How are things going out there in the USA? We sang the national anthem at district meeting and it made me feel very patriotic. Merica! haha…
I just finished my 2nd transfer and naglipat ako(I moved!) Ha. It’s getting hard to speak in pure English sometimes. So I am now here in GuaGua, which is entirely a different area than I came from in Liozon. In Liozon everything is very close to each other and it’s all pretty rural. We didn’t have to walk across large rice fields or in the city, the houses were are all just really close together and we went from lesson to lesson basically along the main highway. So it is definitely way different here because it’s a real live city here and there are tons and tons of people around all the time. It’s a lot more like Manila. There are not tons and tons of poor people though, most people have jobs and work and studied too. It’s actually not that different from the States except for being in the Philippines obviously! Haha.
It was hard leaving Liozon to be perfectly honest. I had gotten to be close with the people there, even people I hadn’t had the chance to teach very much. I love all of them and so when I got here I honestly cried the first night.
But that is just like life right? We don’t like transitions naturally. Not because we are human but because we are actually eternal beings. Because we have this eternal, divine nature within us we are looking for the way things will be in heaven, which is unchanging. So change is hard for us as humans having this mortal experience. However, Our Loving Father in Heaven knows perfectly what is best for us because He knows us perfectly. So when I change happens, it is for the best. Always. We are here to be refined and to learn and to grow. And we cannot become the heavenly glorified beings we are intended to be if we do not experience refining moments here.
So after the first night that I was here in GuaGua I had my time to be sad to leave the people I had known so well, and then the next day I woke up and there it was, the new chapter and the new places and the new people all just waiting there to be experienced and lived. And there are lots of amazing people here that I am so privileged to get to know. Like Sister Lugey. She is our Branch Chorister and Choir Director and she takes her calling very very seriously. On saturday we were practicing and she is very bossy getting everyone together and making us all sing the right parts. And she has a good ear so she can hear when we are off too. Haha. oops! On saturday we had choir practice and I was able to meet a lot of the members and they are all amazing and super sweet. They all want to feed us all the time here. They had pancit before choir practice started. I also got to meet the Branch President and his wife on saturday. Sister Maragrag is president’s wife and she is so so funny and sassy and so we had a good time during choir practice. She has two adorable kids and President Maragrag is so kind, probably just in his 30s but he is so willing to work so hard in this area and to do his very best in his calling. He is a little more quiet and serious than his wife, but also very happy and friendly.
On Sunday we had Branch Conference and the spirit was very strong. pres Dahle spoke about how “all the heaven we will ever have is the heaven we make for ourselves” And how ordinances like Sacrament and in the temple help us to order our lives according to Gods priorities. When I was singing in the choir this weekend we sang Teach me to Walk in the Light and also the Lord is My Shepherd. While we were singing I felt so strongly with just this overwhelmingly sweet feeling that these people that I was singing next to, all so kind to me right away, they are all my literal brothers and sisters. I felt so filled with the Spirit just knowing that everyone here in the Philippines is my family, even the people I am just meeting. Especially as we sang Teach Me to walk in the Light I thought about how my parents had taught me that, and now I get to teach other people that too.
What blessings! I am going to love it here in GuaGua. We are right now in an internet shop in the heart of the city. My comp is Sister Villaviles and she is so kind, she is the trainer of my follow up trainer(my last companion). She is about to go home nex transfer so I feel very privileged I get to learn from her now. She is an amazing missionary and person. She makes everyone around her feel inspired and happy.
Love all of you,