Monday, April 18, 2016

Letter-April 17th, 2016

Maayong aga sa inyo tannan. That just means good morning yall,
But I guess it's night for most of you hahaha. This week was good, as per usual. 
So what happened this week? 

Mon: We went to the light house again with our district for bonding time. It was really fun. Then we just had P-day
Tues: Normal day :) 
Wed: We went on exchanges. I worked with Sister Dayuta. It was a great day but I woke up with a cold. We were still able to work 5 hours. She is such a sweet sister and was patient with my weak body. But its all ok :) We are human. 
Thurs: I woke up still feeling a little sick, but I still got ready to go out and work. And literally right as we were kneeling down to pray one of the sisters called and said she was sick and needed someone to stay with her. It was a tender mercy honestly. It was Heavenly Fathers way of telling me "thanks for being willing to work, but rest up." 
Fri: 100% back to normal :) YAY! We had good day of hard work and we found new investigators :) I am excited to return to them 
Sat: We got to catch up with our recent converts and start teaching him the new member lessons. 
Sun: We got to join a choir that joined a united prayer day event. It was called one Capiz one Prayer. So all the different churches in the area presented their prayer and 3 songs. It was such a  cool experience. We.We got to sing 3 songs. Everyone was wearing this tee-shirt but they wanted us missionaries to be dressed like normal so that the people would recognize us. As if a white girl and other foreigners isn't different enough.  Good times :) 

Something that my mission president shared I really liked it. I would like to share it with you. Do you want to be happy? Forget yourself and get lost in this great cause. Lend your efforts to helping people. . . . Stand higher, lift those with feeble knees, Hold up the arms of those that hang down. Live the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

I know that it's true. As we serve others we end up being blessed in ways that we would never expect. And this doesn't just have to be for missionaries. We as members its also our responsibility to lift those around us,other members, less actives and others. 

I hope you all have a good week. Love you all! 

Sister Miggin 

Ps. I don't know if you have seen this video yet, but we got a good laugh watching it. I am going to share it so those who haven't seen it can get a good laugh too.

Letter-April 10th, 2016

Hello everyone, lots of love heading your way from yours truly!
I finally got to watch general conference! IT WAS AMAZING! The church is true. I just felt so spiritually uplifted. 
Well this week was great :) 

Mon: We went fishing with bamboo poles and we fished off big rocks. It was lots of fun, but we didn't catch anything (I am still trying to learn patience) 
Tues: was full of less actives because our investigators weren't home. But it was still a good day. 
Wed: We had exchanges. I got to work with Sister Hussein in my area. She is my batch mate. We were with each other in the MTC. So it was so fun to catch up and work with each other. It's crazy how we have changes and to see how we can actually speak the language better now. We only had one lesson, but we street contacted like crazy! It was a great exchange. 
Thurs: Normal day, nothing much happened 
Fri:General conference eve hahaha 
Sat & Sun: Finally got to watch General conference. It was amazing I just loved it. I learned so much. I think my favorite was by President Uchdorf and the rescue talk by Elder Arnold. 
Overall for me I could see 3 things that they kept talking about. 
1. Families: I can see that the church is worried about families. They have every right to be. The world we live in is crazy and there is so much evil right at our finger tips. But I loved the counsel from the different general authorities. I know that if we listen to their council those raising families need not worry. I just love being a missionary and having this knowledge. I hope that we can find a family that we can help bring the gospel to them. 

2. Temples: There were quite a few talks about the blessings of the temples and why its necessary for us. The building of temples is really moving forward fast so that members can start going to the temple and then start doing temple work. Also a few talks that talked about how the priesthood is vital to have. Without the restored priesthood authority we would not be blessed with the temple and we could not be with our families forever (I love how it all ties together)

3. I heard lots of the general authorities offering their love and support to us members and to all of Gods children. They are encouraging us to keeping pressing forward and having faith is Jesus Christ. We all know that trials and challenges are part of this life. I feel like they were just helping us know what to do when times get tough. I know that their counsel is true. I know that though Jesus Christ we can overcome all things that come our way. No it's not going to be easy. But if he hold fast to our faith and try our best to follow his commandments. He will always be there for us. I have felt that so many times in my life. 

