Month: July 2017

26 Jul – 31 Jul “Keep the Commandments of God”

DSCN2531Malo Le Lelei my Beautiful Parents!!!

First off thank you for emailing me this week it was good to hear from each of you and really know whats happening at home!!! And so good to hear that everything is going good 🙂 THANK YOU for reading the scriptures and doing daily prayers as a family!!! How is family home evening? how is nana and papa? both my grandparents? and thank you for handing out the letters i am happy everyone was able to receive it and if there is anyone that i missed they will be included in the next one (next year haha joke)

So yes everything was so good this past week, We had Zone Conference which was soooo good, President Hiatt and Sister Hiatt spoke on the Role of the holy ghost and how it sets us apart from any other missionary and he touched also on Obedience and how you need to be worthy of the gift of the holy ghost and it got me thinking on how power and authority are actually two different things, anyone can have authority to do things example every missionary has authority to speak and teach but if you dont have the power from the holy ghost your lesson wouldn’t be effective but that was a little enlightenment i received during the conference, but it was a really good Zone Conference it was something i needed as theres always room for improvement as a missionary!! everything here is just extreme hoi if it is hot its HOT if it rains it RAIN’s and man it rained hard out we got soaked haha but it was a cool experience and we were still able to serve someone in need actually a funny story a guy’s tricycle got stuck in the mud, and this guy is probably the size of one of my arms anyways we helped him push it and he was like wow your so strong and i was like yeah thats the power of god, he just smiled and was abit embarrassed that sisters were helping him lol!! But we also had the opportunity to have splits with our Sister Training Leaders which was really good i was companions with Sister Gaspar she is training as a Sister Training Leader but she is so hard working and so valiant, it was such a good experience and split with her she made me feel really comfortable in the language and contacting so super happy!! we have cut down our teaching pool because alot of our investgators are not keeping commitments so this week were planning to find some new ones which is okay it just may not be there timing right now, Sister Lucia the one that forgets things was ment to be baptised this week but she didnt attend church on sunday (she only needed to attend this one sunday) because she went to Inglesia Ni Cristo church thinking it was ours haha she even had her Book of Mormon in her bag but she forgot where it was so yeah we had to extend it which wont be till September but were still working with nanay 🙂

DSCN2569So i have been reading the Book Of Mormon and the part i am up to is in Alma, which is about Alma going on his mission to save the Zoramites because they were complacent in there blessings that they started to drift from the teachings of the lord and it started from something so small in verse 9 it says But they had fallen into great errors, for they would not observe to keep the commandments of god,and his statutes,according to the law of Moses. verse 10 Neither would they observe the performances of the church, to continue in prayer and supplication to God daily, that they might not enter into temptation. when i was reading this i was pondering on these verses and how it really just start from something so small like not praying that satan can just have a grasp on you!! In the next few chapters Almas first council he gives to his son is to keep the commandments of god!!! Alma knew what would happen when we dont and how Satan can creep his way into our lives when we dont follow the commandments of god!! Lets learn from the Zoramites and the teachings of Alma and self evaluate ourselves on how we are doing with the simple things of keeping the commandments and then lets help our brothers and sisters to do so also!!!

Well that is all from me, i am doing good as always could be eating abit better lol im just pumping food out here but no regrets but really im going jogging on wednesday haha actually miss training so much feels so weird not doing it and yeah can you please send me cross-fit workouts to do only body weight please!!!

Thank you for your hard work each and everyday, i feel your prayers and i am comforted every day i love you both so much and miss you both so much it still kinda hits home when i teach people about Families and i also tell investigators how grateful i am that i had parents who taught me things i couldnt learn at school like prayer something so simple has been the weapon i use against satan today!!
I LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!

LOVE ALWAYS
SISTER MAILANGI

 

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18th – 25th July “If Jesus Christ visited your house”

IMG_3108Hi my beautiful parents!!!

