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Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016 Magandang Hapon po!

Kumusta family!

How's the week been?

I got to host this week and it was the greatest thing ever! I loved helping out the new sisters though I kinda felt bad being the one to take them away from their crying families.More than half the new missionaries this week were sisters, I guess this is a busy time of year for sister missionaries. They said they get the huge Elder rush in the summer time. I get to host again next week so I hope I get lucky enough to welcome the new Sister Baugh :) 

I love seeing people I know here! I've seen quite a few people from BYU and Sister Katherine Margets (from BHS) and I run together every so often at gym time. She's learning Finnish which I guess is one of the harder languages here, but she seems like she's doing great! 

Sundays are the best days. I mean they were already the best days before my mission but now they are even more the best days. It's the one day of the week we don't have class, not that classes are bad but the break is nice. We all have to prepare a talk for Sacrament meeting every week and then after the sacrament is over, the Branch President calls a random Elder and Sister up to give the talk they prepared. I spoke a couple weeks ago so I don't think I'll be speaking again too soon. We also have a devotional Sunday nights which I love, the speakers have all been great, they all really know how to listen to the spirit. It amazes me that some the speakers can just get up and speak without notes for an hour and say exactly what needs to be said. It's awesome! 

Prayer has been one of the biggest blessings to me. As missionaries we pray A LOT. We pray every morning and night, before each meal, before and after each class, each lesson, each study session, devotional, choir practice, gym time, and service time. And honestly I have never felt closer to my Heavenly Father in my life. I can feel each prayer I say get more and more sincere, and I feel more and more every day like my prayers are getting answered. 

Right now we are teaching two investigators (Leonardo and Joy) and are about to get a third. I love teaching! We get to meet the most awesome people at the TRC, we get to teach volunteers, and those lessons are the highlight of the week. After our last TRC we were evaluating our lesson, and I overheard an Elder saying "How are we supposed to extend commitments to people who are already members?" Oh silly Elder. I feel like everyone needs a little boost, a little something to help them get closer to the Savior, and yes, even people who are active in the church. SO-
I want anyone who reads this letter to pray-sincerely- AT LEAST three times a day, and after a week send me a personal email telling me about your feelings. Haha yes i'm going to be that missionary who sends commitments to people back home. Sorry not sorry. 
Love you! 
-Sister Behunin

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 21, 2016

Kumusta! 

I feel like I've been here forever! The days are long, and sometimes when I get worried that maybe I'm not picking up the language, I have to remind myself that I've only been here for two weeks haha. 

Every Sunday and Tuesday night we have a devotional, and last Sunday's devo was Sister Perry, the woman who composed Primary songs like "I love the see the Temple" and "I hope they call me on a mission" and a whole bunch of others. It was a great talk, and half way through she conducted the whole MTC in some of her Primary songs, and I swear to you the entire row of Elders behind me were completely bawling. Let me tell you, those Primary songs can really bring the spirit, especially to a room full of young adults who just left home for the first time. 

We had our first TRC lesson the other day, and I LOVED it. We taught volunteer church members in Tagalog and it felt so good to have a real lesson with a real person. We had a lesson with a guy who had converted to the church as a teenager, and when we asked him to give the closing prayer it was the most sincere thing I'd ever heard. The whole lesson was in Tagalog, and I really felt like I could understand most of what he was saying! Although I'm far from being able to really speak this language, I can feel myself getting better each day. It's been a humbling experience, but I love it. 

Our branch president taught us to yell "Masigla!" whenever we get overwhelmed or feel like we can't do something. It literally just translates to "Enthusiasm!" We also say "Kayo ninyo!" around here a lot, which means "you can do it!" Everyone is so supportive of one another and our branch has a lot of fun together. 

I am really having a good time, though I can't wait to get out to the Philippines. 
Thanks for the Emails!
-Sister Behunin