Elder Jordan Royal

Elder Jordan Royal
Jordan hugs big sister Kelli

Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's Holy Week!

Jordan and his Grandpa Royal, September 2011
            Happy, happy birthday to Grandpa Royal!!!  I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!  Thank you for being such an inspiration to me for so many years.  I hope you enjoyed getting older today.  (Ha).

            I'm pretty excited that it's Holy Week again here.  It is exciting to have more people willing to accept our message about Jesus Christ.  However, I admit that it is really strange to see people whip themselves and even get crucified to crosses.  (Yes, it is really that intense here.)  That is what they believe what they have to do to receive forgiveness of their sins.  That actually baffles me, since it ignores the Atonement of the Savior, and the fact the He already suffered and died for the sins of all mankind.  We do not have to physically suffer for our sins, but are to present ourselves to the Savior of All Mankind with a broken heart and contrite spirit.  He suffered for all those who love and choose to follow Him.  Happy Easter by the way!  We were talking last night about how General Conference is only two weeks away now (for us at least)!  I am so excited for General Conference again.

The Saturday baptism for Kim, Gracia, and Dinera with the branch

            We had a great baptism on Saturday for Kim, Gracia, and Dinera.  Unfortunately, though, we made the mistake though of having a combined baptism with two other missionaries, so it started WAY late.  Had it been just our branch, we would have been on time.  Still, we had a great experience despite being late.  Kim's entire family (except for her mom, the only member in their family) attended, which really made her happy.  She has absolutely the strongest testimony of anyone.  Kim definitely deserved this.  Gracia and Dinera also gave great testimonies.  It's always cool to hear the investigator's perspective of what happened when the missionaries first came to them.  Gracia told a story of how after we left following our first lesson, that they felt something very different from anything they had ever experienced in any other religion.  She said they were hungry before we came and wanted to eat, but then after they listened to us, she said they felt full as if she already ate.  Then she gave her food to their chickens and said: "I'm not hungry anymore.  I'm full and it feels great."   I guess the Spirit literally feeds us with a testimony that we won't have a desire to eat.  The Savior said: “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger.”  (John 6:35.)  That is what came to my mind while Kim was bearing her testimony.  Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life.
Jordan & E. Revillo with Jonathan, together with 
Dinera and Gracia with their mother

            We were able to find some new investigators this week to revive our teaching pool now that three of our investigators were baptized this week.  Four of them are the star players for the branch's basketball team.  The stake started a basketball tournament this week and they're now 2-1.  They're really awesome and hoping that we'll be able to teach all of them again.  They are all priesthood-aged which is good, because even the branch president made a comment yesterday at sacrament that at least 80% of the active members are women.  I really do not know what's been up with the men, but we've been really trying to find and re-active Melchizedek Priesthood holders.
Jordan & E. Revillo with Jonathan  & Kim

            Yesterday after sacrament meeting, the APs came to the stake center to pick up the missionaries going home this week.  There are 24 going home this week with 29 coming in, so we'll be alright.  Elder Talento is among those going home this week.  I was just glad that was able to see him at the stake center before they left.  I can't believe it's been over a year since we were companions.  We have transfers this week, so there will be A LOT of new missionaries coming in the zone.  We're pretty sure that every companionship will change except for ours and Talavera.  So we'll see. 

            That's pretty much it for this week.  Summer is starting and it's getting really hot.  Yes, my shoes are in good shape still.  I'm started to lose socks though, so maybe if you could send a couple pair that would be cool.  I love you all and hope that you guys have an awesome week.  Mahal ko kayo!

            Elder Jordan "Happy Easter" Royal
Institute graduation

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