My first transfer 15th Aug – 21st Aug 2017

Hello mum and dad fefe hake? thank you for emailing me this week and taking the time out to email each week, i really do appreciate it!! Thank you for the updates on each of you and also on the family, seems like everyone is doing good! How is family prayer, scripture reading and family home evening?

Well I have transferred to my new area and it is Ilagan right in the city (the home of the corn here in the Philippines) and my new companion is Sister Mafi

DSC09670 yep my lotu was answered and she is tongan from tonga ouaaa she is from Popua!!! So on my way here i was pretty scared because i was travelling by myself to a place i never even knew and the only direction i was given was “get off at jollibee the only one in Ilagan” so with that i went onto the bus and its like a drive from Campbelltown to Frenches Forest so for me it was a 2 and half hour drive, anyways i was like man i hope i get off at the right stop (also this bus has no stops you just get off wherever and they pick up people wherever just like tonga lol) so anyways half way there this guy got on the bus and out of all seats he just has to sit next to me and in my mind i was like hoi the seats are small, theres so much space in this bus and you just have to sit here, so during the bus ride he recieved a phone call and he told them he was getting off at Jollibee Ilagan!! So i was like man what a blessing from Heavenly Father, out of all places to sit he sits next to me to allow me to get off at the right place so yep that was one of the many miracles that happened to me this week!!

So i met my new companion Sister Mafi, so we both found out monday night while i was still in Tuguegarao and guess what the first text i recieved from her it was in tongan hahaha so my companion Sister Perez was like i dont think this is tagalog and when i looked at it i couldnt stop laughing, but man she is heaps mad our first dinner we had kumala!! The ward here is so good, like bishop here is so hard working actually all the members here are so helpful in the work of the lord!! We had a one day mission with our ward and we all went out looking for people to teach and so many members came out and showed there support and even the old ones came and helped out cooking so it was so good to see (bishop mailangi i suggest it for the ward and the missionaries) we were able to find 35 people as a ward in 3 hours so it was good!!

DSC09703 For lunch on sunday i made chopsiuey the first time actually haha it was approved from Sister Mafi so im guessing its good, we didnt have any vegetables forgot to buy it the day before but it was alright also it was so much and guess what we finished it haha!!

IMG_3240But we went to the Sports Complex here for a run because i havent ran in 2 weeks and was missing it and she wants to fakaholo so she reckons shes going to get up every morning haha

DSC09705but we will see, the area here is good it is the city so pretty hard but hey thats missionary work!! I think the only down thing about having a tongan companion is the mentality they have just because im tongan they can get away with little things, but everytime i am tempted i just read over the email from dad about being truthfully honest and whenever there is something that is not right i just tell her and we went over it in companionship inventory, but shes good and a really hard worker too!!

Yeah i have been studying the book of mormon to go over it and really come to understand it and i really do love it!! i source that is a big help is the book of mormon manual read a chapter then read the manual another source is the holy ghost, i really can tell the difference of when i was at home reading and here on the mission like at home i was reading just read but its different when you read to understand!! I just finished Alma today such a good read!!

how is everyone in the family?

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i am good, we are the only two in our house so it makes it heaps easy to clean and cook because were both easy and just eat anything, the first two days Sister Mafi bought 2 ice cream bowls and finished it in like 3 days hahaha hut guy but the work is good and my tagalog is getting there but still has a lot of improvement!! Missing home hearing Sister Mafi speak and pray in tongan but im good!! She has been teaching me tongan too which is tika haha

DSC09704but thats all from me this week always know that you are all in my prayers, everyday and theres never i day i dont think of you all!!! thank you for your hard work everyday for this family, remember to keep up family prayer,family scripture reading and family home evening everyday please and please feed the missionaries once a week espeically because dads the bishop even if it is noodles they are grateful!!!

“Farewelling the families in my first area”

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH IF THERES ANY THING YOU NEED FROM ME PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!

OFA LAHI ATU
SISTER MAILANGI

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“Just give till the Master stops giving to you” 8th Aug – 14th Aug 2017

DSC09605Hi My Beautiful Parents,

Mo fefe hake? how is everyone at home? how is family prayer? how is family scripture reading? how is family home evening? (i just noticed every follow up starts with family ends with the tool he has given us to work our salvation crazy anyways) How is work? how is the ward?

This weeks work was really good, we were able to have some really good lessons with either our investigators or less actives and really help each of them draw closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and really come to help those who dont know, come to know the truthfulness of this gospel! One lesson was one for the books so you know that guy that came to church a few weeks ago and we hadn’t taught him he just came anyways we set a appointment with him one hour before church started because he cant meet with us during the week because he is busy with work and he wanted to us to meet him at his work but its not in our area so we decided church would be good, anyways filipino time so he came at 8:30 so we started and man his questions were just out of the world questions e.g. Do you believe in Jesus Christ the spirit or God head the Spirit? When Heavenly Father absorbs Jesus Christ will this church be latter day saints lang? like really some out of the world questions and he probably had 15 memorized bible scriptures that he quoted to us which was something different but it was a good lesson he has a desire to learn and is willing to listen he had a lot of questions and it wasnt really concern for him it was more testimony and he kept saying our church “because i really want to join this church” so it was good to talk with a child of god and help him come to know the truthfulness of our message and even though it took along time that we even missed our own sacrament because he kept wanting to questions answered everytime we wanted to close but it was a good experience and one i wont forget!!! So we went to take sacrament with the next ward and then went to work, got caught in the rain again with our fellow shipper which was just another normal day!!

