Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ang Pamilya Ko At Mga Kaibigan Ko :)

I feel like I repeat myself in all my weekly emails. I am always telling you guys that the work is great and that I love being a missionary. I am sorry to tell you but this email isn't going to be any different. LOL! The work is amazing and I absolutely love being a missionary.

This week was more of a calm week. Nothing really big happened. Oh! Other than a HUGE typhoon that hit us. Don't worry, I am safe and alive. It didn't really hit us too hard, here in Quezon City, but in the northern parts of the Philippines, it was bad. The damage and casualties are all over the news here. Us missionaries here in Quezon City still went out and worked during the typhoon. As missionaries we get special protection, even if the typhoon did hit us hard, I am sure we'd just swim to our investigators.  Haha! The work NEVER stops.

I did not take too many pictures this week, sorry. But at Sisters Conference they "taught" us how to give ourselves facials and how to do our makeup. You all know I don't wear make up, so Sister Devi and I just put the toilet paper that was supposed to be used for our face on our heads. Hahaha!

There is no greater joy than being a missionary. I love this gospel so much. One of my favorite parts about being a missionary is the change that I am seeing in myself. I am starting to recognize the woman my heavenly father wants me to become.

I hope that you all have a great week.

Sister Leausa

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Ahhh! Magandang Umaga Sa Inyo LAHAT !! :)

Last week was a little crazy and I didn't have much time to write. But this week, I HAD to make sure I updated everyone with what is going on here in the PI. Let me just say, I absolutely LOVE being a missionary!

This week was so great! Saturday, Bro. Mario Danieles was baptized, the first member of the Ylagan clan to be baptized. If you all remember, The Ylagan family is one of our progressing families and is waiting on their marriage license so that they can be baptized. Bro. Mario is Bro. Romero's cousin and they all live together in one house (long story short). Saturday was so special and the spirit was SOOO strong at the baptism. There seriously is nothing better than seeing the happiness that comes from he gospel.

This week was also transfer week. Aaannnd.....I'm not going anywhere. haha! I have a feeling that I will be in the area that I am in for a long time and then maybe after a couple of transfers here, in the Quezon City South Zone, I will go to Mindoro (the island in our mission). That's what I am hoping for, but we shall see. Only Heavenly Father knows. There's so much I want to write about but if I did, this email would be like.....forever long.

My heart is just so full of gratitude towards my Heavenly Father. I am so blessed to have been a part of Bro. Mario's special day. I am blessed to be one of the missionaries that Heavenly Father chose to be at his baptism. One of my roommates after the baptism said "congratulations sisters!" and I looked at her and said, "for what? we didn't do anything other than what we've been called to do." At that moment, I realized that this work has nothing to do with me and Sis. Devi. We really didn't do anything other than that which we were called to do. Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost did it all. (They seriously are so LEGIT!) Heavenly Father prepared Bro. Mario for Sis. Devi and I, and the Holy Ghost testified to him that the things we teach are true. My companionship really consists of me, Sis. Devi and the spirit.  Without the spirit, Bro. Mario would have never entered the waters of baptism.

Ugh! I really do wish I could just write all my feelings. Just know that Heavenly Father's hand is so relevant in his work and so extremely necessary. Without it, his work is pretty much impossible.  I love the gospel so much and I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary.

I love you ALL so much and I hope this email gets to each of you in the best of health and happiest of spirits.  MAHAL KO KAY LAHAT!

Sis. Leausa

Brother Mario's Baptism Day

My District

Monday, October 19, 2015

Typhoon KOPPU

I received an email last night from the Mission President.

Hello Families and Friends of Quezon City Missionaries!

As you may have seen and heard on the news, Typhoon KOPPU (Lando) has made land fall in the Philippines. This typhoon has maintained its strength while moving northward very slowly along the beach front areas in the northern part of the Philippines far away from Quezon City. The Weather Philippines Automated Weather Station expects the typhoon to decrease in size and strength in the coming days. Typhoon KOPPU has had no major effects on the Quezon City mission besides light rain and mild winds. Every Missionary has been accounted for and is safe.

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I am so glad that this one was mild and that my missionary is safe and sound. I should be receiving an email from Sister Leausa tonight and I will post again tomorrow.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I received an email from Sister Leausa last night. She is doing really well and the work is coming along great. Unfortunately, she did not have time to write her normal weekly email. She has just been too busy this week with her missionary responsibilities. She was able to send me a few new pictures though and as you can see...she is happy, healthy, and loving what she is doing.

Until next week....

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Letter From Home

It is always so awesome to receive letters from home. If you have a moment this week, I know that Sister Leausa would love to hear from you.

Sister Kathleen Naisina Leausa
Philippines Quezon City Mission
Aurora Blvd. cor. JP Rizal St
Project 4, Cubao
Quezon City 1109, Metro Manilla, Philippines

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Yung Pamily a Ko At Mga Kaibigan :)

Magandang Umaga Po!! This week was such a good week. :) Heavenly Father is seriously so good to me. Yesterday, we had the opportunity, as sisters, to watch the General Women's Broadcast. Here in the Philippines, everything is a week behind, church wise. So like, we won't watch conference until this coming Sunday. I'm excited to find out who the new apostles are! :) Anyways, like I was saying, yesterday we got to watch the women's conference. And to be quite honest that was the first time I've ever watched it. I definitely regret not watching it before. It was SO good and so uplifting!

So, as missionaries, we teach people and families about the gospel, right? Right. So normally, the second discussion we have with them is about the Plan of Salvation: Heavenly Father's perfect plan for all his children. The plan answers 3 questions I know that we have asked ourselves. 1. Where did we come from? 2. Why are we here on earth, what's our purpose? 3. Where are we going after this life? In this lesson, the atonement of Jesus Christ is talked about. We explain what it is, why we need the atonement , and how we can effectively use it in every day life. So, last night President Uchtdorf made this statement. "No matter what's happened in the past, you can always have a happy ending."

This automatically led my thoughts to the atonement. I've been studying it this past week during my personal study. There aren't enough words to describe how truly beautiful the atonement is. How in depth it goes and how much it covers. Each one of us NEEDS the atonement; no one is exempt from it. The atonement of Jesus Christ doesn't just cover sin. It covers pain, depression, sadness, sickness, anything you can think of. When I sit down and really think about what the Savior has one for me, I can't help but cry. To know he suffered and died for me so that I could find joy and peace in him is truly one of the greatest feelings I have ever felt.  NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST, YOU CAN ALWAYS HAVE A HAPPY ENDING BECAUSE OF THE SAVIOR'S ATONEMENT.

I am so grateful to be a missionary and for the lessons my Heavenly Father is teaching me. I love you all so much and I challenge each of you to take a step back and notice the Lord's hand in your life. Notice all the many blessings he blesses you with. I promise you if you strive to live HIS will, and use the atonement EVERY day of your life, Heavenly Father will bless you with the desires of your heart. :) He will reach your "happy ending."

Mahal na mahal ko kayo lahat! Alam kmo na yung ebangehly o ni Jesucrist ay katotoo. Nabubuhay si Jesucristo!

Sister Leausa