Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Week Labing-Walo (18)

Hello Po! Magandang hapon sa lahat!

Well this week has been great!  It's been a sad one though.  It's been a week of "Lasts..." because sister Siola'a is being transferred bukas! (Tomorrow)  I am so sad, but excited!  I have learned so much from Sister Siola'a!  She has been a great ro-madel to me!  I love her, and I will miss her so much!  I wish we had at least 1 more transfer together, but I guess her sweet spirit and heart are needed elsewhere.  She is amazing, and is so magaling sa tagalog and the doctrine.  She is very sincere and loving!  I will miss her like crazy!  I hope that I can take care of the people in our area, and help it progress.  Over all, it's been an awesome training, and I am ready to keep working hard and doing my best!

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 A thousand pics with SIster Siola'a and I! :)
Well, I have a miracle story (I think it's a miracle at least!)  Okay, so there is this in-active family, who hasn't come to church for a loooong time.  They are very musically inclined, and some of them play the piano.  Well, I felt like we should start singing hymns before and after their lessons.  The first lesson, they all joined in and sang.  The next lesson, they still joined in and sang, they were like waiting to sing the songs and listen.  Well, we invited them to church, and they said that they would come.  We were so excited, but at the same time, didn't want to get our hopes up too much...anyways, Sunday (Yesterday) came, and guess who came to church??  Yes, the Borillia family! I do have a strong testimony of music, and especially of the beautiful hymns of Zion!  I know that music, especially the music that praises God, softens hearts and brings about miracles!  We have definitely been trying to use music in our visits with people. Ahhhh!  

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And then the picture where I'm wearing the yellow shirt, is Sister Buendia.  She's awesome and is the one with all the masarap food! (Octopus this last time)
I love the hymns!  I am so glad that I know most of them too, and that I have focused a lot of my piano playing or practice, on the hymns.  I am glad that as a Young Woman,  1 of my projects was to play ALL 341 hymns on the piano.  I didn't think it would be that "useful" of a project, but it was.  I'm so happy I know that hymns!  I love them, and I know that they have softened my heart!  Please, get to know the hymns.  They are plain and precious truths of the gospel!

Okay, so our investigator, Darren, is progressing soooo much!  He came to our branch today, and said it was "Maganda!" (Beautiful..or really really good!)  He even participated in the Gospel Essentials class.  He is a 14 year old boy, and is very smart and ready for the gospel!  His baptismal date it for the 8th of March!  I hope to see him get baptized.  Please give referrals to the missionaries, go with them and help them teach people.  Be the investigators and Less actives friends.  Go visit and fellowship the L.A's without the missionaries.  God will indeed bless you, if you do His work the best you can!  

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The sisters in our branch, and Darren our investigator
Oh, so guess what?  I ate Octopus this week!  It was actually really good.  They were small octopus's, so I ate a whole octopus.  It was so weird, but really good actually.  Yes, I am progressing with eating crazy masarap pagkain! (Delicious food.)  We made lumpia rolls all by ourselves this week.  It was pretty good.  I want to keep on learning new ways to make the food here.  It is so good!  

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The Calleja family
Well, I love all of you.  I know that the gospel is on the earth and was restored through a 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith.  The gospel is what can make us happy, if we just live it with all of our heart, mind, and strength!  I am so happy, because of the blessings of the gospel, and I know everyone else can have that happiness, through the gospel.  I love being on my mission!  It has been the best 4 months of my life so far!  I might not come home in April...sorry. ;)  I love serving the Lord 24/7!  How great is my calling!  I love it, and I want to make it the best!  I love you all!  Always keep doing missionary work, you don't need a badge to do so!  Keep reading your scriptures everyday, keep praying everyday, keep going to church, and keep enduring to the end! (2 Nephi 31:20)  I love you all!
Love, Johannah

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