hello everyone! I am really excited that it is a new cycle and a new start. We have a lot of work to do here in Almaguer, and I hope we can work better with the branch and find new people to teach.
it’s pretty safe to say that this has been the craziest week of my mission so far! I am currently emailing from the mission home, and I don’t have an official companion until Wednesday, transfer day, when I will be getting a new one. it’s really weird to be a lone missionary. haha it doesn’t feel right at all.
here’s what happened: (kind of like Monk…except Sis Sumagpao is still alive)
Last Monday she didn’t go to Banaue with us because she didn’t want to make her sickness worse. Tuesday, we were only able to teach a few lessons. The whole time, her headaches are coming back and her stomach pains are getting worse, despite the medication she was taking.
Wednesday we drove to Cauayan for MLC 🙂 but she had a really bad headache that day as well.
Thursday we had planned to go on splits with the Almaguer C sisters. We helped clean the church in the morning for service, and then the four of us went back to our apartment to prepare for splits. I knew she wasn’t doing well, and I asked if we should just cancel splits and take her back to the doctor. She wanted to work. But after a couple hours on the split, Sis Brown insisted that Sis Sumagpao could not work. We ended the split and went to the doctor, and he said if the regular medicine didn’t work she should be hospitalized for IV medication. So that night we went to the hospital. After we spent 2 nights there, we decided to relocate closer to the mission home…however upon arrival at the mission home they told us that she would instead be going to Manila to the Missionary Recovery Center so that she could get the best care and recover more quickly.
We spent all day yesterday and half of Saturday here at the mission home. It is great here. 🙂 haha. I took a hot shower for the first time in like a year (that I didn’t have to heat up the water first myself). But while everything here is great at the mission home, and I love being around Pres and Sis Rahlf, I am getting anxious to go back and work. It will be good to get a new companion and start over strong in our area. I will really miss Sis Sumagpao, though. she is a wonderful missionary and hopefully she can recover quickly so that she can get back working again.
I have been learning a lot this week. I have just had a lot of extra time to think and study. I have studied a lot about peace this week. I know that peace, real and lasting peace, is only found in and through Jesus Christ. Peace is found in overcoming sin and weakness and becoming strong, about having a firm, unwavering foundation no matter the circumstance, and a result of obedience to the commandments of the Lord. I know Jesus Christ is our means of becoming strong, He is our Liberator through Whom we overcome sin and weakness, He is our Rock and our Foundation, which will never fall. I know obedience is key. Through Jesus Christ we will find peace in our hearts, our minds, our homes, our wards, and eventually, the world.
If we don’t feel at peace, that’s when we need to evaluate our relationship with Jesus Christ and evaluate our obedience. I know as we do so, we will be led to find that true and lasting peace, He who will never fail us, nor forsake us.
I know He lives.
and He loves us 🙂
I love you all!
today was a day I have been waiting my whole mission for!!! we went to the Banaue Rice Terraces for a zone activity! 🙂 The Banaue Rice Terraces are considered the 8th wonder of the world. and it is truly a wonder! Absolutely amazing. 🙂 I will send pictures next week when I have more time. We had to meet at 4am to head to the Terraces (ang aga…so early) but so worth it. We rode a jeep for like…4 hours, and then we got to go hiking around the terraces! It is so green, and absolutely incredible. I know my pictures won’t do justice what I saw earlier. I want to tell you the legend of Banaue as told to me by President Rahlf a few months ago–(forgive me if I miss a few details or don’t tell it quite correctly)
He says these hieroglyphics were found in the Banaue region depicting the people there. Amidst the people was a beam of light from the heavens, and a man who came down and taught the people how to build the terraces. President Rahlf said although we can’t be sure, would it not make sense that Christ would visit here after He visited the Nephites and teach them how to grow food in this difficult mountain region?
I know from what I have seen today that this is not merely the work of the hands of man. Perhaps the wonders of the world are wonders simply because no man could ever create it without divine guidance. I don’t know what really happened in Banaue, but I know the Lord guided the building process. It is immense. It is majestic. It is breathtaking. I know the Lord knows His children and the earth He has created. He teaches us how to use it.
This week was kinda hard and we’re still trying to figure out what’s going on exactly with Sis Sumagpao. we went to cauayan on wednesday to consult a different doctor and…we didn’t agree with his answer. so we went to another doctor in bambang and he was able to help her out a lot more. there are still some things we are trying to figure out, but we are trying to be patient and continue to listen to the Spirit to help her.
I don’t really know what else happened this week, but this week is going to be great. It started off great with Banaue, and we also have MLC 🙂
I know Jesus is the Christ. He is our Savior. He loves us. This is His work, and we are His hands, and His disciples. I know we have a Father in Heaven who hears our every prayer and knows our every need. I have no doubt.
I love you!
PS the subject line is from our branch coordination meeting yesterday…I thought it was hilarious. they were talking about an activity on saturday and they told us to bring our own rice (kanin)–which would imply that somebody else would be providing the ulam (the stuff that goes on top of rice and makes the meal complete)…but the “bring your own rice” was followed by “…and ulam” which meant essentially “bring your own food.” ha. sorry. probably not funny to you guys, but I thought it was funny.