Transfer week agad!

 

kamusta kayo? This week is transfer week again! (agad….immediately. I thought we just did this.) But we went to the church earlier for a zone activity and the text came from the AP’s. I am staying here in ilagan and Sis Bien will be transferred! She was shocked because she has only been here for 6 weeks. The whole ward thought I was going to be transferred, but I told them I was probably staying here for a little longer. Truth be told, I already knew I would stay and she would go, because Pres Rahlf told me last week, so I’ve just been trying to keep it to myself haha. It’s kind of sad though, because Sister Bien’s longest stay in any area is 2 cycles lang. I mean just 2 cycles. This transfer she will move into her 6th area and she is only one cycle ahead of me in the mission. it’s so crazy! I am still in my second area and she will be in her 6th. she really wants to stay longer in an area, so hopefully she will get that wish in the next area. I will miss her! She has been such a great companion and I have learned so much from her.

This week was hard! all last week, the week before mother’s day, I felt like I was getting sick….super easily fatigued, my joints sometimes hurt…but I didn’t get sick until right after we Skyped last week. haha, it’s like my body just held out to make sure I could Skype and then after that I got bad really fast. I had a slight fever that night, but it never got bad. so I didn’t work Tuesday, and then only part of Wednesday. then we went on splits on Thursday til Friday. Friday was a partial day due to weekly planning, so was Saturday because of the baptism and Sunday because of church. But despite the short time, we had lots of miracles this week!
We’ve been teaching James, who has a baptismal date on May 31! He is so excited. he is 14 and his older brothers are members. in fact, he is so excited about learning the gospel that he invited three of his friends to listen, two more this week, Carlo and Angelo (they are also brothers) and they really want to be baptized, too. We’ve been having a hard time finding new investigators, but have been trying hard..I know that because we just kept trying our best, even though we couldn’t work a ton this week, we were still blessed. they are so prepared!
Jenny rose was baptized on Saturday! poor girl had chicken pox last week, too, but she was really happy to be baptized. Sister O, sister Vaelua, Sis Bien and I sang “I Know that My Redeemer Lives” at the baptism and it was really great. I know the Lord loves her so much and is so happy with her decision.
This week will be full of changes even though I am staying in ilagan. I am really excited though–opening a new chapter of my mission ūüôā
I just want to share some thoughts from sacrament meeting yesterday. The speaker said, “hindi tayo nagnanganak para matalo….tayo ay nagnanganak para manalo.” or we weren’t born to lose, we were born to win. None of us came here without the potential to succeed. The Lord has provided a means for each of us to succeed and return to His presence. But it is still our choice if we do our best and endure to the end, or if we call it quits and stop following the plan He has laid for us. winners never quit, and quitters never win…” kailangan lang nating magtiis.” We just need to endure….faithfully. Enduring to the end is a huge part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Though life is difficult and we face many difficulties, the Savior is always there to help encourage us to be faithful. I know if we do, we will be able to obtain all that our Father has…the whole reason He created His plan in the first place. He loves us! He has provided us with the means. We just need to choose to hang on and keep going. ūüôā He will help us.
I love you!
Sister Carr
Jenny Rose's baptism!

Jenny Rose’s baptism!

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Having fun with flower headpieces.

Having fun with flower headpieces.

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Mother’s Day!

 

Hello!

It was such a great experience to Skype you this morning!!!! ūüôā
So yes….it is crazy here right now, there is a lot going on. There is ‘piesta’ (fiesta) here soon in a few weeks, so they blocked off one side of the road for the vendors and we have to walk through their tents every day now, haha. The rainy season is coming and we have been soaked through a couple of times this week. The lightning here is insane. President Rahlf had us split with Sis Vaelua and Sis Osteniane this past week, and as Sis Vaelua and I went to try to go to an appointment in the storm, the lightning got really scary, but these random people let us into their house while we waited for the storm to calm down a little. As we waited, we talked to the older lady in there, Cuncita. We tried every possible way to share the gospel with her, and she shut it down every time. It was kind of sad when we left because she had this perfect opportunity to learn about Christ and she just….didn’t want it. It’s really sad to see that every day, but that makes it even better when someone understands and accepts it.
Yesterday we got soaked through again as there was a huge storm that came through. We had a member with us, Sister Dona, and she is a returned missionary. we Went to our appointment at the Buscayno family’s home. two of the sons are already members. the other two siblings are investigating, and the mom was kind of just sitting in, but we have been trying to teach her, too. We arrived at their home soaking wet, and there was no power and it was getting dark. We sat in their little kitchen and taught the mom, Marites, and the two kids, James and Kathlyn. We taught them a lesson on the purpose of our life on earth and the Atonement. The lesson went really well, and then Sis Dona was sharing her experience. The Spirit became very strong as we testified of the Savior and His Atonement, and the power He has to help strengthen us and lift our burdens, especially as she is a single mom. We testified of how she needs that companionship of the Savior to continue to be strong. It was so peaceful and the rain had calmed down, and the Spirit in that flashligh-lit room in that moment was amazing. We asked if she would be willing to follow the example of the Savior and be baptized, and she accepted. We are so excited for her and we know that as their whole family will now be members, they will be so blessed.
We finished our Book of Mormon power read this week! I read the whole Book of Mormon in 60 days. my testimony has been so strengthened because of it. I have learned so many things about how important Jesus Christ is in my life and gained an even greater desire to make Him the center of all I do for the rest of my life. I have become more aware of His miracles in my life, of how He helps me, and of His characteristics and what I can do to improve. I have noticed that with the Hastening, there has been a huge push in the Church to focus everything on Him. I know that that’s because one day, He will come again…and all we are doing now should focus us on that day when we will meet Him and stand before Him. I was really touched today as I read again the account in 3 Nephi as I resumed my Book of Mormon reading from before, to read about how He introduced Himself to the people as Jesus Christ:

Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall comeinto the world.

 11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunkout of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and haveglorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world,in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from thebeginning.
¬†and how He came down and they all went one by one to touch His hands and His feet, and bore record that it was Him who had been prophesied of…And¬†it¬†came¬†to¬†pass¬†that¬†the¬†Lord¬†spake¬†unto¬†them¬†saying:

 14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my handsand in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sinsof the world.

 15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust theirhands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his handsand in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one untilthey had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feelwith their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets,that should come.

 16 And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:

 17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they didfall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.

I just thought of the joy they must have felt as their faith became a sure knowledge. I know one day we will all have that opportunity and feel of that joy to know with surety that He lives, as we one by one touch His hands and His feet and know with a surety that He is our Savior, the One who was prophesied of and spoken of by the prophets, that He is the Son of God. As we truly come unto Christ and make Him the center of our lives, I know that we will find true joy, true happiness, true strength, true peace, and true life.

O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and beconverted, that I may heal you?

 14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall haveeternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are thosewho come unto me.

 15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavensand the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with theFather from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father inme; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.

love always,
Sister Carr
Mother's Day :)

Mother’s Day ūüôā

Us with a few of the single adults in the ward

Us with a few of the single adults in the ward

Amazing Grace

Hello! It is still raging hot here, and I really hope it kinda cools down at least a little bit soon. Never been so sweaty (constantly dripping) in my life. Haha, yesterday was fast Sunday. Saturday afternoon, Sister Osteniane and I opened our fasts. We worked all day, and I knew I had sweated out all of my water by the time we came home that night. We both just tried to go to bed and sleep through the thirst. I tried sooo hard…and then caved. So, feeling a little guilty, I go out in the middle of the night to the fridge for my water. And then out walks Sister O and she says, “I can’t do it! I can’t sleep! I need water!!!” and we just laughed there in the dark in the kitchen and then drank a bunch of water and homemade gatorade, after which we were able to sleep just fine. We contacted some new investigators that we OYMed, and had some great introductory lessons with them. unfortunately, one of them is going abroad to work this Wednesday, so she will have to look for missionaries in the place she is going. I hope she does, though, because she was really receptive to our message. We have another one that we are also excited to go back and visit. We’re trying really hard to find new people to teach, and we are starting to slowly see some results. This week was hard in many ways, yet probably one of the most fulfilling of my mission so far. Not really because of any specific um…..happening? but rather because of what I’ve been learning, especially in my nightly accounting with my Father in Heaven. This week I really wanted to step it up more and try to give my all. I tried really hard in a lot of ways to do that. But because of that, I have learned so much about the Lord’s merciful and sustaining and perfecting grace. If I pray in the morning fervently that I can do my best and then go out and work, then when I come home at night, I can tell Heavenly Father all I tried to do, all my shortcomings and mistakes, and my successes, and then plead for the grace of Christ to perfect my imperfect efforts. And He does. And because He does, I feel more fully His strength throughout the day to do all He wants me to do. I know that no matter what, if we are doing our best, it means we really have a desire to become like Him, and we qualify ourselves to receive His grace. I have learned so much about Christ and His power this week, and I know He is always there, waiting to step in and help us, if we just allow Him to. Jesus is the Christ! He loves each of us so much, so perfectly, and so infinitely. I know that for myself.

Love always, Sister Carr