Month: June 2017

“Urgency with a quiet Dignity”20th – 26th June 2017

 

Mo fefe hake? so good to hear that ward conference was a success, that’s when you know that it really was direction given from the lord, and so glad everything went well food and your talk bishop hectic!! man cooking early morning and then getting up early again for church THANK YOU for your hard work bishop and also you too mum for just all helping to fulfill dads calling!!! my little brothers finally doing something Ma-ni-e that would of been a good view to see lol but that is good knowing ward conference was good but how is family prayer? how is family scripture study? and how is family home evening? Also i forgot to follow up but how is ate, matani, hemi keke and naia doing!! sometimes when i see little kids who are less active and not sealed to anyone, it always reminds me of each of them and how much i had the chance to help them come to church and for ate even be baptized but i never took that chance and i regret now because its there salvation at line you know its not just anyone or someone they are children of god!!! but please tell them i love each of them especially my boy keke!!

So yeah this week was a good week, our appointments and teaching lessons were good, i was able to experience for the first time a new investigator who we contacted and she told us to return tomorrow and so we did anyways she welcomed us in and offered us water and food and i was thinking oh shes heaps nice nek minittttt bible bashed haha she is Jehovah Witness, so as soon as we said the opening prayer boom haha i think she shared about 6-8 scripture verses with us and i had to read because her bible was in english and then she told us to watch 2-3 videos like she was pulling out everything and she said to us if you can show me if jesus is jehovah i will be baptised, and honestly in my head i was just laughing my companion on the other was so annoyed but i just shared my testimony with her because i felt she wasnt there to listen she was just there to attack and as weak as my testimony is right now i know that it is the strongest tool i carry but yeah it was cool to experience that and i least know now what i can improve in those moments but so funny honestly i wished i recorded for when were in heaven getting judged and i see her (those ones) hahaha jokes… anyways we have alot of investigators who listen to our message but they dont keep commitments so it does get hard but then thats when the spirit works with us in discerning there concerns and we know with faith and persistence they will be able to keep commitments. One of the problems in this area alot of missionaries have said are the members just not willing to work with us and yep they didnt lie haha it does get pretty hard especially when we are trying to focus on Less-actives as a whole area goal and we know how much the work would move faster if members were to fellowship or even do home visiting teaching but here its like no movement, but we continue to stay hopefully my trainer gets so frustrated sometimes and always brings up how other areas do this and that but i just remind her its okay theres a reason were in this area maybe we just need to build up the trust of the members and work hard so weve been trying and we have seen the success each week πŸ™‚ so please work with the missionaries!!!!

i was so privileged to be edified by my mission parents and the AP’s in the last conference which was so tika!! the topic was on Urgency with a quiet dignity which way do you face? it was such a good zone conference, we broke down each word like Urgency President has felt inspired for us as missionaries to work more diligently and effectively in this work, he said we covenanted with god that we would give our ALL to him eg. TIME,talent everything for this work and then he asked each of us are you covenant keepers? just such a good zone conference sometimes you see missionaries slack abit especially with time he wants us to be urgent in everything as we are disciples of Jesus Christ! He then talked about quiet dignity and how we can talk to members about it because he has seen alot of talk in sacrament rooms and he feels we as missionaries can set the example, we are so blessed as members of this gospel to have a foyer before we go into the sacrament room for example go to a different church and as you enter you are already in the church if you know what i mean but we as members really need to take the time quietly as we sit in the sacrament room and prepare with the spirit to partake the sacrament, Elder D.Todd Christofferson once said “If one does not appreciate holy things, he will lose it.” so if we as members dont appreciate the time were given to ponder with the spirit before sacrament were just asking to lose it!! Always he told us to read the talk i forgot who it was given by but the talk Which way do you face? it honestly is such a good talk i would love for you both to read it especially you bishop it talked about something you mentioned to me last week and i thought of you straight away but it really emphasis on how deceiving satan is to make us forget to whom we face, and what we can do better as saints and followers of Christ to always face him!! please read and share it in family home evening or even with each other so you can interact to be edified!!

