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.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Our Mission is on Fire! Week 67

Hey everyone!

Our mission is on fire right now! So earlier we were at Aurora chapel (the biggest chapel in the mission and where our mission office is). It was just a bunch of random missionaries from different zones (mostly Polynesians haha). We just played sports. It was awesome. But the AP's came and told us that our mission just reached 161 baptisms for this month! That is the most we have had! We are so happy! I am just getting goosebumps thinking about it haha. The culture in the mission is changing. We are having more faith, being more obedient, working harder and having more unity. It is awesome! We are like one big family. I love it. 

This week has been awesome. Me and Sister Tio are loving life haha. There is no contention in our companionship. She is my closest friend here so it's like we're just hanging out every day hahaha except of course we are working hard.

One thing I want to share is what happened last night. We had a missionary fireside at Antipolo stake centre! I got to go because I was singing in the choir! It was soooooooooo awesome because I got to see people from the Branch that I served in! They were so shocked to see me haha but it was great to be reunited again! As the choir, we sung 2 songs. The first was a Book of Mormon stories medley. The second was the sisters in zion and bring the world his truth medley. Ahhhhhhhh I love that song so much! There were so many missionaries and when we sung that it was SO powerful! I had goosebumps literally from my head to my feet hahaha! Singing really does bring the spirit. At least we were in a group so you couldn't hear my voice hehe. After it we travelled home with the zone leaders and also 4 other sisters in our zone. As we got on the jeep we were just talking to everyone and it was so awesome. It is so much better when there are more of you. We were pumped from the fireside and we just wanted to get out there and share with everyone haha. 

Oh yeah! So next transfer Elder Neil L. Anderson is coming to our Mission! He will come and speak to us! Ah I am so excited! It will be combined with the Quezon City North Mission as well! So that's awesome!  It will be amazing cause that's my last transfer AND cause it's an Apostle! I always wanted to meet or listen to an Apostle while on my mission. Now I will have the chance! I don't know if we will all get to shake his hand but that's okay. At least I will get to hear from him!

So this transfer I feel like we are starting from scratch in our area. Trying to find those that are ready to accept the gospel. They're out there, just need to find them. I am more inspired and pumped right now for the work! I love being a missionary! I can't even express it hahahaha! I've been pushed on my mission more than I ever have in my life, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

That's all for this week. I love you all! Have an amazing week!

Sister Hann

A bunch of people went to Aurora chapel to play some sports. We are all from different zones haha but they got permission from President.

Playing sport at Aurora Chapel

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Transfer Week! - Week 66

Hey all!

So it is transfer week but I won't be transferring. My new companion will be Sister Tio! We are very close so I am excited for the transfer ahead!

So I would like to share a spiritual experience that I had this week. We went to a member’s house for lunch. They have this book and there is a lot of deep doctrine in it. We had a bit of a look. We were reading about the pre-existence. When we read it, there was this part that talked about how animals have souls. But then it said that the difference between animals and humans is that animals are Heavenly Father's creation and we are His offspring. As I read this it really hit me. Obviously, I know that I am a child of God. But at this point as in I REALLY came to understand who I am. I really came to understand that He truly is my Father and there is a part of Him in me. I knew this before, but now I guess I truly felt it. It's hard to explain. Ever since this, my prayers have been better. I feel like I am actually talking to Him. I feel like I am having a conversation with my Father. I also feel and understand more of what He feels for me and what He thinks about me. It is hard to express. It was an amazing experience.

One thing I want to share with you before I go is a quote.

"Those who are deliberate about doing the small and simple things, obeying in seemingly little ways- are blessed with faith and strength that go far beyond the actual acts of obedience themselves and, in fact, may seem totally unrelated to them." 
- Elder L. Whitney Clayton

He is talking about the simple things, like our prayers, scripture reading, and attending church. He knew a Bishop who was counselling with people. They were telling him they had these problems. He encouraged them to do those small things. They felt as though he wasn't really listening because those things weren't related to fixing their problems. But what they didn't really understand was that those are the things that in the long run are going to help. They are the basis of everything. Sometimes we need to focus first on being good at doing the small things before we focus on the big things. I have a testimony of these "small and simple things". I promise if we do them we will be blessed. It helps us be more protected from the temptations of the world! If we are 'in the world' we don't feel the spirit as much, and we start to feel like the things we are doing are not that bad because the spirit ceases to strive with us. 