I hope you all loved General Conference as much as I did. These are just some of my thoughts. I hope that you all received answers to your prayers though the words of our living prophet and apostles. I know that this Church is true and there is no doubt it my mind. I love being a missionary and sharing this with everyone. 
Have a good week. I love you all. Until next time. 

Sister Miggin

Letter- April 3rd, 2016

Hello everyone. Thanks for sharing what you liked about conference. We don't get to watch it until Saturday. We have it a week late. But I am excited to watch and listen and learn. I loved the General Women's Conference. The theme was for sure service. I just got motivated to serve and love the people here even more. I am really lucky to be here in the Philippines. I can't imagine my mission being anywhere else. I just am falling in love with the people here and just everything.

What happened this week.
Mon: p-day
Tues: Full day of work :) we also got to teach a new less active family that we found
Wed: We found 2 new investigators that have HUGE potential. I am so excited to go back and teach them again. One of them used to work at the house next to our apartment and saw me outside running and wanted to talk to me but was scared because she doesn't know English. Well we were street contacting near her house and she came out and was like I know you come in. I was such a exciting thing.
Thus: We went to Iloilo to go to MLC(missionary leadership council) It was so good., We had a reporting on our zone and then we had a big group discussion.
Fri: We had part 2 of MLC but instead of just the zone leaders and the STL's the district leaders joined so that all the leaders were together to get unified before our mission president leaves in a few months. Then after that we had one crazy car ride and one long bus ride to come back to our area.
Sat: JR GOT BAPTIZED! He was so excited to be baptized. He was just smiling the whole time. After he came out of the water he said " oh thank you, finally!" Then he gave a sweet testimony about how he knows his new church is true and how happy he was to be baptized and be clean. He is 72 years old. It was a privilege to teach him and watch his conversion progress and the start of his testimony. It was just a testimony builder to me age doesn't matter. The Lord has those prepared for us. Also the family that I found back in my old area was also baptized. Anrdo and his daughter Adrianna. I was so lucky to get to see it happen. The Lord's tender mercies.
Sun: Women's conference broadcast :)
I hope you all have a good week. That's all for now! Until next week!
Sister Miggin

Letter-March 27th, 2016

I hope you all had a great Easter week. I learned a lot this week about the culture here and the beliefs of Catholicism. It was quite an eye opening week. Nevertheless I was grateful to celebrate the life and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What happened this week:
Mon: We had an awesome activity. We went to a members property up a mountain. We back-trail hiked though a jungle mountain. It was so fun. We were climbing up vines and just doing all this crazy stuff. It was a blast. And the view at the top was nice too. Then we hiked back down. We then had a budol fight. Which is the but banana leafs on a table and then just but the rice down and the food and we just eat it with no plates and with our hands. It was quite the experience. I felt very into the culture that day. 
Tues: We tried to find and mostly got punted but we still worked as hard as we could. Sometimes there are just those days. 
Wed: We were able to teach our investigator JR. We had the bishop and one of his counselors came with us. He is so excited for his baptism. I was super glad that the members were willing to work with us and come help teach JR
Thus: Normal work day :) 
Fri: Ok so this day was kind of crazy. The culture here is they really celebrate Easter week, but not the way you would think. This week was semana santa. Or saints week. SO they had whats called a procession this week. This night was like a ghost town because most of the people here are catholic and so they were at this procession. Even some of our less actives went. We were able to go to the stake presidents house and he drove us home after so we got to see some of their worship take place. It was very interesting to me and very eye opening. 
Sat: JR had his baptismal interview and passed!!! 
Sun: we went to church and it was a pretty normal Sunday with only 1 meeting :) 

As I was doing my personal study this week. I was reading about being a true disciple of Christ. I read in the conference liahona "True disciples of Christ are not looking to make excuses for the doctrine when it doesn't fit the world's current concepts.... True disciples represent the Lord when it may not be convenient to do so. True disciples desire to inspire the hearts of men. Elder Gregory Schwitzer." It reminded me that we as members of the Church can never follow the world standards. Because they aren't Gods standards. We need to stand for something better and be strong in our faith. I am loving being a disciple of Jesus Christ. I love being his missionary and teaching his gospel to anyone that will listen to us. I hope to keep working as hard as I can right until the end. I hope you all had a good week. I love you all. Talk to you next week. 

Sister Miggin