PHILIPPINES TACLOBAN MISSION:
Sister Madison May Healey
Philippines Tacloban Mission
511 Maharlika Highway
Tacloban City, LEYTE 6500
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Maupay na aga!!
Kamusta man kamo!? I am still in Tanauan 1st Ward with Sister Esekia as my companion. waray transfer namon. :) This past week we have mostly been confined to the balay (house) because we both have a head virus. Coughing, sneezing, congestion, the works. But we are still alive! (Buhi pa)
Our kabalay Sister Balucos transferred to Catarman, Samar, and our new kabalay is Sister Sulunga! haha so it's pretty fun and noisy in our apartment. We were in the same zone back in Biliran so we already know each other and are friends. It has been fun catching up. :)
Hopefully we will get better soon so we can return back to the work!
Take care! And make the most of each day! :)
"Everyday you have 2 choices, to wake up and chase your dreams or stay asleep in your dreams." Wake up and start now, becoming the person Heavenly Father knows you can be. Reach your full potential. #justdoit
haha Hinay! Until next week!
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Maupay na aga! (Good morning!)
How are you all? What's new? As for me:
This last Monday, we were able to borrow the movie 17 Miracles from a member and watch it with some investigators, pausing occasionally so I could explain what was happening because it was in English. It was so good! Afterwards we shared about faith and trials and how we have to make sacrifices to follow the commandments of God. If the pioneers could do all of that, then the LEAST we can do is what He has asked of us. Attend church every week, pay a full tithe, keep the Work of Wisdom, etc. I know that He will bless us. We have commandments to guide us and keep us safe, just like parents give their children rules, so that we can be blessed and happy if we follow them. And we need to follow ALL of them so that we can return to live again with our Father in Heaven.
This week is transfers. It came so fast. I don't know what will happen but I guess you all will find out next week. :)
This week we had exchanges in Tacloban! And man, it's even hotter over there than here in Tanauan, but it was fun. My companion was Sister Odlime. I met this nanay who lived in Salem Oregon for 1 year with her husband!! She would do temple work all the time in Portland! Small World right?!?! She said she's planning on going back and living there permanently. She said she loves Oregon. That it's really pretty. :) I hope when I get home from my mission I will be able to go meet her again in the States.
And I ate balut again. It was... ok.
I crossed this really ghetto bridge of bamboo, that almost broke.
And I'm still alive! Doing well! I love you all! And until next week! Hinay!
Crossing the bamboo bridge
Sister Esekia and Sister Healey
Sister Odlime the the naynay who loves Oregon :)
Monday, April 11, 2016
Maupay na odto!
Kamusta!? This past weekend was so great being able to watch General Conference! 4 new temples! That's so exciting! I am so thankful for our living prophet Thomas S. Monson. I know that he is a prophet of God and receives latter-day revelation for all of us. For those of you who missed conference, go www.lds.org for the talks to read. :)
It is so true that they say the further you get into your mission the faster it goes. I have now been in Tanauan for over a month!! Things are going good here. It's gotten a lot hotter. It's now "Summer." Really every day is summer but the already hot weather, is just getting hotter.
This week we had a miracle while contacting. We were trying to contact an investigator's family and find their house, and as we were asking around if anyone knew them we were directed to a house. We thought it was the person we were trying to find, when the mom welcomed us in and sat us down with no questions asked. It turns out that they are former investigators and stopped coming to church last year after typhoon Ruby. She saw us walk by the first time and was disappointed we didn't stop to teach her, but then we came back when someone pointed us in her direction. She was so excited to see us.
I know that missionary work is truly spirit led. Who knows, maybe now is the time for this family. We found them for a reason. :)
I love you all! Take care! Until next week! First, Go back and study the general conference talks and Second, look for the miracles in your every day to day life. :)
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Maupay na aga!!Kamusta kamo ngatanan!? And thank you for the birthday wishes! I can't believe I'm 20 now. That's so weird. The Filipinos don't believe me. Even though I'm really tall, they say I have a baby face. haha I'm so thankful that I was able to spend my birthday serving the Lord. My kabalay (Roommates) made me a sign and my companion bought me some ice cream. :) So it was a good day.
It's so crazy how fast time flies. I'm sorry my emails have gotten shorter. I can't believe I've been out for so long. It feels like I got here to the Philippines just a month ago. Things just feel normal now. I never had culture shock but I would definitely notice things that were different when I first got here. Everything is just so normal now, like riding in pedicabs or Tricycles or jeepneys, and eating rice with every meal; catcalls, everyone yelling "Sister" or sometimes "Elder" when they see us, the staring, buying fresh meat from the market, constantly having bugs everywhere - ants, cockroaches, spiders, mice, and SO many mosquitos. I'm used to seeing Filipinos brown skin and flat noses. It's so weird seeing white people (most of the time old men) with big noses and pale skin. It makes me uncomfortable. hahaha No wonder people stare at me!! I think when I go home I'm going to have culture shock. I'll probably point at things with my lips and who knows what else. So if you guys have questions for me just ask! :)
Elections are going on right now here in the Philippines, at least here on Leyte. There are posters EVERYWHERE, and there are cars blasting music that just drive all over town with banners for the election.
Happy birthday Sister Healey!