Sunday, September 7, 2014

8 minutes to write this.....

This week was so great and I wish I could fill you in on every little thing, but that would just take another week.
 
Highlights...
Matsumaru and Guion family time, I love visiting these people! We always have such a good time teaching them and answering their questions and helping them come unto Christ. Oh and singing, we love singing in our lessons with them and its always funny because we all share one or two hymn books so everyone is always on a different line of tune... and then we all just end up laughing and singing.
We also went over on Saturday for Hershey's 18th birthday, cause you know

it isnt a party until the missionaries show up
On Saturday we had Jannah's baptism!!! It was so wonderful and there were 4 baptisms total that day in our ward! Four souls that had a desire and acted upon it and are now dedicated to keep following Christ. And 3 of them were children, it just made me realize what a blessing it is to have the gospel young and to be able to have Christ as a foundation for life.
Side notes
-There is this thing here that everyone does to their hair, its called "rebond" and straightens you hair for like a year (yep talia you would love it) anyways my companion is trying to convince me to do it. Votes?
- Also everyone here uses whitening soap, lotion everythinggg. In the US we use tanning products, here it is whitening. I'm gonna need to tan for sure after the missioin since I've been using whitening soap so far #oops
-I ate fish eyeballs at dinner..they were delicious
-Mahe family reunion, is that really happening without me? Joke just send me lots of pictures!! So glad I'm a Mahe!
Going bowling with the ward missionaries and leader after this..
 
Oh and Read The Ostler's family blog..they are the coolest!
"Shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise."
Alma 37:45
I know this is true and that no matter what course our lives are currently on we can always get back, we can always come back unto Christ. I know this because I've read the scriptures and I try my very best everyday to live them. I know that Christ lives and I feel his love and I feel closer to him as I read the scriptures.
I love you all and hope this finds you happy and well,
Sister Mahe

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Days

This week has been great


Started off with FHE with the SA's in our ward and that was just good fun. 

On Tuesday I went on exchanges with Sister Chong-Nee and that was too much fun..haha joke but I love going on exchanges with Sister Chong-Nee. She reminds me of Hawaii..haha. They are shotgunning the area so its brand new, we walked a lot and knocked on lots of doors and big gates. Most people wouldn't open up for us but sister Chong-Nee says you just have to know some people will reject you but there's nothing wrong because... 
"blessings come after rejection."

Friday was Sister Falgui's birthday and we celebrated with dinner appointment after dinner appointment. Oh man we felt like dying at the end of the night- people are just too good to us sometimes. 

Saturday we helped with the stake mini-mtc and that was cool to teach a bunch of youth and get them excited about serving missions and being missionaries right now, we can all be missionaries right now.

Jannah also had her interview and she will be baptized next Saturday! Yay, she's way cooler than I was at 9 and knows so much about the gospel. We made her little cards with reminders about gospel principles and she was so excited to meet with us because she had been studying them all week! 

Oh and I taught Relief Society on Sunday..WHAT!!??
I just found out that morning. Reminded me of when dad would call me on Saturday nights to tell me I was speaking on Sunday. Good times.Good times. 

Today we had a family day activity at the church since its a holiday here. Haha
It was great we had an egg toss and it was a raw egg..we didn't know that and Sister Falgui caught one and it exploded on her. But our team won that game, so...worth it.  #champion

Life is great and I love being a missionary
Hope you all love what you are doing to, and if not remember the most wonderful thing about life is we can all change. Its is the very essence of the message of the gospel. 

xoxo
Sister Mahe


Monday, August 18, 2014

Today I'm Grateful for....

This has just been another great week.

Missions are great because you have really hard times and really good times but when you sit down to really think about things its like only good things have been happening. It a blessing and I'm grateful for it!
 
The legacy of the grateful circle:
So when I went to Tonga back in 2009 with the AYS group every night before prayer and scripture study we said one thing we were grateful for that day. I LOVE IT. So when I got home I made my family do it. I loved it and it always made us stop to think about our blessings and Gods hand in our day. My friends and I also did a group text with one grateful the summer before I came out on my mission. And in the MTC we did it as a district. I love the grateful circle...
 
