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Monday, 26 June 2017

On the Spot Talk - Week 62



Hey all!

So yesterday was interesting. We got to church and one of the YSA (young single adults) was sick and had a talk for that day. One of the councillors of the bishopric came up to us and said, “one of you will give a talk today”. We both looked at each other with wide eyes hahaha! My companion has already done a talk here so I was like flip I think it will be me. Then Bishop came up to us and said, ”yeah I was in my office and I really felt like Sister Hann should be the speaker”. He was like, “it will be 7 minutes on prayer. You are the first speaker”. I was like huuuuuuuuuuh?!?! So, I sat down. I had 15 minutes before the meeting started to prepare. I just got the definition of prayer from the back of my Book of Mormon. Then I looked up scriptures on prayer. I wrote them down in my planner. When I went up to talk I only had my Book of Mormon and the scriptures I had prepared. I started off by talking about what prayer is. Then I read each scripture and expounded on it. It went well and I felt comfortable as I spoke! It was another time when I have been able to see my progress! I am more comfortable with talking in front of people now and it is more fluent. I also spoke it in Tagalog.  I didn't even have that much time to be nervous which was good hahaha!

This morning we had a sports activity at the chapel. I played some basketball again yaaaay hahaha. I played with some of the young women and YSA hahaha they are awesome. I really like the members here.

There's not a lot to update you on this week This coming week will be busy so I will update some more next week. 

After church on Sunday one of the young men got his mission call. He was called to serve in the Canada mission! He opened it in front of everyone. As he read it everyone started cheering, it was awesome. I remembered the feeling when I opened my mission call! It brought back all those memories!

To end I have a quote for you all :)

"Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are."
Sometimes we are way too hard on ourselves.

You are doing awesome!
Keep being awesome and keep doing what you're doing.
We are only ever asked to do our best. 

Love you all! 

Have an awesome week!

Sister Hann 




Photos
This was earlier today
When we were playing basketball today
Me and my companion Sister Erasmo




Earlier today

Playing basketball today

Me and my companion Sister Erasmo











Monday, 19 June 2017

New Area! Week 61


Hey everyone!

I've had a good week. It's been a bit of a quiet week because we don't have house mates but that's okay. My new companion is Sister Erasmo. We are batch! We entered the field at the same time and we were house mates in my first area! We have been reminiscing on our first transfer and also how far we have come. It's really nice!

We haven't been really busy yet because we aren't doing exchanges yet. I will just get familiar first in our area and then we will do some exchanges. So right now, it hasn't really hit me yet that I am a STL. Which is fine with me haha. But I am excited to work with other Sisters. 

I like my new area! The members are really nice. We have a lot of part members in this area. A part member is an investigator that has someone in their family who is a member. So, we are going to work with them and hopefully they will progress. 

The highlight for me this week was probably yesterday when we taught a new investigator. We started teaching him and his partner about The Restoration. As we taught though we decided to change and just give an overview of The Plan of Salvation. He was talking about how he was the only one left here out of his family. The rest have all died. You could tell he felt lonely and didn't understand why he was left here. We testified to him that we be believe that families can be together forever and that we know he will be able to see his family and be with them forever. We could just see that he was pondering and we could also see the hope in his eyes. I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation because it gives us purpose in this life, it helps us know who we are and also where we will go after this life. I know that it truly gives hope to people! It did for this man.

I also saw someone that I had talked to in Antipolo! We didn't get to teach him because most of the time he was drinking haha but I saw him randomly when we were proselyting. Turns out he has stopped drinking! I was like that's awesome! I sent a message to the missionaries that are in the area now so hopefully they will go and teach him.

We also randomly saw this lady on the street. She was like "sisters, sisters!!" We hadn't met her before so we went up to her and turns out all her kids are members and are active. She moved here 3 months ago but couldn't find missionaries or the church.  We were walking past as she walked out of her house. Great timing, right? The Lord truly is in charge of the work!

Sorry, this is a bit short. But yeah, I continue to see miracles every day. It is so awesome! I hope you are all doing well and being awesome. 

