Monday, December 26, 2016

Maligayang Pasko!

Merry Christmas to you all and Happy New Year!

I am safe from the typhoon. It's not a big deal at all, but I appreciate the prayers for safety for myself and all my friends and loved ones here in the Philippines.

This Christmas was the best Christmas EVER.  I loved it so much!  I enjoy reading the scriptures about Jesus Christ, His miraculous birth and of the miracles He performed.  I will make this short by saying that I love Jesus Christ and I am so grateful He was born and died for all of us. I know Christ lives. I know He loves each of us. 

Have a Happy New Year. I hope we can all see new beginnings this 2017 as we strive to overcome imperfections and weaknesses in ourselves. Just keep improving, repenting and praying. 

I love you all. Maligayang Pasko! Merry Christmas!


~Sister Z 

Grateful 

Monday, December 19, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS WEEK

Merry Christmas everyone!

Today is a beautiful day.
This week was a beautiful week. 
Oh how I love being a missionary.

And I have no time! 

My testimony is that I know Jesus Christ was born so that we can live together forever.  I know and believe in the Restoration of all things, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I love Jesus Christ.  I know He loves me.  I know the church is true.  I know Chirstmas is a special time and I am so happy to spend it here in the best place ever, the PHILIPPINES.  I love it here.

Have wonderful week!


MALIGAYANG PASKO!!!!


~Sister Zimmerman 

Mission Mom, Cindy Thomas, went to pick up her daughter and found our missionary!
She gave her a big hug!! (photo credit Sister Thomas)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas TIME!!!

Hey family,

 Everyone is just now getting excited for Christmas, but I have been celebrating it since September because... PHILIPPINES. haha

I had a good week this week. Some struggles and some trials but nothing that is not bearable. I love being a missionary. 

This week was very focused on my Savior Jesus Christ. As a mission we are trying to become more obedient and more focused. I am really loving the Cavite mission. I am so blessed to have been assigned here.

I am NOT trunky! I have only 1 cycle left and its CRAZY. But I am not trunky.  ;-)

Just keep moving forward.

Love,
Sister Zimmerman


Sorry I dont have a lot of pictures. So here's a mix up of some that I hopefully haven't sent you yet.

With Sister Livermore & Sister Miranda

My Kasama, Sister Maranda

Sisters

Monday, December 5, 2016

It's Sister Superman!

Hey y'all,

Sorry I emailed later than usual. We had to take Sis. Livermore to the mission office since she is GOING HOME. THAT is CRAZY.  Now I am in a temporary trio which is great.

Anyway, I am doing just dandy. Loving life.

I learned a lot of things this week.  I don't feel like sharing a lot of stories but I will say that I saw how Heavenly Father won't let things happen to us that are not supposed to happen. This sometimes means we suffer a little.  Or sometimes means we are protected. But regardless, I really just felt and saw how much Heavenly Father TRUSTS us to choose the right. And when we don't He is there in a flash to save us. 

So my testimony is that Heavenly Father will always take of us. I do not doubt that even in the slightest. God doesn't hate us. Ever. 

Love you!

Love,
Sister Zimmerman 

Tagaytay! This is me in front of the top on the volcano. It's over my left shoulder.

I took a zoomed in picture as well. ;-) ISNT IS BEAUTIFUL!!??

Sister Miranda-photo bomb skill level=ninja

A lone bird soars over Tagaytay! 



 Me and Sister Cherry (RS President! She is the best!)
 Me and Sister Livermore the day she left us. (mission accomplished)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Short short na lang!

Hey family,

We are going to a cool place today (Tagaytay) this p-day so I want to be short in writing. Here is my spiritual experience this week:

My companion and I for the last 3 weeks have been seeing a little boy who is 9 years old at the 7/11.  His name is Jovine. His parents abandoned him here in Cavite, and both left for far away provinces, leaving him alone on the streets. He lives at the 7/11.  Begging for food, or opening the door for people so they will give him a peso. He is really sweet.  We starting buying him a hotdog and water when we would pass by the 7/11. We taught him how to pray over his food.  Little things, knowing we couldn't do much. One day, members saw us at the 7/11.  It was cool, we introduced them to Jovine. We went back a few times and fed Jovine. Then a couple weeks later, Jovine was gone.  He wasn't sleeping outside, he wasn't inside hanging out. We didn't know where he was. 'Till one day this week, we were invited to present in a FHE (family home evening) lesson for the family of the YSA leaders (young single adult leaders) that we introduced Jovine to, AND JOVINE WAS IN THEIR HOUSE!  It was a total surprise! As it turns out, the mother of the YSA that worked with us, was the TEACHER of Jovine when he used to attend school.  She got permission from the barangay (the village/district) and took Jovine home. The sister with her husband and children are the legal guardians of Jovine. He lives there now! And attends school, takes a regular bath, has clothes, and attends church!!

