Monday, August 26, 2013
Hello crazy floods! So I am not really sure if the typhoon hit or not, but we got some intense rain here! And sadly a few areas in my area were greatly affected, and some other wards had even more damage. So on Wednesday, we put together care packages for the families who were affected at the stake center. It was amazing to see everyone come together and help the people whose homes were affected. Apparently in our area the floods got to be waist high! But where I live didn't have that damage. Thankfully.This week I went on exchanges with Sister Macariola! I learned so much from her example. It is so helpful to work with other missionaries to see how they do things and to listen to their advice. This is her last transfer here and I just can't wait for the day that I am as talented as her!
Philippines fun fact: They love Karaoke here. It is the strangest fascination I have ever seen. Everyone does it at all hours of the day.Also, happy 3 months to me! Crazy how fast time has gone, and now at this point I hope it slows down a little! I have reached the point where I feel like I have adjusted and I just loooooove being a missionary here! I also find that I am not even close to perfect. There is always something new to work on and improve on. But I am eternally grateful for this opportunity. I love this work. I love these people. I love this gospel and the way it changes people's lives. So basically, everything is good and I am just loving life.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Kumusta y'all?! Mabuti naman. Living and loving life here in Cabuyao. Just doing my best to find people who are prepared for this amazing gospel that is just waiting on them to learn about it and accept it. So yeah. But this week I had some pretty amazing experiences.First, President Peterson visits sister missionary's companionship study sometimes. So we invited him, but he felt inclined to tell us that he was on his way without a heads up. So my companion kinda freaked out because she knew she was about to get a "nosebleed" from speaking so much English (a term that they use here when too much English hurts their head, lol). So he came over with his assistants and practiced with us. And oh man. President Peterson is the most inspired man. He just knows everything! He taught me so many things I can improve on and do better with. He helped me really understand the importance of asking inspired questions, being bold, and helping investigators gain the desire to read the Book of Mormon. So shortly after his visit, we had an appointment with a new investigator who we have only taught once. We felt that we should teach on the introduction to the Book of Mormon. Thankfully, she and her son speak English, so I was very happy to participate more. Then during our lesson, we applied the thing President taught us. WE asked those questions that pierced their hearts, we helped them understand, and boldly asked them to be baptized. And you know what, they said yes. In just our second lesson. And what surprised me most was that we invited them to church for the following day, and they came. We actually helped them gain the desire to come! I am so glad we are finally figuring this all out! But something that really touched me, was at the end of the lesson, the sister said to me, "you know, the reason I really want to know if this is true is because I can the light in your eyes. You know this is right. I want that too." Well, I don't say that to say Yay me! But I mention that because when we live this Gospel, others can see it. They can see the light of Christ within us. We all need to have that light.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Hello from Cabuyao! Life is swell. Missing laundry machines, music, and air conditioning more than ever, but you know, it's all good in the neighborhood! We had the most powerful session of stake conference on sunday. The Area President, Brent Nielson, came and spoke. He gave a powerful talk on the atonement and how Christ is the healer of our hearts. He performs any and every kind of miracle so never forget to trust in Him! Also, President and Sister Peterson spoke on hastening the work of salvation. Loved their talks. His Counsel: pray for names to invite and do not judge them for what they may think or who they are. Follow the spirit and He will follow through!We also went to ward FHE. Ok these Filipinos know how to have fun! The games are so wild and everyone gets into them! I actually got a headache from laughing so much. These people are the best. I love this ward and will miss them. Thankfully I have another transfer here!
Ok, I just love you all. The Church is the only true and living Church on the earth. It is living because we receive revelation from the opened heavens through our prophet, Thomas S. Monson.
PEACE TO THE MIDDLE EAST!
Monday, August 5, 2013
Hello there! So life is good here. Real good. I have found that my biggest de-stresser is when I sit on a tricycle (motorcycle with a sidecar) with the wind drying off my sweat and I get to stare at the beauty of green rice fields, palm trees, and colorful homes that are small and large. Oh the peace that I feel to be in the wonderful land. The Philippines has my heart. These people have it too. The kids make me smile and the men and women are kind and generous. I wish you could all just be here to see what I am experiencing. I try my best to describe my amazing experiences here.This week we had the "New Missionary Check Up" with President. It was amazing to see all my MTC friends and see how they have been going through all the same struggles. One of friends has already lost 20 lbs here! Nuts. President gave us some amazing counsel. My favorite thing he said was that we are here to bring people "unto", but the spirit brings them "into". So powerful, right? And then he gave us all this talk called, "The Fourth Missionary" by Lawrence Something... I cant remember. How grateful I am to have read that at the beginning of my mission! It taught me so much on how I need to let go of all these things I am holding onto. I need to learn how to surrender my will. I need to place my heart in the loving hands of the Savior, and then His Will will be done and miracles will happen. That's my new process I am beginning. It is honestly so much harder than it sounds. I have found that there are memories, wants, and desires that I have, but I just need to let them go and surrender. I need to lose this battle in order to "win". Just thought I would share this new insight and process I have begun.
|Pday break. The Botanical Gardens|