Hello everyone!Yep, transfer calls were made last Monday! I was shocked when I heard that both Sister Russon AND I would be transferring! Elders are now taking over our area in Alijis. I am now in the Silay East A area. There are four sisters in our ward and I'm already in LOVE with this area!! The members are so fabulous, the ward is so willing to work with us, our Bishop is awesome, and the investigators and less active members are just so great! There's actually a lot of beautiful, young mothers we've been teaching, so it's been fun serving because in my last area we happened to be teaching a bunch of older men. ;) (but I guess that was in preparation for the Elders coming in!).
Anyway,I met with Sister Solomone (who was actually trained by sister Sefeti in Alijis when I was with Sister Canimo!) so it was fun to reunite with her. We headed to Silay where I am now in a very old apartment (very similar to my first) where there are spiders galore. Big ones. haha (Maybe i'll get the courage to actually take pictures of the apartment for you sometime ;) ). The plus side is that it is so cool temperature wise! This area is more towards the mountains, so the weather is beautiful. There is sugar cane everywhere, palm trees, and the sky is gorgeous. We're still very much in the city (there's even a stop light!). I can tell I'm going to love this area. The culture seems to be a bit different than in the Bacolod South Zone (I'm now in Bacolod North), but I already love it. Like I said, my companion is Sister Solomone. She is from Fiji but her mom is Hawaiian and her dad is Ratuman. She is the smiliest person ever and is laughing all the time. I think she's going to help me out a lot this transfer not to stress so much about the small things and just enjoy life. :) She has one of the most sincere testimonies I've EVER heard about a loving Heavenly Father. She has such a tender heart for the people here in the Philippines and she is so selfless and truly gets in the shoes of the Filipinos. She is so good at recognizing and following the promptings of the Spirit. I know I'm going to learn a lot from her this transfer. She's only one transfer behind me, so even though I'm the senior companion, I don't think of it that way because we're so close in the mission. That and the fact that really the Spirit is the senior companion. He's guided us so much just in this past week. :) we met with a recent convert, Lanie Helado, who is so faithful. She went to church every for 2 years with her little kids, even though she couldn't be baptized (her less active husband and her aren't married). But because of the strict rules of marriage and no-divorce in the Philippines, President Lopez interviewed her and found her worthy and ready to be baptized. She was so excited. Her faith really is so strong and I gain a lot of strength from her. She's already read through all the standard works except the Bible. She's just yearning to learn and take it in. She's amazing.
There were so many tender mercies this week, it was amazing! I wish I could keep track of all of them, but they're really are so many that it would take all day just to write them down. I'm sure there are even blessings and tender mercies that happen that I don't even realize. We really do have a loving Heavenly Father who knows each of us perfectly and personally. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it and is ALWAYS there to guide and direct and help us. He truly loves us more than we can ever comprehend.
Thanks so much for all your love and support back home. I hope you all feel and know the love Heavenly Father has for each and every one of you because I know He does. He lives. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior. I know this to be true.
Have a wonderful week and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Grandma Dixon today!!! (28th) I love you SO much! I hope you have the best day. :) Same to Jaxsen on the 30th! Love you!!
PS Elections and fireworks are crazy here. Just sayin.
Last night in Alijis
Lanie and her sweet children
Sister Solomone and Sister Dixon
Dinner with some members