Friday, May 29, 2015

No Unhallowed Hand

Haha! Yeah, I can print out letters...but I really would rather read than write most of the time. 

Like today, I don't know what to write... It has been quite the week for me as well. I am proud to say that Sister Ortiz and I have almost finished her recovery process. She is now up and walking, although still with a limp. She's been a trooper this whole time. I know it's been really hard for her to feel like a missionary while she's just been at the balay or the balay of a member for (all combined) almost three weeks. But I've been able to work most days with members. No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing! 

We had another baptism on Saturday! Brother Joselito Samis. We actually first met him at church! His fiance, Tessie (now his wife) is a member. Because he lives in Paghidaet, almost our farthest area, and is only available on Saturdays and Sundays, we often were only able to teach him after church at the chapel. But he was very ready to be baptized notwithstanding we were only able to teach him once or twice a week. He's probably the lowest maintenance convert I will ever have. :)
It sounds like you are having so much fun! Wow!

What does myopic mean? Papi used it in his letter to me. 

Hey! I haven't heard anything from Lizza or Katie for a while! I want to hear about those flowers still. ;D Totally not surprised that Katie has boys chasing her.

I'm sorry this is a lame email. But Natalie is online right now, so.... :) 

Send me more pictures! I love seeing them!

I love you all! Thank you for being my family!
Sister Marriott

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Conversion and the Vision

Yay!! I knew his name [her new nephew] would be Charles. But I think Chuck is better than Charlie. Maybe I can still name my son Charles and call him Chuck. ;)

Wow. A report about my mission?? [I have to give a  report on Tessa's missions so far in sacrament meeting on Sunday] I don't know. Probably one of the most important things that I've learned here is the importance of conversion. Conversion means to consistently live what you know even when it's not convenient. There are so many examples of conversion here in the Philippines. There are people that walk an hour or more just to go to church. There are families whose "income" is food, and they spend all week looking for ways to collect a few pesos to pay for a tricycle ride. But there are others who live across the street from the church building and are less-active. So it depends on conversion. I have to ask myself, if I had to walk an hour to church, would I do it? I hope the answer is yes. 
 
We had zone conference this week. It was great! I think we needed it to get through this week. Sister Ortiz and her co-STL, Sister Ve'ehala talked about locking your heart and serving with all your heart. They quoted from a talk called "The Fourth Missionary" by Elder Lawrence Corbridge. They really taught with power and authority and I felt the Spirit.

Sister Ortiz's surgery on her foot went well. The thing that was in her foot was bigger than I thought it would be, although I still don't know what it was. It was white, curved, and curled. My closest guess is a shell. No idea how it got in there, but it was imbedded in the tendon. She is still in quite a bit of pain, and it hurts her to walk, kneel, etc. She has been a trooper this week though. I love her topic of study this morning in personal study: the enabling power of the Atonement. She said she needs to be enabled since she's disabled. Haha! 

I have been trying to really start studying the Book of Mormon from the beginning again, but slower. I have been studying 1 Nephi 16 and 17. I noticed how self-reliant Nephi is, especially in chapter 16. In verse 17, I noted the word exort and studied in footnotes about that word. Paul exhorts us to exhort each other every day, while it is still today so that we will not be hardened by sin. I really love that. That means we really do need to restart, refocus, reset every day. I also loved verse 18 of chapter 17: 

"And thus my brethren did complain against me, and were desirous that they might not labor, for they did not believe that I could build a ship; neither would they believe that I was instructed of the Lord." I likened that to my mission:

"And they didn't want to work because they did not believe in the Vision or that they could achieve weekly baptisms. Neither did they believe that the mission president was instructed of the Lord." 

The Vision is a vision that we have as a mission, and the first thing on it is weekly baptisms: each companionship is baptizing weekly. Even though we haven't had weekly baptisms YET, I believe in them. If we're doing everything that Preach My Gospel says to do, it would be impossible NOT to be baptizing every week. I really believe in that. But yet I really believe in Mormon 9:29, which warns us not to be baptize unworthily, and I'm proud to say that we've already pushed back many a baptismal date. Because I want my converts to be converted. Not to be obvious, but that's why we call them converts. That is why the gift of discernment is so necessary for missionaries. We have to discern if someone is ready to be baptized, which is pretty huge. The baptismal covenant is so sacred. 

I love you all!! Have a great week.

Sister Marriott
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lucky to be in the Philippines!

Brother Dexter and Nanay

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother's Day!!

So yeah, like I told you, Sister Ortiz has a thorn or something in her foot, which has been there for about five months...so we spent most of this week on exchanges since she couldn't work. The members were really good with helping us out, since someone had to be with her at our boarding house, and someone else had to go out and work with me. But it turned out that she didn't have surgery today, but she will have it on Thursday after our zone conference. I am glad to be able to work with her again. It's really exhausting to go on exchanges and lead everything. So I get almost a normal week with her before she has a whole week of rest after the surgery. 
Caribou
I gave my second talk on Sunday

Yeah. I love my mission. Sometimes, especially on the tricycles when the wind is rushing in my face so that I can barely open my eyes, and I just have a moment to think to myself, I think: "I'm so lucky to be in the Philippines!" 

I'm sorry this is so short, I spent too much time trying to send emails....that don't want to send. Oh well, I got some off to you. 

I love you all!
Sister Marriott


Service to get wheelchair for Sister Nelsa
I love my MTC batchmates!

Monday, May 4, 2015

More Miracles

Mom,

Yes. I can skype for strictly 30 minutes. It will probably be around 8:30am my time on Monday. Which should be early evening for you on Sunday. If skype doesn't work I can give you a phone number for you to call.

This week has been a week of miracles! So many of our investigators came to church yesterday! And a lot of recent converts as well!! A few for the first time! How great was my joy!! And how much greater must be the joy of Christ, since every person who has ever or will ever return to God does so through Him! 

One of the investigators who came to church was Sister Nelsa! So many people welcomed her! I got to be the person who moved her from the tricycle to the wheelchair and then back after church. At first she said, "Lalaki lang!" Which means that she wanted a boy to carry her. But the tricycle driver said I was strong enough, so I moved her. Then she said in English: "You are very beautiful. And very strong." HAHA! She probably weighs a slim 90 pounds, if not less. She's tiny. 

We have a baptism this Saturday for Bro. Dexter Garseniego. He is perfectly golden! 

We had follow up training on Wednesday. It was so great to see my batch-mates from the MTC!!! I'll have to send you the picture later. Maybe next week. Wednesday felt like Sunday just because I felt so spiritually filled afterwards.

I'm sorry this is so short! I still have to email President Ferrin. I am so excited to skype you next week!! 

I love you all so much!
Sister Marriott