Well I have another animal friend this week, and he is literally the biggest bug I have seen in my life. In one of the pictures is a Rhino Beetle. They don't bite people, but they do ruin the coconut trees here, so many people here are hostile towards them. As it turns out, they make a good tie pin as long as they don't move too much!
Gossip in the office says that I will be transferring this week to Lingayan, still not confirmed but I will let you know next week if its true. I will miss Urdaneta if I do transfer. I will miss working around the temple everyday, but I am happy that with or without me that the temple is coming!
This email goes along with last week. This week has left me pondering some things, mostly why bad things happen to the best of us. This week I have gained a better testimony on the reality of life-after-death and how life, the gospel, and almost everything we do is a matter of faith and trust in Heavenly Father's plan for us. I was listening to a talk by Elder Eyring, and he shared his experience of the day his mother passed away. When his mother passed away, Elder Eyring's father simply said "A little girl has gone home to Father", and afterwards went out to thank all the nurses and doctors that took care of his sweetheart. He mourned the death of his wife, but also saw the opportunity as a time to rejoice in the Plan of Salvation because he saw death as an important part of our purpose in life. The world teaches that we should live for the next hour, that we shouldn't waste our time for a future that "doesn't exist". There is more to life than life on Earth, we shouldn't waste time on hour to hour activities that bring temporary joy because we are scared of "leaving" tomorrow, be brave and work for the things that bring joy to others, and our lives will be richer, our love for one another will grow, and joy will linger and last instead of come-and go. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us, he doesn't give trials to merely "toughen us up", but to teach us how to be happy.
Its weird to think that I'm starting my last transfer on my mission, but I'm excited for the experiences that will come!
Mahal Ko Kayo Lahat!