Monday, April 20, 2015

I Can Not Believe IT!....Last p day.... April 19, 2015

 I can not believe it...last p day. what a crazy busy week. We had so many lessons, dinner apt, and so much fun. I couldn't have ended it all better than on saturday with Brother T's baptism. I still remember the first time we met him...he came an hour and a half earlier to the chapel and gave a beautiful testimony. Sunday he was confirmed. I also was able to give a talk...I found out when I walked into sacrament. haha me and elder chan (who is also leaving) got to speak about missionary work and enduring to the end. It was a great day.  last nihgt i traveled from bauang after dinner at president nisperos to lingsat to stay with all the other departing missionaries. Pres Garcia from bauang 1st barnch is a tryke driver so he took me with his wife and loaded all the luggauge and stuff so I didn't have to worry about it it was SO nice of them...The feeling is still unreal...last night me and sister jackson were up for a while talking and i didn't get to lingsat till late so i didn't get a lot of sleep...but today i am spending my last day here with sister haider..man i will miss this girl SO much. This morning I had my departing interview with president...talk about being a bawl baby. i felt like i was trying to hold myslef together the whole time. But ya know what it felt so...good. Just so peaceful and happy. words can't describe. we talked about experiences and testimony and faith and I felt the spirit so strong. I will talk more in detail about what he said specifically when i see you. After email today we will go to san juan to visit some of the people there. I am just so grateful. My heart is so full. I had a lot of struggles as well this week but overall I am just so grateful. grateful for...everything. I can't wait to see you all in two short days! tomorrow we will be going to manila to the temple to do a session and i am beyond excited. ahhhh i will see you all soon...LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE you! mahal na mahal ko kayo! ingat xoxoxoxoxoxo sister golightly

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Week Was Great! April 12, 2015

 The week was great! We had the opportunity to listen to conference this week and that was such a blessing. The spirit was so strong for me listening to the familiar voices of our inspired leaders..I felt so peaceful.  

To answer your question... I don't know if I'm in denial or what but it hasn't really hit me yet that I'm coming home next week... but this week was good...the first time I started to really tear up was when we went and saw sister s. and her fam on sat afternoon and she mentioned i am going home soon and they all started talking about it but it made me really sad of course. I will be so sad to leave these people. ah man. anywaysss.... 

I am excited to see you all next week.. :) I am soakin up every minute here and really trying to do my best. 

I LOVE my mission so much and i LOVE this gospel more than I can describe. And I love you all more than words can express. 

Welp, this is all I got this week but I love love love love love you all so much!!! 

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
sister golightly



Monday, April 6, 2015

This Week was Way Crazy! April 5, 2015

helllllooo!

  this week was way crazy cuz its holy week here and sat is sabado gloria where everyone (i mean everyone) goes to the beach. i don't know exactly why...its just tradition here... even we went! hahah even though we aren't catholic. but our inv invited us to their big family lunch in a bahay cubao at the beach so we went..it was fun. that friday there was a big huge long parade...where everyone lights candles and walks through the streets for 3-4 hours. it all felt like a bigger deal than Christmas. but on sunday no one did anything...in fact i only heard the word easter one time yesterday. weird huh.   

yesterday was my last fast sunday here in the ppines and next sunday is gen conf. and then the next sunday is my last. i will be going to all my old areas and seeing people..so thats exciting. I love you guys so so so much and am so grateful for your examples to me. This was not only the best 18 months of my life but the best 18  months for my life. I love these people so much, I love this gospel so much, my testimony has never been stronger, and I have never felt such a strong relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savoir Jesus Christ. I KNOW he lives. We are so blessed to have this knowledge....I don't know if you already saw the #BecauseHeLives on youtube or mormon.org but if you haven't seen it yet watch it!! Its only about 3 minutes I think....but this week we received pass along cards with the website and picture of christ..and then we were able to give it to everyone we talked to. Its so important to remember that Christ died and suffered for us...but also equally important is to remember that He LIVES. So if you ever have a chance to share this message with anyone you talk to, don't pass up the opportunity! :). Ok, love love love you all! INGAT KAYO! MAHAL KO KAYO! 
sister g



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I LOVE MISSIONARY LIFE SOOOO MUCH!!!!! March 29, 2015

We had a zone activity this morning kaya we got out toooo late to email, so I will send you some of the email to President.  

