Monday, May 23, 2016

Do you play chess?

Hello everyone, but especially SONJA!! Welcome to the world!

Once again, too many of you wrote me leaving me about 7 minutes to reply. I know, Mom, you told me to print the emails I get, but I still prefer just to read it once I'm in the computer shop rather than accumulating a mission worth of emails. Anyway, I never know what to write you all anyway...

Sister Infantado continues to be one of the best companions I've ever had. We are excited tomorrow to give a training in Zone Conference. (Sorry if I misled you to think that that was over. Not yet. Last week was just a council meeting). 

We are giving our training on companionship inventory, which I have a testimony of. Companionship inventory can do great things. Out of small and simple things are great things brought to pass. 

Haha! There was one member yesterday who said to me (and I translate this):

"Chess. Chess. Do you play chess?"
 
"Uh....I know how to.."
 
"Let's play!!"
 
I tried to kindly explain that I am a missionary and can't just play chess. But then he quickly said that he meant tomorrow, Monday

Hahaha! That still won't be happening even though it is p-day. But I got a good laugh out of it, and thought about Peter and Papi. 

BYE! Love you all

Sister Marriott

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Highest Numbers!

Hi!

I literally have no time to write you all because we are rushing to a last minute multi-zone leaders/ sister training leaders council meeting, but hopefully the long email last time and the phone call home will make up for it.

Sister Infantado and I had a fantastic week with probably the highest numbers/KIs overall of my whole mission! And I know it's because we were more obedient this week than ever before! The Lord is truly blessing us!

I just wanted to say that I'm alive and love you all!!

Thanks for everything!
Sister Marriott

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Not Her Usual Self

MOM!! I'm so sorry I couldn't catch you on Skype! Last week we asked the computer shop if they had video chat and they said they did. Then we asked the owner (a member) yesterday if they would be open the next day. She said they would be. But then when we went, it was closed. So we went and got lunch first hoping that it would be open on our way back. Still closed. So then we decided to go the the center of Sagay City to try here. No video cameras here either. So then we "loaded" the phone and called. Only to get your message machine. Maybe I'll try again........   :((((

But anyway. I was sort of looking forward not having to write an email since I would be seeing you..... Oh well.

This week has been super tiring. I don't like myself when I don't get enough sleep. On Monday we traveled to Bacolod. Long drive. Then stopped for dinner and I think I found my favorite restaurant here in Bacolod. Chow King! Haha. It's a really common fast food place, but it's super good. I got the dumpling rice bowl and halo-halo. Halo-halo literally means mix-mix. I've tried it a few other times and have never really liked it very much. They put cubes of this gelatine sort, and banana, and ice, and corn, beans, evaporated milk, etc. If you get the good stuff it has ice-cream. So after trying halo-halo at a restaurant here in Old Sagay, Sister Infantado said I hadn't really had real halo-halo before and that we would go to Chow King because that is the place with good halo-halo. Sure enough. It had jackfruit, leche flan, a type of coconut called makapuno, ube icecream, etc. It was good!

Then we had MLC on Tuesday. It was inspiring as usual. I got to see Sister Dumapias, which I was super happy about. I love her! I saw Sister Aloc as well, and Sister Lewis, Sister Allegretti, Sister Schultz (all the sisters from my batch!). It was fun. The Assistants to the President all gave really good trainings and I felt that what they trained on was exactly what our zone needed to hear. So when we got back to Old Sagay, Sister Infantado and I just had a companionship study about how we would train for zone training. It was good. Then on Thursday we trained the zone on Faith, then our second training was on The Lord's Pattern,  and Priesthood Power. It was okay, but I learned a whoooole lot more in my study than I'm sure Sister Infantado and I were able to convey to the zone, but that's okay.

Anyway, with Monday travels, not sleeping well at the hosting apartment on Monday night, getting up early Tuesday morning for MLC, and thursday morning for zone training, and all the stress in between I was a little frazzled this week. I really love the routine of missionary life! Getting up 6:30, going to bed 10:30. But when that schedule is interrupted. Sister Marriott is not her usual happy self. But despite all that I had a really spiritual week. I LOVE personal study. It's great. And then in companionship study I often take notes when Sister Infantado shares what she learned because.........it's like general conference. :) She really is just that great!

So, I'm sorry again, Mom! I'll try calling again, BUT if I still can't catch you, I hope you had a wonderful mother's day, and I will definitely, for sure, absolutely see you in three months! :D I'm not counting the days, but I'm sure you are.

LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
Sister Marriott
1 Nephi 7:12

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Goosebumps

Hello everyone!

So this week went by so quickly. Not to mention APRIL. Can't believe that happened. Totally don't know where that went.

So I have no idea what to write. What was your question, Mom? Oh yeah "What flowers do you see?"

There are a lot of flowers here. But not the type that you see in America. I have no idea what their names are. But I imagine they are the same kinds of flowers you would see in Hawaii or other islands.

We had a really great lesson with R.D. this week. Lesson 1, principles 4-6. Or basically from Christ's ministry until the Restoration! R. is a cousin of some active members and we heard that her dad was baptized when he was young as well, but hasn't been to church since he was a teenager. But we haven't met him yet. I really love how the Spirit feels in lessons. Words come out of my mouth that definitely did not come from my own self. Explanations come that I never thought to say. Questions and promised blessing and testimony that we had never said before just came out of our mouths. The last time we taught her we asked her to pray to know if Thomas S. Monson was a true prophet. When we followed up, she said she prayed! We asked how she felt. She said "nakurog 'ko." or it means that her body trembled or shook. But we asked if it was a good kind of feeling and she said "Oo." :) God's ways are not our ways.

Sister Infantado said afterwards, "Nami gid sa lesson, sister." She said she got goosebumbs. I can't actually remember the word for goosebumps right now. Hm...I would recognize it if I heard it.
I am super excited for tomorrow!! We have MLC again! Super excited to receive inspiration!!

I started a new study journal this week. I am determined to make it the best study journal of my mission. I really see the difference in my study when I write down insights and when I don't. Infinitely better when I write it down. Lesson learned.

Okay, gotta go! SEE you next week! :D

Love you all!!
Sister Marriott