Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015-- Email #69

February 16, 2015
Bagabag, Philippines

Hello Family!

We had a super long district activity this morning, hiking into the mountainous jungles of Bayombong in search of a supposed "waterfall". Well, we found it. It was... A waterfall alright. But not worth the 3 (Which was said to be only 1) hours of hiking to get there. Yay! So I have about, well, zero time to email you all this week, and even less time to send the cool pictures I took. But we can work with this. I always give you super long emails, right? So one of them ends up short... Who's complaining? 

On Monday night I met the Manuel family, a former investigator family that lives very far away. They compose three brothers: Denis, Crisianto, and Joel. All of them are very hard working, down to earth guys. The main thing I like about them, like I do with other investigators whom are proactive, is that they are very open with their concerns and it makes it easier to be able to address those concerns. They all have Word of Wisdom issues, and so-far it seems that Denis and Crisianto have real desires to get rid of their vices and improve their and their families lives. The appointments are going very well and we were able to give them priesthood blessings that they might have strength to repent, become clean, and provide for their families. Joel is being a bit distant, but we're still working with him and his brothers to become more unified in their resolve to follow the Savior. 

I also have the opportunity to go on splits with Elder Baclea-an, the other Elder in our branch. He is a convert of about 3 years and has grown exponentially on his mission. It's amazing to see the progression he's made and the potential he's yet to achieve. I'm glad we were able to help each other out this week.

I know that this is the true Church, that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet, seer, and revelator, and that opposition will cloud around us as the Second Coming draws nearer and nearer. It is no reason to lose faith. It's reason to gain faith that we are on the victorious side. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

-Elder Kocherhans

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