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But yes this week i shared the talk that mum gave to me to read ‘the greatest among you’ to one of our family home evening’s (Sadural Family we eat there every sunday) it felt really good and nanay even shared that, it was something she needed that day so thank you!!! But i came across this quote ‘in a little missionaries book of inspirational stories’ and it says “Go spread to the Needy, sweet charity’s bread, For giving is living” the angel said “O must i be giving again and again?” My peevish and willful answer ran. “Oh no” said the angel, and her eyes pierced me through…… “Just give till the master stops giving to you”. man when i read this quote i was like man i am getting things everyday and sometimes blessings i cant even comprahend and sometimes i even count how many times i give to some people how selfish of me to think, if theres one thing i have learnt right now is to give until the master stops giving to me and i really want to take that attitude with me for the rest of my life and i have learnt that of both of you thank you for giving to everyone no matter who thank you for giving so much to this family time effort and love it never goes unnoticed thank you for serving the lord that we can learn from you both!!! Thank you for being examples of giving to me!!!

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I am okay and i am feeling pretty sad that you guys had nightmares about me, trust me when i say if anything were to happen it will happen in the work of the lord so i will be okay i am fine trust me!! well this morning i found out i am Transferring to my 2nd area on wednesday so man pretty excited, scared and sad to leave my first area, i thought it was hard to say bye to my family but i wont lie it is hard saying bye to investigators,less active and active members that i have met here because i ont know when the next time i am going to see them!! but i guess thats missionary work!!

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I LOVE YOU ALL AND ALWAYS KNOW YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS!!

OFA LAHI ATU
SISTER MAILANGI

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Listen to understand NOT listen to speak 1st Aug – 7th Aug 2017

Hello my beautiful parents!! Thank you for emailing me and taking out the time to email me in your busy schedule but i am glad to hear everything is doing well at home and everything is adjusting a little better. How is everyone? how is work for those that work? how is school? how is the ward? (man I miss Eastlakes ward so much!!) how is both my nana and papa’s? how is scripture reading? how is family prayer? how is family home evening? BUT HOW ARE YOU MUM AND BISHOP?

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Well the work this week was good we were able to find some people and i have been a little more comfortable in contacting which is good still a lot of improvement but its getting there just gotta keep, keeping at it. We finally have a progressing investigator who is coming to church which is hectic, so we are just really putting her into focus, we found out on Sunday that we have another one who actually is someone we visit every Tuesday for family home evening. We didn’t know whether she was a convert or ward baptism her parents aren’t members but her grandparents are. She has been coming with them since she was young to church so my trainer told me she falls under the ward nek minit bishop asked us if she was scheduled for this Saturday for baptism but now she cant because she hasn’t been taught any lessons. Thats some thing that happened this week but I see this area is progressing, little by little which is good!! In terms of my language could be a little better! I still sit in some lessons and just nod my head then look at my companion haha My companion is hectic, she is so helpful and just been really trying to help me teach true doctrine and be obedient which I love. She really tries to help me reach my goals as a missionary and its hectic too because we get the same kinda of jokes and everything so if someone does something hut we just look at each other and smile eg. One of our room mates loves to tease but hates when people tease her so yep I’ve been giving it to her haha As for myself I am good I cant believe it has been a good 5-6 months here on the mission already how crazy is that, it has gone so fast for me. Sometimes I really just sit back and just think look at how short the time is he has asked me to serve!!! well this week is the last week for this cycle and yep I jumped the gun this past testimony meeting and said thanks to everyone and there love because I feel like I’m getting transferred next cycle which is crazy to think but that’s just me assuming. I could be wrong either way I don’t mind, its all in his timing!! This week I had the worst stomach bug everrrrr on Saturday I think I don’t know what I ate we were at a members after CSP and yep stomach bug that whole day I didn’t end up eating for 36 hours but im okay now up and eating again haha!!

This weeks studies have been good I have really learnt a lot about the Preach My Gospel and book of mormon because thats what our Mission President wants us to focus on, but something that i did learn with an experience i had was how important listening is!! You both are probably like yes finally haha because I already know I wasn’t the best listener at home!! but yesterday we were asked to join a meeting with our stake president, bishop and one of the stake counsellors, and man what an experience that was some of the tings said in there should of not been said with the presence of missionaries there and it was just crazy all because one person was listening. I remember in the PMG Jefferey.R.Holland said “more important then speaking is listening” everything yesterday could have been a lot smother if one person just listened, and after i got out of that meeting (which i came out wanting to taii someone) i was asking myself why did the lord put me in that meeting, and looking at it now he wanted me to learn what happens when you just dont listen, as in really listen to understand!! And that is one thing i have been trying to do as a missionary especially just really look at someone and listen to what they are sharing because it could be from what they share, that we could help them resolve there concern. At home thats something i sucked at, i was listening to speak and not listening to understand and being here i able to see how big of a difference it could be just to listen with love!! And i really add my testimony to what Elder Jefferey.R.Holland said, it is really more important to listen then to speak, lets listen to whoever maybe be speaking, we could be there ear for the day, no matter who it may be (nana and her 1000 stories, papa and hes repeated stories) at the end of the day they would probably be so thankful that someone listened!! Lets never forget to the man who listens to our hearts, who listens to our prayers, who listens to our concerns and who listens to comfort, who is our loving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ!!!

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But that is all from me this week went so fast!! I went for a run this week since MTC i died but felt hectic!! My interviews with President and Sister Hiatt was so good and so blessed to have them as my mission parents!! I am A ok of course i am on the lords errand you both need not worry about me every day is a good day in the service of the lord, if i get hungry, if i get lost i am doing so in the service of the lord!!! i love you both so much and appreciate both your counsel and love for me each week and each day, even though we ay be a few miles away i feel your love for me each day, thank you for making me push harder and thank you both for your hard work for this family i love you so much!!!!!

 

LOVE ALWAYS

SISTER MAILANGI

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