Hello po President,

This week was great, it was so nice to work hard and get back into the regular schedule and routine. We were able to jump right back into the work and made every day count.  I have really seen the Lord's hand in the work this week. It is such a blessing to be here and help the people here come closer to Christ. I was reading this week in Alma and it was all about missionary work and bringing the Lamanites to the truth and helping them come to know Jesus Christ. It was so inspiring to me, to read and uncover the teaching skills they used and of course the key, was being bold with the spirit. It really is essential in teaching. I have been trying my best this week to be completely worthy of the spirit through exact obedience to bring the spirit more in our work. I know that who the Lord calls, He will qualify...I just have to do my part. I am so grateful to be here in Bauang. I am also so grateful to be a missionary. 

Sister Golightly


p.s.


Aw I'm so glad every is doing well! 

So this morning for zone activity, we had a boodle fight (explain that when i go home) and watched 'the best two years'.....oh my goodness that movie is so funny. i was dying. maybe cuz i haven't seen a movie in an eternity, but i was still laughing so hard. that movie is so great. haha..

DONT WORRY ABOUT ME MOMMA! I AM TOTALLY DOIN IT!  i am still  LOVING IT! I LOVE MISSIONARY LIFE SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! and i love it here and ect ect ect i love everything. :) I am way tough ;) heheheh you would be shocked.  i am so not a baby anymore. hahaha
hahah your so funny momma! I can't wait to see you! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU! i have to go now! but i really really really love you and daddy and the fam!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

What a Week! Getting fingerprinted!! March 22, 2015

Heyyyy! 

What a week! It has been interesting to say the least. We had the manila trip this week for fingerprinting. they texted us and told us I would be going to Lingsat (by myself) on thursday night after proselyting. So yeah, you totally know me. I don't really like doing things all by my self. so I was a little stressed at first but made it on the jeep to San Fernando and on a tryke to lingsat all my my self. really it wasn't a big deal haha I have done that a million times with a companion...i think the feeling was just weird of being alone with no comp after 17 months. Anyways so all the other foreigner sisters from my batch were already at the house so we all ended up talking until about 1:00 a.m. when the AP's and president came to pick us up to take us to the bus station around 1:30 a.m...we all finally got on the bus around 2:00 a.m. There were around 8 sisters and 4 elders that went. When we were all settled, about 5 minutes into the bus ride, two grandmas got on and there were no more seats... so the guy pulled out two little stools (which is normal... that's what they do when the bus is full) but i mean, they were so old...and it was 2:00 a.m. in the morning...so I was very impressed when two of the elders got up and gave them their seats and took the stools in the aisle. so the bus ride continues and then two minutes later, the last stop, a mother gets on with two of her young kids....they get buckets in the aisle too...except no one got up for them. soooo sister jackson and i got up and gave them our seat. (i have no idea where the other elders were during this moment). the mother and her two kids sat there and me and sister jackson sat on buckets, in the aisle, until around 6:00 a.m.  or 7:00 am, until it was so uncomfortable, we stood the rest of the ride into manila. sis j was such a trooper! she did not feel well at all the whole night. once we got there to the bus station in manila we took two vans to the bureau or immigration and then started the process of waiting...and waiting and then getting the finger prints and then...waiting...and then getting passports...and then waiting....and after the waiting we waited. I was sleeping standing up. ahaha jk but we were all zombies. after that...well we WERE in manilla soo the drivers took us to TACO BELL!!!!!!!!!!! I was on cloud nine. literally heaven. I was so happy I wanted to cry...or it might have been the lack of sleep...but still...i couldn't taste anything I don't know why but just the fact we were there was so happy. lol. and then we drove around manila for what felt like forever until we got back to the bus station and got on a bus back around 3:00 p.m. from there we took the ride home to bauang and arrived around 9:00 p.m.. 
It was fun to catch up with sister jackson. I have really missed her! and sister haider!!! she always makes me laugh sooo hard. It was great to be with her again. It was such an exhausting trip and i felt like all the days were just a blur...but it was good. 
 