Thank you for taking the time out to write and email me on how everything is at home so good to hear that everyone is okay and that home has turned into a hospital haha Aww i cant imagine how everything is at home right now, Stress would be one word to describe it but it is so good that you guys are still reading the scriptures and praying everyday THANK YOU!!!! as much as it makes me happy i know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are just as happy!!!

Well this week was an okay week (but of course every week in the mission is a good week because i get to help save some souls) well a lot of our investigators haven’t been progressing they read the pamphlets and pray but they dont come to church which is hard but they have there own agency so we’re still thinking of ways we can help push them to come to church!!! Anyways we did have a man come to church on Sunday who  is really investigating the church, he bought his book of mormon along with him and then after sacrament he had a lot of questions about plural marriages and manifesto and at first i was like or yep but we scheduled an appointment with him for Wednesday morning so i cant wait to visit and teach him because i love his curiosity and desire to learn more!!

DSCN2454this week i encountered a experience that made we realize how much i have weakened my faith, so we had an appointment with our investigator with a baptismal date and then we saw her gambling on the table (popular thing here) so i soon as i saw it my faith just broke and as we were contacting i was just really angry and i didnt let it show so here i was walking and trying to contact while wrestling wih myself in my head just fight the bad thoughts but it got the best of me!!! it wasnt till i went home and fell on my knees and then realized that was my test that Jesus Christ gave for me. i can so imagine it right now just him saying i am going to test sister Mailangi and i am going to see how it will affect her, so i can say that i got a big FAIL for that test!! I didnt respect his timing, i didnt have faith and to make it worse i let that thought get to me and affect his work, so it is something i learnt this week. i am so grateful for his atoning sacrifice for us all that we are able to continually repent each day whatever time and where ever we are, i am so grateful for his patience with me no matter how much i fall he continually just lifts me and says try again or just keep trying i got you!! but yeah that is something that stood out to me this week!!

DSCN2485this week in my studies i came across a story of ‘If Jesus Came To Your House’. It is such a good story and would love for you both to read and share it in family home evening. It is a serious of like self-evaluation questions of what we would do if Jesus came home, would we be running around fixing things at home? would we be deleting things on our phones?, would we be in the same mood that were in at that very moment?, would we be pulling out the scriptures? and then when he leaves would we be relieved? or would we want him to stay? And man how much this story stood out to me, and really had me thinking of Jesus Christ would come and see me right now what would my first reaction be and just to help me re-evaluate myself and what i am prioritizing right now. i really wanted to share this with you both to always remind you, to keep the house in a order that if the savior were to walk in there would be no rush to move or hide things, to set the mood of the spirit at home so that we would have the constant companionship of the spirit!!! and then finally to have a home where it wouldn’t be a relief when he leaves, make it a home that it would be just like he is at home!! i know if you do this at home, you wouldnt have to rush around when visitors come better yet if the savior were to visit, i know that when you keep everything in order it will enable the spirit to dwell within the home, just like the bible dictionary says that the home can be the closet thing to the temple, so lets make our home like a temple in lahat!!!

i am so thankful for your hard work each and every day. i am always thankful for your prayers and comfort that i feel each day, thank you for your counsel and to help me in each aspect of my work, i have so many weaknesses so thank you for helping me better me as a missionary because this isn’t my work!! thank you for the sacrifices you both make each and every day they never go unnoticed!!! always remember it is the spiritual things that matter most at home no matter what you are going to do or are doing please prioritize scripture reading, daily family prayer, church and family home evening they are the things that matter because all in all family matters!!!! Please always remember to repent and declare repentence to my siblings no one is perfect and we all need to repent, repentence for me is my best friend right now!!!

I LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH AND PLEASE KNOW I MISS YOU BOTH SO MUCH!!!

OFA LAHI ATU

SISTER MAILANGI
pss and please tell nana and papa Mailangi i say hello and i love them

“Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24.) 11 July – 17 July 2017

Hi my beautiful parents,

How are you both? thank you for taking the time out to email me this week and give me counsel which is appreciated and putting into action each week!! And also for updating me on everything that is happening at home so good to know that everyone is okay and that Bishop’s operation was a success!! Unlucky to leta man a broken finger how did that happen? and what position is she playing? But how is everything at home? Everything going a lot smoother then before with adjusting to Bishop’s calling? how is work? how is just everythingggg? how is nana and papa?

