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