the mission is going good mum and bishop im super comfortable here lol the members are so loving. We have 5 family members who feed us every week and one even asked to add her so she can tag you in a picture of us her name is Marites Cerezo Soriano Macabadbad she is so nice talaga shes also the one that washes my clothes lol!! but the language is umm getting there haha and its also my trainers last week this week she leaves sunday day so shes packing and doing last minute things to get ready!! but im okay i havent yet recieved a package and leta will be getting the camera by next week or the week after so its getting there sorry its super delayed!!! but i love you both so much i always talk about you both to each active member or anyone and how blessed i was to be taught by goodly parents!! Send my love to both my beautiful grandparents i will be sure to pray harder for my piko and send my love to each of my siblings i have stopped showing the photo of our family to members because heaps have said ami is guwapo (handsome) and my trainer reckons to ask me questions about him when we were eating one night and i just said just eat your food hey kole taai styles haha but i love love love you both and miss you everyday but i know ive been given a short time to serve my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so i will be urgent in doing so!!!

LOVE ALWAYS
SISTER MAILANGI

13th – 19th June 2017 “Looked beyond the mark”

IMG_2921hi mum and dad thank you taking the time out every week to write to me, im so grateful to have parents who can do that like actually, i have come across alot of missionaries who dont get emails from there parents and if they do it would be only once or twice a month, so how blessed i am every week to recieve an email from my parents and family every week!!

aww thats so cool you guys got to go to vivid lights and even go on a cruise man thats so cool and so nice of aunty betty to do that!! where was ami? and so cool you guys got to have family home evening with butch, if theres something that i miss is having family home evening just even at home but its okay, its only for a short time πŸ™‚

this week was an okay week!! we have a had some really good lessons with our investigators and just really trying to help them come to know every principle that we teach because we have come across alot of less-actives who have fell away because of the lack of a testimony in the restoration, so as a companionship we have really tried to help our investigators build there own testimony of the restoration because that is our unique message!! i was able to have my second interview with President Hiatt it was so good!!! My mission parents are so HARD WORKING and they really do everything for us out of love, some say he is “strict” but for me honestly hes the man, i know he just sets higher rules and standards because he loves us and thats such a great love because he is just setting us out for the future. so i am on my second last week of training and this week i have to take the lead in contacting, teaching actually everything and i wont lie i am pretty nervous but i am excited at the same time because i know this will help me stretch especially in my language. We have zone conference this week so i get to see the other tongan sisters in my zone and i cant wait just to talk with someone tongan lol. Today my trainer got her hair rebonded so i had to sit in the salon for a good 5 hour wait which really helped test my patience haha nah its because shes going home soon so she is trying to prepare for it. Oh i also spoke for the first time in the ward about missionary work and i shared the story that you sent me dad about the temple and how we as a ward can all contribute to helping build his kingdom first here in the ward so thank you dad!! and mum i also shared your message about looking up and just reminding them that we have been given a eternal perspective and to continue to look up so thank you mum πŸ™‚

But this week in my studies i was reading in Jacob 4 and came across verse 14 and no passage of scripture stood out to me more then this verse, something that stood out to me was “Wherefore because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark” in this passage Jacob (Nephi’s brother) is teaching his people how the jews became a stiff necked people and the reason this verse stood out to me was because as a missionary i come across 1000 questions about this and that of the gospel and sometimes i myself look the beyond the mark in trying to answer it, like i put all my energy into trying to answer a question that is unnecessary. I thought to myself i was looking beyond the mark i was seeking for understanding far deeper then what i could even understand, i wasnt looking at my mark (Jesus Christ) and i wasnt trusting in his timing for me to understand those things and we as members know of people who have fallen away from the church because they too have “looked beyond the mark” satan wants us to go so deep into doctrine that he may deceive us as we do so, in short satan wants us to fall and become stiffnecked like the Jews. this scripture verse really helped me understand that the lord has a timing in alllll things even spiritual learning that as we continue to seek the good books he will “mete it unto us at that very hour” just have to trust him. So i was thinking of this verse and how we can expand it also eg we can look beyond the mark in material things, when we dont have enough money to buy that 20th pair of church shoes (not pointing out anyone haha) but we want it that can be looking beyond our mark our financial mark. (i am still trying to adapt to that being on the mission) But that is what stood out to me in my personal study this week and i hope you were able to learn something sorry if it doesnt make sense.

