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
Hello everyone, I am happy to report that I am doing great. I am back out there and don't feel sick anymore. I just hope that it continues that way. This week was much better. It was nice to get back out to work and get teaching again. Right now our main focus in the work is the less actives. Through them we are finding part member families and also new investigators. We were able to attend a zone meeting this week with President and Sister Cruz. It was such a spiritual boost that I needed. He also made sure my health was ok. So I think I'm now good :) I love this work so much. It's so amazing for me to still feel the joy of service. The little things like getting sick just don't matter much when you have such a important work to do. I hope and pray the Lord gives me the strength to finish this mission strong. I will forever be grateful for my Savior and the tender mercies he gives me every day.
Thank you all for your added prayers for me. I love you all, have a great week.
Well this week was crazy. I got admitted a third time in the hospital. I got dengue again hahaha. These mosquitoes must love me A LOT. Ya it was a long week. I was only in the hospital for like 2 days, even thought I was sick most the week. The crazy part was we had to go back to Iloilo city to get admitted in a nice hospital. It didn't go as planned but I was thankful for the patience of my companion and the help from the Assistants. Happy to report that I am out of the hospital and doing well. I was able to see conference though. So I am so happy for that. It was the highlight of the week. I needed the spiritual boost.
I hope that you all are doing well. I love you so much!
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Hello to all my loved ones. This week was business as usual. We are just doing our best to get out to work as much as possible and find people. My companion is doing great. I have sees lots of growth in her these last few weeks. I really love her a lot. We are just having fun exploring our area and trying to find out what works here. Every area is different for how the work goes best, so we are just praying to be aligned with Heavenly Fathers vision of our area.
Love Sister Miggin
This weekend we were able to watch the general women's broadcast. It was so amazing. I really loved President Uchtdorfs talk. It inspired me to really endure to the end of this mission. And finish strong and keep the faith. I am realizing now the end is going to be one of the hardest part. But our job is to keep the faith and finish strong.
I love the work and I know that this church is true. I love you all so much!!!!!
I hope that you are all enjoying this week, and getting ready for conference. This week for us was great. We got lost a few times, we are working without our tour guide. But we saw some tender mercies this weeks. I am so happy to be here in this area. It has it's challenges, but we can work it out. Our focus is now more on finding. We really need to build up our teaching pool. This week we were able to locate more members and less active homes. Also some new investigators as well. This week was my first Sunday in the Hamtic branch, because last week was conference. But I really love the unit here. They are eager and willing to help us missionaries. Yesterday we had 4 members join us in locating more of the less actives. SO I am happy to see their desire to help the missionaries.Anyway not much else about this week. I hope that you are all doing well. I love and miss you all. Have a good week.
I am in my new area. It's AMAZING!!!! So beautiful. So this week, the first part I was saying goodbye to members from my old area, and then on Thursday I picked up my brand new companion Sister Santos. She is so sweet, she was a little shy at first when she found out a white girl was going to be her trainer, but she quickly realized, that there will be no communication problems. Anyway after a 5 hour meeting, we finally got on the bus to go to our area. It took like 4 hours, down a very curvy road. I got a little car sick.
We arrived in Antique to the sisters waiting for us and found out we had another hour travel. So we stayed the night there. Then the next day we took our stuff and went to Hamtic. Sister Hussien is my housemate, so it's fun to be with her again. There are 4 of us in the house. So the last few days, we have been touring the area. I have been shown most of the area and the members in the area. It's HUGE! It has the beach on one side and the "mountains" and rice fields on the other. It's honestly so breathtaking. I have been waiting for something like this. One of the best parts of the week was going to a area called bingay. You have to take a single motor into the mountains. Then we barefoot hiked though rice fields and mountains to get to this village up in the hills. It was a blast. We all just laughed and it was so fun.
Yesterday we had our District Conference, so I still didn't get to meet all the members, but that's ok. We had 2 members work with us yesterday to continue to show us around. I can tell the ward has a desire to work.
So I am excited to get out there this week and keep exploring and start finding :) I hope you all have a good week! Until next week,
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Hello everyone, I hope this email finds you all well and happy. This week was great. We found a lot of potential investigators, but I am sad. I just found out that I am transferring this week! Actually I am really excited. I am going back out into the province, to Antique. NO more city air!!! And guess what else. I am training again!!!! YAY! "baby #2" I am so excited. We re-opening an old elders area, so I am so excited to see what this new area has in store. I am also excited to meet my new bata. So next week you will hopefully see some pics of her.
This week was our mission tour. Elder Haynie of the area presidency here in the Philippines and also a member of the 70 came. It was so fantastic. I was so inspired at what I learned from him. On Tuesday we had our mission leadership council and he attended and did the training. So I got to be uplifted and inspired twice. Sadly that was my last MLC because I am getting released from my calling as a STL and now becoming a trainer again!