Anyway, that's all I have for you for this week. Oh, and if you're away from the church, come back. There's always a way back, no matter what you have done, no matter how bad. I promise. I have really felt the love of my Heavenly Father this week. He loves all His children, even if they make mistakes. He knows we're not perfect and He is willing to help us!

Love you all!! 

Sister Hann

Monday, 17 July 2017

Hey Everyone - Week 65

Hi all!

So, we had a busy week this week. I had 2 exchanges. One on Tuesday and then the next one on Wednesday. It was tiring and by Wednesday night I felt like it was Saturday haha. But I really enjoy working with the other Sisters. They are really great and I learn something different from each of them. 

We had many dinner appointments this week which of course was awesome haha. 

Earlier we had a zone activity. We played some games which was lots of fun. Then of course we played a bit of basketball. I beat 2 Elders at a free throw contest. Don't worry I am not losing my game here ;) HAHA just joking :) 

We had a great day yesterday! We had 6 investigators at church. The other weeks it has just been 1 or 2. We also had one of our recent converts bring a friend to church and she said he wants to become a member. I was like wow, okay, well we can make that happen haha. Hopefully things will work out there. 

We don't have a lot of investigators here but we are working hard to find new ones. It's all about faith, obedience, hard work and unity.  I have been in some hard areas but I never said, "this area is hopeless, we can't do it" I just said, "okay we have some work to do. Let's do our best and look for the miracles." That has helped me so much on my mission! It has helped me see the small miracles that happen every day in our lives. We just have to be positive and look for them!

That's all for now. Sorry this is short!

Love you all!

Sister Hann 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Busy Week - Week 64

So we had a busy week this week!

The main things that happened were Zone Conference on Thursday and then MLC on Friday. 

Zone conference was awesome. I got to see some friends that I haven't seen for a while and I also got to see my Tatay! Haha. He is American and he went home about a year ago. But his fiancĂ© lives here so he came to visit and he came to our zone conference. It was awesome to see him again! After the zone conference, we were outside waiting for a jeep. There was something that was bothering me a bit. While I was standing there one of the Elders said to me... Sister Hann, I've heard a lot about you. I was like umm is that a good thing? He said yeah don't worry, it's only good things. He said, "Elder so and so said you're awesome. He said you're a spiritual giant, and I can testify to that." When he said that I just felt a wave of comfort. I was like ahh I guess I am doing something right haha. There are many times in a mission when you feel inadequate, when you feel like you're not reaching up to what you should be. I remember one quote that has always been a comfort to me. It is "Your success is not measured in what you do, it is in what you leave behind." There are many things that I am not perfect at when it comes to this work, but I am just going to focus on my strengths. I have learnt that how I make people feel, and what I leave behind is what is more important than how 'good' I am. Then I was standing next to an Australian and he was like, “you got this Sister, you're Australian, and Australians can do anything.” Hahaha. 

Then on Friday we had our Missionary Leadership council. I was so nervous when we got there hahahaha. I couldn't even eat the breakfast that was prepared! But the other missionaries were like don't worry we've got your back hahaha. I applied that quote I shared last week, fake it till you make it hahaha. When I got up there and we gave the workshop I just felt calm and I was able to speak well. Afterwards they said it was a really good workshop and President said to me afterwards it was as well. I am grateful that I am now getting better at public speaking. I am starting to enjoy it as well. Did I really just say that? Hahaha!

This coming week we will have 2 more sets of exchanges with the sisters in our zone. Should be fun! 

I think that is all for now. Oh yeah yesterday my companion couldn't work because she wasn't well. You won't believe it, I was going insane staying inside all day. I used to love it but now I just get anxious and want to go out and do something haha. 

Anyway, take care everyone! Hope you're all doing well. Keep reading the Book of Mormon, if you're not then start again haha.

Love you!!

Sister Hann

Last Sunday when it was raining,
Me and some of the YSA,
Us again (These were the other week, I haven't taken many pictures recently)


Last Sunday when it was raining

Me and some of the YSA,

Me and some of the YSA again