Amy's January 28th 2013 Email home!!
You all sound so busy, but happy!! Thank you for all your emails and letters. They are truly a highlight of the week. :)
yep, rice is awesome. We are ALWAYS eating it, especially since my
companions are both Filipino. No complaints from my end. :) I'm eating
all kinds of different foods. I had the opportunity to try balut
yesterday, but I politely declined it. But then the Ogay family (the
family that feeds us twice a week) found out and they are planning to
serve it tonight. Ahh! We'll see. I'm a bit hesitant.... haha. I'll have
to let you know if I end up eating it.
Jerry, you asked if we were still a threesome. Yes, and we will be
for the rest of this transfer. It makes it a little more difficult
because we have two areas to cover now, and planning is a little more
complicated, but we're making it work. Lots of walking, lots of eating.
...And the broadcast for the stake sounds awesome! You'll have to let
me know how it goes.
Mom, you said that Luke is now DRIVING to the house by himself for
piano lessons???? HOLY SMOKES! I forgot that he took his driving test on
my birthday! That is crazy to think about. Luke, put your growing up on
hold for me, ok? ;) Just joking. I'm proud of you for all you are
doing. Mom gave me an update. Keep up the good work!!
Christina, keep working hard! It sounds like you are doing awesome
in school still, and I'm not surprised. You are an amazing example!
has been another great week of learning and growing. I am learning more
and more every day about how VERY WEAK I am. Holy smokes. It's amazing
how Heavenly Father really does constantly remind you of your weaknesses
when we are trying to learn. But I take great comfort in the scripture
Ether 12:27. I know I've mentioned that before, but it's one of my
absolute favorites. And like Mom always says, 1 Nephi 3:7. Go and do!!
He has prepared the way for us! We just have to put our trust in Him.
It's amazing how we constantly must ask for the guidance of the
spirit in our lives. Especially as missionaries, it is imperative to
have the Holy ghost with us as we teach. If the spirit isn't present, we
can't teach effectively. That's the truth. I am constantly learning how
to listen and follow the promptings, especially now since I can't
understand everything yet. I have to listen to them and pay close
attention to the thoughts and feelings that come into my mind. Sometimes
it is a challenge, especially with mga bata (children) running around
or music blaring from their neighbors' houses or people coming in and
out, etc. It is rare if we aren't interrupted during a lesson. But it is
still possible!! I've experienced it.
It is still a constant battle to understand what is being said
sometimes, especially when the people speak in Bisia (sp?), another
language here in the Philippines. It's pretty common here in Quezon
City. It's very different, and I still don't understand hardly anything
of it yet. But who knows? I may learn two languages while I'm here! I'm
excited to learn. I have a little notebook that I carry around with me
to write down unfamiliar words. It's a really weird feeling if we see
some of the American couple missionaries and then have to speak in
English. I rarely speak English anymore. I try my best to speak Tagalog
and then fall back to English only if I can't express at least the idea
of what I want to say in Tagalog. I often find myself responding in
Tagalog when people talk to me in English because that's what I do when
Filipinos speak to me in English. I have to take "a step back" and
think, "no, it's ok to speak in English now." Haha. It feels
really weird. I am pretty much in total immersion right now. It's
painful at times, and I still don't understand quite a bit, but I
understand a lot more than before, and the grammar is slowly coming. I
feel like it's taking FOREVER to learn, but I have to remind myself I've
only been here for two months now. People often act surprised when they
find out I've only been here for such a short time, so it's comforting
to know that I'm doing ok with the language, even though it doesn't feel
like it sometimes.
I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It truly is the way to become
happy and strong as families and to be able to return to the presence of
our Heavenly Father. He loves us sooo much! This church is TRUE! I
love being a missionary. I am learning so much each and every day about
this gospel, about my Savior Jesus Christ, about how to love others, and
I love you all!
Amy and her Companion with their stockings my mom sent them for Christmas!! They were filled with lots of goodies and practical items.