Monday, 18 September 2017

Elder Andersen Week 74

Hey everyone,

It has been a good week! A long one, and a busy one but a good one. The highlight of this week was definitely the visit of Elder Bowen and Elder Andersen and their wives. To be able to shake hands and listen to an Apostle of the Lord was the most amazing thing ever. We were combined with Quezon City North Mission as well so there were so many missionaries in one place. I sat in the 3rd row from the front, in the middle. He didn't speak from the pulpit the whole time, but when he was there he was right in front of me. I was like: O :O :O hahahaha! Then he came down with those microphones that you clip onto your shirt, I forgot what it's called... and then he came and walked around and we had a great discussion. At the start of the meeting we sung the EFY medley. The Sisters in Zion and Army of Helaman one. Flip, the spirit was so strong I thought I was going to be lifted up into heaven hahahaha joke. But I got goosebumps all the way up my body! Elder Andersen was smiling the whole time, and all the couple missionaries that were sitting at the front (including both mission Presidents and their wives), all had tears in their eyes. There is something about that song that just brings the spirit and when you have about 400 missionaries singing it, it is SO powerful! It was an amazing experience! President Koster wanted to make sure that we were on our best behaviour, that we had 'quiet dignity', and that we were reverent. Everything went smoothly! It was great. Afterwards Elder Andersen said, "next week I am going to meet with President Monson and I am going to tell him you were great." I was like: D :O :D :O hahaahaha! How cool is that? I am so blessed to be able to have met him! I learnt many things from him that I am going to apply in my missionary work and my life! I also was able to see a few of my batch from the MTC! It was awesome! I saw one of my companions from the MTC!  So awesome. 

Another good thing that has been happening for these last 2 weeks is that we have been doing splits on Sundays. This has been helping us cover more appointments. We have been working with the YSA that are planning to serve missions! It has been fun. 

One thing I love about the Philippines is the people I have met. Sometimes they are so open about their lives to you in the first visit. We OYMed this one Nanay and she let us into her home. We then just started talking to her and she was sharing about the struggles that she was having in life with her husband and also her children. She isn't with her husband anymore and one of her children used to take drugs. He's older now but there has been a big effect on him because of the drugs. As she was talking she started crying. I felt so bad for her. Then we started teaching her and she was SO attentive in the lesson. She would look at us right in the eyes. It was like we were giving her hope talaga. We are going to go back to her this week. We tried yesterday, pero, she wasn't at home. I am so grateful I could meet her. I love when you are able to meet such sincere people!

Me and my companion are finding many people! It is great! We are enjoying talking to everyone and sharing the gospel with them. Kung ayaw nila, okay lang yan, choice nila yan pero at least ginawa namin ang part naming.  Haha, sorry, I just felt like writing it in Tagalog.

Just a random note. Next week my P-Day will be on Tuesday cause we are going to the temple. 

Btw....HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA ROBIN!!  I hope you have an amazing day! I love you very much!!!

I think that is all for now!

Love you all!! 

Sister Hann

Monday, 11 September 2017

Hey All! Week 73

Hey all, 

This is going to be a short one. I just want you all to know that I am having a great time with my new companion! I've known her since my first transfer in the mission. Her name is Sister Bulewa and she is from Fiji. She is great! We are working hard and seeing miracles! We are doing lots of finding. I am really enjoying it! We are just talking to everyone. And sometimes they don't want to talk to us but that's all good, at least we did our part.

This Friday Elder Anderson is coming to speak to us! We are so excited! Our mission and Quezon City North Mission. If only Curtis was out in the field that would be awesome. There is going to be 400 missionaries there they said! I will let you know how that goes next week! Hopefully we get to shake his hand.

Our mission is doing amazing and we are seeing miracles.

We just had an MLC and me and my companion had to do the workshop. We were called by the AP's the day before. I was ohhh cmon! But it went well.

Anyway, that's all for now!! 

Love you all!

Sorry it's short hehe

Sister Hann

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Start of My Last Transfer - Week 72

Well, well, well. Here I am, at the start of my last transfer. Crazy, right? I feel like time has flown by so fast. I love the mission. I don't want to leave it. So I am going to give everything I can for these last 6 weeks. I continue to see miracles in our mission. It is amazing! Our mission is so united and it really does feel like a family.

