Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Sorry for not posting in sometime...Isaac is doing amazing. He is loving every moment and experience he has been blessed with during his Mission. His original return date has been extended from October 17th to sometime in Mid November, as far as I know. He has now been called to the position of Assistant to the Mission President. He is very busy but finds the work he is doing very fulfilling and rewarding. Thank you to everyone for the love and support you show for Isaac. Here are a few pictures he sent recently. I love how his personality and love for life shines even through pictures!!!
Friday, January 6, 2017
Dear family and friends,
It has been awhile since I've sent out an email for the blog but I want to inform you I am doing great and loving life as a missionary of our Heavenly Father. Time has flown and it is disheartening knowing I have a short amount of time left here in the beautiful islands of the Philippines. I love everything about this place. The people, the food, the culture is amazing.
I have come a long ways in many aspects of life. One of my favorites is the opportunity I have every day to strengthen my testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel. This service we do as missionaries is so fun for me. We just had a meeting with our mission president a couple weeks ago for all the trainers and trainees and President had asked all of the trainees what is one thing you have learned in the first 5 weeks of their missions. Elder Belnap (my trainee) gave an answer that helped me realize some things I hadn't quite given much thought into. He said he learned how to have fun. I loved that answer because that has always been an unspoken goal of mine to always have fun. The fact that my anak (child) was able to pick that up will make his mission that much better. They're many different ways to have fun but when you are having fun doing the Lords work in his way, It's a beautiful life. Anak because when you are called to be a trainer it means your trainee is now your child. Its a fun little family here in the mission. Elder Belnap is from Idaho Falls, Idaho and a great guy. Happy to be called as his trainer. I wish to pass all I have learned in my time here to him before our training period is over which is 12 weeks.
As for the area. I LOVE IT. By far my favorite area. All areas have something that just sticks out to you and makes it great but I love everything about this area. It is mostly city life but the people are super receptive and fun. We are very lucky to be assigned here because The Lord has prepared many people here to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. It's now up to us to be on our very best always because we need all the time we can get in a day to help these people through their conversion.
New Years was crazy. Philippines has to be #1 hotspot to celebrate New Years. Fireworks every which way. We went to the top of our apartment building and had a great view. It was beautiful to see a complete 360 view of pure fireworks. Some small, some HUGE, some far, and some way to close. It was awesome.
Well that is it from me, if I were to give you some encouraging words I would invite you to ALWAYS SERVE. Serve your family, friends, work mates or anyone you feel the need to serve.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Dear Ms. Garcia:
I am pleased to inform you that your son, Elder Isaac Michael English, has been called to serve as a new Missionary Trainer. This is one of the most important callings in the mission. New missionaries will always remember their trainer and the example he sets for them to follow.
I am confident that Elder English’s knowledge, obedience, and enthusiasm for the work of the Lord will be a blessing to his trainee as he helps him begin the path to becoming a Preach My Gospel missionary.
Sister Bertin and I are grateful for your son’s dedicated performance, his strong testimony, and his willingness to work hard to bring about success. We also appreciate the love and encouragement you give him. Thank you for sending such a dedicated missionary to serve with us in the Philippines Quezon City North Mission.
Kim C. Bertin
Monday, September 12, 2016
September 4, 2013
Three years ago my whole life changed in ways that still baffle me till this day.
Where am I? San Rafael, Montalban, Philippines.
Why? I am serving a full time mission to bring people unto Jesus Christ, to help them better their understanding of the purpose of life here and that Lord knows you, he loves you and wants you to follow him.
How? Heavenly Father has a plan for me and all of his childeren, and sometimes that plan may seem crazy, may not be exactly what we would choose to do on our own but it's what he knows we can do. With faith man anything is possible.
I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on September 4th 2013, all because I had a feeling that I had never felt before. A feeling that is hard to describe but only felt through the power of the Holy Ghost. Elder Janis and his companion (whos name i forget at the moment, im sorry) taught me the truthfulness of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. I asked God if what they were sharing to me was true through prayer and received a feeling that felt better than anything I had ever felt.
