Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Power!

So this past week has been the HIGHLIGHT of my mission!! But sadly I dont have much time to share all the details about it... :(

This past Friday, we had a vist with ELDER ANDERSEN from the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. It was AMAZING!! I was on a spiritual high all that day! We were able to shake hands with him and with the area presidency. It was just such a humbling feeling. Even though I was super nervous haha for some reason, I was humbled and I know thats something like the Savior would be like. I forgot my many pages of notes from his talk, but the spirit was just spewing out of the roof of the chapel!!!  He talked about the spiritual gifts we were able to recieve and ref. Moroni 10:17 
17 And all these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ; and they come unto every man severally, according as he will.
That "he" is us. Because its obvioulsy lowercased. So according to our desire and will, through prayer and action we can acquire any of the spiritual gifts we want to acquire if we have a righteous desire. It was amazing. He had many other things he talked about, but thats just the one I'll share with you.

Then on Saturday and Sunday we had our stake conference. And earlier today we were able to attend the temple. I cannot tell you how much I have learned in the span of 1 week! It has been full of  spirit and revelation for myself and for our area here.

We have been having trouble lately finding people to teach for the last couple weeks, but we have focused on just doing what the Lord wants us to do and nothing else and... we have had SUCCESS! Just yesterday, we met and taught a family who seemed just to be glowing as we taught them about the Plan of Salvation and about the special plan that Our Father in Heaven has for each one of us. And as I have been able just to teach out of love and see them as the Lord does, I cannot explain the change that has occured! What a blessing!!!

I know this work is the most important work on the earth, I know that God lives and His Son is the head of this church right now. I know that the temple is truly the the House of the Lord and that we will be able to live in never ending joy in the next life if we strive to do our best.
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Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission


Monday, September 11, 2017

Anak Ko 'to

This week has been a pretty interesting one! I now have an "anak" (child).  In mission terms: I have been called by the Lord to train! Last wednesday I went to the mission home and there were talks, workshops and at the very end, our companionships were announced. My new brand new companion coming straight out of the MTC is Elder Remulta. He is from Davao. He's great, and just like "The District" cd's, "Elder Remulta came pre-trained." haha. He really has a desire to be a missionary and serve the people here.

This Friday we will be visited by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. Our whole mission is so excited, especially me!! I will have to let you know how it was next week! I ran out of time but at least I have pictures this week.

Remember that any kind of trial you go through, the Lord knows your heartaches and your weaknesses. But have faith in Him that no matter what happens, it is His plan and it will all be for the better. Elder Remulta shared a (I forgot the word.. ) but anyway it's like an explanation of trials. To become stronger we have to lift heavy weights, ganoon din with our trials, for our faith to become stronger and stronger, we need to go through trials. I know the Lord lives and Im ever happy that Im in His service!  

Elder Aguiar
Quezon City Mission



Anak ko

Kabahay

Ward Baptism

Our Batch is Training :)







Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MERRRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE PHILIPPINES!!! 🌲🎄⛄🔥🎁 (Yes, The "-ber" months turn Christmas season into a 4 month season!)



Anyways this week was honestly so amazing!!!  So transfers are tommorow, and I got a call last night, from the AP's. They explained that The Lord has called me to train a brand NEW missionary. As he said that, I didnt say anything because I was just surprised totally. The AP was wondering if I was on the other line because he thought the phone line cut out. But anyway, I'm so thankful that the Lord has given me His trust at this time, as well as His confidence to excel as a leader and also a trainer. I'm grateful I have this time to stretch myself in my callings, and to love my district as well as my new trainee! 

This week we were able to have MTC exchanges with Elder Crane and Elder Palmer, both from Utah (where all the missionaries from the MTC go on splits with the missionaries in the field) and I can tell you it was SUCH a spiritual experience!! We were able to find the elect of God! We met a guy named Jassmer and as we talked to him he expressed that his mother had passed away and that he wants to come back to God through church attendence. I explained that this was the plan of God for him, for us to meet him and share how families can be together forever. The Spirit was definitely there. 

This past week I have been able to see the many many blessings the Lord gives me personally everyday. I know without a doubt He knows each one of us personally, He knows our names, our weaknesses and our struggles, for we are His children and He loves us. This week my testimony of the Savior, of God and of the Book of Mormon, was strengthened so much. I know Christ lives, He has a body and suffered for each one of us, kaya He knows how to succor us. I know without any doubt in my mind that He is the Head of this church. Thank you for all the prayers and the love.  Mahal tayo ng diyos. Alam ko na, perpekto yung plano ng Diyos para sa atin. Mahal ko kayo


I dont have any pictures :( But I can gurantee there will be a lot next week!! ;)
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Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission


Monday, August 28, 2017

What an amazing week to be a servant of the Lord!!



