Monday, January 31, 2005
Today was back to work like normal. We taught a really strange first lesson out in Niyayos this morning. At first brother told us that he wanted us to just sit and talk to him all day long. We obviously couldn’t just do that and so we decided to teach him instead . . . surprise, surprise. That’s just what missionaries do! J We taught and all went well until I tried to commit him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. He told us that he’d read if he had time but then about the praying and asking God if it is true; he just told me that it was up to me if he prayed. Well, I was more than a little confused by that. Anyways, it was a strange experience. I’m not sure what will happen there. It is sad sometimes because people don’t’ understand that there really is a loving powerful God that twill hear and answer if they just have faith.
We had a good family home evening tonight with the Viloria family. They are so great. I started the lesson by showing the little girls a picture of Joseph Smith and asking them who he was. Both of them knew exactly who he was. I was really impressed. Also we shared about the first vision and I also asked them who appeared to Joseph Smith and both again knew who they were. Brother and Sister Viloria have really done a good job with them and they’ve only been members for a couple of months. I hope every day that I will get to see them at the temple at the end of this year. We also got the chance tonight to give a blessing to Gabriel Viloria, their little boy. It was the first time that I’ve done it all in Tagalog. Bro Pulido was also there and so he got to see how it works.