And it never dies, this week I felt like we needed to do it with our investigators the Abit family. And it was wonderful, brother and sister where both there and one of their daughters and you can really tell a lot about a persons day by what they say when its their turn. Then you can know how to help.
 
Also lets be honest if you say "I can't think of anything, today was bad." You are lying. Bad days are no joke but there is always and I mean always something to be grateful for. Like that you are alive, that washing machines exist, music, shoes, sun, rain, the beach, family, friends, pets, new clothes, old clothes....seriously anything right?
 
I'm just glad I have parents who taught me to be grateful, to say please and especially to say thank you.
 
I am so grateful for the gospel and it overwhelms me to think of God's love for me and for each of you. Can you even fathom it? I really just can't. We read John 3:16 with one of our new investigators Wendy last week and asked her how it made her feel, she just said "Grateful, I don't really know how else to say it."
This week I'm grateful for the Matsumaru and Guion family and the love and spirit we feel there.Also grateful we sing hymns in their lessons and sang silent night last night. #MerryChristmas
 
I'm also grateful for Jannah who is only 9 and has such a strong desire to be baptized and never fails to think of us and bring us treats on Sunday.
 
Grateful to be a missionary always
 
I am so grateful that we have a loving Heavenly Father who loves us so much he gave us a plan so we could have
eternal peace and happiness.
xoxox,
Sister Mahe

Monday, July 21, 2014

Big Mac and BFF fries....

Haha its not really the subject of my email, just what we ate for lunch.
McDonalds delivers here and Sister Baraeta our housemate from Kiribati has never had Macdo before so it happened...
 
Anyways this week has been eventful and amazing!
I feel like I maybe say that every week and you don't really believe me, but honestly crazy things and miracles happen every.single.day out here.
 
On Monday we ate at the Albania's house and she made the most delicious lasagna. Spaghetti and stuff like that here is usually super sweet-but hers was like Italian style and it felt a little like home. The Albania family is the greatest, the are the definition of a missionary family. They always invite us to teach their friends and family, they work with us during the week, and alwaysss feed us. They are a blessing.
 
On Tuesday we sent off Sister Ram and had District meeting and they told us about the bagyo or typhoon that was coming and so our first priority needed to be getting our 72-hour kits ready and getting back to our apartment by 6pm. So we did. It was pretty calm that night.
 
On Wednesday we got a text at 5am telling us transfers were canceled and to stay inside until we received permission to leave. That's when the winds picked up. We lost power and water. So getting ready was an adventure. Luckily we have a generator so we had lights, just no water.
Around 2 we found our transfers would go on so we headed to the chapel!
Luckily there wasn't too much damage just lots of trees down and a few power lines.

And then we went to the mission home to meet our new missionaries!!!
I'm training Sister Falgui, she is a Filipina and super great! Really she is already a pro at this. Its funny because before we knew who we would be training while eating dinner she said, "I hope you'll be my trainer, you look kind" Hahah what can I say I have a kind face..jokes. Anyways it was fun to find out she is my anak here in the mission!
 
On Thursday the Elders delivered us two huge bags of food from the Malate Family-they are the best and always fill up our cabinets..like we don't even have to do shopping today #blessings
Keep feeding the missionaries mom and dad, We are getting the blessing!

Then Saturday
best.day.ever
Rose and Edwins Baptism
It was kind of magical and so beautiful.
To see this family enter the waters of baptism, they are converted to the gospel and have let Christ in their lives, they have let his love and Atonement change them.
I will forever be grateful for the prompting Sister Cobing, Sister Soifua and I had to stop and talk to them. It has been a miracle.
When Edwin bore his testimony, he said after he came out of the water it felt like God had given him a second chance.
Rose shared that after her first time at church she went home and said "Oh so this is how its suppose to feel" It is the spirit that touched her heart and led them to that day.
Oh and on Sunday 3 new investigators for us just "showed up at church" and want us to start teaching them.Can you say miracle?
Stay Good and Remember
" The key to anything is to keep an eternal perspective"
Sister Mahe
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Transfer Days

