Saturday, July 23, 2016

Letter-July 17th, 2016

Hello Everyone!
This week was so fun. I got lots to share about so we will get right to it. 

Mon: P-day! We didn't do much. We had lunch at a restaurant that has real American hamburgers! It was awesome. 
Tues:I got to travel on the boats to go to Guimaras! It's the only area that needs a boat to get to. It's just the next island. Anyway I was able to go their to conduct exchanges with one of the Sisters! It was so cool to see the pump boats and see how different they are. It was fun. 
Wed: Exchanges with Sister Tranate. Guimaras is known for it's mangoes. While I was there I had mango's, and mango shake, even mango pizza!!! But our work that day was awesome. I really liked their area. I don't think I will ever get to be assigned there (running out of time for that) But I was really excited to work with her and try to help her in her area. It was a really good exchange and I love Sister Tranate. 
Thurs: Came back to the main island and met up again with my companion. Then we went to zone training. It's nice know because we as STL's don't have to do the training anymore, we can just relax and learn from the Zone leaders! 
Fri: Work in our area, it was nice to be back. We had a fun service project with members in the ward for the"Liahona foundation"
Sat: Splits with Sister Hettiarachchige! So splits are like exchanges but all 4 of us work in our area. Anyway I worked with Sister H this day. She is a super cute sister from Sri Lanka, their family is converts from being Buddhist and now are all active members and she is their first missionary! It was awesome to work with her and learn from her too. We got to teach one of our progressing families the Jacieldo family. We taught them how to have family scriptures and prayer. I am so hopefully for them. 
Sun: We actually had investigators at church! I haven't had that for months and months. It was a miracle. This family that had been taught before by the missionaries, one of their daughter is a member but is a youth. We only met them once and their whole family came to church and talked to the bishop about wanted to be taught and be married!!!! I am so excited to go their this week and teach them and see their progression.

Overall this week was great. We started seeing lots of progress in our area, which is such an answer to our prayers. 

***This week I was able to finish the 4 standard works and "Jesus the Christ"by James E. Talmage. What a wonderful testimony building year it has been as I have studied, pondered and prayed. I have read the Old and new Testament, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants,Pearl of Great Price, and Jesus is the Christ. I think one of the most useful things that I learned was about the life of Jesus Christ. He truly is our Savoir and Redeemer, I know that not just because I read it, but because I have felt his love in my life everyday. I know for a fact that his atoning sacrifice is real and the only way to true peace, joy and happiness. I am so happy to learn about him and his perfect example. I know that by reading all these scriptures I have gained a better understanding of how to follow his example, and apply his teachings in my life, to help me become a more Christlike person. I know this pattern is one that I will apply throughout my life. I know I am no where near perfect but "the lord doesn't expect immediate perfection, just immediate progression." I know that Jesus is the Christ the son of the living God. I know he was sent here to atone for each of us, and he alone can help us return again. Even when we feel like we don't deserve it. I know his love is real and there for all who will "come unto him." I am so honored to be his representative at this time and in a few months when I have to take this name tag off that his name will be written on my heart forever. I hope to forever be an example of him to others, especially right now as a missionary. I love this gospel, and my Savior. 

Love you all hope you had a good week, 

Sister Miggin

Letter-July 10th, 2016

This week was great. Our new mission president and his wife arrived this week. President and Sister Cruz. I really loved meeting them. It has also been raining lots the last few weeks. Apparently this rainy season they are expecting "la Nina" it just means there will be more rain. It is because of El Niño last hot season(aka extra heat) So what happened this week?

Mon: MLC- I got to meet and be interviewed by President Cruz. He is so awesome. I know he is just what the mission needs. He has a wonderful vision for the mission and I know that he is truly called of God. His wife grew up in this mission as well. So she knows how to speak the language here. So her and I had a fun time getting to know each other. 

Tues: MLC.2 WOW!! This mission is going to have lots of changes coming its way but all for the best. I am so excited to see the progress of myself and the other missionaries as well. 

Wed: Back to work and back to finding new investigators. We found this lady named Alma and this day we were able to share lesson 1 with her. She was really excited to read from the Book of Mormon. 

Thus: Normal crazy work day, no lessons but we did have schedule some return appointments. 

Fri: We attended the Meet the President Devotional. And also visited our ward mission leader who is in the hospital. He is preparing for his mission and had to get a operation done. So we got to visit him. It was his first ever sugary so I was able to give some advice to him haha. 

Sat: I spent part of this day on splits with 2 members. The Relief Society president and anther Sister in the ward. We were able to visit some less active members and do some visiting teaching. I love the ward here because there are lots of people eager to do missionary work and find ways to help the work move forward. I really had fun working and teaching this week mostly because of the help from the members. We were able to see just how much they help. We taught one other lesson this week to Alma. She is really concerned because she has had a daughter pass away. It just made the lesson that much more spiritual because of the testimony the member bore to her. 

Sun: It was Ward conference here in the Lapaz ward and we got to sing with the choir, and I accompanied them on the piano. 

Well I think that was about it for this week. This morning we got a text from President Cruz with a great quote I would like to share with you all. 

