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Friday, July 21, 2017

Our June Highlights

Hello June! It was an adventurous month for us. The little travel lady had so much fun. This month was special to us. We received a new calling which I will write about in my next 'month specials blog'. This month started (June 1st) with a dinner for all the youth leaders of the Philippines Angeles Stake together with the Stake Presidency. It was a simple "thank you token" for a very successful youth conference last month. These leaders' love for the rising generation touched my heart. It is true that in every church calling we have, we do it not for ourselves but for the benefit of others. And simply because of our love for the Savior.

June 3.  Youth Spectacular Night Repeat Performance
As requested by our Stake President, we had our Youth Spectacular for the second time at the Stake Center so the parents and other members could watch the youth performed. This year's theme was James 1:5. The first part of the show was a short clip of the Joseph Smith's first vision.  The story was about "How Mormonism began in the world". Each ward represented a country and shared how the church started and expanded in that area. I learned that the first member from Australia became the first mission president. Wow! There are lots of other amazing conversion stories that were reenacted by the youth. San Fernando Wards showcased our beloved country, the Philippines. Here are the rest of the wards and the countries assigned to them: Angeles 1- UK, Angeles 2 - Spain, Bulaon - Tonga, Santo Tomas - Australia and Arayat - Nigeria.

June 5. Sherizah's Wedding Reception in Cauayan, Isabela.
This was our unexpected trip of the month. It was an 8-10 hour drive from Pampanga but it was worth it. We left at about 2:00 in the morning and arrived at the reception around 11:00 am. Zephrine met a lot of the Burgos clan especially Tita Bhing who came home from the US.

June 12. Independence Day
We went to Nayong Pilipino but it was closed. We decided to go to the Airforce City Park instead. We walked on the grass, played and enjoyed the fresh air. It was our first time to try the slide together with the little travel lady. Our final stop was at Deca Clark WakeBoarding. We watched Daddy Mike and he did a whole turn successfully. cheers!!!

June 17-18. Father's Day Weekend
We watched the Wake Boarding competition 2017 in the morning and slept the whole afternoon till it was the BYU Worldwide Training with Brother Joenee Briones at 4:00 PM. Zephrine was very cooperative because she slept the whole time! Then, we had a special dinner in celebration of Father's Day! We had a short program for the fathers in our ward. By the way, last night I helped to decorate the chapel for this special surprise. I also made the crowns for the fathers. I love it because it's Michael's first Fathers' day so I wanted it to be so memorable.
Sunday, we attended church at Angeles 1st ward (afternoon schedule). We were so tired so we decided to sleep the whole morning. Zephrine and I made a huge card for Daddy Mike. You can watch our complete Father's day weekend on my youtube channel. Then, our last activity was the Pathway Devotional conducted by Brother Joenee and other BYU representatives.

June 24.
We had our 2nd fun run for the year 2017, the Snoopy Fun brought to us by SM Clark. I would like to thank Ate Cynthia for getting us the tickets!!! Wohoo! We run with the Ticongs and 3 young women from our ward. Zephrine was very pretty today.
After our run, we had a movie day with Kim, Jessie and Joycelyn. Then we went together to San Fernando Chapel for the Back to School Party! There were lots of youth who shared their talents during the entire program. They danced and sung. We had pizzas for refreshments! :)

June 26. Daddy Mike attended the 'EQ Lechon Day". He brought home a little for me. Then we went to Essel for a stroll and bought groceries.

Our highlight of the month is Daddy Mike's certification as a legit Safety Office. We feel safer now. I think it was a perfect time since there's a lot of calamities nowadays!

Thank you June for making our year even brighter. I am grateful for the Lord's love and sustenance. I am excited for the next month!! xoxo

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Overflowing Blessings from Serving the Lord

These are my second mission parents, President and Sister Schmutz. We had our fireside with them last Sunday, July 2. It was a very special night for me. It brought me back to the days when I myself was a full time missionary. I am grateful that my eldest daughter met them. This photo is truly a gem to me. Sister Schmutz reminded me to be a missionary 24/7. She encouraged everyone to speak of Christ wherever, whenever and whatever we are doing. I realized that I've been so serious lately because of the negativity around me. When we think of Christ all the time we can remain calm, meek and full of love. We will be like a sunshine to the people around us. We can share the gospel by the way we live. I learned three important things from Elder Schmutz that night: 

1. Our dreams and hopes are important to our dear Heavenly Father. It's connected to the very first lesson I learned from him in the mission. He taught us that the one thing we own that we can offer to our Heavenly Father is our will. This means that if we really love Him, we need to submit our will to His will for us. But how about dreams and goals in life? Do we need to forget them? His message tonight taught me that Heavenly Father is a very supportive dad. I've seen that in my own life. I love negotiating with him. When you tell him your hopes, He will listen and will help you through to achieve them. Elder Schmutz emphasized that we have to know the path to our dreams. And I realized that like the atonement, there is only one way--- even our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

2. Have you ever asked yourself if you are doing the Lord's will for you? Or you are just doing what makes you happy? There's a brother who raised up this beautiful question. He his an active member, has lots of callings and always wants to help everyone but is this really what I should do now? 
The answer was as beautiful as the question, truly we can do a lot of good things in this life, BUT the most important thing in life is to be obedient to His commandments. It doesn't matter how long we have been a member in the church, if you have a good job or fame or have 5+ callings, great teacher. 
However, we should also remember not to run faster than our strength. We must accomplish and magnify each of our responsibilities in faith and genuine love. 

3. Family first. God first. 
When Elder Schmutz was a young lawyer, he had a meeting with his partners. In his field, he needed lots of good partners to be successful. His partners invited everyone to have a dinner thing after the meeting but that night was also his son's birthday party. He needed to choose but he knew right away what to do. He bid farewell to his partner and the senior partners couldn't believe that he was leaving for his son's bday party. The elevator opened like in the movies, and he bid goodbye. 
Luckily, he didn't lose his partners. I believe this is how the Lord tests us. When we put Him first, He will also put us first. 
When we are also in the homes, let us be in the home. Let's focus on spending quality time and teaching our children. 

 What a great reminder!