The work this week was ok, we struggled a lot between the trip and then I got sick again. But Bro T still came to church yesterday and is doing well and really progressing. Sister s. as well, we were able to have an AMAZING lesson with her and brohter F. about the restoration on tuesday and the spirit was so strong. It was so great...yesterday they couldn't come to church because sister p. was in the hospital..but we went to visit them in san Fernando and she is doing better.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to be here in bauang at this time serving here. I say it er week. but I love being a missionary. This really is the Lord's work. I see his hand in this work everyday. 

This gospel is true. 

xoxoxox
s golightly

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This Week Was So Great...So Great! March 15, 2015



hello i thought i would share my random thoughts while you wait for my letter :)

so my flip flops FINALLY broke this week. i had them since day one of the mtc...the ones i bought with dad from jackson hole haha

everyone reminds me ON THE DAILY how many days i have left. im sure you all know too. but there are not very many. and it makes me sad. 

so yeah, first off all it is SO great to hear from you and momma and hear how your lives are going. I print it off every week and after we grocery shop, and take our jeep home, I sit and read them :) It makes me so happy. So thank you. :)

this week was so great...So great. I had so many challenges and struggles and its so crazy to believe that when everything is supposed to be going smooth and the work is progressing so much, how hard Satan works to stop it. I'm so serious. so this week on tuesday we had planned a family home evening with sister s and her family...so we invited to elders and she had confirmed it like 5 times, so we were all set to go and go on tuesday night to their compound.. and arrive at the door and sister p (s mother in law) comes out and says she is not there...she went to...caba. So, at this point, surprisingly I was not stressed at all. all the elders came and brought soda and bread and then we were like "well she said she would come home before tuesday night so maybe she is just a little late" ............she never came home that night. So we just had an fhe with their kids and sister p.   we were unable to go back on Wednesday though because I was dying. I think everything over the last 7 weeks got to me and i was pretty much rolling around in pain couldn't eat, drink, sleep, all day (dramatic much? sorry. hahaha) till I finally threw up all my insides. then went to sleep for the night. thursday we were able to visit S. thennnn... we continued to visit her and friday before the baptism we had the distrct leader go  interview her.  so then we spent a little bit playing basketball with the little rim they had and then taught a lesson to S and F. it was a great night. That saturday sister washed all the clothes and started super early so that she could be at the church by 1 for the relief society activity and she did it. :) so then on our part...saturday was soooo crazyyy, and stressful, and happy. that morning we had a half day mission with the branch but only like 7 people came so me and sister p went out to part of our area thats way out in the fields and had such great success! we taught some lessons and found new inv and also a less active of more than 40 years!!! It was soooo great! Those people were sooo nice! I mean just the kindest people ever. thennn we went back to the church...first we had to drain and clean the font etc with the elders. then the font started to fill and then...it emptied cuz the pipe broke, but one of the elders fixed it and it filled and then at 5 the baptism started. it was a BEAUTIFUL service. She shared an amazing testimony and to see how happy she was was so...words can't describe. My soul was so full....of happiness...it was great. Sunday she was confirmed and her family came. (including brother) they were all so happy sitting there on the pew...and she wore one of the shirts I gave her. haha. So sweet. I was just so happy. there was so many crazy things that happened this week but it all turned out ok. 

Another one of our inv brother t. he is just my favorite. haha we taught him all the commandments and he committed so quickly to follow all of them...word of wisdom, tithing, everything. He is so committed to the gospel you can just see that he was so prepared. His baptism date is for april 18. he came to church again yesterday and already has friends! Its so sweet because he always comes at 8...30 minutes before church starts. haha He even walks there. Ahhh he is great...in one of our lessons, he was telling us a story and says 'this is not. monkey buisness.'" hhahahaha I laughed so hard. Because sometimes he will speak english and he will use words that are so big...like gallivanting and ...yeah words like that. hahaha Anyways. It was so great to see his continuous progression. 
I am so grateful to be serving here at this time in Bauang and for all the things I am learning from my companion, Sister P. I am determined to continue to make every day count and make good use of every minute of the Lord's time.

