Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - Week 36

So, last week on Thursday we had a Christmas conference. It was really fun! So, each zone had to prepare a 10 minute skit. Ours was about a family who the parents were converts but the children weren't, the missionaries come to teach the children and they teach them about the conversion story of Alma the Younger. We acted out that story as well. I was the angel who stops Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah. It was funny because when they said "An angel appeared to Alma" I was standing on a chair and one of the Elders who was Alma turns around and shoots me with a nerf gun!!! Then I stretched out my hand and they all fell down. It was awesome haha. Like 2 minutes before we were going to do the skit this Elder comes up to me and says "so I am going to shoot you with a nerf gun.. don't react okay, the effect will be better." I was like oooooohhhhh okay no worries mate hahahahaha!! It was a fun day :)

Sunday of course I called my family!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D That was the best! It made my Christmas! Christmas was for sure different for me this year... But that's okay because I am here serving the Lord :) I will be home for next Christmas as well so no worries!!! It showed me how much I love my family and how I am so blessed!!!! And I am happy that we can live together forever after this life, thanks to the Gospel! 

I don't know yet if I will be transferring. The zone leaders haven't received the list yet. I don't feel like I will be transferred though. I guess I will let you all know next week!

I don't think I really have much to update you on. Our work continues to be hard in this area. But we are finding new people to teach! The hard part is just sometimes they don't progress. We meet them and teach Lesson 1 but then sometimes it doesn't progress further. We will keep trying and keep talking to new people so that we can find that person who is really prepared for the Gospel.

Wait actually last night we had an awesome lesson! We have this one investigator that I have only taught 2 times. She has been an investigator for SO long!!! But it is because she is so busy. The Sisters before had taught all the lessons to her but she was just so busy so she wasn't coming to church. Last night was the second time I've taught her and I love her! She is 23 and she is SO prepared for the gospel! She has a baby girl but she is not married. Her partner left before her baby was born :( The first time I taught her she talked a lot about repentance and how she wants to prepare herself and she wants to be worthy to partake of the Sacrament. I was so surprised that even as an investigator she feels the importance of partaking of the Sacrament worthily. Last night she talked about how she prepares herself every night so that she is ready when the Saviour comes again or if for some reason she would die the next day. She says she repents every day. She is so amazing! The problem is church. She truly is so busy and she has these studies or something that she has all day on Sundays. We talked together and we said that we will continue to pray for her so she can have an opportunity to come to church. Hopefully we can see some miracles there. She is so
great! She is very intelligent. We committed her to continue to read the Book of Mormon, even if she cannot come to church right now. Ahhh great lesson :)

Anyway, that is all for now. I have attached some pictures too.
SO, FOR SOME REASON MY PHOTOS FROM THE CHRISTMAS CONFERENCE ARE NOT HERE!!!!!! I am going to go and recover them later. I know somewhere where it is possible so hopefully it will be fine. I don't know what is happening!! Some of these pictures are not updated haha.

The first picture is me and my Nanay.
Next my zone here in Antipolo.
Then it is me and my companion at church.
The next shows us as a mission 'family'. The Elder is the district leader so it is my Anak's Tatay (her father) hahaha and same with our housemates who are in the picture too. Technically he then is my husband because I am my Anak’s Nanay (mother) but Sister Koster says "NO NO NO NO NO!!!! There are NO relationships in the mission! You can talk about having a mum, dad, children but you CANNOT have husbands and wives." Hahahahaha she is funny!
Next is a sister in our zone. She is from Hawaii.
Then last photo is of me with Krizzy!  She is the one who got baptised (I look terrible here).


Sister Hann! 

Me and my Nanay

My Zone here in Antipolo

Mission Family - My Anak and housemates Taytay

Me and my companion (Anak)

Another Sister Missionary - She is from Hawaii

Me and Krizzy - She was baptised recently

Monday, 26 December 2016

Christmas Day Skype

I thought I would share a short recording of Sister Hann speaking Tagalog to us during our Christmas Day Skype. Unsure why but it seems that this video will only play on a PC or laptop. Sorry.


Monday, 19 December 2016

Hey Everyone - Week 35

Hey everyone!

