I hope you guys had a great week and enjoyed General Conference this weekend. Sadly I still have to wait till next week to see/hear it...me and Sister Andersen have been talking about it ever since she got here and how we are so excited to hear all the talks. General Conference here in the mission is like Christmas! haha We were able to attend the Relief society Broadcast yesterday though, and we had Jenie with us and her cousin Brenda. Jenie loved it! she was so excited to hear the Prophet speak for the first time. She turned to me after and told me how her blood came alive when he walked up to the pulpit haha and she's excited to hear more from him next week. I love watching investigators grow in the gospel, they have the best testimonies and It's a blessing for me to watch someone experience new things like this. Jenie is doing great though and we are working on getting her a temple recommend so that she can start doing baptisms for the dead. Her father passed away just over a year ago, she was so close to him and she has a great desire to take his name to the temple and have him be baptized.
Sister Andersen is adjusting well to being here in the Philippines. She's still homesick but that's normal. We get along great and we've been working hard. We actually found a new neighborhood to go tracking and finding in, it actually used to be part of the other sisters area but it's a little farther than where they usually track, and President asked me to re-do the boundaries so that we have more middle/upper class in our area, so we kind of took that area and made it part of ours. It's a great area, I don't know why missionaries never knew about it before, Me and Sister Andersen just went scouting one day cause we really need new investigators and it's definitely a blessing that we found it. All the houses are huge and it's classified as upper class. We actually taught a lesson on a couch!...yes a couch haha it felt so good. It's so silly but...you take things for granted when you don't have them for so long. We've been going door to door and talking to people in the streets, just the fun missionary stuff ya know:) I love talking and meeting new people, It's so fun! We've been praying really hard to find new people in this area though, I know the Lord will bless us and help us find the people prepared to accept the gospel here if we continue to be hardworking and trust in the lord.
We've had some fun adventures this past week....in regards to bugs...haha. My whole mission I've been blessed to be put in houses that don't have too many bug problems but...I don't know what happened maybe the change in weather and what not but Saturday night I was sleeping and I woke up for some reason and just barely opened my eyes and I saw a black thing moving across my arm just in front of my face...it was a cockroach!!! So I screamed, jumped up turned the lights on. Sister Andersen woke up and started screamin too and pointing on the floor (she's on the top bunk) their was 4 cockroaches crawling all over the floor so I grab my flip-flop and start whacking away. I kid you not...I smacked each of those things at least 20 times until they finally died. They are crazy you start chasing after them and they are just fearless and they just run right towards you and they are quick little buggers. So Basically ever since than I've had a hard time sleeping cause every time I feel a tickle anywhere while I'm sleeping I wake up and start looking around my covers making sure their are no cockroaches haha. After emailing we are going to buy mosquito nets and put them up 1. for the roaches 2. because S. Andersen is getting feasted upon by mosquitoes (they like fresh-meat).
The picture below is of this HUGE spider that we found inside our apartment on our door last night...it made Sister Strebel cry haha! Our neighbor comes by because we were screaming and says "oh it's just a normal house spider" and than smashes it with a broom!
(what Ammah didn't know is that it's called a Philippines Huntsman Spider...it is not venomous but can bite and lives on cockroaches and mosquitoes. To bad they killed it.) haha. They range in size of 4-8 inches...this one looks to be about 6 to 7 inches.
I am so excited for General Conference this weekend and getting to hear all the messages from the Prophet, the apostles and all the leaders of our church. It's such a blessing for us to get to hear from them and learn the things that Heavenly Father wants us to know and do. We've been busy visiting less-actives and inviting them and preparing them to be able to make it to a few sessions. We've been sharing a lot about Prophets with them in order to increase their desire to come. It's so far for them, but it's oh so worth it! Yesterday during the RS broadcast the Prophet walked up to the pulpit and he hadn't even started speaking yet and my eyes were brimmed with tears. We spend all day everyday testifying of the Savior, the Restoration of the Gospel and how God loves us so much that he gives us Prophets to lead and guide us here on earth. My testimony about Prophets has been strengthened because of it. We are so so blessed and loved....
Well family I'm glad to hear that you guys are keeping safe and enjoying your school activities:) Mahal ko Kayo lahat!
Love, Sister Ammah Jones
11 weeks till Christmas:)