Sunday, April 1, 2018

Week Fifty-Six!!! Merry Christmas!!! 12-25-17

Hello family!

I just wanted to tell you a quick Merry Christmas. I'm so, so glad I was able to Skype with you. That meant so much for me. I'm so glad you all had a good Christmas, and that you guys have snow there, too. I'm SO jealous. It's so, so cold here for me, since I'm still pretty used to the heat of Tuguegarao. So I'm just cold, and there's still NO SNOW. I'm so excited that the next time I skype you guys, I will be SUPER close to coming home! Thank you for the very fun Skype call. My comp was jealous, because her family were barely talking on her Skype. She said we were all super loud and crazy, so I was like well, we were just really excited to see each other, and that's just how we are. Sorry I had to go so soon, but I still had a lot of fun skyping you guys. I love and miss you all with all my heart. I will talk to you guys next TUESDAY, which will be MONDAY for you all. Byeeeeee!

Week Fifty-Five!!! 12-18-17

Hello family,
I love you all very, very much!! The next time I talk to you guys will be on Christmas so, MERRY CHRISTMAS family!!!(: I am so, so glad that I have this opportunity to spend this Christmas in the Philippines, especially as a missionary. I think back to last year where I spent Christmas in the MTC also as a missionary and I really think about all that has changed in the past year and what I am grateful for this year is the greater love and appreciation that I have for our Savior as I celebrate Christmas compared to last year. I have spent a year learning about our Savior and Redeemer and have been striving every day to be more like him in all ways. I have grown to truly know Him through much study and prayer and service. I have grown a very deep appreciation for the life of our Savior which was spent in selfless service and given so freely for us. I have grown a true appreciation of Christ's Atonement and all it means to me. I understand more the perfect love that our Heavenly Father has for each of us even so that He gave us His only Begotten Son that we might be able to return to His presence one day. I am so grateful to celebrate the birth of our Savior and Redeemer, I am grateful for the opportunity I have had this year to think of Him, learn of Him, and draw closer to Him not just during Christmas time this whole year.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Week Fifty-Four!!! 12-11-17

Okay, so our original schedule was that we have P-Day on Monday which is Christmas, and I was probably gonna Skype then, but now our P-Day is on Tuesday (the 26th). But, I can still Skype you guys on either of those days. A member offered us their laptop to use, so that's sorted out. So I can do it whenever you guys want, I think. ALSO, the next P-Day I have is this coming Saturday (not Monday), so I will be e-mailing you again this week on Saturday and not Monday. It's because transfer day has to be earlier next week, and it's hard for those going home to go through the airports when it is Christmas weekend. So transfer day is on Monday, and P-Day will be on Saturday, instead. Then after that, my P-Day will be on Tuesday for two weeks in a row, because Christmas and New Year's are both on a Monday, so we need to go out and work instead on those days. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Week Fifty-Two!!! (One Year!) 11-27-17

Hi, Friends!

On Wednesday we got to go to Cauayan and the mission home because I had I an STL training so we got to go there with all the new leaders in the mission and it was a really cool training. I learned a lot about our duties and responsibilities and how to fulfill our callings and magnify them to the best of our abilities. Then the next day, since Sister Gadd is going home soon she had a meeting for the departing missionaries so we just stayed in Cauayan. Which was fun, because Wednesday and Thursday I just got to go on splits with Sister Mcallister who is one of the STL's in Cauayan, and also one of my favorite sisters in the mission. So we got to work together, which was so, so fun. Then on Thursday night, we got home to Bayombong. Then Friday, we had our exchanges with the other bambang sisters and I got to go on splits with Sister Tanedo who is Sister Fookz's other anak and I just really love her. So we had so, so much fun working together too. But then I got sick and so I haven't been able to work on Saturday or Sunday, but I was at least feeling well enough on Sunday morning to go to church. Then Sunday night the APs called us and they told us that in our zone conference that we have this week (on Wednesday), President Hiatt has chosen me and Sister Gadd to give one of the lessons for everyone. So I'm really excited for that.

Week Fifty-One!!! 11-20-17

Hello, Friends!

Guess what?? I got to go on a trip to Bambang this week! Yes, it was so funny. My companion actually planned it, because we have to do splits with all the sisters under our stewardship and then she was like we should go to their area and help them because they arent doing super great yet and I was like okay sure and then I told the sisters to tell President Marlon that we would come over for dinner but I didn't really know the sisters there yet other than Sister Tanedo, Sister Fookz's other trainee, so I wasn't sure if I had to be super serious around them. Plus those sisters' area was a little farther and not where all my friends are, so I didn't think I would get to see anyone. But then after we finished comp study, the sister I was splitting with just looked at me and was like guess what. And I was like, what? And she was like, we all already planned it, we are gonna go get lunch with the San Miguel family, and then just go see everyone today before we go out to our area to work. So it was so much fun!!! Have a very happy Thanksgiving! And Happy Birthday, Dad!!! I love you guys!!!

Week Fifty!!! 11-13-17

Hello family!!! I got called to be a Sister Training Leader in Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya!!! That also means I am back in a place with very slow internet which means my pictures I'm sending right now are taking FOREVER to load. We're not having a lot of success at the moment, which makes me really miss Enrile. My companion is Sister Gadd. She's full American from Utah so I have yet again another foreigner companion. She's very nice, but she's trying to be very in charge. I'm just trying to be nice and respect her as my senior companion, but she doesn't really know how to lead an area like me and Sister Capa do. I'm just gonna be patient, though, because she goes home at the end of January. I am already very close with some of the RM sisters in the ward, we went on splits and I went with 2 of them yesterday after church and now we are very close. They were very nice to me here on my birthday, too! This will either be my last area or I have one more after this one. The time will go by SO FAST, which is good because I really miss all my little friends!!! Don't worry about sending anything like Peanut Butter to Sister Capa, because we have things like that here at Savemore. She'll be okay, I'll be okay, but I miss you guys lots! I love you, family!!! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Week Fourty-Nine!!! Happy 21st Birthday! 11-6-17

Hi, friends!

This week was really a good one, all three of our baptisms we had planned ended up going through, and so it was such a nice weekend for us. It has been raining almost non-stop for most of the week, especially this last weekend, so work has been going a little bit slower. But it's still going pretty well. We just found a few new people to teach and we are so, so, SO excited about them because they have so much potential and desire. This week is also transfer week, which means I will probably be leaving the area and leaving my anak to lead here. I'm super proud of Sister Capa and how much she has learned and grown over her time with me. I am so excited for all she will continue to accomplish. She finished her first 12 weeks of training in the field with 9 baptisms, I'm so, so proud of her. I am sad that I will probably be leaving Wednesday morning, I never would have thought that I would be this sad to leave Enrile. But honestly, I love this place with all of my heart, I am so grateful for everyone I met here and all those I have taught here and all the friends I have here now. I'm going to miss them a lot, for sure. But I am excited to go somewhere new, wherever the Lord needs me to go, and continue to labor in His vineyard. I love this work so much and I couldn't think of a better way to spend my birthday this year than in helping our brothers and sisters here in the Philippines to learn the way for them to return to our Father in Heaven.