Well this week was an okay week. A lot of learning on my side of things. I now realize how easy i had it in my training example my trainer would do majority of the teaching and so i wouldn’t really know how to teach a lesson and cover all principles, but with my follow up i take lead in all of it, so it has been pushing me to learn each principle in each lesson so i can share this perfect message perfectly and not just “dump” it, but yeah it really has got me studying and pondering a lot in the Book of Mormon and PMG which is a good thing so i can familiarize myself in it. If there is a part i can work on it would probably be contacting its not the contacting in general its more the language barrier that i get a little shy about but im working on it and i know the only way to get over it, is to actually do it so yeah it just comes down to overcoming me haha

But something that stood out to me in my personal studies this week is a story i want to share with that i came across in a book by Elder John H. Groberg:

As a young missionary I was assigned as a district president to administer the affairs of the Church and preach the gospel in a group of fifteen small, scattered islands. We traveled almost exclusively by sailboat and learned to rely not only on the winds and the currents of the usually friendly seas, but especially on the love of our Father in heaven, as we sailed week after week and month after month from island to island to island. It was a glorious time, full of the normal challenges of seasickness, becalmings, strange languages, foods, and customs. But mostly it was a time of spiritual closeness to our Father in heaven, whose love and goodness so far overshadowed any temporary pain or problems as to make the latter shrink into obscurity.

On one occasion we received word that a missionary was very ill on a somewhat distant island. The weather was threatening but, feeling responsible, and after prayer, we left to investigate the situation. Extra heavy seas slowed our progress, and it was late afternoon before we arrived. The missionary was indeed very ill. Fervent prayer was followed by administration, during which the impression came very strongly to get him back to the hospital on the main island, and to do it now!

The weather had deteriorated to the point of a small gale. The seas were heavy, the clouds were thick, the wind was fierce, the hour was late, and the sun was sinking rapidly, betokening a long black night ahead. But the impression was strong—“Get back now”—and one learns to obey the all-important promptings of the Spirit.

There was much concern expressed and much talk about the darkness, the storm, and the formidable reef with its extremely narrow opening to the harbor we were attempting to gain. Some found reason to stay behind; but soon eight persons, including an ill missionary, a very experienced captain, and a somewhat concerned district president, boarded the boat and the spiritually prompted voyage to home base began.

No sooner had we made our commitment to the open seas than the intensity of the storm seemed to increase sevenfold. The small gale now became a major storm. As the sun sank below the horizon, bringing with it darkness and gloom, so also did my spirit seem to sink into the darkness of doubt and apprehension. The thick clouds and driving rain increased the blackness of our already dark universe—no stars, no moon, no rest—only turmoil of sea and body and mind and spirit. And as we toiled on through that fearsome night, I found my spirit communing with the spirit of the father of an afflicted child in the New Testament, as he exclaimed, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24.) And He did, and He does, and He will. That I know.

As we rolled and tossed closer and closer to the reef, all eyes searched for the light that marked the opening—the only entry to our home. Where was it? The blackness of the night seemed to increase; the fierceness of the raging elements seemed to know no bounds. The rain slashed at our faces and tore at our eyes—eyes vainly searching for that life-giving light.

Then I heard the chilling sound of the waves crashing and chewing against the reef! It was close—too close. Where was that light? Unless we hit the opening exactly, we would be smashed against the reef and ripped and torn by that thousand-toothed monster. It seemed that all the elements were savagely bent on our total destruction. Our eyes strained against the blackness, but we could not see the light.

