It’s been a week…

Today I got to be a make-up model for a sister in our ward who is taking classes. I got air-brushed make-up for the first and last time in my life. Yes the result is flawless, but I don’t really like it, it’s too fake. I don’t look like me, but I like to look like me, so I think I will stick with my regular make up. She texted and asked if I could come today and be one of her models, I think my pictures are actually going to go in her portfolio. Yikes…. She said that she is going to do the other sisters next week or something. The other sisters all came though to watch and they were having a lot of fun laughing at me. haha. The picture taking part was weird. I’m really not into picture taking, and I know that I will never be suited for modeling of any type. 🙂 Ayos lang. It was a good experience. This week, Sister Rosela was interviewed and ok-ed for baptism! YAY!!! She will be getting baptized on March 1st. She is so excited. She is really integrating herself into the ward, she is doing Relief Society activities and is just glowing with the spirit. I really love sharing lessons with her, I always come away feeling better than when I arrived.
We went and saw the girls a couple times this week. We had to leave early one time because their uncle came home drunk and started getting mad at us, and we realized that he wasn’t going to calm down until we left, so we did. Bernedet was really upset, she thought that we would get offended and never come back. :/ As they were walking us back to the highway we stopped and said a prayer. That seemed to help.
We also started teaching an 11 year old. Her name is Jacie, both of her parents are members, but they are separated. 😦 But they both want her to be baptized. So we are teaching. She asked us to teach her in English because when we teach in Tagalog it is kind of deep Tagalog, meaning that the words we use are not used in everyday talk. And they speak English in the school that she attends so depending on her understanding we might end up teaching in both English and Tagalog so she gets it. 🙂 We’ll do it. Anything for the investigator right? Ok maybe not anything…
Well I hope you are all doing wonderfully and that life is just darn dandy and all that!
Hope you have a great week, keep smiling, and if you aren’t smiling, then start smiling.
Love ya lots!
~Sister Mary Christina Cox
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Great Week.

This week was really a good week. So I have been telling you all about the two girls who are 14 and 15 and we have been trying to get them baptized for forever now and it finally happened. It was really a process and they have been very patient but its a done deal. They were baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday. Our mission president says that the Baptismal ordinances can be one of the most spiritual experiences for all involved and witnessing, and I testify. It was really a great service, and again I was asked to sing. The girls wanted me to sing "The Lord is my Light". So I did. The bishop was crying when he got up to "welcome" the girls to the ward. It was funny and sweet and awesome all at the same time. OH FUNESS!!! I got asked to speak in Sacrement meeting about 30 minutes before we left the house to go to the church. Um… talk about unprepared. I talked about obedience and the blessings that come from being obedient. I shared D&C 130:20-21 It talks about how every blessing is predicated on a specific law, so when we receive blessings it is because of our obedience to the law upon which it is predicated. So every blessing we receive is dependent on our obedience….. No brain-er right? We aren’t going to get blessings from tithing until we have exercised faith and payed it… same thing will all the other commandments, Law of Chastity, Word of Wisdom, Prayer, Reading the Scriptures, Going to Church… We only receive the blessing after we have done something. And it all comes back to faith, faith is a principle of action, if there is no action then there is no growth.
Anywho… just some thoughts on that… I’m doing great! Hope you are all good too. If not… they change something, our father wants us all to be happy and he has given us everything we need to be happy in this life and in the next.
I love you all! Have a great week!
~Sister Mary Christina Cox
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My second child has left me, guess she is all grown up.

Sad News!!! Sister Malig was emergency transferred to Siniloan Zone. We had a couple Tacloban missionaries in our mission after the storm and they have been sporadically sending some of them back. So one sister was sent back recently so they had to shuffle everyone around and Sister Malig got caught in the shuffle. She left this morning at 10 a.m. My new companion seems cool. Her name is Sister Japus. That is pronounced Hapoos for those of you who don’t speak Tagalog… She is Filipino, she says she doesn’t know English but she really does… 🙂 OH BUT WE HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! Those two girls that we fasted with… They are getting baptized. The mission presidents wife came with us and was asking the girls questions to gauge if they were really ready to be baptized, and then she talked to President Peterson, then President called us and said, "Sisters, Make it happen." So we got them interviewed on Saturday and this Saturday they will be baptized!!!! AHHHHH!!!!! We are so excited. Sister Malig wasn’t thrilled to be transferred. She was crying for 15 minutes after she got the call. 😦 But I know she will be great in her new area.
This week has been ok. Difficult but ok. I really don’t have anything else to share…. O_O sorry!
Love you!
~Sister Mary Christina Cox
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just about 8 months left….. What?

This week was just great. We went on splits twice this week. Once with the Sister training leaders and then again on Saturday with some ward missionaries because we had so many lessons to go to. Haha, So when we went on splits I got to go with Sister Tua’one, she was in my MTC batch so we had a lot of fun catching up and talking and it was really just a great day. We had a couple funny moments I would love to tell you about. 1. We found a less active, well actually he found us, he approached us and asked, "who is our living prophet today? Is it sill Spencer W. Kimball?" Which tells just about how long he has been less active. Hopefully we will be able to go and teach/reactivate his family. 2. There was a guy who said to me and as we were walking by ,"I want to be Spiderman cause you look like Mary Jane." I do not look like her but it gave us a pretty good laugh. 3. We were talking about men… *GASP* missionaries talk about guys?!?!?! yes its true. We weren’t talking about people in particular but Sister Tua’one said, "I want a Captain Moroni, who is actually an Alma the Younger, Because I have dated to many Korihors.." and she said it will all seriousness and it was awesome and induced much laughter! So the last couple weeks I have been talking about Jiezel. Well we have started teaching her mother and she is just as awesome as her daughter. We are going to extend a Baptismal Goal date to her on Wednesday. She is so receptive. She talks about the "feeling" she gets when she reads the Book of Mormon and when she attended church. 🙂
We had 22 lessons this week. We were busy, every day seemed to go by so fast but the week seemed really long. We are tired and lovely!
Hope you are all great too!
LOVE FROM
~Sister Mary Christina Cox