December na!

Hello!

I can’t believe it’s December already! naks, that is crazy. The last six weeks with Sis Solis have flown by already, and we are beginning our second cycle together. 6 weeks from now, I will have another new companion! It’s crazy how fast the time goes by, especially when each individual day feels so long, haha.
Well, we had some great things happen last week.
Thanksgiving was great! …it doesn’t exist here, but on Thursday, our dinner appointment was with the Gramaje family–a husband and a wife that I adore. We shared a message about gratitude, and while they were discussing it with us, the Spirit was so strong. They are two of the most humble, happy, grateful people I have ever met in my life, and it was an absolute blessing to spend Thanksgiving evening in their home. I learned so much about how happy you can be as you develop a spirit of thanksgiving in your day to day life.
Renato was baptized! Due to some certain issues, he has been investigating the church for 7 years, but unable to be baptized. he finally got clearance by the mission president, and was baptized on Saturday. during the past 7 years, he brought his whole family into the church, and he is the last one. He knows so much and has so much faith. Hearing his testimony and his wife’s was really great. The spirit at the baptism was so strong. I am so grateful I could see pieces of this huge miracle in his life. He is truly a changed man because of the gospel, the epitome of how the gospel is supposed to work in our lives. The gospel is intended to change us so that we can become more like Christ, so that we can become perfect and inherit eternal joy. So wonderful to see.
I have a bunch of pictures to send, but we’re at a shop where I don’t trust putting my card into the computer…I don’t want it to get a virus. hopefully next week I can send pictures. Haha especially of the birthday parties. with birthday parties here in the Philippines, it’s go big or go home. No matter if it’s your kids who are turning 2, or you’re turning 56, the whole of everyone is invited and there is always spaghetti. Birthdays are a huuuuuge deal here, it’s hilarious.
One day we were walking across a field to an investigator’s house. It was muddy, and Sis Solis was trying to figure out a path around the really wet parts. I said, hey, there’s a cow coming toward you. (well, there was, just really slowly.) She got scared and suddenly leaped across the huge muddy part and screamed. hehehe. Super funny when she realized the cow was still far away.
We had another great lesson with the Narisma family, and this time the dad was there, too. I hope they come to church next sunday!  They are wonderful.
I’ve been continuing to learn so much each day here in the mission field. I’m learning better how to follow the promptings of the Spirit and feel the Lord actively working in my life each day. It is a wonderful thing to experience. I am so grateful for all I am learning. I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each of us so much! Never forget that. I know the gospel is true, and that God’s promises are real. I know the gospel is the only way we can truly find the happiness we are seeking, notwithstanding the trials that come into our lives. Living the gospel brings light, love, hope, and strength. It is the power to make the world a beautiful place.
I love you all! Ingat kayo lahat, ha?
Love,
Sister Carr
It’s true, Dad, what you were taught from the PMG lesson. no matter if it’s an objection, a concern, a question, or you’re just trying to teach, you just have to pray that when you open your mouth you’ll have something to say. I guess I always kind of thought that the Spirit would tell you like…in the moment before what to say, but really, it happens in the exact moment you open your mouth and start to speak. most of the time I feel like I can’t think of anything at all to say, but somehow I can open my mouth and say something anyway, if I don’t let the fear of having nothing to say be bigger than my faith that the Spirit will tell me. If I start feeling  a little bit of panic like, ah, I don’t know what to say, and then just pray to have the Spirit, the fear goes away, and I can talk. If I keep thinking, ah, I don’t know what to say, then I really have no idea what to say. The Spirit has to do the work, because I’m just a 19 year old girl who doesn’t really know how to do missionary work, even after 6 months, and can only kind of speak the language, just trying to do the best I can. if the Spirit doesn’t do the work, there’s no way missionary work would ever be successful.
Haha, it has rained every day this week, and everyone here is FREEZING. people keep walking around in heavy coats and huge sweaters, telling me not to take my shoes off in their house because of how cold the floor is, telling me to wear a jacket…
it’s probably like 70 degrees here. I think it feels awesome, haha.
I love you all so much!
til next week!
Love,
Sister Carr

Loving Tuguegarao

Hello, family!

 
This past week, we had some great things happen! I’m very happy and excited that my companion and I are becoming much more unified, which has allowed us to have some really good, really important lessons.
 
It rained a lot this past week, which meant a) it was only about 80 degrees instead of 100 for most of the week, but also b) bucket showers were much colder than usual, haha. We happen to have a heated shower in our apartment (yes, we are blessed) however, most mornings the water pressure in the shower is basically zero, so you can’t use it anyway. Usually I just use the bucket showers and freeze and it’s fine.
 
So this week is Thanksgiving! haha, We had to explain to the Bishop and his wife why we celebrate thanksgiving in America. Nobody here really knows about it, and most people don’t even know thanksgiving exists. So I believe on Thanksgiving we will be having…rice.  But that’s fine–I’m too poor to splurge my support on American food this week.
 
The great news from this week is that our investigator, Renato, had his baptismal interview, and will be getting baptized on Saturday! woo!!!! It’s really exciting for him and his family, because he’s been investigating the church and waiting to be baptized for 7 years. He had to have interviews with the mission presidents in the past, and wasn’t cleared for baptism until just a couple months ago. But in the past 7 years, he’s brought his whole immediate family and his wife into the church, and are all now active members. He’s the last one. And they are really excited to go to the temple in a year to be sealed as a family! It’s a huge miracle, and it’s a real blessing to be a part of.
 
Besides that, one morning we spent our companionship study and 12 week training really trying to figure out what to teach Jomel and Jamaila. Like I said before, they really stopped progressing and it was getting really frustrating. They’ve been being taught for a year and I’ve been praying a lot about maybe just dropping them for a while. So we decided a course of action. We’d just drop by and give them a reading assignment–Moroni 10–and then go back in a few days and see if they read. If they did, we could have a lesson and hopefully the Spirit would be there to help us out. If not, we’d have to explain that we would have to stop coming if they wouldn’t keep commitments. We also felt to bring a specific fellowshipper, Sis Hannah, to their lesson Saturday night. 
 
So we go to the lesson…and they READ! it was so great. The Spirit was really there the whole lesson, and Hannah was the perfect fellowshipper for them. Jomel really committed to read and pray for an answer. Jamaila is still kind of hanging in the middle somewhere..I don’t know if she’s quite ready yet, but Jomel is getting there. We had Jomel pray at the end of the lesson and it was such a great prayer. And the next day, he came to church. Man, it was so great. And a huge miracle. I hope and pray he continues to progress.
 
We went around the other day with a list of ward members contacting people we didn’t know. We contacted a less active family, and they agreed to let us come back to visit. I felt really good from the contact we made, and we went to their home last night. It was absolutely wonderful, and I love that family! I don’t know if I’ve ever loved someone so fast. I hope we can help them to feel how much Heavenly Father loves them and to help them gain those great gospel blessings in their home and in each of their lives.
 
There are so many miracles that happen every day–we see them often for investigators, members, and less active members. But I also am becoming more and more aware of the great, huge miracles the Lord is doing in my life and within me. As I learn to trust Him more, and learn how to humble myself more, I recognize the Spirit more clearly trying to teach me during moments that I otherwise would have only found to be frustrating. I am learning and growing so much and I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I am so happy I can be here to do my best each day to help others to feel of the joy the gospel brings to our lives, and the power that Christ has to heal, help, uplift, and change us.
 
I love you all so much, and hope that you have a wonderful week!
 
Love,
 
Sister Carr
 
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