SISTER NORMA BAUTISTA

QUEZON CITY NORTH MISSION
8/13 TO 3/15

Sunday, December 22, 2013

 Merry Christmas, My Beloved friends & family..  I hope you are all in the Spirit of Christmas.
 So....
 What are you asking for Christmas?
 Or, Better yet, what are you giving this Christmas?
 Being here in the Philippines, is such a wonderful journey. It truly is an adventure of a lifetime. I have grown to truly love the culture and the people.
 Lately, Especially during Christmas time, I've been wondering what to give the people of the Philippines this Christmas... Now, Let me ask you this: If you had the ability to give ANY gift, what would you give?
  In Luke 2:7 it says, "and she brought forth her first born son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Now, let me ask you this: what was Jesus wrapped in? was He wrapped fancy wrapping paper with fancy bows and ribbon? was He placed underneath a Christmas tree? No.
 He was wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in the INN.
 Well, in John 19:38-39 it says "and after this Joseph Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, But secretly for fear of the jews, be sought pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus and pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. and there came also Nicodemus, which at first came to Jesus by night , and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes. about an hundred pound weight." Here, Jesus is wrapped in  white clothes, and is placed in an empty tomb.
  That's when it finally clicked! one of the most treasured gifts I have received  from our Heavenly Father is the gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior; that thought Him  we are able to atone our sins and receive everlasting salvation.
 What a wonderful time of the year to reflect on our savior, Jesus Christ. many times we are focused on the savior birth, which we should, but the atonement is about much of his life then just his death.
 I remember President Henry B. Eyring saying that the greatest gift we can offer is to point those we love and serve towards Christ, the only source of eternal life.
  That was it!
  I have such a strong testimony about missionary work. Missionary work is incredable. it's beyond anything i have ever experienced before. I get the opportunity to spread peace. I get to invite others to come onto Christ, and be transformed; to taste of His doctrine, to learn, to ask if its true, to embrace and walk in the true faith of their Father. I get to share the blessings and happiness that comes from the Gospel. I have not experienced greater joy than that comes from one accepting the gospel. to watch people's lives change for the better is so great! To be able to give them a sense of hope is refreshing to the soul. Serving one another is truly something special. As we allow ourselves to serve, we will develop love for one another. we will begin to see others, and love others like our Heavenly Father does.

 As a missionary, the greatest gift I can give to people of the philippines, is the gift of a gospel! some of the greatest gifts are those you can't wrap.

  In john 6:35 it says " and Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." thus means, if we want eternal life, we need to study the gospel and the words of Christ. we need to become more Christlike. we need to focus on the principles taught by our savior came to earth and set for us a perfect example to follow, and we need to strive to became more Christlike. we need to remember His teachings.
  In john 6-51,65 it says "verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
  I am that bread
  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
  I am the living bread which came down from heaven, if  any man eat of this bread he shall live forever and the bread that i will give for the life of the world.
  and He said, Therefore said unto you, that no man can come unto me, Exactly it were given unto him of my father."

  Basically, without the saviors life, teaching, and atonement... there would be no Christmas. without the atonement, his birth would have meant nothing. we need to always strive to be like Jesus. how close we are like Jesus Christ, the most significant we will become, and the more impact we will have on others. the way we live and sacrifice for others makes our birth more meaningful. I invite you ll, this very Christmas to wrap yourselves in the principles taught by our savior, Jesus Christ and make your hearts a stable where Heavenly Father can dwell. I promise you all, that as you do this and not only will you gain a brighter testimony of the love of the savior has for each one of us, but you will understand the meaning of your birth and your purpose. May you all have a Merry Christmas and remember the true meaning of Christmas. i testify that Jesus is the Christ. He is the savior of the world, and Redeemer. We shall partake of one of the most priceless, and lasting gift.... the Atonement. I eave this things with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thanksgiving

Dear Pamilya at mga Kaibigan,

Maganda Umaga! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and ate lots of good stuff. Guess what I had for Thanksgiving? Wait, were you thinking RICE?! "Ay Naku" (goodness) how did you know?! Well, apparently Thanksgiving is an American holiday. We don't celebrate it here. Anyway, it was great. That Thursday, after Bishop's Dinner, my Kasama and I celebrated with our mga Kabahay. They put hearts along the stairs and attacked our wall with pick hearts all which had quotes. Then we celebrated with ice cream and "Nips" for toppings, choco syrup, and orange soda. That's how we do it in the Philippines.

