This really is a time of mixed emotion. Yes I miss my family, yes I want to do things with my life… but… This last year and a half on the Philippines has become such a huge part of my life. I feel like I am Filipino and I’m leaving my country! I have really grown to love this place, and the people, and the food, and everything! It seems so unreal. All throughout the mission you never feel like this day will come, and then all of a sudden it’s there. 😥 So I may not know when I’ll be back again, but I will most definitely be coming back. I’m a Pinoy at heart!
See you all soon.
I’m not feeling well. Apparently you can feel like you are having a Gallbladder attack even after it has been removed from your body. Yesterday was terrible. I felt kinda like a did just before I was hospitalized. It was really painful. Today it’s not super pain, it’s more super nausea. Talked to the mission nurse and she said that it’s just residual stuff my surgery, and it probably happened because of something that I ate. THAT’S IT! I’M BACK ON LOW FAT CAUSE EVERYTHING ELSE IS KILLIN’ ME! Ok. Ok. I know that’s a little dramatic, but it’s kinda true. I just want to feel well. I want to give this last week all I got. Oh my Gulay, It’s my Last WEEK! This week was good. We found lots of new investigators and had 6 investigators at church, bummer that we didn’t get to go… stinkin’ stomach. All I can say is that this area is going to be beautiful for the sister who comes here next week. 🙂 I don’t know if I will get the opportunity to email next week so this may really be the last blog/email/thingy from the Philippines. Basically whatever happens, I will be back in the states in a week and a half. I’m not trunky. I promise, I haven’t counted the days yet. 🙂
If any of you ever want to be a missionary, gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon along with the Spirit is the only way to convert people. We have really been noticing this over the last few weeks. We see so much progression in the investigators who read when compared to those who can’t find the time. This week we had 4 investigators at church and we were so grateful. There was almost a whole month where there were no investigators at church and we were really starting to get… what’s a good word…. Saddened and losing faith in humanity? haha, anyway. When people read the Book of Mormon with real intent they open themselves up to receive spiritual revelation. Amazingly, there are many members who forget about this wonderful tool and lay in on a shelf during the week and forget about it. It becomes a decoration, not a part of who we are. If we really want to be able to help others gain a testimony, we have to be willing to work on our own. There are so many ways to strengthen testimonies. Reading and Praying are the foundation, if we aren’t doing those things, other things will do little to strengthen us.
I am a firm believer of the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I am so glad to be a part of this work. Hope you are all doing well. See you soon.
I spent most of the afternoon in the hospital with another sister. She really wasn’t feeling well and needed someone to stay with her in the hospital so I did. Don’t really have a whole lot of time to write now, but it’s ok. I love you all and hope you have a great week.
So I got a phone call this last Thursday or Friday telling me that I would need to go to Manila Sunday evening and get fingerprinted for departure on Monday morning. So I just got back from manila about an hour ago. 🙂 It was fun, it was like a mini vacation. We stayed at the same hotel that we were in when we first flew into the Philippines. But it was a little different this time. And it was a lot of fun tot be able to spend time with my batch. We talked a lot and shared good parts of our missions. One month… This week was also mission tour. Elder Bowen, the area president, came to see us. He shared some wonderful insights about who we are, and what we need to do. And he said something that really helped us put into perspective our calling as missionaries. He said, "Your Job is to share the Gospel. If you are not face to face with a member, less active, investigator, or non member, you are unemployed." It was such a true statement, and sometimes I feel like as missionaries we forget sometimes just how much we have promised to give. This week was inspiring and maybe one of the best weeks of the mission. I am determined to make this last transfer the best transfer ever.
There is so much that I have been learning recently, and it’s all stuff that I can use for the rest of my life, not just in the mission. Some people have said that the mission is a training ground for life, and I believe that that statement can be true, but only if the missionary allows himself/herself to change, to become something new. If a missionary comes home unchanged, there was really no point in them going. Yes they went and served the Lord for however long, and undoubtedly helped others to come nearer to their savior, but if it doesn’t do the same for them… What is the point? The best convert of a missionaries mission should be themselves. I am determined to go home and live the things that I have been sharing with others. This gospel makes people happy! I’ve seen it! I’ve lived it! And I can testify that it’s true.
I love you all and I hope you are all doing well.
Last night we got a little bit of a shock when we came in and one of the other sisters said, "I HAVE LICE!" We were all terrified that it would spread to us, so we have been going overboard cleaning the apartment and washing bedding and clothing. We have assigned her her little area for her things and we have started boiling her clothes and it’s been a lot of fun. So that was our dramatic scare of the week. We are praying that it doesn’t spread. This week has been pretty good. We didn’t really have any other eventful things happen this week. Which is ok with me. Sometimes it’s just good to have a chill week.
I would like to talk a little bit about the Plan of Salvation though and it’s importance in our lives. In the Plan of Salvation many questions about life are answered and the three big ones are 1. Where did we come from? 2. Why are we here on earth? 3. Where are we going.
1. We came from our Father in Heaven. We are His spirit children and he loves us, and for that reason, he created the world and a plan for us to be able to return to his presence.
2. We are here on earth to gain a body and be tested. There are specific things that we need to do in this lifetime to be able to progress in the life to come. They are, Have faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repent, be Baptized, Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and then Endure to the End. Enduring to the end is not an easy thing, but it becomes easier when we submit our will to our Fathers will. When we willingly follow his commandments he can bless us more abundantly.
3. Death is just another part of life and it happens to all who have received a physical body. And it is a blessing, only through death can we receive the greatest gifts from our Heavenly Father. All people, good or bad will become immortal. Then we will be judged for the things that we did in this lifetime. If we truly embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ and we are able to say that we received his countenance into our image, then we will be blessed more than we can imagine. We will have Everlasting Life, we will live with our families though eternity, we will be able to stand in the presence of our Supreme Creator and not be ashamed.
We all lose people in this lifetime though death, and it hurts. It’s hard to accept sometimes. But when we have an eternal perspective, it can make their passing more bearable. It gives us the strength that we need to go on. And when we know this plan, we have a responsibility to share it with others, so that they may also share in the blessings of Eternity. I know that is is our Heavenly Fathers plan for us. He has given us everything that we need to be able to return to him, and I know that if we follow his plan and use the resources that are provided, we can receive the Eternal Life, the greatest gift of God.
I love you all. I hope you have safety and happiness this coming week.
I’m almost out of time and I just realized that I didn’t write the group email. :O *gasp* It’s all good I’ll just tell you about the highlight of our week. WE HAD A BAPTISM…. OR TWO!!! 🙂 There was Kaloy and Lelieta. They were baptized on Saturday and confirmed on sunday and it was really just a great experience. It was a really well attended service and even our mission president came. 🙂 Glad we were prepared. hehehe. Sori I really don’t have a whole lot of time to talk about it. Basta is was very spiritual and we were so grateful to be a part of it. Hope you all had a great week! Love you!