Monday, August 17, 2009

Mabuhay!!! (haha love it mom)

Mayong Hapon sa tanan! Kamusta kamu? ayos lang ako diri sa bata, ama mon gihapon. Nami gid ang obra namon kay dako gid bulig sa akon halin sang dios adlaw adlaw :) and boy do I need it! It was kind of a difficult week, we had some set backs with the Jaguiles family, and some problems with my companion but amat amat things are resolving themselves. Prayer's whats gettin me thru this transfer but I've learned soooo much. Its so true that once you've passed through the trials you can look back and see the specific things the Lord wanted you to learn. I had a wonderful experience/reminder this week teaching the Plan of Salvation to a family, sometimes I think we as missionaries or even members get so used to the fact that we already know the plan he has for us we've known it our whole lives and its just kinda there for us. I was reminded this week that when we teach these families the incredible plan their Heavenly Father has made specifically for THEM its the first time they've ever heard anything like that before. Can you imagine finding out the Lord knows exactly who you are not because of any other reason but that you lived with him before and he's given you a plan so you can get back to him! The feeling and the spirit that comes when we teach about the Plan of Salvation and the wonderful and priceless gift of the atonement that makes the plan possible is my favorite thing ever! Its an indescribable feeling when you see the joy on the families faces as they realize they can be together as a family forever. I love this work so much. Every time the Lord blesses me and allows me to have experiences like that I remember why its so important that we do missionary work and how grateful I am for the opportunity to do it 24/7! There's soooo many people out there that have NO IDEA, its so sad. But helping them come closer to Christ by helping them understand his plan for him is so worth the floods, the companions, the hospital trips haha whatever. "I'm doing a great work and can not come down" :) I love you all and hope all is well and you are all staying healthy and happy. Keep workin hard and prayin harder. AND I challenge all of you to find the missionaries in your ward on sunday and see if they have investigators with them and help fellowship! there is nothing more frustrating then working all week to get your investigators to church then having no one talk to them! Do Missionary work, ya'll find, we'll teach its golden I promise :)
Love Always,
Brooklynly forever.

Yup remember all your list you made, heres one for you :)
1.Loved the story about the tape of Chads FHE pinoy night thats so funny I dont remember that AT ALL. but that will be funny to watch when I get home.
2. I was hoping you hadn't sent the package yet of my pills cuz I need a few things if I can be spoiled and annoying for a bit and ask for some things....
-dryer sheets, haha to put in my pillow cases I just want to smell that again PLEEAAASSSEE.
-my down east basics undershirts I sent some home in the boxes or you can buy some more mine are so thin and worn out from washing them by hand almost every other day. (2 white, a black and a brown)
-some peppered beef jerky...dont ask haha

I think that should suffice thank you sooo much don't worry if you can't send it all right away.
Tell the girls to youtube "wonder girls- nobody but you" thats the IT song right now here I think I hear it like over 50 times a day! and all the little girls know the dance too haha.
I email landry and brock and greg since they are family haha we can. its funny cuz our emails are always real short but its fun talking with "my boys" they are such great examples and help to me even though they are younger! I love them so much and I'm so glad and excited there is so many of us out right now! we are takin over!

well LALU lots,

P.S my camera is broke and I can't fix it here I should still have a year warranty on it so I'm gonna send it home this week so ya'll can fix it and send it back with my memory card. The lens is the only thing broken it wont go out when you turn it on so I can't take pictures I was afraid that might happen. They say to but the cameras that don't have the lens that goes in and out cuz it breaks easier. but I didnt drop it suprisingly it never got wet haha so It should still be under warranty it hasnt been a year yet.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Whats a girl gotta do to get a normal week ova here?‏

Man! Another crazy week in the life of Sis Grant! It started out normal and nice. The work was going good. I emailed ya'll on Mon feelin fine and then BAM! on my death bed on Tues, what kind of swine gets the flu anyways?...haha yup I got it, the famous swine flu. We expected it did we not? Its me we're talkin about here. Of course I'd get the latest and greatest illness. I went to the hospital on wed night and it was so great they went to go take my blood and I hadn't ate in like 2 days and ya'll know how I feel about havin needles right there on my arm lol so of course I PASS OUT like usual I warned the little filipino nurse but I don't think she believed me so I fell with the needle in my arm it was so gross and I got a nasty bruise still on my arm luckily the Office elders caught me before I hit the ground haha so that was a fun experience I'm over it now (not sick anymore so no worries) and THEN!! I had to go back to the doctor on Sat because I had some weird viral thing that was giving me these big itchy red sores all over my body....are ya kidding me here? 21years and not a visit to the doctors not even a blood test and I turn in my papers and BAM 6 times now I've givin blood and the hospital visits are gettin a bit ridiculous. WHEW, Anyways! thats all over and done with and I'm healthy and heavily medicated ;)

Friday we traveled to the boonies and helped build houses and plant trees that got wrecked from the storms it was sooo fun it was our whole zone so sterling was there with me. It was a blast. I was glad I was feeling so much better so I could go. Then today we had our Zone Activity. It was Awesome we went to this HUGE stadium and played all these games and did skits it was hilarious. Then we played Ultimate frisbee in the way nice stadium on real grass for like 2 hours I LOVED IT!

