Dear Family and Friends,
The time has flown by. Here I am, facing my last week in the Philippines as a missionary... so weird. Last week was busy and we got a surprise phone call from the office last Tuesday informing us that we needed to come in the next morning to go to immigration again for fingerprinting. Surprise! So, we had to change are plans for going on exchanges last Wednesday and moved those exchanges to this week. It was fun to see all the exiting missionaries again, especially my buddies Sisters Sanders, Strebel, and Rupp, and it was fun to see how everyone is handling leaving in different ways. :)
I thoroughly enjoyed MLC last Friday except for the part where I bore my testimony, haha! I guess I just got too nervous about not wanting to cry in front of everyone and so my testimony turned into just a bunch of random ramblings about my decision to serve a mission and other stuff. Oh well.... I get to share my actual testimony in Zone Conference this week to make up for it.
Just want to mention how incredibly blessed I've been to serve as an STL for these last two transfers. I've loved attending MLC and being part of the council. My faith and trust in my leaders has grown so much from the experience and I love all of the new and exciting plans for our mission. Especially, I'm grateful to have served the sisters and to go on exchanges with them. Almost every time I've gone on exchanges, I can really see why we needed to go on exchanges that particular day with those particular sisters. They've strengthened my testimony and I hope I've been strengthening theirs.
As for us here in Cogeo, we have zone conference on Wednesday followed by two days of exchanges. Thus we won't have much time to work in our area. Not exactly the way I had planned to finish my mission, but I'm grateful for this calling I've had to serve as an STL and serve the sisters even if it means our time in our own area is limited. Sister Suminguit and I found two wonderful new investigators over the last two weeks. One of them, Bernadette was a referral from a family member. She's so great! We had a wonderful lesson with her yesterday, taught her all about the Restoration and inviting her to be baptized on December 25th to which she said yes. She also committed to come to church next week. The other investigator is Twinkle, who is the "Nanny" for a very active member and has already come to church for the last 5 weeks or so. We had a great lesson with her about the Restoration yesterday and invited her to pray about Joseph Smith and to begin reading the Book of Mormon. One of our progressing investigators, Mary Ann, came to church yesterday with the person who referred her. Hurray!! It was so wonderful for her to come and we're looking forward to her baptism on December 6th. Well... I guess we're excited for her to be baptized, but obviously I won't be there which is weird... man... this whole going home thing is so weird. In about half an hour we will be leaving this internet shop to go visit my old areas and say good-bye to people for the last time. I'm so excited to see them all again... I just hope I don't cry, haha!
Love you all and God bless you!Love, Sister Dickison