I love you all so so so much! I am so grateful for your support. I know this gospel is true.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxox
your daughter.
sister golightly :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

We had some AWESOME experiences this week!!! March 8, 2015

           

we had some AWESOME experiences this week. 

so there is this monkey we see in our area every week. i will have to take pics for you to see it it is pink and very friendly daw.
Ok, back to the spiritual stuff. First off thanks for the emails :) I have been loving it this week. Can I just say how much I love being a missionary? Or how much I love my mission?

 Funny thing today.. we were on the jeep and a guy asked where i was from and i say america. people are not super familiar with the states, but he asked me what state, so Im like arizona and he goes..."ahhhh yeahhhh with all the cowboys...." hahahahaha if people hear arizona they automatically think about the cowboys  there....hahahaha

so this week was sister S's interview for her baptism and she passed so we are having it this saturday. She still inspires me so much, she is so amazing. She is going through so many trials right now...she knows it is because she is doing whats right and that satan is trying to stop her from being baptized...its true how that happens. wed they got offered a job in baguio..blessing right? because they don't have a job...but that would mean she would have to leave before her baptism and also leave her family...so she asked us to pray for her and we all prayed...then we came back the next day and she said her husband saw his friend and he offered him a job where he worked. answered prayer. she didn't have to leave and her husband just got a job!!!! she is so strong and always shares her testimony how  the gospel is helping her with her family. AMAZING right?! 
Brother T had to have his ibd moved because of general conf but he is so excited for april 18. We taught him the word of wisdom this week and then it was like he started teaching us haha why he needs to follow it and how its true revelation. At church yesterday he just seemed so happy. 

Anyways, the transfer calls came yesterday night so this will be my last area and sis p will be my last comp. I am so happy I am staying in bauang.
I am just so grateful. Words can't express.
I LOVE YOU!!! Have a great week.
xoxoxoxoxoxox
your daughter,
s golightly               
                


                                    ~a drawing of Brook by a sister in her ward~


Its Amazing the Power of Prayer!! March 1, 2015

guten tag???........hahahahah your so funny daddy. Its amazing the power of prayer and studying the atonement. I'm serious. I have been doing a lot better. One day this week actually it was on wednesday...we were having 12 weeks (the training program) and we had this super great talk about teaching skills and things we needed to work on and teaching to peoples needs...we were totally pumped and focused on the work and then we went out and we did it! we totally were able to teach to peoples needs...the lessons we had that day(7) went SO WELL and the spirit was there for all of them. I literally felt the spirit all day! .  yesterday I was reading jesus the christ for personal study....btw that book is SO amazing...like seriously. I love it so much. although i have to keep a dictionary close by cuz sometimes i just don't understand...for the most part its life changing. haha i would seriously recommend reading it if you ever have time not fixing things for mom! hahaha
to answer your next question...i love everything about being a missionary...every. single. thing. I love being a missionary. more than anything in the world. I am completely serious. even the hard times/parts...it just makes me stronger. I am grateful for the struggles, because I couldn't grow and lean on heavenly father and jesus christ with out them. Yesterday we were teaching S and she mentioned that April was coming close...I kid you not, at that moment, I almost burst out crying, my throat closed and I almost lost it. She only MENTIONED it and I couldn't even think about it. 

We give away a couple BOM's every week...we focus tlga on giving away pamphlets and then teach from them and then at the next lesson when we explain the bom we give them one. The work has been going so well tho this week. Right now I feel is like the hardest part of the mission, but at the same time its the most...idk like the most things are happening. weird huh? Wierd how its the very end of the mission that has been the hardest for me. But I know heavenly father's hand is in everything.
Thanks for your emails! I love you so much! 
oh and btw I got your dear elders this week. thank you so much for sending that talk by elder holland ...there was so much i loved in that. I cut parts out so i could read it when i need too. 
 guess what?! we found out the greatest news on monday! We ran into some elders that are in my old area in baguio and I don't know if you remember hopefully you do, but remember my first transfer in baguio and I mentioned sister m...do you remember her? the one me and sister de jose found? (ok lets be honest...it was the spirit. haha) but i just felt so strong i needed to say something to her and she was walking her kids home from school...I knew at that moment one day she would be baptized. we ended up teaching her and extended around 4 ibds (potential goal baptism dateS) and just never gave up on her and kept teaching her we taught her all 6 months i was there.. I found out monday from the elders she is getting baptized the end of this month. I can't tell you how happy i was. Just PURE JOY. I don't know if i can explain exactly how i felt...like you know that i was in guisad 6 months...and I also found out on monday another one of me and sis lacdoos investigators we found was baptized last month. not just him, but his whole family...I guess the best word for how i felt would be seed planter. I felt like I was just the one to plant the seed and start to teach... Like I was just so happy to hear that they had been baptized and are going to be baptized...it was just all so worth it...the long hike up more than 150 stairs to reach M's house 4 times a week...just everything. working so hard every day and having no regrets.. I know that I played the part heavenly father wanted me too...and i know i followed the spirit. although i didn't get to see or won't see the baptisms of our old inv...I am just so happy to know that are entering into that sacred covenant. does that even make sense? Idk.

