(Dear loving family? Hello all you please?)
|Sister Hingano & Me|
Well this week hasn't been extremely eventful but I have learned some important lessons. On Wednesday, we had our training check up, which means that I have been here for a month. So nuts. I got to see everyone from my batch and everyone from the MTC which was super fun. Everyone is doing well and I am just so lucky to be here.
Afterwards the President bought us all lunch at this really good Pilipino place and we got mango smoothies - to die for. I know I am going to miss those mangos so much
|Left & Clockwise: Me, Sister Dicen, Sister Hingano, & Sister Ott|
Sister Temwaaka called and it was so funny. First, Sister Ott comes down the stairs and says... uhhh Sister Rasmussen I think your companion from the MTC tried to text you. Then she called and I get on the phone and she half says half yells..."Rasmussen!!! What your birthday? I forgot!!" Haha it was so funny. I talked to her and told her I missed her but told her that it was not allowed for her to call me like that. She said ok and hung up. Haha it was so funny.
|Me, Sister Ott, Sister Dicen & Sister Hingano|
I loveeeee all of my housemates. Sister Dicen is so sweet. She is this little Pilippino. Literally... literally weighs 85 pounds. She is just so sweet and humble. And then her companion is Sister Ott who is fun and helps me to be myself.
But I just love my companion. She is so humble and patient with me. I think that our biggest strength is teaching. Sometimes, plans change and we have to wing it but we really know how to listen to one another, follow the spirit, and work together. I love her. The weather has been super nice. It barely rained once and it hasn't been too hot but I know it will warm up as time goes on. I really do love that.
Sunday we normally study an hour before church, go to church. Talk to the bishop, come back, study, make lunch, and go out for work. It's my favorite day:) I love it. I play the piano every Sunday and sometimes it is soooo bad hahahaha but I know they appreciate it and it is fun to practice. I think that I am getting a little better.
|Burning garbage !?!|
P-days are Monday. We clean our apartment, it's the first thing we do and I actually like doing it. It's nice to have a clean apartment. We normally clean, study, go to buy groceries, e-mail, and come back to relax a little bit. There aren’t really any places to go and hike around here. But we did get to go hiking with our zone last week. So fun. Then we are out the door by 6 to work. We have to be back by 7:30 or 8 at night because it is unsafe for girls to be out longer than that.
As far as the food goes, I don't have too much variety right now. My housemates and I cook like a chicken and veggie stir-fry every day for lunch with rice. I eat oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. And we don't usually get dinner because we are working. We might make eggs or something.
No one in the ward really feeds us so for the most part we are on our own. We get our cash the first day of every month out of an ATM. It is pretty slick.
Right now, we are waiting in a GINORMOUS line to pay our electricity bill. Anyway, since the line is so long, we figured that we would come and e-mail while we were waiting.
What people told me about the mission is true: The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days. But I love it. As hard as it is sometimes, I am so glad that I am here. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I hadn't decided to come.
|Sister Reed & Me|
I have learned so many important lessons already and as I said before, I just LOVE the scriptures. You can get so much out of them no matter how many times you read them. I have promised myself that I will never stop digging in the scriptures for the rest of my life. I have also realized the importance of prayer. But the biggest thing that I learned this week is the power of the enabling power of the Atonement. I was aware of this before, but I think that I was going about it the wrong way.
I think that I have said this before, but the atonement has three purposes: for the resurrection, to cleanse us of our sins, and to help us become saints. That last purpose is what has resonated with me this week. In Mosiah 3:19 it says that we must put off the natural man and "...becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, (and this next line is what I would like to emphasize) willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
So in order to become a saint, we must be willing to submit to everything that the Lord sees fit to give to us. We are going to have trials whether we are good or bad. But to become a saint, we must be humble and submit, and through the atonement, Christ gives us the strength to overcome the trials than we could have with our own capacities alone.
For me, of course the mission is going to be hard. Siyempre. Of course it will be difficult to learn the language and to become the kind of teacher that I hope to become. It will be hard to face rejection and to watch those you love refuse to keep their commitments or go against the Holy Ghost. But through the atonement, we can receive the strength to bear the things that are hard with ease, with grace. And as we align our will with God's, we come out even stronger, more faithful, and knowledgeable than before. Even in the very first verse of 1 Nephi 1. Everyone always emphasized that he was born of goodly parents, but if you go on in the verse, he said, "...and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days." Surely Nephi faced many trials his entire life, yet he had so much faith in the Lord and His atonement and could still see the blessing in his life and how he was highly favored.
Anyway, I hope this is making any sense and it is impossible to explain all of the thoughts and impressions I have had this week, but I just want to say that this life is hard. It is supposed to be hard. And we really can't do it on our own. We have to admit that we just can't... that we are nothing without Jesus Christ. We cannot put our trust in the arm of the flesh. As we have faith in Christ's atonement, he can give us the strength that we need to endure and ultimately become a saint. Continue to become better and better.
Elder Bednar's talk "In The Strength of the Lord" talks all about this and it is amazing. All of you should read it:)
|me and the Tumampo family and their friends. They are inactive and we are trying to work with their kids to get baptized but there isn't much progress.|
Anyway, I don't have too much to say about this week but I am just so filled with gratitude. I am so grateful to be here, to be pushed, learning, and grow. I know that there will be no other time in my life when I can fully give myself to the Lord. I am doing my best but once again, I know that I can't do it without His help. My dad said in a letter "You could be doing anything you wanted right now and you chose to serve the Lord". I just need to remind myself of that when things get hard. I have chosen to serve the Lord and I must give everything that I have.
|The Trikes we ride in|
As for the people we are working and things are going well. We met with Jesus - the man I bore my testimony to on the tricycle and he was taking everything that we said to heart. The spirit was so strong. He said that he needs to talk to his wife about it but wants us to teach his whole family. We are teaching him tomorrow and praying that she will be accepting and it will work out. We are still working with two couples that need to get married. One has everything set in place and I think they will be baptized by the end of the month. They have been through 3 sets of missionaries, but it just shows that timing is everything.
We are also doing a lot of activation. That is the biggest problem here - so many less-actives.
I love you.
Mahal ko po kayo lahat. Ingat po.
Love, Sister Rasmussen