Wow..suwerte kayo

It means you're lucky because....
two emails from Sister Mahe this week..I thought I send the email last week but guess I just wrote it and forgot to hit send.
This week has been great. We had fun following up with people we met that accepted return appointments. Brother Antonio is one, we went back and he said he has met missionaries from a lot of different faith and never lets them in, but when he saw us he saw his children. Another is Sister Sony who said she never lets missionaries in but said there was something different about us. And then Sister Raquel we met one day because we offered to help with her laundry, she didnt let us but let us come back and started crying when we read a verse in the Book of Mormon to her. I don't know what will happen with these people, but its amazing how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can open doors and hearts when nothing else could.
We did some service this week too, we help our investigators the Abit family make BBQ for their shop..hehe it was fun.
We also helped some of the single adults in our ward paint their new house a bunch of them moved into which is right next to our apartment. Its the best because sometimes on our way home they just tell us to come over and feed us. Its the greatest.
BIG NEWS:
Rose and Edwin are getting baptized this Saturday!!!! Ahhh
Feeling on cloud nine. It is just so amazing to see the gospel change lives and make good people better and fill everyone with happiness.
More pictures and their story next week....
Also I'm a nanay na! Which means I'm training, President Ostler called Friday night. He asked how I felt about getting a new missionary and I was just like "umm that would be fine" hahah but really as nervous as I am to train my excitement is greater. Probably because I had the best trainer ever (who goes home this week #weird)
Oh also Sister Cobing is going to Palawan..not in my last area but close and she will live in the house we use to be in #nandezlegacycontinues
Heres to a week full of baptisms, rain, and training newbies (I still feel like I'm a baby missionary)
XOXO
Sister Mahe

Monday, June 30, 2014

Stranger things have happened

Family and Friends

Hope you are all well and enjoying life. 
So like the subject says, stranger things have happened. Or maybe not because this week was pretty crazy.
I experienced my first earthquake ...dont worry mom and dad it was just a small one. We were teaching a part member family the Abongs and we were just sitting around outside and all the sudden it felt like someone was shaking all of our chairs. Its was super fast, needless to say we finished by teaching about prayer. 

And the next day it was raining super hard and all day. I went out with Sister Ram because Sister Cobing and Basulgan were sick. We had to take a side car into out area because it was flooding. And then once we got into our areas we realized we couldnt get into either one of them because the floods were so high...like waist deep. We were able to check on a few people but then had to go home because the floods were too high for us to be out in them. Me and sister Ram got a good laugh though cause the whole scene was crazy and we just had no idea what to do, like should we just swim to our next appointment? Sorry I forgot my camera, so until the next flood. 

And then we stopped by one of our part members house but she was busy. Then these two girls came up to us and said "hey those guys over there said they want to listen to you" So all you missionaries out there know you act on those kind of things! It was funny they were super interested but only work here in Makati, so we referred the missionaries to them over there. And they bought us cokes and offered us jobs after our missions...haha like I said stranger things have happened. 


Anyways strange things happen cause life is just an adventure, and its an adventure that leads to the ultimate price of Eternal life with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I love the gospel and I love that I can walk with Christ everyday of my life. 

One of our investigators Maryvick told us " I know Christ is here, hes with you." 
  
"He is the silent listener in every conversation and the empty chair at every dinner table."


So we should probably always be on our best behavior

xoxo, 
Sister Mahe 


BIRTHDAY SHOUTOUTS

Lizzy- You are old now #grandma just kidding stay cool always shebanek
Taylor- Love ya! Hope its wonderful and you go to the beach and eat publix subs 
Kelsie- work it sister Thompson. you are the coolest sister ever! #areyoutrunkynow

America- You are amazing, no but really I will sing the star spangle banner and eat mac n cheese this friday! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Days not to be forgotten

This week: 
So MTC splits was the coolest!!!! They are so sweet and full of excitement and they just love talking to everyone and using their Tagalog.I was like oh goodness this is what I should still be like. Everything is just exciting because its new, but shouldnt it always be. Me and Sister Cobing both agree we need to get back that new missionary fire. 
(Courtney, Nicole I we get to go when you get to the MTC) 