This week the work went really well... we are finding so much. we are seeing SO much progress. with the less actives and our inv. I know that when the spirit is able to work through us and work through our teaching...ah man. the results. Remember the referral I told you about from brother t? well not only brother t has an ibd, but now brother O does too (the referral) I still think its like the coolest thing ever. Like how awesome?!?! That its not the members giving us the referrals, its our investigators...it should be the other way around but they really realize the importance of the gospel and want to share their happiness with others. Sister s is still doing well and is working toward march 14...she keeps reading the bom everyday and is now in mosiah...it was so cool to hear her testimony yesterday.  her faith amazes me. 

Anywhoooo I am just so grateful to be serving right now. I love this work, I love HIS work so much. This gospel is true. 
xoxoxoxo
your daughter. 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

We have so much to be grateful for! February 22, 2015

Hello Family,

I hope you are all doing well and are happy and loving life. :) we have so much to be grateful for. :) Today we took a bus up to baguio for p day and it is so good to be back here! I have missed it! Its so cool seeing my old area! the bus ride wasn't even that bad this time :) I think we will meet up with sister jackson and sister lacdo-o in like 20 minutes for lunch so it will be good to see them. 

  this week we had a lot of success..we went through the area book and started to pull all the inv that haven't been progressing and went out to find. We were so blessed to meet 9 new investigators this week and work a lot with the members. The branch is so great because they are so willing to work with us. It also helped on Thursday we had the one day mission...when members from the branch and the missionaries all meet and then break up into companion ships to find less actives in the different barangays...which is a lot harder than you would think...because no one really has an address here and when someone knows where a house is they just point somewhere far off and say "over there!"....sooo...its a struggle. BUT, that turned into an awesome finding opportunity and we were able to talk to everyone. Even though only a couple of the people we talked to were actually interested, it was totally worth it. I love talking to people...going finding is my favorite. Sister Sherle is still doing great, we are still trying to teach her husband but she came to church again yesterday. Brother Tenorio did too, he also told us the news his wife had surgery in manila and that was a success! So that was a blessing for them. 

We had excahnges on tuesday and wednesday with sister concepcion and sister sawada and that was really fun. I got to go to their area and it was a really great experience. hey btw did I ever tell you I finally got to see 'meet the mormons'? yeah, i totally got to see that movie last week at zone conference...it was so good!

Well I love you all sooo much to the moon and back! Really! Have a great week!!! :)
xoxoxoxoxo
s golightly

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This week we had a lot of amazing things happen! February 15, 2015


 Hey family! 

This week we had a lot of amazing things happen! This really is the work of the Lord. 

First of all, as a zone we have really been focusing on receiving referrals...we had an awesome zone conf on friday about focusing on working with members etc etc etc. (it was so great! I promise!  I just don't have a lot of time to expand on it) now get this...

 So me and Sis P are totally set on going out this week and getting referrals..we ask everyone and...no one has any. haha Now, if we go back to seguro 4 or five weeks ago, when I talked about brother tenorio (our inv that comes to church and has the wife with breast cancer), well he is just great and always waits for us three times a week when we go to teach him. Well on saturday we walk up to his house and there is another man sitting there. so we figure he is going to tell us to come back another time and then all the sudden he goes, "Hey, I have a referral. I brought my friend here so he can listen to the gospel too" ..............So it was great and we had a great lesson. That was really such a blessing though...it shows what a difference the gospel makes...he is not even a member and he brought a friend to listen because that's how much he knows it can help someones life. 

