My dear family and friends,Maayong udto! or, diha sa America, maayong gabii :) Kumusta mo? I have had such a great week here and I am so excited to tell you all about it!
Sunday afternoon I was able to go on splits with Veronica, a really cute girl who is leaving on her mission next month to the Cavite mission, and Sam, our recent convert. I have said it before, and I will say it again, but I am continually amazed by the youth in the Philippines. They are amazing and have such strong testimonies. We worked for only a few hours, and decided to meet back with Sister Wechsler and her kuyog at the church at 5 pm. It was 4:50, almost time to go back, when Veronica told me she felt like we needed to visit a less active who lived kind of far away. I was worried we didn't have time but I felt the spirit and I felt like she was listening to the spirit, that this sweet lady needed a visit. We went to visit her and I was met with the absolute most humble circumstances I have ever seen someone live in on the course of my mission. She was sitting outside on a chair, opposite of her was a bedframe. I pointed to the "house" next door and asked her if this was her house? She told me no, and then pointed to the bedframe infront of her and told me that THIS was her house. She had nothing. I was so humbled by this incredible woman and her faith and how she has literally sacrificed everything she has for her children to have a good life and to recieve an education. We had a really great lesson, even though we were a little late getting back to the church. It didn't matter to me that we were late, because I witnessed multiple miracles that day. I saw a future missionary recognize the spirit. I saw a mom sacrifice everything for her children. I saw two people who were in such different stages of life doing everything they could to please their Heavenly Father. It changed my mission.
I love you all and hope you have a great week, and remember what truly matters in life. I am among people everyday who are the happiest people I have ever met, not because of worldly possessions, but because they understand all they truly need, they already have.
Love, Sister Joslyn Harris
PS This is a coastal town in the province of CEBU it is on the ocean Toledo.
Boat in the harbor
On the dock looking to the north