Tuesday, March 15, 2016


^^^ Real quote from a lady when we were trying to go door knocking, or "tao po'ing" in Puerto Princessa.
So that was great. Haha!

Anyway, we had Zone Meeting last week in Puerto! We rode in a shuttle for a few hours, so I tried to study, but then I got carsick because reading + bumpy road = No. It was nice seeing the Zone and to receive training from the Zone Leaders. Our focus was on getting investigators to come to church because that has lately been our weak spot when it comes to helping our investigators enter the waters of baptism. Much fun and much practice teaching.
We also had a fireside with Elder Snow and the Church Historian and some other General Authorities. They talked about what they do as part of the Church History department and all the rad stuff they have in the Church History Vaults. Also they said they still don't have the Sword of Laban so that still answers that question.

We're hoping to see some baptisms this coming April! So prepare yourselves for that!
We have 2 investigators who are showing genuine interest and desire to live the Gospel and become baptized! In lessons they're answering questions and truly thinking and trying to understand and internalize the doctrine we share with them. We are trying to stress Eternal Marriage with them because they need to be married before they can be baptized, so we're cheering them on and praying for them.

Also sometimes I'm not the best at teaching... okay scratch that. I'm really not good at teaching because I end up getting flustered and forgetting a lot.  But I'd just like to quickly testify of the power of bearing short and simple testimonies. Bearing my testimony in Tagalog is one of the first things we learned at the MTC, and that it such a blessing because even if our teaching isn't very eloquent at times, our investigators can feel the power of our personal witness that the message we share with them is true. So short, simple, and powerful statements.

Alright, I'm out.

Much love,

-Elder Ahn


Pick Up The Diamonds

Dear Sisters and Elders,

You have all heard me tell the story  of the group of travelers who were making a long journey on horses. They  were in a hurry so that had to travel all day and all night. After  riding their horses for many hours, their guide instructed them to stop  and get off of their horses in the middle of the night. She then told them to pick up some of the  rocks from the ground and put them in their pockets. She said: "In the  morning you will be happy and you will be sad." No one knew what she  meant by saying that. The were tired and they wanted to get back on  their way. So they put some rocks in their pockets, re-mounted and  proceeded on their journey. When they arrived at their destination the  next day the guide asked them to take the rocks out of their pockets and  look at them. To their great surprise, each of them had a handful of  glittering, beautiful diamonds. It was then that they understood her  comment the night before. Each of them was happy that they had picked up  some diamonds, but each was sad because they wished they had picked up many, many more.

As you serve the Lord as a missionary, it is important that you "pick up the diamonds."

I encourage each of you to collect good quotes, scriptures and nuggets of wisdom. Write them down. Put them on your wall. Save them in a notebook. These diamonds will be treasures for the rest of your life. These diamonds will bless your family and those you serve.

Here are a few of my diamonds:

"There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, if we have faith." (Gordon B. Hinckley)

"Truly understood and properly practiced, faith is one of the grand and glorious powers of eternity. It is a force powerful beyond our comprehension." (Joseph B. Wirthlin)

"Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death." (Anonymous)

"Faith is not only a feeling; it is a decision. With prayer, study, obedience, and covenants, we build and fortify our faith. Our conviction of the Savior and His latter-day work becomes the powerful lens through which we judge all else." (Neil L. Andersen)

"Faith is not so much something we believe; Faith is something we live." (Joseph B. Wirthlin)

"Faith brings power to what we do. Love brings meaning to what we do."

"God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord." (2 Timothy 1:7-8)

May the Lord bless you to find all of the "diamonds" of your mission and bring them into your soul.

Mahal ko po kayo,

President Creg Ostler

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