So, this week Elder Bowen came to speak to us. It was AMAZING! I felt the Spirit so strong! He talked a lot about who we are. He talked about the scattering and gathering of Israel and all of that stuff. He also talked about the oath and covenant of the Priesthood, and all the covenants we make. He wanted us to know who we really are because he said: "When you know who you are, you act accordingly." It is so true, I know a lot more about who I am from what he said and it helps me act better and act accordingly. It also helps me be a better missionary. He challenged us to talk to 30 people a day. Not just talk to them, but to do an overview or to testify to them about the Restoration. I haven't reached 30 yet but I am doing so much better. I am continuing to overcome my fears! I had 2 great experiences, we talked to random people and they let us into their house to share with them. I was like thank you Heavenly Father haha. One lady I just asked her if she knew someone that we were looking for and she said no but then I asked if we could share with them and she said yes and let us in. So, I actually knew where the person lived (the one I asked about) hahahaha but I needed to find a way to talk to her. 


Man, my cousins are awesome ;)

So, we had a baptism! It was the 12-year-old girl Krizzy. She is awesome and I love her desire to come to church and to follow the Saviour. She is great! After we teach a lesson, we will come back the next time and she will have written notes about it. She is great and I was so happy to see her make this step in her life. Her older sister is coming back to church as well, and her less active father was in a few of the lessons so hopefully this family can really progress and become strong in the church! 

This week we have a Christmas conference on Thursday!  I am so excited! I am in Antipolo zone, also attending on Thursday is Quezon City South zone and Taytay zone. My Nanay is in OCS zone and my old zone is Taytay so some of my friends are still there. So, I was so excited! There is Pasig zone as well but I don't really know many people there at the moment haha. That will be awesome! I am not exactly sure what we will do but I will let you know next week!

Christmas is on Sunday! I am sad that I will not get to spend it with my family but I am so happy to be here doing what I am doing. Let's all remember the true meaning of Christmas. Because of Christ and his Atonement, we are blessed with the gift of repentance, and the opportunity to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Because of Him, we will always have someone who understands our pains and our sorrows, and He will know how to comfort us. He is my brother, and your brother and He loves you more than you will ever
know. I will forever be grateful for Him and I will always follow Him. I can never turn away from Him now. I hope you all don't either. Because without Him, we are nothing.

I love you all and I wish you the merriest Christmas! May Christ be at the centre.


Sister Hann

Monday, 12 December 2016

Hard Week - Week 34

Hello everyone,

So, this week has been a bit hard. NO ONE WANTS TO LISTEN. Sometimes I feel like saying: "I am sorry, I am just trying to save your soul here." But of course, I don't haha. So, we haven't taught many investigators this week, we mainly taught less actives and members this week. So, I've been feeling a bit down. That's okay though, President and Sister Koster tell us "sometimes you will have bad days, you just have to sleep it off, wake up the next day and forget it all happened. Each day is a new day with new experiences." That has really helped this week. Especially yesterday because it was not a good day haha. So today is a new day with new experiences. You just have to stay positive or else you will get discouraged. That is something I have really learnt dito sa mission. 

So, last week on Tuesday we had a trainer and trainee meeting. It was my first time there as a trainer. It was really good. I saw my Nanay again because she did a workshop there for us. 
Oh, I also cooked a Filipino food this week! My first time! My kabahays are going to teach me how to cook haha :) I really need to know so I can help with the cooking and of course I need to learn how to cook the Filipino foods. They taste sooooo good!!! I will cook some when I come home :) I cooked something called Tinola :) I think that is how you spell it. And I didn't poison anyone so it was a success hahaha :) 

We had a Christmas party in the branch on Saturday. We were able to go because we had some investigators there and it was so much fun! :) The youth performed and there were some games. Yeah it was great seriously! It really brought everyone together and gave us an opportunity to get to know the members better :) 

So, in our work we are having to do a lot of "finding", because we really need more people to teach. It is hard!! Sometimes I am nervous to speak to people but I think this is really going to teach me how to follow the spirit so I can find people who are ready to hear the gospel. I am going to have to step SOOO far out of my comfort zone to do this but I have to do it. If I don't do this, we won't progress and I don't feel happy either if I don't talk to others... I feel like I am not fulfilling my purpose as a missionary. So... it just has to be done! 