Wow. I can not believe how fast time has gone by, speedy fast that's for sure! 3 months have gone by, and I am down for another 15 months! A lot has happened and sometimes I don't write because I have so much to say, and don't know where to start. So I'll tell you about last week. Last week I went to the spa which I didn't do so well . I was afraid I the spa thing was going to go all wrong. I was afraid I was going to end up with open wounds and catch some horrible disease "pero"it all went well. After squealing and biting onto my t-shirt and holding onto one of my kabahay I allowed the fish to eat my dead skin. Anyway this last Tuesday we went to a buffet and it was 150 pesos each and you must eat ALL the food off your plate before going back for more. If you don't eat ALL of it you must pay twice . So that was fun. Anyway, since it's thanksgiving I think I should tell you one of the things that I am grateful for. I LOVE MY FAMILY and they mean the world to me! I love my supportive fiends who show me so much support and love ! I am grateful for the gospel and the privilege I have to serve as a missionary. I have never experienced greater joy that the joy that comes from those who accept the gospel. I am seeing lives change for the better and all because of the gospel! I am having an adventure of a lifetime, making memorable memories ,and developing lasting friendships that will last a lifetime! I love being a missionary. I have grown so much and have seen a lot! I have learned to appreciate life and not take ANYTHING for granted. I have learned and still learning the true value of charity. I am learning to nor only HAVE charity , but BE charity! I am enjoying every minute and every moment. I have learned that being a missionary also definitely has it challenges, pero they only make me that much stronger! I would not trade these short 3 months for anything! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. Anyone who's capable and worthy should serve an honorable mission. I have come to realize that my family will receive blessing regardless if I'm a good or bad missionary. However, after my mission I will receive the blessings according to what I plant and harvest. I am doing my best for my Family and I! I'm not only making my family proud, but my Heavenly Father. I am dedicated to him and serving him faithfully and with loyalty and obedience. This is an adventure of a lifetime! I love the people and the culture!

Cherish everything you have!

Have a great week and find ways to serve one another.

Love,
Sister Bautista

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Typhoon, safe in the Lords care!

My legs are seriously being taken over by mosquito bites! My legs and top of my feet are super itchy!!! Last night during our coordination meeting, Elder Asetre was telling me how I'm staring to look like a dalmatian haha because I have spots (red) everywhere... I have over 26+ .The member's are so worried about my bites and all try to help me haha Elder Barcon thinks I have some sort of skin disease. But really they are only mosquito bites. I love how caring our ward members are. Anyway, want to hear something gross? The bottoms of my feet are all peeling and gross...it looks like I have athletes foot or fungus, but i don't know ! Maybe it's from walking in the rain in my crocs, and it irritates my feet. It's so gross, just thought i'd share . 

Anyway, this week was crazy. Many were panicked, and there were a lot of people who were injured because of this natural disaster  super typhoon, Typhoon Yolanda it was the worst in the Philippines. I appreciate all your love and concern from all of you. I appreciate all the prayers and all the emails and you are all so great. I feel so loved! Thank you all! I am grateful for each one of you. However, no one needs to worry. All our missionaries are okay. OUR area was not affected at all. It was actually in a different part of the Philippines , not sure where exactly. Anyway, I received this from one of my emails: "The world is running out of time, why do you think the age was lowered? The Lord needs missionaries, and not just young men and woman called to serve. He needs young disciples  who are strong, loyal, obedient,  and filled with his light... Remember many are called, but few are chosen.Do what it takes to be chosen." I know I have been preserved and reserved for these latter days. Especially, at this time there are many who need comfort, and peace. I came into this mission with a strong testimony. I came into this mission knowing my purpose, and why i wanted to serve. I am here because in the pre-existence I made a promise to my brothers and sisters. I promised them I would keep hold of the iron rod. I have a great responsibility in HIS great plan of salvation. I am here to influence the world to do good. I am here to build relationships. I am here to strengthen testimonies. I am to hold up my light that it may shine unto the world. 

