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!! ;)
--
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.


--
      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 :) 










Monday, July 31, 2017

ES-CAP-E

WHAT AN AMAZING WEEK!! I had a great week and it was definitely filled with happiness. :)

So let me explain the heading haha. We were riding on a trike and I was just looking around and I saw the word "escape" on a car. I read it in my mind "es-cap-e" (yes, like in Finding Nemo)  I said to myself what the?? What kind of word is that?? What does that mean?  And then it dawned on me that it is an actual word in English... There's my little tagalog/english humor for today!

This week was amazing honestly. I loved it. Although it was just a little different with my new calling, it was just great :) We were able to have two baptisms yesterday!! I can honestly say that JP and Arjay are a lot smarter than I was when I was 9 and 10!! You should've of seen them after their baptism, they were so happy :)  Even though it was transfers, we were able to have progress in our area! The Babante family that I talked about last week, (the father is a member but the rest of his family isn't) they have come to church the last couple weeks and we were able to find out that Sister KNOWS the Church is true!! As we heard that, we taught about the Plan of Salvation and the importance of baptism and extended a baptism date for August 12! As soon as the kids heard that, they jumped up and said "Ma! We are going to be able to be baptized??" Oh man!  What an amazing lesson and family!!

All I can say is that I have been the happiest I have ever been in my WHOLE entire life. I can say that without a doubt. A missionary that just returned from his mission, bore his testimony in sacrament yesterday and it made me realize more about myself. I may have thought I knew who I was before my mission, the things I was going to do and what kind of person I was supposed to be, but I have realized more and more I had no idea about myself. Here on my mission I have come so much closer to Christ. I have found the real person the Lord wants me to be.  I have never experienced so much joy in my life! I know Christ lives. I know this is His church. I'm grateful to be here sharing the fullness of the Gospel with the people of the Philippines. What a great and perfect plan God has for us.
--
      Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission

Babante Family

Baptism

Adventures on P-Day



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Transfer Time Again

It is transfer day this week! It feels like I just got here!!!
But me and my companion will be staying here together in Bagong Nayon together. The Zone Leaders called me last night and told me I would be called as a District Leader in our zone. So, I'm just relying heavily on the promise from the Lord: For those He calls He qualifies! 

This week Arjay and JP passed their interview for baptism! So next Sunday they will have the opportunity to be baptized!! So amazing!! 

Miracles
This past week, the Alaurin kids that we have been teaching said that their mom didn't want them coming to church anymore. She said that they are Catholic, and Christians are not the same, but we can totally tell that they are prepared by the Lord! We told their dad that the messages we have are better if your whole family takes part in them, but he just doesn't have time now. BUT after praying and having them pray, they are allowing their kids to attend church!! HOW GREAT!! Our goal hopefully is to have them as a whole participate in church and the great messages we have for them :)

This week has been full of work, but I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to be a representative of Christ in this amazing time! I'm grateful for everyday I have to become a better missionary and a better son of God through the atonement. I know that as people here on earth, we may feel like we are alone, we may feel like there is no purpose in life, but I know and testify to you that God not only loves us, He has a plan for each one of us. I know that the will of God is the best way to navigate through this life. As we strive to be humble and align our will with His, we will be successful and come to love our Father in Heaven so much more. LOVE YOU ALL!!

-- 
      Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission



Monday, July 17, 2017

The Fastest Week!

This week was well 👆 the fastest week of my mission and seeing that transfers are next week, the fastest transfer. But this week was sooo great!!! And next week we are looking forward to some baptisms :)

Highlight of the WEEK!!
OUR INVESTIGATORS are PROGRESSING! It has been super great!! We have some investigators that are siblings and close friends. The Alilung Family! They were able to attend church yesterday and they loved it!! Oh my goodness it was the best feeling to just watch them at church and have people come over and fellowship them. Later last night we taught them and they had just come back from the computer shop. What were they doing? Researching... About the Kirtland TEMPLE! How GREAT IS THAT? They asked how they could be missionaries like us and want to be baptized.

