Month: May 2017

23rd May – 29th May 2017

Malo lelei mum and dad

> Mo fefe hake? how is everyone? how is work? how is the ward?

> Last weeks work was really good i was reminded each day of the Lords timing in all things literally!! so it has been raining here every afternoon like as soon as it hits 2-3pm it rains and when it rains it pours so its been doing heads because in the morning its a good 38c and then by night its still hot but raining and this week ive really been getting the biggest headache which is probably just from the weather change anywayyyysss we went about our morning duties on Tuesday and by the time we finished our first lesson it rained and yep i had no umberalla thinking it wouldn’t rain (lesson learnt lol) and my companion didn’t bring hers also so we said to each other we will just walk in the rain to our next appointment because the house was close.  Instead of going back to our apartment which was so far and then walking back,  we walked in the rain to our less-active’s appointment and what a blessing that lesson was!!! So they are a sealed family who have gone less active since last year the reason i am not sure of and i dont really care because its not for me to know but it was only the mother there with her 5 children and the oldest one being 13 and youngest 11 months, she is a stay at home mother and during the lesson she just broke down and cried she explained to us that her husband has been hitting her (which honestly just boiled my blood i just wanted to put on my mike tyson and pump the dad and i would probably beat him because he is shorter then me lollll) and she was just explaining how hard it has been for her lately her husband not coming home and if he does he is drunk and just her motherly duties are just waying down on her. She depends on his work to make means for them and i just really felt sorry for her as she was explaining this to me. I was comforted knowing that we were there to be able to comfort her and we talked about faith and the importance of not just having faith in him but also his timing for everything and she was so grateful for the lesson we taught but something that hit me the most was at the end of the lesson her son (4 years old) was kinda doing heads because he kept crying during the lesson and it wasnt till after we asked whats wrong and he said gusto ko tubig (i want water) and i was like i will get it and the little boy said we dont have any water, so i grabbed my water bottle and told him to get me a jug (they didnt even have that) so he bought me a cup and as i poured the water in the cup of this 4 year old boy my eyes just filled up with tears just knowing that literally there are people now going without water i had always seen it but i have never experienced it till now, it truly was one for the books!!!!
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> anyways after that lesson we caught a tricycle to our next lesson less active family (mind you im still soaking wet lol) this family havent been to church since 2015 theres different reasons why but they havent told me so i dont really believe everyone else anyways we went to teach them and started out with 2, the mum who is now a different religion and the son.  During the lesson the sister returned for work and joined us near to the end of our lesson and as we were about to finish she stopped us and said sisters i would like to share an experience i have had today so she works as a guidance councilor and she said it is very rare to come across members or even mormons at her work and it was the first time she met one earlier that day so she had a quick chat and moved on, she then said during lunch she met one of her old seminary class mates and also had a quick chat and then she said i have met you both tonight (first time meeting her) and she goes to say i know these are signs from the lord and i confirmed to her it truly is and they are signs that he wants you home!! i was just sitting there in amazement just how that day panned out to it could of been so easy to miss those appointments because we could of just went to our apartment to get changed but the lord knew we had to meet those people and comfort them that exact day!! and oh how grateful i am to be able to be an instrument in his hands!! and thats really how my week went i was able to comfort people literally in times of need. We  had a lesson with one of the investigators who’s husband had passed away and comfort her with alma 40:11 just so many other lessons confirmed to me this week that the lord truly does prepare a way and truly does have wisdom in all things!!
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That really sums up my week mum and dad, I’m so happy to find out everything at home is going good. Please continue to work hard in doing these simple things they really are the small things to help us not be complacent in this gospel and also help strengthen this eternal family!! I’m so happy to know Uncle Peter is out ahhh so exciting send him my love!! and thank you so much for your emails each week to help me in this work i always print your emails each week and read them when i need both your wisdom during the week!! oh i just remembered i tasted water buffalo (carabao they call it) for the first time with liver and who knows what i thought it was just carabao and it wasn’t till after my companion reckons to tell me that it has liver and the sauce had brains so yep hut guy but i can say that is my first and defs my LAST haha. Aunty lisa and nana and papa hopoate have emailed me this week so happy to hear from them!! Please send my love to nana and papa mailangi i love them both very very much!!
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> I love you very much my beautiful parents and thank you so much for your hard work literally every day thank you for waking up every morning (even though your tired) to get up for work and provide for this family i am eternally thankful and indebted to you for your continues love, but im mostly thankful for raising me up in a home founded on the teachings of this gospel thats the greatest love you could have shown me and i share it all the time with each family or investigator i meet that homes are truly blessed when founded on the gospel i am a living breathing example i love you both so much and miss you everyday but i want to let you know i pray for you ALL every chance i get!!
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> LOVE ALWAYS AND ETERNALLY
> SISTER MAILANGI
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> PS DIA AND LORETTA YOU BOTH LOOK HUT!!! hahaha im dead and sorry mum no photos im not a selfie kinda person lol

