Rhea Walters will be serving for 18 months in the Phillipine's Baguio Mission. She loves letters! You can write her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sister Rhea Walters
Monday, January 30, 2017
Well it was a different week for sure but blessings on blessings pa rin. oops that means still. Seriously I think in Tagalog now.
We were in and out of the ospital (yup that means hospital) a lot this week but now we have a set schedule there for Physical Therapy! Anyways instead of being stressed about time we just found ways to be missionaries where ever you are.
1) Met the CEO of Lorma Hospital. He's super nice and old. He showed us the graves of his parents in the hospital chapel and we told him families can be together forever. He believed it. His secretary/ HR manager offered me a job cause I studied Psychology. So mom I am just gonna work here after the mission okay ba iyan?
2) Got to translate for German Interns and this 15 year old girl with a foot/ nerve deformation that they are trying to solve. Our timing was PERFECT going at that time, at that part of the hospital. The doctors were like "Uh..we can't speak english?" so I was like "Hey wanna translator?" Then we got to testify of the gift of tongues.
3) Had exchanges again and this missionary was suffering from some anxiety and depression that had gone unnoticed so we did a ultimate search of "our purpose" through prayer, scriptures, preach my gospel, and President Hinkely's words on Optimism. I had to pray hard how to help and then left her a "prescription" of things to do every day, things to write in her journal, a picture of our Savior to look at...we'll see how that goes. She is an incredible missionary but no one is exempt to the feelings of discouragement and inadequacy on the mission.
4) Villanueva couple are killing the no coffee thing. Survival Kit was a success! Tatay ( the dad) used to be so closed off but bore the sweetest testimony in our lesson that he feels so peaceful finding the true way to worship the Lord, they've been converted or convinced, and he prays that their baptism will continue. The GOSPEL WORKS! Please keep them in your prayers.
5) Stake choir is still going strong. This ward is SO much like family that I made a joke and the woman next to me literally spanked me like her own child and then almost fell to the floor she was laughing so hard. (There's the You Know You're in the Philippines When and Funny Moment combined hahaha)
6) Julia is still so solid and continually progressing, always excited to come to church, answering questions, even started her Personal Progress. Church is true.
7) Accidently talked for like 40 minutes in church and there were 2 other speakers.
8) Kamball (Brooklyn) came back and visited!! Missed that YSA bunches. (but almost not single adult anymore woop woop)
Sorry this format is different but in closing... BE OPTIMISTIC. Everyone should read the Liahona this month and the section on President Hinkley. I quote Abby's letter this week that we need not "wallow in self-pity" we can find the good in every situation. That is how we stay away from sickness, and pain, or at least how we get through it. No. Matter. How. Hard. you think what you are going through it's always easier just to smile. It takes less than 2 seconds and you immediately feel better. Ask your savior for love and comfort, then recognize he suffered it all so we can DEFINITELY make it through, then in the words of my sweet and intelligent mother "Stop thinking about yourself and serve someone else."
This church is true. I know it and I will never leave it because HERE I truly get to know my Savior Jesus Christ.