Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Week 8

What I was singing the whole way to the temple this afternoon haha :) 

Dear Family and Friends, 

Hello everyone! Kumusta po! Masaya po ako to be emailing you all this week, thanks to everyone for the wonderful updates and I just love hearing about what is going on in everyone's lives. Happy Late July 24th. My July 24th was spent at the baptism of Jerry Wood. He has had a super long road before getting baptised according to my Trainer Sister Holzworth and I have gotten to know him a little bit over the past 2 weeks :) But Jerry was baptized! What better way to celebrate Pioneer Day right? haha :) Jerry is Chinese and he's been coming to church for the past year and a half, has given up so much of his lifestyle to become a member including smoking, drinking...all that stuff. He is seriously sooo awesome. 

Jerry's baptism!

This week has been a good one with some interesting events for sure! Like to first start out for bragging about my most amazing mother for sending me a package, definitely a highlight to get something from home. :) So thank you jules for being the best mom everrr. 

Also, Sister Holzworth and I became a trio with an emergency transfer! Our new companion is Sister Dolor from the Philippines and she is 12 months old in the mission. She speaks Bikolano, Tagalog is her second language but she is super fun! :) We just got her yesterday so it has been a fun 24 hours thus far, can't wait to see what comes from the rest of the week. 

This week we found and taught two sisters named Glinda and Joy. And this was the first investigators that Sister Holzworth and I found together. They are awesome :) We taught them Lesson 1 about the restoration and book of mormon. I just had a way cool moment when we were teaching from the Book of Mormon and Sister Joy's husband asked: "The Jehovah Witnesses come visit, other missionaries from different religions come here...what makes yours different?" and its like a thought popped into my head and just came out of my mouth and I testified about the Book of Mormon and the importance of it in our gospel, it was just the first time I really felt like I was speaking with the spirit--exactly what the spirit wanted me to say. We invited Sister Glinda and Joy to be baptised, both in unison said YES. Haha so I hope they progress this week :) 

Honestly everyday something little happens, I remember a word, Sister Holzworth and I have a really good spiritual study or I talk to some random person and tell them about our gospel. Being a missionary is just so fun, and I feel like if you aren't having fun, you aren't doing it right :) 

I have gotten a lot of questions on what I eat. A lot of veggies and fruits--they are everywhere on the street. But we are super blessed because on the city we have a lot of stuff from the states. 7 eleven, McDonald's, Subway. It is all here :) So nothing super crazy :) 

So grateful to be in such an amazing work, hope you all have an amazing week! 


Sister Zarbock 

Makati District

Monday, July 18, 2016

Week 7 First week in Makati!

Week 7

Dear Family and Friends,

Hello everyone :) It has been a while since I emailed last because I didn't get a P-day last week so it is so nice to hear how everyone's past 2 weeks have been. Thank you for the updates and know that I love you all! :) 

So it was my last week at the MTC and it was such a bitter sweet feeling. The MTC really turned into my home away from home :) I have made so many amazing friends for life there. The last couple of days at the MTC were spent at Devotionals, lots of orientation to the field, and packing up everything to head out to our respective missions. It was so fun to spend time with my district--we had a cute little testimony meeting the Sunday before we left and we all sang a musical number during Sacrament Meeting. So sad to leave them all but so excited to hear about the amazing things they will do! Going through all the motions of orientations--making sure I had everything I needed to leave--not going to lie I was getting pretty nervous--thinking what in the world am I about to do? haha :) But nonetheless, the morning we left we had to get up at 5 to leave for our Mission Presidents house. 

We got to our mission presidents house at 6--so grateful to have had Sister Singer by my side through this whole process. We got to the house and it is absolutely gorgeous, it is in a really nice part of town :) We went inside and Sister and President Osler are seriously SO great. They were just super welcoming, fed us breakfast, and got to know us for a little bit. And let me tell you this was a long day of getting to know the mission rules, learning about safety things, all about our mission and the areas in it. It was a lot of information but super good! :) After we spent some time at the American Memorial Cemetery which my MTC group actually went to earlier in the week. And Sister Osler took us to an area there and talked to us, she said take a moment to look at where you are right now in your life. Now I want you to think about where you want to be a year and a half from now, and we took a moment walking around and pondering for an hour or so. It was just a nice time to really think about who do I want post mission Abby to be?

After going to the memorial we got to meet our companions. :) This was so fun! They made it super fun and when they called my name I was SO SO happy to be assigned to my trainer Sister Holzworth. She is from Brisbane, Australia. And we just hit it off! :) We both talk a million miles a minute so we got to know each other real quick haha :) She is a year older then me and is a twin--her brother served in Philippines Baguio Mission. She has been out on the mission for 9 months. She is super cute! It has been fun to work with her for the past week or so--I think we are going to work well together :) 

I am serving in Makati City. We are over 2 wards, Makati 3rd and 4th. Makati 4th is an English speaking ward. A lot of people that work for the embassy, the mission president and his wife are actually in this ward, the area presidency, and a lot of the senior couple missionaries. So it is super fun! :) Makati 3rd is a Tagalog speaking ward--on Sunday we have 6 hours of church, it is LOADS of fun! 

So this area is a major city and super populated, and all of the crazy things I have heard about the Philippines is so true. There is SO much traffic all the time and people everywhere. We have 2 baptisms coming up in the next couple of weeks. One is Jerry and he is Chinese from the English speaking ward. He is super funny and it is so fun to teach him! Another is Lawrence from the English speaking ward--he is 9 :) We taught a lot of people this week and were actually fed by a member family! They introduced me to REAL Filipino food haha ;) 

We seriously talk to so many people on the streets because we are both foreigners and white haha. People want to always know why we are here and what we are doing--it is so fun and so good for missionary work! The language just goes over my head so I try the best I can and Sister Holzworth helps me all the time :) The best is to just laugh about it and I do my best! 

