Monday, November 30, 2015

11-29-15 "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ"

Kumusta dad!

 Thank you for the scripture! Romans 1:16 is a pretty powerful one. I love how it says "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ". I never thought of myself as "ashamed" of the gospel of Christ, but maybe that's exactly what it is that's keeping me from spreading it. I think this is something I have to stop thinking so much about and just do it or "charge um" as I would say haha. I read from "Adjusting to Missionary Life" a few weeks ago. It says that when you're out working/proselyting just think "What's the worst that could happen?". And that's so true. I tend to be so scared of rejection, but if that's the worst that could happen, I really have no excuse in being worried. The cons come nowhere near the pros of missionary work. I just need to charge it! 

 As for the week, it was another great one. I had a pretty "fun" experience of Elder Capulac and I not getting along for a couple days. It's amazing how different lessons feel when the companionship isn't getting along. We realized the importance of the spirit in our lessons and fixed things, and our companionship is now better than ever. Our amount of lessons per week is pretty much the same as usual, but the feeling is better. I'm learning so much from Elder Capulac! We're back in a good net shop so I'll send some pictures today. 

 Sorry dad, this email is kind of short. We're going to meet the ZL's at another net shop so I might write a little more, but that is pretty much it for this week. But before I go I want to copy and paste a story aunty Kapua shared with me and her testimony (I hope it's okay with her):

There were 2 families living on an island. 1 family lived up in the mountains and the other on the shoreline. One day the family on the mountain could see a tsunami forming from far far away, but they knew that they didn't have enough time to run down to the shore to warn that family. So they decided to light their home on fire, knowing that the shoreline family would rush up the mountain to help them. Sure enough, the shoreline family did just that ...thinking that they were running up the mountain to save a family, but realizing after that they were saved themselves.  

I couldn't help but tear up thinking of Kana...he went on a mission focused on doing the Lords errand, bringing others to the fold...helping them to find the gospel, but in just a few short weeks...he's saved himself, strengthened his testimony, learned to love others so deeply & became more obedient than he could ever understand possible.

Mahal na mahal ko po kayo,
Elder Ishibashi 

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