Love you all!! 

Sister Hann














Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Hey Everyone! Week 60.






Hey everyone!

This has been a busy busy week! But it has been a great week!

So, Monday last week we had a zone activity. We played lots of games so that was fun. Then on Tuesday after our district meetings we went and did a zone finding activity in the area of some of the missionaries in the zone. It was good and it continues to bring our zone closer and more united! It’s good when you all work together and help each other!  That afternoon we also had another shift at the Missionary Training Centre as hosts. That was also fun. Us missionaries are all stationed throughout the new buildings of the MTC. As the tours come past we just explain what is there etc. It was a fun experience! When no one is coming through for the tour we just relax and chat and sometimes pull out a dance move. Haha!

On Wednesday we had an awesome lesson with Brother Max. As I said last week, his problem is with repentance. He wants to change, but he doesn't know how to get rid of that guilt and the heavy feeling he has. Our Ward Mission Leader came with us and we focused on repentance and the Atonement. Our lesson was amazing. The spirit was so strong! At one point we saw tears in his eyes. He continues to say he wants to change. We know that as he continues to repent he will continue to feel the wait lifting off his shoulders. Near the end of the lesson I was flicking through my Book of Mormon. At the back I had stuck a quote there. I can't remember it word for word but this is the gist of it "Why do you want to pay for your sins when the Saviour already has. He is standing at the door knocking. Let it go, give it to Him." So that's not all of it but you get the gist of it. I saw it and I secretly put the quote in the front of Brother Max's Book of Mormon. That night I had the prompting to text him and tell him it was there (before I just wanted him to find it). He text saying thank you so much. The next time I went back to see him he said that heavy feeling he was feeling has now lowered because of the quote that I had given him. I am so glad that it could help him. I am so glad that he is beginning to understand what Jesus Christ has done for us and how through Him, we can be clean from our sins and that guilt can be swept away. I love Brother Max! He is so kind! 

On Friday we had our last shift at the MTC. I was in the gym again (start of the tour). When they first come in they take a picture with a backdrop of places in the Philippines. I was stationed there to take pictures. It was fun and me and Sister Tio (we were both stationed there) took a few secret selfies on their phones hahaha. I am really grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the open house for the MTC. It was so much fun and it was great to see the desire of the young men and young women to serve a mission increase. The MTC is soooo nice! It was funny. One guy came through and obviously he was amazed at how nice the MTC is. As he walked past me he was like "The church is true" Hahaha I laughed so hard!

On Saturday we had a baptism in the morning and then MTC exchanges in the afternoon. Busy day. The baptism was successful, even after a few complications and the MTC exchanges was good too. I was with a Samoan, but she is from Sydney! It was awesome to hear the Aussie accent again and here the Aussie slang haha. We had a good time! 

On Sunday we were all at Aurora chapel because there was a broadcast.  Brother Max came and Brother Jun. President Koster also came. The last one to speak in the broadcast was Elder Bednar. His talk was amazing. At the end of his talk he bore his testimony and it was so strong. We turned to look at Brother Max and he had tears in his eyes! Brother Max is really progressing, we know he continues to feel the spirit often. After the broadcast, we introduced him to President Koster. They talked and then President turns to us and says that the 4 missionaries in the ward will now become 2. He turned to me and said I was transferring and then turned to Sister Balagso and said she would be staying. Then he was like I will call you tonight. I just blinked. It took me a few seconds to process what he said hahaha because he just said it out of the blue! My companion has been here longer than me so I was shocked. So later that night he called us. We were in a lesson so he texts us saying to tell him when he could call. He called us after the lesson. My companion answered and then she gave me the phone. President then told me I would be called as a Sister Training Leader. I was like really President? Haha. I was shocked. He said, "Sister Hann, whom the Lord calls He qualifies." I didn't really say much because I was stressed haha but it's okay. He just said inspire the Sisters and teach them to be obedient. I was like well I can do that haha.  I am stressed but I am excited to work with different Sisters and see what I can learn from them. When President told me one of the first things I thought of was "I need to wash my clothes" hahahaha. So, they are all washed now. I did it yesterday. After I email I am going home to pack. Ahhh new adventures ahead! I am excited.

