Sunday, June 9, 2013
June 8, 2013
(picture me doing the missionary happy dance.) WE GOT OUR TRAVEL PLANS THIS WEEK! WHOOP WHOOP! man it was like Christmas morning last night! Monday the 17th we are leaving for the airport at 7:30 am to catch our flight to LA, then to TOKYO (thats right im am going to Tokyo!) then finally to MANILA! and then probably a bus ride up to Baguio! I thought tha my excitement would subside from when i got my call but right when i think i couldn't get more excited, BAM i get more excited! I am so blessed to be on a mission right now!! most days i just cannot believe it!
We had the opportunity to SKYPE with the Philippines this week for TRC! technically it was with a lady from the Philippines that really lives in California...but she only spoke Tagalog so it was practically the same thing... :) It as yet another reassurance that I don't know very much Tagalog...but the Lord has blessed me with the gift of tongues more than once at the MTC already and I know that everything will be fine! I love talking to people from the Philippines here at the MTC! they are all soooo nice and loving! Sometimes when i am taking to other missionaries that don't speak Tagalog i automatically say things like yes, and no, bathroom, and food and Tagalog and they look at me like I'm crazy and then i remember that they understand English not Tagalog! i guess that is a good sign! :)
Last week our district got the Chance to host for the first time for the new missionaries that come in on Wednesday! I hosted 4 new sisters! and get this, there were over 900 new missionaries that came into theMTC last Wednesday!! WHHHAAATTTT??? I'm sure you are wondering how in the world these missionaries are going to fit in the MTC, well Brothers and sisters, THE CHURCH IS BRILLIANT! I don't know how they do it but it all works out so perfectly! I love all of the girls that came in! they were all so excited to serve! even though they had impossibly heavy suitcases....it all worked out and i got a good workout ;) some of my friends from College and High school came in and that was so fun to see them and give them encouragement. There are some new friends that are coming in this week that i can't wait to see! our district gets to host the new missionaries again! suprma exctied ako!
So we have continued to teach Angelica and Jesus. we have asked them both to be baptized and they said that they would but that they are not ready yet! Sister Miller and I taught a super great Lesson with Jesus! It taught me so much about missionary work! He hasn't been praying...about anything. it has been super frustrating! I asked him why he thought that prayer was important and he said that it is important to pray at church and in your heart but he said he is too embarrassed to pray out loud when he is not at church. Finally i could understand everything that he said to me!!!! (gift of tongues moment.) in the best Tagalog that i know i told him that i know that heavenly father loves his family and him so much and he wants so bad for him to pray and ask for guidance for him and his family. Suddenly the Spirit was INCREDIBLY STRONG and i asked him if he would commit to praying out loud to the lord and ask him if our message might be true. he said that he would and that he would try and pray with him family! the spirit was so strong and he was so thankful!
I am so excited to get to the Philippines and find people like Jesus and Angelica and invite them to come unto Christ!
I love being a missionary and i love being called sister sites! This week is going to be a tough week saying good bye to my MTC district. all of our elders are going to olongapo and the sisters are going to Baguio! I cried a tiny bit when i saw that they leave a day before us. They have been such great examples to me and i wish we were all going to the same place! I know that they are going to be great missionaries!
I hope that everyone has a great week! Thank you for all of your prayers, letters, e-mails and goodies!
i'd like everyone to meet elder sith lord! :) somedays we get so bored in class so this is what we do! :)