Dear Family and Friends,
Glad to hear everything is going well back home because things are going awesome over here. I never would have thought that missionary training could be so enjoyable. Granted, it still is difficult trying to learn a language and how to be an effective teacher all within 40 days, but I have had some amazing experiences this week.
Today we just got a new batch of missionaries coming in so I'm excited to meet them. It's really hard to believe that our class is already mid-batch and we only have a little over 3 weeks left. I'm also getting excited because the Provo missionaries that are serving here in the Phillipines, come here for 5 days after they arrive and go out into the field with the senior batch from the MTC and I got to see the list of who was coming and Brockton Olsen (one of my friends/co-worker) is coming in this batch. So it will be nice to say Hello/Goodbye before he heads out into the field.
I have also been trying to find ways to make the rice a little more enjoyable. My labors have been fruitful. I have found that if I mix the rice in with the soup or vegatables, it makes it a bit more enjoyable rather than just trying to inhale it as fast as you can as a filler.
I have also been able to see a lot of the blessing the Lord has given me while I'm here. I was a bit stressed when they first assigned me as a district leader, but I have seen that he has been mindful of me and put me over probably the best group here. We have all come to know each other very well and we all are focused on our purpose and have continued to strive to be better. Along with our district, my companions have been awesome as well. In fact just yesterday in a meeting with an investigator, we were teaching him about the restoration and the Book of Mormon. Although he had already committed to baptism, this visit he showed a lot of concern that he may be called off for active duty in the navy and would not be able to be baptized. With that Elder Wood talked about Joseph Smith's first vision, and told the investigator that if you pray with a sincere heart as he did, I know you will receive an answer. So in the middle of the lesson we all knelt down and he offered an amazing prayer and asked to get an answer about what he should do about his predicament. We then asked how he felt after the prayer and he said he could feel something, but he couldn't discern the answer. So then I testified of the Book of Mormon and how we can also find answers there, and although they may not be the answer that you want it will be the answer that you need. After I hadn't really noticed, but I looked up and the investigator was tearing up, and both of my companions were trying to hold back tears, and so then I had to struggle to maintain my cool, and then at the end of the lesson the investigator offered the closing prayer and after that there was no holding back the tears that came, and he looked at me and said he would read the book, and that he now knew that no matter what happened next, things would work out. So that was my highlight for the week. Never before had I realized just how much power the spirit has. I can't even remember the last time I had sincerely cried and it was awesome to see the amazing things that can happen if we will just listen to the promptings of the spirit.
I'm glad to hear that you are all doing great and I'm excited to see all the changes when I get back, but I'm also very excited to be here and to be able to really see just how much the gospel can help people.
Love Elder Campbell