Earlier we met as a zone and we had another draft pick hahahahah. Our zone leader is crazy. He made it again like the NBA draft pick.  Those that are being transferred are picked. At least I was drafted this transfer. He was the commissioner and another Elder was the host hahahaha It was so funny. Our zone has been doing awesome because we've united and we've become excited for the work. Our zone leader said to me, “you can do it! Just bring that fire to Marikina and inspire and excite the Sisters”. I was like, “okay, that's something I can do”. I am so grateful for the miracles I have seen in this area! I am sad to leave, especially Brother Max, but I know there is other work for me to do in my new area. 

That's all for now. Continue being awesome!! 

I think I am about to get really busy this next transfer haha. 

Love you all!

Sister Hann

P.S. I am sorry if my grammar is bad or whatever, I don't have time to proof read this.



Pictures
Baptism
Brother Max on the right in the yellow and Brother Jun on the left
Draft pick
Those that are being drafted haha





Baptism


Brother Max on the right in the yellow and Brother Jun on the left


Draft pick


Those that are being drafted haha
















Monday, 5 June 2017

Another Week Gone - Week 59




Hi everyone!


So another week gone. It was a good one. On Friday, we had a Family Home Evening at a member’s house. Their son had a birthday. He just turned 22 and is preparing for a mission. We were in charge of the lesson and games. So I did the lesson and my companion did the games. I really felt the spirit as I taught and I was able to speak smoothly and all went well. I was nervous before because it wasn't just their family... but all went well.  I met an RM (returned missionary) there who recently got home from his mission. He served in the Brisbane mission! It was awesome. We both talked about the things we miss from Australia.


On Saturday we had our shift at the MTC (missionary training centre). We were all stationed at different parts. I really enjoyed it! The new parts of the MTC are SO nice! We were all like, let's go back to the MTC haha. It was good to be a part of it. I think we have 2 more shifts this week. It's about 4 or 5 hours each shift. I also think we have MTC exchanges this week with the missionaries in the MTC. I've never done it before (except when I was in the MTC) so I am excited!

So, Brother Max... update: He didn't come to church because one of his children was in hospital. But we did have a great lesson with him this week. He is so ready for baptism! But he hasn't been accepting the bap date. He understands the lessons and he believes what we are teaching him.  This week we taught him lesson 2 and in the part about our life on earth we focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ. We talked about the things we have to do here in this life to make it back to our Heavenly Father.  Which we know is faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and then enduring to the end. We talked about that. That's when he started to open up. He said there is something he is struggling with. He told us it was repentance. He didn't tell us everything but we discerned that there is something that he is struggling to forgive himself of. He said he hasn't repented fully. We think he is not exactly sure how to. So that is what we are going to help him with this week. I think our Ward Mission Leader is going to work with us later tonight and we are going to go and teach him and focus on the Atonement. Max is so awesome! 

We also have this other investigator who has a background with drugs and other things... but we can see how much he wants to change. We started teaching lesson 1 but we ended up just focusing on how he can overcome the problems he is having especially with alcohol and drugs. He is the nicest guy though! I love when you see people that have backgrounds like this and they are so willing to change. It is amazing. He is going to need a lot of help but we know he can do it! The Gospel can change anyone! He has now been to church 2x.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACOB FOR WEDNESDAY! YOU ARE SO OLD NOW! 20?! AS IF!!! I hope you have an awesome day! Don't worry I will remember you on Wednesday! Enjoy your day!


Love you all!

Hope you are all doing well!


Sister Hann



Pictures:

My Nanay and my Brother haha he is from California
Playing basketball, the other week
and again
and again
Me and one of my house mates
When I was sick haha the Elders bought me bananas and we slept downstairs




My Nanay and my Brother haha he is from California

Playing basketball, the other week

And again

And again

Me and one of my house mates

When I was sick haha the Elders bought me bananas and we slept downstairs