In the Philippines Manila mission, on Saturdays we have baptism. #itswhatwedo
And Meriden was BAPTIZED!!! Along with James who was taught by the Elders. 
So Bishop gave some amazing closing remarks, he drew resemblences from both Meriden and James
1. They have both been investigators for a long time, Meriden for about a year now she has been coming to church and just waiting for her father to be reactivated. James too who was suppose to be baptized last year and then the super typhoon came and he had to move. 
2. Neither of them had family members in attendance at the baptism. They came alone. But not really because with Christ we are never alone, and the ward was there and we really are just one big family. 
3. They are both young. Meriden 14 and James 18. They are still so young and yet they have chosen to make decisions in their lives now that will bless them eternally. They have chosen not to follow the crowd of what is popular but to be courageous and stand for whats right. 

Ahh it was just bliss, the world needs more Meriden and James. 

I've also been studying Elder Bednars talk "The Atonement" its insightful which is maybe why it took me all week to read. I love how he points out that the cleansing and healing power of the Atonement helps us go from bad to good people and the strengthening and enabling power allows us to go from good to better. 

I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ that has allowed me to become and do more than I ever could have with my own abilities or strength.

"When I think of the future, I am overwhelmed with feelings of positive optimism.."
- President Boyd K. Packer

When I think of the future I too am filled with positive optimisim and hope, because of the Atonement and the gospel. Because with Christ our futures are oh so BRIGHT! (honestly the are seriously so bright, even if they seem dark or hard now..hold one for good things to come) 

As President Stucki always says, 
"Its not about where we are, but about where were going."

Hanggan sa susunod (until next time) 
Sister Mahe 



Monday, June 9, 2014

Another beautiful week


Everyone,

Many a changes have happened this week!
Transfers came, Sister Soifua is in Palawan now, and Sister Cobing and I are here in Makati for another round. Our ward gained another set of sisters too! (Sister Basulugan who was in Palawan too and Sister Ram from Fiji or is a veteran and goes home next transfer)

Because of the changes the boundaries of our area changes. We split our area with the new sisters and gained an area of the AP Elders. Its been fun finding our way around and finding people to teach in the new area.

Before Barangay San Antonio was no longer our area we visited Sister Molina, the coolest 90 year old I ever did meet! Something she said stood out to me,

   "When you give your best, God gives His best back to you."


May we all always be giving our best, in whatever we do. So that we can always be worthy to receive the best God want to give to us.

Read It
Jacob 6:12 (Classic advice for all times)


All is well over here, especially since yesterday at church Sister Beth brought me two bags of oreos from her and Sister Jane #ifeelthelove

xoxo,
Sister Mahe

Heres a few pictures too :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Miracles on Miracles


Family and Friends,

Ahh the miracles have seemed endless this week. Blessed...that describes my feelings this week.

So right after I sent my email last week, Sister Kei (Bishops wife) texted us and came to pick us up from the email shop. She said she would be our chauffer for the day. She also filled our fridge with food from The Malate family and others in the ward. It was AMAZING and they gave us a bunch of American goodies too..like pringles..it was a tender mercy. So we only had to do a little shopping. Sister Kei also taught us how to find the best and cheapest items.

After that we had a belated birthday lunch for Sister Soifua and then went shopping at this magical place that has brand name clothes for super cheap peso prices. So we are all stylish sisters now.

OUR WARD IS AMAZING..cant emphasize that enough.
Its a blessing to be here at this time getting to work with the people I am surrounded by.

Later we went bowling with the Albania family and the AP's. We won of course (jk we didn't but fun none the less)

And then we went to their house to teach Christian..who finally accepted a baptismal date. He is great and will do amazing things for this church.

After that I was feeling super sick and had a fever (don't worry mom, fine now)
So we had to stay in on Tuesday because I still had a fever and Sister Soifua got sick too. Guess you cant have it all? (Just kidding you can, its called the gospel of Jesus Christ)

The next day we all felt reenergized and in the evening taught Sister Beth who is GETTING BAPTIZED this Saturday #moremiracles. It went great..she is so prepared and has been for a long time now. She reads the scriptures all the time and not just like flipping page, but really immersing herself in the doctrine.
She has lots of support from Sister Jane, a member who is her good friend.
We love Sister Jane..she is just the best and I know she is probably also going to read this when its up on the blog. Love you Sister Jane. She feeds us a lot and doesn't let us leave till we finish. This week it was Pizza ( another miracle) and Sister Beth brought us McDonalds to that lesson too. So yep we are always spiritually and physically full.

