Elder Johnathan Hale's Mission Site
E-mail 8/2/2010 - The Wrong Shall FailDate: August 02, 2010
Companion: Elder Apin from Quezon City, Philippines
Elder Hale had trouble e-mailing this week...
It finally arrived 3:37 am our time - 5:37pm Elder Hale's time...
P-Day was almost over!!!
But Wonderful News.............
NB This area has not seen a baptism in over a year or so... .....
The Wrong Shall Fail.......
"It was around 5:30 am this morning when the fan stopped running. The dreaded brown-out. Upon further investigation, we came to find out that this was not just a routine brown-out, we had a "pole down." The brave men of Lagawe worked relentlessly for hours to fix the broken pole and wires.
It was about 4:00 pm and we had started to give up hope of getting an e-mail off when, to my great surprise, the fan started blowing and the refrigerator humming. It was music to my ears. Power has been restored and here I am, mom and dad, writing you an e-mail.
As I walk the streets, look around, and ponder the condition of the world we live in, my thoughts sometimes become like the song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." "And in despair, I bowed my head. There is no peace on earth I said, for hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men."
I think of this as investigators fail to make and keep commitments and when people reject the message of the Restoration of the Gospel. I think every missionary has had a time when they feel a bit like President Hinckley--that we are preaching to uninterested ears and we become a bit sad and down.
Satan is truly working hard to keep people in the dark ages, when there was no gospel, no priesthood, no ordinances for salvation, no prophets, no apostles, no scriptures, and no knowledge of the plan of salvation. Amos called it a time of famine and hunger, not a famine of bread or water, but a famine of hearing the word of God.
The next verse of the song says, "Then rang the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, goodwill to men!"
Those bells rang loud and clear on Saturday as, Sister Toviagon and her 8-year-old daughter, May Ann, entered into the waters of baptism. All went well. The sharp 10-year-old, Maily, was sick, and will be baptized this up-coming Saturday along with Madalyn Gaspar.
One of the commitments they suggest we get investigators to make and keep is attending a baptismal service, if at all possible. I believe one of the reasons why is because of how strong the Spirit is.
The morning of the service we had to round some speakers up. We went to Sister Binhoan, of course, she answered the call. We also went to Sister Nipahoy. She has the "heart starts pounding in front of people" disease. We gave her a Lesson 3 pamphlet and asked if she would read about the Holy Ghost and bare a testimony after. She said she would and she did an exceptional job.
We had great member support at the baptism, especially from the Relief Society. It is heartwarming to see these straight-up amazing members support what we are doing as missionaries.
After the baptism, we had Sister Tobiagon share her testimony with us. The spirit of the Holy Ghost was strong as she tearfully bore her testimony. We sang as a closing hymn, "Lord Accept Into Thy Kingdom." I can say that I felt that the gates to the Celestial Kingdom were opened for her and her daughter.
The next day we completed the baptism of water with the baptism of fire. I confirmed May Ann, and Elder Apin confirmed Sister Toviagon . The meeting house was the fullest I've seen it. We then had a wonderful fast and testimony.
Despite the attempts to stop this "Marvelous Work and Wonder" from progressing, it still goes on, because it is the cause of truth.
I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, proving "That God is not dead nor doth He sleep." "The wrong shall fail, the right prevail with peace on earth, good will toward men."
|<<Previous Letter||Go back to letter index||Next Letter >>|