Monday, January 15, 2018

Busy busy busy

So this week honestly has been sooo stressful. We had transfers and I have a new companion just after 6 weeks of being here in this new area. So I'm still adjusting and trying to remember the investigators and members, but with faith and hard work I'm sure it will all work out!

I don't have that much time, but this week as I said, was so busy, and I honestly felt like I have just been kinda thrown out in this area and I have no idea what I'm doing, like I was forgotten. Then on Sunday, when we attended church at our group, as I was the one to bless and my companion to pass the sacrament, I just looked at each of the members. Because there isn't a lot of us, we as the missionaries know each and every one (well for the most part) of the sturggles they have. And how great is it that they could all attend sacrament meeting with their individual struggles and all go out of the meeting somehow stronger to meet the next weeks needs? How PERFECT is the Gospel of Christ. As I was sitting there, the Lord helped me to remember some very tender moments I have had in my life that I knew without a doubt that the Lord was there. He helped me to remember I wasn't forgotten. The feeling of the spirit was a special one on Sunday.

As we plead with the Lord each and every day and do what he wants, it will all turn out for the good :) That's His promise to us :)

-- 
Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission



FHE
"family picture" anak ko sa gitna​
Part of my area
They took my camera haha!
Christmas
That big slab in the bottom right is 12 pounds of pig :) lechon style








Thursday, January 11, 2018

1340!

So maybe I would like to start out to say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and happy january 9, because we haven't any time to email that last couple weeks! Its just been super busy! :) 

Also, I would like to explain what that number is in the heading! No, it's not my social security card, its not my pin to my bank account... it was the number AS A MISSION OF THE SOULS AND STORIES WE WERE ABLE TO BRING UNTO CHRIST in the year of 2017!  SO GREAT ISN'T IT? I'm thankful I was able to be a part of people's lives in bringing them unto Christ through the sacred ordinace of baptism :)

For 2018 our goal for a mission is 1900 souls (1 stake) to be baptized through our hard work, obedience, fasting and prayer :)  I'M SO EXCITED AS WELL to say that President Koster (our amazing mission President) said that I COULD EXTEND MY MISSION UNTIL 2019!!! (6 extra months!!!!) Which I'm so thankful for to stay here and just be a missionary! (*ok that part about extending my mission was a JOKE please dont have a heart attack family, I love you! hahahaaha) But I do love it here and I'm so happy.

So today is transfers and I'm staying here in my area, but my companion is transfering to Angono which is really close to my first area Tayuman. So my new companion is Elder Cagnyon, which is finishing his 12 weeks and I will be his first senior companion here in the mission! So that will be fun. I really love this area and hope that only after 6 weeks I'll be able to remember where everything is exactly because it's a total maze here! hahaah. And I found out that our district is changing and me and my companion will be the only elders with 4 other sisters so you could say that it's pretty powerful here ;) 

Also I'm trying to learn Bisaya (which is another dialect in the southern philippines) because almost all of my companions, that is their native language, and most of the people in this area speak tagalog and bisaya! haha wish me luck! It's been pretty fun and they said I"m a fast learner so we will see how it goes!! haha 

Thats all for now! ill try to send pictures for all of you :) di ako makapag english haha nose bleed na ako dito!


Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission
The Sanchez Family







Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Almost Christmas!

Hello Everyone!! And Merry Christmas I guess? This week was a great one as well as the other ones! So I dont have that much time this week to explain waht happened. But I can tell you that the Lord ALWAYS has his hand in our lives. I know that for fact. I hope you can feel the love of the Lord as you all serve someone you love this week:))🎄🎄🎄

-- 
Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission

Monday, December 11, 2017

Man I love this place!

This week has been great. And because of that I'm just going to get straight to what happened :)
-We had Mission Tour with Elder Haynie (area presidency) and it was truly so amazing I felt like my testimony and my love for the Gospel of Christ turned into this mountain greater than Mt. Everest!!
-We attended a baptism of the sisters in our district of Brother Neson Jacob, the one I was able to interview a couple weeks ago! Long story short I was the person the ended up baptizing him and to make a longer story shorter, I didnt bring a change of clothes so I was walking around with a nice wet mark in my pants to our ward christmas party (But YES it was worth it. No doubt about it) 🎁🎄😊
*Note from Mom* This is what Cody sent us regarding the baptism :) "Last Friday we attended a baptism for the sisters in our district, of a guy I had interviewed. He had invited us to his baptism and of course we had to go. So at his baptism the person who was baptizing brother Nelson, tried about 7 times to baptize him. But because of it being probably his first time to baptize anyone in his whole life and probably because he is kinda small, he wasn't able to baptize him correctly.  Finally, I volunteered to baptize him. I changed into a nice jumpsuit the church had and performed the baptism, thankfully successful in one try. But the problem was I didnt have a change of clothes. So even though I was laughed at (by the sisters) for the wet mark of my garments through my pants, it was well worth it even though my garments were soaking wet :) hahahah! But I was blessed for them to dry off pretty fast!"