Sorry we had to leave that place and go to a different Internet cafe...bear with me :)
Anyways.... So today was so fun playing with everyone it reminded me of the ole days before the mish playin soccer and ultimate frisbee every week. We were sooo hot because it was really hot today but the sunshine was incredible I was so happy. I didn't care, I knew I wasn't in a hospital and I knew I felt great so I was gonna play my little heart out and it was wonderful :) So my area is going good too, the Family of 17 is still great. The mom and one of the older brothers are a little hard headed right now because they've all been baptist for a long time now but we'll just keep workin on them. We also set a baptism date last night with A man named Richmund. His wife and daughter got baptized last year but he didn't so we've been teaching him, its been going great. He has alot of concerns and questions but his family is so helpful. His date is for the 29th of August. We also have 2 little kids ages 9 they are from Part-member families, even though they are just little kids I love watching how it strengthens families as they all join together in the gospel. This month is our Mission Tour which means Elder Edwards and Elder Teh from the Area Presidency are here and touring all over the mission and then we have a big conference at the end of the month so I'm excited for that it should be REALLY good. Well All is Well as usual, besides the fact that my body just doesn't want to serve a mission with me haha my Spirits still strong as ever ;) so keep the pills comin dad cuz I'm runnin real low and I'm poppin those puppies like tic-tacs! I love you all so much Stay Happy and well keep the letters comin! Keep me updated on Grandma Jones too :)
Love Always,
Sis. Grant

Friday, August 7, 2009

Finally her Memory Card came in the mail!!

Cami Hofiens, Me, and Jenny. I met Cami at BYU Hawaii and now we're all on missions

Old MTC pictures but had to finally post one of the famous "map pointing pics"!

Jenny :)

The precious homemade jumper I found in the "giveaway" box.

Matching Jody dresses

R.I.P.- The sweet shoes from Uncle Bobby broke my last week in the MTC.

Weighing my suitcase for the Pines.

The 3 Musketeers! Man it'll be fun when we come home.

Jenny broke my free throw record in gym for the sisters.....too bad she's holding it upside down.

Airplane to Taiwan "Squid Mission".

Airport to Taipei.....yes, for your information i had mango ice cream

Taipei...we were starving

Sis. Baraquiel, Sis Manzon, (trainer) Me, first day.

Going to my first area, 10 people in that van.

Apartment, Pink study room...hahaha my desk

Our kitchen & Sis. Manzon

Our yard in our little hut apartment (Valladolid)

Bishop (yellow shirt) and some youth cleaning the church.

The church building

Some young men in the church

The Pines. My area valladolid

Basketball court right on the ocean.

My shower.......

...and my laundry area :)

A graduation party at a members house.

Sis. Advincula

Bay bay "ocean"

When I caught the mouse. (Talked about in a previous post)

When the mouse was scratching on the pot.

District community service project.

Elder Jacquez scared of the carabaw.

Dwindi's (dwarfs) in my yard, Bro. Chow used to call me dwindi, Ha

My bed and Sis. Manzons (Mine is the green one)

Zone conference, my zone bacolod south. Yes I'm the ONLY American sister. If your b-day is that month you get a crown.

Lunch, Sis. Manzon. (YUM!!) P-butter, bananas

Pres. D haha

Laundry haha

Joy the monkey

Lanka!! (one of my favorite fruits!) (Jackfruit)

Merilou and Romeo Matinga baptism

Mosquito Net!

My area again

Kids at our front gate.....ALWAYS!

My favorite little boy Jerich Alvarez. Bato,Papel,Gunting (Rock Paper Scissors) We play everytime!!

The Alvarez family

2nd Zone conference....STILL the only American in my zone.

Conference Service Project in Salay. Sis. Ruadil, Sis.Sanchez, Sis Manzon and Santillian

Sunny and Eleanor Ganancial (S. LG-LG Bro Jover)

Zone activity at Bago beach...SO FUN!!

Hilary Jover so adorable Diane and Joshuas baby.

District Conference Service Project in Pulapandan

Sis. Manzon, Sis. Rhea, Sis. Tulmo, 83 years old walks to church with her husband a mile each way.


Young Women activity making ice cream.

Anjo Lorenzo hiding from the storm in a bamboo house.

It didn't work.....haha

Sis. Manzon, Sis. Delsa, Me

Sis. Manzon, Sis Rhea, Me

Sis. Ganancials mother, Prissy as can be!

Agrida Family

Sis. Wilmie, Sis. Neihope, Sis. Manzon, Sis Rhea

Natinga baptism

Rhea and Me

EEL!! So grose....definitely cooked that AND ate that!


Mission President and his wife.

Mabukal Hike. There is 7 falls. Bats over my head zoom in on the tree 100's & 100's & like the size of Lola (My toyota carolla back home) GROSE!

Typhoons and rain