We also met with Rose and Edwin this week, at the chapel before the Elders baptism. They are so amazing everyone, like really just amazing. They are the couple me and the other sisters just started talking to one day. They have been coming to church ever since and any activities we have. They are just so prepared and I am so grateful god trusted us enough to put us in their path. I think that is the miracle of this transfer even maybe. They have become so close to us and the ward  in such short time. Clearly it was meant to be.

On Sunday Sister Kei taught relief society on Elder Andersons talk about Spiritual Whirlwinds.
My favorite thought from it was that

Heavenly Father made you strong and capable

And He did it a long time ago. He knew you couldn't handle the trails. He knew they would make you strong. And He wants to walk by your side as you pass through them.

We can all learn from the trials. And we can all witness miracles. I think they are happening all the time. All around us really.
I pray we can all see the miracles God is already
blessing us with.

Love you all!
Sister Mahe

Sunday, May 18, 2014

You Don't Stop Until You've Given Your Best, Your Very BEST!

Family and Friends, 

"But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ." 
Mosiah 16:7

This scripture has had an even more significant strength for us in the mission this week.  Just a few days ago we found out that Sister Soifua's father passed away. We were all just sitting in Presidents office crying and praying and trying to comfort her in this trial she has been given. But then miracles started to happen, right after that we promised a less active we would visit them before they moved, so thats what we did. Then we remembered we had a lesson with an investigator, so thats what we did. We kept pushing forward. 
Sister Soifuas faith has been so strong. As Sister Candy told us on Sunday 

"Faith brings Confidence 

I know that is so true faith brings confidence in our purpose her, confidence in the gospel and Gods Plan of Happiness for our families. The grave has no victory and the sting of death is swallowed up in Him who gave His life for us all. 

We had a much needed zone conference after the news came. It was all about having faith and acting and doing your very best. Putting in all your effort, because in the end it wont matter how many things or awards we had but the pure effort we put into all we do. 

Times of trial put in focus the important things that can be blurred out by life. I hope we are all trying to come unto or back to Christ EVERYDAY. Dont stop. If you havent been reading your scriptures, START. If you havent been to church in a while, GO BACK. If you havent let the people you love know, SHOW THEM. 

Anything that is getting in the way of bringing you closer to Christ,JUST STOP. JUST STOP IT. 
The Lord needs you, others need you, you need this. 

The gospel is so true and I love it so much, nothing brings more peace and happiness. 


Make sure to SMILE today and this whole week, There is so much to be happy about, 
Mahal Kita
Sister Mahe

Monday, May 12, 2014

#itwasmom

This was a busy and wonderful week! It started with zone meeting and then temple day and then a half day waiting at government offices to make sure my visa is set. All is well and life is oh so wonderful. 

It is still HOT..like all the time. If it were not for electric fans I'm not sure I would survive life here. But were about to be in rainy season so hopefully we get some wind. I'm also never sure how hot it actually is because everything is in Celsius. I should have payed more attention to that in classes. 

We were able to visit the Amper/ Soliestre family this week. They are all members except their father and the mother was less active for many many years until her kids started asking her about church. She said she wanted to return to the ways she had been raised so told her kids the next time they saw missionaries to stop them and bring them back to the house. So that is just what lucky did when he was 15 years old. And they have been active ever since. Lucky works with us when he can and his testimony is so amazing.He cant wait to go on a mission hopefully next year. He is such an example of hardwork as he works at McDonalds all day and then comes home and drives his dads trike because he has Parkinson and cant always work. Its inspiring really and just testifies to me that this gospel is true. In hard time and good times. IT IS TRUE. 

