This week was good. We found ourselves in Sta. Barbara this week. Sta. Barbara is the next city over and is not even in our zone. We were walking through fields looking for houses of less actives whose names we had in our directory. We met a new person and introduced ourselves as the new missionaries in Mapandan. He looked at us and said 'Mapandan!? this isn't Mapandan you're in Sta. Barbara' So now we know exactly where the edge of our area is. There are 5 areas that we border here; Manaoag, Mangaldan, Sta. Barbara, San Jacinto and Urdaneta. I have been to the edge of 3 of those five as of now. I have walked into Manaoag, Mangaldan and Sta Barbara.
Did I ever mention we walk a lot?
This week we prayed that we would be able to find a family to teach. We have a lot of people we are teaching but they were either individuals or part member families. We wanted to find an investigator family to teach. So while we were talking to everyone we met we saw very little results of any kind, people in Mapandan don't seem to care very much about religion, but we kept going. We ended up teaching a part member family this week and while we were teaching their neighbor came over. The neighbor's name is Alma and was quite interested in what we had to say. We made a return appointment at their home and upon our return met the whole family. It turns out that they are super receptive and looking for ways to help their children. We taught the first lesson and extended the invitation to be baptized. The second lesson over there we focused on how they can know and then gave them a baptismal date. They accepted this invitation.
This week we also taught a less active with a health problem. I don't really know what the problem is but it is very problematic. We explained very clearly about faith and that it means that we don't know what will happen, but as we trust God things will work out. I told the Branch President that this Brother was going to come to church, no one really believed me.. but guess what he came. And he was the first one there. He got there before the building was unlocked and waited for us to arrive. Faith wins again.
It has been a pretty fun week.
Elder Nathaniel J. Merrill
Philippines Baguio Mission