July 13, 2016
So much has happened I don't even know where to start...I'll try chronologically.
I met the new mission president and his wife, President Maughan. They are awesome and are from Logan, Utah.
The Cababahay's were baptized!!! Yes!! It was a beautiful day- seriously.. There were all together 8 baptisms for Panglao!! (Elders had a family too). They were very happy too and I am so happy for them!!
And we broke our personal records in teaching the most lessons in a week! yus!!
And now for the big news... unfortunately I did get transferred... and now i am also training a brand new sister, a greenie! I had a feeling the morning before transfer calls that this was going to happen because I studied the story of Moses when he got called and God got mad because Moses was convinced he wasn't gonna be able to do it... Ya, I feel that way too.. Especially when I found out we will be whitewashing/opening an elders area in the mountains... now officially everyone calls me whitewash queen because I have whitewashed every one of my areas paiita.
But after many tearful goodbyes to my family in Panglao I got on a boat to Cebu to meet my new comp.. All the new members were very sad that I was leaving, and I was too.. but I have many many promises to return so.... I definitely plan on going through the temple with Anna Marie in March and maybe Nanay too next year when we visit together... The Cababahay's made us a huge last dinner :( it was rough, I did not want to go but I know I needed to... but the hardest goodbye was probably with Sister Samoya.. .we have been through a lot together and became really close through our experiences and dedication to work hard. We really saw miracles in our area and with ourselves/investigators.
So I am now transferred to Sagbayan. It's in Calape Zone again (same zone as Loon) and I know it's very far in the mountains. We don't even get to go there till tomorrow afternoon. So I'm sure it's going to be an adventure for me. I know the elders there had bikes so maybe we will use them again haha depends on my trainee.
My trainee is super cute. It feels weird because honestly it feels like I just got here and was in training, especially when I was able to go back to Lilo-an. Her name is Sister Monteras and she is from Quezon City Manila, 24 years old... so she speaks Tagalog and some English.. so that's kinda hard... because I always speak to her in Bisaya and forget she can't understand and then she forgets that I can't understand Tagalog... whoever told me that they are similar was really wrong haha.. But i know she will pick up Bisaya way quicker than I did probably. I am a tad stressed, not gonna lie. I don't know that I feel qualified and I'm worried that I won't live up to her expectations. I know how nervous she is and she is nervous about having an American trainer. She has told me like 7 times that she has to eat rice everyday because she's afraid I don't eat it. she doesn't have anything to worry about there. I have really learned that the best way to break a barrier with a Filipina companion is through the food.. eat like a Filipina and they will love you! And I have no problem with that since I love Filipino food. Although mom those American snacks you sent me were gone in 4 days sooo that was funny.. Sister Samoya loved almonds!!
I am happy that I'll finally be Kabalay!! which means live in same house as other sisters!! the STLs and I love them both- Sister Ross and Sister Tatarata-Mahafaea (from Utah and Tahiti) I was already close with both of them so I'm happy. I hope my trainee will be ok!! I am also back with the senior couple the Bells :))
I am really nervous to train- but also kinda excited to push myself. Hopefully teaching Bisaya will help me learn more, and I hear that our area is really really progressing so that makes me happy (I don't think the elders were happy we were whitewashing it haha oops sorry) Elder Head (the AP right now- my first DL too ) told me its kinda an experiment to put sisters there so we will see how it goes. I am trying to keep my head on straight and not freak out too much. I am more scared about training than whitewashing.. I hope I can give her a good start to her mission and be a good example to her. Pres. Maughan was very direct with me and other trainers on how impressed his call to us as trainers and to put us with our new trainees. ( we are his first batch! ) So I know I am called by the Lord
SALIG LANG !!!
So I'll have a little more to report on Monday after we have been able to work together a little more. But remember me in your prayers- I need confidence. It seems everyone else has way more confidence in me than I have in myself. But I have confidence in the Lord- if there is one thing I have learned on my mission it's that that the lord WILL accomplish his work. I just need to be obedient and work hard and he will qualify me.
On another note.... Sis. Samoya and I finished our compainionship painting before transfers on the spirit world for Sister Rodita and it turned our awesome!! She loved it! I painted the tree and light side and Samoya the pavilion and dark side.. hehe fun way to spend our p-day nights.
Sister macabane had her baby girl and we visited her at the hospital!! baby Rascent, she is beautiful!!
Me and my trainee (or anak.. I am now a mission nanay haha.. ) pointing to an area that Elder Head had to show me on the map oh boy. LEGGO
I love you all and hope you have a good week! The days are going so fast...when I'm done with training it will be October!! what the!
Love, Sister Cook