I cried when I saw him!  And he attended stake conference (regional church meeting held 2x a year) for the first time yesterday. He was at my side a lot.  I remember fasting for him before this family took him in. Jovine has a family now, and that is the most important thing.  God knows and loves His children!!  I know that that is true.  Heavenly Father is aware of all of us all the time.

Have a great week!! Love you all.

Love,

Sister Zimmerman

Note from Mom-our Church is starting a 25 day campaign for the month of December to celebrate the birth of Christ called #LightTheWorld In a nutshell the idea is that since the night of His birth when the star first appeared He has been a light to the world. We can make the world a little brighter by doing small acts of service every day, serve as He served. Each day there will be a short video that shows how He served that will then hopefully give us an idea of something we can do for someone else that day. It doesn't have to be something big, like taking in a homeless child like Jovine-you can pay for the person order in the drive thru behind you, or bring your co-worker their favorite drink one day. It really is the little things! AND you don't have to be Mormon!!  We can all #LightTheWorld as we begin to celebrate this Christmas season! Read more about it here: #LIGHTTHEWORLD

P.S.

The family that took Teal & her companions to Tagaytay emailed me several pictures hours later.  It looks like they all had a great time! Thank you Sister Cruz for the photos! 


The Cruz family, Sisters' Livermore, Zimmerman, Miranda, & Melad






Sister Livermore & Sister Z enjoy the view

A couple of sleepy sisters

Car rides!

Zimmerman, Miranda, Livermore, & Milad

Say cheese!

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Final Count Down!

Hey everyone!

My housemates are trying to make me trunky this week with this poster over my desk:




If you can see, I put motivational stuff to face me every morning like pictures of Jesus Christ, maps of the Philippines *because I love the Philippines* and pictures of prophets and then I come out my bath to see 100 days staring me in the face. CRAZY!

This week has been great. We struggled a little when all of teaching appointments fell thru every single day, but we managed to talk to enough people on the street that we found people to teach.

The struggle of missionary life is that it never stays the same.  I am so old here in the mission, which I never felt before. 'I never thought I'd get here' kind of feeling!  But no tears. Just keep going to work, work, work...

Masaya ang buhay.
Tapos, buhay pa ako.
Mabuti naman hahah

Happy life.
Then, I am still alive.
I'm fine thanks

Ngunit, but, I am so being grateful for all that I have been learning.  My mission is changing my life. It has changed my life. I am so grateful.  My testimony is sure. I know the church is true. I know Christ lives.

Have a wonderful week.  Don't forget to help your missionaries this week.  Life is really hard without support of members.


Love,
Sister Zimmerman 

Missionary Life

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lasting Happiness

Hey everyone, 

I have got N O TIME AT ALL. Sorry about that! But please know I am doing well and happy. 

I am loving the Philippines. This time last year, I was still here in the Philippines.  I think this is my favorite time of year.  I love how it gets "colder".  I am still sweating, but not as much ;) It's wonderful.

I know Jesus Christ lives.  I know that family can be forever because of Jesus Christ.  I also know He has expectations for us. There are certain things we need to do in order to obtain lasting happiness. It's not instant ramen dinner. You gotta actually prepare and work for it.  If you want great tasting dinner, you cook longer than 3 minutes. If you want eternal life, you need to work for it.  Lasting happiness is real and available to all.

I know these things are true
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen


~Sister Zimmerman 

Eating American food! 
Relief Society

Dinner at a members house


Me and Sister Reyna


Sister Reyna, Me, my kasama Sister Maranda, Sister Livermore & Sister Melad 


Monday, November 7, 2016

Hey Howdy Hey

Dear family,

They changed the rules again on email!  Yeah, thats awesome right?  It's no longer bawal or forbidden to email my friends, priesthood leader etc..  I can email anyone OUTSIDE mission boundaries. SOO email me!  I miss you all. 

