a journey to motherhood

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Week 32-33: Improve The Shining Moments :)

Hello family and friends!
Today, Elder Javelona gave a playful comment about my letters. Im indicating the weeks in my letter but I am no trunky at all. That is not even a word. I am indicating the weeks here because of special reason and that is for Haley :) Congratulations for the new dog. I assume its a she because you named her Pepper. Yay! Thank you for using my favorite petname. I know I am growing poor at sending you these letters. I'm sorry! I hope I can make it up to you in this letter :) I am growing familiar with Tagum. I enjoy the busy city durng Monday and the fresh air of the countryside in some of our areas.
Transfers: I got transferred! To another room! I am still in Mankilam but just transffered in a different working area. It is very humbling to be called again to train. Sister Cestona is from Pangasinan and she is 26 like myself. Sister Arrieta is from there too. Pangasinan must be very special. It was able to send me wonderful sisters to train. S. Cestona is a jolly bee. I cracks jokes I couldn't get sometimes and we will burst into laughter. Our first week together ran smoothly as she is very humble and very excited to work hard. As for S. Darasin, we are still staying in the same apartment. She was called as STL and given a new companion. I hope you can see all my stories about Sister D were understatement. She is a great sister!
Work and Testimony: The youth of Mankilam are the best! They just had a conference and they bore their testimonies. I felt happy for our investigators to witness them. Pinky and Jayzelee and both of them showed enthusiasm as they listen to the youths who spoke in the pulpit. S. Berlyn also attended church and was in full participation in the class as we discuss family responsibilities. Pray for these precious souls that they continue to progress. This week's greatest spiritual experience is with the leaders of the branch. In one of our council meeting we were given feedback and counsels. Our strengths and and accomplishments were discussed however as important as them are our weaknesses and areas for improvement. It was one of those times when I was strongly urged to apply humility and understand better how we should sustain and follow the leader's counsels. I hope and pray you continue to do so in our ward.
Health: Health is ecstatic. I lost 2 kilos over the past 2 months. It's better than losing nothing at all. hah! I can still say a BIG NO to soda and chips. The summer heat can defeat us so as required I always bring water and use my umbrella. Also, durian is everywhere and I am growing to love it. It is actually very delicious.
I couldn't help but say it again, time is running extremely fast. 10months left in this wonderful mission and I ain't even ready to diminish another month. Trust that your missionary is in her best self and striving to fulfill her purpose at all times. Even in the most common missionary situations. Elder Javelona's letter from Laoag shows he is improving each shining moments, your Sister from Butuan is doing the same :) I hope this will bring gladness to all of you. I love each and everyone of you. Mother's day soon! I am very excited to see you Mama. Skype it is. As what Elder Javelona said, we are not contented with voice, we want countenance!
Your sister in zion,
Sister Javelona 
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