The Babante family is so kind! They weren't able to attend church yesterday because sister was super sick and throwing up so they went to have a check up. But Sister has many questions because her siblings and parents are catholic and so she sees many differences. We answered all her questions, but the one thing we always tell our investigators to "Ask of God" (the youth theme this year). Because we may have many answers for them, but the most important answer comes from God, to know if what we have shared is true, and if they
have real intent and a sincere heart, they will receive an answer.

Service This week!!!
This week we helped clean out and slightly dig out a well of a member in our district leaders area. We had to empty the whole well by just taking buckets and pulling the water out. Seeing that it was like 12 feet deep it took a while. SO WHO WENT TO THE BOTTOM YOU ASK?  Me... hahaha! I was the only volunteer!  But after 3 hours it was finished. It was such a cool experince. I was covered with dirt and soaked but it was something I will never forget!
(PICTURES IN THE INCOMING EMAILS)
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      Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission

Having fun with the kids

Silly kids!

Digging out the well

In the worm hole


Members from Taiwan 

Families can be together forever





Monday, July 10, 2017

Investigators and Blessings

What a week.
I'm not sure how many times I've said this but time flies here! Tumatakbo ako sa labas ng oras. But as I'm reflecting on this past week it's been great. On July 4th we had exchanges so I wasn't able to have a feast with my fellow filipinos :(

 But I do have a really cool experience that was heart touching to me. During exchanges we went to a family that isnt too active but after we shared a spiritual thought from Alma, and we were leaving, the mother said to me that I reminded her of a missionary that was assigned here before. I asked why, and she said we have the same face, but then she said in English "I feel like you could look into my soul and tell if I was lying, like an angel without a halo".  Although thats obviously not what I am, haha, I really was thankful for that moment to kind of reflect on myself and what happened. Because people don't say that you everyday!

Another blessing is that the Babante family, I thinked I told you about, (Brother is a member but his family isn't. They have 3 kids :)) They all attended church on Sunday!! They were just this perfect little family in the back, it was amazing!! We were blessed to have 9 investigators at church yesterday!!! I'm not the best at it, but once I can reflect over each day and look at the blessings I have been given, it makes me tear up to feel the love my Father in Heaven has for me.  Even when I'm not perfect and make mistakes, I know that God is perfect and knows what to do to help us.

I have been able to realize more and more that when we work hard to be obedient and do my best the Lord will provide the rest. I know that Jesus Christ lived on this earth to teach His gospel.  I also know that he suffered, a suffering far beyond we know as mortals, because He loves us.  I know Jesus is the Christ, the Resurrected Lord. This is HIS church, not the church of Mormon, or Joseph Smith, but of Christ.  I know the eternal doctrines that are so near to my heart do not come from men, kundi galing sa Diyos. Darn, I mean but they come from God. There's no way I can deny that.
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      Elder Cody Aguiar
Philippines Quezon City Mission

BATCH

Intersections... Fun

Yes, that is a garden made of Mt. Dew bottles

Area Namin

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tag-ulan talaga!

Magandang Umaga from half way around the world! 🌏

So transfers, I just realized are half way over, and here in Antipolo we have been working hard. I can honestly say that. We have been truly blessed with many people to teach here. We received a member referral a couple weeks ago, for a part member family. The father is a member of the church and his wife and his 3 kids aren't. We got to visit with them and they. Are. GOLDEN! As we left, the kids asked "pa! pwuede kami maging mormon?" (Dad can we be baptized?) They are so great!! 

I have realized more and more until it has become clear to me that, I need not fear about the limit of my capabilities, but to trust in the Lord and always always always ask for His help!!  
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

What power!! 

D&C 84:88 And whoso receiveth you, there will be also, for will go before your face. will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

It has been made clear in old times and in modern day revelation that we will NOT be left comfortless. Our Heavenly Father loves each one of us.