Tomorrow we have Elder Bowen coming to speak to our mission. That will be really fun.  I will update you on how that is next week :) If I have time I will send some pictures but I don't think I have time :( Sorry talaga.

Love you all!

Sister Hann. 

Monday, 5 December 2016

G'day Friends and Fam - Week 33

Hey everyone!

So, this week was good :) I had STL exchanges on Thursday and we really had an enjoyable day. It was nice to work with a Filipino again haha. We talked to this one lady and got her information and said we would go on Saturday to teach her. The hard thing here in the Philippines is sometimes they really don't have a number for their house. So, I was like okay this will be interesting to try and find her. We went on Saturday morning and on the way while we were walking I started talking to a few kids. I asked them if they knew this lady and they said yes so, they took me straight to her. I was so thankful because sometimes it is so hard to find people’s houses! The kids are great here! I love talking to them! We went in and taught the lady and 3 of her friends too! And they were about 10 children there listening! It was great. 

So, in another story. there is this lady that is hiding from us hahahaha. We taught her once and I thought it went really well! But we keep going back and a few times my companion has seen her but she doesn't come out to greet us. Then the other day we saw her sister, we were standing at the front of their house waiting to see if she would answer. Her sister saw us, and kept walking past pretending she didn't see us. I was like let’s go talk to her so we went to follow her and then she did this big loop and walked back to the house. I was like ARE YOU SERIOUS MATE hahahaha. It was so obvious she was avoiding us. I had to laugh or else I would have just been disappointed. 

So, I've been reading from Matthew this week. I am really enjoying it because it is about the Saviour's life and teachings. Especially as it is so close to Christmas, it is great to learn more about His life. I haven't studied this since seminary so it is great and I encourage you to read it :) One of my favourite verses is Matthew 19:26 -  "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."

Oh btw, one child we are teaching had my camera and deleted all my pictures. Lucky, it is a new SD card but it still had pictures on from about a month ago, I was so mad haha. But we will try later and see if we can recover them, but I don't know if we can!  

So, it hasn't been long since I last sent the other email so I don't have much to update you on. Hope you are all well. Keep emailing! Even if I don't reply, I always read :) 

Helaman 5:12 - "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down
to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Love you all,

Sister Hann

Thursday, 1 December 2016

HELLO - Week 32

Hi everyone!

Oh, my word this has been an intense week. Training a missionary in a language I have only been learning for 7 months is not easy. I am dying. Haha only joking. It is for sure bringing me out of my comfort zone. I am having to lead everything. It has shown me though that my Tagalog is really improving. My companion can't understand me when I talk to investigators so I guess that is a good thing in regards to my language... but not for her hahahahaha.
It is hard because English is her second language as well. But it is okay. It is a challenge but Heavenly Father will provide a way :) I am just tired haha. 

We have had some good experiences this week. We have just been talking to random people about the gospel. One lady we talked to, it turns out her family are actually members in the branch I am assigned in. I was like whaaaaat?! When we went back to teach her she had two friends there and so we were able to teach them as well. The Lord really provides ways! 

Our progressing investigator at the moment is a 12 year old girl called Krizzy. She is great! She loves coming to church, the young women are great at fellow shipping her, and she is ready to be baptised! We just have to finish the lessons with her :) Her family is less active and have been for years, but she loves going and now comes every Sunday. It is so great to see the strong faith of a 12 year old girl. I remember at that age mum was always telling me to get out of bed to go to church and I always felt so tired. This girl just gets up and really has that desire. I love her :) 

This is not the easiest area, but I can see that as we are obedient, the Lord is putting people in our path to hear the gospel. So I will continue to work hard. 

We had a temple trip today, that is why my P-day has changed this week. I am so tired, we had to wake up at 4am this morning. So yeah, I don't think my email is very good. I will try and send some photos in another email... It wasn't working before though.