Some of the things that Elder Haynie focused on many things, but mostly finding. He helped us understand the importance of being good finders. I think all I learned will help me as we open our new area. He taught us what it really means to find scattered Israel, and how we need to understand our purpose better. We need to gather scattered Israel. One thing that stood out to me was he said, " Scattered Israel hangs out with Gathered Israel." Meaning we need to work close to the members and the people around them. I also received answers to my prayers during this mission tour, and even answers to prayers only in my heart, not yet asked. It really strengthen my testimony on how well our Heavenly Father knows each of us and he knows what we need. I really felt the spirit during the meeting. And felt peace about my mission and the fact that it is coming to a close.
Well good luck to me this week as my new missionary and I start our journey in Antique. I love you all and hope you have a good week!
Love, Sister Miggin
Hello everyone. This week was a lot of hard work. We spent most of the time finding and tracting. But it was great. I got to go on exchanges with Sister Alulod. She is such a funny sister. I was also her STL when we were back in Roxas, so it was nice to see her again. This week I also got to ride a carabou this week. It was awesome! YA another highlight this week was that our recent convert Elias and John Carlo Jacildo, got to join the the sacrament. It was really exciting for them, and everyone hahaha. Anyway I hope that you are all doing well. I love you lots!! Have a good week. Until next time..
Hello my friends and loved ones, we meet again.
This week was great. We are focusing on finding more families. We are really working on getting the teaching pool back up.
Mon: P-day, we had a sports Zone activity. It was fun but got rained out.
Tues: We got to teach the newly baptized Jacildo family with a member of the stake presidency. It was a really spiritual lesson and it was hopefully motivating for them to have him teach them.
Wed: We had a zone meeting with President and Sister Cruz. They talked about cleaning apartments and also team work. President Cruz gave a goal to all the missionaries to baptize families only. So it was nice to know we are already inline with the mission President and his vision.
Thus: Today we spent finding. It was also district meeting. Our district leader sadly found out his Mom passed away a few days ago, so they asked if I could teach the meeting. It was a little last minute, but I think ti worked out well.
Fri: We taught a new couple. They have family who are members and even though they have lots of questions, they are interested. I am hopeful to see some progression.
Sat: We were finding most the day and then taught a less active family. The mom is active and one of her sons, but the rest of her boys are sadly on and off. But it was awesome to see them ALL at church!
Sun: Church day :), even though after church it wasn't the best work day, we didn't get to teach anyone. We had lots of less active members return this week and also the Jacildo family was there of course and some new potential investigators, so it was a success.
Overall this week was awesome. I re-read this week a talk called the 4th missionary. It is a wonderful talk that helps us see if we are serving how we should, and becoming who the Lord want's us to be as missionaries. But it was a great review for me and a wonderful spiritual study moment too.
I hope you all have a good week. Thanks for the love and support. I love you all!
VICTORY! The Jacildo family got baptized!!!! It was a awesome week!!! I am so excited to share what happened:
Mon: P-day and then I went to a area called Passi to conduct some exchanges.
Tues: Exchanges with Sister Manilay. The objective of this exchange was to make sure this area is safe for sisters. So it checked out ok. Actually the area is so beautiful. I was a little jealous, the fresh air there was so nice.
Wed: came back to Lapaz and taught one last lesson to the jacildo family.
Thus: Normal work day.
Fri: this day was pretty punted but we carried on.
Sat: BAPTISM OF THE JACILDO. So today was awesome. They were so excited. They arrived and said that satan tried to stop them from coming. It was raining and they couldn't get a ride, so they started walking to the church. Anyway when they arrived they were so excited. There was a great turn out from the ward. About 30 + members came to the baptism! The spirit was so strong. So Jarod Hernal baptised the 2 kids, Chzarina and John Carlo. Then one of the member of the bishopric, Brother Baleña baptized the parents, Melanie and Elias. They all came out with huge smiles. My companion and I shed many tears of joy witnessing their happiness and excitement. After the baptism they shared their testimonies. It was amazing to feel of their sweet spirit and hear see the growth of their testimony. I felt so humbled as a missionary to have been trusted to teach them. It was a spiritually high day, and I was so excited. I know the promise in D&C18:16 is true. We can share in the joy as we teach the gospel to others.
Sun: The Jacildo family got confirmed members of the church.
Their baptism was the highlight of our week. We were so excited and so happy. Not that we got a baptism, but because we got to see this families desire to come closer to Christ. And We were so happy to have taught them the gospel and watch it change them forever.
I hope you all had a good week. I love you all, until next time