Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It Was A Great Day!

Hello Parents (and family...) 

First, we had the baptism of Brother Manuel which was sooo happy. It was a great day.  Basically Bro manuel was just so happy and excited to be baptized...he told us he couldn't sleep all night and after he was baptised we asked how he felt and he
just says... "Hungry." hahaha and started laughing and then he goes "Just joking! I feel great!" It was so happy! Overall the day was great... :)

I love being a missionary I really do. I know this is the lords work and there is a reason I am here in this area. I love this area and am doing everything I can to build it up. 

I am doing wonderful. Missions are hard. But I know they are worth it. This is the MOSt worthwhile thing I could be doing in my life right now. I love this gospel more than anything and am more than grateful for the opportunity to be serving right now. 

 Oh I also got to cut sister haiders hair it looks SO Cute :)

love you all sooooooooooo much!!!!! MAHAL KITA!
xoxoxoxoxox
s golightly

Monday, October 20, 2014

Alright Here We Goooooo


ALRIGHT here we goooo

If I could describe the last three weeks in one email...yeah theres no way. BUT, I can tell you all I can't put into words how blessed I feel to be serving here in the Philippines...especially in San Juan. I really love it here. A LOT. Its a little bit of a challenge trying to strengthen the ward members...because our ward is more like a tiny branch with only 30-40 people coming each week...but me and S Haidder are having a so much fun doing it. Not to mention our area is b-e-a-utiful. Long walks on the beach on the daily...hehe:)

our investigators are...well actually our teaching pool is the size of a puddle right now....so I don't know if I can say investigators as in plural....But brother manuel is doing GREAT. He had his baptism interview yesterday and keeps telling us it will feel like Christmas on the 25th of October...because thats what day his baptism is. the experiences S Haider and i have had teaching him has been so amazing. He is 84 and is the cutest. He is so prepared. the other week we had the greatest time teaching about receiving an answer to prayers..he had doubts about Joseph smith and after our lesson there was a powerful promise he would receive an answer in three days if he prayed to know...the next day we came back and he said, "Guess what! I have great news! I prayed last night..." and then he told us the story about 3 times since then about how he felt the spirit so strong testify to him Joesph Smith is a true prophet, and how he just knows. That is the coolest thing to me, because its so true. If we ask with desire and faith Heavenly Father's promise to each of us is the truth will be manifested through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know for a fact, not a doubt in my heart or mind, that Joseph Smith is a prophet called of God to restore the true church of Jesus Christ back on the earth today. And through him we have the fullness of the gospel contained in the Book of Mormon. No doubt about it.

We had zone interviews this week with president....I was so pumped after the interview...I wanted to start with the talk I read about the Book of Mormon. That was so inspiring for me. It made me want to give out Book of Mormons to every person in Ili Norte, Ili Sur amd Taboc! The Book of Mormon and the spirit really are central to conversion. I know as a missionary I could do better with this. One of the unique differences in our message, is that we have the fullness of the gospel contained in the Book of Mormon, so we can't be afraid to share that right away. I have tried this before and remember the difference in it. People will want to know more.

I also was very encouraged this week after the zone interviews. I was able to take so much from that on how I can be a more effective missionary...Like the analogy you placed before me. If we are playing a game of tennis. I know the way the game is played. I just need to notice my weak points and make them strengths to become a better player. The greatest part about this is I know that I have a coach, our Heavenly Father, that is with me the entire game and will always help me. He has given me guides and "how-to's" to be even better and to "score points".  I really was inspired by this and know it will help me to be a better instrument in the hands of the Lord. It has been a great week and Sister Haider and I look forward to another. She is such a wonderful companion!

 What elseeee exciting....I already told you mom and dad, but I tried Balou....if you don't know what it is google it. And then be way impressed because the whole chick and everything else in the egg was... yeah...I won't eat it again maybe. (sister rozal said she would tell us the anatomy of the egg after we ate it...I couldn't even listen haha) I am also adjusting to pakistani culture..Sister Haider is so awesome and cooks us such delicious food!!!

anyways, life is so wonderful. 

Love you all to the moon and back MAHAL KO KAYO
xoxoxox
s golightly

Monday, October 13, 2014

Can you believe I am twenty?!?!?! October 13, 2014

                



hah you guys are seriously the bestttttt can you believe I am twenty?!?!?! like what theeeeeeeee its been great. my comp is so sweet haha sis m. and sister s. are coming down to san fernando for my birthday in a little bit so we will go meet up after this. so that was nice of them and we will go have ice cream or something :)


I GOT THE CARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CRIED!!!!!! BUT i couldn't see the vids on my camera!!!!!! i could only listen lololol so i listened hahahaha I won't get the box for a while i think hehe 

things are great here... i am literally drippin sweat twenty four seven.....i die its so hot but its great i love this area so much! the work is very slow right now. we have one inv preparing for baptism THAT we have been teaching the last few weeks ....he is 84 hahaha he was so ready and then he said he didn't know about joseph smith and so we challenged him to pray about it, talked about faith and promised him he would receive an answer...yesterday we went to him and he said he prayed and felt something and he knows its all true. his baptism in this sat! it was very exciting! 

I know this is the lords work.

I love you so much! Have a great week!!!!
xoxoxox
love your old daughter

~waking up birthday morning pictures from Brookee's companion.  
She emailed them to me!~

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mission Life is the Best!



hey!
first thank you for the email last week. it made me all teary eyed and thanks for the talk too it really helped me a lot. my comp has not been a member all her life. she was baptized around 10 years old and....she is the greatest. i love her soooo much! i am a great listener and she talks ...a lot hahaha

i am in san juan right now which is about 20 minutes away from san fernando (first area) i love it here so much. 

mission life is the best. i am loving serving here. there is a lot of new challenges here that is kind of cool because i am learning so much. have a great week! tlk to you next week ulit!

love,
your favorite daugher

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Back to Sandy Toes and A Sun kissed Nose! September 28, 2014


Well I am definitely back in the Philippines...coming back down to the lowlands is soo wonderful, I can't even describe. My new area is in san juan so it is by the fields and on the beach... back to sandy toes and a sun kissed nose, listening to the waves...oh and cold bucket showers in the morning, no flushing toilets, waking up to goats and chickens every morning, riding trykes, hand washing all my clothes, being sweaty 24/7....honestly life doesn't get better. 

My new companion is Sister Haider and I absolutely adore her. She is from Pakistan and we have so much fun together.

~brookee's new companion sister haider~


The area here is really progressing and so we are having fun finding (yes she actually likes to find with me) so we get to talk to a lot of people every day and are finding a lot of potentials. It is very exciting. When I got here there were already a few that are really progressing and so getting to know everyone and teach them more is so great. The ward is good, we have about 30 members on average coming every week..so it will be good to work with the less actives. I have always loved visiting less active members. and i love it here....im so excited to work here...after being in one area so long change is good. i am so grateful to be here. i have had a lot of cool experiences this week... we are teaching one old man M. who has an ibd for this coming month and he is progressing so much...he is so cute...he is 84 and always says bffs tayo (we are bffs hahahahahaha) i laugh so hard every time. he comes to church every sunday and everything.  its great.  the ward is tiny with only 30 ppl but i am excited to what i can to help strengthen it.  

Man,..we had a lot of really great experiences this week, too many to share. I will be sure to get on that next week and send more pics :) But missionary life is still the best ever and I am so grateful to be here.. I already love this area so much.

I know the gospel is true.

xoxoxoxoxo
s. golightly