Anyway, I love you all. I am sorry it is not a very good update. Nothing overly amazing happened this week. I am just trying to do my best here to train Sister Isaac and lead the area. Hopefully next week my email will be better. 

Moroni 7:33 -  If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.

Sister Hann

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Hellooooooo Everyone

So I have my anak.. She is from Pakistan haha :) 
I have no time to email today.
I AM SO SORRY!!! I emailed mum and dad so ask them hahaha
I am doing well though! Love you all!

(Part of my email to mum)

Hi Mum! My week has been good with my new companion!
She is from Pakistan. She is so cute and so nice :) I am grateful for the opportunity to train her because it helps me to become better. I really do need to lead everything because she doesn't know Tagalog. So, I have been doing well with just talking to random people on the street too :) The main thing I want to teach her though is obedience. If we are obedient, Heavenly Father will put the right people in our path. I love the quote "Obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience brings miracles" Me and my companion both love that quote. 
I have enjoyed this week :) I am learning so much! It is not easy training, but it is fun :) 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

President Koster's Call

Hey all!!

So, this week has been interesting. 
 President called. I didn't hear the call because our sound for calling was low on our phone. Then I heard the message tone and I looked and there was a missed call from President and then a message from him to let us know when we were free because he needed to speak to me. I was like ahhhh flip sticks what is this about. He called back and he said to me. "Sister Hann, how is your Tagalog?" I was like yeah it's okay President. Then he told me that I would be training a new missionary and that she is a foreigner. I was like ahhhhhh I am dead hahaha. But he said to me that it was very clear to him that I should train and that the Lord has called me and will help me. Ahhh flip flip flip hahaha! I am excited because I can now call someone anak (child) (pronounced anuk). Haha but I am so nervous! I have to lead everything and teach her everything! And obviously lead with the Tagalog. My Tagalog is getting better. I can communicate reasonably well and I can understand reasonably well. It still depends sometimes though but ajgf;ajgfaldsjagd. So, this transfer will be fun for sure!!

So tonight, I think I am staying in the apartment of my Nanay wooo because she is closer to the mission home. I have to be at the mission home at 7am ughhhh. President also said... don't worry, we will feed you. I was like hehe alright I am there! Hahahah nah I didn't say that to him but I was thinking it for sure!

I am a bit nervous because our work was not great this last transfer because of the struggles of my companion. I don't blame her in anyway... But I know that I have a challenge ahead of me because I have to pick up where we lacked and also train a new missionary. But I am up for the challenge :) 

One scripture that has really comforted me this week has been:

Doctrine and Covenants section 84:88:
"And who receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your heart, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

I love that. Wherever I go and whatever home I go into, Heavenly Father is always there. And it is the same with all of us. I just love that scripture :) 

Sorry I don't have many pictures this week! And I don't have many things to update you on. I am sure there will be a lot more next week.

I just want to let you know I love you all. The gospel is true aye! Here in the mission I have seen how much we need it! And especially the importance of the Restoration of the Gospel. If we understand the apostasy that occurred after Jesus Christ and His apostles died... We can understand why Joseph Smith had to restore the true church on the earth. If you understand it, it really makes sense my friends :)

Love you all! Have an amazing week! I pray for you always! Wish me luck in training my anak hahaha!

Sister Hann

Zone Conference Activity - Bowling

The Family that I Love

Monday, 7 November 2016

G'day My Fellow Aussies - Week 29

Hello everyone :)

So not a lot has happened this week I must say. I did have STL exchanges with a Sister from Samoa. She is great :) We had a really good day!

I want to share part of a talk I have been reading this week. I also want you all to read it.

It is called the fourth missionary by Lawrence E. Corbridge. I am going to copy and paste a few parts of it. But look it up on google. It can apply to all our lives.

The purpose and central blessing of life is change. It is to be changed to become more like Jesus Christ. It is to incorporate into your character, the qualities of His character. It is to move from one degree of intelligence and capacity to the next, and from there to the next, until you see God face to face and know Him as He knows you.
(Holding up the scriptures)...none of this makes much difference unless it gets inside of you. All of this is only marks on pieces of paper bound together in leather; it has no intrinsic value, unless it becomes you. The purpose and essential blessing of life is to be changed to become more like the Lord, to realise the full measure of your divine potential.