This week was good.  Me and Sister Miranda get along great.  We love each other!  The work is great. Teaching less actives, investigators and recent converts really uplifts me.  I love being here.  I love the Philippines. This week we walked a lot and we found some golden people to start teaching.  I love this work!

I know Jesus Christ lives, and His Atonement was for everyone.  I know this is His church with His Priesthood.  I believe in my leaders and trust them.  I know the church is true and Prophet Monson is called of God!  I love you all. Remember to pray really hard this week!  It's gonna be a week of miracles and a week of stress.  Kaya natin!!! We can!!!

Mahal ko kayo I love you all


~Sister Superman 


Me & Sister Maranda

My district 



My Mom and LuDonna Smith sent a box of Halloween candy & toys. We gave out lots & lots
to the kids and they LOVED IT. Their favorite was the sticky eyeballs & mustache.
We took some to the district meeting and the elders loved it just as much! LOL

They kept getting the sticky eyeballs stuck on the ceiling LOL

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

Kumusta Kamusta ka? Hello, How are you?

Not so much happened this week...

This week was great.  Sister Diaz got transferred.  My new companion is Sister Miranda, a filipino. She is very very awesome.  I love her!  She is super kind.  Sister Dacalcap transferred as well and now Sister Melad is my house mate again.  MY anak! child/that I trained  Craziness. She's loud.  I love her.

Story time!

This last Sunday we were introduced to the older sister of an active member. She is 59 and a little older but very beautiful. She told us she knows the church is true. She wants to be baptized! She is reading the Book of Mormon and truly, truly searching for truth!  It is amazing to see that.

The greatest miracle of my mission is seeing that every prophecy spoken by prophets, every scripture, every promise that the Lord ever made COMES TO PASS.  It happens.  I want to share my testimony with you that I know that there are living prophets on the earth today. We have a living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  I know he is true and real prophet.  Just like I would have listened to Noah or Moses if I had lived in their times, I listen to President Monson. They were all called of God.  I know God speaks to His children.  Heavenly Father promises to place prepared people in the paths of missionaries. And when we are obedient, exactly obedient, we find those people.

Thank you to all of you that pray for me, or not even specifically for me, but missionaries and those we teach.  It helps so much.  It really does.  Pray a little extra to soften the hearts of those we teach. They need to open their minds a little more to the Spirit sometime.  But in the case of our one sister I mentioned earlier, she is prepared. No problems there.  I love being a missionary.  I testify that this is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know it.  I love it.  And I know God lives.  He directs us today thru a living prophet. My time is still here!  I'm not done yet. Keep going strong!  I'll see you all next time around.

Love,
Sister Zimmerman


Me & my new companion Sister Miranda 


 
Sister Laws, the mission nurse-I love her!

Sister Diaz & I with my TRUNKY letter!

My district last transfer

At the  computer shop ready to send/check our emails
Sisters Livermore, Zimmerman,Decalcap & Miranda



Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy Lang!

Dear family,

HEY HOW ARE YA?!

Everything is so great, bilang missionary ni Jesucristo sa Pilipinas!!! ,as a missionary of Jesus Christ in the Philippines!!!  I am doing fine. Just dandy. Happy lang!

There is stress and absolute exhaustion, like I cannot even explain it how exhausting this is BUT.. haha BUT it's absolutely the best.

This week we had 2 baptisms!  Jaira and Joshua. They are brother and sister. They are so the best! Joshua has already been ordained to the priesthood and it's amazing.
 
I love missionary work.  It is so much fun and I learn so much everyday.  I cannot even explain how much I love this. 

We also had the opportunity to listen to President Bowen of the 70 speak.  He is the Area President of the Philippines.  It was awesome to listen to him speak and teach.  I loved it!  He spoke a lot about obedience.  I know that obedience, diligence and self control is a HUGE part of what I have learned on my mission.  I have learned really how to seek knowledge from the scriptures.  And this week was just about applying what I have been learning. I have faith that everything is according to God's plan.  He has us in His hands and wont let us fail.  Elder Scott has said that when we are on the Lords errand, it is IMPOSSIBLE to fail. So read your scriptures, pray and go to church.  THAT is God's errand.  And you wont fail at life if you do those simple things.

