Monday, July 29, 2013

Attack of the Monkey!

Thanks for the email, I loved it! It sounds like so much is going on with you and its all so exciting!  I mostly cook filipina food. but sister nunez likes everything i make! She's not really a cooker so whatever I make she eats and always says its delicious. Makes me feel good. Last night one of the members invited us over for cake and it had blueberries in the middle of it. It was SOOO good! It really made me miss your baking. I realized I haven't had homemade cake in a really long time.

I haven't heard anything about my coming home plans but I can't believe how close it feels. It's almost surreal! I keep thinking about BYU and how weird it will be going back. Where do you think i should live?

Things are going great here. We went on exchanges this week in Novaliches and I got to see Sister Jones! I was so excited and we had so much fun catching up and talking. She's so fun and has a great new companion. I worked with Sister Villareal who is about to go home and
learned that I need to be bold and just come right out and tell people that they need to repent, but in a loving way. I realized I've been pretty soft lately. But people need to know why we're here, and it's not just to have bible study. It's to call them to repentance. And
then I worked with Sister Loo who is still really new and we taught the whole lesson one in english to this really rich lady. We started teaching in tagalog and she was like, I prefer english. haha it was so hard at first because I'm so used to tagalog but then it got easier
and it was really fun to be able to explain everything in my own words and not be limited by my tagalog vocabulary.

Working with Sister Nunez has been awesome and we don't have any problems. she is so fun and we are always laughing. The other night we were walking down this dark road where a lot of dogs are tied up on the side of the street. Sister Nunez is really afraid of dogs so i was the one closest to the side and all of a sudden I feel this heavy thing jump on me which I thought it was a dog but it like gripped me with its hands and I screamed super loud. When it jumped off of me I looked down and it was a monkey!! hahaha it was this tied up monkey and it was so cute! I almost had a heart attack tho cause I couldn't see it and it came out of no where but we had a good laugh.

We started this new project that we made up called the "no house gets left behind" project. We are going to tract every single house in our area one by one. That's how small our area is, that that is actually possible. and that way, we can say after the end of the transfer that
we talked to absolutely everyone and if they didn't accept we can shake the dust off our feet. Right? It's the best idea ever! and we already found like 5 people that are interested and even though we've also been rejected a lot its like, so? next! at least we gave them the
chance to accept or reject it, right?  so that's been fun! I really hope I get another transfer with sister nunez! 

Anyway, I basically miss you guys and am so excited to see you! Just know that I'm working super hard and doing my best so that when I get home I can say I have no regrets! I love you!!!

Love, Age

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Making a Difference in the Mish

Hey Everyone!

I keep thinking about coming home, only 3 more months. crazy how fast the time goes. But at the same time I feel like
going home will be surreal. I can't imagine it actually happening and actually hanging out with y'all again. but of course i can't wait!!

Our electricity came back on the next day when the guys came to fix it. I guess the fuse burnt out or something. i don't really know but at least its back on and we can sleep through the night again because we have an electric fan! Things are getting a little better with the companionship. we are working on looking for the good things that happened and not being easily discouraged.  I felt inspired to read Moroni 7 and felt like I just really need to focus on being more charitable. I'm working on being more long suffering and not seeking my own in anything. I felt much better after the temple and I was making her laugh a lot afterwards so I think the more I focus on us having fun and lifting her up and being charitable, the better she will feel about herself. It's hard when I just want to focus on the work and not have to worry about my companion, but I'm learning that sometimes you have to compromise and focus on the companion or else the work won't go anywhere, ya know?

YES i got the package from Rudy, and I LOVED IT!!! thank you so much. I was totally rocking the shoes at our last district meeting and got lots of compliments. so cute! Also I loved Melissa's wedding announcement and the other invitations. So fun!! the candy was also gone within 48 hours. so thank you so so so much!!! i really needed that. :)

Well, I really miss you guys. This week was good and we watched the missionary training broadcast. I loved it. thought the little movie clips were the cutest thing ever and so inspiring. I can't wait to share the gospel when I get home. I hope you guys are still giving referrals to the missionaries and letting them teach in our house. They need you guys! Also we had interviews with President and President told me he was so grateful that I was in the mission because he never has to worry about me and knows i will always do the right thing. He also said that a lot of the sisters are reporting on our
exchanges with them and it is making a big difference. Cool huh? It made me feel really proud of myself that I've done my best so far and that president noticed.

But like you said, the only thing that really matters is what Heavenly Father thinks and it's the best feeling to know that he's proud of me and I know he's so proud of you too.

I love you guys!!

Love, Age