Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Life in Fairview

Hey y'all. Hope you're having a great week. I'm still loving life as a missionary here in Fairview.
This week my little sister graduated, I can hardly believe it. Time flies by. This week I will start my sixth month of my mission here. It's weird to think that even though I'm gone, living a completely different life, life continues to move on at home. People get taller, voices deeper, faces older, walls get painted, furniture rearranged, front lawns landscaped, new pets bought, new babies born, it’s all so easy to lose track of. I'm so thankful for such a wonderful group of people emailing and writing me, taking the time to update me.

Yesterday I gave a talk in church about prophets. Yes, in Tagalog. I practiced and worked on it for three days beforehand. I stood up at the pulpit and was shaking like crazy. But amazingly, the words I desired to share just came to my mind and out of my shaky lips. At times I was amazed by the fact that I could articulate the thoughts in my mind without first thinking of them in English. It was an amazing experience...but I'm thankful it's over. 

This week it will be over 104 degrees with 98% humidity nearly every day. Wow, it's hot. The work is moving along and we're teaching some amazing people. Every day feels like the longest day of my life, but every week goes by a little faster. Being a missionary is the single most fulfilling thing I've ever done with my life. Despite being absolutely exhausted and so hot all the time, I would never trade it. The people here are incredible and the language makes a little more sense every day. My Heavenly Father is changing me, I can feel it and I love it. I know I'm becoming the person I need to be.

I love you all!

Sister Cork

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day

This week I said goodbye to Sister Plame and welcomed Sister Oliphant to Fairview. She's 22 years old and from Pleasant Grove, Utah. She goes home in July, so this will be her last area. She just stepped down as a Sister Training Leader and I am so thankful to have her as my follow-trainer. We have a lot of work ahead of us, because we dropped many overdue investigators. Our teaching pool is small, but we're ready to work hard to find new investigators. We are really praying for the people of Fairview, especially the members. I've been chosen to be the lead teacher for a five-week English seminar. So send some prayers my way, because I don't know if I'll leave the people here speaking better English. Sister Oliphant is so great at helping me understand and improve in the language. I'm thankful to have an American be able to teach me the language because she had to learn it once too. I'm thankful for her ability to understand how I feel in this stage of learning. She runs a pretty tight ship, but I'm not complaining. Exact obedience was the first companion goal we made for ourselves. We know that if we're exactly obedient, everything else will fall into place. I'm excited for this transfer. I love the people of Fairview and want to leave it a stronger, prosperous area. We have a ton of finding work ahead of us, but I'm ready. I'm ready to make Fairview a little bit better. There is so much potential here, we just have to search for it.

Have a great week and Happy Mother's Day!

Mahal na mahal,

Sister Cork