ang pilipinas!

ui! kumusta kayo, ha? 🙂

 
I am doing much better this week! I asked for a blessing from my district leader on tuesday morning at district meeting and it was so miraculous how quickly it worked. I was able to go out and work that night and for the rest of the week! I’m so glad I could be healthy enough to work, because I hate sitting in the house.
 
It’s getting HOT here! It’s almost summer. the hottest time is march-april, sometimes may. The temperature has shot up in the past few weeks, from pretty nice outside/we thought we were freezing at night wearing sweaters and sleeping with our sheets to getting home and turning the electric fans on ASAP (but if you want to be filipino, you say ‘opening’ the fans instead of turning on) and leaving them on for as long as you’re in the house. people do this thing here that I love, which is carrying around handkerchiefs everywhere so you can wipe the sweat off your face. I carry around a handkerchief aaaall the time when it’s hot and it’s really great. 
 
I can’t remember a whole lot of what happened last week. We worked..we taught lessons..did a lot of walking…buhay ng missionary, haha. but it was good. 
 
That being said, I want to tell you some more about things here in the Philippines!
 
Our area here is a lot smaller than my last one in Tugue. that means we don’t have to take trycies anywhere anymore. Instead, we take jeepneys when we go email or go to Northstar, which is the big mall here (and it’s waaay nice. I even rode on an escalator today!) Jeepneys are hilarious to me. I will have to send you a picture because I can’t even explain to you what it looks like. but everyone sits in there, and to pay, you say, “bayad po” and pass your money to the next person, who passes it on all the way up to the driver, who reaches back and takes your money, and while he’s driving/listening for people to say stop/…./driving in the Philippines (which is a whole thing in and of itself) he is looking for change and passing it back. so the whole ride is this sudden stop-go thing, speed up, slow down, maneuver around pedestrians and trycies with “bayad po” and “para po” every two minutes. 
 
Meanwhile, there is music blasting from the van terminals on the way back to centro and the traffic directors are just dancing in the middle of the road. 
 
In other news, finding spiders ranging from very small to the size of my hand, centipedes, worms, and cockroaches in our CR(bathroom) is completely normal. 
 
And of course, there are tons of lizards in our house. 
 
And also I haven’t seen a washing machine since the MTC.
 
We ate at some little restaurant by our house today and there were a bunch of cats in there for some reason just walking around and jumping on the tables and chairs.
 
And we almost got attacked by a dog again, haha.
 
Ilagan has been building new “welcome” signs for each barangay in the city. they look pretty good! haha and they’re always funny because it’ll have the name of the barangay on one side and then some greeting or salutation on the back of it, which is usually some weird combination of tagalog, ilokano, ibanag, and sometimes Spanish too, I am pretty sure. 
 
Someone’s house caught on fire the other day and it burned down three houses next to it. it was pretty sad, but nobody got hurt and they were able to put it out before it really spread. 
 
I’ve been reading the war chapters in the Book of Mormon. There is soooo much we can learn from the contrast between Moroni and Amalickiah about the way the Lord wants us to prepare ourselves against and protect ourselves from temptation and sin. if you can just keep that idea in mind while you read them, you will learn so much! the Lord is trying to fortify us against our enemies, spiritually, and He has given us great tools and examples to help us to do so!
 
Today I also studied about charity and the Atonement. I want to continue to grow my charity for the people here that I am serving, because I know it can be so much bigger. The better we understand the Atonement, the easier it is for us to develop true charity. When we have that charity for the people around us, it’s so much easier to be happy. We are more patient, forgiving, kind, understanding. I am so grateful that the Savior had perfect love for all of us, that despite temptations and trials and even the infinitely immense burden of our pains and our sins, He loved us enough to live a perfect life and complete the Atonement. I know because of that that we can all turn to Him and He is just waiting to help us change and grow and become happy. Jesus Christ is the only way to true happiness, and the only way to everlasting and eternal happiness with our Father in Heaven.
 
I love you all!
 
have a wonderful week!
 
ingat kayo!
 
love,
 
Sister Carr

February na!

Hello, all!

Feelin like Fourth of July weather out here!
This week’s been interesting. I actually can’t remember a whole lot of what happened, haha.
The highlight of the week was, of course, zone conference. Ilagan zone was joined with the Tuguegarao zones, so I got to go back to Tugue for a day, which was cool. The zone conference was wonderful! I learned so much. We mostly talked a lot about the changes that have been made in the mission since Pres Rahlf got here in order to make the mission ‘a hastening mission.’ It’s pretty amazing. this mission has already come such a long way, and you can feel how the changes they have made are contributing to greater success and qualify us all for many more miracles. One part of the conference, given by the AP’s, was focused on Accountability. I have never realized before how crucially important accountability is for success, and especially for improvement. If we are striving to be accountable, we will take responsibility for what we have been given or for our assignments, and see immensely more success. It definitely applies to missionary work, but as it is an eternal principle, it applies to all aspects of our lives–if we choose to be accountable for our grades, we’ll do better in school. If we choose to be accountable in our jobs, we’ll have more success. when our leaders ask us to be accountable–whether teachers, coaches, bosses, mission leaders, church leaders, and especially God–they do so because they know we will be more successful if we strive to be accountable.
I”m so excited to hear about and see pictures from Clara’s baptism! I am so happy for her and Kiera. They look absolutely brimming with joy. I’m glad Clara can recognize the Spirit and feel of the important decision she has just made.
I don’t have much else to say about this week–we had a scary encounter with a dog, and also a baby carabao (which is like a cow) and then got attacked by I swear a billion little kids…it’s been a weird week. lots of appointments that fell through, and then I started getting sick on friday, felt worse on saturday, was really sick yesterday and not doing too great today, either. hopefully it won’t last too much longer.
The Lord loves you all so much! I know this Church is true and that our Heavenly Father is always there for us. One thing Sis Barril told me in a pouch to me (pouch is like…mail) is that if life wasn’t hard, we would have no need for miracles. Always remember that the Lord is ready and willing to bless us with miracles, but sometimes we have to wait and endure for a while before they come. And like President Rahlf always says, “You deserve all the blessings of heaven!” Heavenly Father loves us so much and wants to give us those. He just needs us to continue forward and hold onto our faith, remember on Whom we built our foundation and that He has all power to deliver and strengthen us. I know Christ is our Savior and that He lives!
I love you all!
Love,
Sister Carr

Some pictures from this primary FHE thing I had to speak at, which was fun. it was way funny to watch the little kids play simon says for the first time ever, haha. and the little kids are drinking soda--usually the people in the tindahans will open the glass bottle of soda and then pour it into a plastic back, which then you drink out of with a straw.

Some pictures from this primary FHE thing I had to speak at, which was fun. it was way funny to watch the little kids play simon says for the first time ever, haha. and the little kids are drinking soda–usually the people in the tindahans will open the glass bottle of soda and then pour it into a plastic back, which then you drink out of with a straw.

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This is  a part of my area!

This is a part of my area!

The next is....well, the whole building is like destroyed, except of course, the CR(bathroom), which remains standing.

The next is….well, the whole building is like destroyed, except of course, the CR(bathroom), which remains standing.