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Monday, July 21, 2014

Funny the Things You Find...

....When you research your family history.

My forehead matches my maternal great grandmothers:

Not my favorite feature. You'll notice I always wear bangs.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#1's Weekly Email: Week #54

Here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory....

And this week.... If I could describe my week in one word... that word would be.... insanity! It was soooooooo crazy! So many things happened. 

Monday: P-Day! woohoo! But for some reason I was annoyed for the whole day. just not in a good mood. Until we got to teach two lessons and then headed to the mission home for a FHE with all the missionaries of the August batch that are going home. I love all those guys and they're all going home. It's so sad. I'm gonna miss them. 

Tuesday: We had a district meeting and we were the workshop! (Didn't find that out until that morning...)Our workshop was about finding and it was super fun. But afterwards, Sister E got sick so we ended up staying home. I got time to finish 3rd Nephi and write in my journal and take a nap and clean the house. woohoo!

Wednesday: The typhoon hit. But before it did, me and Sister C ran to the market again (Sister L and Sister E were both not feeling well) and then we got home and the Elders texted and said that we had to stay home until they said we could go out. That was a very eventful day. The wind was soooooooo strong. And so we said a prayer and then Sister C immediately started freaking out. She and Sister L started packing. I sat and watched and laughed at them :) Around 4 pm they texted and said we could go back out and work but Sister E still wasn't feeling well and so we stayed home. 

Thursday: Just a normal day but we heard that there was another typhoon coming so we were very cautious. We went out and worked and saw that everyone was ok in our area. It just rained a whole bunch. Thank goodness for boots and umbrellas :)

Friday: Just another day. There was a bit of drama as we learned that we were going to have to pick up all of the kids that were going to be baptized on Saturday because the family didn't have money to come. But that all worked out too.

Saturday: There was a baptism! P.A., Jer, G, Je, and Ju were all baptized. YAY! It was so happy :) Happiest baptism I've had so far

Sunday: And then they were all confirmed! YAY! And Sunday was an interesting one because we went to teach the kids after church and found out the Nanay A was super sick. She had a really high fever and her stomach hurt and her head hurt so badly that she was hitting it with her fist and she kept trying to cough stuff up but nothing was coming up. It was not good. So we went and bought her medicine and called the elders. The came right away and gave her a Priestood blessing. And immediately, her fever went down and she said that her headache was gone. Thank goodness for the Priesthood and for Elders who are worthy to hold it. Also P.A. was so happy when we taught him yesterday and the 4 kids were too. YAY for the gospel!

So this week... 1-missionaries 0-Satan. Booyah!

This was a very eventful week to say the least. The church is true. God loves all of his children. The Gospel blesses lives and changes people.

I love you all. Take care!
-Sister Hess

Sunday, July 13, 2014

#1's Weekly Email: Week #53

Bad trip.... Bad trip, bad trip.

So this week was not one of my favorites. A lot of little annoyances occurred. Satan is on the rampage... But that's okay. I love proving people wrong when they make me feel like I can't do something… hehe

Here's the low down on what happened this week... Brace yourselves.

Monday: The usual support day. We went to Olongapo. I don't like big cities anymore. They're stressful. I think I'll become a hermit when I go home haha joke.

Tuesday: We had mission president interviews. Super fun but definitely different. No more Tagalog… 
But for some reason we were super punted on Tuesday. So we went out and went to every single appointment and no one was home so we just went to the top of the mountain for H's birthday party/FHE. That was fun. We went up there and got to teach one of P.A.'s friends, J. And then we ate sopas and played Booga-Booga. We have some new members here. 

Wednesday: Wednesday was a good one. I think. Don't really remember it super clearly. All I know is we got a lot of lessons in and of course ended our day at the top of the mountain. We're trying really hard to make sure that all 5 of our investigators that are going to be baptized on the 19th are ready. And they're awesome. But of course, as we get closer to the baptism, Satan starts working harder. So we've got to work even harder than him. Good thing that I like climbing mountains :)

Thursday: Weekly planning. And then we went out to work. We hung out at the P. family's house for a while and shared with them. And then we headed up the mountain again. We taught them all again and had a good time.
Friday: We went around and taught a bunch of lessons. We climbed the mountain again to teach the kids. And then out came the concerns and the little doubts because we have to get permission from for the 4 kids to be baptized… 

On Saturday night we went and talked to Brother G. He told us that it's up to the kids. If they want to be baptized then it's ok with him. 

Sunday: We went to church and all the kids show up and they tell us that they're going to be baptized. YES! I'm so proud of them. So that was the week. There were little annoyances but it's ok because the blessings definitely outweighed them. Heavenly Father is here for us and He loves us. 

The church is true. You better believe it.

Love you all. Take care!
-Sister Hess

Sunday, July 6, 2014

#1's Weekly Email: Week #52

this transfer is FLYING by.... Time flies when you're having fun I guess.

So this week has been another really good one. I don't know what it is but there's just something about this area. I love it so much.

Monday: We went and taught S. She's one of my favorite people here. She's so funny and just awesome. After teaching her, we went up to H's house and had a family home evening. I got to burn cotton balls again (best thing ever) and then we played "Kuwawang Pusa". Needless to say, S is really good at that game.... I lost.

Tuesday: We got a lot of new investigators. We went out to try to contact the new investigators that we got a couple of weeks ago and they weren't home, so we went to their next door neighbor's house and we taught that whole family. They're awesome. Woohoo! And then we went and taught a lot more lessons. We also went up to H's house again and we got to teach his older brother, G. G is a member of their old church. He listened and then said that we could come back.

Wednesday: We went out and taught a lot more people and then headed over to H's again to teach G. I literally prayed the whole way there. I hate debates and I am not very well versed in the Bible (haha get it?) so I was so scared. We got there and taught him the best lesson 1 that I've ever taught in my whole mission. The Spirit was so strong and we extended a baptismal goal date to him and he accepted. Woohoo! Best feeling ever. I literally sang and danced for the rest of the day.

Thursday: We went back and taught G (literally taught him every day this week). We taught him Book of Mormon intro and told him the history of the BOM and how it came to be. And then we found out that he's already been reading it and that now he's in Alma. Say Wha? But that's ok. At least now he has the background of what he's reading. The problem is that he's reading it straight through like a comic book. What? The invitation in the Intro is to read, PONDER, and then ask God if it's true. If you don't PONDER it then the Holy Ghost can't testify to you that it's true. easy as that.

Friday: We had MLC. Best MLC ever. It was so spiritual and we learned all about the Law of Consecration. Super awesome. And then we had pizza afterwards. YES! super super great. After MLC we went out and worked and taught P A and Brother G. That was the longest lesson 2 that I've ever taught. Brother G had so many
questions. But that's ok. We answered them all.

Saturday: Taught a bunch of lessons again. Had a good day and of course, invited everyone to come to church.

Sunday: We got 6 investigators at church. Brother G didn't come because they had somewhere to go but all of his kids came and his dad came. Super awesome. And church was great of course. I got to translate for Sister D in relief society. That's good for me and her because sometimes I almost fall asleep in RS. #missionaryprobs.

All in all, another super good week. Love the work. The Church is true. If you don't believe it, go read the Book of Mormon.

Mahal na mahal ko kayo. Ingat kayo palagi!
-Sister Hess

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