(I really miss saying that)
MISC: This past week, all of PHI celebrated National Family week/ So we celebrated it with a parade (had to wake up at 5), and we started at the bus terminal at Escalante and paraded in the street until we got to the church about 1/2 away. Then the missionaries played games with our members and investigators at the church. It was so great to see how important our families are to all of us.
Funny Stories: 1. One of the YSA (young single adults) in our ward said to me- “Sister, you’re so pale!” I just about cried haha. Not really, but that’s like a whole level below being called white. The PHI people are very honest. If you’re white, fat, ugly or pretty-they will let you know.2. I love the kids here, they’re so fun! I love hearing them shout “Americana!” when they see me cause then I respond “asa!?” which means “where!?” Then I say “Filipina ko man” (I’m a Filipina).
Cebuano/Ilonggo/Tagalog: Always improving
Companion: She’s a great teacher and I enjoy learning techniques from her like how to deal with different questions, etc. There are just some “around the house” things I have a hard time with but that would just be like any other roommate in the States. Haha I’m trying to respond politically 😉
Spiritual: So I’ve accidentally fallen into the habit of having the mentality of “when I can speak the language, I’ll be able to do this,” or “when I reach my six month mark, I’ll be able to teach this better,” etc. And I realized how much of my mission I miss out on with that mentality. I realize we all do this in life too. We sometimes look too far ahead at the “mile markers” in life such as “when I finish college,” “when I get that job,” “when I get married,” or “when my kids are older,” etc. So my advice for all of us is to not have the “once I reach the mile marker” mentality. Don’t wait for the mile marker to enjoy the journey because at the end of the road, you’ll look back and realize all the beautiful things you missed along the way. Enjoy where you are at in your life right now. Also remember that we shouldn’t be setting the mile markers. The Lord sets our mile markers in His own due time according to His will for us and we can know of His will for us through the thoughts and feelings given to us by the spirit. Also remember to not compare where you are at now to others because the mile markers the Lord has for others are not the same He has for you. Just always follow the spirit and the Lord will get you where He needs you to be when He needs you to be there. But most importantly, enjoy the journey!
People: This Saturday, four of our INV are getting baptized and I am SO excited!! Daniel, Daniela, Marvin and Danica Mahinay. Their family is so humble and so poor but SO strong in the gospel! Their parents, Danielo and Marlene are not yet married but we are trying to help them process their marriage so that Danielo can baptize Marlene and then in a year, they can be sealed together as a family in the temple. Apparently processing marriages here in the family is difficult and expensive for the people so thats why there are a lot of “live-ins”. But I really love this family and am so excited for them!
Pictures: Some pics from “Family Week” of some missionaries in my zone and the ward I cover in my area. (I only cover Bonifacio ward-but they are the best so I only need one ward!)
Love you all! Thanks for all your emails, I love hearing from you guys, even if its only 2 lines, thank you!
Sister “You’re So Pale” Moyes