This monkey is nicer than the first one I met. Momoy!
birthday party 🙂
Pamplona on exchanges with Sister Salima. I couldn’t even stand up on the stilts…
This little girl really wanted to help me do the laundry. It is hard to get annoyed with her because she is so darn cute.
First time eating sugar cane 🙂
My poor shoes 😦
Sister Gregorio and I 🙂
I dont even remember the last time I updated this… which means it has been a long time. So much has happened that it will be impossible to fill you in on everything. I have just been transferred from Milaor. I was there for a long time and have come to love everyone there, so it was tough to leave it all behind. I am now serving in Vinzons. Which means I am back in Camarines Norte and very close to my first area, Daet. And there is the beach here 🙂
We just experienced another typhoon yesterday and the day before. There isn’t too much damage in our areas as far as we can tell so we consider ourselves blessed. My new companion, Sister Gregorio, and I spent a complete two days in lock down at the Vinzons Chapel. We ate crackers and noodles and rice.
Some of the major highlights of my mission have been teaching the Francisco and Olayres families. I am more than blessed to be a part of their lives. I was able to teach and testify to them about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I was able to see how it changed them. I was able to see their willingness to start a new life and be baptized. The day of the wedding and baptism was probably the happiest. What an incredible blessing.
So although the Milaor chapter of my mission has now come to an end, I am really looking forward to seeing how things will unfold here. Sister Gregorio and I are the only missionaries in our branch. Our area is very large and our teaching pool is small. But things look so promising here and I am excited to see more miracles 🙂
As Christmas approaches, I pray that you all will remember why it is we celebrate Christmas. Make Christ the center of your celebrations and give something back to Him. As hard as it is to be away from home at this time of year I am honored to wear Christ’s name on my badge. It makes being far from family a lot easier. Christ really is there for all who seek Him.
Enjoy your week and be safe!
Love Sister Campbell
BLOG! It has been too long!
Many things have happened since I updated last. I am currently serving in my fourth area and with my 7th companion. Right now I am serving in Milaor Ward with Sister Tematang from Kiribati. Things here are amazing and we have seen a lot of success!
Last transfer there was quite a big storm here in the Bicol region which affected our area and the homes and the people we serve. So the last couple weeks we have been doing service projects such as cleaning yards and collecting garbage and things like that. Many homes have been destroyed and so we have helped as much as we can with getting materials and building as well. The resiliency of the Filipino people though is amazing. I have learned a valuable lesson that LIFE GOES ON. There is no time to complain and no need to do so. Stand up and get to work seems to be how people live here. It is amazing and wonderful to see!
Sister Tematang and I have some progressing investigators with close baptismal dates which we are very excited about! It is such a miracle to see the changes people make in their lives in order to accept God’s plan for them! The gospel truly blesses everyone. And the opportunity that I have to share it others is a blessing I will never be able to fully comprehend. The more I try to be worthy of the blessing I have already received, God blesses me with more! I can’t catch up.
I hope things continue to go well for everyone back home or wherever you are! pay attention to the way God is blessing your life!
We had two community service projects this week. And both of them involved me sweeping. Needless to say my skills with a broom have increased dramatically. On Tuesday we went to a Jocelyn’s home and family compound to sweep up all the leaves in the yard. The compound is on the top of a hill. The wind is always cool and refreshing, and the shade of all the fruit trees in the yard makes it such a beautiful place to be. We met more of Jocelyn’s family and they fed as lunch afterwards and gave us a huge bag full of mangoes. Serving others is always worth it.
One of the less active families we visit has been renovating their home. On Saturday the Elders joined us in helping with some of the work. Sister Saifoloi and I were charged with the responsibility of sweeping. Their little nephew, John Carlo supervised our work. The new home is going to be so nice. They were installing tiles in the upstairs, and also installing windows. The balcony overlooks some rice fields and of course the wind from the fields is always very inviting. We were also fed lunch there and invited back for a Birthday party next Tuesday.
Our work is going really well 🙂 We found a new investigator, Emily. She is 52 and has 7 children and 12 grandchildren! They all got married very young in her family. She is such a sweetheart! She showed us family photo albums on our first visit (normally it takes longer for people to show us pictures). She is very proud of her children and they way she cared for her books and those pictures I can tell how much she loves her family. She is open and receptive and I can’t wait to see what will happen as she embraces the Gospel 🙂
The Elders had a baptism on Saturday. Two Young Women aged girls. They were so cute and excited to be baptized. Baptisms are always fun to go to and experience. Every time I attend one I think of my own baptism! What I remember the most is that we sang my favourite primary song Nephi’s Courage. Nephi is still my favourite Book of Mormon prophet.
Keep all the letters and love coming my way 🙂
Love you all!