Philippines Bacolod Mission

2017.02.27 I got Transferred to Santa Fe

Hello Family!
So I don't have a ton of pictures but what a great couple of weeks! Tatay Ernesto got baptized on the 18th and Brother Edsan got baptized last friday! Oh boy were those some challenges to get them baptized but Satan did not win and they were baptized!!!!!
Well I finally got transferred to Sante Fe!! Haha very close to my last area which I am so glad because I LOVED MY LAST AREA!!!!!! I am so sad to be transferred! I will especially miss my doggy friend that I got to see every morning when we would go out and every night when we would go home. You all know I can't live without a animal haha so I will miss her so much but I think I sent a picture of her. I am so excited for the change. My new companion is Sister Soriano and I will be her follow up trainer... weird I feel new here but yet I will be taining... crazy. haha Well next week I will let you all know how my new area is and everything that is going on :)
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!! HALONG!!!!!!! :)

Sister Garrish

2017.02.14 Everyone deserves to hear the gospel

Dear Family and Friends,
SO sorry I wasn't able to email yesterday! I happened to be in the hospital all day yesterday! This time I got a check-up on my foot. My foot and my knees have been giving me kind of a hard time here. The doctors had me doing x-rays and stuff yesterday and then he is having me come back again today to have him tell me the verdict. :) I am a little nervous but I know what ever happens is suppose to happen! "no negative thinker had positive results!" :)
SO this week was full of great learning experiences! Unfortunately I had no baptism this week... and boy does that hurt. My first Saturday where we didn't prepare the font in preparation for someone to receive the keys to Eternal Happiness. Oh boy was that hard. But this week I learned so much from that experience, it has motivated to work even harder. SO it starts with I will study more, so I am confident when I find more people that I can teach with the spirit so they will be converted and baptized. Everyone deserves to hear the gospel and I have the power and authority for a year and a half to exercise that power. SO I will do all I can, to do the best I can to give them all what they deserve. My success as a missionary is measured by how many people I find, convert and baptize. I want everyone here on earth to be baptized... so I will try to be a part of that. Again this week has motivated me to be better, to work harder and to give it all I got. I know there is a great importance to missionary work and I am so grateful for the people that have helped me magnify my calling as a missionary. It is because of you I am able to be a consecrated missionary.
Well something else that happened this week is that the "short term" that was with us for a week just left for America to get married! Her name is Nikki and she is such an amazing girl!!!!!!! I Love her so much and we had so much fun!!! Here is some pictures of our adventure!!!! [no pictures were attached. -M]
Sorry Dad for my english is weird. I edit it somewhat before I send but it still is super hard for me ahaha.
- Sister Garrish

2017.02.06 Conversion Story of Melisa Cateo

Dear Family and Friends,
The main event for this week was Sister Melisa de la Cruz Cateo's baptism.
At Bacolod 1st Ward, Bacolod Philippines Stake, February 4, 2017 Saturday 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Sister Melisa Cateo is a nineteen year old young woman who came from Don Salvador, Bacolod City. Life for her family was a struggle. She has several younger siblings who are depending on her. Because of Sister Melisa’s desire to help her family, she decided to work as a house helper at the city. Incidentally, she found herself working at a member’s house, the Suyod family, who was very supportive and caring for her. Eventually, they invited her to come and attend church with them. She came and the missionaries then started teaching her at the Suyod’s residence. From then on, Sister Melisa’s desire to know more about the truth has grown. She kept her commitments and showed her faith by accepting to be baptized. Finally, she was baptized and has received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Thru the guidance of the Holy Ghost, coupled with her faith, she continues to learn and now desires that her family back at home receive the gospel.