Monday, August 4, 2014

We Really Live in a Castle Letter 8/4/2014

Wow. What a week.

It was transfer week this past week. I'll be here in Libagon for one more transfer. I've been here a while but I'm happy to be here for this transfer. Libagon is growing. Slowly but surely. Here's the best news... Elder S is my new Zone Leader!!! This means exchanges with T!! It's cool because Elder S is my trainer and I'm currently training Elder D. We've got the whole family Grandpa, Dad, and son. And then it's the same with the other Zone Leader Elder C as well. His kid is in our zone and is training as well. 

We had some what of a surprise this past weekend. We have been holding activities each Saturday as a way to strengthen the members and as an opportunity for them to bring their friends and introduce them to the Gospel. President Maurer and his wife came by and participated and came to church the next day. We were honored that out of the entire mission he was impressed to visit our small group in So. Leyte. I hope that this might lead to becoming a branch here in the near future. He visited our Castle afterwards. We told him that we lived in a castle but when he actually saw it he said "When you said it was a castle I thought you just meant it was really big but this... This is actually a castle!!" It was funny seeing his reaction. He then saw to it that we would get two more electric fans this week because of how hot it is. 

The previous night The group read together with President Maurer from 2 Nephi 31. He said something about enduring to the end that was very simple but I liked it a lot. He said that it's easy to say 'endure to the end' but it means forever. When we endure to the end we make the basic principles of the Gospel a pattern of life rather than a one-time "initiation" or "right of passage" if you will. When we endure to the end we don't just go through the motions but we truly live the gospel and make it part of our lives.

We have been focusing a lot on Brother M. He is sticking to the Word of Wisdom like a champ. To be honest he was kind of a punk before but he is progressing so well as he learns of this glorious Gospel. We taught him about tithing last night and when we committed him to pay it after baptism he commented that he had already started. I am proud of him. He is doing so well. Please continue to pray for him. He is planning to be baptized on the 30th of August

Sister M is planning on being baptized on the 16 of August! She really opened up to us this passed week. Members of her family might disown her if she is baptized but she knows the right thing to do. Her situation really does break my heart and it has been a humbling experience teaching her and helping her understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I have been praying and fasting that her family might soften their hearts. 

Oh and B and L came to Church this week and so we were happy about that. We stopped by their house before church to get them and they had already left for Church. We are planning on holding a baptism for them at the beginning of September. They have been taught everything for the most part and so if they will come to Church Consistently they will be ready. We are excited for them. It has taken a bit of patience but conversion truly does take time and the process isn't finished at Baptism either. 

I love the work. It's hard but worth it. I love you all and love hearing from you. Keep the faith and may peace be the Journey.

Love Elder Lowe

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