Monday, January 6, 2014

Prayers and Blessings

Hello Family!
WOW! I can't even believe that! That sure is a miracle. I have been praying every night for all of my family to receive blessings according to their obedience. I can definitely see that those prayers have been answered. I love what it says about prayer in the bible dictionary. The purpose of our prayers is to align our will, as His children, with His will. When prayers are answered and we receive blessings, we are at the point where our will and our Father's will are the same. Great blessings come from obedience and as we strive to become more Christlike. (and I hope dad's work keeps working out, just like that...)
"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings."

Oh, and Elder Stevens is one of the Zone leaders in Makati zone. Our borders touch because we are just the Makati east zone. We could walk into his zone in about 30 minutes.. so we are pretty close. I will see him on Thursday because there is a Missionary Leadership Conference (MLC) that we have once a month. Oh! And i get to go to the temple next Tuesday... So our P-day will be switched. I will email on Tuesday instead, so excited to go!

New years here was intense! We had to go inside at 6 so we wouldn't get injured from all the fireworks.... we couldn't even sleep it was so loud... we went out on our roof patio thing at midnight to see (because we couldn't sleep anyway) and saw all the fireworks... it was crazy!!! The whole city just had fireworks flying out everywhere... like the whole city was under attack! So crazy! It was just straight fireworks from like 6pm to 3am... something definitely worth seeing in this life. so cool.

This has been a full week. The work is doing great here. Elder Woodburn and I are working so so hard together and we are starting to see a lot more success. We are getting used to the area and are starting to really teach a lot of people. We have a couple potential baptismal candidates that may be ready by the end of this month or Feb. Super excited, I love being a missionary!
Have a great 2014!
Mahal ko po kayo!
Elder Schroeder
p.s. it is my companions birthday today. He is 27 now.

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