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