This first part is talking about change, and to change to become more like the Saviour. The next is about the scriptures... How the scriptures won't make a difference to us unless they become us.

I love this part...

Paraphrasing C.S. Lewis the Lord says to us: "Give me all. I don't want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work: I want You. All of you. I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man. but to kill it. No half-measures will do. I don't want to only prune a branch here and another there; rather, I want the whole tree out. Hand it all over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them all over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart." (Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, p. 167)

This is something I am trying to apply in my life here in the mission. To give everything to Heavenly Father here so that He can change me. President Revillo, one thing he said to us before he left was that we can never go back to the being the people we were before our mission. It doesn't mean we were bad people... but the mission NEEDS to change us.

I also love this:

In the end, your heart and your will is all that you have to give that the Lord does not already have. If you give your time, two years, and your strength, you give only that which He grants to you with each beat of your heart and each breath that you draw. If you dedicate your gifts

and talents, you only return to Him what He already has given to you. If you pay tithing, you only return to Him a tenth of what he has already given to you. Everything that you have to

give to the Lord, has its origin in Him, except one thing: your will. He does not have your heart, nor your mind, unless you give them to Him. It is the only gift you have to offer that He does not already have. And so when you give yourself, you truly give everything to Him.

I absolutely love this. Heavenly Father has given us the gift of agency. So, He doesn't have our heart or our mind. That is the one gift that we can give to Him. Amazing huh?

Lastly I just want to share:

Just give it up. Surrender your will to Him. Unconditionally. Withhold nothing. Turn it all over to Him; all your desires, wishes, dreams and hopes. Be true and faithful in your head and in your heart, not just in your behaviour. Trust in Him. Trust Him who knows all things. Trust Him who has all power. Trust Him whose love for you is perfect. Trust Him, who alone suffered, paid and atoned for your sins, and for your weaknesses as well. Trust Him that He will make of you, immeasurably more, than what you will ever, ever, in all eternity, make of yourself. He will create of you a masterpiece. You will create of you only a smudge. You will create an ordinary man. He will create a God.

Amazing also. Here in the mission I obviously have to give up all the desires of my heart and serve God. In normal life though.. we need to give up the "natural man,” the worldy things that influence us in a bad way. Without God, we can only create a small portion of who we could become. So why not trust Him and let him lead and guide us. Ahh the talk is so amazing. Please read it :)

One thing I have stuck on my wall next to my bed is "Kill the natural man in you."

The natural man: "A person who chooses to be influenced by the passions, desires, appetites, and senses of the flesh rather than by the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Such a person can comprehend physical things but not spiritual things. All people are carnal, or mortal, because of the fall of Adam and Eve. Each person must be born again through the atonement of Jesus Christ to cease being a natural man."

I love you all. Next week I'll email on Tuesday, just before transfer day and update you some more. I just wanted to focus on this talk this week because my week hasn't been interesting and I really love the talk haha.

Later we are going to have a zone activity. We will be bowling.

So, the photos are of my district (without the zone leaders, they had a meeting), some children from a member family, from our district activity a few weeks back, my favourite family! The 3 older children are recent converts, we are teaching their mother now.. she has a desire but she is living with her partner and they are not married.. but I LOVE them so much!

Whenever I see the kids they run up and hug me! The next is when I saw my Nanay again at the office. Also, another cute kid. I will send more next week.

Love you all and take care always! I'll email on Tuesday next week, because transfer day is the day after. Who will be my next companion? Dun dun DUN!

Sister Hann

My District (without the Zone Leaders)

My companion and I with some children from a member family

From our district activity a few weeks back

A family we have been teaching.
The 3 older children are recent converts and now we are teaching their mum.
I love them so much

Catching up with my Nanay at the mission office

Another cute kid

Monday, 31 October 2016

G'Day Mates - Week 28

G'day mates!!

