Monday, May 25, 2015

3 weeks na lang!?!

Hello po my beautiful family?

How are all of you?  I miss you but I know the time is far spent and I will see you sa madaling panahon:)

Sister Galabay, Sister, Me Cayacay & Sister Melosantos
It has been a week full of adventures, laughs, surprises, disappointments, and miracles.  

Haha Monday night I woke up at 2:00 am to some super loud noises outside and dogs freaking out haha it sounded like someone was breaking through a gate/fence/door.  There was a huge boom, and then this light shined directly in our room and then turned to this creepy red light. Haha the adrenalin started pumping immediately and I was wide awake (but I think my mind was still half asleep... you know how I am when I just wake up.... weird things happen haha).  Anyway, I was almost positive someone had broken into our apartment.  I woke up Sister Melosantos, and we noticed how the light in the hallway was on.  I thought that it wasn't on before and we started freaking out.  Haha we were whispering figuring out our game plan.  Haha I said that we should just lock the door from the inside and she said we should put our dresser in front of it (I know we sound paranoid but keep in mind we just woke up).  Hahah we then crawled on the ground (so we couldn't be seen from the window) and pushed the dresser in front.  Haha returned to our beds and then said a prayer for comfort. I then asked Sister Melosantos if she was going to go back to sleep and she said she would observe/watch for a while and then go back to sleep.  Haha I don't remember but apparently I said, "ok," turned over and fell asleep immediately as if nothing had happened.  Classic Haley.

hahaha We asked the landlord the next day and apparently someone had just come home late and was super loud.

My companion always laughs at me because I am always calm, smiling, laughing, but if I see a cockroach, rat, or something creepy happens I'm super dramatic and immediately seem like I'm angry.  Haha then when it's all fine I'm just back to normal.  Haha it's hard to explain but she always makes fun of me for it haha.

This week we also had the opportunity to do service 2 times where we cleaned different school that are getting ready for the new school year in about a week. 

It was hilarious though.... Sister Morales (she is called Mamu here) is super good at english and there was this little boy who was about to pee on a motorcycle and she goes up to him and starts speaking to him in english hahahhahah when she is angry or serious she will speak in english.  Haha she goes up to him.... "HEY! HEY! Don't pee on there.  Don't pee on there!  They will cut your penis!"  Oh my goodness when she said that I burst out laughing and couldn't stop.  I guess it just doesn't mean as much to them because it is in a different language but I was so shocked.  I haven't heard that word in quite sometime.  Hahah it was one of the funniest things. I told her that I would tell my family the story so mom and dad... you can tease her about it when you get here.  She is funny and has a good sense of humor.

Sister Galabay, Me, Sister Morales & Sister Melosantos

So besides all of the craziness, of course missionary work has some sad and disappointing times.  For example, I was on exchanges on Tuesday and we went to go teach this less-active who served a mission but now she is about 65 years old.  Normally she will at least let us teach her but this time she wouldn't let us share with her, even the shortest 10 minute lesson.  She said, "no sisters... the Holy Ghost isn't with me."  We said, "Well, Sister Ellen!  That's why we want to teach you.. so that you can feel the spirit."  Then she said, "No.  If the Holy Ghost isn't with me, it is better that way."  When she said that I was so shocked.. How can someone who served a mission say things like this?  But that is what happens when over time we slowly let go of the iron rod, stop doing the small little things that count, and one day we find ourselves so far off the path we don't have a desire to return.  I was really sad but that is part of us having our agency.  No matter what, Heavenly Father won't force us to choose the right, no matter how much he wants to be happy. 

Then the next night, Sister Melosantos and I went to teach the Salvador family and we found Brother Gilbert sitting alone outside, smoking and drinking.  So sad.  I was sooo sad.  But I know that it is just part of being a new member... even if you are baptized, it is still hard to change from old habits.  But I walked away soo sad.

