1.12.15

hello all! and how are you? here’s to hoping that i can type fast in this email! i’ve got lots to say, but not loads of time!

i’m so glad to hear that all is going well! that friends and family are having fun birthdays, homecomings, mission call receivings, etc! life is so fun!
things are going well here! the past week flew by and i’m still processing what happened!
  • awesome: this past fast sunday i prayed and fasted that we would be able to focus on our area more. we never get to really work in our own area because we’re always traveling and having exchanges with the other sisters, which i love, but its kinda unfair to the people in our area who are so so very neglected. our area has lots of potential, but we’re rarely here. well the awesome thing is that the church has determined new standards for exchanges! they want the regular missionaries to be traveling to the leaders’ area to learn from the leader in their own area. so from now on, we don’t have to travel anymore!! from now on, all the other sisters will be coming to us! its so cool to see that my prayers and fasting were answered in a very literal way!
  • awkward: finding 4 dead snakes in front of our apartment. we literally can’t figure our why they’re there, where they came from, or why they’re dead. my theory: the chamber of secrets has been opened.
  • awkward 2: me trying to email on this windows 7 computer. in my defense, i’m a mac user. but still, technology has advanced far beyond my skill set. me trying to use this computer is like watching a cave woman who’s been given a new iphone #i’msooutoftouch #missionbubble
  • p.s. i sent some christmas cards a few weeks ago….and the mail service takes so long that maybe i will get to the usa before they do! so keep your eyes out for some christmas greetings via snail mail
  • its been a way good week. we traveled to tacloban on tuesday for MLC. it was super uplifting and awesome! the mission is changing. not only because of the new protocol for exchanges, but because there will no longer be transfer day meetings in tacloban! we’ll just travel straight to our new areas…so that will be an adventure for sure. but yeah a great mlc! afterwards we had exchanges with the borongan sisters, which was wonderful. i was with sister davis from park city and it was so fun to talk about american things haha!
  • sorry for the lack of pics this week! i’ll do better. p.s. i found a random email of pics i never sent from a few weeks back so i’ll send that to make up for this haah
  • we’ve been able to work in our area that last few days and its wonderful. i really love the feeling of finding and teaching and inviting people to be baptized. its the only way to really have them makes steps towards eternal life! i am still (and always will be) learning waray waray, but its incredible to see that even though my grammar is imperfect (except warary doesn’t really have grammar actually #unwrittenlanguageprobs) and i don’t speak like a native speaker, the people can still understand because the spirit makes up for my imperfections.
  • tomorrow we have zone interviews and zone training meeting. my comp and i are giving our zone a training about having more faith in setting goals. because sometimes we limit ourselves. but i know that our faith coupled with good works can produce incredible miracles in our lives and lives of others. all we have to do is trust in Jesus Christ, and rely on His Atonement to make whatever seems impossible, possible. and that is pretty awesome!
  • we found 2 really awesome investigator families last night. i love teaching the message of restoration. it really is the message that makes us unique. its so cool to see the spirit soften the hearts of those who we find and teach!
  • in other news, we still haven’t moved! but hopefully will get to move either the end of this week or the beginning of next. hopefully! if not next week…it will be after i am transferred (i am just assuming that i’ll transfer i don’t really know haha). but if thats the case its so ok! i’m just happy that the future sisters won’t have to endure that apt. its been a long process and a long trial to be honest, but as long as the future sisters get to live in a better place, i’m happy!
sorry for the lack of big news, and super lack of pics! i just forgot to take pics this week! but i’ll do better starting now 🙂 i’m so grateful to have this opportunity to serve the lord! its a once in lifetime experience that i do not regret in the least bit. if there is anyone sitting on the fence about serving a mission, email me haha. and i’ll tell you why you should go on one!
i love you all!! thanks for you love, help, support, emails, letters, packages, and prayers!
love,
sister brereton
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