Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Week 42 We went on Safari today!!

Week 42

Yes my Pday was awesome for a number of reasons today--one of them being is that I TOTALLY went on Safari earlier. Life is good, best early birthday present of my life!  Pictures to come.

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope this week was a good one for everyone as usual :) This week has been a great one for the sole purpose that I got to come back to the cute branch here in Coron and get back to work in our little part of Philippines and this week has been so awesome. A lot of awesome lessons with my favorite people.  It felt so nice to just come home--it also feels so weird to know that I am starting to call my areas of my mission 'my home.' No matter where I go or where I end up, these little areas that I get to serve in are starting to leave a bigger and bigger impact on my life.  And I love that.
So Transfers are this week so stay tuned for that.  My hands are up in the air, I have no idea what is going down but I am always kind of excited to see where everyone ends up and all that good stuff.  We find out tomorrow.

This week has been dedicated to Claudine and Jecil--getting them ready for their baptism on Tuesday. They weren't quite ready for baptism this past Saturday because we had to finish their lessons...so we have literally been teaching them EVERY single night this week. They are troopers for sure.  But they passed their interview on Sunday so we are in the clear--I am SO SO SO excited for Tuesday, words cannot even express the love I have for these two.  Its so funny I feel like all of these people I am teaching are like my children of the gospel. Every time they make a tiny step to build their faith I feel like I am their proud parent on the side line. Its so funny. And while they were in their interview with President Adduru, I was looking through the window making sure they were okay--so many people made fun of me oh my gosh :)

Claudine and Jecil Clan
So we had lots of awesome lessons with Claudine and Jecil this week. One of them was when we were teaching Tithing. Strangely enough, through my whole mission teaching tithing is probably the most spiritually edifying lesson to teach. Claudine and Jecil have had a hard time finding jobs and everything since they have lived in Coron but she said that since they have been coming to church she feels that influence of the light of Christ, and the spirit literally has led them to find jobs and to be financially okay--so when we asked them if they would live the Law of Tithing it was just so cool for someone to really understand the importance to build the kingdom and that even our little contribution, our little ten percent really makes all the difference to God.  Way awesome lesson...Claudine and Jecil are so great. Everyone shoot some extra prayers their way.

Some updates on our peeps this week are Mary Jane--still going strong and her dog definitely attacked me this week but we are ALL good.  Great lessons with her this week. Anilyn and Gemilyn (Lupian Couples) are coming in nicely. Anilyn's due date for her baby is THIS week. Sooo it was an awesome lesson with her about where we come from and why we are here on earth.  They are so great. Suzanna has been like luke warm this week gosh dang it, so we will get her next week. 

Sara and her babies :)
Anilyn and Gemilyn
To finish up I have a quick spiritual schpeel. So this week was all about God giving us opportunities to grow, which I think with me (maybe with a lot of us) I accomplish something and get out of my comfort zone and then I like to go right back to being comfortable again :) This week I have learned how much God really wants us to keep progressing and as a mission we are reading the Book of Mormon in 90 days and earlier this week I read 2 Nephi 28:30..."that whoso receiveth, I will give more..." That if we take correction and continue to be humble God will just continually mold us to who he wants us to be :) and Sister Mislos favorite saying (my kabahay) that "all of these things shall give thee experience and be for thy good..." (I literally hear that everyday of my life) ;)

PS: Throat is feeling MUCH better :)

Love you all, 
Sister Zarbock

St. Patrick's Day bash!

Found this on St. Patrick's Day "Lucky Abby" :)
Cool place where we had dinner

Bible study with the Adduru's
More P-DAY!

On Safari :)
Giraffes on Safari

Turtles on Safari
Disgusting huge snake on Safari
This was definitely NOT on Safari--it was in our house
Mislos Rock climbing every day of my life

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