Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Good Lessons

Family and friends,

Happy Easter!!

After spending a wonderful 6 months in Silay East Ward, I just got transferred today to Old Sagay! I am super excited!!

I should add more spiritual experiences in here. Maybe I'll tell you of a good lesson we had this week.

One very critical lesson we had was with J. He had told us the last lesson we had with him about how he didn't like that all of the members at church were asking him when he was getting baptized. When he said the 16th at the river, they got all excited and started planning an elders quorum activity at the river as well so that it could be a big thing. He got all nervous and felt pressured. So then last lesson, he told us he wasn't ready to be baptized. But he continued reading, and he read in 2 Nephi 9. He said, "Igo gid sa akon, mo?" Which means in a not so accurate translation, "It just really hit me." He still didn't want to go for the 16th, but will be baptized.

Another good lesson we just had yesterday with the sister of one of our recent converts. She and her partner are living together even though they aren't married. She was explaining to us why she didn't want to get married. I won't go into all of that ugly situation. But I remembered the story of the adulterous woman brought to Jesus Christ. We told her the story about how Jesus Christ, even though he didn't have sin, still didn't throw a stone at the woman. I told her that we, like him, do not condemn her, but we do invite her to "go and sin no more" by being married or completely breaking up with her live in partner. We encouraged her to pray about what God's will was and then follow it. But we told her that we didn't believe that God's will was that she continue living with him without being married. God cannot look at sin with any degree of allowance.

Sometimes when I look forward to teaching a lesson like that I think, "this is gonna be tough." But then it usually goes well. It helped that we practiced teaching that lesson in our companionship study.

Do you feel safe all the time?

That is a good question! I realized from being 6 months in Silay that I felt safer the longer I was there. One reason why is probably that there were so many people that I knew. Wherever we went, there was always someone that we had taught, OYMed, talked to, bought something from, or rode is his tricycle before, or something. I realized that I know a LOT of people in Silay. But yeah, I usually feel safe, but not all the time. We tend to steer away from places where there is drinking, basketball, or just a lot of men in general. You can just feel if the place is safe or not. There are places that we go during the afternoon, but don't go during the evening. You just feel it.

Love you all! I am SOOO grateful for all of you. The Lord has blessed me so much. More than I deserve.

Sister Marriott

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Elder Haynie Came

Pamilya ko,

So this week was crazy. We had four extra companionships sleep over at our apartment on Thursday, making us 12 sisters in all. Sister Allegretti (one of the sisters in my district in the MTC) actually got to our area early and we got to work for a bit in a three-some. It was great. It was like she instantly improved. When we left the MTC we had no idea what we didn't know. Hahaha Then the next day we attended mission tour training by Elder Haynie of the Seventy and Area Presidency. It was great!

He talked about Elder Oaks' talk to missionaries in January and made a special comment that we needed to teach repentance. Yesterday, that is exactly what Sister Anunciado and I did. We taught a pretty hard lesson about repentance to someone who is in a.....captivity sort of situation. Not going to give the details, but let's just say it's really hard for them to repent. But I KNOW it will set them free.

He encouraged us to connect investigators and recent converts to the temple. We have been teaching a lot of Temple and Family History Work lessons to recent converts lately. I know that family history work will not only turn their hearts their ancestors, kundi sa Dyos man.

He started out by telling a story called A Five Dollar Job. Maybe you could look it up. Promise it is worth a read. I want to be a five dollar missionary.

Wish I could write more.

Hope you're all doing well!
Sister Marriott

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Miracles Happened

Loved ones,

So a lot of you wrote me! Thanks for all of your emails! I love you all!

I have been having a great time in Silay East Ward! I just really love this area. We have some really great new investigators who have some great potential. 

We taught a couple hard lessons this week, but we also extended a lot of baptismal dates! I was really proud of Sister Anunciado because, since she's in week 12 of training, that was her responsibility. She did great and extended to people even when they would probably say no, but then miracles happened and they said yes! We both agreed that the Spirit really is present as that questions is asked. Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God? It is a very important question, and I really have seen that people are really guided by the Spirit when they answer yes.

We have another mission tour! Elder Haynie is coming! We are super excited. It seems like just yesterday Elder Bowen was here. We will be talking about prayer, finding, and the story of Enoch. That should be a good training. :) 

Bye! Thank you all!

Sister Marriott

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Charity

Hello you wonderful people!! 
 
First and foremost I was super surprised that Mitch died!!! How sad! I am super shocked. He is a super great guy. He was my first competitive dance partner where we actually made it to finals! Haha. We spent many fun/long hours practicing. I just can't believe it. Poor Brittney!!

Choir for Elder Nelson's Visit
Okay, well I guess I have to write about other things, no? To start off, I'll answer your question mom.

Does everyone have gadgets and cellphones? Just about all teenagers have cell phones, but not all of their parents do. Usually it's just a really cheap phone, but the rich kids have touch screens. But then if you go to some f the poorer or farming areas, not very many people at all have cell-phones. One brgy of ours there is only a few people in that place that have cell-phones, so we text those people and then they are the ones who tell the others in that area about what we texted. It turns out okay.

