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