Monday, April 25, 2016

Super Great Week

Dear family mine,

Sister Infantado and I had a super great week! I have been amazed as we've seen the miracles occur. We met one part-member family just yesterday that turned out to have gone to church last week as well as yesterday! Two of them are investigators that are super receptive.

Sister Infantado and I have been finding like crazy!! We had 52 new investigators this week and have already followed up on quite a few of them.

I love being a missionary!

What are the houses like in your area?

Most of the houses here are made out of bamboo. Whole pillars of bamboo are used for the frame of he house, and then split pieces are used to make the walls, etc. Sorry, not the best explanation. The roofs are usually made out of a plant called nipa. Nipa leaves are long and skinny and are used as the roofs. Maybe I'll try to snap a picture this week.

If a family is medyo well to do, they have concrete floors. Sometimes they are lucky and have a tin roof. Rich people have completely concrete houses made out of hollow blocks and cement pillars with steel roofs.

Time up! I love you all!

Sister Marriott

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Goat in the house!


You didn't get my email last week??? I was very much surprised when I got a call from Elder Hopper. I thought it was one of the office elders or something, so I spoke Illonggo initially to him. Until he said, "This is Elder Hopper. Speak English to me." Even after that I had a hard time remembering how to speak English. It just doesn't come out anymore. Luckily I can usually still write in English. But talking is a whole different matter. How did Papi get the number for the mission?
Forest in our area

Sounds like you all had a great week!

Peter comes home July 14?? That is so soon! Time flies when you're having fun.

What is Sister Infantado like? She is GREAT! Maybe one of my favorite companions. I say "one" because it seems like I always say that about almost all of my companions. Haha! She really knows how to get to work. She is diligent, sensitive, motivated, and, here's a plus, has a great sense of humor. Love her to death. She came from Silay West ward, which was the other ward that shared the same building as ours in Silay East ward. So we knew each other before. We did a lot of finding this week. Hopefully we'll see the fruit of that in a month or two.

Beach in our are.

I had a hard time last week thinking of something funny. I remembered sometimes Monday night how last week we were studying in the morning and a goat entered through the open front door! Haha! There are probably three goats, five chickens, and a dog on our lawn kept by the owner. Yeah.

Thank you all for your support! Don't forget to pray for me.

Sister Marriott

Forgot to Press Send

Looks like I never sent this last week....sorry!!

Dearest ones,

So this week was crazy. On Monday, my fellow STL, Sister Pastera, and I traveled from Sagay to Bacolod to attend the Mission Leadership Council (MLC) on Tuesday morning. Then on Wednesday we trained the zone at Zone Training. Thenon Wednesday we had a double wedding. Then on Saturday and Sunday we watched conference. It went by so quickly, but yet feels like 3 weeks packed into one. Absolutely crazy.

THEN Sister Ramiro (my beloved companion of only two weeks) got transferred to Calumanggan. My new companion is Sister Infantado, who I've known for a while since our wards shared the same church building for a while in Silay.

MLC was SUPER inspiring. It way exceeded my expectations. We talked a lot and learned a lot. Sister Pastera and I trained in zone training about managing non-progressing investigators, standard of excellence, time management, hope, diligence, and attitude. It was hard to cram in all in to our 45 minute training. Then the zone leaders also trained.

My favorite talk was by Elder Andersen about rescuing. It really hit me hard.

I'm so happy when I read your letters. You're all the best.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Little House

Hey everyone!

So this week was irregular. After spending only about three days with the two other companionships in Sagay. Sister Ramiro, my new companion, and I moved houses to a house in Old Sagay, which is our area. It was super fun, but we keep finding things that we need but don't have. Our house is super perfect. It's a brand-new little house. It has absolutely no furniture, which stinks because we have been eating on the floor, but it's nice that it is so clean and un-cluttered.

Mom, to answer your questions, yes, we shower here with buckets and pail. We actually have two bathrooms in this house (super lucky!) and they both have shower heads that don't really work very well at all. More like the walls get wet instead of you. So I've been showering from a bucket as usual. Except Sister Ramiro and I only have one small bucket and no pail. I used a drinking glass instead and it slipped from my hand this morning, fell, and broke. Gone. Dead. Destroyed. :P

This area has been having a lot of baptisms in the last year or so. We don't have a baptism this week, but we do have a wedding! I'll let you know how that goes. It will the 3rd wedding for my investigators so far in my mission. The ward so far has been really supportive. So that's great.

Sister Ramiro is super great. She asks referrals from literally EVERYONE. We have a ton of work to do contacting them, but it's always a good finding experience.

Did I tell you last week that I just became an STL? Yeah. That happened. I am about to travel to Bacolod in a couple hours for MLC tomorrow. Old Sagay is the farthest from Bacolod that I've ever been. about 2.5 hours by bus. My other areas were all about 45 minutes away.

And then I'm REALLY looking forward to conference. That will be great.

Love you all!

Sister Marriott