So my new Companion is Elder Iligan and he is from Negros Occidental here in the Philippines. (I would send a picture but a child of a member accidently deleted all my pictures on my camera so I have absolutely none saved...) Here in our area we have a "Group". (It is not yet a branch) Last Sunday there was about 15 people that atteneded. So here I was, a speaker last Sunday, (we are back up speakers every week :) we bless the Sacrament, we teach classes and I was asked about what topic to assign a member for their talk next week. So, in short you could say I LOVE IT here and love the members. They are the best. I'm thankful for the opportunity the Lord has given me and hope I can accomplish what the Lord expects of me and also help others reach their full potential as sons and daughters of God. Please keep them in your prayers :) And also keep in your prayers to have missionary experiences everyday so that you can be used as an instrument in God's hands and help scattered Israel find their home. I love all of you. I know that our prayers are always answered and that God the Eternal Father and His son Jesus Christ live and love each one of us!:)
Eler Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission
Last week at the temple. Shout out to Elder Polotu that sent this!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What the bundok?

So this has been my first area in Quirino area, and the "city" I thought I was moving to turns out to be just a mountain!! haha we are the only one in the whole city zone that has ABSOLUTELY NO CITY AT ALL!! It's awesome :) Anyways, it's only been one week and I can say that I already LOVE the people so much. They have a very special place in my heart :) Our area also is basically "squatters" as they are called, which is just houses built on houses, so there are tons of people living in a pretty small place. 

Our district is super amazing!! We have 4 Sisters and 4 Elders and it's a super happy district!! I've been able already to interview 2 children of God for baptism this past week. I was able to see and hear how the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has touched them personally and changed their lives as they were able to come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church here on the earth. I'm thankful for that and for the many things that have already happened this transfer. 

As I look back on how TIME HAS FLOWN BY so incredibly fast, I feel so blessed to be sitting down in the humble homes of my brothers and sisters here, eating their food, learning their culture and how willingly they have accepted me here. I didn't think I could be able to grow so close to a people that were so foriegn to me just 16 months ago.

I love the Lord, I love the Philippines and I know the church is true. It just IS! I can't fully explain my experiences but as I see how I and the investigators have changed by abiding to the precepts of the Gospel, I know we have come closer to Christ than by any other way. 

NXT WEEK I WILL HAVE PICTURES :)

Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission

I met this guy, Brother Zebe, (He's from Vegas too, small world) outside the temple earlier today.  He and his wife decided to attend the temple as well, here in Manila

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Transfers!

Soooooooooo... after 6 months of my favorite area, people and investigators, I'm being transferred! I'm going into the city for the first time, and I have been called as a district leader as well in our huge 8 missionary district!  I will miss so much all of the people I was blessed to meet. This has been a great time for me. I have learned more about myself and changed in this area more than I have in my whole mission. I hope with all my heart that the investigators here will continue on the path and continue to come unto Christ, and even if I won't be able to see some of them, my brothers and sisters again (in this life), I know that I'll be able to see them in the next life as we rejoice together!

Gina, our investigator, let us do service at her house this past week. We were able to paint her roof (which was a little bigger than I had anticipated) and she came to church with her 3 kids on Sunday!

We also found a part member family this week! We were out talking to just anyone on the street and it just happened by divine design :) that we talked to a guy, and he let us inside his house.  As we met with his family, it turns out his wife is actually a member of the church and was baptized in her province! It was such a cool experience!!  They have all been really accepting of us as well! 


Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission

A cool bird the members caught

Then we fed it a banana haha

Our amazing district (with Metro Manila in the background)

This goes to show how centered on Christ the Philippines really is!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Binyag saka Bakal

So this week we had a great Sunday! We were able to have a miracle baptism. We met Elnie and we had our first lesson on Nov. 2 and because she attended church 2 times before that, she was able to be baptized this last week. I can honestly tell that she was sooo prepared!! She was so accepting of all the lessons we had shared with her and she has such a soft heart! She was a "Born Again" before, and that had played such a big role in her life, but she got to see the differces in our church and felt most of all, the Spirit testify to her that this was the true church of Christ. 

This last wednesday we got to do service at our bishop's house and I had an "accident" I guess. haha. We were cleaning and cutting down trees and sawing wood, but that's not what hurt me haha. Long story short, I walked into this wierd piece of metal sticking out of their driveway, and since then my ankle has been swollen and there's a nice punture wound in my heel! The good part is that we have an amazing mission nurse that's helped, and I was also given permission to wear Crocs out proseylting while my foot heals so, that was been sweet (pictures included)  ;)

Being a missionary is easily the best calling ever ;) There are many times that really try my faith and patience in the Lord's plan for me, but time after time He's always there for me. The advice I would give to all of you whether you feel strong in your faith or feel the need for improvement -- Continue, press forward and trust in the Lord and His plan that He has for you. Don't ever lose your trust in Him. Let us all do what the Apostle Paul has instructed the Saints: 1 Thessalonians 3 10 .....and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
To perfect that which is lacking in our faith.


Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission

I'm pretty sure my eyes are open...

Elnie's baptism :)

The coolest ever!