My companion is now gone! She goes home on Wednesday but she left yesterday because they have workshops and also activities before they leave. I am just staying with some other Sisters in my zone. I know who my new companion will be, she will transfer tomorrow. I am happy cause I know her and she is really nice! We are gonna kill it this transfer! We have a good zone as well. The zone leaders aren't transferring which is good cause they have a good companionship. The zone is gonna be on fire this transfer. Ahhh life is good. 

Even though life is good, it's not always easy. Missionary work is not easy. Me and my new companion will have a lot of work to do. But that's okay, it is gonna be good! I am ready to work until I literally collapse haha. It always feels better when you come home after a long day and you just fall asleep straight away cause you're so tired!

Not a lot really happened this week. My companion had to rest a lot (which is fine) and so it was a bit of a slow week. Then she left which was sad. But that's just how it is! People come and people go. It is hard when you are close with them. I had a lot of close friends go home this transfer. Oh well, there is always facebook when I get home haha!

I have learnt many things this last transfer. I learnt from my companion how important the Atonement is. She knows how to access the power of the Atonement in her life every day. It is the only thing that keeps her going. I have learnt also how to apply it in my life. I have also learnt how to make miracles happen. I also learnt that if we do our part, the Lord will provide. Our work was only a small amount this transfer but we still saw miracles, we still witnessed a baptism of someone who was so prepared to accept the gospel and for sure will be a leader in the church someday. He also has a desire to serve a mission. It's just amazing. I love the miracles I get to see every day. I have learnt though that miracles don't have to be a big thing. It can be something small. We just need to be able to recognise it. As a missionary, you really learn how to recognise the small miracles in each day. I am grateful that that is something I have learnt. 

Anyway, I have to go. I am sure I will have more to update you on next week. 

I love you all and I love the gospel.

Most importantly I love the Saviour. 

Always remember this: "Jesus Christ is always the answer."

Have an amazing week!!


Sister Hann 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Short One This week - Week 71

Hey everyone, 

We had a miracle baptism! Brother Kevin! His baptism was great. We could tell that he really felt the spirit. What I love about Kevin is that he is so genuine! And he is so receptive to the spirit! He really understands. We teach and then he understands straight away. He is someone that is so prepared that as soon as he hears truth he believes. As he shared his testimony he was speechless! As we sung for him he teared up. I love him! In his confirmation Bishop mentioned that he will serve a mission and get married in the temple. He has a desire to serve a mission! I am just so happy. I am blessed to have been a part of this and blessed to have met him! He is 18 years old. 

There's not really anything else to say. I am so sorry that this is so short!

Love you all! 

Have a great week!

Sister Hann

Monday, 21 August 2017

I am 22. I am old. Week 70

Hello everyone, 

I am now 22. I have been alive for 22 years, feels like an eternity, but I have a long way to go.

I have had a great birthday so far! This morning we went to the Marikina Sports Centre with some missionaries from our zone (my district and then the zone leaders and 2 other Elders). It was so much fun! We played basketball, and then played a game with random people. It was fun! Then we went out for lunch. They bought me a cake and then sung for me haha. It was so nice! I have had a great birthday so far! Later we are going to Taytay to buy some more dresses so it is going to be an awesome day.

This week has been another good one. We did 2 exchanges this week. On Thursday and Saturday. I worked with my old companion again. Sister Balagso! She is now in our zone. It was awesome and we had so much fun!! I also worked with a Sister from America. It was funny because everyone stared at us and even some people OYM'ed us. I felt like we didn't even have to try and find people, they just came to us. They are amazed that we are white and know how to speak Tagalog.  It was lots of fun.

So, me and my companion have an awesome opportunity. Later tonight we are going to be skyping missionaries in Taiwan. They have a Filipino investigator that has limited English and Chinese, so they are having trouble. The Mission President in Taiwan sent President Koster a message and asked him if he could find some Sisters who spoke English and Tagalog so that we could help teach.  President called us! How amazing is that?! Out of everyone he chose us. I was so excited! And out of every mission here the Mission President of Taiwan chose our mission. It is an amazing opportunity and I am excited to experience this. We will be the translators for the missionaries over there and their investigator! We will be going to the office later and our appointment is at 6:30pm. Awesome opportunity!

That is all that has really happened this week. I've gone blank again hehe.  But yesterday I was reading in the New Testament, in Luke. This is the first time I have really started to appreciate the parables that Jesus taught! They are amazing! I love the way the Saviour teaches. He is a perfect example for us. 

I hope you all have another great week! 

Love you all

Sister Hann

Monday, 14 August 2017

Hello Week 69

Another week has gone! Time flies!!!

