Thursday, August 10, 2017


     Hello everyone.  We had a good week.

  So on Monday we went on splits with our kabahays and I went with elder Forsberg to work.  We taught a Christian spiritualist by candlelight and he seemed like he had taken some type of drugs.  It was a weird lesson and very interesting.  He kept questioning us and we would testify and teach truths and he didn't want it. haha funny guy.   There was a van last week that was going so fast and it was raining that we actually drifted a little bit on a corner.  Reminded me of the movies , Fast and Furious, it was cool.
    Tuesday, it hit me that it’s August and the time is going so fast, it’s crazy.   My companion and I are assigned right in a bayan(town) that’s on the beach and there’s a ton of fishermen, they’re so chill.  We need to share Matthew 4:19 with them haha.  There’s so many good people there and we found many good people. Filipino’s are the best!
   Wednesday we dedicated a grave with the senior couple, the Hatches.   It was a cool experience and that we know the plan of salvation and how much God loves us.  This family that just had the death is so awesome, their testimonies are still strong.  The plan of salvation is awesome.  We had a great finding day.  We found many new people that we have really high hopes for.  The Lord prepares people.  Halimbawa, (example) last week we were walking and I saw this kid about 17 and felt we needed to talk to him.   His dad was there and talked and secured a return appointment.    Wednesday was the appointment and they actually remembered and the whole family was there.  It was so awesome!  We have high hopes for them.  The work can't be done without the Spirit.  We taught the Word of Wisdom to some investigators (a family) and then the 13 year old said the closing prayer and he basically said in his prayer, "please help us to live the word of wisdom even though we don't want to" haha it was so funny but they’re an awesome family.

  Thursday we taught this investigator that used to be shy but is now less shy and is starting to progress and we are excited for her.   We also have some investigators that are awesome and the lessons are always so spiritual.  They didn't accept the baptismal date which was sad but I can see the Lord preparing them and the Spirit is working on them.  There’s a right time for everyone.    We taught and shared 1 Nephi 7:16-18 and it was straight fire.  The spirit was there and I learned so much. Sometimes we feel bound, but if we act in faith, God will grant us the strength to burst the bands that bind us and they will be loosened. Nephi is awesome and I learn a lot from his words.  
   Friday was pretty normal.   We are always helping recent converts and investigators because the area is so new, but its really progressing.   We taught this lesson and then they offered us dog.  They had killed it earlier and it was hanging by its hind legs and being cooked.  They would have given it to us but it wasn't done cooking, haha.  It’s crazy here.   We found a man that was a member a long time ago and has made huge changes in his life.  Really cool to see how the Lord doesn't forget about people and He loves us all so much and has a perfect plan. 
   On  Saturday we had another FHE with some recent converts and it was a success.  It really helped investigators and recent converts.  There is power in FHE and I encourage all people that are not doing it to start doing it.  It is inspired and will really help solve so many problems the family faces.  It doesn't have to be fancy. FHE is so cool. 
   On Sunday we went to church and it was great and then 3 of us from my batch (batch means you went into the mtc at the same time) had to go to Manila to get our Filipino drivers license.  They have every missionary get it, but you have to get it in a certain amount of time from when you arrive so your foreign one is still valid.   So we rode up with the senior couple, caught a bus and got in at midnight and are now in Manila for P- day which is fun because we can eat Mickey D’s  and do stuff that’s not on Mindoro.  We're excited and even more excited to go back to our areas tomorrow morning.  It has been interesting the last couple of couple of days,  but we now have our licenses for the Philippines which is pretty cool.  It was a good week.  This is such a rough summary and we had so many miracles and tender mercies happen, there’s just not enough time to say it all. I'm so thankful to be here and hope you all have a great week.

Elder Snyder

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