Author: sistermailangi

7th – 13th November 2017 “Tarry ye here and watch with me”

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FHE with our recent converts they made me maruya (its like keke vai with banana another reason Im never going to lose weight here)
How are you both? how is everything at home? I can tell from your emails despite the funerals that everyone is so happy at home especially with the win from tonga haha!! It is good that everyone is good at home from what I hear and that everything is starting to get back in to order especially now Bishop has a new job.  How is Scripture Reading? Family prayer? and family home evening?

Well this last week, was a good productive week, we had a lot of appointments and at times i feel so stressed and just overwhelmed just wanting to be superwomen and go and visit everyone and try and do everything, But the lord has reminded time after time of his timing and will for things, so i am just constantly reminded of his great plan!!
This week we were able to witness one of our sisters enter the waters of baptism her name is: Rosela Pajulio i remember when we first taught her she actually was a referral given to us from one of the members. I was with Sister Mafi and of course being a referral from a member we contacted her straight away. She was so shy and abit hesitant but she was still welcoming we also found out that she has two brothers who too are part of the church and are sealed to there families and one of them is a Bishop in their ward in Leyte another part of the Philippines. Ever since the day we met her way back in August she never missed a day of church and came to church every Sunday,  As weeks went by we taught and she was getting comfortable starting to pray, we tried teaching her partner now but he is “too shy” so we focused on her and she has really grown!! Last Monday after emailing we went to her and taught her. Before we started I asked how are you feeling now that this Saturday you are going to be baptized and she just started crying and just hugging me saying thank you!!! The spirit was so strong. Fast forward to her baptismal interview and because President Hiatt has to interview her because of her situation I was a little nervous because her english is not that great and she is super shy. President Hiatt was so busy with new transfers and everything that we didn’t know if he had time this week, so with a lot of prayers and fasting we got a date and time and of course she passed her interview!! Then came the baptismal service it was such a simple but spirit felt service, she bore her testimony it was a pure testimony and the spirit was so strong!! She is a bear testimony of how much the members can help in missionary work, if we never received the referral and if the member didn’t fellowship her to come to church I could have never gotten this far this fast but with the hard work of members and faith in the Lord the work progresses!! I am just an instrument, but i was so grateful to be in the hand of his great work this great work of the Lord!!! I love and miss her so much, she has gone to drop her kids off to her home place to come back and then wait to leave to Dubai to pursue her career so super blessed to have met her and I can’t wait till she comes back!!
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With everything that happened this week I just wanted to share something with you that I have come to appreciate so much. That is the sacrament. Being born in the covenant and going to church partaking of the sacrament at times sometimes feels like “well here it goes again the bread and water” but coming on the mission and really appreciating it makes the sacrament or that hour something so different,when our thoughts are centred in Christ. Something I want to share was something I studied this week back when Jesus Christ was about to enter the Garden of Gethsemane he said to Peter, James and John (Matt:26:38) “tarry ye here, and watch with me.” then he came back and found them asleep and said to them in verse 40 “what could ye not watch with me one hour” he actually done this three times and came back and found them asleep. I was thinking when I first read it “hut guys Peter, James and John they couldn’t even wait one hour hoi” haha but then it made me think of the sacrament, in the one hour we have, the most important hour in our week, how can we not give it to Christ. And man i straight away knelt on my knees and repented all the times i had played around, been on my phone or talking when i could of “tarried there and watched with the Savior.” Family its not hard to put the phone off for 1 hour to watch with the Savior it is not hard to talk after sacrament it is not hard to remember someone who has done and doing so much for each of us!!! Family can you please this week “tarry ye here, and watch with me.” I know the sacrament will mean more to you as you all do this as it is not just bread and water!!
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Bishop and mum this week I was thinking of home for a little one morning because the talk now among the missionaries is skype haha so i got myself caught up in the thought and then of fefin but it was a good reminder of why I am here. I am thankful for all your hard work each and every day there is not a day or a lesson I don’t mention how much I love my family!! Thank you for all your hard work and for being worthy of your callings!! I love you both more then you could imagine!!  Please continue to Pray as a family and Read as a family everyday and Have FAMILY home evening I cant express how much this can strengthen our family in Christ!!!