So the next night Sister Melosantos and I went and taught there family but we just went and approached it as if it was a brand new start.  We just joked around with them and chatted with them for a while and then we gave a super cool lesson on faith.  You could see the change in their hope and desire.  Their two kids accepted to be baptized and Brother Gilbert said that he would quit smoking to make sure that he is worthy to baptize them.  So we are really praying for them.
Sister Harding, Me & Sister Melosantos

And one un-expected new investigator... Sister Emy Diola.  She is a widow and I actually met her with Sister Maagad but we were just now able to go back and teach her.  She is sooo smiley and nice and just seems prepared for the gospel. She is Catholic but was saying how she knows it is wrong to have 'Santos' or graven images (which they worship in the catholic church) and is sort of searching for the truth.  After our first lesson she came to church last Sunday and was actually there before us!  It was awesome.  I hope that she will get baptized on June 20th so you can witness one last baptism mom and dad!! haha it is possible.

Anyway.. it has been another great week here in Sta. Cruz.  I am just trying to enjoy every last second.  I love you and pray for you!!!
Love, Sister Rasmussen


Frozen.. They are OBSESSED with it here!


Sister Cecile Cortez sent these pictures to my mom.        

Sister Cortez, me, & Sister Melosantos

Sister Galabay, Me, Sister Melosantos & Sister Cayacay

Monday, May 18, 2015

apat pang linggo!!

"four more weeks !!"
Me & Sister Melosantos
Hello family!!!

I feel like I don't have too much to tell you.... but it has been another great week and I am trying to soak up the fact that I still have a nametag on my chest.  I was feeling sad about going home and Sister Melosantos reminded me to think about you.... so of course, I miss you so much and am excited to see you so that is the only thing that makes me feel better about going home.

The next person to get baptized is brother Noel Reyes, the one who works abroad.  As of now, he is scheduled to get baptized on May 30th, so we are praying.  At first I was a little bit worried about him getting baptized and then immediately going back to work for 2 years but after talking to President Mangum I felt a lot better about it.  He explained that although it's not the ideal situation, it is ok if his family is strong enough to keep him strong.  I also found out that this is the exact same situation that Sister Melosantos is in... her dad works abroad and got baptized in the month that he came home to visit.  
Me & Sister Melosantos
They still aren't sealed in the temple but that is her hope and prayer for the near future.  It will all work out.  Last night, he said that at first he had tons of questions, didn't really believe, and was a little bit shocked by all the changes that had happened to his family while he was gone.  But he had a spiritual experience with the Book of Mormon and says that he feels much better and although he doesn't understand everything, he can say that that book is true.

Right now we're in the process of building our teaching pool and finding more families and so I'm not quite sure yet who is progressing.

Sister Dicen (do you remember her?  My first Filipino housemate.  Now I am in the same zone with her), me, Sister Occidental, Sister Harding, and Sister Melosantos
Thursday night we went to go teach France and Aldine who we were worried about because they STILL had not come to church.  But by this time, they were doing much better.  Sister France said that the assignment that I gave her in the Book of Mormon helped her SOOO MUCH and that she felt like it was written for her.  It felt good to know that I could receive revelation to help her.  They both committed as a couple to repent and come to church.... and they did.  I was just as happy that they came as I was with our investigators that came.
Me & Sister Harding

Friday, I went on exchanges with Sister Harding... a new missionary here from Virginia.  I love her so much and I am so grateful to work with her because almost everyone in my zone is Philippino!  Trust me I love the Philippinos, but it is nice to have a friend that you can completely relate to.  She is darling but is having a typical training experience.  She is having a hard time speaking the language, of course, and is going through all of the adjustments, but it was so weird to be taken back to my training days and remember experiencing all of that.  

I was glad to be able to help her a little bit.  And we enjoyed the time together to be able to go running... the Philippinos really aren't into running here so I will just have to worry about that when I get home hahah but yeahhhh.... 

Saturday, our ward did an awesome service project for this nanay in the ward.  I am sending some before and after pictures of the house but basically she was living in a shack with half a roof and no walls. So kawawa..... so the priesthood built them a new house and then we weeded her vegetable garden and then cooked lunch for everyone. 


It was super fun and it was cool to see how just a little bit of service could really improve the quality of life for someone.  The nanay and her daughter are such humble faithful members, even though they have next to nothing.  They will usually just walk to church, if they don't have enough money for the fair, although it will take like an hour, and they study the Book of Mormon, D&C, and and Pearl of Great Price all the time.  I really look up to them.  They know true happiness that money can't buy. 

Sister Melosantos

Anyway... I love you family!! Thank you so much for the support.  I hope all is well.


Sister Rasmussen

I am fetching water from a well!!

A baptism from the ward of an 8 year old :)

Me and Sister Suapaia..