Well, President just broke up the best companionship in the entire mission. We were just going to baptize every single person in this city, but noooooo, he had to go and brake us up :(. It's okay, I mean president needs to leave some people to baptized in this city, right? What would the incoming missionaries do?
We got the call on Wednesday night. The call that ruined everything. We really started to see lots of miracles in our area, lots of our investigators tell us they know the church is true, all that good jazz. Then the AP's called telling sister Mitchell she was white washing an area, and training.When I heard the term white wash in the MTC, I was like what is that? It means that both of the missionaries are starting from scratch. Both of the missionaries know nothing about the area, investigators,etc. When I was trained, we white washed an area, but I had sister Baclayon at least. Sister Mitchell is now in Kalibo, although in a different area than my first area. The night before she left we basically made plans for after the mission. She truly is my best friend here in the mission, and I really miss her.
Here in the mission all the missionaries tell us their "revelations" of where we will go, or who our new companion will be. One of my house mates, Sister Robertson, asked me " Sister Bibo, are you ready to kill someone". Now, that may sound bad, but here in the mission that's the term for someone who is about to go home. Your first area is where you are born, and the last area is where you die.
Out of all the days, transfer day is the worst. You are always super nervous about where you are going, if your companion will be nice or not, all the unknowns. The one constant in missionary work is change. I go to transfer meeting, and meet my new companion: Sister Casil. She is 4'11", Filipina, and goes home December 15. So true to Sister Robertson's prediction, I am going to have to kill someone. Sorry, just has to be done.
She is super nice, and she was STL(sister training leader ) forever, 11 months. Imagine going on exchanges almost every week for a year. Yuck! The greatest part is she can cook. As you all know, my cooking skills are still a little lacking. I have mastered hamburgers and onion rings now, just one thing to check off the list until I am a great cook. I am steadily getting better, and by the time I get home maybe I will be able to cook some Filipino dishes. The hardest part would be able to find ingredients. A lot of the vegetables and spices aren't available in America, or at least I think. I'll have to check out the Asian store in Clearfield, it seems like they have some pretty good stuff.
Anyways, the area is doing great Most of the missionaries never want to get assigned to the city because it is hard. Everyone here is so busy working, and it's harder to get testifying contacts. I love the city. I have seen so many miracles in this area already, especially this week. I have been in the area for a total of five weeks now, and have to lead the area. Our area is literally a maze in parts. Everything looks the same! I definitely have had lots of help this week to remember houses I had only been to once. The nice thing is when you are somewhat lost it's an excuse to talk with people and get return appointments.
So, miracles of the week. Every 1,3, and 5th Sunday we as missionaries fast for our area, investigators, and everything. Sister Mitchell and I fasted to find investigators who were prepared, and no sooner did we get to our area we found a new investigator, Joy. She is Iglesia ni Cristo, but she was given a Book of Mormon by the missionaries a couple of years ago, and wanted to learn about it. They offered us snacks, juice,and more. I was taken aback. The Lord answered our prayers almost instantly. So cool.
Glizel is so awesome. She has a friend who lives in America who is LDS, and wanted to know more about the church. When she first met the missionaries she flat out asked what is not allowed in the church, and she gave up alcohol, coffee, and tea. Just like that. No questions asked. She reads all of her assignments, but her work schedule conflicts with church. She asked us if we could reextend her baptismal date so she can come to church every Sunday because she knows that is what it means to become a member of this church. Last week she was still unsure if Joseph Smith was a prophet, so she prayed, and this week she received her answer. She travels almost an hour to meet with us every Tuesday, and when she went on vacation in Kalibo she asked where the church was so that she could attend. It is amazing to me all the little events that lead to someone to change. That one friend in America set a chain of events that made her want to investigate the church. I have really learned that our examples are truly powerful. Whether it is doing our callings in the church(such as passing the sacrament and giving blessings in hospitals), being an example, or just being a friend can change someone's life forever.
In Alma 37:6 it says that by small and simple things great things are brought to pass. I know that this is true, I have seen it so much in my mission so far, and I know I will continue to see it in my life.We may not see the changes today, tomorrow, or the next day, but even years from now people will be ready to receive the gospel.
Well, never stop being awesome friends and family. And remember this.
Life is good, God's in charge. Satan hates you, and the Savior loves you.