Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Season

Christmas is not just about giving, it is also about receiving--receiving Jesus Christ's teachings and follow Him. It amazed me until this time on how the Christmas Season can affect the world with their attitude toward each other. This made the people focus more on the positive side than the negative side. But the real essence of Christmas should be focus on our Savior Jesus Christ. He is the real reason why we celebrate Christmas.

Hoping that you had a wonderful time this Christmas with your family and friends :)

If you are going to ask me, this is what happened to us:

We had the chance to teach the Youth of Lilo-an Stake on how to effectively share the Book of Mormon to those people who doesn't know about it.
Youth with their missionary attire
Next is we prepare food for Christmas Eve. We cooked Carbonara, made Mango Float, and Gelatin to satisfy our appetite on Christmas Eve after the hard work we did earlier...
made by Chef Blanco haha
 The problem is we got sick during this time hahaha the worst was, I cannot taste what I cooked. WORST FEELING EVER!

 And of course, the last thing we did is have a Christmas Selfie HAHA
Update you soon next time.
Merry Christmas and Advance Happy New Year!!

-Elder Blanco

Sunday, December 18, 2016


with Bishop Pepito and Sister Elizabeth
The week was great and it ended with a Baptism, what a wonderful icing on the cake! We were blessed to see and feel the change in Sister Elizabeth's life. We can see that she will be strong member and will help the lives of others. We heard her testimony after the Baptism-- she cried because of so much happiness that she cannot explain.

One of the blessings of the Gospel is that it will help you to have real happiness--happiness that comes inclined with God's Will--and eventually lead you to Eternal Happiness. In the Book of Mormon, Prophet Alma describing that committing sin will never result to real happiness.

   Alma 41:10
10 Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.

Baptism is just the beginning of it (after having Faith and Repented of your sins), then the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and lastly Enduring to the End. This is part of the Plan of Happiness that Heavenly Father gave us.

We were really happy to witness of this spiritual Baptism and after that the we had fun at Lilo-an 2nd ward Christmas party :D

We saw this beautiful and unique Pigeon.

Skyline Pigeon haha

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Party

Not enough time. Sorry :D
Will update this post soon but for now, I'll just upload the pictures :D

Christmas tree made out of wood and rice sacks

DIY slippers for exchange gift hehe

where we ate lunch yum

Games games games

Elder McNett in character haha


Community Service

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Happy First Sunday of December

It's the most beautiful time of the year! Christmas is just few days away. I can feel the Christmas vibes even though it is still hot here in Cebu haha. The people changed for the better, this what makes the Christmas so powerful-- enemies become friends, the rich helps the poor, the weak become strong, etc.

JESUS CHRIST is the reason why all of this is happening. He is our best example of having unconditional love for others. As the Christmas approaches the Church gave us a fun activity that can help us follow the example of Jesus Christ. I hope each one of us who can read this, will strengthen our Faith in Him and increase our love for others. 

You can find the activity here and watch the video:

It says in the Book of Mormon:
15 Behold, do men light a candle and put it under a bushel? Nay, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house; 
 16 Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
The first Sunday of the month means Fasting and Testimony Sunday. I am blessed to participate in fasting for the people in our area. I had personal things that I asked but most of it is for the people in our area. I am inspired to hear and ponder the testimonies of the members of the church here in Lilo-an. I've felt their dedication to follow the commandments of God and eventually be part of the Zion. I felt the Spirit prompting me to share my testimony and it was nice to share it again in front of the congregation. I missed that feeling.

We enjoyed the rest of the church service especially that our fasting and prayers were answered immediately. I testify the power of fasting. It is really powerful as long as you have Faith and the thing you ask is not against Father's will.

The church provide us the "Light the World" campaign. Here am I holding it
Elder Calumpang photobombing it
 Also, when times we are down and losing hope, Heavenly Father is giving us encouragements and motivation to carry on in this work. He provide this children who made us happy and get back to ourselves. They help us boost our strength to continue doing the missionary work.

Artista na kuno sila

Selfie #1 w/ Elder Reynoso and kids
I just also realized that I reached my 1 year mark here in the mission. My family is so sweet that they surprised me with this cake!! I'm lucky to have them in my life. I will not receive these blessings if not because of them.

Truly, this month is full of love and good stuff. Looking forward for this month's better stuff. Christmas truly is the best time of the year!

That's all for this week.
Catch you up on next monday!

-elder blanco