Monday, January 25, 2016

I really miss, NOT being in charge

Good afternoon!  Hi family <3

How's everything? Masaya!? Happy!? 

Life is going on.  This is the end of week 2 sa training ko. training my child (newbie companion)  It's great.  I really miss, NOT being in charge of things. That's hard. But Sister Melad is really sweet and willing to work with me and help.  It's wonderful.  We tried our best to be exactly obedient.  This week we will try again.  Being a missionary is the greatest. I'm trying my best to enjoy every moment and find the joy in little things, every day because I won't get this chance again.  We are teaching everyday, and learning more than what we teach. The Spirit is strong!  We love helping each other and others. I love it!

Not a lot to say this week. The work goes on.

I know that Ang Simbahan ni Jesucristo ng mga Banal sa mga Huling Araw The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ.  It's the only true church.  We have the truth.  We have the power and authority and we have the greatest and most wonderful opportunity to maging become closer to God. I know it, and I love it and I live it.  I know these things to be true because I live them everyday and I see the physical difference and physical blessings that come from living it.  I know this is true, 
Sa pangalan ni Jesuscristo In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Sister Z <3

Teal & Sister Malad

District Meeting
(anybody else wonder WHY there is a CAR parked IN the restaurant??)

Teal, Sister Tau (from Tonga) Sister Monzano & Malad

Selfies at the apartment

Monday, January 18, 2016

People see us, a cute Filipina and an American and want to talk to us, always!

Dear family,

This week has been great!  A little bit difficult in some aspects because training is hard... but it's a great big wonderful world out here.  I love being a missionary!  My trainee (which we call all trainee's anak, meaning, child, and she calls me nanay, meaning, mother) and I found so many new people!!  We speak to EVERYONE!  And my companion is so, so cute, so people see us, a cute Filipina and an American and want to talk to us, always.  We have such a fun time!

We teach a lot of new people everyday.  With my new companion, she has this fire of WORK WORK WORK and it's so great!  I love being here, and I love serving. 

I don't have a lot to say or have a lot of time to write this week, but suffice to say that all is well.  We are finding, teaching and growing everyday.  I grow so much!  I watch others grow.  It's amazing!!

Here's a wonderful quote that someone shared with me this week:  

"We don't have to be perfect today. We don't have to be better than someone else. All we have to do is to be the very best we can." --- Joseph  B. Wirthlin

And one more! 

Choose to be Happy.
"So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, what ever they may be, can bring peace and contentment. ...We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude."  --- President Thomas S. Monson

I know this church is true.  I know with my whole heart and soul.  I'm not here, wasting my time in the retched heat to sweat to death everyday, spreading a lie about God, who is your Father and He wants you to be happy forever, and then go home, skinnier than ever.

That's not my purpose here.  I share the gospel everyday.  THAT'S AMAZING.  I enjoy my life, and I look forward to tomorrow.  Everyday is brighter, if you want to be so.  STOP BEING NEGATIVE!  Set a goal, and then DO IT!

Love you all!

Have a great week, 

Sister Zimmerman 

Starting her 2nd cycle, it's transfer day at the Mission Home
(photo credit: Sister Tye)

Sister Malad & Teal as her new Sister Training Compaion
(photo credit: Sister Tye) 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stay away from dried fish

Dear family,

They dry fish here. The locals lay them on giant stretched tight nets and let them sit outside, in the sun, all day. The smell is awful.  And then Filipina's cook them in Palm oil.  It literally smells like cooked garbage.  There is nothing else I can even compare that to.  My companion made some in our house this week. I started to vomit. It's a whole fish, and they are SMALL. Super small. They eat them whole! Bone, intestines, eyes and all.  I HATE the smell, it's literally the worst thing ever. 

And that's all I'm going to say about that.


Anyway, my trainer gets transferred this week...and I start training a new missionary on Wednesday.  THAT'S CRAZY MAN!  I don't feel ready, but I know that I must.

