WEEK 76 (Danao)

February 26, 2017



Maayong Buntag!!! 

This week has been a week full of blessings and miracles from the Lord for me personally and also for our area and work.  I started really experiencing some side effects from my Dengue. I would wake up with my feet and hands horribly swollen and my legs so sore I could barely walk--it was like I had arthritis.  I would do my studies in the morning and pray and pray that the soreness and pain would be bearable during our work in the day. The pain would always lessen and we were always able to accomplish what we had planned.  It was a personal miracle that I witnessed every day this past week and now my legs are slowly getting better.  I am so grateful for the strength Heavenly Father continually gave me because I don't want to waste one minute of my time here.

 Heavenly Father also blessed us immensely in our work this week.  We have two new IBDS and Shaina and Jon Lee passed their interviews for baptism.  We found a great family through a referral, had a very successful finding activity, and we had 7 investigators attend sacrament meeting. I feel like I couldn't wipe my smile off my face every day!  It has been awesome and I am really excited about the potential this area has. Our baptisms and weekly bringing new people to church is really starting to inspire our ward too.  They started this new program and split couples and single adults into districts to start tackling the less actives and recent converts.  It's pretty cool and funny--they each have a "district leader" and are planning on doing district meetings every week. I love it! . 
Our finding activity was something I had done in Sagbayan that I enjoyed--a BOM booth! Or basically us standing in the market offering free copies to those who wanted to learn more- I love it cause it makes our jobs easier in finding those that are actually really interested. We are still following up on all of them and gave a lot of referrals to the elders, but it  is keeping us very busy. Plus personally, I love "street chatting" as I call it... just talking to as many as will stop and listen about why I am here.  Sister Loreto and I really enjoyed it. 

Sister Loreto and I are doing very well, I am so grateful she is my companion right now. We have the same goals and same desires and really complement each other in our lessons, work and duties as missionaries and STLs.  I am grateful for the Lord who truly knows what is best for us and I am grateful that you can receive this guidance from him for us.  I see everyday His hands in the work and I am grateful to be a part of it. 

There is a family history fireside coming up in our stake next week and missionaries have a part in the choir (and I was selected to be a storyteller haha).  We are singing this one song called "where is heaven."  The ending Lyrics are 

"Where is heaven? Is it very far?  
When it's with the ones you love, it's right where you are" 

I feel that everyday. There are so many links to heaven here on Earth for us to feel--I know I have found one here in the Philippines for me. 

Well- I hope this email was more updated than my previous weeks here in Danao.. this week Shaina and John Lee will be baptized. They are so ready.  I am excited!!  God is good! 

Sister Cook                 



My favorite zone leaders

My trunky letter.  Ugh.

Companionship study in a tree

Sicad!! A very popular form of transportation in Danao

Temple with my favorites
When I get to mission office...passed out!






















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