Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Letter-November 20th, 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, 

Sister Miggin

Letter-November 13th, 2016

What a wonderful week we had. Not only is the work starting to pick up, but we had a exciting visitor. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the quorum of the 12 apostles was able to visit the mission. It was amazing. It was quite the event. The whole mission came together. That alone is a very rare thing. It was a blessing for me though. Because I was able to say goodbye to everyone. It was bitter sweet for me. I was looking around and got teary-eyed thinking, this is the last time I will be in a big missionary gathering. I didn't realize how sad it would make me. But all things must come to a end sometime. 

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,
Sister Miggin

Letter-November 6th, 2016

Hello everyone, 
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,
Sister Miggin

Letter-October 31st, 2016

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, 

Sister Miggin

Letter-October 23rd, 2016

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
-Sister Miggin 

Letter-October 16th, 2016

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.

-Sister Miggin 

Letter-October 10th, 2016

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! 

Sister Miggin