Monday, July 25, 2016

The Lord Strengthens Us

You know... I really know that's true.  All the Lord asks of us, is to obey.  And if you do it, He immediately blesses us.  Or helps.  Or supports. 

I read this scripture today, Mosiah 2:22-24.  This is an ancient king, who was also a prophet of God, just like Moses, Noah and Samuel in the Bible.  His name is King Benjamin, and he's just a wonderful person.  If I wasn't a missionary, I'd call him a babe because what he teaches is super clear and amazing.  So read this: 

 22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.
 23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him.
 24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?
AWESOME!! I love these verses. 
Simple. The gospel, or Heavenly Fathers plan, isn't hard.  It really isn't hard to understand. Maybe hard to do, but start small.  Read your scriptures.  Everyday. Thats a commandment. And then BLESSINGS.  Then go to prayer.  Everyday.  Also a commandment.  And then BLESSINGS.  Now something maybe a little harder.  Go to church.  Every Sunday. oooh, maybe a struggle.  But try it.  AND THEN BLESSINGS!!!!
That's what I'm trying this week anyway.  I want to be obedient to someone who wants to HELP ME.  My Father.  My literal, actual, living Heavenly Father.  WHO LOVES ME.  Why shouldn't I trust and listen? And you too?  If you aren't too sure about God, about trust in Him.  I just want to invite you to TRY.  Like, for a week.  Or maybe a month (if it's going to church) and TRY God out.  My promise is that He will be there for you because He has always been there for me.  But try it out.  And if it doesn't work for you, if you end up feeling nothing, then don't keep going.  But I know it'll work.  I am that confident that you'll feel Him. 
Here in my area of Las Pinas, it's crazy hot everyday.  And it's still dirty ghetto.  I can't take it.  But I love doing this.  And I also very much so miss home.  So help me out a little, and share your spiritual experiences with me.  So then I won't feel like I want to go home so much..  
I love you all!  And I hope you have an amazing week!  I know the gospel is true and I know this church is true.  I feel it.  No one told me, I just found it and learned for myself.  And I know this week can be amazing if we all try to do things a little bit more like the Savior.  Being obedient isn't just for missionaries!  Let's do it together.
Sister Zimmerman

The district

Her boxes finally arrived!

A taste of home: Mac & Cheese! 

Another American favorite, Yoohoo!

Computer shop selfie 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Typhoon in the Philippines!! (still alive)

Dear family,

There's currently a typhoon here!  It's crazy. The worst is up by Taiwan, and here in Luzon, it's just raining, raining, raining, raining. And of course floods.  I hate the floods.  Dead rats float next to your legs and it's nasty.  But also so much an adventure!  I contracted a nice flu this week.  My body is taking a beating, but it's okay!  I'm being taken care of by a lot of people that care for me.  It's wonderful to feel the Lords love through others.

This week we had to slooooow down because me and Sister Bellita both got SICK.  Which sucks!  I don't like to slow down!  I want to work, work, work, work, work.  But I am learning that the Lord helps those who help themselves.  And so, we need to be humble, and rest our bodies.  You are useless when you are sick, ya know?  So follow the Word of Wisdom!

In all, I am happy!  Not all that healthy, but I'm working on it. The new mission president, President Speirs is great!  I already love him.  He described himself, when we first met him, as a "down to earth person" with a "chill personality" and I was like, heck yes!  This week we have interviews.  I am so excited to talk to him again.  He's the greatest.

Not much of an update, but here's the long awaited pictures.

Love you!!

Sister Zimmerman 

Say Jamaba

I found a Jamba Juice!
Bacoor, my new area

This 3 yr old cutie in my shoes.
(in the Philippines you remove your shoes before you enter anyones home)

Our district leader from Australia 

I call him my baby brother.  He is easily embarrassed just like Rafe.

Me and my new companion, Sister Bellita!
A selfie so you remember what my face looks like!

Some sisters that I love!

My companion and my housemate

My housemates

The only part of my area that isn't ghetto-a field, randomly in the center. I count it
as a tender mercy. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Goodbye President Tye

Dear family,

I don't have any pictures again.  I'll try again later in different com shop.  I'm trying but the awesome computers of the PI sometimes drop viruses on my cards and...problem.

This week was great...and sad because we had to say goodbye to President Tye.  I was so sad! I'm so grateful for their service and love.  And now I am so excited to meet President Speirs.  This week will be really fun I think. I cannot wait to get the fresh new take of a new president.

I don't have a lot to say other than I love the work, and it's really hot but it's working out and I'm happy.

Have a great week!!!

Sister Zimmerman

Pres & Sister Tye with their release papers.
(photo credit: Pres & Sister Tye)