Mainiiiiiittttt!!

Hello all! I can’t believe this week we are breaking into May!

It is so HOT. HOT. it is so hot right now. I didn’t know it was possible to sweat so much doing so little. as in, doing nothing, you can be drenched in sweat. man. sometimes it can be kinda hard to want to go outside and walk around (not because our house is cool at all…it’s hot, too) but the sun is just powerful. we always use umbrellas walking around because it’s just too hot not to. it’s kind of an energy sucker. wheww. also, the heat brought out the ants (langgum) and they are everywhere, no matter how clean we keep our house.
This week Sis Bien got sick after we worked almost all day Wednesday, so we didn’t do a whole lot on Thursday. But we did a lot this week and I feel good about it. It was harder this week because all the youth and SA’s were off on some youth conference thing and so half the people we usually teach weren’t available and nearly all of our fellow shippers were gone. but it still worked out all right.
We went to the Lleva’s on Friday for my birthday! they made pizza and mango graham cake. let me just tell you–graham cake (they say it gray-ham here.) is already the best, but mango graham cake is theee most delightful treat in the world. we also had ice cream (I just stuck with the chocolate and carefully avoided the keso (cheese..) flavored…can’t do that one too well, haha) and it was really fun. we also had dinner at the Bishop’s last night because his little girl, baby Kim, turned 3 on the 25th as well!
Well, I want to share with you something I learned this week. I have been reading a lot in the Old Testament in my free time (mostly when Sis Bien wasn’t feeling well) and I read a lot about Moses and the Israelites. I noticed that when God first calls Moses to be a prophet, he is really scared. He seemed like he was just a regular person, full of fears, weaknesses, and doubts. And there were times where his faith just wasn’t big enough to accept the Lord’s help–like when he was afraid of speaking because he was ‘slow of speech.” the Lord promised Moses He would help him–but Moses plead for another way, and the Lord gave him Aaron to be his spokesman. Moses missed out on that growing opportunity because he was too afraid. but I realized as well that we do that all the time, and eventually, little by little, Moses’ faith grew, until he became one of the greatest prophets that ever lived. He took those little steps of faith, failed along the way, but the Lord was always patient with him and continued to help him along. I know that the Lord has the same patience with us, and wants to raise us to become just as great in our own potential. and if we place our trust in Him and take those small steps, we can 🙂
I know the gospel is true, and we are here to become like our Heavenly Father. it’s never easy, but it is always, always worth it.
love,
Sister Carr
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We had too much fun the other night.

We had too much fun the other night.

Our kitchen sink and our CR (bathroom). that black bucket in the CR is our shower. lucky us, though, our toilet actually flushes!

Our kitchen sink and our CR (bathroom). that black bucket in the CR is our shower. lucky us, though, our toilet actually flushes!

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Picture of me with baby Kim!

Picture of me with baby Kim!

Me and Sis Bien :)

Me and Sis Bien 🙂

Our bedroom and our kitchen. our walls are way thin, so we can hear everyone else's conversations 24/7. not that I always understand them...but they also have a tindahan, a little store, next door, and there are always people going 'pabili!" when they want to buy something from them.

Our bedroom and our kitchen. our walls are way thin, so we can hear everyone else’s conversations 24/7. not that I always understand them…but they also have a tindahan, a little store, next door, and there are always people going ‘pabili!” when they want to buy something from them.

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Cute birthday card I got from Sis Bien, your wrapped gift, and the gift from Sister Osteniane :) I also got a cute card from Sis Vaelua. They are all awesome. :)

Cute birthday card I got from Sis Bien, your wrapped gift, and the gift from Sister Osteniane 🙂 I also got a cute card from Sis Vaelua. They are all awesome. 🙂

Me with my cute birthday cake! (sorry, I forgot to bring those candles you sent me.)

Me with my cute birthday cake! (sorry, I forgot to bring those candles you sent me.)

One picture of my mango graham cake...(also the watermelon here is orange, not pink)

One picture of my mango graham cake…(also the watermelon here is orange, not pink)

A Carabao pulling a man in his canoe across the river.

A Carabao pulling a man in his canoe across the river.

The basketball court in front of the church, where the young men do a lot of finding new investigators..

The basketball court in front of the church, where the young men do a lot of finding new investigators..

Jeepney! Now you can see what I'm talking about!

Jeepney! Now you can see what I’m talking about!

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General Conference!

Hello!! 

 
This week was so good! I have a new companion–Sister Bienvinuto! She is so cute! she is one cycle ahead of me, so she goes home in November. She is Filipina, and she is an awesome missionary. I am excited to be her companion because I know I am going to learn so much from her. We have already had some awesome lessons and I know this cycle will be really good. She works really hard and is very obedient. 
 
Jerico is getting baptized on Saturday! He did really well in his interview. He has been learning so well, and listening so well in lessons. The past few lessons have been awesome and the Spirit has been very strong. It is so cool to see him progress in his faith and understanding of the gospel and see it change him. The young men in our ward are awesome and it is awesome to see how they support each other and how they are all changing for the better together. If all quorums supported each other like the one in this ward, there would not be any less active young men. they are so welcoming and reach out to the less active young men and they return so quickly. soon after, they are passing the sacrament and doing their own missionary work. they are all way into family history. they attended all of the sessions of conference…they are just the greatest. their unity is so impressive. it is definitely an example to follow. I’ve really been able to see how a quorum is supposed to work. how incredible it is!
 
