PHILIPPINES TACLOBAN MISSION:
Sister Madison May Healey
Philippines Tacloban Mission
511 Maharlika Highway
Tacloban City, LEYTE 6500
Monday, September 26, 2016
Maupay na Udto!
Good Day to all! And Hip Hip Hooray!! The Adina Family got Married today!!! They are now officially Brother and Sister Adina!! Now they are a complete family and one step closer to their baptism!! It was really simple, signing some papers at the city hall and then a reception at Cafe Maria Rosario. It was so fun! Such a good day!!
This pastwe had a baptism! Four! The Duena kids, Jeffery, Gladys, Jessica, and JinJin. They are the cutest, nicest kids ever! Right after their baptism we went back to their house and had a combined FHE with the Bustillo and Sanico families! It was fiesta that night in Barangay Mercedes so it was kind of crazy, but we had a blast all of us bonding in the Duena family's house. When I first transferred here the Duena family was inactive. They never came to church or read the scriptures. When we visited them they were just kind of sad, but now they are all glowing with the light of Christ! Nanay was SOO happy during their baptism, rushing around trying to help her grand kids get redressed, in and out of the font. I know the the gospel of Jesus Christ is what really brings us true happiness and prepares us for eternal happiness as well. There are so many things in the world that seemingly give people happiness like money, alcohol, a new car, what ever it may be. But that is not happiness. That is temporal and will all be gone someday. We need to keep an eternal perspective. I am so blessed to have been able to meet the Duena family and the Adina family because they are some pretty special people. (I mean, aren't we all?) haha
I am so excited for General Conference in the upcoming weeks, and some of you are so lucky that you get to watch it live. haha But I'm not bitter at all ;)
I love you all! Listen to the Prohet's voice! Endure to the end! Choose the harder rightrather than the easier wrong! We all know where we want to go and that is to return and be with our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ and to live with our Eternal Families. #JustDoIt
Brother and Sister Adina
Reception after the wedding
The Duena kids' baptism
FHE after baptism
Monday, September 19, 2016
Maupay na Adlaw!
we had a Zone Activity in Calbayog! Games and Budol Fight! So fun.
Kamusta kamo ngatanan? Maupay? Maupay! Here is a little update about my week:
This past week we had combined zone conference up in Catarman so we went to northern Samar!
One of our investigator's grandma was super sick but they asked for a Priesthood blessing and right after the blessing she calmed, was able to open both of her eyes and even speak a little. It was a miracle.
We had a last minute Branch Activitywhich turned out to be a quick presentation about Temples, then Just Dance for the rest of the night which was super fun and funny to watch a bunch of Tatay's doing Gandam Style. It made me miss Just Dance so much and the activity was good because we had SO many investigators there who have been too shy to come to church but were able to attend the activity! :)
The Adina family has a date set for their Marriage which is SUPER exciting!!! Andwe have 4 baptisms!! The Duena kids!
I gave a talk yesterday in our branch on Missionary Work. :) Still got nervous right before speaking. haha I don't know why, but it went well.
Catbalogan is great! Sorry I don't have time to go into details this week but I hope you are all doing well! I keep you in my prayers always! Love you, bye!
Monday, September 5, 2016
Maupay na Kulop!!
Hello world. It is September now, WHICH MEANS ... it is now Christmas in the Philippines. haha As soon as the "Brrr" months start, it is Pasko na, and I'm not even joking. The other day when we were out eating at this little restaurant, Mariah Carey's Christmas Album came on. It was awesome but also kinda crazy. Houses here are set up and ready to go for Christmashey already have Christmas trees set up. . . I love the Philippines.
In fact, the other day, in celebration for one of our RC's birthday, they had Videoke (an all-time favorite of Filipinos) and demanded that Sister Russon and I sing. It's not allowed for missionaries because almost all of it is Babylon songs, BUT they had some Christmas songs so we sang "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "The First Noel." haha It was so fun. Why isn't that a bigger thing in America?
We had MLC this week so we went to Tacloban and I had a reunion with some of my batch from the MTC and with Sister Prudencio! It was so fun being able to catch up with friends in the mission. It is so crazy how fast time flies.
This morning for P-day we got up early and went to Buri Baras Beach with the District and some members. It was super relaxing and a nice way to start the day. One of the members in the Branch, Tatay Cortan, drove us out on his tricycle (motor with side-car), and then we just hung out there for a while. Some people there were selling fresh Buko!!! (Coconut) I was SO excited! It has been over 6 months, since I have last had fresh Buko. It was when I was still in Biliran. So this morning was pretty great. :)
Sister Russon and I are doing great. We are sweating buckets and are haggard 24/7. It's a million degrees and somehow we still are not tan, but that's the missionary life and I love it. (Not the sweating part)
Hope you all have a great week.