More Pictures from Guagua

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This is a family, the two older girls are recent converts. One of them is only 14 and she is already partway through Alma. Nahiya siya. But she was so sweet yesterday we made a little green mango cake pile and she blew out a pencil on top. It was the greatest birthday party I have ever been too. And we were basically in the middle of this huge green rice field.

This is a family, the two older girls are recent converts. One of them is only 14 and she is already partway through Alma. Nahiya siya. But she was so sweet yesterday we made a little green mango cake pile and she blew out a pencil on top. It was the greatest birthday party I have ever been too. And we were basically in the middle of this huge green rice field.

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This is a family referral we received this week, Bro Mark and Sis Vilma are the Mom and Dad. The kids are all with Mark in it. Markella(the babae), Jay Mark, Sean Mark and the little guy is Markie. So Cute.

This is a family referral we received this week, Bro Mark and Sis Vilma are the Mom and Dad. The kids are all with Mark in it. Markella(the babae), Jay Mark, Sean Mark and the little guy is Markie. So Cute.

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the little guy is Markie. So Cute.

Sis Anita is like our Mom here in Gua Gua. This is her making her secret Breakfast sandwich. It was amazingly delicious. She is beyond generous, always wanting to give us food and gifts and if she notices we need something steps in. She has the sweetest little baby who is fascinated by my white face and curly hair. They are both so cute. Her baptism will be hopefully next month. So excited for her to be part of this great Church!

Sis Anita is like our Mom here in Gua Gua. This is her making her secret Breakfast sandwich. It was amazingly delicious. She is beyond generous, always wanting to give us food and gifts and if she notices we need something steps in. She has the sweetest little baby who is fascinated by my white face and curly hair. They are both so cute. Her baptism will be hopefully next month. So excited for her to be part of this great Church!

Sis and Bro Malig. These are pioneers in the Philippines. Sis Malig is the RS President and very very hardworking. She has some of the best stories I have ever heard. And some of the strongest faith I have seen ever. I love her and her family!

Sis and Bro Malig. These are pioneers in the Philippines. Sis Malig is the RS President and very very hardworking. She has some of the best stories I have ever heard. And some of the strongest faith I have seen ever. I love her and her family!

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One thought on “More Pictures from Guagua

  1. Dear Sister McLean, You (and your family) have been in my thoughts unceasingly (as the scriptures say) over the past few weeks. I’ve wanted to let you know this but I’ve worried that I don’t have the right words to communicate the thoughts of my heart to yours. The Spirit told me to just write you anyway. We were fortunate enough to attend the service on Saturday and very grateful that you were able to be a part of the service through giving your remarks. We were sitting about two thirds of the way back in the center section and we could both hear and see you without any difficulty. My heart went out to you because I could feel your sense of momentary anguish, despite your strong faith in and deep testimony of the Gospel that you shared along with touching stories of your grandfather and your most recent experiences with him. It is exceedingly hard to be separated from family at these times. I remember that I was living in France with two young children when my grandfather died and was unable to return to California for the funeral. It was very difficult. All of our knowledge and faith and trust and testimony cannot shield us from the experiences of mortality. They can act as a shield and armor of protection to help us navigate them, but we, like our elder brother and Savior, must experience the challenges of mortality. He did so willingly and in our behalf. Our task is to work hard to acknowledge them, to acknowledge our Heavenly Father’s hand in our lives, to grow from all that comes to us and to work to experience them as a continually purifying process. Of course you know all of this and you understand and believe it. But when life events happen, whether we are prepared for them or not, we do suffer in the very process of reaffirming our beliefs and re-centering our lives.

    I hope you have felt in your heart that you’ve been a comfort to your family, even from a distance, during this time, as you have desired to be. It was evident to us that you were in many ways. You were a strong presence, and even in the way others reached out to one another in your physical absence, you were there. And certainly we know that your grandfather experienced great joy to have you serving in the Philippines. May you continue to experience joy as you obediently and willing and zealously serve your brothers and sisters there — seeking to uplift them through the Spirit and to more fully turn their hearts (and your own ) to the Savior. You’re doing a great job of seeking and trying to do what your Heavenly Father wishes you to do. With prayers and love and hopes for peace, comfort, joy in and through that process, Kimberlee Staking

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