I wish I did more of that before my mission. Its so true EVERY member is a missionary. Sympre, we love our friends and neighbors so why wouldn't we want them to receive the only thing that can give us peace and eternal life? So yeah, I was just so inspired by that. 

I encourage all of you to think of just one friend you could refer to the missionaries...and really don't be shy about it...I know that in the end we will be held accountable and will have looked back wondering why we didn't share it. ok, sorry for ranting. 

Our inv are doing really well and we are slowly seeing them progress. Sister Sherly is still coming to church and we extending her baptism for march 14...she is so ready and is so amazing. Her testimony is so strong. we are really trying now to focus on her husband so he can also be baptized...she wants her family to be together forever. 

We had another great success and our less active of a longggg time came to church with her daughter....man the feeling of seeing less actives come back to church...just gets me everytime. :) 

We were also able to do a lot of finding and were able to get 6 solid new inv this week...so we are looking forward to teaching them all....It was a great week and I am so grateful for the blessing of being a full time representative of Jesus Christ. I can't explain to you all the happiness of sharing this gospel. I know its true.

xoxoxoxox
sister golightly


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What A Week! February 1, 2015

           
Hello Family! 

What a week! On tuesday, Sister Lomibao left me and went up to baguio and I became companions with sis del rosario for two days and went back to MY FIRST AREA IN THE MISH! Yes, thats right, I went back to san fernando. There was too many great things that happened in those two days than i can possibly write...but seriously it was SO HAPPY. It was a feeling like...yeah just so happy. I got to see everyone I used to teach and all my favorite familys! We got to see the Caballes family and Sister joyce and brother jamel!!! (yeah, do you remember them?!)they invited us over for dinner when they found out i was there and got pizza cuz they knew it was my favorite...and that was what we had last year for new years...even though its past new years. They are just the kindest people. I love them and those familys so so so much. Then the district went to this way legit restraunt halo halo des loco and it was so masarap. like the chicken curry ....ah man. so good. Wednesday we were at manginasal and president called and said I am training...

So thursday I picked up my companion at lingsat and her name is Sister Paguirigan. fresh from the mtc...she loves to work, so we have been going great the last couple days in the area and we have been able to teach a lot. The people here are still doing well...just trying to help ours inv come closer to baptism. It is nice to see a missionary straight from the mtc because of the new perspective about the work and all the training they just went through...Its so new and I love to hear her when she teaches. I don't know hopefully that made sense. haha

Lastly, I would just like to testify to the power of prayer. Something we talk about all the time, but really I have had so many experiences this week with prayer. I know without a doubt
that Heavenly Father is there. That He is listening to us. And He will always be there to comfort us in times of need. 

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU ALL TO THE MOON AND BACK! 

xoxoxoxo
s golightly

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This Has Been Another WONDERFUL Week! January 25, 2015


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I Got My Trunky Letter this week.... January 11, 2015


Hellooooo Family. Magandang hapon.

Sooo the beginning of the week was a little bit of a struggle sister lomibao and I were both sick and our kabahay din so we think we narrowed it down to the water....But we are feeling better now and the rest of the week was great. This morning we had our zone activity at the beach..that was way fun. 

We were able to finally teach Shirly AND her husband together and that was so wonderful. We were so happy. We have been wanting to teach them both for a long time and we were so excited when he actually came and joined us during the lesson... Shirly shared to us how she has been having so many struggles and how her and her husband don't have a job right now..but whenever she reads the book of mormon its like she receives strength from that and when ever she comes to church she feels so much...lighter and she feels the spirit. She really was able to recognize the spirit.  So we committed them to come to church as a family this week and guess what. THEY DID. Her and brother came, with their kids. I know it sounds like something so small...just coming to church and missionaries just start freakin out but really...its kinda a huge deal. So that was way exciting. Our other inv are doing well and progressing a little bit slower. Its so hard seeing them face so many trials and challenges in their life. 

