This week has been pretty busy. We had Stake Conference this weekend in which Elder Quentin L. Cook presided over from Salt Lake City via satellite. It was an inspiring meeting as you would expect. Elder Michael Teh also spoke and he is from the Philippines and he shared some stories of people he knows from here and different sacrifices they made just to attend their meetings on Sunday. The importance of Temples was highlighted as well. Families are blessed as they attend the temple and keep the promises they make there. What a beautiful thing that families can be together forever.
Transfer announcements came this Saturday, and I will be leaving my second area… Transfers are never easy yet they are exciting at the same time. I will learn where I will be going and who will be my new companion on Tuesday.
Sister Saifoloi and I have had many adventures together and I definitely will miss her. Last night our water pipe broke in the washroom.. and our apartment was flooding. We had to get our landlord to turn off the water in our apartment but as fate would have it he was not answering his phone, he was not answering his door, and so we had to doeal with water gushing out into our apartment for one and a half hours before anyone came to our aid. Sister Saifoloi and I came up with a system. We used a skirt to put over the hole in the wall and we held it with one hand while with the other hand we had a bucket to scoop the water that fell and then we dumped it into the toilet. We took turns doing this while the other person tried to contact the Landlord. it was a long night!
hopefully I have more adventures like that! it keeps things interesting 🙂
Wishing you all a good week. Take care!
love SISTER CAMPBELL
Exchanges are awesome and always give me an opportunity to really see the progress that I have made. I worked with Sister Tumagoy in her area, Canaman. It is kind of fun working in the other area because all the faces are new and nobody knows or has expectations of MY new face. It is kind of like a clean slate where you can be super magaling and confident. I was trying to work it all to my advantage 🙂 Sister Tumagoy gave me some good advice too and helped me realize yet again that all I have to do is my best! Which I am also realizing that my best now has improved drastically from my best 8 months ago. But if I ever stop doing my best then I won’t continue to improve in any aspect of missionary work.
The Mission Tour was a day full of inspiration. It started early with a jeepney ride to Canaman and then we enjoyed 6 hours of guidance and counsel from our Area President, President Nielson. Him and his wife have such a love for their calling! They told us that they only have 30 days left in the Philippines before they complete their 3 year assignment here! and previous to that they were in New Zealand for 2 years. Masipag sila! They both spoke to us and I have learned so many things! There is something special about being in a chapel packed full of missionaries all wanting to learn. Sister Nielson gave a talk where she repeated the words “Not everybody needs to be a Nielson!” She spoke of how all her in-law children are all different from the “Nielson Family” and because of that the family has benefited tremendously. She likened it to missionaries and our companions. There is a difference between tolerating someone and embracing who they are. Learning to deal with many personalities and interacting on such close term ALL the time can be a difficult thing. But don’t try to change who they are. And the message I really took from that is that it is ok to be myself! I have just as much to add to the companionship as the Sister I serve with. President Nielson had so many things to share! We talked a lot about the Atonement and how we as missionaries can use it in our lives. There are two parts of the Atonement – the Redeeming Power and the Enabling Power. It is the Enabling Power that makes it possible to become better than we were yesterday. The Atonement is for us to become who God wants us to be.
It would be impossible to explain everything I learned during the Tour! I am kind of sad that the Nielsons are going back to the States so soon!
Have another good week everyone 🙂
The Elders in our ward had a baptism and our Mission President, President Reeder and his wife came to Calabanga to attend. It was really awesome to see them and talk with them, the two young girls being baptized were very excited. We couldn’t find baptismal clothing that fit the children, so they looked even smaller in the big white suits that were all rolled up and tied tight. Both of them were adorable. The day was memorable for them. After they were changed and the service was over they were asked to share their testimonies of the gospel with those who had attended their baptism. It is a powerful thing to listen to children share what they know is true. Both were very grateful for the Elders who baptized them and like many Filipinos, they had a hard time finishing their remarks. One thing that I have come to recognize, love, and appreciate is the fact that the people of the Philippines LOVE TO TALK! Story time is anytime 🙂
Have a good week eveyone! And I promise I will be better at updating you on whats happening on my end!
Bye for now,