WEEK 12 (Lilo-an)



November 29, 2015

Heyooo!!

Your guys' Thanksgiving looked delicious, I sure missed everything. I told my trainer about creamed corn and she wants to try it someday so bad because she loves corn. I'll have you know that my purple yams turned out hingpit! (perfect) (ill send pics next week).  They tasted "yammy" and the Filipino elders all thought they were hilarious. I also have been making those no bake cookies and people here think they are so weird!!! They either really like them or think they are too strange. It has been fun to bring them to the members that always feed us!! 

I just got done with helping the Mondendo family (where Jenni Rose stayed) paint there house this morning! We painted it light blue- it was fun but very hot!! Also haha so Filipinos do not exercise- but when they do it's like a whole "event" So this morning the Mondendo sisters wanted to plan to go "jogging."  I of course was stoked because I can never run by myself- so they got all dressed up and got running shoes and we all went "jogging." haha they didn't really run but it was still so funny what an effort it was. 

I went on splits this week with my STL in a different area and it was really fun!! We went to Conselicion - like 20 mins away and it was more bukid and way hilly- I loved it! My STL told me my language has really progressed- so that makes me feel good!! Sometimes I get all worried- and then I realize that I have only been here 4 weeks!!  I have come a long way... so very motivating to keep studying and practicing and listening (it's so easy to just zone out at church).  So in 4 more weeks I'll be even better!

The work had been really hard here! Jenni Rose is now back with her family and not in our area :( and our other investigators have all kinda disappeared. So we are teaching a lot of first lessons and just planting seeds. This area has been closed for a while and hasn't had a lot of work done so I am thinking that is what is needed. We keep pushing and hope that the Lord will put people in our path.
I love all the members here though- They are all so awesome! 

I was thinking a lot about why I am here this week. I think about some of the hardships I face and the roller coaster of emotions I feel each week.  This is more than me having an adventure in another country-I would have gone anywhere or done anything if called- I am here because I know this Church is true. Every time we teach the restoration or about how families can be together forever or when I read the Book of Mormon- I feel it! I know it! I know the Lord knows us and loves us  and I am grateful for this opportunity to serve him and the people he loves here in Lilo-an. 

Love you! Christmas is coming!!
(I am hoping to be able to skype at Mondendo's and you'll be able to meet them! they are the best!!)

WEEK 11 (Lilo-an)



 November 22, 2015 

Oh my goodness!! Bummed I won't be with you all this year and next, but still so much to be thankful for here in Lilo-an. We are celebrating today and I am gonna try and make my favorite YAMS!  Although the sweet potatoes I bought are purple.... so we will see how that goes. My cooking just gets more and more like experimenting here. Like, wow. 

So the work has been super tough here, most of our investigators aren't progressing. It's crazy how the closer we get to their baptismal dates, the more they experience trials and doubts. It's tough for me because I just want the best for them!! But it just shows how strong the adversary can push us away from things that are good. 

We did have a really cool experience with a lady named Cecila (shoutout to S&G) on Saturday that just helped me push through. The past few days I have been really exhausted with everything and just needed a Spiritual boost, which this lesson provided. So Cecelia is the land-lady to the Senior Couple here and she was out taking care of the garden when we walked by and started talking to her. We ended up talking to her for a really long time!! She has gone through so many trials and was really struggling with her life and choices... We listened for a while and then asked if we could share a short message. My companion suggested that we sing "Be Still My Soul" and when we started singing she just was bawling!! The Spirit was so strong. It was an amazing experience-- that hymn is so beautiful. She thought at age 52 it was to late to feel God's love because of her mistakes, but that us being there and hearing our message has given her hope!! It was beautiful. We will meet with her again soon!!!  

We work with the ward mission leaders a lot and it's cool because the are both youths preparing to go on  missions! I think that is awesome cause because they are super involved.

Ok, I sent a bunch of pictures this week because I am at a better internet shop. I love you guys.  Thanks for the emails, I love hearing about your lives and think about all of you often!! Eat lots of yummies for me- I'll be eating rice lol 

Ry

funny story. last pday after emailing I had the 
"brillant" idea to try and make caramel popcorn.... 
but because no one buys caramel sauce here... 
so expensive. WHo knows how long it sat on the 
shelf and it was all hardened inside the bottle.. 
I tried everything to melt it out.. see pic.
 But with no microwave- even my consistent boiling 
didnt do the trick. :( had to settle with kettle corn 
which of course burnt because of our pan. 
Wow. My comp got a kick out of it.. 
Our little friends :))


young women in my ward!! Matt and Cami's 
age. :))  I spent an hour talking to them last night- 
they are seriously so awesome!!! 

My zone!
 

our mirrior in our apartment-- looks like 
California haha


Beach selfie
Fish Market




Mirror selfie
 




Jennie Rose (the one in blue on my left) and some 
sisters from the Mondenedo Family who feeds us like 3x 
a week!!

 Sister Madelyn is making me a Christmas dress!! 
how cool huh!! She is an awesome seamstress.


                 
Me, Sister Tubola, and our Filipino soda





Meal at member's house last night