Little did I know my life would completely change for the better and better and better and better. I remember all the family of my friends telling me how big of a decision being baptized was and how much it would improve my future life. I trusted them but honestly had no idea what they were talking about. I clearly remember just putting a smile on my face and agreeing. (kinda like my first few months here not understanding anything anyone said to me.)
Its hard for me to put all I have learned into an email but this life is full of its ups and downs. Life is tough no doubt about it. “There is no comfort in a growing zone, and no growing in a comfort zone.” This mission is hard, and nobody told me it would be easy. Again I just smiled and agreed when people told me because I had no idea what I was in for. I have grown so much in these 3 years and its been a great ride. I have grown even more in these past 10 months here in the Philippines as a missionary.
I am excited to keep on this journey. Time has absolutely flown, its quite unfathomable how fast time is going, but I am having fun becoming the person that our Heavenly father wants me to be. These people here are amazing! My love for the people I have met and have yet to meet is some quality unconditional love. People are so nice here and full of laughter, fun, and love. You can go up to almost anyone out here and have a great conversation. Its funny we met this 13 year old girl with her aunt visiting her family here in the Philippines. An american! that automatically means I am talking to her in English, with a name like Elder English, I cant turn down moments like that. She was scared of me and my companion trying to keep to herself. She was really caught off guard when we tried talking to her, really shy and nervous. Now any other 13 year old born and raised here in the Philippines is going to have a fun joking conversation with you. There is a beauty here. You can talk with almost everyone and have them fully intact with your conversation. You approach a random in the states, you are weird and kinda like "why are you talking to me?" attitude.
Now I know things are just different in the states the cultures and the trust factor of a random person but I want you to be open to people. No matter who you are get up and talk to someone you have never talked to before. The result may be great or a nice shut down. What ever the case may be you jumped out of your comfort zone and grew just a little more than what you once were. Hahaha give it a try, email me what happens.
Thank you all for your love and support. I love you all
(and especially thankful for my family for being so supportive of my decision to be baptized and serve a mission, leave them for two years to become help people feel that same love I have felt in my life from God and his gospel)
I testify of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not just for me or the people of the Phillipines, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bakersfield Cali, Oakland Cali, Mehico, Oregon, or North Carolina, but for everyone everywhere.
Monday, July 18, 2016
CHANGE IS COMING (new president of the Philippines slogan) DUTERTE
Its been a busy couple of weeks. Transfer announcements come by last Monday and I was assigned in a threesome, with new area but same zone so i wasn't moving too far from where I was originally. Transfer day comes along and as we are about to head out the door all packed up ready to go, I get a call to go to a new zone called Montalban. So I am now in the land of Montalban! its super nice, our house is spacious and has a shower! My last area was bucket showers all day. Running water all day, last area only at night... I feel like im livin large now a days. We have a really good area out here, people are super nice like always, mountains in the distance, the elders that live in our house, their area is a place called WAWA DAM. search it we should be going on a pday here soon which I am excited. I miss doing some out doorsy stuff, waterfalls hiking and all that.
My new companion is real cool, from cali, he will be going home after this transfer. He is hard working and a fun Elder. We have had similar backgrounds so we automatically clicked. My first week here has been super successful, we received a text from the sister in the ward next to ours and they had an investigator move into our area and she is absolutely ready for baptism. Its awesome, we call these people golden investigators. They have received their answer and are ready to be a member of this wonderful church. Our first day as a companion ship, we were introduced to a sister/ mother by a member and had a great lesson with here. She offered the closing prayer and started to tear up. Now those tears are not because we are sad, they are tears of joy. That feeling she described to us after the prayer was the Holy Ghost giving her a answer to her prayerful question. It was quite beautiful and these moments man, are the moments that help me realize why I am out here.
If you are thinking about serving a mission. Do what you need to do to become ready, it will take sacrifice but thats okay cuz i promise you this is worth it. People need your help and will be prepared to hear your voice!
I love you all and especially thank you for the love and support you all show me.