IMG_2920i am good, still healthy and still walking though i havent ran since being out on the field because its dangerous to run on these roads because the drivers here are just on another level. I was able to see a chicken get killed and how they rip of the feathers and everything so yuck tbh haha but yeah im fine im learning what things are cheaper to buy like ive replaced apples with mangos because its cheaper and ive let go of some other things so i can stay under my budget we get $216 a month and we have to pay grocery,travel,electricity and water so its hard i wont lie i even keep a finance book but i know it will help benefit me in the long run so im excited to do it πŸ™‚

IMG_2922But i know you are doing well, i feel comforted by your prayers each day and whenever things get hard i just look in my white hand book and see you guys then up and off i go so thank you for your love and comfort!!! Please continue to pray and read the scriptures daily and also please bring those less actives souls in our families to join also and have family home evening please!!! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH thank you for your hard work bishop and mum, i know things are so busy now that dad is bishop but continue to prioritize whats more important for our family, thank you for going to work everyday to support and provide means for the family your hard work never NEVER goes unnoticed!!

OFA LAHI ATU
SISTER MAILANGI

5th June – 12th June Real Intent

What another blessing this week has been for me, it has been all over the place with just how things were scheduled i had to work with my kabahays (roommates) for a day and a half because my trainer had to go to a career workshop because she finishes July 2nd (which is probably the same time as Sister Pauu) and then i had splits with our STL’s on thursday so everythings has just been everywhere but of course it has been a blessing.

So tuesday and Wednesday i worked with the San Gaberial Ward Sisters (kabahays) and man it was sobrang mainit 45-47c and where there area is, its hard to get tricycle’s so walking was the transport for me that day!! but working with them was really good to just experience the different ways of how people teach and to meet the people they teach also. One of those teachings that was a highlight for me was at a farm (first farm ive been to here) with one of there investigators they hadn’t visited since HTBT with them, and it was such a spiritual lesson as we were about to leave the mum invited us for her husbands birthday on saturday and at our surprise she asked for fhe, and we were like of course we dont know how she knew about family home evening but we knew that the lord truly did prepare her for us to meet her that day!! i also was privileged enough to pick mangos of a tree that there ward mission leader owned and then we ate it ahhh it was so BOH!!! i just sat there and ate about 3 green mangos sobrang masarap talaga! So on thursday i had splits with our STL’s in there area and it was hectic just to be able to see what we can improve on in PMG mastery and also our contacting as our President wants us to Testify as we contact and i have really seen the blessings of that teaching we were able to put that work into action on friday in our own area and was able to set up alot of appointments which was hecticcc, such a big difference testifying as we contact and not just contacting πŸ™‚ But yeah when having splits all but one lesson got punted so we put into action the new way of contacting and we saw blessings straight away, we were able to meet one girl who has always desired to know of what mormons are but she hadnt yet met missionaries, so it was hectic to be able to share with her our prupose and what the gospel has that can not only bless her family now but eternally!!

But yeah thats pretty much the stands out from this week, but in my studies i really learnt ALOT!!! something that has stood out for me in my studies was Effective Studying and Real Intent and what it really ment to me and thats what i want to share with you today. What is Real Intent for you? was the question that i read and i came up with the casual answer doing something from your heart, but as i studied this topic it really is more then that and how we can apply it in our everyday life. Real Intent is yes doing something from the heart but also ACTING upon that intent, we can learn this from the example of the prophet Joseph Smith, if it wasnt for his REAL INTENT there would of been no way for this gospel to be restored because he wouldnt of acted upon the teachings of James 1:5-6. So for us are acting upon our real intents or are just going through the motions of life? Real Intent allows us to ask and evaluate ourselves each day Why am i doing this? instead of Why did i do that? As we do things with real intent it will help us prioritize what is more important in our life and also help keep an eternal perspective, it has also helped me to better myself in my preparations as a missionary and to not just go through my studies in the Book of Mormon and Bible but to prayerfully studying with Real Intent!! I know without a doubt as we study our own lives with REAL INTENT we will be blessed with the holy ghost, which will enable us to identify what is that we need to be doing now to better ourselves in our eternal perspectives πŸ™‚ Effective Studying is also on the subject of Real Intent but i am going to email ami and dia more on it.

