Sunday, January 1, 2017

Super Typhoons and a New Year


So I wasn't able to email last week. You're all probably aware of the signal #4 super typhoon that went right through Naga. It was insane. Christmas night, we were on lockdown. I've never experienced such a strong storm in my entire life. Windows were shaking because of the strength of the wind and some water even got in our apartment. After a night with no electricity and just about no sleep, we woke up to heavy wreckage. Trees had fallen left and right. Even power poles (is that what they're even called?) were leaning on the tension of the wires that were connected to them, just on the brink of falling in the middle of the roads. It was nuts. So for the past couple of weeks, we've been trying to recover. But it's been a great experience. The Filipino people our so resilient. No matter how heavy the trials get, the people here are just so ready to pick themselves back up on their feet and keep on doing their thing. It's great. It's such a humbling experience to be here right now. So I hope all of you had Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year's. We definitely had one for the books. 

So my message for the week is about resilience and faith. Every waking day of our lives, we're battered by physical, emotion, and spiritual storms that sometimes we give up. But I know that through our faith in Jesus Christ, we can get back right back up. No matter how heavy the damage. 

"And now my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his might storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build, they cannot fall." (Hel 5:12) 

So if we humble ourselves and submitting to the will of the Father, through our firm faith in Jesus Christ, we will not fall. Cool, right? Man I love being a missionary. I'll talk to you guys again next week. Sorry, we can't use flash drives or USB's at the computer shop that we're currently at, so I'll try sending pictures next week. Love you all! Until next week!

-Elder Bondoc

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