Some began to whimper, others to moan and cry, and one or two even to scream in hysteria. At the height of this panic, when many were pleading to turn to the left or to the right, when the tumultuous elements all but forced us to abandon life and hope, I looked at the captain—and there I saw the face of calmness, the ageless face of wisdom and experience, as his eyes penetrated the darkness ahead. Quietly his weather-roughened lips parted, and without moving his fixed gaze and just perceptibly shifting the wheel, he breathed those life-giving words, “Ko e Maama e” (“There is the light!”).

I could not see the light, but the captain could see it. And I knew he could see it. Those eyes long experienced in ocean travel were not fooled by the madness of the storm nor were they influenced by the pleadings of those of lesser experience to turn to the left or to the right. And so with one last great swell we were hurtled through the opening and into calmer waters.

The roaring of the reef was now behind us. Its infamous plan of destruction had been foiled. We were in the protected harbor. We were home. Then and only then did we see through the darkness that one small light—exactly where the captain had said it was. Had we waited until we ourselves could see the light we would have been dashed to pieces, shredded on the reef of unbelief. But trusting in those experienced eyes, we lived.

And so the great lesson: There are those who, through years of experience and training, and by virtue of special divine callings, can see farther and better and more clearly—and can and will save us in those situations where serious injury or death—both spiritual and physical—would be upon us before we ourselves could see

And it made me think of the calling that our Prophet has right now, President Thomas S. Monson and the vision he has not for him alone but for all of us, and opportunity we as children of god have through him to help us grow!!! He is the instrument in our day now that connects heaven to earth, he is the seer in our day right now everything that is reveled to him is for US all!!! Jesus Christ is the Light, Prophet Thomas S. Monson is our “captain” and we are all on the ship heading to the kingdom of god, all he asks is to trust him so lets put into action his recent revelation of studying and pondering on the Scriptures especially the Book of Mormon, he senses the power of satan among the world today and who would think that these 4 books can keep us out of danger all we have to do is open it!!! So please listen and take heed to the Prophet’s council, the lord loves us so much to give us a living day prophet that we may continue to walk in the right way!!!

But another reason it stood out to me because we have leaders in our every day life but espeically who are in the church and yes sometimes it is hard for some members to take council from them because of who knows what but they have been called of god in that specific calling for a reason they can see that light and they have a clearer vision then what we have, you cant simply say you believe in the prophet if you dont sustain your local leaders because they are called by god!! Bishop Mailangi for Eastlakes ward you are the captain i trust you with all my heart and i know there are all lot of other people who do but most importantly Our Savior Jesus Christ trust you to be an instrument of him!!!

for some reason this talk just reminded me of home and i felt to share this with you both today no matter what calling we may have we are all called of god and he trusts us in each of our perspective calling, primary teacher to being bishop you are called by one person 🙂

I love you so much my beautiful parents, is theres anything i can do please let me know i will write eastlakes ward on Christmas haha but please let everyone know i say hello, this work is good and i am good also so dont worry about me im in the lords errand 🙂 I LOVE AND MISS YOU BOTH SO MUCH!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK EVERYDAY CONTINUE TO PRAY EVERYDAY AS A FAMILY, READ THE SCRIPTURES AND HAVE FAMILY HOME EVENING!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR THIS FAMILY!!

OFA LAHI ATU
SISTER MAILANGI

My New companion 4 Jul – 10 Jul 2017

IMG_3037Malo e lelei my beautiful parents,

fefe hake? thank you for emailing me this week and just filling me in with everything that is happening at home. thank you being such great parents to me and my siblings we really do appreciate your hard work and your teachings!!! how is scripture reading and daily prayers and also family home evening?

well if you havent seen yet, yes i have a new companion!! she is from Utah (like Utah University haha) she is filipino and learnt how to speak here on the mission, she is 1 cycle ahead of me so we are both pretty new to the field haha but shes heaps mad and heaps nice i have felt just super comfortable with her and it is a hectic transition from my trainer because im still missing my trainer abit haha but yeah Sister Perez is heaps nice but of course im nicer haha!!