Saturday we had a csp...a lady in the ward had something that happened to her house and so we basically tore it all down and started from the ground up. When I say we, I really mean they....cuz they didn't let me do alot...hahaha I mean I took out some nails with a real hammer and carried the bamboo. but that was about it. hahah we helped cook tho...so that was fun... Over all we were all working from about 8 in the morning until around 3...and we will continue this Saturday and hopefully the house will be done.  (I was thinking the whole time, man dad would have so much fun doing this, he would have loved it haha)

Oh btw we totally had zone interviews this week...So president and Sister Balledos come to our house and so of course we are expecting the normal interview. One at a time whater...But no. President says... "Are you ready for zone interviews? This zone interview you are going to teach me." So as a companionship we taught Pres and Sister Balledos about the restoration.. No pressure right? No, lets be honest, I think we was dying. Haha I know my insides dropped and S Lomibao was so nervous she was running around and talking so fast when we went up to our room to prepare for the two minutes he gave us haha. Not to mention he videoed it on the i pad and we watched and reviewed it after ward. Haha Overall it actually went pretty well and turned out good. But that was def a highlight this week. 

I got my trunky letter this week so I have offically 100 days left....I don't know if that makes me trunky saying that....haha yeah no. its doesn't. Sis lomibao and I are still working so hard and loving every day. seriously I love my life.

I LOVE THIS GOSPEL. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE. AND I LOVE THIS WORK. I know this is the Lord's work, I feel so blessed to be a part of it.

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU ALL TO THE MOON AND BACK
xoxoxox
s golightly

shout out to nicole. kasi the best siya talaga. hehehehe ;)

ps i got sis nortons dear elder tell her thank you so much!! i LOVED IT!
pss I also got grandma and grandpas letter which i also loved SO much!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Absolute Favorite Christmas and New Years January 4, 2015

Hellloooo Familyyyy :) 

And I am coming to you live frommmm Baguio! I have actually kinda missed it here! Its so weird to see my old area, etc. But anywho :) so its Sister Sawada's birthday today so we took a bus up here this morning after studies to baguio. :) Which could not have been very good on my back with the winding roads and being completely smushed between people (like talk about"itty bitty livin space"..name that movie and I willlll be very happy. lets be honest jessica got that one in probably less than three seconds.) okeeeyy anywaysss..on the plus side, weather is b-e-a-uitful. (I make that sound like there arn't a lot of pluses but really there are many.)

So anyways, I know it comes up every week about how much I love missionary work....but really. I do. haha This has probably been one of my absolute favorite Christmas' and New Years. Like SO MASAYA. This week we were able to finish giving out our framed pictures of Christ (which turned out so beautiful by the way) to our less actives and investigators and had the neatest lessons.The work continues and is going great. One of our inv. shirly is really progressing so much. She accepted an ibd the other week and came to church again yesterday. We also started teaching her kids and sana we can teach her husband too soon.  

Saturday was the half day mission which went well...this branch is so into the missionary work it is SO AWESOME. I love it so much. 

Now for some random stuff....

New years was so great. It kind of sounded like world war 3 outside with all the fireworks..that lasted for a couple days. It was so loud and our neighbors serenaded us that night outside our window with videoke until around 2 am so we didn't get a lot of sleep. haha I feel it is like the biggest holiday here..people party..and oh man do they cook...we are talking SO MUCH FOOD. we had eating appts all afternoon on new years eve and I have never been so full. In between our food appts? More unplanned food appts. I kid not. We had curfew at 6 pm tho on new years eve and new years day. 

I was writing in my journal the other night and was looking back at 2014..like wow. I don't know if I can sum it up in words. It has been the most productive, eventful, happiest, hardest, meaningful, unexpected, exhausting, changing, challenging, joyful, spiritual, crazy, amazing, scheduled, unplanned year of my life. And I wouldn't go back and change it for the world. I miss you all so much sympre, but I have such peace knowing this is where god wants me to be. 

I love you all to the moon and back. ps family. write me.  
LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU ALL
xoxoxoxoxoxox
s golightly

oh and i met the lady who knows brother lewis she is in bauang branch 1 and she was sooo kind! she said he was her zl on the mish! HOW CRAZY!