how has scripture reading been? how is family prayers? how is family home evening? are you guys having it today? HOWS KEEPING THE SABBATH DAY HOLY? Β its so good that the work is moving forward in the ward, it will only bless them spiritually and help them keep the Sabbath day holy thank you bishop mailangi for your hand in keeping the sabbath day holy in our ward!! im always forever grateful for your words of comfort each week i always go over it during the week if i need a quick reminder on what i can better work on. But im good here just super hot but thats only a worldly thing. sorry no photos theres no card reader at this computer shop and im spewing because i actually took photos this week zz but its okay next week and also i will send a email to the ward next week. I LOVE YOU BOTH SOOOOO MUCH i miss having just little family outings or just having family home evening but i know this is only a short time away from you guys, and dad im only 3 months on the mission not 5 haha but time is moving faster then ever im just really trying to take everything in with my trainer as she leaves in 2 weeks which is crazy fast!! But i LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH thank you for your continuoes hard work each day and i know the schedule will be all of the place now that dad is Bishop but always remember to Put the LORD first in all things!!!

LOVE ALWAYS
SISTER MAILANGI

31 May – 4 June 2017 “When you have an eternal perspective no worldly thing is a sacrifice…”

DAD i actually can believe you have been called, i have seen you shape our family and i have seen your dedication in your church callings and just like we need your guidance our ward now needs your guidance!!! dad i dont know what your feeling but im sure you know the feeling is probably kinda of like being a new missionary and being asked to teach a lesson. Dad i just want to tell you whoever the lord qualify’s he also prepares!! You were foreordained before you came here dad and there is a reason why you are called to serve now, and go find that reason dad!!! Man i still cant believe it and your Councillors also are hectic crazy!!! Thank you mum for helping fulfill your role as a mother theres a reason dad is called Β and you have been and still are a massive role in that calling mum thank you for your faith and sacrifice to build this family to greater things!!

i dont even want to write anymore because im just so shocked i feel like i cant express what happened this week haha because of this amazing news!!! well i will try to keep it short but this week’s work was so good!! My companion and i were able to #PassOnBrightness a few times this week to people in need of it and honestly it was such a heart filling moment just knowing that we were able to lessen someones burden by something so simple like washing the dishes!! of course there were trials and challenges as well, for the first time this week i experienced a whole full of puntes zzz like the planned lessons and back up lessons it was pretty frustrating i wont lie but then i really got to realize the importance of a companionship we were able to pick each other up whenever we felt down so it was a good experience. Β we know the lord is preparing them for another day!! this week was also the first time i fasted a whole 24 hours in my mission (my mission President wants us to do 24 hour fasts and not just 2 meals) i wont lie i was a little scared to do it because how hot it is and just thinking of walking all day but then i thought of my fav scripture 1 Nephi 3:7 and i knew the promise was sure if i just obey the lord will prepare a way and honestly the first time i have ever fasted while doing work and service and not once did i feel the need to drink or eat i was seriously so surprised!!! oh how satan was real that day like we were offered food and drinks everywhere we taught even with people we just contacted (which is the first for me) and my companion and i just looked at each other and smiled haha. on sunday we had 4 investigators come to church and 4 less-actives (our focus for this area) and one returned member which was so good to see, one of the less-actives first time since 2015 so all the members were pretty shocked to see her but we have been working really close with her and her testimony is so strong so hopefully this will be a start for her!! a story from sunday was that we planned to pick up one of our investigators because shes 85 years old so as we got off we saw her already ready which was good and then as we were about to go and she was putting on her shoes, our investigators neice and neighbour came and were like saying why are you forcing her to go?, have you asked her children? you know shes old and cant think for herself? to be honest i didnt even know what was going on but we just explained to them oh nanay wants to go and they were reassured when our investigator said i want to go so they just said to us well if anything happens you both are responsible and with that we went to church, at first i was like that was satans work 100% but the lord always provides a way!!!

thank you for your continue guidance in helping me fulfill my role as a missionary for example helping me not be complacent, im safe and everything is good here the area is hard with no investigators keeping commitments but were working hard, my tagalog is still hut but i know in his time and will i will be able to speak fluent.

i just want to let you know the temptations will be real now and to continue to work hard as a family to do the little things like daily prayer and scripture study these are the most simple things that some people miss but i can testify that these are the things that will draw us nearer to him and be able to fend off satan!! i love you both so much thank you for your continues hard work for this family and you will have a lot of things now to prioritize and just always keep in my mind that ‘When you have an eternal perspective no worldly thing is a sacrifice…”

OFA LAHI ATU MY BEAUTIFUL PARENTS
SISTER MAILANGI

ps tell nana and papa mailangi i said hello and OFA LAHI ATU