OFA LAHI ATU

SISTER MAILANGI

ps please tell my grandparents i love them!!!!

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31 Oct – 6 Nov 2017 “Pray with real intent”

“Our Heavenly Father is a just God” 24th – 30th October 2017

Hi Bishop and Mum, Mo fefe hake? fefe hake ae Mailangi famili? Thank you for emailing me and keeping me updated on everything that has happened this past week and especially sending photos in i love see everyone!! How is the 3 F’s (family prayer, scripture study and family home evening) ?

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Before the baptism
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After the baptism
Well what a week it was this week, I don’t even know where to start maybe i will start with Wednesday we had some fellow shippers with us which was good (the ward here are so diligent in working with missionaries always asking when are we available!! I hope Eastlake’s are doing the same for the missionaries at home) but it was good I really see the blessings of working hand in hand with the ward!! This week we have had some really good lessons and man just seeing the Lord work in the lives of our brothers and sisters here in Ilagan is crazy. Just seeing one go from drinking or smoking each day not really having a perspective in life to coming to church each Sunday and finding real joy is just crazy, I am so blessed to be able to see and experience each of it. Something I will never take for granted!! On saturday we had our baptisms i am blessed to have witnessed two of my brothers and sisters enter in the waters of baptism and honestly can say it was the Lord’s timing for each of them. Sister Filma has been a on/off investigator for 5 years the only thing that was holding her back before was her marriage. The first day I met her was my first lesson here in Ilagan, I thought from the lesson we had she was already a member and it wasn’t till Sister Mafi told me she wasn’t but fast forward till now I have seen how much the Lord has worked in her life and just seeing her change for the better, she is now focusing on the Eternal Goal of the temple so we’re working hard with her!!
 My little Brother Xander man what a story he had for his baptism, He is the oldest of 3, both his parents live over seas and are separated so he stays with his grandmother who is less active.  He was taught before and maybe because of transfers the teachings stopped, so we met him and the first time I met him he said sister I want to be baptised!! We taught him and had good lessons and then he was interviewed from our district leader and he failed it because he was so shy to speak and answer (when i heard that i just wanted to paai him haha) But with alot of prayers and fasting we reviewed and reviewed with him and he passed his second interview just before his baptism!! It was such a beautiful Day and the best thing was there testimonies, it was just a simple pure testimony that got me a little teary (but of course i didnt cry lol) but its was so spirit felt!!!
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with our Zone Leaders
Later that day we went and taught a less active family. The mother we visit weekly in hoping it would help her come back to church but we never really visit at night until she asked us to so we could meet her husband who is also less active. So we did as she asked and as I entered I asked saan si tatay (where is dad) and she whispered to me his drunk in the room. So we just taught our recent convert, their son and nanay and at the end of lesson I walked up to tay and said can we have family prayer tay and he said I would love too. I honestly can say that it was one for the books, if i would finish my mission now with just having that family prayer I would be so happy. I can’t explain the feelings of which I felt but i know without a doubt it was from the Holy Ghost!! We called the kids who were there (their about 20-30 now) and all just kneeled down in sincere prayer. I don’t know when was the last time they had prayed as a family but I do know the power of family prayer because of that night!! After the prayer nanay probably said thank you 100 times to us before we exited the door and I couldn’t stop thinking of how blessed I was to experience family prayer every day!!! Thank you bishop and mum for teaching me and this family this important principle, that has imprinted in my heart!!
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Nanay made lunch it was Boh!
With a crazy week, I have been just been spiritually drained just having new rules from mission tour ( 30 contacts a day, 30 lessons a week, 100 baptisms a year) I feel like if I can’t complete it I am a fail and it is hard I wont lie but I know its only for the better these new changes so it just requires obedience and faith!!
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My favourite kid here
If there is one quick principle I would love to share is that our loving Heavenly Father is a JUST god and that he loves each one of us equally, sometimes I think man its scaring coming across a just God but then like Elder Jefferey R Holland had shared “it is more scary to face a unjust god” I know if we sin there are consequences but always and without a doubt there is mercy because he is a merciful God we ALWAYS have a way to return and live with him, and that I am so grateful for!!
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This kids is the same age as Anthony and has the same birthday (sai ke tau ilo!)
Pisope and Mum I love you. I thank you for your hard work as parents. I hope it is not repetitive to you but I am truly grateful for each of your sacrifices. Thank you for putting the Lord first in your life and then putting us (my siblings and i) after, I truly am grateful for you both!! When times get rough or I am a little discouraged I always think of the sacrifices the lord has made for me and the sacrifices you both have made for me to be where I am now!! The person I am today is because of you both!!
I miss and love you both so much!!!!
OFA LAHI ATU
SISTER MAILANGI
Please continue to PRAY everyday, protect our family by following the Prophets counsel and READING the Book of Mormon EVERY DAY and please keep the Sabbath Day Holy, the promises await if we are willing to work out our salvation and exaltation.
ps please say hi and send my ofas to my beautiful grandparents in tonga i truly do miss them!!
Before the Baptism
After the Baptism :

