Amy's February 17th email home!
Hello my wonderful family and friends!
Thank you again for your
continual support. I love your emails and letters!! You are all amazing.
MEGAN!!! I can't believe you're going to serve a mission!!!! THAT'S
SOOO AWESOME!!! I love you so much!! You are going to make a fabulous
missionary. Yay! I could just jump up and down I'm so excited! I'm in a
computer shop right now though, so maybe that will have to wait. ;)
Ahhh! So exciting.
Briana, I just received your DearElder letter this morning. Thank
you sooo much for your letter. You are awesome and have always been a
great strength to me. Love you lots!!
Christina, it sounds like
you've had a blast this past week! Mom and Jerry, too! I'm glad you were
able to take a bit of a break. You deserve it.
This morning we had zone training. President had talked to the zone
leaders and encouraged us to bear our testimonies to one another. We see
each other each week, and we share our testimonies every single day to
our investigators, but it's not often that we share them with each
other. The spirit was super strong. Our zone is often very crazy and has
a hard time being serious, so it was really neat to hear their
This last week has been great. I am learning SO much every week.
I've really been praying for strength and guidance from the Spirit this
week. I have discovered that even when you're tired, you can still feel
the spirit and teach with power and authority! I knew that before, but I
really felt that this week. I was really tired at points, but as we
went to the houses of different investigators, I prayed to feel Heavenly
Father's love for them and for me. As I did that, I was amazed at how
much love I felt for these people!! Heavenly Father really loves each
one of us, and wants us to return to Him!! He's our FATHER in Heaven.
There is one family in particular that we are really focusing on right
now. We are teaching the father, Brother Igloria, and he has such a
strong desire to grow closer to Christ and has a strong testimony of
Him. He asks many questions and really wants to know. I felt such a
strong love for him and for his family. We were able to
share that with him and the spirit was really strong. As I opened my
mouth to speak, I knew exactly what to say. It was simple, but the
spirit was strong, and the message was clear. It was a huge testament to
me that the spirit works. The amazing thing was we planned to talk
about the Plan of Salvation, but we were led by the spirit to teach
about prayer instead. It was what he needed to hear. Dad, like you said
in your email, we are not the real teachers. The spirit is the teacher.
If the person is ready to listen to the spirit, he will testify to what
is being taught and will help them learn and grow and have a desire to
change. As missionaries, we are literally set apart from the world for a
year and a half or 2 years. We are literal representatives of Jesus
Christ, and we have been called by a living prophet to teach the gospel
to the world. It is pretty intimidating if you think about it! But we
are not alone. We aren't the true teachers, so
if we are prepared, we shall not fear.
We had an opportunity to hear from Elder and sister Neilson (brother
of Elder Neilson of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles) and Elder and Sister
Packer (son of Elder Packer of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles).
Inspiring! We are still establishing the church here in the Philippines.
It is still fairly new, and we get to help strengthen it and find
people to teach!
I know that Heavenly Father loves me. I know he loves YOU, too! He
is constantly aware of our lives and knows what we need to grow.
Sometimes in our lives He gives us trials, and it's easy to get
discouraged. But because of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the
perspective it gives us, we know that it is through those times of trial
that we grow stronger! Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us
and will mold us into the person he knows we can become if we let Him. I
am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ!! I love the scriptures!!
I love reading and studying the conference talks! We have a living
prophet and living apostles to guide us today and tell us what God wants
and expects of us today. "Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold,
the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." (Alma
I love you all.