Author: sistermailangi

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

Heavenly Father loves ME 27 Jun 2017- 3 Jul 2017

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hi my beautiful parents!!! how are you both? how is work? how are you adjusting with everything and bishops new role? how is everything at home?thank you for updating me.

This week was a good week!! It was my trainers last week and so everything was pretty hectic with her doing last minute things and packing, been super busy just trying to organize everything for her!! It has been so good we have met a few new investigators who are just so ready to hear this gospel and I really cant wait to visit each of them again this week. The area here is known as the “hardest” area in Cauayan mission because it doesn’t progress. Honestly it is challenging with our investigators and them not keeping commitments but I do love a good challenge. It helps me work harder and really focus on each of there needs and concerns and better yet it helps me just rely on the Lord and just really get to know him more, which i continually do each and every day!! so yeah this week has been a pretty good week could be better with a baptism haha but i know in his time and will i will be able to have one, theres just probably something he still wants me to learn so im willing!!

There was a tender mercy from the lord this week that i had and an experience i will never forget. So me and my trainer got into a argument LOL it was over plans for the day (i know looking at it now is funny) . She was just stressed from this whole week of being her last week and i should of just listened and went with the plan but for me it was probably the lowest ive felt while being on the mission just hearing what she said to me (even though she said she didnt mean it she just says dumb things when shes angry but really haha) and i know i should of just let it go but man satan was just putting it in my head he was just giving me bad thoughts like why are you even doing this work, look at the area your in you havent had any baptisms you might as well go home just a thousands bad thoughts were just putting me down!!!!

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So anyways earlier that day thats when i recieved the package aunty sent me and then i knew the great timing of the lord to help remind me how many people love me and just remind me who i am doing this for!! when i recieved that box (i was pretty embarrssed i wont lie haha) the senior couple had to drive it up and we had to break it down before bringing it in the house but man when i saw it i was just tearing up (but i didnt want to cry in front of everyone) and when i opened it and just saw everything i just couldnt hold it back i truly and super blessed and i knew the lord wanted to remind me that he is blessing me even if its not with a baptism or a progressing investigator but with a loving and supportive family at home and for that i am eternally thankful for!!!! My trainer and room mates kept saying man they really love you or man i wish they could send me a box half that size and every time i heard it, it was just a constant reminder how much my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me!!! But yeah that was a good experience this week which really just helped me grow and i saw that im still weak in being prideful and getting over things so its something i need to work on and i think thats another reason why i probably had that argument but my trainer and i were back to normal and we just laughed it off on friday haha!!!

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But that package man it had so much stuff in it!!!!! like i seriously think im good for the next 18 months all the cookies for aldi’s are gone the senior couple missionaries were visiting houses so i gave them cookies to leave there and my room mates went crazy on the junk, i put away some for the members that feed us every week and then i was left with one cookie packet and the toiletries which im okay with because i can eat that stuff when i come back home. I’m so thankful i truly am!!! and as much as i want it please bishop and mum tell them not to send anymore i really do not want them sacrificing that much money its just too much and i know they love me and want to send me things just tell them to put it in my bank account haha no tell them to give it to my namesake and i will be happy with that 🙂 I really am a blessed kid i still cant get over it I’m just so thankful!!

Anyways that is all from me this week if theres anything that i can do to help you please let me know or if theres anything i need to do better please help me haha i am getting a new companion on wednesday and i cant wait to meet her, i am abit scared leading this area because i still barely can speak the language (even though people think i am fluent) but i am putting my trust in the lord and i will just do my part!!

OH I will be sending tetas camera so i paid for it and theres a few letters inside i didnt have time to write to everyone because i had short notice but yeah tell everyone last time writing haha but i am good i dont need anything but your prayers and i am so thankful for your hard work each and everyday my beautiful parents thank you for working hard for this family i really do appreciate it!!!

 

OFA LAHI ATU

Sister Mailangi

“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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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