We may not all know why things happen, and why it happens to certain people. We have to trust our Heavenly Father and know that he sees the bigger picture, and he knows what's best for us. I ask you all to keep the families of the people who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda, in your prayers. 


Love,
Sister Bautista

 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Week 3 in the field

Dear "Pamily at mga Kaibigan,"

Magandang Umaga Po! (good Afternoon) It's 3:00PM on a Monday and I just got back from the Avilon Zoo! It was an activity planned by our zone leaders. So that was so fun! I have such a great zone. there's never a dull moment. I'm always laughing, and having such a great time. Guess what was at the Zoo?? A Huge fish about 4ft or bigger and guess what they eat??? ...CHICKEN HEADS?! what in the What , right?! Crazy! I have never heard of such a thing. I also saw some of the most exotic birds and the most amazing scenery! Pictures soon to come (prob. in a month). I also almost had a white tiger jump up against the fence where i was standing. i guess it didn't like me because i was trying to take a picture of it. It also growled at me, and i seriously almost tumbled over, it was that powerful, and I was so scarred! 

Anyway, my legs have been itching all week! I have counted... 14 mosquito bites on my left leg and foot; and 9 more mosquito bites on the right and lower ankle. Many have been commenting on my legs. You should see their facial expressions! But what do you expect when there's red blotches everywhere haha I use the mosquito repellent lotion provided to all missionaries. Maybe it washes off or something because of the rain?  "Hindi ko Alam" (i dont know) 

By thw way, I came to realize a lot this week. I can't conversate! I can share the gospel in Tagalog, of course not all perfectly, but pretty good. I can do basic small talk, but when you start whipping out Tagalog at a super fast speed I get "major nose-bleed" (Filipino phrase meaning difficult). And apparently I have a cute accent?!I thought I sounded like a native, and I thought I spoke pretty well?! Have I been lied too? This one members comment kind of threw me off this week and I started struggling with the language . It's okay "...Lifes battles don't always go to the stronger and faster man; But sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can." (Walter D. Wingle) I got this! It doesn't happen over night, that's for sure. So this last week on Wednesday our district had a service project. The Elders got to scrub moss off with a toothbrush (cleaning out someones driveway) while us sisters got to help make some delicious food! We got to help make "bihon at palitaw" it was so fun! After, that we, sisters, helped the Elders scrub moss. I swear something always goes wrong when I try to help. As i was scrubbing the moss off, with a toothbrush, I somehow broke a huge chunck of concrete. the elders are so funny. They said " well, on the bright side..that's a huge chunk of moss you don't have to scrub off" so thats good right?

other things that went wrong this week:

-almost broke Sister xxxxxxxxx (Recent Convert) door. As I was pushing it forward you should of heard her and her 13 children and my kasama all speaking at once trying to stop me haha Luckily, it did not break...phew!
-I got in the wrong tricycle. My kasama was looking at me like 'what are you doing' and the driver was looking at me funny. I was so embarrassed , and there were many people around us...

Anyway, thats all i have time for! By the way, i just got mail run this last Friday so I recieved a few letters! Thank you for the surprise (: You all are so great and so supportive I love it! I will respond to all of them so expect it in like a moth because we get mailrun next 2-3 weeks and so by the time they send it out ....yeah. 

Anyway, youth is great! one of them came over this last Sunday so I could curl her hair hahah...so I may have a beauty salon here (; haha "joke-lang) but everyone wants me to fix there hair. I tell them they can come during my lunch time haha cause i don't have much time ....always preparing and studying....