So it is officially rainy season here and It has rained everyday for the last 2 weeks! Haha! In the morning the sky is so clear and then right about lunch time, it switches so fast like its some big joke and then when the heavy clouds start rolling in, everyone grabs their laundry and heads inside. Most of them just stay inside until the rain is over, which is all the better for us to find those the Lord has prepared to receive the Restored Gospel, just like in times of old. What an amazing time to be here on earth!!

Temple Day

Temple

Oops, a little too serious there

Out Proselyting


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Philippines Driver's License... WOAH

Sige sige, so this week was, I'm not sure how to explain it in English... Anyways, this week we had our p-day on Wednesday because we had meetings and let's not forget the TEMPLE DAY!  We went earlier today:) It was honestly sooo amazing. It was my first temple day since my first area! It was honestly just the best!! I feel like I'm walking on clouds right now :) So here on the mainland we get to go every other transfer, so I guess being here does have its perks.

MY Drivers License Experience
So as I said in my subject line, I had the chance to get my license here in the Philippines. Because I was just converting my license over, there was no driving involved. BUT there was an eye exam, and I forgot my GLASSES. So, I get up there and they say "Stand on the x and read #10", which was the smallest font known to man haha!! Anyways, they had me cover one eye and read then switch. Let's just say as I read I could not see it WHATSOEVER. So I GUESSED. I got all of the letters wrong.  I was worried, and the guy asks "Do you have glasses?" I said "Yes, but I left them at the house." You want to know what happened? He passed me haha!! Then as I looked over the sheet he signed, there was a hearing test which I passed apparently, but I never too!. So I guess as long as you can talk with the guy, you pass!! haha! 

Highlight of the Week
We worked in one of our farthest areas last week and we were able to have 4 of our different investigators in 1 lesson together. As we taught and reviewed about the Restoration, it was amazing!! The spirit was strongly present in the lesson. I had said things and taught things like I have never before. I wasn't nervous but words were just pouring out of my mouth. There was one nanay, and I asked what her feeling was about the last part of the lesson. She said it was an amazing feeling and that she had a "stirring in her heart" she truly wanted to know if the message we bore was true. We taught her about the promise in the Book of Mormon, that if you read it with an open and sincere heart, and pray fervently to God to know if it is true, he will manifest His answer unto you through the power of the Holy Ghost. She accepted!!! Talk about amazing!!!  

I'm so so thankful for this life that we have here on earth! To gain experience to become more like our Father in Heaven!! I'm grateful for the powers of Priesthood and Holy Ghost. They are true! God and Jesus Christ live. Jesus is the Christ the only begotten of the Father to bear upon Him our sins and burdens. He knows each one of us by name. Our Heavenly Father is our Father and listens to our prayers. 

Love you all! Enjoy this life and the beautiful blessings Heavenly Father gives unto each of us.

Your newly licensed kano,
-Elder Aguiar

"wala kong mga larawan.. pasneya talaga.." (I dont have my pictures...") Next week na lang!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

New Week in Antipolo City

Anu bi yann. magkaiba talaga dito.. Oh wait, english. WHOOPS!! So I'm here in Antipolo City and the first thing that I will tell you is that I feel totally out of place in a more city-like enviorment. I honestly am really trying to adjust. Our area has seriously HUMONGOUS hills  we walk up and down and my legs aren't used to it yet.. haha but it's all ok. There is actually a ward here, not a branch, and they are way funny and so very nice.

My new companion is Elder Rey and this only his third transfer here on his whole mission. It's really weird helping someone else to become a more effective missionary because I feel like I'm still trying to learn myself, but he is really hard working. Also, we have another companionship in the house and they are all native filipinos. LONG STORY SHORT I haven't heard or even had to think about English this whole week. These last couple of transfers I have been blessed by the Lord and he has increased my ability to speak this language. Before, when I was newer in the mission, no one could understand me, but now I'll catch myself just spitting out Tagalog super fast and it surprises me talaga! 

I've been able to come a lot closer to the Lord this last week, and I can tell you that He is absolutely amazing, and even "amazing" cannot describe the glory of Jesus Christ or our Heavenly Father. I can honestly say that there is no word in the whole human vocabulary that can describe the feelings I have of the tender mercies we recieve from our loving Father in Heaven. All I can say is that Christ lives, He truly does, and so great is the joy of being His children! 

