Monday, May 5, 2014

Coconut Trees Letter 5/5/2014

Dearest Family God is near you, watching oer you day and night.

It has been a super busy week here in the mission to say the least. On monday we traveled to Tacloban. Tuesday we had mission tour with Elder Nielson and his wife. Wednesday and Thursday were just normal days and then Friday was Zone Training meeting and Saturday was Zone Conference. They were all really good and I learned so much. Even though we weren't able to teach as many lessons this week I learned a lot of things that I am excited to apply this next week as we get back into full swing.

Most of the trainings over the past couple of months have been in relation to Typhoon Yolanda. I kind of feel bad for the missionaries who weren't here yet and didn't experience it. Elder Nielson talked about how some might wonder who sinned that God would send such a devastating storm. He said that perhaps this wasn't the case, but that tragedies and trials come that the works of God may be manifest. He said that if everything in your life is going perfect then God's plan isn't working. So many miracles have happened since and we must not forget them. The Lord is Hastening his work. Are we? We are in a really neat position as a mission to establish a culture. A culture of obedience and righteousness that will continue to bring to pass miracles. I am so grateful to be part of that. By the time I go home I will be one of the last missionaries that survived the storm. 

Our investigators are doing well even though we didn't get to see them all this past week. We as well as them have been very busy. I will tell you about all of them when we talk next week. A new family we are teaching are also doing very well. They weren't able to come to church yesterday but they said they would make it next week. The sister understands things very well and I love teaching them. This past week was the first time ever that someone has complimented me on the language. I have a long way to go but it was a nice little confidence boost. This is officially the longest I have been in a single language on my mission and I know I have this next transfer because training lasts 12 weeks.

Good things are happening. I love this place. I love this work. Keep moving forward. Keep the faith and may peace be the journey.

Love Elder Lowe

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