It was so grea we had this Recent convert 19 yrs old nd she has been praying for he missinaries to come and we just happened to show up at her door. I'm sorry I am out of time, but I can see that as I strive to be exactly obedient mI see many miracles happen every day. the mission is so great! I am loving every bit of it. I Love being a Missionary! I love it oh so much! 

Love you all and thank you for all the support and love I receive from you all! Thank you!!!

Love,
Sister Bautista

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Im a, "In-Field Missionary now!"


Beloved Loved ones,

  Kumusta po kayo?! How's life in the states?! ...wow. This past week has been full of all sorts of emotions. On Wednesday I had to leave my wonderful friends I've made in the MTC. Some of my friends stayed at the MTC (still in training) and some were sent off to different areas where they were assigned. Many tears were shed that day. However, I am grateful for the gospel because without it I wouldn't have met the people in the MTC. I am grateful for charity and love because of it there are friendships, there is family...there is life. I'm grateful for having the opportunity to train in the Philippines MTC. I know Heavenly father's timing is so perfect! When my papers were taking forever 1. Because I was not being persistent enough and 2. when I was doing everything right, trials & obstacles appeared out of nowhere. "pero" I’m glad it took forever and happened the way it did because I met all the people I have met at the perfect time. I have established life-long friends. An eternal friendship! I love each and everyone I've met at the MTC, including the leaders. I love the MTC! However, my training is up. but it's not the end; it’s the end of the beginning.

  President Beck said, "when you 1st came into the MTC... I thought: here is matter unorganized...but after training, you now go out, well prepared."

  So on Wednesday (Oct.9, 2013) after saying our "mamaya kita kits" (see you later) to the younger batches and departing missionaries serving in different areas, it was time to go to work. It was 7:30 AM Walker and I sat in the front seat with the driver and the others in my batch (serving in Quezon City North Mission; basically all the Americans I flew in with) were in the back seats. As Sister Walker and I were just sitting we were observing everything. We were taking it all in. Wow. we thought! Here's the real deal. To the field we go! We're about to experience the adventures of a life-time. Anyhow, we had arrived at president home, and we got interviewed. After that we headed off to the chapel where it all started to become real. We had lunch first (a chicken finger thing with the most delicious turkey gravy (American)!!!!!! and......rice.) It was delish and had this cherry pie thing that was so yummy! have you tried eating food with a fork and a spoon?! Yeah, it's not easy. No one uses knives to cut the food. Anyway, then it was down to business. I was assigned a "kasama" (Sister Criste who will also be my 12 week training leader. I get 12 more weeks of training.YES!) and an area (Ampid 1 Montalban. It's an open area. we're the 1st sisters to be in the area. Neat, huh?) After that we took pictures with President Sperry and Sister Sperry, picked up a set of sheets, an O.Y.M bag (open your mouth; contains pamphlets and B.O.M) for proselyting, medicine (calcium and something else we have to take to stay healthy, a pillow, grabbed our luggage, hugged Walker (my best friend, one of my eternal sisters other than Sister Lesa), and shook the Elders hands (one's in my batch).It was like 2 heartbreaks in one day (everyone at MTC  and my batch). Then I stepped into the van with the Assistants to the President who drove my "kasama" and I, and my "mga kabahay" (roommates: Sister Surio & Sister Benech) to our apartment. Since it was an open area the Elders had to personally take us to our apartment. As I was sitting in the back seat my heart felt numb. I had used up every bit of emotion. I knew no one in the vehicle...but the 2 Elders (AP) were kind. They stopped at "MacDoc" (short for McDonalds) and we all got a hot fudge Sunday. First time I had been to McDonald's in forever! Anyway, after that we got back in the van and got to know each other a bit. We said a little bit about ourselves. Just then we had arrived to our apartment. The Elders then gave the trainers the keys to our "bahay" (home) and cellphone. The Elders were so great; they made sure we were all situated before they left. They left us with some "pandesal" (Philippines famous and super delicious bread). 

