Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week 25: MAGSUNGAY!!!!

Kamusta kamu sa inyo tanan!!! This has seriously been the best week of my mission so far. So many things happened, we saw so many miracles, and the people in Magsungay are great. I'll just get to it:

So Sister Lee is the best. We have so much fun everyday and are loving the people we teach. There's this new investigator that we found this week, he's 17 and his name is Raniel. He's SUPER shy but he let us teach him a couple times but told us he's too busy to go to church on Sunday so we were really disappointed. But.. Sunday came and he CAME!! For all three hours!! And he really liked it! We're so excited to teach him again, we'll just have to catch him when he's not playing basketball (and he's seriously always playing basketball). He has a really sweet heart though and is really interested in learning more :) 

My new area is right next to the ocean so there's actually a few houses that border the ocean or are literally on stilts over the ocean. It's sooooo cool and kind of scary. The walkway to get to one of the houses is just this cement thing that's about a foot and a half wide and has ocean on either side. Really just saying prayers whenever we walk there that I don't fall in haha. 

Food in the area is awesome!!! We eat fishball or tempura or agogo everyday. Agogo is this creamy ice cream thing in the shape of an ice pop and they're sooo good. Sister Lee and I eat them everyday with no regrets. 

Cool experience for the week: so we were in church this Sunday after the meetings ended and one of the RM's ran in to tell us that a member's house had caught on fire. We went there as quick as we could and although the fire only burned for 20 minutes, their house and the three houses next to them all were burned to the ground. The one member's house had two bags of rice and a towel that was salvaged from the fire but everything else, including their clothes, had been destroyed in the fire. We talked with the mother though that lived in the house and she just said "ginatemptar ni satanas kami pero inde kami magupod sa iya. Sining ang pinaka blessed adlaw kay safe kami tanan" which means "satan is tempting us but we won't join him. This is the most blessed day because we're all safe". She just smiled and told us that everything was going to be ok. It really taught me about the perspective you're given when you realize what's important and what isn't. It wasn't important to her that all of things had been destroyed but that her family was okay. We're doing a service project for them this week so they can get their house built up as soon as possible. I love the mission and the amazing experiences I've been able to have here and feel so blessed for the people I've met. I'm excited for the time I'll have here in Magsungay and the transfer I'll have with Sister Lee!! Have a good week everyone, love you all :)

Sister Pope

1) One of the members, Bro. Marc, taught with us and he's sooooo funny. He always tries and speaks in English to us and it's just hilarious. Spiritual giant too, he's fellowshipping Raniel and being a good friend to him


2) Walking to a teaching appointment!! Seriously always feel like I might die here haha


3) Eating agogo every day. Seriously it's so delicious


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Week 24: TRANSFERS!!!!!!!

Hey everybody!!! This week was amaaaazing and then I got TRANSFERRED! So I'm moving out of Bacolod 2nd and going to Magsungay -- which are in the same zone haha. But Sister Lee is my companion and we're SOOOOO excited, it'll be such a fun transfer. But anyways I'll get to the week:

So these three adorable kids in Laurel (same place as the basketball boys) went teaching with us all day Wednesday. They're investigators and really sweet and just walked the whole day from appointment to appointment with us. They were so good the whole day that we treated them to ice cream afterwards :)

So Joseph, one of the basketball boys and Ricky's younger brother, was finally baptized :) He's had a desire for awhile but finally outwardly showed his desire by finally going to church consistently, reading the scriptures, and offering really sincere prayers. This boy has changed so so much and I've come to love their entire family like my own. The baptismal font in our ward though is outdoors and our ward mission leader was late so I just cleaned the font myself haha. It was a good adventure.

Anyways this next transfer in Magsungay should be fun, get ready for a lot of pictures!! Thanks everyone for all the support and huge shout out to my family that sent me Christmas cards :) It really means a lot to feel your guys support! Love you all and have a great week!

Sister Pope

1) Benjie, Gerry and Daniel :) Daniel wouldn't smile so I had to intervene


2) Treating these crazy boys to ice cream, love em


3) Sister Moy and Sister Fawcett!! Sister Moy goes home tOMORROW I'm seriously going to miss her so much


4) Sister Ducado and I :)) sisters 4ever


5) Sister Lee and I!!!!! New companions and totally ready to hit the field


6) Cleaning the outdoor baptismal font!!


7) Joseph :) so proud of him



Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week 23: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS :))

Kamusta kamu everyone?? Another good week in the Philippines, we were productive and the people were nice but most importantly: there was no rain.

Good there was no rain because I left my umbrella in the Elders car on Tuesday from zone training and the WHOOOLE week it was so cloudy and we though it might rain but it didn't! #blessings

So I know you all are on the edge of your seats to know what disease/infection I have this week but I'll have to disappoint you all because I'm CLEAN!! Well I still have parasites in my stomach but I feel fine and working normal now!! 

Everyone's doing well, we got to explore more sketchy parts of our areas that we don't normally work in because Ricky worked with us. We're only allowed to be in those areas if someone is with us and if there's still sunlight. Yeah not creepy at ALL haha but it's good and we met some cool people.

Anyways that's pretty much all that happened, pretty normal week. I just want to say though that I know that Heavenly Father loves us and most definitely has a plan for all of us, even though hard times may come into our live and we have trials and think that times are hard, he's still there and he's working out amazing blessings for the eternities ahead. So we shouldn't give up the fight now, we have soooo many amazing things in store for us. Love you all and thank you all for the support :)

Sister Pope

1) Our zone! Love all these missionaries, I'm sooooo scared for transfers next week for real...


2) Trying to take a cute picture by a caribou and then it makes a horrendous noise and you think your life is in danger


Week 22: NEW YEAR AND WORMS

Happy new year everyone!!! And happy 2017 :)) it was a CRAZY new year here in the Philippines for real, I'll explain all about it:

So on New Years, people were just setting of fireworks the whole day, even like seven year old children haha it was actually kind of scary sometimes. The children like to light the baby dynamite and throw it at the missionaries and it's soooooooo (not) funny!!! But there's no sound rule or anything here so they started at like 5am and went until 5amthe next day haha. We just ate tempura and fries and played games in our apartment though until 10:30 and tried to go to bed and then didn't because it was soooo loud haha. It was fun though! We got free babylonian music all night and got to watch real fireworks from right outside our doorway. 

So you all are probably just used to hearing about my sicknesses now and expecting another one every week haha. You're right! The sickness special for this week: WORMS!! So yeah I have worms in my stomach and it's the worst but we're continuing on strong. Hopefully they'll go away soon though, I'm sure things will be ok :)

But anyways I can't believe it's 2017 already! Time has seriously flown by so fast I don't even know where it's going. I feel so incredibly blessed to be here in the Philippines though and feel so excited for all the things that will happen this year. Thank you all for your love and support, it means the world! Always remember to keep Zion in your hearts and in your homes and our Savior who died so we could live. He lives, and He loves us. Love you all!

Sister Pope

p.s. it's another one of those sketchy-computer-shop-my-usb-will-be-destroyed-here kind of days... next week I'll send some :)