"If we exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life. We will not feel incapable of doing what we are called to do or need to do. We will be strengthened, and our lives will be filled with peace and joy. We will come to realize that most of what we worry about is not of eternal significance, and if it is, the Lord will help us, But we must have faith to look up and the courage to follow His direction."- Elder Carl B. Cook (Oct conf.2011)

Have a great week! Love you all :)

Sister Miggin

Letter-July 3rd, 2016

I hope this email finds everyone safe and well. I hope you are all enjoying the holiday weekend. This week was great. We have been so busy, but this week was really rewarding. 
So what happened this week: 
Mon: I had my last interview with President Aquino. He goes home on Wednesday. I really loved working with him and learning from his example and training. I am going to miss them. 
Tues: Today we found some of the leaders houses in our area so they could help us. We also just spent time talking to everyone we could meet. It was a long day, but awesome. 
Wed: We found a new family! The Alimar family. We literally spent the whole day finding and knocking on door. And this was one of the last houses, they just let us right in and were eager to listen and let us share with them. We see some potential in them, I hope that we can see them progress. 
Thurs:We went finding in a different area and also were able to get lots of return appointments. We met this really cute grandpa, he loves speaking in English. He was a former president of a university in Manila. He was so fun to visit with and talk with. 
Fri: Normal working day, we got to visit some of the less actives in this area. We also visited this member with a 96 year old dad and her mom is 86 and anyway the grandma was too cute. She kept telling me how pretty my hair was (just because it's a different color) She kept asking me if I have a sweetheart and then was like, My sweet heart is right over there. Her husband is bed ridden, anyway the 2 of them really made me miss my work for that visit. They are all members and so its so awesome to see a multi-generational member family. 
Sat: We went to a baptism for the Elders in the ward and then had some meetings with our ward mission leader. 
Sun: This day was busy and nothing happened that we planned. We had to take care of some sick sisters that we are over. And it was a little crazy because we found out one of our sisters was in the hospital and her comp had schedule to get her patriarchal blessing so we had to go on exchanges last second. And then we found our 2 other sisters were sick at home, so we spent this day making sure all was well with the sisters, at it all is good now :) 

Well that's about all this week. I am really loving this area. This week we have been blessed with finding quite a few new investigators. So I am so happy to start to see a area progress and just see the potential it has. I am really excited to meet the new mission President, I will meet him later today! I love you all have a great week!!! 

Sister Miggin

Letter-June 26th, 2016

Hello everyone, its me again.
I am now in my new area!! I am in the city again. It has been a change to go back to more buildings and cars. I love it though. I am in Lapaz. It was a busy week, but really fun. I love my new companion. Her name is Sister Cañamo. She is from Mindanao, she is just a cute little Filipina. I am her 1st American companion. So we are excited to be together. 
So what happened this week:
Mon:Last p-day in Roxas! It was bittersweet. I was able to finish saying some goodbyes. I will miss that area. 
Tues: Transfers! We got on a bus this morning and drove for 3 almost 4 hours. Finally back in Iloilo city. I met my new companion and we settled into our brand new area. 
Wed: We spent today exploring the area and finding the boundaries. We tried not to get lost. It was a little different because we are both new here so neither of us know anything. Thankfully the members here in the Lapaz ward are amazing! We had people working with us almost every night!! 
Thurs: We spent today finding the 15 names. We figure we need to do what the Bishop wants us to do. I really love the leadership here. It is so awesome how missionary minded the members are here. 
Fri: We had to spend most of this day working with Sister Tobias in a other area. Her companion is not yet here and so we had to work in her area today. 
Sat: FINDING! Finally got to get out there and really start finding. We found 3 new investigators and also contacted 2 former investigator families. So I am really hopeful for this area. 
Sun: Church! I got to introduce myself to the ward. I really enjoyed starting to meet the members and hopefully I can remember some of their names hahaha

Well that was it for this week. Another successful transfer! I am very excited to be in a new area. After 6 months I needed the change. I think the Sister Cañamo and I will be able to get some work done here in Lapaz. 

Love you all!! 

Sister Miggin! 

Letter-June 19th, 2016

Hello my loved ones,
Thank you all for the birthday greetings and the well wishes. I am happy to report that I am back in the game. We got to work almost everyday this week. I am also able to eat food again, so its looking great! So what happened this week?

Tues: We were under orders to take it easy this day, but we went to the bishops for dinner that night. I couldn't really eat lots but it was good anyway. 
Wed: Happy Birthday to me. My companion surprised me with a birthday party! Our districts got to have lunch together, and when I arrived they were all there waiting for me and it was a barbie pink themed party, anyway it was very thoughtful of them :) 
Thurs:Back to work!!!! We worked almost the whole day and it was awesome. So happy to be getting back in the swing of things.
Fri: Normal working day
Sat:We cleaned the house and got it ready for the new sisters coming, into our apartment, also we worked that night and found 3 former investigator families and got some new investigators too! 
Sun: Found out that I am transferring this week. I will be going back to the Iloilo city to a area called Lapaz. So today I was a speaker in church so I was able to say my goodbyes to them. Also we had a dinner apt with Becbec and her husband. She is just a awesome member . She made us mac and cheese hahahaha. 

Anyway this week was great. I had a good birthday. I am just really excited to get into a new area and see what it has in store for me. I am thankful to be here in the mission and in the Philippines, even though this last transfer hasn't been smooth sailing heath wise, that wont stop this Sister :) 

Love you all, Until next week 

Sister Miggin