Monday, March 21, 2016

Letter-March 20th, 2016

Hello my loved ones. This week went by pretty fast. It was also really good!
So what happened this week:
Mon: We had a Zone activity on the beach. We played lots of fun games and then had lunch at a restaurant right on the beach. It had lots of cool fresh sea food. Actually the area I am in right now is the Seafood capitol of the Philippines. 
Tues: Punted day..... But we did get to teach some less actives in at the end of the day. 
Wed: Exchanges! I worked in my area with Sister Servesa. It was really funny for us because she was my STL when I was new in the mission, and now I will be her last STL because she is close to going home. It was nice to work with her again and catch up.
Thurs: Regular work day, we got to contact some OYM's and then we also found some lost less actives that we didn't even know about. So we are happy we were guided to their house. 
Fri: We went to a stake relief society party to celebrate the 174th birthday of relief society. It was a lot of fun, we were glad we were invited to go. We found a new family. I am really excited. We haven't gotten to go back to them yet, but hopefully tomorrow or Friday again. They seem pretty interested. So I am always hopefully to see what can happen with them. 
Sat: We taught our investigator brother JR that should be getting baptized this April 2. We did a testimony and knowledge check this week with him because his interview is this week. It was really awesome to hear his testimony and even though he is old, he just has an awesome testimony and is so willing to learn more and tries to be so obedient. He even payed his tithing on Sunday
Sun: I was a speaker in church. That's always fun. I also was the piano player and accompanied a musical number. We didn't work much because we had lots of meetings. We had meeting with the Stake President, the mission president and the zone leaders. I realized how much work it is to correlate between all the stakes and wards and missionaries to make sure everyone is unified and doing their job. I just learned and observed a lot about how the church works. We have that meeting again next month. Then we had a dinner appointment :) It's always the best way to end the day. 

This week I was proud with the work we put in. Even though we didn't have high high numbers, I felt like we were being guided by the spirit. And that's all I pray for. We talked to a lot of people this week and have some great potential try to go back and teach again. I really am ready for a new week. Hopefully we can find some new families and build up our teaching pool. This week I was reading the past conference talks, because I want to finish before conference. Anyway I really loved President Monsons' talk and how he reminded us all to be examples of the believers and if we do that we will have the light of Christ with us. I was thinking of ways that I can be a better example. I try everyday to find ways to improve as a missionary and as a person. I realized that if I want to be an effective leader for the sisters in my zone. i have to be what I want them to be. I need to be their example in everything. That' s one goal my companion and I set this week. I encourage you all to re-read the conference talks or at least a few before the new one comes. 

I love you all and I hope that you have a great week! 

-Sister Miggin

Letter-March 13th, 2016

Hello everyone :) Things are starting to warm up here in the Philippines! And boy it's getting hot. Even the breeze (if there is one) is hot. I carry a little fan called a pamaypay so I don't melt away.
So what happened this week:
Mon; P-day. We went to a hike to this awesome lighthouse with a AMAZING view. It was so relaxing. Then we had 2 Family home evenings that night. One was a big family of 12 kids who now have their own families. It was like a party FHE. The people LOVE games, so it's never boring. 
Tues: We worked today but got punted most the day, so the only lessons we had were less actives. But its was still a good day. We got to meet new people so that was good.
Wed: We went on exchanges. I worked with Sister Paguigan. We worked in her area. We had a great day.We were able to do a little bit of everything. Teaching, finding, less actives. It was a great exchange. 
Thurs: Today we worked in our area by the beach and found a new family that has potential. We have only taught them once so far, but we are really excited to go back and teach them this week. 
Fri: We did a lot of street contacting this day. All I remember is just coming home and sleeping haha. Oh and we deep cleaned our room because I kept getting ridiculous amounts of bits on me. So we got permission to by a new mattress! First time in my mission I have a new mattress. It's just a new foam pad, but its clean :) 
Sat: We taught our investigator JR. He is this really cute old man that lives out in a rice field. He is super prepared for the gospel though.We gave him a date and he accepted! He is so excited to be baptized. He said even though he is this age he has never wants to be baptized until we came and taught him. He comes to church every week. I am really excited to keep watching his testimony grow. 
Sun: Church with no extra meetings :) 

*Funny Story*
So one morning we woke up and my companion was like "sister miggin you were talking in your sleep last night, do you want to know what you said." My first thought was oh no, what! She just started laughing and then told me what happened. She woke up around 1 am and heard me talking and wasn't sure if it was morning or if I was asleep. She realized it was the middle of the night. So she started listening to me. I was teaching a lesson in my sleep! I was committing someone to read the Book of Mormon and pray and testifying to them that it was true. All in Hiligaynon. She said she jumped up to get a camera but by the time she did I had stopped! She was like " it was you were really in a lesson, like your words weren't even slurred like your asleep." I couldn't believe it. No wonder I sometimes wake up tired. I'm working in my sleep :) :) 

Well that's all for this week Palangga ko kamo! 
Sister Miggin

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Letter-March 6th, 2016

Well it's crazy that we are in march now!
So what happened this week?
Mon: p-day 
Tues: We had zone training. It went pretty good I hope. It's weird to be one of the leaders in the zone.Usually we are supposed to give training's, but we ended up having like a big zone testimony meeting. It was awesome. 
Wed: I went on exchanges with Sister Cabasal. She is a sweet new missionary. We had fun finding and had some great experiences. She is a pretty shy sister, but I said ok today your the leader and she did awesome. She wasn't shy at all. I was so proud of her. She also doesn't speak English very well but she is getting better at Hiligaynon. She uses a lot of Tagalog, but I am starting to learn that as well. So it was a day full of language. 
Thurs: We worked in a area with a awesome view and a great beach. It's our farthest area though. Like it is a 15-20 drive out there. But the people were really nice. We mainly teach less active members because there are lots in that area. It's far away from the church. 
Fri: Work work work 
Sat: We had a stake Correlation meeting and President and Sister Aquino attended. So they took us out to lunch after at a really fancy restaurant. It was super nice of them. I can't believe they almost done with their mission. We will be getting a new mission president this summer, just a heads up. 
Sun: It was a pretty normal Sunday. We had a lot of meetings and I was able to introduce myself and share my testimony to the ward. It was a great day. 

This week I think the highlight for me was going on exchanges. We found this investigator that was just outside her house and she let us in. We found out she is only home for these 2 weeks until December. Her husband has passed away and she has a little 3 year old daughter. She works out of the country as a maid. She was able to get time off to come visit her kid. She shared with us about how her baby didn't even recognize her and how hard it sometimes is for her to work outside the country. Well we started the lesson and after the prayer I felt promoted to just bear my testimony on the Savior and his atonement. It really brought the spirit and helped her be spiritually in tune with the lesson. We decided that even though she is not going to be a longtime investigator, probably we will never see her again, because she is going back to her work. We knew we were in the right place at the right time and that she needed our message. Anyway it was a really cool learning experience for both of us on the importance of following the spirit and testifying of Jesus Christ. 

I hope you all have a good week! Until next time 

Sister Miggin