when it says when people are wicked, "...they are without God in the world, and they have gone contrary to the nature of God; therefore, they are in a state contrary to the nature of happiness." I love that phrase. "nature of happiness." God is a happy God!! He is loving and merciful and His only desire is that we find joy and eternal life. When we are disobedient we are choosing to be alone. We are choosing to take ourselves far from the Holy Ghost. But when we are trying to change our natures and do what is right, we WILL be happy!! It reminds me of Mosiah 3:19. Latter Day Saints should be happy people because we are working to develop a "nature of God" and a "nature of happiness." Filipinos are happy people because they are so giving and loving and humble. Let's strive to develop more Christlike attributes so we can live in a nature of happiness!!

Mahal ko kayooooo!

Sister Giles 

I asked Abby if she had heard about the election in America and this is what she said in her personal email to me which I thought was interesting:

The Philippines is taking the election hard. All the news reporters are freaking out saying nobody can get visas now. It is actually scary for separated families in America and the Philippines. I feel lucky to be far away from it. It has strengthened my testimony that the Gospel is the only way we can find true joy and peace in a changing and scary world. And it is a good wake up call that these are the last days and we have a preordained responsibility as members of the church to speak up and spread light. God is with us no need to fear!

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