Monday, July 14, 2014

July 7, 2014 Hello! Hello!

Me and Sis Leakehe!!!

Hello Family!

Well, this week was okay.  Actually, it was kind of a weird week because I got sick this week.  I was kind of funny because it was right after Sis Leakehe had asked me the week before if I'd gotten sick yet on the mission and I said no, just a little cold.  Spoke too soon.  Last Monday I started feeling not so great while I was emailing and then I'm pretty sure it turned into the flu.  We didn't work Monday, Tuesday I went to the senior couples house and slept all day while my comp went on splits.  Wednesday I worked and then my fever came back on Thursday and I stayed home again.  Man, being sick in the Philippines is NOT FUN.  I feel like I slept the whole week and you can imagine that our zone leaders were having a fit because our stats were so low.  But my comp was an angel and even though she really wanted to work she was super nice about staying home while I slept.  Hopefully I don't get sick the rest of my mission!!

So I don't really have much to report this week except that on Friday, all the STL's and Zone Leaders went to Mission Leadership Conference and we got to meet our new mission president.  He and his wife are super nice and I already love them a lot.  There are already a bunch of changes that he made to the mission which was really exciting for us to learn.  But it was funny watching the AP's faces while President was saying all the rules that he was changing (he's making it a lot less rules here).  They looked a little stressed and I think they're worried about missionaries feeling too free about all the rule changes and the mission because they might be too lax or disobedient.  It was funny.  But I really liked what Pres Dahle said.  Before he said the rule changes, he talked about being a consecrated missionary.  He said that if we are truly consecrated, we will not want to stretch all the rules and be disobedient but we will always give our whole selves to the Lord.  And he said that as leaders, we are responsible to teach the missionaries that we are over to be consecrated missionaries.  He said that it all starts with us as leaders to show a consecrated example to them.  Hopefully me and my companion can become super consecrated missionaries here in the Orion Zone!

We didn't really get to go to very many people this week but we did get to teach Lovely's son again and he came to church again yesterday.  Man, that kid is really smart.  He is only 14 years old but he is really spiritually ready to hear the gospel.  Even though his mom hasn't come to church yet, he comes all by himself and I think he might have even walked yesterday to and from church.  And, there are no young men in our branch.  He is the only one.  Yesterday they stuck him with all the young women because the young men's president hadn't prepared a lesson but he was okay with that (I'm a little embarrassed about that but oh well...).  We're hoping that he'll be the way to get his mom to finally come to church.  Kind of like Melvin and Ellen in Masinloc.

Sis Leakehe by the house
Our service project that we got to do.  I was chosen to take all the old rusty nails out of the boards
And I forgot to say last week that we were able to do a service project for one of our less actives here in Pilar.  Their house burned so the members went over and we took down what was still salvageable and then moved it all to a new site and rebuilt their house.  We were allowed to help for 2 hours and it was super fun.  And the sister who we helped was sooooo grateful because her husband died years ago and its just her and her kids.  It really meant a lot to her.  Yesterday, she bore her testimony and said that she will never forget the kindness of the members to her.  Hopefully this is what will help them stay active now!! :)

Well, that's about it!  I hope that you all had a great fourth of July (we ate pizza which was the most American thing I've eaten in a long time).  Hope you have a great week!

Mahal ko kayo!
Sister Sirrine

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