General conference!!! I finally got to watch it, haha! I am so grateful for conference. I learned so much, and it was so wonderful to hear from our prophet and from the apostles and other general authorities. I have been truly inspired this past weekend to improve and to press forward. I love how easy it is to feel the Lord’s love when we listen to them speak. All the things they teach us help us to feel the Lord’s love, and eventually lead us to being able to live in His presence to permanently feel that love. I noticed a theme of obedience. I know that obedience really is the way for us to feel His love and to return to His presence! The more we learn to love Him, the more obedient we will become, and the more love we will feel. I know obedience is the first law of heaven, and that if we just test it out, the blessings will flow so quickly. 
 
I love you all, and I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope He is ever more in your thoughts and hearts this week as we approach Easter and remember more clearly His Atoning sacrifice that grants to us every beauty and happiness in this life and in the life to come. 
 
love,
 
Sister Carr

Transfer week!

Kamusta!

This week is transfer week already again!!! I swear we just did this, but somehow it’s been 6 weeks. Sis Jensen is being transferred!!!! I will miss her, but it is good for us to have a transfer. we need some new things to help us grow (and also in the language). I will be staying here in Ilagan for at least another 6 weeks. That’ll be good, I have a lot of ideas still for this ward, so hopefully me and sister Osteniane and our new companions can do a lot of good in the next month or so.
Last week was a little crazy, but good. we worked hard. We invited toooons of people to the women’s general conference. we showed up a half hour early and the church was still locked. we hurried and had to call a bunch of people and get it open…..well, long story short, the only people in the whole chapel were me, sis Jensen, sis Osteniane, sis Miller, our recent converts, and one girl from another ward. haha. But the conference was amazing! I don’t remember anything specific from it, just the feeling of peace and love that I felt while watching it.
It sounds like conference was amazing! I am excited to watch it this weekend. we have been making a huge push in our ward to get people to general conference for about a month now, so I am hopeful that we will have people at all the sessions. usually I think the culture here is to just come to the sunday morning session. the others are usually just missionaries and a few others. so we’ve been pushing really hard to get people to ALL the sessions and not just a couple. hopeful ako 🙂
I learned a lot this week in my Book of Mormon reading (we are halfway done with Alma now) about the importance of softening your heart. having a soft heart or hard heart is a choice. we choose what we want to harden our hearts against or if we will soften them. it doesn’t matter what miracles happen or how amazing the missionary is (like Ammon or Alma), if people choose to harden their hearts, they can’t feel the Spirit, and they won’t be converted. sometimes we choose to harden our hearts when we already have truth, and that is when we forget what we know and when we open the way for ourselves to be deceived. if we keep our hearts soft, full of love, kindness, and humility, we will be able to feel the Spirit and remember those experiences in our lives that testify of the truth. it is so important to not harden our hearts against Christ or against the gospel or the church, because we will forget what we know. and a hard heart is always at least a little selfish, prideful, quick to be offended. but as we strive for selflessness and humility and meekness, a soft heart follows and we become receptive to the truth.
I love you all!
remember always to doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.
love,
Sis Carr
The little kids we always get attacked by for high fives in camunatan. "magpapicture tayo!"

The little kids we always get attacked by for high fives in camunatan. “magpapicture tayo!”

pumuntang cauayan!

This week has been insane for us. We had the record worst KI’s, haha. Pretty sure we really only worked for a total of a whole day this entire week.
Tuesday we had district meeting, and then we had some troubles with finding a fellow shipper that somehow resulted in a loss of two hours. the problem was we had to have a fellow shipper or we couldn’t teach anyone we had planned. We went to the Daculugs, to visit brother, who is really sick with cancer, and just underwent round 2 of chemo. we shared a message with him and then we sang Nearer, My God to Thee for him. the Spirit was really sweet. My spirit has been deeply touched as we have met with Bro Daculug and we learn of the great faith that he has amidst this time of great adversity. he still attends church even though he is so weak and the air conditioning is rough on him. he is truly a man of great faith. it is so humbling, and so inspiring.
Wednesday, we went to Gamu for splits with the Sister Training Leaders again. I split with Sis Daelo and learned so much from her. she has such a great attitude and such a love for the people and for the gospel. She just radiates with the light of Christ.
Friday was the highlight of the week! We went to Cauayan for a special Sisters’ Training called “Women of God.” We learned so much about the value and importance of righteous, virtuous women, and of the great effect we have in all the lives of the people around us. We learned about the qualities of Women of God…it was just wonderful. I loved learning about that and being able to see where I want to improve and become better. I know that Heavenly Father loves His daughters so much….I am excited to watch the Women’s conference this week, which will just continue to add to what I’ve been thinking a lot about.
I discovered I got boils this week…sweet. they really hurt, and I could hardly even move my neck on Friday because it was so stiff…but I got some medicine and they’re kinda getting better now. Since they’re a type of staph infection, my body was super exhausted and working overtime, so I wasn’t able to work on Saturday and for a part of Sunday. hopefully I will be good to go this week since it is the last week of our cycle. next Monday we will find out who is being transferred!!! I can’t believe it’s transfers again already. I feel like I just told you that, but…that was 6 weeks ago already, ha.
I just want to testify that I know Jesus Christ is our Savior. I am so grateful for Him and all I am learning about Him. In our Book of Mormon study, we have just finished Mosiah now. Christ is everywhere in the Book of Mormon. I have felt so much of His love and just…the truthfulness of the gospel as I have read each day. I know it is true. Never lose sight of Him in your life…it is only when our lives our truly centered on Him that we find joy.
love always,
Sister Carr
PS also, we had chips and salsa and cafe rio style pork for lunch at the sisters training……………….greatest day ever!
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