One week at a time.

I’m not sure what to write about this week. It’s been kind of a slow week. I hurt my foot last Sunday and it became rather uncomfortable to walk, and since we do a lot of walking here it made it difficult to work. I was ok at the beginning of the day, but by the end of the day I really wasn’t a happy camper so we came home early a couple nights. I actually really liked those nights tho, we really spent a lot of time in our scriptures. I love reading The Book of Mormon. It has so much wonderful, ….. Instructions for a happy life. This week I was able to read all the 3rd Nephi chapters about when Christ was in the Americas after his resurrection. I was trying to imagine what it would have been like to see him descend from heaven and then take the time to let everyone in the multitude, thousands of people, feel the prints of the nails in his hands and feet. I was trying to imagine what the people would have been feeling. Maybe Joy, guilt, confusion, elation, gratitude, so many things they could have been feeling. And then I was thinking what I would have felt if I was there. The feelings are indescribable, happiness, humility, gratitude, love, peace, The savior exemplifies all that is good and wonderful in the world and we can feel it all through him, through his atonement. We don’t have to wait until we see him face to face to feel the healing power of the atonement, and that’s not just healing from sin, but healing from all things that affect us negatively in this lifetime.

I love you all, I love the gospel, I love the Book of Mormon, I’m so happy to be here, and I hope you are all happy too.

Just a short message from a simple missionary in the Philippines.

~Sister Mary Christina Cox

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busy, busy,busy… I’m out of my mind, feel free to leave a message.

Interesting and busy week. On of last week, after emailing, but before shopping, we got a call and were told to pack our things and that we were moving to a new apartment. So we got home and started packing around 4 and we we had everything, (refrigerator, tables, desks, literally everything) moved into our new apartment by around 8 p.m. So we had to end up doing our shopping on Tuesday instead.

Wednesday was Zone Conference. I got to give a talk and got to sing a song. The talk was on effectively using and introducing the Book of Mormon. It sounds funny but sometimes we have to be sneaky with introducing the Book of Mormon, we almost have to make the investigators think that it’s their idea to read instead of just inviting them straight out. So we explain what the BOM is and where it came from and what it’s about and then we read from it and "liken" the scripture unto their lives. It helps them to realize that the BOM is relevant to their life and that it might be a good idea for them to read it. Giving the talk really opened me up to receive a lot of personal revelation but I think I ended up receiving the most personal revelation from the opportunity to sing. We sang, "Windows to His Love." I got to sing the solo and then three other sisters sang with and did the trio and I just joined in on the alto part. The song is just beautiful. It talks about being a window to God’s love, being pure and clear so people see through you and see him. Really it just describes the kind of missionary that I want to be. If you have the chance to look it up on youtube you totally should because it is amazing.

The rest of Zone Con was great too. I really love listening to our Mission President’s talk. He is always so inspiring. He talked about using the Atonement in our lives and it was beautiful.

Then on Friday and Saturday we had a ward open house. We were asked to be there as much as possible so all of the visitors would get a chance to meet the missionaries right at the beginning of the tour. We have been planning for this open house for over a month. We had lots of meetings and ideas and somehow it all came together nicely. We had a lot of invitations printed up and we were passing them out to random people and to all of our investigators. In the end we had over 40 people show up. I know that sounds like such a small number but we were so grateful. This ward has tried to do an open house before and they only had about 5 people show up over a two day period. So this time is was considered very successful. We were so excited when one of our investigators showed up. When we invited her she straight up said, no I will not come, and then she did! SURPRISING!!! We were so blessed for this open house.

On Sunday I injured myself. I was walking briskly in the chapel… ok so I was running, and I hit my little toe of my right foot on one of the pews. It happened right before sacrament meeting, and by the end of the meeting my toe was rather swollen, by the end of Gospel Principles Class it was more swollen, and by the end of Relief Society there was a lovely large bruise starting to form on my toe and on the top of my foot. Needless to say, it hurts. Walking is kinda painful right now. Wearing appropriate missionary shoes is painful. I’ve got my toes taped together and I’m hoping it all turns out fine. But I learned my lesson, Do Not Run in the Chapel. GEEZ SISTER COX! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!

We had a good, busy, rewarding, enlightening week. I hope you all had a wonderful week as well. And if you didn’t, I’m sorry. Apply the Atonement in your life and remember that the Savior has been there, he understands, and he will always help you if you ask him.

I love you all. I hope you are all doing well.

~Sister Mary Christina Cox

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busy busy busy

We didn’t get a lot of lessons this week but we were always busy. We have been preparing for a church open house and its taken a lot of coordinating with the ward and trying to get invitations passed out to all of our investigators and to random people on the street. It’s kinda fun to just hand someone a little invitation to learn about their salvation. We have passed out hundreds of them to people all over lipa. To tricycle drivers, to people on jeepneys, people on the street. Ya we’re cool. 🙂 This week we also got 15 new investigators. We have been trying to focus on teaching families, and it has really helped with our numbers. And it’s awesome to have a whole family together and teach them about the gospel and to have them all excited.

We also went to San Pablo on Thursday for the follow up meeting for new missionaries. So Sis Feinga has officially been here for a whole month. It was fun to get to travel. The sisters from Mindoro had to go to the meeting too so they came a day early and stayed at our apartment. It’s always fun to have guests. 🙂 They are going to stay with us again this week too because we have Zone Conference. There are three Zones that come together for Zone Con and we are the lucky people who don’t have to travel, everyone else gets to come to us… BWUAHAHAHAHA!!! We are excited, Zone Con is lots of fun, and its super spiritual, and just awesome. Lucky me! I get to sing, and give a talk!