Love,
Elder Aguiar

Saying goodbye to the area and people I love the most

Goodbye Mindoro!

Going out for the day with Elder Rey


Monday, June 12, 2017

Transfer Time!

Transfers are this week! In other words, I don't have much time for emails... But I will have time next week! :) I will be transfering back to the mainland to Antipolo! It's a brangay up in the mountains they said, so I'm excited!! My new comp will be Elder Rey. He just finished his first 12 weeks in the field so I will be his first senior companion! 

This week was amazing! Elder Almasin and I killed it this week! Even through the most rain I have ever seen in my life, we were able to still represent the Lord! We were able to get, I think, 7-8 bapstims lined up for the last week of June and the first week of July! I really don't want to leave here, because I don't just love the area but I love the people... Here in Mindoro, my life has changed and its hard to leave, but what a blessing. Even though I won't be able to see the baptisms go through, I'm still happy! Also, thank you for the many birthday wishes! I loved hearing from all of you!

Love,
Elder Aguiar

We surprised Sister Hermoso for her birthday

Pulling a boat in from sea (everyone that helps gets free freshly caught fish)

We climbed up a tree and got some lungka

Companionship unity ;)

They wanted to get a picture with the only person transferring.. (ME)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

One Year Older and Wiser Too!

So what a coincidence that my birthday is on P-day! haha I loved all the wonderful emails from you all!! I love you :)

Anyway, this week was pretty great!! Elder Almasin and I as always, are so happy here in Rizal. We have also agreed that this transfer was so amazingly fast! We have transfers next week and I have no idea where I will be assinged, but I will surely be happy where ever I'm assigned! This week after 5 weeks of working our hardest, we have seen so many blessings from the Lord!! We have found multiple families that are interested and were definitely prepared by the Lord for u,s and the wonderful message of the Restored Gospel!! We also received a referral from a family in our branch and the Cassimero family is golden! Sister Cassimero had so many questions and is so interested!! After our lesson she thanked us for teaching her and was so happy to finally know what makes sense to her and to the spiritual hunger she has! 

I know without a doubt that God is indeed our Loving Father in Heaven, he will not let us out to dry or fail. He is our Literal Father and knows what's best for us. If we have faith in Him and in Jesus Christ, all things will happen for the better. I'm so thankful for the wonderful knowledge I have of the Divine Plan that God has for us. 

Love,
Elder Aguiar
Elder Batman :) We caught this bat in our apartment

Happy birthday to me!

My little buddy

Having fun with the kids :)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tag-Ulan!!

So yes! It's Tag-Ulan (rainy season). It's rained a couple times this past week, and I mean hard! There's been thunder and lightning and brown outs but its GREAT! So it looks like I suvived my first summer here in the Philippines!!

MIRACLE OF THE WEEK:
So lately it has been so hard here in Rizal to be able to teach lessons. Elder Almasin and I have undertaken the task of focusing only on the areas closer to the church, which is really hard. The missionaries used to live closer to the church so they would talk to everyone that lived over there. So it's been a lot of people that don't want to talk, or they say they have somewhere else to go. Sooo... our amazing district came to our area and we ALL worked here in Rizal, all 8 of us. It turned out well and as we were tracting we found an amazing family! We can truly tell they were prepared by the Lord!! Along with the 20 other refferals from the other missionaries in our district. We have seen that after patience and hard work and prayers, God can truly blesss you!

So we only have a couple of weeks left of this transfer and its been so fast!! I hope that I will be able to stay one more transfer in this great place!!:) 

Other than working as a missionary, I'm doing my best to become the best Filipino I can be here! I love it! Sometimes I forget that I'm totally white and wonder why everyone stares at me. But that's when I remember that my heart is filipino but unfortuantely my skin is still American.

Love, Elder Aguiar

Elder Almasin and I


My favorite district after our activity

My favorite little kids ever!