Monday, July 6, 2015

July 5th 2015

That is officially one year in the books! One of the best most challenging year of my  life. I have been sitting here trying to figure out how to summarize my 1st year as I missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! One year ago I left everything got dropped off at the MTC ready for the most rewarding two years of my life!
The 5 weeks in the MTC now feel like a dream and just remember the spirit that was in the special place and wanting to get out of there as fast as I could to go the Philippines and convert the whole island! Then came the humbling experience where I realized how much i needed the help of Our Heavenly Father. I had some rough days which I wouldn't trade for anything because those were when I prayed harder than I have ever prayed in my life! And really found my relationship with my Father in Heaven. Then had those days where you just come back smiling from ear to ear because you met someone who really want prepared for you and at the end of the day you say the most powerful prayer of thanks because you knew that He answered you prayer and He is taking care of you!
Studying the scriptures and saying countless prayers out load everyday. Finding how true the Book of Mormon and being amazing by it everyday! Then go out and try to get people to see how it can help them. To see them accept the Gospel and really change. Makes you realized why you left everything to serve a mission.

 I have learned things that I know I could only learn here in this place with these special people. I am so grateful for this place are for all of my companions no matter how different we all are. I have learned priceless lessons from them and I love every single one!

"Do what is right let the consequence follow" That is what Mia Lago has decided to do. She announced yesterday at church after singing that song that. She knows whats right and will get baptized and will put her trust in God no matter might happen when she gets baptized. She knows that God will make sure that she will be OK. God does not give us a commandment unless he also provides a way for us to follow! 

I  am so happy to be here and know that we have the Restored Gospel today. No matter where you are the church is blessing the lives of people and bringing them closer to God. I am so thankful for the truthfulness of the Gospel it makes it a lot easier to be a missionary and answer their questions!!! Its so true and so so good!


Elder Craythorne