Friday, December 23, 2016
Well, this is it.
The time has come, and I am coming home. I can't believe my 18 months here is up. The time went by so fast. Everyone said it would, but I didn't believe them. Now I understand. I can't believe next week I will be home. I will be going to the office on Sunday after church. So I am in my final days as a missionary.
There is so much I that I want to say, but I cant put all my feelings into words. I am so thankful that I served my mission. These last 18 months have been the best experience of my life. I am so humbled that the Lord trusted me to teach and serve his children here in the Philippines. I have come to love this county and this people with all my heart. Sadly I will have to leave it this week. I will miss everything. I really tried to embrace the culture and it has been so rewarding. Being here in has humbled me more that I think I realize. It was such a eye opening experience to serve here. These people have so little, but they love the Lord. I will miss everything about this place, except maybe the mosquitoes hahahaha #dengue. And now I have to say goodbye to the country I love.
I want to thank you all for the support, love and prayers in my behalf these last 18 months. I have felt your love and strength. I thank you all for the emails as well. I am so excited to see you all soon. The time has finally come for reunions and hugs. I have missed you all alot, but the work here was so rewarding. It was the best choice I have made in my life to sacrifice my everything to the service of the Lord. I can't say that I was a perfect missionary, but I really did try my hardest to be my best and make everyday count.
I have so many fun stories and experiences I can't wait to share to you guys. This mission has been so fun. Just full of ups and downs, but mostly ups and lots of laughter :) I am thankful for all the friendships that I have made and all the people I got to meet. Especially those whose lives changed by our message. I am humbled to have met and taught lots of people prepared by the Lord. I don't measure success by numbers, but the fact that I felt the spirit guide me throughout my mission, was success enough for me.
Ok this email is starting to sound like a homecoming talk. So I guess I just better close with a testimony. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know he is our Savior and Redeemer. It has been humbling to see his hand in my life during this mission. I am so thankful that I was able to be his servant these last 18 months. I know the service doesn't stop here. The things I have learned here will be with me forever. My name tag will be forever written on my heart. "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2tim 4:6-7)
I love you all so much. Thanks again for everything. See you soon!!!
Sister Katie Miggin
Philippines Iloilo Mission
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Hello my loved ones,
I hope you all enjoy this week. Happy thanksgiving to you all. It's too bad that I won't make it in time. But I'll be home for Christmas. So I will just count my blessings. This week flew by. I can't believe I have 2 weeks left. It doesn't feel real. This last week was so hot. I don't know why, but more than usual. It was just so hot. But we have been working like crazy. We have been walking everywhere too. This week we visited the less active's up in the mountain area. I don't know why anyone baptized people so far away from the church. But the view from the top was amazing.
Yesterday I gave my last talk in church as a full-time missionary. It was so bittersweet. I really love this branch. I will miss them. This branch is totally unique. But they somehow get stuff done. Its been fun to be assigned here. I am usually in a ward. So it's been different to be in am much smaller branch. You get to know the members lots better. They have a branch Family home evening planned for me. It will make me cry I already know. But it's not till the 3rd.
Well I hope you all have a good week. Love you all so much!!
Until next time,
So Elder Cook and his wife gave some amazing messages. Something that stood out to me from Sister Cooks message was "no one is perfect, but we can do perfect things everyday. Thats how we become like the savior." I loved that. It was something I think I needed to hear. That we can't be perfect, but we can try. She was such a motivating and happy person. It was a highlight for me. But Elder Cooks message was about the history of missionary work, and the progress it has made within the last few years. Also he spoke about teaching by the spirit and also extending commitments. We as missionaries need to extend commitments, that is how we call others to repentance. It was so powerful for me to hear a living apostle of the Lord bear his witness to us about how the church receives revelation. He also blessed us as missionaries and the mission as a whole. I am so thankful I was able to be here for this visit. I really lucked out. I am so thankful to have a knowledge that God does call Prophets and apostles. I am thankful for the guidance we can receive from them. I know that this church is true and I know that Thomas S. Monson is Gods prophet on the earth today. It was awesome to get to hear and meet a apostle this week.
I hope you all had a good week. I love you all lots.
until next time,
Well another week has come and gone. And another month! I am now 17 months into the mission, with 1 remaining. I can't believe it.
This week was great. The beginning of this week we went to Iloilo. We got to go on splits with our STL's. I worked with Sister Tranate. She and I got to invite one of their families to be baptized, and they accepted. I was so excited for them. That day though was a holiday here in the Philippines. So there was not many people at home. They were all at the gave sites. Its some catholic holiday for their dead. But it worked out ok.
The rest of the week was business as usual. This week we were able to find 2 new families. One is a part member family that is mostly non-members. They could be ready. It was a great lesson. We are excited to follow up with them this week. Thankfully the work is starting to pick up more here in our area. I am thankful for that. I gives me something to focus on, other than going home.
This week during my studies I was so thankful for the atonement. I have been reading more about Hope. I read the "infinite power of hope", a talk by President Uchtdorf. It was nice to have my testimony increased. No matter what happens to us or what we do. We can always have hope in the atonement of Jesus Christ. It reminded me that the Lord will always be there to help us overcome challenges and temptations. No matter how many times we may fall and even if we feel like we failed. He is ALWAYS there reaching out to us. Just waiting for us to reach out to him. I hope and pray that you all feel his love, because its there. For each one of us. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I love you all so much.
Have a good week!!!
Until next time,
Hello everyone, Sorry I was not able to email sooner. We had to split our email time in 2 segments. We had to travel to Iloilo to go on splits with the STL's
This week was great. It really was focused on the Book of Mormon. I finished it once again. And the training this week for my companion was all about how to teach using the Book of Mormon, and why it is important for the investigators conversion. I honestly was so grateful that that was the focus this week. I am so thankful to have the Book of Mormon in my life. It has really become a guide for my life. I have learned more in the mission how to use it fully in my life. Another cool thing that happened this week was we had a activity with the branch. We went to the area around the church and all handed out Book of Mormons. It was so awesome to see the members initiate the work. We got lots of return appointments from that. I am excited to do some follow up on them.
Sorry that this email is short. We are short on time. I love you all so much.
Until next time,
This week was crazy. We went to Iloilo twice. It was a adventure both time. The bus ride is about 3 hours of very curvy roads. But thankfully the results of the visits was great. Things here are going well. I am so excited that this is my last transfer. It's crazy how there are no more before us going home. We are now the departing missionaries. Time sure goes fast. I am so motivated to finish strong and just make these 6 weeks the best. This last transfer has had it's ups and downs. But it's just helped me progress. Without our trials and challenges, we cannot grow into who the Lord wants us to be. I am so thankful for all the progression that I have made in the mission. I am no where near perfection, but I am trying my best. I love the work and I love you all. I hope you have a great week!
until next time