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(Photograph by Edwin Redrino)


We had a great laugh this morning in the car on the way to work while talking about complicated situations in life that test our long-suffering and patience. “I want to develop patience NOW!!!” I jokingly said. 🙂 Nyahaha! 🙂


Although I was trying to make our conversation light by kidding around, I know that there are times when we are presented with circumstances that look like crises and we have to explicitly choose to see them as opportunities for growth despite the difficulty. Some days may be easier than others, but the goal is to never give up trying.


I was touched by an article I read last week about the metamorphosis of a boring little caterpillar into a beautifully colored butterfly. I realized that most of us are like caterpillars that are striving to reach our potentials and become the butterflies that we really are.


As we go through life’s temporal and spiritual battles, it is important to keep in mind that these adversities and afflictions shall be but a small moment, and if we endure them well we shall be exalted (see D&C 121), for these challenges are made for our experience and shall be for our good (see D&C 122). 🙂

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(Photograph by Edwin Redrino)


They say you really love someone when you still love that person even when the person least deserves it.

There were times in the past when I’ve made mistakes and didn’t deserve to be loved by the people around me. Some of them judged me and walked away, but those who truly cared stayed and with their love and support encouraged me to reach far greater heights than I could possibly imagine. In my heart I will forever be grateful to those people, for I wouldn’t have been where I am now without them.  


 I remember a good friend once told me how she regretted letting go of an employee whom she thought was an “ugly duckling,” but in the end turned out to be a “beautiful swan.” She felt she gave up on this employee way too soon and didn’t give her enough time to grow and polish her rough edges. A year after she let go of this employee, my friend saw how the employee reached her potential working for another employer. To this day, my friend remembers the lesson she has learned out of this experience—that no one is a “hopeless case” and that we should never give up on anybody.


Another story that comes to mind is the story of a father who was recently baptized into the Church. For 18 long years his wife prayed for the day to come for him to accept the gospel. He was heavily drinking for the most part and not one member of his family thought he would ever change his ways. But he did. The love, faith, and devotion of his wife finally touched his heart allowing him to feel the Spirit when it manifested to him the truthfulness of what he had been taught. It was a glorious day when he came down the waters of baptism a changed man.


There’s one love that surpasses all kinds of love and understanding on this earth. It is the love of our Savior Jesus Christ. He loved us enough for Him to atone for our sins and die for us. I can hardly comprehend that love, but I am grateful for it every single day. I wish that in our dealings with our fellow beings we could practice even an iota of that love; for He has commanded us to love one another, even as He has loved us.

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(Photograph by Franco Advincula)


When I was a freshman in college, I met a friend whose good examples and strong testimony influenced me in a way that led me to learn more about what she believed in. She always had a bright smile on her face and a sunny disposition despite what was going on around our little university world. But it wasn’t long until her entire family migrated to the States and we eventually lost touch. I tried searching for her for many years when I lived there, to no avail.

 
But our fate has completely changed and a couple of weeks ago, after 23 long years of neither seeing each other nor communicating, we finally met up again and I was amazed that we were able to start exactly where we left off! No longer the teenagers who giggled at every little thing, I was proud of what we both have become and was delighted to catch up on how life has treated us throughout the years.


I once received an email from one of our readers saying: “Your circle of friends is a true wealth indeed and are angels sent to you by a loving Heavenly Father.” I couldn’t agree with him more. I think friends are “angels” sent by our Father to make our lives here on earth bearable. We cross each other’s paths, not by chance, but for a reason. Their laughter bring us joy and their shoulders are great for crying on. They remind us who we are when we forget, and cheer us on so we could reach our potential. We can be ourselves when we are with them, while they encourage us to become better persons.  


Although at times I dread the thought of being separated again from some of my closest friends just as with this college friend (especially on a full moon 🙂 haha!), I know deep in my heart that having true and faithful friends is one of the best things that can happen to us in this life, and I sincerely wish for all of us to keep our most cherished friendships forever!!! 🙂

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(Photograph by Eunice Ruth Barilea)

What a difference one person can make in the lives of many!! A former Philippine president passed away over the weekend and she will always be remembered in the pages of our history as an “Icon of Democracy.” Leaving behind a life well-spent, she told her family during her last moments that she was ready to meet her Maker.


As I watched people lined up the streets of a business district to pay tribute to her, I wished I would be as ready as her when my time is up! 🙂 And that I would also be surrounded by my family and friends when my turn to pass through the veil comes. 🙂


At a workshop I attended last month, a video was shown of a Carnegie Mellon teacher fighting pancreatic cancer who said in his lecture: “We don’t beat the reaper by living longer, but by living well, and living fully—for the reaper will come for all of us.”


How true. Nobody knows when that call will come, but it will come. May we be able to live a life that makes a difference—a life that touches those whom we come in contact with in a positive way. May we be remembered for the good things that we strive to do everyday, and may our name be honored by those we will leave behind.


It is true that we cannot please everybody, but in the end I think that the ultimate Being to please is really our Creator and the Father of our souls. 🙂


Have a good week everybody! 🙂

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