Started the week off by participating in GOING HOME ACTIVITIES...even though I'm not even going home.
It was such an AMAZING experience!!
I just wanted to touch on my very favorite part....GOING TO THE TEMPLE.
We started the Activities on Monday, but on Tuesday we were able to go and do a temple session in Quezon City.
Keep in mind, I haven't stepped foot in a temple for over a year now....
The excitement of all us missionaries about to go home was uncontrollable. We were all sooo excited to finally enter inside the thing we've been teaching about for months now!
Right when we stepped onto the grounds...it went quiet and we all just looked in amazement at the beautiful Philippines Temple. Almost made me want to cry...it had been so long.
You know, growing up...I always had the temple about 10 minutes away from my house and I feel now that I've always taken advantage of the opportunity. Watching these faithful saints here make the effort to save money for the long ride over to the temple has been such a big testimony builder for me. I have cried so many times as I listen to people's testimonies of the sacrifices they have made to go to the temple and I've always had it easy my whole life to go there...and yet I lacked in attendance.
All those thoughts came rushing to me at once right when we stepped foot inside. It was glorious and I already felt that I entered a whole new realm.
I had been feeling a bit uneasy with all sorts of things (going home...saying goodbye...going home...) and just really wanted to feel peace or reassurance SOMEHOW. I new the temple would be able to offer me that.
I remember stepping into the Celestial room, looking around at my fellow friends...fellow missionaries that have served by my side all this time...my Mission President and his wife....all of them in this sacred, marvelous room.
I walked into heaven on earth!
I sat down and began to offer up a prayer from my heart.
I felt peace. I can't describe it any other say but just PURE PEACE--right then and there.
I loved the feeling! It's like there was nothing I needed to worry about and I felt as if I were being comforted by all those who have been supporting me through out this amazing journey. I felt at peace. Couldn't help but tear up as I reflected on all that I've been able to do and the person I have now become. I didn't want to leave, I think all of us felt that way.
It was SOOO hard saying bye to everyone. Some of my BEST FRIENDS here in the mission were leaving and I did not want to let them go...but of course, I had to):
Ughh. I'm so tired of crying. Just wanted to throw that in there. Hehe. #emotions.
Oh! We had three baptisms as well on Saturday! Beautiful! It was two of Nanay Gloria's grandchildren and one investigator that had to be rebaptized because his record went missing...poor guy...but it was a success! Yay(: Gonna miss this family so much.
Nanay Gloria has been really emotional knowing that we are leaving soon. Even Bro Orlando and Bro Omar. All of them are sooo sad as they are counting the day of us going soon....it's so sad. WE really are leaving our family.
It's going to be a fun last couple weeks though! I'm gonna make the best of it as I can! Gonna miss everyone so much though. I can do it though!I It's almost Christmas too! Yay!!!