16th – 22 May 2017 “Be self reliant”

 

IMG_2652HOW is family scripture study and prayer? how is the family as a whole? hows work? hows church?

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First off i want to THANK YOU so much for the package (i received it on Wednesday when we went to the mission home for our 6 week training follow up) and really i want to thank you for everything that was in it and for just sending it, quick story my companion and room mates were so hoha’a to open it as soon as we got back to the apartment (which was about 4pm) but i didnt want to because i didnt want to get distracted as we had to work so i ended up opening it at night and i tried to keep it quiet because i was just embarrassed to open it in front of them i felt fakaofa anyways they saw me and they came and just watched me open it and that is when it really hit me how lucky i am to have a family who love me so much and i realized man i really am a blessed kid!!! lets just say i feel in to tears of gratitude to my father in heaven for blessing me with 2 hard working parents who love me!!! SO THANK YOU to everyone who contributed for the box i truly do appreciate you both.

IMG_2654At the training i also received a package from a Tongan sister here she was there because she is also training someone from my batch her name is Sister Mafuataimi (shes from pili) mum and dad ive never met her before i have only just seen her but she came up to me at the training with a birthday bag (a packet of chips,biscuits and choclate bar) and i was so humbled i just hugged her and thanked her so much i asked her how did you know? she said i saw your name on the birthday calendar, but yes another moment i was truly humbled, it really was the thought that counted for me!!

But yes this week was an okay week, it rained 3 days straight but it was still 35c so it was so hard to contact and find people due to the rain people were busy running around do last minute things or “sleeping”, so yes the work this week was pretty hard alot and i mean alot of our appointments fell through, but something that has really touched me this week was the tender mercies of the lord!! even though it was tough this week, we have really seen the members growth of love for us missionaries (a lot dont trust the missionaries because the last few have been disobedient) we had our first fellow shipper this week and have appointments with more members to fellowship us this coming week and also a referral tonight for a family home evening with a member that we’ve never really spoke to but they invited us over tonight so i know that it is truly the tender hand of the lord!! but yeah i had a few crazy experiences this week we nearly had an accident while travelling to cauayan for training (takes about 3 hours from tuguegarao) because the bus driver the hut guy reckons to over take a truck that he didnt know was turning ( by the way they overtake here like how tonga does so no surprise for me lol) but the bus driver was just a hut guy haha and then near the end of the trip he reckons to tell us they have a temporary bridge to go over but we were a bus full of 50 people so he thinks to ask if anyone wanted to get off before they go over (and i didn’t even know this until after we went over and i asked my companion what he said) let me just say it was the dodgiest bridge ive ever gone across haha but we made it and thats all that matters haha but yes thats really all from this week.

