I'll keep this email fairly brief, well that's a lie, i will probably write a WHOLE LOT!
Last week was a STRUGGLE! People literally ran from us when they saw us coming, but things are turning around. We did in fact save the life of a seahorse, it was suffering in this little plastic cup so we ran it down to the baybayon and released it into the ocean. We are some real mother theresa's.
The fish spa was... fabulous! Everyone should try it in their life. And if you haven't tried a buko shake, try one of those too. Lami gyud siya. Zone conference was fabulous, we are always so blessed to hear from our mission president and his wonderful wife! I love President and Sister McCurdy.
They are so funny too.
In stake conference, we found out Elder Perry died. We were devastated. My companion and I just sat there and cried. The Elder's were very startled. The worst part is we didn't even know he was sick, he looked so healthy at the last general conference.
Our designated ice cream lady in san miguel REFUSED to open the chocolate swirl for us last week, but when we went back yesterday it was open so of course i bought two cones. My companion was reduced to calling san miguel "dautan" (wicked) for a few short moments. just a joke hahah.
In district meeting we were practice taught by one of the brand new missionary's, and at the end, it was my turn to give advice. I AM SOME HOW FAR ENOUGH INTO THE MISSION TO GIVE ADVICE TO NEW MISSIONARIES! Also, i hit five months in the mission in a few days. Who's puking? Time is moving way too fast. in a month i will only have a year left. WHAT IN THE WORLD!?!?
So the title of the email... kalayo is the visaya word for fire. and everyone knows fuego. in weekly planning we decided our theme this week would be 'NEVER LOSE OUR FUEGO' it's going pretty good. We are starting to ROCK this area this week. Bacong is also right on the beach, We found several new people to teach.
There was this beach villa and everyone was saying "it's soo mahal, it's so mahal" (expensive) and so i asked out of curiosity. I converted the amount into american dollars. To stay in this beach villa for a MONTH, is only $600. No wonder there are so many joe's here.
Sige, so now I want to share my personal study from this week. Think about this question: "Why is Jesus Christ so important in my life?" Just think about it. I ended up studying grace, and it was beautiful. 2 Corinthians 12: "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
Isn't that beautiful? I think it is. We need to bear affliction in patience, this last week has been the Refiner's fire for us. But we just need to remember, every time someone runs from us, we are blessed, for we are in Christ's service, because he will make us strong. I testify that that is true. He strengthens me, lifts me higher than I could ever imagine.
A quote from the last conference, the talk by Jeffrey R Holland: He grabbed me, he helped me, and refused to let me fall.
Let us all remember Jesus Christ, and thank every day for everything he's done for us. For we were in free fall, and now we are saved.
I love you all, have an awesome week!
-Sister Katrina Dunn