  After that it was time to head to the "Palengke" (the little places you buy food on the street...not the supermarket) and I about broke down. There was meat just sitting out and flies were on it and so I asked my "kasama" if we could go in the grocery store, and so we did. She’s so good to me! I love her! She’s like 3 inches taller than me and Filipina. She’s so sweet, kind, understanding, loving, and supportive. She has all the great qualities of a leader! She's so patient with me! I am so blessed to have her as a "kasama." So once we went to the store I about had a breakdown. Nothing in the store looked familiar. Nothing... and everything had a different name. I was so scared, overwhelmed, I was about to go insane. I almost got ran over in the street. I was stuck in the middle of the road with my kasama I wanted to cry! And she’s so loving and patent and calm and said, "its ok (: it's fine don't worry this is normal." We managed to get out of the busy road alive! So then we went home since it was getting real dark. As we were heading home there was a crazy man on the corner with only underwear that was like yellowish and he was super skinny and talking to himself. I was so scarred but my "kasama" and "mga Kabahay" told me it was ok and to walk faster" So I like ran bahahaha I’m such a dork. Anyway that was Wednesday. 

 Let me tell you a bit about Thursday. So I woke up 6:30AM and began my training (8:00AM-9:AM- personal study; 9-11AM- companion study) with my "kasama"and we started with a hymn and I broke down because I was so overwhelmed and that morning was crazy. The shower was cold, It's so humid and hot even with 4 fans on, the fridge is small, and I missed my friends, I wanted to give up, I wanted home. My Kasama asked what was wrong.. I had to vent to my "kasama" and she helped so much! I just love her! After all that jazz  we continued our companion study/planning. As I was planning I had forgotten about myself and my feelings. I had been filled with joy and love and excitement to serve. In that very moment I had realized this was what I came here for! I came to serve others! After heading out into the field...man did I have the adventure of a lifetime that first day! The first day I was proselyting in the rain (pouring! like no other)and since I didn't bring an umbrella my "kasama" shared hers and I didn't want to get wet so I asked to hold the umbrella, and put it close to me so I wouldn't get soaked. hahah then I hear my "kasama" say 'my back is all wet haha' I busted out laughing. We were laughing so much ! She's so sweet. She always thinking of others. She wanted to make sure I was covered and dry. She’s so good to me. I got a mosquito bite on my face and on my leg. I rode in a jeepney and tricycle. I experienced so much on my first day proselyting! The members asked me how long I had been out. I had said 1 (Thursday my 1st day proselyting) and they were so impressed because I was cracking jokes in Tagalog, and making them laugh, and teaching, and testifying. They were impressed and told me my tagalog was so great (: they said that there’s missionaries who have been out 2 months and are shy and quiet and can't speak. Them complimenting pumped me up and motivated me to keep on learning! I love being a missionary! So far my week has been full of adventures!!!

 You know how if you don't like a situation it’s up to you to change it and make it better? Well that's what I did. I started looking at the positives and smiling (something I’m good at). My kasama says she loves me because " you brings da fun toos everyone" My companion and I have bonded so much and we have bonded with our "kabahay" as well. They were teasing me when I said I wanted bonding time as an apartment, but it’s so fun now! We are planning on having dates as well to lighten things up. Last night we had 30minutes of free time. Instead of writing in our journals we played Russian monopoly haha (someone had left it there). it's so fun! I love it! I love serving! I love being a missionary! I can't wait to tell you more next time (: That was only 2 days!

 Hope you all enjoyed conference! This week find a way to serve one another, and brighten up someone’s day. Be a friend!

something interesting: how to make chicharones (in the Philippines

-hang the pig skin for days, then I guess have a bunch of flies sit on it, and cover all the skin and use a fly swatter after a few days and smack them off then dip it in oil hahahaha gross right... that's what the Elders said lol

Sunday, October 6, 2013









GOODBYE MTC...... TO THE FEILD I GO


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Dear "Pamilya" and Friends,

 

GOODBYE M.T.C....TO THE FEILD I GO

 

Yet! Email day is like Christmas plus birthday plus all the holidays combined! It's my favorite part of P-day! "Dahil" (because) I get to write to all my loved ones. My "pamilya"! My friends! "salamat po" (thank you) for all the love and support! I love reading all your emails!