Rose and Edwin 
So they are GOLDEN and we just met them last week and had two lessons and they are already in the Book of Mormon and came to church on Sunday.Which was perfect because it was all about mothers and Rose loved it, especially when her two kids sang with the other primary children. We have been praying and praying for a family that is prepared to receive the gospel. And we are all pretty sure our prayers have been answered. 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 
I am beyond grateful for the technology that allowed me to see the beautiful faces of my family..Oh how I have missed them! 
Mom you are the best. There is no denying that. All that is good about me I learned from you. Thank you for teaching me how to drive. Thank you for making summer fun and planning vacations. Thank you for cooking, because youre great at it. Thank you for teaching me to pray and helping me with homework. Thank you for teaching me to be kind, polite and respectful to other. To look both ways before I cross the street and table manners too. Thank you for teaching me to love other and myself. Thank you for teaching me to love God, Jesus Christ and His gospel. 

I am grateful for you mom, and I am grateful for the opportunity I have to share this gospel so that all mothers have to chance to receive the blessing of the gospel in their life for their families. 

"They had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they reherased unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it." 

I like Helamans warriors have never doubted the testimony of my mother. Which allowed me to truly gain a testimony for myself as I walked in the path that my mother followed, which has always been a path of righteousness. 


Happy Mothers day today and everyday, 
Sister Mahe 

WATCH THIS!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Exciting Things


This week has been AMAZING!
We are in a trio so we are all about getting as much done as we can! We have been trying to get out ward excited and praying for ways to work with them. And they have been answered!
We went on 3 way splits twice this week and had splits once and had members working with the 3 of us the other days! 
On Saturday we went on splits with the youth and their leaders and it was so so fun..I miss being a youth #old Our appointments for the night fell through so we just started street contacting and to hear the youth share their testimonies with complete strangers is just something else..its kinda magical to see the strong spirits they have.
Oh and we have been trying to meet with all our leaders to get their visions and know what we can do to "always be a blessing and never a burden" For this area. So we have had sooo many dinner appointments like everyday. One day every single one of our appointments had food..ah we died when we got home that night. Jennifer continues to feed us every.single. time we see her #notcomplaining
Oh also totally feeling the love from home this week..Mom I got your package! SOOO Awesome you are the coolest. And talias letter was precious I cried..It happened.
Sister Cobing loves the Mac N' Cheese..she had never tried it before. American Na Siya (Shes American now)
We were in our apartment one day and Doria came over! She is the super cool lady from Bangladesh that we are going to start having language study with.
Oh funny for this week so we went over to Sogi Moras house (He is so awesome and his mom is like the first pinay pilot and dating manny paqiuos trainer) Anyways we COULD NOT find his house. It was #74 and we found #73 and #75 but only a wall in between. We thought maybe it was like Harry Potter style and Sister Soifua almost tried running through the wall but we decided against it. Anyways we found it in a completely different side of the neighborhood..how they assign house numbers will forever be a mystery to me.
We had temple day today and it was so perfect! Go to the temple!
Mothers Day is soon and I can't wait to see my pretty family! I'm glad you had a good anniversary mom and dad! You are the best, but really you are. President Stucki always says missions increase your love for your parents and it is so true!
Also I have tons of pictures to send but I cant find the usb cord on this computer #technologyproblems
Going to the embassy to get some stuff for my visa done tomorrow..
Also it is blazing hot here! 
"We have to be happy when its hot!" Sister Soifua tells us that on days when I just think Im about to die because it is gross hot.

3 Nephi 18:31..Read It
Christ is our shepherd and know each of us so personally.
I love you all and hope this finds you well.
Ingat Po, 
Sister Mahe
P.S we are so excited for next Pday Sister Kay (Bishops wife) is taking us shopping to all the places that make name brands but at peso prices..the sister missionary dream.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Nutella and other things

Family and Friends, 

So have you watched Because of Him? This is my way of following up since I cant actually ask you in person? #missionarythings 
Its awesome. 

We watched it with Christian and I think he got a little teary eyed and he was so real with us afterwards. The spirit was strong. It was so real. I think that is the most amazing thing about the Holy Spirit it is something you can never deny and those are the moments you hold on to. 

