what a wild week and a half // 12.16.15

hello!

to all those who heard about the typhoon: don’t worry i’m still alive and kicking! it came through here on monday mostly but so wasn’t a big deal. it was a signal 2 (meaning it was a moderate storm here, but nothing huge) so we got to stay in our apartment! if its a signal 3 we evacuate to the church. but oh man i’m so glad we didn’t have to do that because its so much work to evacuate haha! but oh my gulay this week and a half has been a wild ride! really busy! and just so many random things going on. we’re emailing later than usual because of transfer day, not because of the typhoon. anyways. i’ll try to give you a run down of the week although i’m not sure i’ll be able to get it all in writing! p.s. i’m not sending pics because we’re at a slow internet place.
  • awesome: we found a new apartment! thats probably the best news! its really perfect acutally. i think its the one Heavenly Father has prepared for us. BUT word on the street is that the mission is not as willing for us to move as was originally thought…so i’m working to let them know that yes it is necessary for both health and safety of future missionaries. i’m to the point where i’ve been here so long that a few more weeks here won’t kill me. but i just think of the future sisters that will be assigned here and it would be great if they didn’t have to endure the same apartment trials. haha so still trying to move! 🙂
  • awkward: being in the mission office at the exact time they booked my airplane ticket home. i was standing on the opposite side of the office when i heard someone say, “jennifer beverly?” sure enough, they didn’t even realize that i was there…just happened to be muttering my name under their breathe while booking my flight. did i then get to double check that my information was correct? yes i did #awkward. p.s. i still don’t know the flight details just so you know you’ll probs know before i do
  • ok i’m just gonna do a run down of last week, day by day otherwise i will lose track of it all! will this email look like my journal? maybe
  • tuesday: we traveled to tacloban to have MLC with Elder and Sister Ardern. E. Ardern is the area president. it was such an uplifting meeting and i learned SO MUCH. seriously. did elder ardern comment on the tan line on my feet during the meeting? yes he did…more on that another day
  • wednesday: we had mission tour! the Arderns and Maurers trained us and it was so super fantastic. i can safely say that it was the best training meeting of my whole mission! so powerful and uplifting. i have so many news goals and things that i now want to improve on. after the meeting i went with my companion to an ENT for a check up (again) on her ear. ironically when we got the ENT there was no ear specialist there. just an eye specialist…. so we stayed in tacloban again that night
  • thursday: went to a different hospital, my companion got her ear checked and all was well! later that day we traveled 5 hours to Borongan to begin exchanges with the sisters there. i love to work there in that area, but since its a different dialect of waray-waray sometimes i don’t know what they’re saying! but that is the cool thing about the spirit. the spirit fills in the gaps so that even though i’m not 100% sure what the person is saying, somehow i can still feel what they’re saying. its hard to describe. but its so coo!
  • friday: i worked with sister davis in borongan! she’s brand new and she’s on fire! she’s from park city. did we reminisce about snow and how it feels to wear a winter coat while drinking hot chocolate? yes we did! we had a really good exchange! i learn so much from every sister i get to work with 🙂
  • saturday: left at 4am (because that was the only van going to catbalogan) to go home! it was such a long and miserable drive! but we arrived safely. when we got home i wasn’t feeling so hot, so i slept for a little bit. before i tell you this next part (mom) just know that i’m totally fine now! anyways turned out i was pretty sick with a fever and body aches and that kind of fun stuff so i slept most of the day and didn’t do much at all.
  • sunday: woke up still not feeling good but the fever broke! my church attendance was sponsored by tylenol, ibuprogen, and imodium (tmi? haha). i’ve never missed a sunday on my mission and never plan to start! we had a good meeting and then after church i asked the elders to give me a blessing. i felt immediately better afterwards. but still didn’t work that night. that night we heard news that there was a typhoon, or as we call them here, a bagyo! i wasn’t worried
  • monday: cleaning day for the upcoming transfer day! however, the mission instructed us to not work that day since it was a signal 2 storm. we were supposed to clean, but only had a little drip drop of water for cleaning (still had drinking water don’t worry!). did we panic and buy our 72 hour kits that morning? yes we did. haha can’t believe i was so uptight last year with typhoon ruby and this year i’m so chill and not even phased to hear that there is a bagyo! i still didn’t feel good this day so it was actually perfect that we weren’t allowed to work! did i spend part of the day watching the new testaments seminary dvd that i found at our apt? you bet i did! highly entertaining for a sick person haha.
  • tuesday: the typhoon moved away just in time for us to still be able to have transfer day! i said goodbye to my dear companion sister asug and said hello to my new one, sister abitria! she’s so cute, from manila, and used to by companions with sister malu too! so thats fun! she’s really great. we’ll have a good cycle together! its her first time as STL so i get to show her the ropes! we’ll have another crazy busy cycle with 8 exchanges in 6 weeks! 🙂 i’m excited
  • today: its been pday! and its been great. yes i am still taking my clothes to the laba place where they do if for me. still the best 125 pesos that i’ve spent all week hahaha. i’m looking forward to this new cycle. i know its going to go by so fast and before i know it i’ll be in the last few weeks of my mission. so i’m trying to soak up every minute!
i’m loving my life! even the hard stuff. heavenly father really provides a way through all of that! and i know he really knows me. that’s one great thing i’ve come to learn even more on my mission. he really is our father and he really is aware of each of us individually. i don’t know how he keeps track of all of us, but because of his omniscience, he does it! how lucky we are to be children of someone so kind, loving, thoughtful, merciful, aware, and all knowing? i love teaching people of these truths! i love my mission! 🙂
and i’m so lucky to get to spread the good news of the gospel of jesus christ. especially during this christmas season! i’m so grateful that jesus christ was born!
love you all! thank you for your love and support of me. i am so grateful to have the support of all of you!
until next week….
love you,
sister brereton
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