This week was really special for me and Sister Dacalcap.  We baptized someone that we ourselves, found, taught and then helped get baptized.  I can't even explain the feeling! It's amazing! I love it! I feel like Heavenly Father is really happy with me.  It's hard being a missionary, but I try every day.  That's what makes the difference, I try.  Everyday I HAVE to try, absolutely have to.  That's our purpose, and that's why missionaries are different. I've never been more motivated in all my life to BE ON MY GAME!  I have to be on the ball all day, every day.  It's CRAZY MOTIVATING!

I am so excited though.  Serving is so much fun!  I love it!  It is hard, actaully, but not in the way the world thinks.  It's hard in a different way.  A rewarding way.  I want to encourage ALL OF YOU, seriously, ALL OF YOU, to serve.  DO IT.  Just do it.  Don't think about it to hard, you'll hurt yourself.  Just go.  It's the greatest thing ever.

This week was great.  Next week will be even better.  I get a new companion!  That's so exciting!  And she's new!  I don't know why Heavenly Father and President Tye trust me enough to have me train.  I don't know what I've done that's special or different, but I do know that it will be quite an adventure.

I'M GOING ON AN ADVENTURE!  I'm wandering in a strange land.  I know the Lord my God is mindful of me, because I can see actual physical blessings and expressions of love, everywhere I go.

I love you all!
Have a great week!
Stay away from dried fish

Sister Zimmerman 

Remcee, dressed in white

Group Hug 
Best Day Ever

Goofy Faces

Monday, January 4, 2016

I feel like Bilbo Baggins every day!

Hey hey family,

Happy New Year! I haven't seen you since last year, but I get to see you next year! How fast does the time fly? Super, right? 

I had a great New Years Eve. IT WAS THE LOUDEST AND MOST AGGRESSIVE NEW YEAR EVER! FILIPINOS LIKE TO MAKE THEIR OWN FIREWORKS AND IT SOUNDS LIKE MACHINE GUNS ARE GOING OFF AND THERE IS FLASHING WHITE LIGHTS LIKE EXPLOSIVES EVERYWHERE! IT WAS LITERALLY WORLD WAR 3!!!! I did not sleep ALL NIGHT! BECAUSE IT LITERALLY NEVER ENDED. It put Disney World fireworks to SHAME. And we have a balcony on our apartment, so we woke up and just sat outside and fireworks were exploding in front of our faces! You know on Soarin', in Epcot? At the very end, and it brings you up reeeeeallly close to the fireworks and it's SUPER big and loud? That is EXACTLY what it was like, except it was REAL. And it was EVERYWHERE! Everywhere you turned, there was something exploding. At one point you couldn't see very far ahead because of the smoke! No joke! I couldn't see down the street! Filipino's know how to party! haha
Anyway, New Year's Day I was sick. ALL DAY LONG. It sucked. And I don't feel so great today either. But I'm working along. Being sick on your mission is the worst. You can't work, or when you do it sucks.  Either way, it's not fun.

Transfers are NEXT week! My companion is getting transferred, and I have been called to start training a new missionary! THAT is scary! I don't know what exactly I am going to do yet. Training? Me? Responsible? Me? ha ha ha.

It's just another part of my crazy insane, hard, and amazing adventure. I literally feel like Bilbo Baggins everyday, as I take a step out the door into this foreign land: "I'M GOING ON AN ADVENTURE!"  Everyday is an adventure, never exactly the same! Speaking of which, you know the Book of Mormon talks about this same type of thing? Alma 26:36-37 "...blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land."  Read the rest of it. Tolkien said "Not all who wander are lost." And that is true. I am a wanderer in a strange land, but I am not lost.  I am in a foreign and strange place, but I know who I am. Remember that Heavenly Father really is "mindful of all people" (verse 37) and He does number them. He knows you. He knows where you are physically and spiritually. He loves you! Remember that. 

I only have time to upload a couple of pictures this time because we have a District Activity! Bowling! haha~ Pictures next week! Marami! or many! 

Love you!

Sister Teal

My Kasama colored my hair for me! Being in the sun all the time was
 bleaching it a not so attractive gold. 

Our New Year's Eve Feast!