We had a good week this week! So last Monday after my email we got a call from the AP. He said that the Sister's from Mindoro were coming and we would have to do an exchange with them. They were coming for Sister's conference. The Sister's conference was on Wednesday so Tuesday we did an exchange with them. It was good! It was nice to have some other Sister's in our apartment. 

The Sister's conference was so awesome! It was amazing. The theme was Wonder Women. Sister Koster and the other couple Sister missionaries talked to us. They spoke about women in the scriptures and then they also shared about their lives. The Spirit was so strong and we were able to understand more about our role and our identity as women. I loved it! There were some activities as well. It was nice to see my previous companions as well.

This week we saw many miracles. We are going to have a baptism on the last Saturday of August! It is a miracle because he was not the one we were planning to baptise. His girlfriend is a member and he has been coming to church in our ward but he actually lives in another area. We thought it wasn't okay for us to teach him and then have him baptised here but we talked to the zone leaders in the other area and they said it was okay! So we taught him on Sunday during the last hour of church. He is awesome! We asked him how the lessons went with the other missionaries and he said he always felt really good. He said he could feel the spirit. One thing I like about this guy is that he is so receptive to the spirit. He is only 18 years old but he is smart. We taught him about the plan of salvation and it was so cute because we talked a little bit about temple marriage. He was like yeah that's what we are planning for (as he said this he pointed to his girlfriend). It was really nice to see that he is already thinking about these things and he understood how important something like that was, especially for his girlfriend. We asked him how he felt now that he knows about the Plan of Salvation. He said he feels he understands his purpose in life more and he now sees what he has to do to reach the Celestial Kingdom. He accepted to be baptised on August 26. I was supposed to end the lesson but I was speechless because I was excited hahaaha. I love seeing when people are so ready to accept the gospel in their life. 

We had a zone activity earlier today. It was awesome. We played some basketball, some volleyball and this other game that the zone leaders organised. It was heaps of fun! I can see that we are becoming more united and the zone leaders shared with us that our zone did really well this week! Miracles continue to happen each week. I am loving life at the moment. I never want this to end but a mission can’t last for a life time. I continue to prepare myself to come home as well. I will go home next transfer. But let's not talk about that yet haha. 

I love you all. I just want to encourage you to read the Book of Mormon every day. If you will you will see the miracles. 

I feel like my emails are getting shorter and shorter haha sorry. I always forget what I am going to write when I get here haha. 

Have a great week! 

Talk to you next week.



Sister Hann

Monday, 7 August 2017

Hey Everyone! Week 68

Hey everyone,

Do you ever feel like you are thinking about 50 billion things at once? That's how I feel at the moment haha but it's okay.  I enjoy being busy. I don't think I have ever said that in my life, but yes, it is true haha.

So 2 main things happened this week. On Thursday we had MLC. (that's the missionary leadership council). So we have that every month. We always have to wake up really early for that. It was really good. We set some great goals for the mission and ways we can help each zone achieve our goals. It just made us all pumped. Now we just have to help the other missions feel that fire. After MLC we were busy, we also had our weekly meeting with the bishopric so we got home and we were so tired and then we had to prepare our workshop for the zone conference the next day. It was getting late and I was like ahhh my brain isn't working anymore haha. Then we had to wake up early the next day. Our workshop went well though. I always feel the Lord's help and always feel like I am being led by the Spirit when I teach! I am feeling also that I am less nervous to talk in front of others and teach in front of others. When I get up there as well the nerves fade away. It is awesome. 

On Saturday we did zone planning with the zone leaders. Zone planning is actually something that the zone leaders do by themselves. But at MLC President said, “Okay, Zone leaders if you have STL's in your zone take some time now and talk to them about what you can do to help your zone.” So we talked and we thought that if we did zone planning with them it would help. Sometimes they find they’re stuck and need more help. We got permission from President and it was so good! It was so effective! We got really pumped and we thought about ideas that we could do to become more unified as a zone and to achieve the goals that we have set. I can see how our mission is really progressing! We are becoming unified and we are seeing the miracles!!! Ah I think my head is going to explode from excitement haha.

This week we have a Sister's conference. It’s on Wednesday! I am really excited! It's for ALL the Sisters in the mission! It will be great to come together and spend some time together. 
I think that is all for now. I am running out of time like always! 

Sorry this isn't very spiritual haha. 

I hope you have an awesome week! 

Love you all!

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE TODD FOR SUNDAY!!!! Sunday is the 13th right? I hope you have an awesome day! Getting a bit old but that's okay I forgive you hehe.