Another crazy and exciting week 🙂 This Sunday was the re-broadcast of the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional and Sister Sands and I spent all week inviting EVERYONE we met to it. We went down small streets and main roads and handed out our flyers and explained what they could expect at the Devotional, which was hearing a living prophet and hearing inspirational Christmas music. We were out in the rain and the sun everyday trying to get people to come to the Christmas Devotional. Many people attended and it was wonderful 🙂 This week we were invited into many homes and able to teach about the Restoration. I love hearing people’s stories. Sister Sands still has to translate for me.. Sometimes we will be sitting in a lesson and I am following everything just fine, and then, the mood just shifts and I have no idea what was said or why people are crying or why something is funny. So that’s when Sister Sands explains to me what’s going on. Haha, the jokes here are funny. The Filipinos LOVE puns. And if I knew the language better I am sure I would know why their jokes are funny, but right now, I have no idea.
In Relief Society this week we were discussing the Ward Christmas Party (which I am super excited about. Bishop has asked the missionaries to sing a song…) This old lady in the ward really wanted there to be vegetables “for the old folk”. Then someone shouted very seriously from the back “There are no vegetables at Christmas!” Everyone broke out laughing. I turned to Sister Sands. She explained. And we have made a point to not make vegetables for our Christmas Dinner except for potatoes.
Everyday we meet someone new. Everyone talks to everyone. The ward is amazing. Still. I am looking forward to another week here 🙂 We are teaching more and more people and have some solid investigators.
Enjoy the week ahead of you! Mahal ko kayo!
This week has been a complete whirlwind. Wow. I can’t believe it has been 7 days since I wrote my last email. Time continues to go by quickly. Sister Sands and I are taking one day at a time trying to find people to teach the Gospel to. We have had some miracles happen this week which we are both very grateful for. We found two more families and an older lady this week. All are very open and warm to us and have invited us back to learn more. We are both very excited! Each morning we study together and plan the lessons we want to teach. And I have an hour of Language study everyday as well. Tagalog here in the Philippines and the Tagalog I learned in the MTC are very different languages. People here speak fast. And it all sounds like one long word and I am still having trouble understanding when people talk to me… Sister Sands tells me that by the end of my training (3 months) I will be completely fine and I won’y need her to translate everything for me. I trust her and I guess time will tell.
On Friday we had a Zone Training Meeting. Sister Coons is in my ZONE! She was in my district in the MTC. It was probably the best thing for me to see her! As soon as I saw her I realized that I am NOT living in a dream, and that I really am in the Philippines. That may not make sense but up to this point I guess being here ON MY MISSION hasn’t sunk in yet. Perhaps it still hasn’t, but seeing Sister Coons was a good reminder that, first of all, I was actually in the MTC like 3 weeks ago, and secondly, that this whole mission experience is really happening. Sister Coons and I were able to catch up a little bit. And I am happy to report that I am not the only one struggling with the language 🙂 We were both comforted by this! It is good to know I am not alone.
The ward members and the Bishop continue to be a strength to the missionaries. They are wonderful and encouraging. My roommates and companion find ways to serve me everyday. Sister Paguigan rewashed my clothes for me 🙂 I DID wash them but we hung them up to dry and they were smelling like dog poo… it was really gross. Apparently it is because I didn’t rinse out the soap properly… Washing by hand is quite the task. But Sister Paguigan taught me her ways so hopefully this week things will go better 🙂
I am continuing to love it here, despite the challenges that I am facing. God is blessing me and I am quite aware of that. I hope everyone has a good week!
Mahal ko kayo!
Many exciting things are happening over here! I love the Daet 2 Ward. They are amazing. Sister Sands and I receive so much help and encouragement from them. Yesterday we had two Young Women ask if they could come with us to our teaching appointments. They asked US! They are really enthusiastic about missionary work and it is contagious. It is helping me want to be a better missionary.
Sister Sands and I are opening the area here, and because of that our teaching pool is really small. We have one investigator. We have been praying for opportunities to find those who want to hear the message of the gospel. And then on Saturday we went on “exchanges” with the Sister Trainer Leaders. Sister Christensen and I just talked to everyone we could. It was pouring rain and we were kind of turned around at one point and a family saw us and invited us into their home. We taught them about the Restoration and invited them to come to church on Sunday (the very next day). AND THEY CAME! We are so excited about teaching them more! The Lord is blessing us in His work.
I am just really glad to be here. The work is hard. I am already saying that and I am only on Week 2 of the Field… Despite the difficulties though Sister Sands keeps me smiling and happy.
Things that I have noticed so far about the Philippines. All the people here talk with their face. They use their eyebrows all the time, not just when they are surprised. To point to something they use their lips. To ask “What?” they just drop their jaw. People eat with a spoon or with their fingers. Nobody likes to be out in the rain… There are little lizards on tress and in houses. They eat bugs and they are cute so I am not afraid of them.
I wish everyone another great week!
Love Sister Campbell