16th – 23rd Oct 2017 “Importantly is feeling and recognizing when the spirit is not there”

Kumusta po kayo mga magulang ko? kumusta po ang araw po ninyo? Mo fefe hake? fefe hake he ahoni? Fefe hake ae famili mailangi? well first off all i just wanted to say thank thank for everything. I received  the box that Aunty Betty sent on Friday, when we went to the mission home!! Thank you so much Aunty Betty I really am thankful. Everything I needed was in the box. No need to send another box I have everything I need now. How is your family prayers, family scripture studies and family home evening?

“my box from Aunty Betty” shedding a few tears of gratitude
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Well this week went so fast, we were super busy!! Last Monday the mission portal shut down the whole day. So lucky we worked in the morning we were able to email at night so thats why you both received a late message. On Tuesday we went to a area that we don’t really go to because hala ha paanga and its pretty far so we went and were able to teach and help those of our brothers and sisters in that area. On Wednesday we were privileged to have members work with us, so the day went super fast helping find new souls and also visiting those who are less-active. On Thursday another busy day with a lot of new appointments, then on Friday we had Mission Tour with the area presidency and his wife Elder and Sister Bowen man they had such good talks and I was privileged to listen and receive counsel from each of them that whole week end because we had stake conference and they were the guests!!

my shoes….People use to always say hey your shoes are talking and i would say (in my brain of course) hey you cant speak english haha
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I just wanted to share what stood out to me from Elder Bowen at the missionary tour. So our Prepare to Learn was all on the Abrahamic covenant, The house of Israel, the Oath and the Covenant of the Priesthood and the baptismal covenant, so all the topics that for me are just so deep haha but its was good I learnt alot and his purpose was for us to learn who we are and how we can act accordingly. Such a blessing talaga to come to know where we came from what we are meant to be doing as missionaries. He taught  the Abrahamic Covenant and The house of Israel so I learnt alot. Something that stood out to me was the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood, I never really knew the importance of the priesthood and the covenant that our brethren make. So it is found in D&C 84:33-41 and man I really want to press on those who hold the Priesthood in our family bishop and Ami, please read and ponder on these verses and ask yourselves what am I doing right now that is helping me keep the covenant I have made with the lord? I promise as you come to know your purpose you will know how to act accordingly. Sister Bowen said for a Priesthood holder to show his love for his kids, he must love his wife!!!

with one of our families..
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On the weekend we had a great Stake Conference. I really liked what Elder Bowen spoke on Saturday about feeling the spirit but he said most importantly is feeling and recognizing when the spirit is not there, too many times in my life i have tried to recognize when it is there (which is still important) but i never really wanted to recognize when it wasn’t there, so that was a key point that stood out to me and i really liked what he said that the person who takes the most out from these conferences are the ones prepared for it, having questions ready is key we can’t expect answers if there are no questions!!
the dress Aunty Ana bought me
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Some things are hitting home with Christmas coming near and everyone going on holidays to be with their families and just the talk of it also haha but its good, i really do miss you guys sometimes I doze off in the thought of you all and just thinking i wonder what there doing today haha but just know you are always in my thoughts and prayers, continue to do whats important for our family and that is the spiritual things!!! thank you bishop and mum for each of your hard work every day I love you all so much!!!!

OFA LAHI ATU

SISTER MAILANGI

 

my favourite baby 🙂DSC00164