Missionary life is so great :) It is a lot of studying, praying, walking, and inviting. I am so excited to serve here in Makati! Some spiritual stuff for the week is, I had the opportunity to speak in the Makati 3rd ward this week about faith and the Ward Half Day Mission we did on Saturday with the Bishopric. And I talked about how we need to always try and the Lord will help us AFTER a trial of our faith. We must first take the step forward :) Just like Peter did when he walked on water towards Christ--Christ only helped him after a trial of his faith :) I think that is how the next couple of weeks will go! Constantly taking a leap of faith, knowing the Lord will hold out his hand to help me back up! :) 

Love all you! :) Thank you again for the emails! 

Have a good week! 


Sister Zarbock 
MTC District--before everyone goes their separate ways! 
MTC Counselor and wife with Sis. Zarbock & Sis. Singer
MTC President and wife
Sweet MTC Sister
 All new missionaries in the mission with Pres. & Sis. Ostler
at the mission home!  10 Sisters, 3 Elders
And so it begins....Sister Zarbock and
Sister Holzworth from Brisbane, Australia
On a jeepnee!

Week 6 Entering the Philippines Manila Mission!

Week 6

We didn't receive an email from Abby this week but instead a letter from her mission president--

13 Jul 2016
Dear Brother and Sister Zarbock,

Great news! Your daughter arrived in the Philippines Manila Mission last Wednesday! We picked up all the new missionaries at 6 AM from the Manila MTC. Your missionary looks great! Each of the missionaries expressed enthusiasm and excitement to begin their work. We fed them well, trained them with all the health, financial, and mission things they needed to know to get started. 

We are so very grateful to you and your family for sharing your missionary with us and the wonderful people of Manila. We hope that you will be able to enjoy the wonderful growth that your missionary will be experiencing during her mission.

Your missionary has been given one of the best missionaries of our mission, Sister Holzworth, to be her
trainer. They will be serving in the Makati District of the Makati Zone. We expect great things from them. Please see the enclosed pictures for your enjoyment. We love your missionary, and we again express our appreciation for your willingness to share her with us. We will do all in our power to help her have a happy and successful experience here on her mission. May Our Heavenly Father bless you and your family.

With sincere gratitude,
President and Sister Creg D. Ostler 
Philippines Manila Mission  

Sister Zarbock, Sister Ostler, Pres. Ostler

Sister Holzworth (trainer), Sister Zarbock, Sister Ostler, Pres. Ostler

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Week 5 It's the final countdown!

Week 5

Dear Family and Friends, 

Hello everyone! :) So glad I get to talk to you all again, P day is seriously so fun because I get to hear all about the fun stuff everyone does! Happy Late Fourth of July to everyone :) My Fourth of July was one for the books let me tell ya! I woke up Sister Singer with singing the National Anthem and we sang every American song we knew down to breakfast and all 10 of us Americans had so much country pride! :) We just had a normal day of class but that night for gym we played a nice game of volleyball in the rain. Unfortunately, we had no fireworks but we made the day what we could! :)

I can't believe this week will be my final week in the MTC, it seems like the past 5 weeks have just flown by so fast! :) I have learned so much and it has definitely felt like drinking water from a fire hydrant haha but in a good way. I have learned so much about how to teach investigators, how to speak this crazy language, and I have just loved being apart of such an awesome MTC family :) Let me tell you the high lights from the week!

On Sunday we had a fast and testimony meeting and it was super awesome. I love hearing these people share their sweet and simple testimonies. :) A lot of the people  have been members for less than 2 years and come from such humble circumstances. A lot don't really have support from family and probably have nothing waiting for them at the end of their service, yet they are out here serving the Lord?! How do they do it? And I just got thinking of how important the gospel has been in my life and just how blessed I really am :) It has been such a humbling experience to train to be a missionary beside these elders and sisters...they really are so Christ like.

This week has been super good with learning the language! We have so much language study every single day and mine and Singer's teaching has been going pretty good. Often times we just listen to our investigators go on and on about how they feel about something and we have absolutely no idea what they are saying haha :) We just nod and smile and pray super hard that we can have the gift of tongues. KEEP THE PRAYERS COMING PLEASE :)

The MTC has honestly been such a great experience. I have learned so much about how to be spiritually prepared and in tune, we had a devotional last night by Elder Barquin who is a member of the Seventy in the Philippines and he talked a lot about obtaining the word before we can know how to teach it. And so I have been really focusing on my personal studying and always asking myself, what can I do better? How can I be more prepared?---and I think that is what we can think about in life too. We can always try to do more! God has blessed us with so much so the least we can do is always try to be improving :)

Just something super awesome that was a good wrap up with our district this week was when we all read Alma 17 as a district when it talks about the Sons of Mosiah. As a district we are all going out to preach the word and in verse 13 it says how we will depart from one another but we should meet again at the close of our harvest. And it just made me think how sweet that moment will be we all can come back together a the end of a successful mission. I have loved my amazing district and can't wait to see all the lives these Elders and Sisters will bless! 

I am so grateful for a gospel that always is helping me grow and become a better person :)

Love you all, Manila is calling! I'll keep you in my prayers :)


 Sister Zarbock  

P-day--4th of July!

My awesome District!!