So, this week has been a slow week. Wednesday we went back to the office so my companion could do this language test. My Nanay was there!!!  She was in charge of it (She is the STL in that area and in the office). It was so awesome to see her again and spend some time with her! It was also nice to see other missionaries from my last zone! A few of them were there as well :) So one of the AP's is from Australia. He lives in Brisbane. Anyway, he is in the office a lot obviously. I have been there a lot recently because of my companion so we have been able to talk about Australia. It is nice to be able to talk to an Aussie. It was funny cause at one stage another Aussie walked in and the AP was like "hey look it's another mate" hahaha. The Filipinos love saying "hey mate" to us as well. He was also like to me... wait there. Then he went to the fridge and he pulls out... WEET BIX!!!! I was like WHAAAAT THEEEE!?!?! I forgot that existed?! He was like.. awesome right? I was like yesssssssss feels like home, (even though I don't really like weet bix haha). I might seem weird but it is nice when you see something from home haha. 

We had a baptism this week!!  It was great!! I cannot begin to explain the great feeling I have every time someone is baptised! It is an amazing experience! The problem is now we have no progressing investigators hahahahahah ahhhhhh. Missionary work is tiring. Sometimes you have people to teach, other times no one loves you. 

You know what.. I really don't have much to say this week sadly. 

Oh wait I had a great experience! 

So, there is this one family who have been members for about 3 years. The husband isn't always coming to church. Anyway, I had noticed that the mother seemed sad a lot... but every time we share I can't quite figure out what she is struggling with. A lot of the time when we share there are sooooo many children around and it is so hard to listen and have the spirit there. This one time though they were all asleep! (miracle). I had no idea what we were going to share with her, even up until it was my turn to start the lesson. As my companion was doing the follow up and asking how she was doing I just prayed, Heavenly Father please help me to know what to say, I have no idea what to share because I don't know what she needs. Even when it was my turn to speak there was silence. Then I just asked a question and then the lesson flowed. I shared Alma 7:11-12 with her. She even highlighted it through the lesson hehe. I am still not 100% sure of her trial and concern, but I was able to help her understand that the Saviour knows her struggles and He is the one that can truly help her. So even though I couldn't say to her... "Here is the solution to your problem", I  was able to give her the "tool" to help her through her problem. It also increased my testimony that we will be given by the spirit, in the very hour, what we need to say (I forgot where that scripture is found). 

Anyway, that is all for this week sorry. I am trying to upload pictures but the camera won't connect. SORRY :(
Ps. sorry if my English grammar is weird. Sometimes I find I am speaking Filipino English haha.

Anyway I just want to leave you with one scripture:
Jacob 6:12

Mahal na Mahal ko kayo!

Sister Hann

Monday, 24 October 2016

6 Months - Week 27

First of all, I want to say... I am at war with the cats in my neighbourhood!!!! They come and poop in the front of our house and they are always meowing at me! I have this picture that I took from the front window of our house and there are two cats sitting there staring at me!!!! I was like what theeeeeeeeeee! I can't attach pictures this week because this computer is a pain! But seriously, we are at war... I think they are plotting to kill me or something. 

So, on Tuesday we had zone interviews. Which means as a zone we go to the stake centre and have interviews with President. While one person is being interviewed, the others have workshops. So, the AP's (assistants to the President) did an AMAZING workshop about developing Christlike attributes. They also showed us a video of the talk by Richard J. Maynes about living a Christ-centred life. It was so good! He tells of a story of one of the General Authorities who makes bowls out of clay. Anyway... he taught a class and they all tried to make bowls out of clay but the clay just went everywhere. He knew why... it was because the clay wasn't exactly centred on the wheel. He likened this to our lives, and having our lives centred on the Saviour. He said we need to put Christ in the centre of our lives and let Him mould us. I love one thing that our Sister Training Leader said. She said, "If the world throws something at you... just go with it, He's moulding you." I loved that. We have so many challenges and struggles that are thrown at us but it is our attitude and response to it that makes or breaks the situation. We can be moulded through the trials and struggles we have... IF we truly let the Saviour be the centre of our lives. I hope I am making sense hehe.