This week was great! Sister Anunciado and I were able to find some new investigators that have some good potential and we also got three referrals, so that should be great! But most of all, I learned a lesson about love.

To begin with, last week was.......I was irritable. I blamed it on my allergies which were acting up and making it hard to breathe (which turned my heart to Grandka. How hard it must be for her not to be able to breathe!), but it also made me irritable. I know I used to get irritated a lot, but I'm not exaggerating when I say that here in the mission, I really do not get irritated very easily. So I was surprised at myself, and did some pondering. I also took allergy medicine and prayed a lot. I prayed specifically for charity. That's when the miracle happened.

The Lord just gave me a new perspective. I want to emphasize here that it is definitely a gift from the Lord because it certainly did not originate from my own carnal-woman self. I was able to see people as children of God. One moment in particular I remember when one dad chose not to join a lesson, but at the end he did pop his head in. The natural-woman self of mine could have thought: Why didn't he join the lesson?? And judge him for his choice, but instead I thought: "Tatay is so beautiful." Tatay means...dad or father, but everyone calls old men, Tatay. Anyway. I want to be clear that Tatay is not at all handsome. But I realized that my perspective of even people's appearance changed when I had charity for them. Even ugly people can appear beautiful when we love them.

Then again in our gospel principles class, the ward mission leader showed a bible video about Jesus Christ's life. I think it was called "for this cause was I born." It was really touching, and I noticed how Christ truly cared and loved for others. I briefly thought: "Of course, because He knows who they are, where they're from, what kind of past they had. He knows everything." But as soon as I thought that, the Spirit said, "But you know that they are children of God. Do you need a better reason than that to love them?"

Charity never faileth.

I have charity for you all!! :)

Sister Marriott

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Seeing through Heavenly Father's Eyes

Hey!

Sister Anunciado had a super fast week! I felt like.....not even two days has gone by this week! Time flies when you're a missionary!

We had another successful baptism of Lina. I'll forward the email from Sister Anunciado about it to you, Mom. We are now required to send pictures and stories of our baptismal candidates to the office and to President Barredo.

I have just really been learning to appreciate the sacrament. We were asked in a lesson yesterday, "So if you sin again, do you have to be baptized again??" Sister Anunciado and I were talking about that, and I told her that I would never want to go without taking the sacrament. If you don't take the sacrament once, that means you have half a month of sin to carry around! No thanks. It is much better to repent and take the sacrament.

I have also appreciated this week the perspective that missionary work gives. Added to that, I love the take that Elder Renlund gave in his talk about seeing people through Heavenly Father's eyes. That really changes everything.

So, I'm at a loss at what to write!!

But that is not an indication of my lack of love for you all because I love you all so very very dearly!!

:D

Sister Marriott

P.S.

Email from Sister Anunciado to Mission President: Lina was first contacted by Sister Marriott and Sister Dumapias. She talked to one of the recent convert who lived in the same place where she lived and told that she wanted to listen to their message.Her first lesson was in at the house of another investigator.Her baptismal date was moved a couple of times.She had a hard time going to church because her income is not enough to sustain their needs already. Nevertheless we promised her that if she will pray to Heavenly Father and talked to him about her situation, she will received divine help.She did so and after that we literally saw that Heavenly Father helped her to obey His commandments and eventually be prepared to receive her baptism.We also found out that she thinks that if she'll be baptized it's useless because she can't bring her whole family with her yet. Nevertheless, she said in her testimony at her baptism that if she will lead and example in her family by being baptized she will be able to bring them to knowledge of our God

Tessa's Emails to Mission President: Sister Dumapias and I first met Jamela and her sister at church when
she came with her aunt, Jean. When we first visited her, we were happy to find that she already knew how to pray. We struggled a little to teach according to her needs because she is so shy! But little-by-little she opened up to us. We extended baptismal dates to her mom and her younger sister who both said no, but Jamela chose to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. We hope that her family will follow as well. For a few months, although she was going to church semi-regularly, she had not yet read from the Book of Mormon. It was then that Sister Anunciado and I applied the inspired teaching from Preach My Gospel to leave specific reading assignments. Now she reads! She was baptized on February 20, 2016. There were many family members there to support her decision to be baptized, including her mom and her sisters!

Juanito is 82 years old. Sister Dumapias and I first contacted him on October 23, 2015 when he
was referred by a member. We gave him the restoration pamphlet in the first lesson, and when we followed through on our second lesson, he had already read the whole pamphlet and had questions! He has spent years trying to find the truth and has been very active in some other churches. But he told another investigator of ours that here in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he has found light to his understanding. His progression accelerated when he first learned how to pray sincerely and with real intent. He has added scripture reading to his prayer, and is now reading in Alma! I also remember that at first we just seemed like a couple naive young women to him. Now he sees us as representatives of Jesus Christ! His left foot has been infected for many months, but he still manages to go to church regularly, sometimes at great inconvenience to him. Although he and we have invited his family members to join the lessons and attend church, they continue to seem uninterested. But we will keep trying so that Juanito can be with them and with our Heavenly Father forever!

L.O.V.E.

Silay East
Sister Marriott
Sister Anunciado