I'm in a trio now! So its me, Sister Soifua and Sister Cobing (from Davao)
We are kinda awesome and loving the work! We are going all out trying to work with the members and just really get them to catch the wave 
Oh which reminds me didnt Odessa have a missionary activity about that a while ago? What was it? When I tell people I'm from Tampa FL they are like "Oh like on the work of Salvation videos?" Your examples of missionary are being noticed by those around the WORLD! 

We didnt feel like cooking this past friday so we ordered pizza..haha #american 
So we went dont to pick it up and met Doria from Bangladesh whose husband works at the embassy here..she is so cool and we went up (she lives on the floor above us) and she gave us something to drink and just talked for a while which was a little difficult because she doesnt speak tagalog and only a little english. 
We told her we would love to join her in language study to help with tagalog and english..so we are hoping that starts this week. 

Sister Vergie, shes a less active who we just found. She actually joined the church while abroad in Samoa as a seamstress and knows a lot of the areas Sister Soifua is from! Small World! Anyways she is like the coolest lola in town. 
she came to church this sunday which was the best. 

She also had taught me so much about praying, in her last prayer with us she said "Dear God I love you and all of us in the room know you are just the best" 
So sweet and sincere, her prayers are so real. I love listening to her pray because when she does you just KNOW she is talking with God. I have been trying to make my prayers more heartfelt and sincere this week. 

LOVE THIS
2 Nephi 25:25
"We are made alive in Christ because of our faith

Oh also I got the Nutella from Aunt Beth!!! AHHHH we were all so excited when we picked it up at the mission office! YOU ARE THE BEST AUNT BETH! 
We all love you and will be thinking about how grateful we are when we finish it this week..haha 

Oh also the word in the ward is President Obama is coming to Manila this week? A member was asking us about that because obviously we are American..but we also have no idea whats going on outside our missionary world. 

Anyway I love you all and America and this Gospel

xoxo, 
Sister Mahe 

Monday, April 21, 2014

because of Him

Happy Easter Family and Friends! 

So this week has been exciting for many reasons heres a few

- We had a zone activity so we got to watch the movie Frozen..right? So cool..we were all super excited and the movie was wayy cute
- Sister Soifua made cheesecake and musubi on Easter #blessedshecancook
- Lorna came to church! She is so great and her testimony is changing her so much..shes got a light about her..for real! 
-Our bishop is so great! Bishop Espie, he graduated from BYUH and so did his wife, we even found out we went there at the same time..what a coincedence.Bishop and Sister Espie
- The members keep feeding us, one day we went to eat and then right after we went to Jennifers and she had already bought us mcdonalds ( which here they have chicken and rice)
- We went to visit a less active and asked if he had anyone that needs the message of the gospel and he referred us..to these girls just sitting on the sidewalk haha
It was great they asked a lot of questions and we are excited to continue teaching them. 
JENNIFERS BAPTISM 
 This was such a perfect day. She was so excited when we met up at the church and after she whispered to me and sister soifua 
parang yung pinaka linis tao sa buong mundo..she felt like the cleanest person in the whole world, she also told us how she had so much else on her mind but as soon as she went into the water she just felt so much peace. 
Also her visa has gone through so quickly which is a blessing, she might be in Utah by July..so excited to be able to see her even after my mission! 

So this is amazing, watch it, I even here its trending on twitter


I share my testimony that He lives. He has never felt so real to me than here on my mission as a struggle, as I experience overwhelming happiness and disappointment, as I watch others change, as I watch myself change. And I know it is ALL BECAUSE OF HIM. He died for each of us and HE LIVES. 
His influence in our lives is real, it is not just this wonderful idea it is true and it is beautiful. I know he lives and I know because of this we will all have the opportunity to have eternal joy with him as we live lives that will bring us closer to him each day. 

Oh how beautiful this gospel is

xoxo, 
Sister Mahe 



Instagram missionary style...haha this is the road to our house in Palawan
Genie and Boboy and baby Zacu 
Staceys Baptism with some of the young women in branch 1 
With Diosa at the Magbanuas farm in Palawan

Monday, April 14, 2014

Life in the City

Family and Friends, 

My wonderful time on my beautiful island of Palawan has come to an end and I'm here in Manila, in Makati City!!!