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Our handouts

 

But i really wanted to share something that ive really studied about this week which is SELF-RELIANCE!! and i wanted to share what i learnt from my studies with you, the first principle heavenly father gave Adam when he cast them out of the garden of Eden “the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,till thou return unto the gospel” Genesis 3:19 for me i really pondered this scripture and why the lord would give this principle and then i was able to expound it, that the lord wanted not just Adam but all of us to learn the principle of work!! that it is only by sweat that he would be able to eat bread and what a principle that is!! then i thought to myself have i really been sweating for what i eat or in other words have i been self-reliant? and you could guess what my answer was haha yep a big fat NO!! i really haven’t through out my life i have relied on my parents even when i had a job i continued to rely on you both, then i really started to ponder how can i be more self-reliant and this is when i need your help mum and dad, like i said earlier i was full of gratitude when i received my package especially looking at how much it cost to send it (and i couldn’t imagine how much everything inside cost as well) and don’t get me wrong i really am grateful, but please help me by being more self-reliant by not sending anymore packages and money to me please trust me it is hurting me just writing it because i really don’t know how i am going to get through but one thing i do know is that the lord would not give a commandment if he couldn’t prepare a way!!! and i wanted to share a quote that really hit me while studying this principle “you cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they can do, and should do, for themselves.” everything i learn on the mission i want to stay with me for the rest of my life so i dont need to rely on my parents when i get home, i want to be able to be self-reliant for my own family one day and yes i know that some days i may have to go without a meal or two because i will probably run out of money but that are the cool experiences as a missionary and these are the things i will never forget, and yes i know you both want to help me and are worried but trust me i will be okay better yet trust him!!! if there comes a day i am really low on things without a doubt i will call my mission president but im on the lord errand and i have faith he will pull me through.

i also wanted to speak on being self-reliant as a family!! i was reading on self-reliance and it really showed unto me the true importance of being self-reliant!! at times we may sound like the people of the time of noah e.g. “no a flood will never hit here”, “we will be alright” lets be real we say it all the time but noah didnt build the ark when it rained he built it and then the rain came, we have to be prepared family for these times of rain and rain can come in many forms literally rain/flood, loss of income etc we can learn this every time from the scriptures people were warned to prepare and still didn’t, so the question really is what are we waiting for? the lord has time and time again reveled this important principle to many prophets and i have even heard it a few times in general conference and still didnt act upon the council, so please just start with little things 1 can of food and 10% of income put away each week i know without a doubt that this will bless the family, that just like noah we will be prepared and we will be able to help others who dont know about this blessing of being self-reliant, it will help you as a family learn how to live within your means and strengthen your love as a family by helping prepare for those dark days, how great is our heavenly father to warn us and help prepare through this program!!! How Long Can You Go If the Income Stops? – Gordan. B. Hinckley

but yes thats all from me mum and dad thank you so much for working hard every single day to provide means for the family i really do appreciate your hard work and love, thank you for encouraging me to be truthful and grateful last week i really put it into work and will continue to do so and on that note i want to let you know I AM NOT COMING HOME till next year October please trust him, i know times will come when it will be hard but it will never be as hard as what the savior went through for me and its something i will never forget, i will give my all and a little more because he only asks for 18 months from me please dont worry!! Seeing S home might scare you abit knowing it could happen to me and i will be honest it could but i will never let anything stand in the way of me Returning With Honour that is something i just wanted to comfort you both with because i felt you both were a little scared in your emails last week haha but i really do promise not just you but him everyday that im willing to align my will to his everyday!!

Anyways i love you both very much thank you for all the care products (the wax was really needed haha) and ive finished my scotch fingers lets just say a few appointments fell through and what a blessing the scotch fingers were!! i only kept the snickers, red frogs and scotch fingers the rest went to member families that fed us often and my companion and room mates but thank you heaps i really do mean it for sending my LAST package 🙂

I LOVE YOU BOTH VERY MUCH
Sister Mailangi

IMG_2650ps went to calao cave today with a member family 184 steps just to get to the cave 🙂 they have a church in the cave as well and it was shmall dark!! oh and my mailangi blood stepped in so i had to be the best and climb on the highest rock in the cave to get a photo

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9th – 15th May 2017

HI My Beautiful Parents,

How are you both? Hows my siblings? they didnt email me again this week so please send them my love. Thank you both so much for the opportunity to sykpe you both, it was so comforting to see all of you guys and it really motivated me to be focused on this work and reminded me of how many people are at home supporting me so thank you so much mum and dad. How’s work? thank you for working hard to provide means for the family im so grateful for your hard work and sacrifice!! How is everything else?

thank you mum for last weeks assignment i didnt really notice it but it was things i was lacking so it is true when they say a parent always know what there child needs so thank you mum im so grateful i can be edified by both my parents each week because you both have a firm testimony in this gospel which can enrich mine! I had already done a grateful chart my first day here but i thought to do one again my journal because you asked too and so i completed it all in my journal mum thank you!!! Can you please also thank nana hopoate for sending me reading assignments as well D&C 84 please let her know i nearly finished my highlighter just reading that chapter it was of great comfort so please send her my love and also my Both My grandparents i miss them so much and if theres anyway they can contact me through email that would be hectic because at least i could speak to each of them every week.