well this week was a good and average week in this beautiful work!! sunday afternoon, monday and tuesday i was working with my room mates in there area because our transfer day is on wednesday and my trainer left on sunday but it was cool working with my room mates and learning different ways missionaries teach and go about there day so it was a good learning experience for me!! i met my companion on wednesday and we went straight to work, she is super hard working which is good because i really like just hit the pavement and working, we found that we have a lot of things in common and even weaknesses which is so good because at least it will help us both stretch on our weakness, one of them being contacting man its so hard for me to carry on in contacting because im still not good at speaking tagalog and whenever i open my mouth they just stand there and just look at me and normally my trainer would just finish it off but my new companion is too shy to approuch people so its good we can both work off each other i can walk about to anyone its more just carrying the conversation where i get embarrassed but i know this will help me stretch so i am willing!!! but yes so happy she is my companion and i am able to work with her to help improve this area that we have been so blessed to be serving in and representing our savior Jesus Christ!!

IMG_3035Well i experienced something yesterday after we had Ward Coordination Meeting, it just didnt go anywhere whats ment to happen is we as missionaries account to our ward mission leader and then we discuss what areas we can work out for the ward or investigators and because here we have a new thing called reactivation because there are alot of less actives not just in the ward i am serving but in the whole of philipines and so this new program is from the area presidency so anyways we tried to talk about it and it just went no where like no one wanted to take the step and it was like no one just wanted to help. they just keep saying talk to bishop and when we go to bishop he says talk to your ward mission leader and its just an endless round. I have tried everything i have thought of to try and get the ward to help us with less actives but nothing and yesterday it just hit me, every bad thought i could think of was running through my head, i like a good challenge but oh man is this area stretching me!!! anyways i got over it and just told myself theres something im not doing that he wants me to learn so i just have to suffer long and be patient. and to continue to pray a little harder and little more so if thats what its going to take for this ward and area i am willing but yes it was a pretty hard afternoon for me yesterday but i am still thinking of ways to help our less actives!!!

well because of that experience i learnt alot about attitude!!! i always thought i was okay with attitude like i always try and cultivate a positive one even with you guys i probably dont tell you everything 1 because i know you will over react and 2 because i know that it is just a short trial but because of yesterdays experience i thought of that story of the frog you put a frog in hot water and it will jump straight out, you put a frog in cold water and let it boil it will eventually die and thats how our attitude of bad thoughts can be if we just let bad thoughts come in our minds it will one day just break us down or kill the frog as you could say!! Our self possession is our only true possession, we have to control the mind first before we can control anything else!!! Your thoughts leads to action and especially as a missionary i have to continually to think positive because this is not my work and there are people here who are ‘perishing in unbelief’!!! i have experienced both in this short time on being on the mission and if you say to yourself this is another day you wont get too IMG_3038far but if you say this is his day he will push you further, i know i will have many more experiences to come and i hope till then i will be able to continue to cultivate an attitude of optimism!!

i know that everything at home will be pretty hard right now with dad not working and everything but i want to let you know EVERYTHING will work out, i wont lie it is so hard for me being here while i have a dad at home whos going into surgery and i am not there to help out especially me being the oldest i feel discouraged but yesterday as i continued my reading in Alma 17 i came across the verse where King Mosiah is promised that his sons will be safe because of there service and it really comforted me knowing that everything will be ok at home and i really really do believe that his promises are always true!!! this is a time of testing of our faith but to let you know he loves you never think anything else!!! Continue to be the faithful parents that you are i love you both so much i know you both will be able to over come this small challenge!!!!!

IMG_3040THANK YOU for your hard work always you really dont understand how much we do appreciate you both!! thank you raising me and my sibilings in this gospel, its things like that you dont notice till you see other families and your like man im so thankful for my parents and there teachings and not just that but also acting on those teachings and being the best examples ever!!!! i love you so much and miss you both so much but continue to pray every day, read the book of mormon and have family home evening these are the little things we need to master both personally and as a family!!! Please send my love to both my grandparents and i hope you like your letters!!

OFA LAHI ATU
Sister Mailangi