Magandag umaga, hapon, or gabi. Kumusta po kayo lahat?? This week has been different and amazing! To start the week, we went to Legaspi and i met my new companion, Sister Tou. She is awesome! She's a cook islander, from Australia/new zealand. So, I guess I just need to learn something that the wonderful Polynesian people can offer. :) Sister Tou is a wonderful example to me already, in the week I've known her. She is very diligent and kind. She is a fabulous missionary. She has been out for 6 months, but very talented in Tagalog. But, we will definitely have to do a lot of study and practice in the language, so we can survive. :) I have learned a lot this past week, and said and done things I didn't think I could do or say, before. It's a little scary to lead the area, but luckily so far, we have only had to turn around once. :)
I do though, miss my Nanay, Sister Siola'a. It's not the same Tabaco city with out her, but I know that everything will be okay. It was a wonderful 12 weeks of training, not i'm in the real thing! I need to work harder and use the talents that God has given me, to the fullest! I am sobrang excited for this transfer!
So to end the week, Sister Labordo was baptized on Friday, the 14th of February. It was a long awaited, so special day! I felt the spirit so strongly. I felt some of the love of God for sister Labordo. It was an experience that I will never forget. I love Sister Labordo and her family, and I hope that soon, Brother Labordo will be baptized. I am very grateful for the baptismal covenants that I have made, and that I was able to see sister Labordo make. It was just wonderful to see Sister so happy and ready to be baptized. She wrote a song, and sang it to us in her testimony. It was so powerful, even though I didn't understand all of it, I still felt the spirit! We were also able to sing a musical number, "I feel my Saviors Love" and "I know that my Redeemer lives." I also felt the spirit as we sang that, my gratitude and love for the people here, and for Heavenly Father grew even more. Ahhh!! I just love being on my mission!
On Saturday, a little girl who we've taught a few times, got got baptized. She is the one in the picture. That baptism was great! That day, 5 people got baptized! It was amazing as well!! Oh, I just love seeing people, even as young as 8, make covenants with God. How beautiful it is to be a missionary and to be an instrument in Gods hands! I love it, and I never want to stop being a missionary!
I love all of you. Please be a missionary. Always be doing the things that will lead you to the people who need to have the joy of the gospel. Help the missionaries. Be a friend to the Less actives and investigators. The lord will bless and prosper you, as you share His gospel and put Him first! I know that the Church is true! How could it not be? I love the gospel, I love the Lord, and I love being a missionary!
Love you all!
Love, Sister Coleman