WEEK 33 (Panglao)

April 24, 2016

 Just some pictures this week...

YAY!  Karen got baptized!

WEEK 32 (Panglao)

April 19, 2016

Yes the dreaded day of transfers is over and me and Sister Samoya are not leaving! We are super happy even though this past week here has been pretty tough. 

Not much to say except-- wow, it is so so so so so hot.  All the time.  I don't even have cold bucket showers anymore cause it's so hot outside.  My face is never not sunburned and all the Filipinos like to comment on that. 

Few things that I have noticed about having our bikes: 
     - Dogs really like to chase them.
     - The area you swore was super flat while walking is actually not. 
     - The Barbie pink is actually sorta growing on me.

We have experienced a lot of rejection, heartbreak and trials this week, but we are both determined to push through and build up this area.  Our group is so close to becoming a branch--we just need to find those who are prepared.  Being a missionary really is just so fun, especially here in the Philippines- I just always find myself laughing at some of the places/situations that we find ourselves in. No day is the same and every day is an adventure- just how i like it!
see you soon!
Love, Ryan

Me and "Panny" (my noble steed--short for Panalangin blessing in Bisaya, and also Sis. Panorel cause she would love an all pink bike!)

Weekly selfie with Gabriel.  haha love im

group activity with Jessa (the Elders' deaf investigator--she is the sweetest)

WEEK 31 (Panglao)

April 11, 2016

hi hi!!! 
Updates... Zone Conference was yesterday and I finally got to see BFF Sister Sumo and it was so awesome.  We were inseparable the whole conference. 

Karen Romeo my investigator from Lilo-an is finally getting baptized this week!!! I am so excited for her--she and her daughter sent me the sweetest letter and are so excited to be baptized. I told a friend there to take pics for me :) yay

And we got our bikes yesterday! ha! wow they are pretty much two Korean barbie bikes so that's funny.. I lost a bet with my comp so I get the pink one (and I mean PINK).  Haven't ridden it yet but I'm pretty sure I'll feel like a 7 year old girl again- but hey, it has wheels, basket and a bell so who can complain. 

I have also learned this week that in the midst of total rejection and people hiding or not being the nicest I always just start laughing.. Like we got some very unkind words and actions this week and I was cracking up about it the whole day. I don't know if its the most dignified reaction but I think it's better than feeling down the rest of the day. 

Our Family the Cababahay's are really progressing and I love them. There kids are pretty much the three minions from despicable me -- best way I can describe them. The spirit in their home and their relationships have changed so much since we started teaching them and it's amazing to experience.. I had been praying since the beginning of my mission to find and help a family and now that I have the feeling is better than I imagined. This Gospel is so good. Can't wait for their baptism. 

I have been thinking a lot about the Lord and how we really can accomplish anything through him and how he can qualify anyone to accomplish His work. So many examples throughout the scriptures Moses, Daniel, Esther and especially Joseph Smith. I think about those stories and just truly realize how God is the same today as he was then and will ever be... Who am I? I am barely 20 years old, barely passed Spanish in high school and really didn't understand many aspects of the Gospel before I came out, and here I am.  On a small island in the Pacific teaching people of all ages in another language only spoken here about the Gospel-- and they are understanding. And this is happening to 75,000 missionaries around the world!  I know this is the Lord's work and that he qualifies those he calls. Sometimes I really look back and wonder how certain things happened but then I remember that anything is possible with the Lord and if you pray for miracles- you will see them in your life. 

I am doing great here in Panglao-- really hoping to stay- transfers next week already oh my. My comp and I get along great and teach well together... looking forward to Mothers Day! Love you all

oh ps conference was gooooood! i watched some in Bisaya haaha 

me and sumo
my island !! 
me and gabriel (anna maries son) 

Sister Sumo
My island!
Me and Gabriel (Anna Marie's son)
Silly comp pic #1
Silly comp pic #2

WEEK 30 (Panglao)

April 3, 2016

Maayong Hapon!!!
I just found out by email that Nanay Lourdes from my first area in Lilo-an passed away on Thursday by heart attack.... 
I am so sad that I won't see her when I go home and that none of you will ever meet her here because she was the kindest lady. But I am grateful that she is in a better place now. She lived long enough to accept the gospel and I know she is being blessed in heaven because of it.
Panglao has been good- The Cababahay family came to church again and loved it again!! They might try and come to General Conference this week but it's all the way in the city and tough thing to bring their little boys too... (haha one of their boys snuck away while parent were in Sunday School and his brother found him showering in a water spicket hahaha so classic.) but despite one of their boys running around half naked and wet they still loved church. 
We have been saying family prayers with them at the end of every lesson and it is an amazing feeling to kneel down and feel the spirit in their home as they learn and progress in the Gospel. Ever since they started listening to our message and coming to church they have been receiving all sorts of blessings.. including people just giving them tons of fruits (which they then give to us haha), brother finding more work opportunities and less arguments between the two of them. This Gospel is so GOOD and so centered around our families.
Ah I just have so much fire to find more families like them ready for the gospel!!!
And guess what- since our area is so big WE ARE GETTING BIKES!!! hahah.  I know I know, Sisters on bikes is ridiculous but this is such a tourist/ beachy town and totally flat so it's totally gonna work and be awesome because we can explore and get to so many more parts of our area. WE are stoked!!! first sisters in Cebu East mission to get bikes hola (maybe even all the Philippines idk :) anyways Salig lang we are getting cute little korean bikes with bells and baskets so look forward to pics next week should get them thurs-- everyone is anxious to see how it goes.  I'm anxious to get my noble steed.
Well I love the Lord, love this Church really really love this work and love you all !
Remember it's more fun in the Philippines (maybe I'll just stay after mission, plenty of ladies offer their sons up to me weekly as my husband because they want a foreigner daughter in law, little do they know I'm a Filipina at heart- rice and all)
sister cook 

Did a district activity this morning!  So fun-went on a hike to a giant cross--we went super early so no people.  It was fun just to goof around, take funny pics and vids with friends.


Ann Marie's (recent convert) cute kids in their house

The Macabane family!  They are 1-year converts and just got sealed in the temple.  They are seriously so awesome and love learning more about the Book of Mormon so we teach them every week and I love it--so cute and their conversion story is awesome.

Me and the Cababahay's youngest, Christian

It was really hot!

Cababahay kids!! SO CUTE and the boys are hilarious!