 

This week has been bitter sweet. I cannot believe I have 4 more days left of training here at the MTC and then I'll be off to the Quezon City North Mission! This is such an incredible place to learn, grow, and strengthen myself as a missionary. I have loved every moment here in the MTC. I've made lifelong friends for sure! No doubt about it! There are about 200 Language Training Missionaries here and you wonder why we're so close (:. I don't want to leave "dahil" so maraming (many) great memories were made here, "pero" (but) it's time to flip over to the next page of my missionary journey. To the field I go in 4 days!!!!

 

I went proselyting this week on Wednesday and it was such a humbling experience! Wow so humbling. I am so grateful for all the chores I had. For having to clean out my fridge when food spilt over because I had food in there to eat. I'm grateful for having to clean bathrooms because I had a toilet, a shower, a sink, tile floor to clean...I'm grateful for toilet paper and soap!!!!...I am so grateful for all that I have! For the beautiful "pamilya" that I have who love me oh so much! And I just adore you all in every way shape and form ha-ha the things I saw was something I have never seen before...it was so different. When we left the MTC to head out to the Quezon City Mission to meet up with the in field missionaries I saw so much on the streets. I saw this small boy a few inches shorter than me who was walking the streets and if you read my email last week you know that there are only 2 lanes going each way but sometimes there seems to be 6 ...so the roads are pretty busy. Anyway, as I looked at the boy he was holding an elderly man’s hand and sticking/ guiding the man through the small spaces he could fit where all the cars were going through and anyway, the boy was putting the elderly man’s hand inside peoples window for money...and so I took a closer look at the elderly man from inside the back window of the van I was in and I saw that the man was blind. His eyes were not even that developed one was like half open but like his lids were shut...it was so sad. All of a sudden I couldn’t see anymore what I was looking at was becoming blurry "dahil" my eyes were being to fill with tears. Wow.

 

Anyway, I had finally arrived at the MTC and suddenly my sad tears turned into happy ones because some of the sisters from the last batch that left 2 weeks ago were there!!!!! I was like OH MY NO STINKIN WAY!!!! And so we all got assigned a companionship so I was assigned with one of the sisters from the last batch so I was super excited about that plus her companion. And my language teacher Sister Hernadez who I just love were like BFFs (; actually everyone is my BFF ha-ha anyway I convinced her to come with me instead of joining another companionship. So we planned and then went out to the field. I was like O M Goodness I am about to be walking. So we crossed the busy streets and I was like afraid for my life "pero" I was like 'oh wait, I’m being watched over ' so all of a sudden I became fearless ha-ha and wow alot of the conditions were like the ones in the small towns in Mexico. The whole place had an interesting smell, and it wasn't that sanitary "pero" its "ok-lang" "dahil" I have to get used to it. Embrace the culture (: these are now my people. Anyway, we got on a jeepney and man was it small and crowded ha-ha but it was way fun! Then we got off and headed off to the 1st appointment but they weren't there...bummer. So we went to the next appointment  and no one was home so you know missionaries always has to have a backup plan and so street contacting and knocking on doors! And so then I was beginning to feel nervous "dahil" I realized I didn't know a lot of tagalog....But my teacher was like the next door is yours and I like to make her proud and so I was like "Ok-lang!!!" but deep down I was so nervous but I did it and after that I didn't care about the language I was just talking to everyone and at the end everyone was like "woah you impressed us!" and they're like usually people are shy and the scary part for them is talking and I was like oh ha-ha I love to be kind to everyone and talk to everyone ha-ha Good thing I came prepared. I gave away! BOM with my name and the other 3 sisters and I wrote my testimony in there and I also gave away a pamphlet. My teacher and I got 2 referrals and it was so great!!!!!!!! I think I'm going to be fine! (: I need to practice my Tagalog! "pero" it was so fun!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, I’m so proud of myself. I am so glad my teacher was like go....cause the others 2 sisters were a bit shy "pero" they are awesome at speaking and so I was just talking and stuff and they backed me up when I needed the help (: cause when they would talk to someone on the street ..Sister Hernandez with her eyes would look at me and motion to someone walking along that street and I would say what I had to say "Kumusta po kayo? Mga misyoneros po kami. para sa simbahan ni Jesucristo ng mga banal sa mga Hulin Araw. “And I would ask them about their "pamylia" "trabajo" and just gained their trust first and share something about how families can be together forever and the atonement and it was so great! My teacher definitely helped alot I learned so much from her. I got so lucky that she said she would join our companionship...she loves me! Ha-ha and everyone else just me more ha-ha "joke-lang" anyway I love service!!! btw we did get ignored at times and people said some rude comments "pero" that’s "ok-lang" we still think they're awesome (: so that’s that now got to send pictures! Btw I leave next week on Oct.9 and so when I get out to the mission field I will miss p-day. "dahil" my p-days will change to Mondays and I will get 2 hours! So next email will be on Oct.14 so talk to you all then! (: Take Care! God Bless!  I invite you to count your blessings this week (: Love you all!

