Well that is interesting that Sister Gretchen found your facebook, she was asking me the other day if I had a facebook the other day and I told her yes and what my name was there, and I guess she must have just gone through and found you. Sister Gretchen is the wife of the first councilor in the bishopric here in the Lagro Ward and she is kind of a funny lady, a little weird at times, but she is still pretty awesome. Also yes I pack around at least a handkerchief if not a small hand towel to wipe off all the sweat just about any where I go. Also I did remember to take some pictures this past Saturday we started putting the roof up, so I'll attach some pictures of our progress so far.
This week I'm coming up on finishing my reading in Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage I started it sometime last month in the hopes that I would be able to finish it by Christmas, and I've just about made it. Along with that our entire mission has been reading the New Testament together as a mission. With all that I've really been trying to dive into studying the life of Christ and His apostles. It has been an awesome experience and I had to chuckle with some of the other Elders during our District meeting last week just reflecting back on how much our desires to read and study the scriptures have changed from before leaving on a mission until now. It really has been awesome to see how Paul's admonition to Timothy "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Tim 3:17) really comes through studying the scriptures. I've been amazed at just how much easier it is to live and understand the gospel through the study of the scriptures. I've noticed that the promise written in Ether 12:6 never fails, our witness comes after the trial of our faith, and that of Christ Himself who chastised the scribes and pharisees for not understanding the scriptures as everything truly becomes clearer through our study of the scriptures. Literally every important question in life can be answered in the scriptures and the examples and things that we need to accomplish in the life as well as how to solve problems or struggles in life can all be found there. I never get tired of reading the introduction of the Book of Mormon to investigators and even less active members where it states the things that we must to "to gain peace and happiness in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come" as well as "that a man will draw closer to God by reading [The Book of Mormon] and abiding by it's precepts than any other book on earth." Like Alma exhorts that we should plant "the seed" which is the word and allow it to grow, and as it grows it begins to expand our soul and enlighten our minds and we can't but help to say "this must needs be a good seed" unless we cast it out by our own unbelief (Alma 32). I've been very grateful for the better understanding I've gained from studying the scriptures, so that whenever there have been times where I've struggled or felt down, I've found words of comfort and encouragement. Whenever I've been confronted with false doctrine and unbelief, I've been able to help "lay out the scriptures before them". And whenever there has been attacks and persecution, I've had a place to turn for assurance and defense. They really are our guide and text book to help us pass this test called "life".
Well this coming cycle I will be staying in Lagro with Elder Adra. I'm excited as hopefully within the next few weeks the Cabugnason family will be able to enter the waters of baptism. Our mission president attended our last baptism and he was admonishing the bishop and the ward council that he believes the Lagro Ward can become the exemplar ward for not only this mission, but for the Philippines Area, so I'm excited to be apart of that.
That about wraps it up for me this week, I love you all and hope that everyone stays happy and healthy for the coming week.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell