Sunday, December 22, 2013

Week 15 in the Philippines - "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"

My dear, lovely family and friends! Merry Christmas! Maligayang Pasko!!!! 

How are all of you? Are you feeling the Christmas spirit? What have you all been up to during the Christmas break? Lots of people have Christmas lights up, which is fun. We found some Christmas lights stars that someone left at our house, so we put those up and we bought a little baby Christmas tree! :) We also made snowflakes last P-day to get in the spirit. Every night, we see lots of kids going around to homes caroling. They carol and then ask for money hahahaha. So naturally every single kid does it. Too bad people don't give you money in America for caroling, otherwise Josh would be out there every night:)

Apparently the popular thing to eat on Christmas is spaghetti, filippion spaghetti, it's not the same. haha We've heard from the appointments we have for Christmas Eve and Christmas day that we'll be eating spaghetti. I wouldn't be surprised if they still  eat rice with their spaghetti:) 

I got the big envelope package from you the other day! Thanks soooo much! I'm going to wait until Christmas day to open the two wrapped presents. I'm so excited to bring the Christmas scripture and songs papers to our Christmas Eve FHE so we can have an awesome Christmas program that you sent me! We also got Christmas cards from the First Presidency! How cool is that? They send every missionary a Christmas card. I love the gospel:) 

I want to tell you about a couple of our investigators. We have this golden investigator, Sister Pamela. We just met her by talking to people. She used to be Baptist, but stopped going because she felt they were lacking something. :) The perfect thing to say. We've been teaching her and her granddaughter, Welchie, and they both came to church yesterday!!!!!! I was sooooo happy yesterday. Sister Pamela is awesome. She always reads everything we leave with her and she answers questions so thoughtfully and asks awesome questions. She saw a picture in the pamphlet of someone getting a blessing and asked if she could get a blessing because she's been in pain and sick for a while. The bishop gave her a blessing at church yesterday and she was just so happy. They have a baptismal date set for Jan. 18! 

We have a baptism this Wednesday, Christmas baptism, for the sweetest lady in the world. Her name is Mariacel and we've been teaching her cute daughter, Lovely, as well. They are both getting baptized this week. She invited us over to dinner this past week. She is the most giving person ever. Her home was totally flattened by the typhoon, so they basically have no shelter. She's a single mom with two kids and supports them by selling produce in the market everyday while holding her baby.I love them so much. We're gonna do a CSP for her to help get her house back up. When we were at her house, there was this goat, she has lots of goats, that kept following me. Every time she got close to me, she would rub her head up and down against my skirt. It was the weirdest thing ever! 

Also, guess what? My worst nightmare came true this week. This girl gave a talk yesterday in church who has worked with us a couple times. She went into detail about when she worked with us one time and included the detail that when we were talking to a lady feeding her chickens, Sister Malyon stood far away because she is scared of chickens. awesome. Now the whole ward knows! and they will never forget. When we were walking home from church we saw a member and he said "Sister Malyon I have a gift for you. A chicken." 

Well, I just want to leave with my testimony of our Savior. I am so grateful to Him for coming to the earth, descending below all things for us. He has ascended above all and descended below all in order to understand each one of us perfectly. He loves us so much that He suffered, bled and died for each one of us, personally and individually. He came to earth to free us from bondage. I was reading in the Liahona and Elder Bruce D. Porter said, "Whatever binds us-sins, circumstances, or past events- the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Immanuel, came to set us free. He proclaims liberty to the captives and freedom from the bonds of death and the prison of sin, ignorance, pride and error.It was prophesied that He would say to the prisoners, "Go forth" (Isaiah 49:9). The only condition of our freedom is that we come unto Him with broken hearts and contrite spirits, repent, and seek to do His will." I know that is true. I know that it is through our Savior, and best friend, Jesus Christ, that we are freed from sin, pain, sorrow, heartache. He loves us soooo much! 

I hope all feel the unconditional love of the Savior and share that love with all those around you! I love you all soo much! 

Merry Christmas! Love, Sister Malyon

My companion Sister Parada loves you all too! She's awesome:)

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