IMG_2626But other then that this week was a okay week, some days get a little frustrating just because of the language or investigators but then i always try and cultivate an attitude of optimism and then im over it. My birthday was good, it was pretty hard in the morning just because maybe it was the first time but i got over myself as soon as i knelt and said my prayer for the morning but it was good my kasma and kabahays surprised me with a cake and a small pizza so super grateful, mothers day was good first one here and we thought to buy choclates for the mothers in the ward and they were so grateful for the small gesture, mothers day was good until the primary were singing mothers day songs in sacrament and then i just did the look up and blink because i was getting teary thinking of not being at home for mothers day with mum, but then i thought if its hard for me it will be hard for mum so i choose to be the stronger one and got over it so quick. something that has been bothering me lately is that i went over my patriarchal blessing last week (because i finally had the chance to print it) and i feel like the biggest fail being here on the mission already (yes i know i shouldn’t be feeling like this because im lacking courage) but somedays i really cant help it because i feel like im not living up to his expectations that he has for me in my patriarchal blessing, and mum and dad ive really been trying so hard everyday i don’t want to waste time but to serve and i still feel like im still failing, i dont know what else to try but i will continue to have faith in his time and will!!!

 

IMG_2627so i had companionship inventory last week and my trainer was telling me that im too serious of a missionary and that i should have a little more fun, because she feels like im not having fun because im not laughing at the jokes or joking around (main reason for that is because i seriously think there so dry like i wish you could hear the jokes haha) but being here on the mission i really dont like wasting time i feel like nana hopoate when she use to kick missionaries out of the house to not waste time but thats something thats always stuck to me even though she may have had a problem with it i explained to her that im still adjusting and its still hard for me to find a balance with things and i explained to her this work is serious and i really dont want to take it as a joke, so that was something we had to work off but its all clear now and were good shes lucky or else paii kiai!!!

But something i wanted to share with you both this week is The Importance of Keep The Sabbath Day Holy!! being on my mission ive really learnt the importance of keeping this commandment and i have already seen the blessings of keeping the sabbath day holy, it is so easy for satan to persuade us and say its ok just buy food on sunday or its ok its only facebook and thats how we determine who we wont to serve on the sabbath!! i hope you guys find the importance of this commandment as it will not only bless you but also us whole as a family as we strive to continue to keep this commandment, the lord doesn’t given for no reason he knows what will bless us in this life and keep us happy. The other thing i wanted to talk about is the importance of being ON TIME!! hahaha yep im laughing because our family are known for the ones always late, but i really have been strick on myself and how i use time, if theres one thing we cant take back, it is time, it continues to go every day!! so it is so important to be ON TIME to work, school but most important church meetings. e.g.what would happen if the angel was 2 secs late from stopping Abraham from killing his son isaac? the lord has all wisdom in time and he has placed a time for everything for a reason, so please family this week be ON TIME i know you all will be blessed as you consistently make the efforts to be on time especially to church. “When your on time, your late”

IMG_2624But that’s all from me this week family, thank you for the package you sent im so grateful trust me!! dad you will get a email next week of why i dont want to spend the money you guys send lol) the go pro i will update about it next week as i will see them this wednesday!! Continue to have daily family prayer and scripture study “NO EMPTY SEATS” and also family home evening today!! I LOVE YOU BOTH SO VERY MUCH days are getting alot easier but i still do miss you guys alot i love love love you both!!!

OFA LAHI ATU
SISTER MAILANGI

ps: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIA I HOPE YOU HAVE THE BEST 14th BIRTHDAY THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR EVERYONE I LOVE YOU DIA