Saturday, November 30, 2013

What an incredible week... November 23, 2013

Well, this week was one for the books.

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WEEK.  Ah every second.

I feel soo blessed.

Sunday we had a devotional  which was totally inspiring to me I wish I could just photocopy all my notes and send them to you. I don't remember her first name, but Sister Rogers was all I could write down. She was literally like a Mormon Ellen DeGeneres...So funny but so spiritual. 

On Sunday during relief society my kasama and I were all talking in tagalog ect. cuz you know thats what we do and the girl behind us asked where we were going. We looked at her name tag and HER DAD IS OUR MISSION PRESIDENT! How coincidental is that?!? So crazy! So we talked to her for a little bit, she was sweeter than sweet, and then we took a picture with her so when we get to the pines we can show her parents.

Sunday night we watched Legacy....and everyone was laughing....SOMEONE TELL ME WHATS SO FUNNY ABOUT THIS HEARTFELT CHEESY MOVIE!!! Elders are so 18!! they are all hootin when Eliza and that guy kiss. Like it was such a tender moment. I didn't see what was so funny. Alas, everyone laughed through the whole thing. Maybe I just felt so connected cuz I watched it throughout my childhood...yep I bet thats it...

We read an article Monday that was in Deseret news (I think from this past week, but you should definitely try to get a hold of it and read it if you can) 

It was about the sister missionaries in the Philippines and what happened to them when the typhoon hit. The lord truly watched over his missionaries. In such a devastating disaster...every single missionary was accounted for after the hurricane hit. Anyways try to find it if you can and read it! & Pray for the people in the Philippines they need our prayers. I don't even know the people there yet, but my heart breaks for them. I feel like I have so much love for them already.

Tuesday devotional we heard from Elder Audukatis and his wife. Beautiful talks, and I especially loved what she said because I felt like it applied to me specifically. She talked about the spirit of the gospel being optimistic. But then she was totally realistic about it saying, "if you have a 'bad' day, just keep quite, and smile because the day will pass". But I also think there really are no "bad" days, only hard days. When I was reading in my scriptures the other day (well everyday, so really it can be any day you want it to be) I had written by that one scripture "cheer up your hearts for I have over come the world" (I don't remember what that scripture was) but I had written "If we are close to God, a trial=an opportunity". I truly believe this with all my heart. I know the Lord is so aware of all of us individually. 

This week on Wed we got to host for the new missionaries coming in. (show them where there classrooms are, the residence, and books, ect.) Coolest. Thing. Ever. I loved it. I loved just standing on the side and watching the missionaries say goodbye to their families for two yrs/18 months...It was so touching. I teared up a little haha Missionary work is the best! Ah! Both sister missionaries I hosted were SO sweet! One was from Samoa and she got out of the car, came over to me and gave a big kiss on the cheek! hahah I was like Oh hi! hahaha She was too cute!! She told me she was going to Boise, Idaho and I told her she was going to LOVE it! The whole time we were standing there on the sidewalk and walking missionaries places it was pouring rain! and so cold!! But I seriously loved it. I looked for Bonner but figured he was bused over to west campus because he is Spanish speaking. Thennn PLOT TWIST, I am at lunch getting some ketchup minding my own buisness and then I hear a faint "sista golightly" (I said that in my head in a British accent, but no it was not in a british accent) and then I looked up and it was Bonner!!! hahah it was so great to see him. I saw Marissa on Thursday (Micaiah's older siter) and that was awesome! We got to talk for a little bit. Anyways, I did get to see the Mcdowells and that was so fun!

Thursday I spent the majority over the toilet. Priesthood blessings work. Priesthood is real. don't worry, I AM SO GREAT NOW!

Alright now to the exciting part: Friday...
One  week from Monday  we will be flying to the Philippines!!! First to Detroit and then straight to Manila (yeah calculate that, its a long plane ride)
I am SO stoked I wish I could express in words.

We celebrated (the roomies and I) by having a little "party party" (say in Filipino accent) hung streamers, balloons, candy, etc, it seriously was the best time. Plus it was p-day eve which made it even better. I feel so blessed to be having this experience. I honestly have the best roommates ever, I love them so much. We are all best friends and it will be so hard to leave them. Our whole district really is like a family. 
Welp, I love you all more than anything in the whole world.
Alam ko po na totoo po ang simbihan.
Alam ko po na totoo po ang ebanghelyo.
Alam ko po na salita ng Diyos ang Aklat ni Mormon.
Alam ko po na mahal po tayo ng diyos.
alam ko po na sa pamamagitan ng kapangyarihan ng espirito santo, maradama natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos.

This gospel is so true.
The Lord is SO aware of all of us individually.


Love, sis goooooo

Never sing "its rainin men halleluah" at the mtc. Even if its pouring and thats the first song that pops into your head.

Roomie fhe & Tuesday night talk circles are what I live for. jk joikelang but they are great.

Patience is a virtue. for reals.