 

Love,

Sister Bautista

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sept 19, 2013



Dear "pamilya" and friends,
 
"Kumusta po kayo?!!!" Tell me all about the life in America! I've had such an amazing week! "sobra Magaling" (very great) I'm seriously so grateful for the wonderful "pagkakataon" (opportunity) to be able to train here in the Philippines MTC. I seriously love all these missionaries! We are seriously one big, huge "pamilya".  We have so much fun, and we're creating so many memories.  The Senior batch leaves next week on Wednesday, and so I'm super sad about it. i have come to truly love these Elders and Sisters! We've grown so close in just a few weeks...It's crazy how fats you can love people. It's so fun to learn all about these different cultures. they're all so unique. I really don't want to come home lol "dahil" (because) a lot of these Elders and Sisters are Islanders and some i'll never get to see again so that breaks my heart. That's why i'm cherishing every moment I get with them. However, knowing me i'll find a way to see them "dahil" theres always a way. The coolest thing is watching each other as we progress and grow as missionaries. I am finding such joy in the privilege that I have to be serving as a missionary. To be worthy and faithful enough to qualify for the Lords work.
 
I am so proud to call myself a missionary! I'm "sobra masaya" (very happy) that I made this choice!!!! Thanks to all those who support me ! This week I truly understood the importance of missionary work. I truly understood my purpose. I came to know that its okay to make mistakes. there's no need to become discouraged, "whom the Lord calls the Lord will qualify." However, I must seek to improve every day, there is no in between,  And obedience is key! No one can access the Spirit unless you are worthy and obedient. When God knows you're ready, your investigator will be ready. I know that my Heavenly Father is preparing people to hear the gospel and he's hoping I amam ready to teach. We (missionaries) are the link from where they (converts/investigators) are now...to what they can become. I am now an instrument of the Lord. i have been placed here in the Philippines because that's where HE felt I will be of the most benefit. I have 18 months to fulfill my duty. i must gve it my all out there in the feild. I must make memories worht reminicing about...NO REGRETS!
 
Here's a quoite from Elder Echo Hawk (convert)...From our Devotional this Tuesday:
 
"The work you are embarking on now has eternal consequences...there may be future leaders out there ...if you fail to meet you're scared calling, that has eternal consequences as well."
 
Thank you all for the wonderful emails! I love reading them all. Sorry for all the short responses and the NO responses...I only have an hour to read and type...So i'm trying my best. Have a magaling week! Love you ALL!!!!!   

 
p.s. I get to go proselyting next Wednesday! Stay tuned to hear all about it! I actually get to go out onto the feild and get on the jeepneys, and tricycles, and yea. "Paalam!" (goodbye) Make good choices!!!!
 
