Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!

Kasey is coming home on March 8!!!
You are invited to an Open House to welcome her home! 
Sunday, March 10 - 1:00pm-4:00 p.m. at our house. 
Send me an email ( and I can give you further details.
We went hiking for P-day and I made a big deal about NOT wanting to eat oreos so I walked in and found them on my desk, too bad it was weekly planning and I was hungry. . . 
Hi Mom, Dad, Kelli, Nathanael and Savanna!!!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!! I love you all so much!!!!

Well, they moved me out of Macau last Saturday, and if you want to see my apartment just look at the pictures I sent you last April. If you want to see my companion look at the pictures I sent you in November!!!! I'm back in Tolo Harbor!!! This time in the Tai Wo ward with Sister Clements again!!! I couldn't be happier!!! I'm also glad that my new area is at least somewhat familiar because it's so close to Sha Tin/Tai Wai where I spent so much of my mission!!!!

E. in Macau got baptized on Sunday!!! I got to talk to Sister Jamison about it and she said it went so well!!! It was the perfect timing! I love E. so much, she had a lot of obstacles on the way to being baptized. She was ready a long time ago, but for one reason and another things got delayed. I have no doubt that she was supposed to be baptized last Sunday, it was incredible to see how much she grew in those few weeks. I knew she was ready to be baptized and I know she will be solid throughout her life.

Ok your questions first:
1 - Have you been able to run lately?
Almost everyday!!!!
2 - If the guards don't let you back into Macau, can you at least get your stuff? How does that work?
Well, President Hawks likes to avoid missionaries going to Jail.. . so he just moved me out before the Chinese New Year so that I wouldn't have to fight crowds on the day my visa expired.
3 - Are you learning how to speak Tagalog from the Filipino sisters in your branch?
A little, but I accidently left my Tagalog notebook in Macau!!! I remember Hello and Thank You and really that's all I needed, my brain couldn't handle that and Chinese.
4 - What is a bogou? Does it mean letter/email?
Yes, it's our weekly report to president Hawks.
5 - Do the sisters in the boarding house have husbands and children with them or in the Philippines or are they single sisters?
Some do, but usually their families are still in the Philippines.
6 - Since you are in Macau, how do you think that the New Year celebrations will affect your work?
I thought they would because a lot of the Philipinas would have holiday that day.

Wow, so because I'm back in the same apartment I can constantly pick Sister Nielsen's brain about how Tai wai is doing and there are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many miracles happening there!!! I'm so happy!!! Remember those 2 girls from mainland that Sister Lin and I taught? They came down again and got baptized!! V. is going to BYU Hawaii, there is a lady that we met on the Bus shortly before I left who is now taking the lessons, one of the less-active members that we had started working with is coming to church each Sunday, Brother L. who Sister Lin contacted while we were together is still meeting with the Elders and coming to Church regularly. There is boy that remembers meeting me and Sister Lin and he is now meeting the sisters, a 12 year old girl we started teaching has been baptized and is doing great. And sooo many other great things happening with the Elders' investigators too. I've been thinking about that a lot lately. Those moves were sometimes hard, and I remember we did not have any investigators for a long time. I remember one time getting frustrated and saying to someone, "our area is doing terrible!" but immediately after feeling so silly because I had a feeling come to me that this is the Lord's work and only He knows what needs to happen and when. I felt that during finding and other times too. Even after several hours of what sometimes felt like wondering around because no one would stop and listen to us while we were finding, I still felt like something good was going to happen, and it did!! Eventually, even though it came differently than I expected. Every one of those hours was worth it. I've been studying and thinking a lot about faith lately and I'm still trying to figure out how to apply it in my life, but I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me a little faith to work with throughout my mission so I can learn how it works and see the blessing of it. I still have a lot to learn, but I've learned a lot as well. Heavenly Father is so amazing and he knows exactly what we need, when we need it. He knows the person we have the potential to become and he will help us to do that if we will humble ourselves to let Him change us. It hurts sometimes but if it didn't, then we would not grow. Heavenly Father lives and He loves us and he gave us Jesus Christ because he loves us. The Atonement was not easy, but He did it because He loves us and He wants every single one of us to be able to come unto Heavenly Father again and through Him he can. Better yet, I get to tell people about this EVERYDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Life doesn't get much better than this!!!

Ah!! Time's almost up!! I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!



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