So, we also had another interesting experience. We got to sit for an hour and speak to 3 Jehovah's witnesses hahaha. It was okay though because it was friendly and we just shared our beliefs. It was in English though because one of their friends was half Japanese and didn't know Tagalog very well. So, that was a change. A few times they showed us verses in the Bible and I am just sitting there like mate don't Bible bash me. I thought this was a 'friendly' conversation hehe. But yeah it was nice and they want to meet up again... Hmmmmm let’s see if they have a hidden agenda aye 

We have a baptism this Saturday! She had to be interviewed by President but he wasn't available. So, a couple missionary interviewed her. Well the Elder. One of our zone leaders had to go in there to be a translator because the Elder didn't speak any Tagalog. He is from America hahaha. The Filipinos have this joke here that if someone talks to you in English they're like... "ugh nosebleed" hahaha and they wipe their nose. It just means like they have no idea really what you’re saying or it's hard for them to understand. So, we were all there just wiping our noses haha. I actually find it hard to speak complete English. Just simple words like yes, no, really, maybe, etc. I always say in Tagalog. So, it's weird to speak to some of the couple missionaries and those in the office who never speak Tagalog. At least I can see my improvement hehe. 

We had a district activity earlier but I can't send you photos because the computer hates me. Oh, well hopefully next week :) Sorrrrry I wish I could send more pictures this weeeeeeeek! 

REINA I CANT BELIEVE YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!!! Congratulations! I love you! Have a cardboard cut out of me okay? We talked about this ;) hahahaha! Send photos pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I love you all! I hope you are all doing well. I am seriously hungry right now but we are going out to eat as a district for the rest of our activity after this wooo :) 

I am always hungry and sleepy. Missionary life! But I also think I have put on weight! Oh, well I can't stop eating so I'll just exercise more or get rid of it when I come home ;)


Love Sister Hann

Monday, 17 October 2016

6 Months on Saturday - Week 26

Hello everyone!

So crazy but on Saturday it will be 6 months since I entered the MTC! Time flies seriously!!! So I have 1 year left! Maaaaaan hahahaha so crazy! 

So first of all, there is a Sister in my branch that said she was baptised by Steven (or Stephen) McCappin. Is he related to Dave McCappin? I was like I KNOW MCCAPPINS hahahaha!

I also had to do a talk this Sunday -__- My first Sunday in the branch haaha but it was fine! It was about strengthening new converts. I survived hehe. 

So we OYM'ed (OYM stands for open your mouth) It just means you talk to random people about the gospel basically haha. So we OYMed this guy and he talked about how he wanted to change. He gave us his address and said for us to come back. Yesterday we went to find his house. We asked this lady about the address and if she had heard of this guy. Turns out it was his wife!!! Hahaha we were like whaaaaat?! And she took us to the house. It would have been so much harder to find the house if we hadn't found her because it wasn't obvious. Then we ended up going in and teaching him and his wife, and one of their sons ended up coming in too! It was great!  Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways haha. 
I find it so funny sometimes when you talk to random people on the street. Some are just reaaaaally not interested and you can tell. It's funny!

My brain is going a million miles an hour!!! I am ALWAYS thinking! The only time I can rest properly is at night when I am sleeping but then it just goes so quickly! I guess I'll just sleep/rest when I am dead! BUT THEN THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE!!!! Hahahahahahha oh man. I forgot what it was like to rest and watch a movie. Oh that reminds me. If I open the curtains in my room I can see across into the room of the next house if their curtains are open. So one night I looked over and they were watching… you won't believe it... HARRY POTTER!!!! I was like noooooooooooo that's my favourite! Stop tempting me! I got so excited for a second hahaha. I knew exactly what movie it was too in like 2 seconds of seeing it hehe. Ah man!!!! The struggle is real! 

There's not much to say about this week. It has been a slow one. We have hardly any investigators :( We need more! So I guess we'll be doing lots of 'finding' this week. Which also means rejections! Wooooo hahaha. My old companion Sister Leasoon used to say when we were walking away after someone would reject us... "Don't tell me I didn't try and save your soul" hahahaha she was hilarious. 

I miss my other area! I miss my zone as well. We were really close over there. Hopefully it will become the same here. 

