Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 11 -- A Good Week

Hi everyone!

Guess what. Yesterday we had stake Paoay! So I got to see Brother M! I was so so happy to see him there. I got to talk to him afterward, and he said he is happy that he is a member now. He is preparing for a mission now. I'm so happy. :)

Oh, and last Tuesday we visited a less-active who has a son who is deaf and uses ASL. At first I thought he would be using a different kind of sign language because it's different between countries, but then he showed me his ASL book, and it was the same as I learned in my ASL class, so I got to talk to him and practice my ASL as little bit (which is very rusty now--I've forgotten a lot). I never ever imagined I'd be using my ASl here on my mission, but I'm glad I took that class at BYU. I've been teaching sister Serrano a little bit, like the alphabet, and the numbers. It's fun.

The members in our ward are really supportive in working with us, especially sister S. She worked with us every day our first week, and 3 days last week. She has a 9-year-old daughter who comes along too sometimes and is helping me learn Ilocano. Sometimes I practice making sentences in our apartment--or while we're out walking between appointments. My favorite (and Sister Serrano's favorite to tell people that I said) is "Awan ti ulom." That's the thing you say to someone if you want them to be your best friend forever. Just kidding. It means "you have no head." Hehe.

Sister Serrano calls me a walking hymnbook. I didn't realize what a great blessing it is that we went through the hymnbook during family time while I was growing up until I got to my mission, and I realized that I know almost all the hymns. So thank you, Daddy, for that tradition.

The other day, we found a new investigator. She was really nice and receptive. It was really funny because she was just tickled to death to hear me speak Tagalog. She said I look like a doll, and she begged for me to say both the opening and the closing prayer. It made me smile. 

The people here in the Philippines are so nice. I love that you can just go up to anyone and start up a conversation with them, even if you don't know them, and they don't think it's weird at all. I think if I were serving in a country where the people are less friendly, it would be a lot harder to have the courage to talk to people, and so of course it would be a lot harder to be a missionary. I think maybe that's why I was sent here.

Well, that's about all. Thank you for everything!  Thank you so much for your emails every week. You don't know how much I look forward to them.

I love you all!
Love, Sister Boekweg

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