It has been a little bit of culture shock all over again. There are buildings and cars everywhere! I think I actually might be in a different country. 

Sister Soifua is my companion! We are batch and flew over from the states to the MTC together. We were kind of nervous because we are both foreigners and have been in the field only 4 months. We are still baby missionaries! Haha but we are so excited our area is overflowing with people..and potential. 

We have a baptism this Saturday for Jennifer and guess what, just like my recent convert in Palawan she is dating a member from Utah. Which is super exciting because by the time we finish our missions she will be living there.. Maybe all my recent converts will just move to the states so we can have reunions always! 

Oh and on my last night in Palawan we stopped by Genie and Boboy's. Genie was so excited to tell us he has been off smoking and drinking for 3 days. It was the best farewell present ever. Before we left Genie was telling me how she was sad I was leaving because we have become such good friends and it felt like we had been friends for so much longer. I know for sure that is true, the Lord places people in our lives, friends from before this time to help and grow with here on earth. What an amazing thing! 

I've been trying to send pictures forever and can't get my usb to work..next time na lang (taglish there) 

So I have like 5 minutes left on the clock..more notes from Conference to follow next pday...

Pero ito isa lang talaga gusto ko galing sa sunday session

I loved President Monson's closing remarks.. 

"As we ponder the messages we have heard, may we resolve to do a little better than we have done in the past.  May we be kind and loving to those who do not share our beliefs and our standards.  The Savior brought to this earth a message of love and goodwill to all men and women.  May we ever follow His example." 

May we always be doing this
xoxo, Sister Mahe
#shoutouttosisterramsey

P.S 
Saying for the week is from the Puerto Princesa city slogan
"Hindi Bukas kundi ngayon"...."Not Tomorrow But TODAY!" 
Nice huh? 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hair Cuts and Mac N' Cheese


Happy Days Lahat, 

So me and Sister Slade just got back from lunch with Vanessa and Gary- It was sweet we ate at this vegetarian mexican place. Ironic and delicious. 

So Vanessa and Gary are officially, she has the most beautiful ring- he proposed at the temple. Seriously they are great and I cannot wait for them to be sealed! Also Gary brought us Mac n Cheese and Jelly Beans from the states...We've eaten most of it by now. 

As we watched the womens conference on saturday I just felt so blessed to have the mom and sisters I do..cause honestly they are awesome. I was so blessed to be raised in a home by faithful parents whose lives point towards the temple. Also they are just pretty awesome company. 

Oh also I CUT MY HAIR..well Sister Burt did. It was getting crazy jungle woman long and it is soooo hot here. She came over tuesday night and the whole time she kept saying  "its so dark I cant see what Im doing" 
I was frightened the entire time..but I think it looks good and its still up most of the time, but bucket showers take less time now. I've accepted the fact the water is going to be weak the whole summer. We pray for rain on the daily. 

So we had rough time friday night when we found out due to circumstances the Gonzalez would be moving back to El Nido about 8 hours away. Where there are no missionaries or branches yet. We shared with them 3 Nephi 28:10 about how the greatest day is when we will all meet again in the kingdom of God. That just made us all cry. Me and Sister Slade are hoping maybe we'll be the first to open an area in El Nido, anything is possible with faith. 

But it is such a beautiful blessing cause ya know things happen, life is FULL of unexpected events but as we live righteously we can expect eternal happiness. 

Sunday was great we had 11 investigators at church! 11 souls people! 
It was testimony meeting and so me and sister slade bear our testimonies and Virgina (our investigator of about 2 weeks) ask us if anyone can share their testimony of Jesus Christ. After we told her yes she went up and shared how much The Savior and God have blessed her life and how much she and her family have been trying to get to work and this week they were able to and she felt the spirit. She said she has been looking for the true church...this is true stuff people, this gospel is real and changes lives. 

We had Family Home Evenings with the Magbanuas again this Sunday, it was fast sunday so we broke our fast before and just ate like cray. 

Stretch yourself this week, think of things beyond your easy grasp and make them happen! 

Mahal ko kayo, 
Sister Mahe