We visited the MTC this week as well because my companion had an appointment at the MRC (Missionary recovery centre). So we got to see President Trask again! So awesome.
I love you all, hopefully I'll have more to update on next week.


Oh and one more thought. Heavenly Father gives us challenges to strengthen us and help us to improve ourselves. He never gives us a challenge we cannot overcome. It doesn't mean it's not hard, it just means that He will help us through it! I've experienced that here! I would never improve if I wasn't challenged!

Take care everyone!


Sister Hann

Smile Everyone!

Visiting the MTC

Visiting with President Trask

Monday, 10 October 2016

Antipolo Zone - Week 25

Hello everyone!

So I have had my first few days here in San Isidro, Antipolo. It is so nice here!!! So mountainous here! There are so many trees and ahhhh it is just so nice! I really like it!
So my first day when I got here we went out to work. Then that night I met our Branch President. (I am in a branch not a ward). Normally he has missionaries over on Wednesday night, but his wife didn't have time to cook so we ate out at a restaurant. He is soooooo nice!!! And so is his wife! They spoke to me in English sometimes hehe which I wasn't complaining about, even though I can pretty much most of the time understand tagalog :) He is really good in English as well! He works for an Australian company and is going next month to Brisbane. I said I had family there and he said he'll try and visit the ward! So we'll see. And he said he'll bring me back vegemite haha. I also said I liked basketball so we talked about basketball and basketball shoes hahaha it was so nice :) 
So my apartment is nice :) Not as big as my other one but it is big enough so I am happy. ALSO! There is a basketball court like less than a minute walk away. When my companion told me I was like huh? Did I just die and go to heaven? Yep I did! So today we are going to buy a basketball and then we are going to go shoot every morning! Which I am so happy about! Especially because I miss exercising properly!!! So yeah I am in heaven here hahahaha. 
So as I have come here I have made sure that my attitude has been positive. I still have struggles in the mission. I am still trying to get this language down!!!!! I am improving though! I can feel it. My new companion (her name is Sister Mahinay) she is really helping me and I am grateful for her! I know we have been put together for a reason because we have both seen ways that we can help each other. But anyway, I have been doing my best to stay positive despite the struggles and it works! There was this one lesson that didn't go the way I wanted it to, I just didn't have a lot of Tagalog... normally, especially in my first and second transfer, I would have let it get me down and sometimes it affected the rest of my day. But I just shook it off this time and kept being positive and I was good for the rest of the day and I had other lessons where I felt I was using a lot of Tagalog and that I was teaching well. I can see the power of a positive attitude. It is OUR choice whether to get down on ourselves or not. Our minds are extremely strong, but if we are positive, we can have a completely different outcome!
I also made sure to not be shy when I was meeting all the new people. Before I got to the area I was like, I have the chance to start clean, they don't know I am shy, so I can change it. So despite the feelings of shyness I had, and despite the language, I just relaxed and was myself. I was able to connect with the members. Especially this one family, I was able to joke with them, even when I messed up my Tagalog. It was great! It is true the saying "fake it till you make it" hehe. 

Also... I LOVED General Conference! I truly felt the spirit. I left my book back home where I wrote everything so I can't really quote anything. But I felt the spirit so strong and I truly felt the Saviour's love for me!! I am truly developing a stronger relationship with Him and I see His influence and presence in my life more and more each day. I am grateful for our Prophet and his Apostles. How lucky we are to have them! I fully sustain them. God never changes, He called prophets anciently and He still does. We are so lucky for their guidance. I am grateful for this church. It is truly the Lord's church. Just like when the Saviour had his earthly ministry, he called 12 apostles. Now we have a living prophet, and 12 apostles in His church now. The same hey? It just all makes sense to me aye, haha
I am learning so much and I can truly see myself progressing! All I need is hope and belief in myself and then I can always press forward. Heavenly Father has shown me my progression, and that gives me the help and hope I need when times get tough.
I just want to leave you all with one quote I love:
"If the worst possible outcome is something you can live with or something the Saviour can help you overcome, move on without fear. 
Love you all

Sister Hann

My new companion Sister Mahinay