Monday, February 29, 2016

Don't you ever give up!

Magandang araw sa inyo lahat!  Good day to you all!

My trainee, or anak, has reached her 8th week of the 12 week New Missionary training program.  ASTIG MAN! BRUTE/THUG MAN!  She is so magaling. good.

Dito, sa Pilippinas, here in the Philippines, it's hot.  It's dang hot.  Hecka hot.  I'm sweating up a storm here.  That's not new, but I felt it especially today because I waited around a lot while my anak child dealt with some family and money problems.  It took sooo much time.  And we had to travel on the open air mini chicken buses all day.  So, it was dang hot y'all.

Walang nothing in pictures today because I cannot find my camera cord. Next week na lang po! for sure then!

We had more trials and struggles, it was awesome.  We found new investigators, and taught lessons.  We struggled through.  I didn't get transferred, so I remain in Noveleta for another 6 weeks.  It's all good!  I want to see these people get baptized.  We are trying to baptize everyone, so we set the goal to ask every person we teach to get baptized the first time we teach them.  It works! They usually say yes!  But I put in my planner, in BIIIG RED LETTERS "Y'ALL GETTIN' BAPTIZED, YA HEAR!?" hahaha

The Filipinos like to mess with me.  But they don't realize that I understand what they are saying now.  And so I mess with them.  It's hilarious.  The people here are great.  Most everyone is friendly, and they all want to talk to me because I am American, so that's fine.

My lesson learned this week:

I think that as a whole, we as people like to give up waaay to easily.  We roll over, and let the world and our circumstances kick us when we are down.  Stop it.  Stop letting depression, sadness, loneliness, poverty, hunger, weakness, sin, and especially Satan, win. You know who you are, where you came from, and why you are here, so act like it.   If you don't know who you are, talk to the missionaries.  They can help you ;-)

I love you all, have a great week


~Love, Sister Z.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Difficult is good

Dear family,

Another transfer has come to an end!  I don't know if I will get transferred.  I find out today.  I really kind of doubt it.  I think I'll remain in Noveleta forever, haha.  That's okay I guess.

This was another difficult week.  I guess I'm pushing, and sweating uphill all this month, eh? ;-)  Eventually there will be a break, right?  Regardless, I still really love being here.  I always say and write about how things being difficult here are different than back in real worldly life.  The world thinks difficult and hard is bad.  But I have learned that difficult is good.  It really is!  I won't complain because if we don't stretch ourselves every once in a while, then what are you even doing with your life?  Get uncomfortable.  Sweat it out.  Work it out.  When you think about it, the Lord doesn't really require a lot.  Just you.  He just wants you.  Give yourself to Him.  When this life gets hard, give yourself to Him.  This isn't new or creepy doctrine.  This just means that you are't selfish anymore.

Anyway, we experienced so many miracles this week.  Tender mercies and love everywhere.  Heavenly Father uses us, as missionaries, and as people, as literal tools in His hands.  What an honor. It feels awesome to know I'm worthy enough in God's eyes to be used for His purposes.

I have just one challenge for you all: READ THE BOOK OF MORMON & THE WORDS OF LIVING PROPHETS, EVERYDAY, EVERYDAY, EVERYDAY.  Stop messing around, just do it.  And then at the end of the week of your study, email me.  And tell me what you feel/learned. The Holy Ghost will teach you something, and answer that really important concern and question you have.  I promise.

PICTURES: We are teaching a young family, with 6 children.  The Mom and Dad are only 35 and 36!  Their kids are the cutest on the face of the earth.  Below is 3 of them (left to right) Jacob (3 yrs), John Leinard (1 1/2) and Angel (4).  They have one younger sibling who is only 1 year old.  ALL OF THEM ARE SO SMALL!  SOOO CUTE.  There are 2 older girls also.   Oh my goodness. The picture of just the little one is John Leinard, but we call him Lei Lei.  HE IS THE CUTEST EVER! My favorite little boy!  He has a heart disease, and he's in the hospital.  Please pray for him and his family.

Aren't they the cutest? 

Lei Lei

Have a great week Love,

Sister Zimmerman

I'm even shorter on time today and couldn't read/respond to everyone's emails today before my time ran out. I promise I'll read them next week ;-)

Monday, February 15, 2016

How do you know?

Sister Zimmerman & Sister Melad

Dear family,

This week was sooo much better than last week.  Last week was hard.  My knees hurt man!  I learned a lot, I talked to my mission President, because President Tye is my best friend and then I got up, tried my best and was exactly obedient.  I was more exactly obedient than I have ever been on my mission.  Did you know it's hard to break down the natural man/women inside, and put a strong, wonderful and powerful woman/man in their stead?  It sounds like a simple thing, a desirable thing!  And it is simple, it is desirable.  It's not, however, easy. The natural woman/man doesn't go without kicking, screaming and whining like a child.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, ask a Mormon near you. 

My lesson this week: 3 Nephi 27:21.  In the Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ visits His people in the America's and establishes His church. He teaches:  "Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do." 