We have been really tired this last week. We have been going going going all day and we come home and we are exhausted. We are supposed to be in bed with lights out by 10:30 but some nights we are sleeping by 9:30. We like sleep. We just can’t seem to get enough of it. :/ oh well! Sorry I don’t have more news for your entertainment. I do have a couple of funny things that I heard from members and investigators over the week tho.

"Bite the Mosquitoes before they bite you" ~Bro Greggy

I threw some some fruit peels into some bushes at a members house and he said, "don’t worry I will clean those up after you leave." and I said, " They are biodegradable…." and he said, "yes, but I don’t care to have biodegradables scattered about my orchard." I don’t know why I though this was so funny but we all got a pretty good laugh about it.

And the bishop said to me, "Sis. Cox. You are losing weight, has anyone told you that? You are starting to look like the actress from ‘The Mummy’." Ha. It’s been a while since I’ve seen that movie but I’m convinced I look nothing like her.

Everything is just going great here. We are working hard and loving it. I hope you all are doing well. I love ya, and I pray for ya all the time. Really. MUAH!!!

~ Sister Mary Christina Cox

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Just another week in the Philippines.

So…. I’ve decided that I really want a motorcycle when I get home. Everyone and their dog has a motorcycle here. Really. It’s crazy sometimes because you will see lots of people on a motorcycle. I once saw 5 people on a bike. It was a little family and none of them where wearing helmets. The father was driving and then there were two kids sitting behind him and then the mother sitting behind them and then there was one child sitting on his fathers lap with his feet up over the handle bars and the thought that came to my mind was, "geez, if they got hit by a car they would all die, which would be a shame because they aren’t sealed and the rest of their family probably doesn’t know about the Plan of Salvation." Ya. I know, I’m weird. But I still want a motorcycle. (Don’t worry mom, I will pay for my own insurance)

Oh another fun fact. Some people start celebrating/preparing for Christmas in September. We are in the BER months. I have seen people putting up Christmas lights and I’m hearing Christmas music, and I’m going crazy. I’m not a super fan of Christmas but this is just crazy, it is way to early to start preparing for Christmas! What the heck is happening here?! Maybe I will like Christmas better here than I do at home tho. I really don’t know, I guess we will just see.

We have had really bi-polar weather lately. We always carry an umbrella with us because either it’s really super hot, or we are getting soaked. I joke all the time and say that the weather is my fault. If it’s hot its because I’m just so cute. And if there is rain I say, oops, I guess some of the men who love me here just found out that I’m a missionary and unavailable. hehehehe. I like having fun here. And missionary work can be so much fun, and if it’s not fun then I think the missionary is doing something wrong. I’m super happy here too. I am really enjoying the work and I love my companion. Training has been really good for me. I think this opportunity was more for me than for her. My language skills are progressing rapidly, I am understanding almost everything, I am speaking more and more everyday, and I’m better able to express myself in Tagalog as well. Although I think my English is getting worse, and it’s really funny when I am talking to someone and it takes me a minute or two to think of what a word is in English because I am so used to saying it in Tagalog. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does it kinds makes me happy.

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and I know that there is a living prophet today. I am grateful for all the blessings that my family and I are receiving from this opportunity to serve a mission. I want to share the blessings of this gospel with all of God’s children here in the Philippines and I want to help them understand that families can be together forever, and that there is more to this life than just "right now". I love my Savior and I know that through his atonement I an be forgiven of my sins and that whenever I have problems he will always be there to help me, he’s been there, he knows exactly what I’m feeling and he knows exactly how to help. I love you all and I hope that you are all doing well. I will see you all soon, ya know, in 13 months, give or take a few days.

Sincerely, Cordially, (whatever sentiment applies)

Sister Mary Christina Cox

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HOT!!!

So it’s been really hot the last couple days and everyone has said that it is weird because it should be raining right now. It’s fun, we are losing water weight all day everyday when we walk and sweat and sweat and walk. It’s just great. No it really is great, I’m not being sarcastic. Really!
Sister Feinga is awesome. She is really doing well in Tagalog and in teaching and she seems to be adjusting well to missionary life. She takes the lead in finding situations and has been taking the lead in teaching the first lesson as well. She says as much as she can in Tagalog and if she can’t say it in tagalog she says it in english and then I say it in tagalog if they really don’t understand. She is super dedicated to her study and I really enjoy having her as a companion. She seems to be opening up a little more and she is talking more.
This past week was pretty good. We taught a lot of investigators and we got some new investigators as well. We lost one family that we were teaching, they texted us and asked us not to come back. And then we started teaching the children of one of our other investigators. That was a really interesting lesson. There is a mother, two daughters and a son. The daughters kept trying to pick a fight with us and they refused to read until the Lord tells them that it’s ok. The son said he would start reading the Book of Mormon and we were excited about that. They are a family of very strong Catholics. And we are really just trying to help them understand that they need to read before they will receive a testimony of the BOM. We aren’t exactly sure how to proceed and are just relying on the Spirit and trying to prepare for different outcomes.
We are also still working on Vernond and Regine but we are not having much progress right now with them. They come to church but they aren’t really working on getting married anymore.
Sister Jenny and her husband have started reading the BOM together because Bro Henry really isn’t that great at reading. We are really working on getting them to church.

It’s been a good week. We are really tired. All the time, I guess that means we are doing something right.

Love you all.

Sister Mary Christina Cox

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