Love,
Sister Bautista (:

 
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

1st week in the Manila MTC


Hey Family and Friends,
Oh my gosh it is 10AM Friday here so its about 5 or 6PM Thursday there? i'm not sure. Anyway, the MTC is way too much fun!! I don't know where to start, and I only have 1 hour. Our P-days are on Friday not Monday. Once we get out on the feild it will change to Friday. On Friday our schedule will change, for the times we can email home. I'll keep you updated. Anyway, ahhh theres so much to say! I am just picking up the language like no other, I can testify in Tagalog and I can say opening prayer in Tagalog when teaching an investigator. I can say basic things in the language and it is so nice to know that I am able to just soak it all up.

I went to the Manila temple at like 7AM this morning? If you haven't been to the temple then that means you need to go there ASAP!  Anyway sorry for jumping around so much.  Did I tell you I tried fried fish ..like with the whole body and everything?! Yea, it was actually good. Anyway, I am still adjusting to the food, when I want other Elder's and Sister's desserts or food, like when we get ICE-CREAM or DONUTS like every once in a blue moon I just bat my eyes and smile and ask, and they give it to me! Thank you Heavenly Father for making me somewhat cute so I get good food. Oh yesterday morning we had CEREAL!!!!! Finally, usually its some crazy stuff, but since I made friends witht the cafeteria lady and made some connections with some Elders I get to ask for more of the good food whenever I want! Awesome right?! Well, I am going to enjoy all the good food I get while it lasts because once i'm out on the field,  I'm not going to get the good foods i'm familiar with. So anyway as I was heading to the temple I was telling my "Kasamas" ...I call my roomies companions (Kasamas) haha we get along so well. They are so darn funny. So anyway, I told them we should go cross the street to head to the temple. My companion had said she was scarred so we
asked the guard if it would be ok,since we were supposed to be there at 6:30AM and he pointed us to
another direction. Who knew that Heavenly Father seriously loves us and is watching over us. The MTC has an underground tunnel , full of like Picture frames of the Savior, that leads you right to Temple grounds, It's the coolest thing. The temple is so beautiful! and oh my It's just so pretty..it's not as big as the Temple in Vegas but its still pretty great. Anyway, when there is something difficult the filipino's say "nose-bleed" just like we say "oh piece of cake" when something is easy. So it has rained about 3 times and its unlike anything I have ever seen before.
Ummm, apparently I am good at basketball...and everyone wants me on there team...I mean who wouldn't "joklang" haha means "joking". what else can I tell you????  I left my planner upstairs where it had everything I wanted to say, but I don't want to waste a second I get to email home. Oh did I tell you I also went to the market which is like 3 minutes away and bought chocolate?! Yeah, I did because thats like my dinner haha. ok I can't think of anything else to say...but I know there's so much more I'd like to say, I just can't think so I am going to send some pictures.
oh, by the way I have like a ton of slave (; who just take my trays and sister Walker and I are getting like all the attention.
There was a devotional and they choose me to say closing prayer and some sisters were like, why do they always pick you? And I said idk but in my mind i was like "I mean seriously why wouldn't you pick me" haha maybe my heads getting a little to big being here..whoops! I will try being humble.
So Anyway in my prayer I had messed up on one of the Elders name who's serving here with his wife...he's super funny he's from Utah I think,  so the next day he put a sticker on with  the wrong name I had said when referring to him...Instead of "jackson" I said "johnson" haha everyone was giving me such a hard time but it was funny... I can't think of anything else so when I do I will let you know on friday.
MTC President Beck said not to have anyone send packages because it gets crazy and then when we leave its hard to track.  They said to send it to my mission address...idk what thaT IS SO i WILL HAve it next Friday. Uhm, Love you all tons!!!

Ugh, camera cord not working, pictures next week..

Love you all,
Sister Bautista

Monday, September 2, 2013

Arrived at Manila MTC

We received our first letter from Sister Bautista, she said e trip was amazing.  At this point she is all smiles.  We will post weekly as her letters come in.