How do we act?  How do we progress?  How do we lead this church?  The same way Christ did it.  This isn't our work.  This isn't the church of Sister Z.  That's not why I am out here, sweating to death, getting sick all the time, to share some fantasy or joke.  I'm here because my Savior asked me to be.  I'm here because I know it's true.  I know the church is true. I know Jesus Christ lives. He really does!  I know we have a living Prophet.  I know this is true.  I'm not insane, or impassioned or brain washed or an idiot.  I know through the power of the Holy Ghost that this is the true church of the living God. How do you know?

I love you all.  I wish you all the most happiness and peace you can ever get.  You can have it all, you know.  Everything you ever wanted.  I'm not joking when I share this things.  Pray about it.  If it's not true, then don't worry about it.  But if it is, than this is the most important thing on the planet.

Have a great week,

I love you all!  DON'T FORGET TO PRAY

Sister Zimmerman

It's a jungle out there

Monday, February 8, 2016

Knock, knock, knock!

Hey, hey, hey!

This week was one of the hardest I've experienced in a while.  When you go out to work in the morning, you have a plan.  You schedule visits to investigators and less active families.  You pray and study for these specific individuals.  Then you leave the apartment, and walk far, far away to their homes.  You knock, knock, knock!, as my companion says, and then... they don't answer.  They yell at you.  They slam the door, they say come back next time, they say don't come back at all, and then you walk and walk and walk and walk and can't find anyone to teach.  This my friends, we call being 'punted'.  To be 'punted' is to go through every plan and back up plan, and not be able to teach, despite your best efforts.  My companion and I were punted everyday this week.

What is a missionary that doesn't teach?  Lazy?  I don't know.  It doesn't feel good, I'll tell you that!  We walked so much!  We tried a lot!  But it never seemed to work out.
After such a hard week, what did I learn?  That everything is in the Lord's time and the Lord's way.  I like what Sister Natalie Sellers said in her last email, you can't force missionary work.

What I learned this week is that there is no other work that is like this.  All of us missionaries will never be the same again, or do the same things again.  We are changed eternally.  I am stressed today, and all last week.  It's hard, of course!  I'm being pushed and stretched and it's painful!  I hurt!  I'm emotionally and spiritually attaching myself to people here, and then they push me away.  It's hard.  But that's life kids.  Life is supposed to be hard.  Don't complain about it!  Satan will have you to believe that you are an exception, and then get angry when things don't work out the way you want them.  Satan wants you to blame God, blame your family, blame someone else because those are attributes of darkness. But don't fall into it.   Don't let that become part of you.  You are shaping your eternity, here and now.  Focus, smile and move on.

Love you!

Have a great week!

Ingat palagi! Kita kits,  Always take care! See you,

<3 Sister Z

                    After a mass Visiting and Home teaching caravan we eat at the church
 Rice, of course... rice and soy sauce run in my veins now.

My new district 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sad experience this week

Magandang umaga o hapon o gabi sa inyo lahat! Good morning or afternoon or evening to you all!

I love being a missionary.

"A kiekie is a Tongan dress, an ornamental girdle around the waist,
mainly worn by women on semiformal occasions,..."

Sister Tau & Teal

This week was great. We learned so much!  It's always hard but that is the best part.  Explanation for the pictures above! Sister Tau is from Tonga and she is the greatest person ever.  I love her!  She's my kabahay, so she's my housemate.  She put her kiekie on me and says that I am a Polynesian girl now!  I love her!  She's teaching me some Tongan songs.

This week was great because I grew close with my Filipina anak, si Sister Melad.  She's the greatest!  I love loosing myself in the Lord's work, among His beloved Filipino people.  Everyday is an adventure, and I'm learning so much.  Bilbo Baggins was right, I'm going on an adventure!  New people, new friends new experiences.

We had a little sad experience this week.  We accidently knocked on a door and met a man who had been taught by missionaries a long time ago. He never joined the church, even though he believes it's all true except for 1 thing, Joseph Smith. He thinks Brother Joseph Smith is a fraud, and a lier.  This man wanted to fight with us and argue over the Bible. We didn't. We left and said we would come back the next day when we could have a spiritual and uplifting experience. He agreed. We went back everyday for 3 days, but he was asleep or not feeling well.  But we felt like we needed to be there.  On the 3rd day, he was very very sick. Laying on his side and crying. They were going to leave for the hospital but wanted us to come in. We prayed with them over this brother. Then we left and the brother died an hour and a half hour later. This kind of scared me.  I felt like Heavenly Father was really trying to reach out to this precious child of God.
I see miracles everyday.  This time, I saw the hand of our loving Heavenly Father, as He used His missionaries to reach out to this suffering child, another time.  To know Heavenly Father used me for such a purpose places me in a state of awe.

I know God lives.  I know He is real, with a body of flesh and bone. I know Jesus is the Christ, and that through Jesus Christ we are saved from sin and death.  I love this church.  I know it safe guards the true and restored gospel of Jesus Christ, as restored through Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is a true prophet!  I know it.  I know these things are true in the name of my beloved Savior Jesus Christ, Amen

Till next week.

Smile.  And look UP.  See those blessings this week. They are everywhere!


Sister Zimmerman 

One of my favorite areas, Exodus, Nawasa

Me "in the field in action" Hahaha

Made Ratastoupie-a family favorite. My housemates LOVED it!!
At their request I'll make it every week now.