I love you so much! Have a wonderful week.  Send me more pictures next week!!!


Love ya!!!

Love,
Sister Zimmerman 

Note from Mom: New mission rules...Sister Zimmerman can no longer reply to individual emails, but please if you have been emailing her continue to do so-she does read them and she will respond to your questions etc. on the blog update.  You can also write to her through pouch mail. 


SAGE:
I am so proud of you for doing all that you do. You are becoming so great and you will be an AMAZING missionary.
 
RAFE: I am SO PROUD OF YOU for reaching blue belt! You are a kung fu master! Or whatever your thing is called, I forgot... basta just YOU ARE AWESOME!

CARSON: Thanks for emailing me.....Love ya bro. Keep doing good and make sure you are working on your MISSION APP. ITS COMING UP WHOOOO I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!


Here are pictures from the baptism. The one of me asleep on the floor is coming from Sister Livermore. Thanks sis... love ya... haha Because it's super exhausting and after the baptism, we did our planning and then I just crashed. Then there is a link to Filipinos singing love at home and part of it is in Tagalog!!! The best. 

Joshua, Jaira, Sister Diaz & Me

Here we are outside
These two!

Sister Livermore

pagod na pagod (exhausted) 






Here are some pictures from when I was recouping from Chikungunya

Yum!

No AC, but a cool floor and a fan will do

After hiking all day in the jungle...and you have a ward mission meeting! Hahaha

Monday, October 17, 2016

Typhoons & Teaching

Hey guys, 

How are you?  I am doing just fine! The typhoons are just making it rain lots and there are some tiny baby floods that only come to like my ankle and its basically not a big deal.  Anyway,  I don't have loads of time to write this week AND I forgot to take any pictures... soooo sorry.  I'm feeling extra extra exhausted this week.  Like a zombie.  But I'm sure it'll all work out! 

Fruits of our labors as well!  We are baptizing a brother and sister for sure this weekend!  So I'll have really CUTE and AWESOME pictures to send to you! 

We are teaching lots and lots of people, 17 of our investigators have baptismal dates and we have a bunch of progressing. We are teaching up a storm here! This area is very progressing. I love the work.  I love the Lord! I love reading my scriptures everyday, especially the Book of Mormon.  I have just grown to really appreciate how much peace I get from reading that book.  Even though I read it again and again.  It's just literally the best book ever written.

I am excited to see and hear more from you! 


I love you all!

Love,

Sister Zimmerman 

Monday, October 10, 2016

The MIRACLE of the Gospel

Dear family,

I had an AMAZING week!  We are teaching a brother and sister who will be BAPTIZED this week. They are the BEST and are becoming my best friends.  We taught them the Word of Wisdom, and they immediately shared where they were not living the Word of Wisdom and then committed to stop it all.  And they did.  And then in following appointments, they testified to each other that this was the right thing to do.  It was so awesome. Another time we taught about keeping the Sabbath Day holy and they had a hard time with that. BUT they kept the Sabbath day they following Sunday by attending General Conference for 2 sessions and not eating out.  It was amazing to see the miracle of the gospel work.

I can testify that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints is the church of Christ because it holds and protects all of the gospel (or teachings and plan of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father) for us. I LOVE this gospel.  My testimony was strengthened so much this weekend with General Conference! The knowledge we have is a MIRACLE.  I know where I come from, I know why I am here and I know where I go when I die.  I'm not scared. I'm not worried.  I just have peace because I know my God is my Heavenly Father and He loves me and He loves you. THAT is important to know and that is why I am here.  Sharing this.  Being a missionary. THAT is what I am doing. It's beautiful.

I love you all!  I'm happy and having a good time.  NO MORE GROSS SICKNESS!  I'm 100% okay. Thank you all for your prayers and love!  I feel it and I'm very grateful for you.  I miss you!

Have a great week. Don't forget to rewatch and learn from General Conference! I'm jealous because I have to wait for the Liahona to come out. No iPads here! So read it for me! 


Love,
Sister Zimmerman 



Check out this cool old church in Bayan. It's close to where I live. HOW COOOL!? I live in the OLD town Bayan and it has cool old Spanish buildings. 
 
Street view of what its like where I live. Maganda di ba? (Pretty right?)