Saturday, June 2, 2018

Week Sixty-Seven!!! Happy Birthday, Conner!!! 3-12-18

Hello family, after we are done writing our families we are gonna go work, and then go to Bambang for my back therapy, and then play volleyball with the elders there, and then we will stay there because we have to come back there tomorrow morning as well for our district meeting. It's kinda far and cost money to go back and forth, and we dont get mission money until the 15th and we are like both completely out of money (from all the travelling). Anyway, I've been really good, but it's been really cold this last week, and you guys know I don't like the cold.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Week Sixty-Five!!! 2-26-18

Happy birthday to my favorite little brother in the whole entire world. I love you so, so much. You're 16 now (right?) which is way too old BUT you'll always be my little brother to me. I miss you and all the fun things we would do together. I miss driving you and your little friends around and laughing at all the weird things that you say. I miss you so, so much, I'm so glad that we are so close. You have to wait until I come home before you are allowed to date any girls. And then even if you date girls I have to meet them all first and make sure that they are good ones. I love you lots and lots. Keep pushing yourself in school and doing well. I know that it will pay off for you. I hope you have the very best day ever I am so sad that I don't get to be with you on your birthday this year but I will make it up to you when I get home. Thank you for being the best little brother ever.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Week Sixty-Four!!! 2-19-18

Hello, family! We had a slow week of work so we really hope we find some good new people. BUT WE FINALLY HAVE A FOR SURE BAPTISM COMING UP IN MARCH AND WE ARE SO EXCITED. I know I shouldn't be counting down the days already, but I only have 107 days until I'm home!! I can't wait to see how big Olly is, and I'm so excited to meet Zeus! To be honest, I could really use a R&R Spa Day once I'm home, hahahaha! I guess that'll be one of the things I look most forward to, haha. If anyone's been asking, the knee's doing alright, but I still despise it. Anyway, I hope you guys have a good week! I love you and miss you!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Week Sixty-Three!!! 2-12-18

Hello family. I am so sorry we didn't get to talk directly to each other today. We went on this hiking trip this morning with our RMs in the branch and it took a LOT longer to get to the place than we thought it would. BUT IT WAS SUPER COOL!!! There was lots of waterfalls, and I took lots of pictures, and then we cooked food once we got there which was super cool. But it was super cold the whole time so it wasn't too cool. After that, the zone in Bambang had an activity and we told them that we are basically part of that zone (as well as our own), so we get invited to everything they do hahah. Thats why I'm emailing so late. But anyways, We had a pretty good week. Both me and Sister Pace got sick for like 3 days last week, plus we had to go to Cauayan for a meeting... Which was actually really fun, because the Zone Leaders (still not the ones from our OWN zone but the zone in Bambang) bought us sweaters because we are ALWAYS cold on the buses when we are going to Cauayan together, and they always wear sweaters or sweater vests for meeting. So we always tell them that we like their sweaters, so they got us cardigans as well so that we could all be matching for the meetings hahahah. We are also all 4 getting matching shirts together as well filled with all these quotes that President Hiatt tell us, hahah. They are like our best buds here because we dont live with any sisters and all the sisters we are leaders for are now in both zones and are either a lot younger in the mission or they are like kinda weird so we aren't that close with them, haha. Me and Sister Pace are best buds though. We take lots of "ugly" pictures together all the time which is really great. We told President last week when we had interviews that we just want to stay here until the end of our missions and then Sister Pace can be my last companion because I just love her so much. Anyways, I will send you my pictures, but this computer is slow so most of them havent even downloaded yet, BUT I think there are some good ones in there. OH by the way, me and Sister Pace are like going hardcore getting souvenirs to bring back home, because she agrees with me that most of what we take home from our mission should be souvenirs for our family and whatnot. SO, I might need you to send me some money for that, heheh. There is this dude in Cauayan who can help get us some cool stuff, and Sister Pace has already bought stuff from him but I want to get some stuff as well. There are these super cool belts here that are made out of caribou horns which I want to get for Auston and Conner (about 1000 pesos each), plus there are cool things made out of natural pearls too, which I want to get. Also, things made out of the bamboo because they make those in our area as well as theres a really good person who does it in Cauayan and we have their number too so we have some stuff we want to order. I found some places to buy native clothes and such so I want to get that too, so you guys can wear stuff from the Philippines to church when I come home hahah. OH MY GOSH MOM!! I have something funny to tell you! So remember Sister Stucki's mom? WELL, she ended up sending EVERYONE in the mission a Valentine, because it's her daughter's birthday on Valentine's Day (so she just wanted EVERYONE to know that it was her daughter's birthday, hahaha). I love you family, and I miss you so much. I hope you have a great week!!!

Week Sixty-Two!!! 2-5-18

Hello friends, guess what! I got a new companion this week! ITS ANOTHER FREAKING FOREIGNER WHAT THE HECK. Her name is Sister Pace, and she's like my newest best friend. She's one cycle behind me, and a new STL, so I'm basically training her to be an STL while I'm an STL. She's from Utah, and we are like bestest buds. ​We are like super on the same page with everything, plus we are both really strong-willed, so we will get a lot done haha! We went to Cauayan last week for a meeting with all the other leaders too, but me and Sister Pace had a lot of good ideas, so we were like being super assertive and President Hiatt made all these jokes about how "some missionaries are a lot more strong-willed than others" and everyone knew he was talking about us two. So it was really funny. ME AND SISTER PACE FOUND THE COOLEST OLD  WOMAN WHO GAVE HERSELF A BAPTISMAL DATE AND THEN CAME TO CHURCH WITH  US AND SHE ALREADY HAS SO MANY FRIENDS SO SHE DEFINITELY IS GONNA GET BAPTIZED AND WE ARE SO EXCITED!!! We are doing lots of cool stuff now. Next week we might be going on a trip with our branch to see the waterfalls, I think. I have to go soon, so bye!!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Week Sixty-Six!!! 3-5-18

Hi, family!! My camera's throwing a fit right now, so I'll try to get it fixed and send you some pictures. My doggos are so big now, oh my gosh! I can't wait to see them. Me and Sister Pace went on a hike earlier in our dresses, which was actually really fun, hahaha. I took TONS of pictures to send, and to show you guys when I get home. They let me know that we'll be getting our travel plans soon, which is really exciting but also kinda sad because I love it here. I love the food, I love the work, I love the people, and I just love getting to be a missionary of the Lord right now!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Week Sixty-One!!! 1-29-18

Hi, friends! President and Sister Hiatt came to take my companion, so now I'm staying in Bambang with Sister Tanedo and Sister Mohammed until Wednesday. I'm so excited to hear about all the fun things you guys have been doing. I can't wait for all the fun we're going to have when I get home. But I'm doing okay, the knee's doing okay, and I'm just grateful for all of the trials that Heavenly Father is sending my way, because I know that I'll be blessed for being patient in my tribulations. Not much has happened other than my companion going home and I'll be getting a new companion, so I love you guys lots!!