Wednesday, July 19, 2017


 Last Tuesday we talked to these people and they fed us immediately and it was so good. That just shows how nice Filipinos are, they feed complete strangers, delicious food. 

    On Wednesday I read 1 Corinthians 13 and it had a powerful effect on me.  I encourage all to read it.   Ponder it and think how you can apply it in your life,  I promise that you will learn something and it will help you.  We showed up to a new eating place that we just found and there were a ton of people being loud as they ate.   When we stepped into to eat the whole place went quiet and they just started staring at us. haha They were so surprised to see an American.  It was so funny and a little awkward.   The Lord keeps  providing,  we found 11 new investigators that could lead to many potential families. Missionary work rocks!

    The father that got baptized on Saturday came back from fishing on Wednesday. It was a miracle.   They were out of money,  he had to go fishing and was going to come back on Friday to be here for the baptism.  My companion and I were a little stressed about that. We wanted to be able to teach them and visit them all before the baptism but he came back on Wednesday night and was there Thursday which was a huge miracle because the reason they came back was because they caught a lot of fish.  It was an answer to prayers, it was so cool.  Even though they were out less time they caught more fish.  That just shows that no matter what our weaknesses or faults are, the Lord can improve and qualify us and work miracles in our lives that will bless us and our families.  He also resisted his fellow fisherman when they were drinking coffee. He heated up water and put sugar in it.  What a guy, so proud of him. 

    On Friday we taught eternal marriage to some investigators and they loved it.  So happy to see the joy that came into the girls eyes.  The plan of salvation is awesome.  We got charged by a cow with huge horns, but we got away safely with no injures encountered.

    On Saturday was the baptism of the Madrid Family. They are so awesome.  I can really see the change in them and how they have repented, it’s so cool.  I love them so much.  I am so grateful that we were able to teach and baptize them.  So many small miracles happened that made this baptism possible.  Our mission president attended the baptism and it was awesome.   If you remember the Tribucio family from May.(They got baptized in the ocean)  The father of that family baptized the father of the Madrid family because they are friends, so cool.  I baptized the mom and my companion baptized their daughter. Such a cool experience.  I can't explain the happiness of seeing someone enter the waters of baptism (and those waters are awesome in the ocean) and start their covenant pathway to our Heavenly Father.  The waves were huge again.  When they receded they were at my knees but would then come back at my shoulders.  Great day!

   On Sunday we had tons of people come to church which was awesome. Many new investigators.  Our mission president was still there and he confirmed the dad, my companion the mom and me the daughter. Confirming is also such a cool experience, so spiritual to be able to participate and have my hand on my mission president's shoulder with my hand on someones head as we confirmed.  We had the first rest hymn in our special sacrament. That is huge because the church is just starting there, we don't need rest hymns usually but we did this Sunday.  I can really see the work progressing here, so awesome! 

   I hope you all read the Book of Mormon and look for missionary opportunties and remember that God loves you and cares for you. Don’t get discouraged, remember who you are.  You are a child of God and Jesus Christ atoned for your sins.  Act in faith and He will bless you. Have a great week. 

Elder Snyder

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