I am going to the Philippines in a week. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

1- don't have one yet i will get that to you next week
2- yes please and foils and bowl and double sided brush

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 16, 2013


Let me just start with NEVER APOLOGIZE for sending me dear elders/letters. They are the best things in the world and they make my whole day. I haven't read a boring one yet so keep 'em comin ;) (oh and tanner did you get my letter to you and conner?)

Well this week has been overall, really good.  SO,  It has been snowing all day and it looks like a dream! SO GORGEOUS! Its so Christmasy. Today when me and Sis J were walking to the temple, it was so early, the sun was barely coming up and it was snowing so hard it was absolutely beautiful. But I was FREEZING. I am such an Arizonian.

K, quick question, I don't sweat in arizona in 120 degrees but I have been sweating here like crazy and its freezing. (K actually that was more like a statement) What does that even mean? Momma  I don't know whats happening to me!! oh p.s. I saw Dallin Reyne the other day! He walked by and I'm all WHA?! Elder Reyne?! So ironic. He is going to New york.

I got my first headache this week and it was KILLER! I think it was a migraine, I was shaking and saw stars, but idk how i got it. It was the biggest blessing tho because I know Heavenly Father helped me work through it. I think it would have lasted all day but luckily it subsided later on. It was the biggest blessing.

So I'm going to the Philippines two weeks from Monday CRAZY!!!

This weeks devotional was incredible. We heard from the one and only Elder L. Tom Perry. Him and his wife gave beautiful talks. To be in the presence of a living apostle was seriously amazing. Our district got chosen to usher at this devotional in the beginning when everyone is coming and getting seated. WHICH IS A BIG DEAL- WE GET A PIN THAT SAYS USHER AND EVERYTHING. k that sounds lame. BUT perks: We sat in the 3rd row from the front. HELLO, I was within like ten feet of Elder Perry! And I'm pretty sure we made eye contact twice. Now, if this doesn't make someone want to usher I don't know what would.

We gave two stellar lessons this week to our investigators and I think the best part was after the lesson and our evaluation.  Our teacher, Bro C, said it was the best lesson he had heard from us yet; our Tagalog was amazing, and then he said when I bore my testimony afterwards he could feel the spirit so strongly. I honestly could not have been happier. It seriously doesn't get better than that.  I have grown more in these 3 1/2 weeks than you would even believe.  

Mahal Kita!


p.s. the best part of my day today had to be when a sister came up to me and sis j and said "Wow, its so interesting to see you two normal and like this......" She pretty much said we looked terrible. In my defense I wasn't wearing makeup, my hair was in a bun, and honestly its p-day so i don't care. hahahaha (it was funny i promise)

 p.s.s.  I don't even miss technology.  Weird huh.  I meant to tell you that.  Like I'm not even having withdrawals!  Imagine that!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

What an Amazing Week! November 9, 2013


Oh my goodness. What an amazing week. I feel so humbled and blessed to be serving as a representative of Jesus Christ. My heart is SO full (as cheesy as that sounds). It has been such a good week! Here it feels like the days are years and the weeks are minutes! Time is FLYING! I can't believe its only been two weeks because I feel like I have been here my whole life yet, its been like two weeks...hahah

 Me and Sis J went to the temple this morning around 6:30 a.m. to do initiatories and every time I go I think of you momma! It is the most peaceful place ever and I like going in the morning best because I can't fall asleep, I think I am most awake at that time! 

I am very blessed to have Siser J as my Kasama.  She is great and we work so great together and study hard.  I really do love her.  

The spiritual growth here is seriously unreal.  My knowledge has grown so much and I have never felt so close and comforted by my Heavenly Father.  What an amazing experience this is!!

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR ALL THE DEAR ELDERS!!! They literally make my day. Seriously they are the best. Soo does Tanner miss me yet? Orrrrr does he know I'm gone?...cuz..I haven't even heard a word about that guy...oh and tell Conner I miss him too. SO MUCH. 

This Tuesday we had a beautiful devotional from Elder Zwick of the seventy and his wife. They gave beautiful talks!  I really can't wait for this Tuesday when we hear from...wait for it...please someone do a drumroll...ELDER L. TOM PERRY!!! MAGSABI ANO?!?!?! SAY WHAAAA?!?!  So excited. Devotional nights are my favorite. 

So, I am SO JEALOUS of that weather! Its freaking ZERO degrees here! I do wear those tights and I wish I had brought boots! We had the first snowfall earlier this week but it didn't stick (answered prayer) Like don't get me wrong it was so pretty to watch it fall but I have got that Arizona blood now. I made the decision in that moment I am never leaving Arizona again. ever. (it also means I can't WAIT to get to the Philippines already!!!) 

The language is seriously coming along so well!! I'm fluent. HA! jkjk. We are really working hard at it and its totally clicking and making sense! Which is the best feeling ever! We are so good we gave our investigator a pamphlet in Cebuano..WE DON'T EVEN SPEAK CEBUANO. We thought it was Tagalog..which was totally funny cuz I was confused, sister Jackson was confused, our investigator was REALLY confused...hahaha but our next lesson the next day was ON POINT. Like we totally nailed it. *happy dance* we were so proud. seriously tho every night before I fall asleep I just have Tagalog words running through my head, and in the shower, and in class, really all day long actually...

