Philippines Bacolod Mission

2016.11.07 Hello November, cruise ship and big bee

Dear Family and Friends,
Well hello November where did you come from?
This week we had news that next week we will have one of the twelve coming to speak with us missionaries, Quentin L. Cook. Did you hear that mom? So I am pretty excited!
Well, anyways this week at zone training we watched a video by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. It is about the Your Potential, Your Privilege. There once was a man whose lifelong dream was to board a cruise ship and sail the Mediterranean Sea. He dreamed of walking the streets of Rome, Athens, and Istanbul. He saved every penny until he had enough for his passage. Since money was tight, he brought an extra suitcase filled with cans of beans, boxes of crackers, and bags of powdered lemonade, and that is what he lived on every day. He would have loved to take part in the many activities offered on the ship—working out in the gym, playing miniature golf, and swimming in the pool.He envied those who went to movies, shows, and cultural presentations.And, oh, how he yearned for only a taste of the amazing food he saw on the ship—every meal appeared to be a feast! But the man wanted to spend so very little money that he didn’t participate in any of these. He was able to see the cities he had longed to visit, but for the most part of the journey, he stayed in his cabin and ate only his humble food.
On the last day of the cruise, a crew member asked him which of the farewell parties he would be attending. It was then that the man learned that not only the farewell party but almost everything on board the cruise ship—the food, the entertainment, all the activities—had been included in the price of his ticket. Too late the man realized that he had been living far beneath his privileges.

A day before our zone training, the zone leaders called us and requested my companion and I to give a demonstration on how to set goals on our daily planning. It was successful. Sister Abad and I have a spirit of unity and because of that, many miracles are happening in the area where we are assigned. Mission life is the best training for the future, most especially, on my future family.

This past weekend, we had a baptism and confirmation. Her name is Richie. A 37 year old mother who has 7 children, 6 living, one has passed away due to heart failure. We met her last June of this year. In the first three months of discussions, she was hiding, showing she was not interested of the message, and not going to church. She started reading the Book of Mormon. She pondered and prayed to know if it was true. She even prayed about Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson to know if they are prophets of God. She received revelation through church attendance. She did this until she decided to get baptized this month, November. Big changes to her life as a mother. After her baptism, she is even more excited to go to church, to learn something new. Because of her, I am learning how to speak and understand Bisaya. She's from Cebu, Philippines. The next island of Bacolod.
Sister Abad is the greatest! She saved the day! How? Let me tell you! There was a flying object that came inside of our house. It was like a big bee. So what did I do? I hid myself because I was afraid. Sister Abad got a broom and tried to kill that big bee until it went outside the door. Pretty amazing huh? haha!
I am excited to hear your updates and stories. My testimony about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is growing and becomes stronger. Heavenly Father loves us so much, he sent His son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. I try and I hope you all try too to pray fervently, read the scriptures with real intent, and be active at the church. Palangga ko kamo tanan! [I love you all!]

With great love, Sister Garrish

PS... Thanks Sister Abad... ;)

PS Family where my letters at yo? :)