This week was amazing!! The first big event that happened this week, is that Sister Rose-ann, and her two kids were baptized! What made it even better is that their father (Brother Babante) was able to recieve the Aaronic Priesthood and baptize his own family!! How amazing right?? I could not tell you how big my smile was after each one of them came up out of the water!! But I know that our Heavenly Father is more excited than I am to see His children on the path to eternal life! And even better is next year they will be sealed as a family for time AND eternity in the House of the Lord :)

This week we were also able to find 15 new investigators in our area which was a big achievement for us! I have also felt the Lord's love for me. I have had talks from general conference going through my mind this week, and through them and trying to live the principles they have explained, I have been filled with more happiness and with a greater love of those around me. One scripture I have had in my mind is John 15:18-19.  I repeat it in my mind and when I'm down, I think of it. It's an AMAZING scripture, at least for me, to know as disciples of the Lord we will face trials and adversity. That is inevitable.  But Jesus reminds us, that the world has hated Him even before it has hated us, and it makes me feel good to know that if I'm hated as a missionary or face adversity as a member of the church, I'm in pretty good company! :)  We just have to remember as Latter-Day Saints, that Jesus suffered for all man-kind and because of that, He knows "how to succor His people". Not just in sadness or disappointment, but in rejection as well. 

I know that as we do "whatsoever He saith' unto us", we will always be on the right path. It will at times, come with disappointment and tears, but "Don't fear, just live right!" And as we do our best, God will do the rest as we press forward steadfastly as Latter-Day Saints. I know with my heart that God listens to every one of our prayers. He loves us perfectly, and He sees the divine potential in all of us. Through doing our best He can mold us into the ''best son or daughter of God" we can be. I know that Jesus Christ lives, I know He most certainly is the head of this great church. 

Love,
Elder Aguiar
Quezon City Mission

The Babante Family baptism

I had no idea there were pine trees in the Philippines

The farthest area of the mission



Monday, August 21, 2017

He Lives and He Loves

I just want to say before I start my email that I'm so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ, and for my Heavenly Father. I know with an exact certainty that I'm so abundantly blessed. I've been able to more fully realize that the Lord knows us so personally. Something I just want to say, when you kneel down at the end of the day or in the morning or whenever you pray, pray as if God is listening, because HE IS! And if you can keep that in your mind, I know it will bless you immensely. You will be blessed to feel His love for you and you will have a greater appreciation of the power of prayer the Lord has so lovingly granted unto all of us!

This week as you can probably tell, I have concentrated more on my prayers. This week I'm grateful that I was able to see the power of prayers in my life personally! The work here in Antipolo is going amazing. It looks like I'm out of time. 

I know I didn't get to include many experinces, but I know that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that our prayers are always answered. I know that Jesus Christ is my and our Savior and Redeemer. I know that He Loves and He lives.


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      Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission

This boy was so excited to buy a rat for 20 pisos

My new favorite meal (chicken feet!)

Ubos na!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Stay Tuned for Next Sunday ;)

So this week has been a great time for blessings from the Lord!!

The Babante Family (Sister Roseann, Le Andro and Anndrea will be baptized next week!!! And Brother Babante will be ordained to the office of Priest so he can baptize his wife and kids!! How exciting!! I'll be setting my calender next August for a temple sealing :)

We were blessed also this week to find another family that we have been looking for! We had this name in our area book of a family and we could not figure out where they lived or anything. We just coincidentally asked a member if they knew anyone who would be interested in the Church, and low and behold, they took us to that house of the family we were looking for!! We didn't realize who it was until we saw a calendar on the wall that had their name on it "Banda Family"! But it turns out they want to be baptized! So that was a real miracle this week!!

We also have Zone Conference tomorrow and in September Elder Neil L. Andersen will be coming to our mission!! SO you can bet I'm looking forward to that!!!!

I have some pretty awesome pictures and videos this week BUT,  the computer wont load... so I will have to try again next week :(  Stay tuned!


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      Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission


Monday, August 7, 2017

Ummm... I got nothin'

So I couldn't really think of a subject line this week haha oh well! Come to think of it, I can't really think of what happened this week either. I feel like I was just here yesterday 😂 

This week has been packed full of meetings honestly! We had our leaders training this week with President Koster, we have really focused our efforts this past week with coordinating with leaders in our ward as well to help the Bagong Nayon ward become more self reliant! On Sunday we had a couple of meetings and didn't get out of the church until 4:30 pm. Our church started at 10:30 am.. haha

Miracle this week!
We decided to go to the farthest part of our area this past week! We got to meet with some members and find out where their houses were. The last house we went to before we left was the house of the Bumatay family. We walked in and Brother was in bed sick and wasn't able to go to work. He was over-heating and couldn't get up. They asked for a blessing! Me and Elder Rey and another member that came with us, blessed him. After we blessed him with that same Priesthood as in olden times, the same power that the Prophets had, he started to sweat and cool off. Then after the blessing, instead of going back to sleep, he sat up and talked with us. Yesterday for fast and testimony meeting, Sister Bumatay stood and bore her testimony and was expressing how greatful she was, not only for us, but for the Priesthood power the Lord has given us on this earth. I then realized how perfect the plan is that God has for us, and that he lead us to that house in the farthest part of our area to give Brother a blessing.

Other than our wonderful experience and meetings, I am grateful for the Lord and for His love for me. I'm not perfect, but I've been able to see the vision of who the Lord wants me to be on my mission, and it's totally amazing! I can't tell you how great my desire is to just find people and teach them about the fulness of the Restored Gospel. I love you all so much and hope you can see how much the Lord loves you this week!!


Love, 
      Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission



part of our area sa bundok :)