*Word of the day* nagsisipagsisinungasinungalinyah* Yes, that is totally one word. Try saying that ten times fast. (I forget what it means tho, I think something about telling fake no I won't be using it but it sounds legit) 

So um daylight savings is the best invention ever. Like the guy who thought of that was a G-E-N-I-O-U-S!!!! (That has been the best part of Utah yet.)

Ok now time for that random stuff.

-The food here is slowly killing kasama and I.

-Emily's dear elders make me LOL like LOUD. LUV DEM. Mom, yours are really feel good. Totes appresh. (appreciate) Honestly, they make me so happy. 

-Erin don't get attached to that phone. its satanic. jk. but really tho.

-Mail pick up is at 11:45 am and 4:45 pm

-Me and Kasama met the guy from "the district". Nbd. He's just Mormon famous whatevs. I was the creep you hear about that was all hey can we get a picture with you? It happened.
Here is the picture-he is a previous missionary- who starred in "the District"  (reality TV show on BYU-TV)

-You'd be surprised how much 'the best two years' is quoted here.

-I am having serious withdrawals from the sun. Its bad.

-I have sung 'Called to Serve' more here in the past two and a half weeks than I have my entire 19 years of existence.

            Our Sister Training Leaders-they left the MTC this week.  They were great!

-When I "go into the field" its like figuratively and literally...think about that...oh and yeah mom, I heard there was a typhoon in Baguio??? Thats about it tho, we didn't hear much else.

-Keep sending dear elders I love them.

-Highlight:I met the @mormonprobs guy from twitter. Not only did he know me HE KNEW MY NAME! And no, its not cuz I was wearing a name tag hahaha like WHA?! He's twitter famous and he knew me. It doesn't get better than that. (jk there is a lot of things better than that, I just thought its was funny I met him)

-Funniest thing: Sister S(roomie) was talking to her investigator and when he asked her how she knew prayer worked she told him, "because he writes me." (yeah, like letters) HAHAHA 

Well, missionary life is going swimmingly.

But seriously this is the best. I love it. The gospel is SO true, every single word of it.

sister golightly

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 2, 2013 Letter # 2


This week was rough. I broke down on Thursday for the first time but I got through it. This is by far the most exhausting draining tiring thing I have ever done in my whole life. Spiritually, emotionally, and physically. This is the farthest thing from easy, but I can say that within this first week and a half, I can easily say, this is the best decision I have made in my life thus far. I would encourage anyone reading this to sincerely pray about serving a mission because within nine days and my testimony of this gospel, of my Heavenly Father, and of Jesus Christ has never been so strong. Like wow. This work is incredible. I feel my heavenly father's love and comfort constantly, and I really do believe angels are walking these halls. I feel so grateful and so blessed.

Kay now, last Sunday we heard from Elder Godoy of the seventy and his talk was AMAZING. just fabulous, I really enjoyed it. and I listened to Character of Chirst by elder Bednard that night. It is the best talk I have ever heard so I forwarded it to you. (for some reason its unavalible to the outside world...wierd huh...) 

The past week We have been teaching an investigator in ONLY Tagalog. NO English or notes in the appts. at ALL. So...there have been some pretty interesting things we told him he had to die to be baptized and we may or may not kill him. try to get out of THAT one. 

Or maybe the time Sis J told him she wasn't married because she was a book....or how about the time I was saying the opening prayer and forgot his name. 

We were constantly laughing. 

Well It turned out about Wednesday we found out our "investigator" was our other teacher.


 Now he knows exactly how good we really are. lololol That day he told me and sis j that he looked forward to our lessons the most (not only cuz the funny stuff we said but also cuz the spirit was there) and then he specifically pointed me out and said his favorite line out of everyone's lessons was something I had said and he was crying laughing and that it was so funny he went home and told his roommates. The ironic part was it was something I had said in English. (are you proud dad??) 

But in all seriousness the language is coming along SO WELL. I really am learning SO MUCH. Its incredible!!

Now for some Random's and funnies:

-I love my district & we are all going to Baguio.

-gym time=THE BEST TIME

-the food here is gross. (so yes Cafe Rio... I WOULD DIE PLEASE ANYTHING)

-I can successfully do laundry.

-starting a trend here with "totes approps" and "totes inapprops" BOO YA! (don't worry all my clothes are on the up and up)

-All the elders also dip their pizza crust in rootbeer now too. who know it was that good?

- oh and yeah, we are called up randomly to give a talk on Sunday IN TAGOLOG. WHAAA)

-I live for p days.

-haven't seen Natalie

-still no headaches


- I LOVE hearing from you all. I hope I answered all your questions mom. 

Welp, thats all I got for ya'll today. Have a great week. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH 
sister golightly