Linggo, Oktubre 26, 2014

I lost all my cards...

but I found it!
Dearest family,
Thank you for the email and for the photos! I was so happy to see Ayan's graduation photo. A member asked me last night if I've already seen my brother's graduation photo and I'm like, no. hey wait, did he really graduate? So he showed me the photo and that was the proof! He's so handsome in the photo and I bet Ayan will be more handsome with a nametag on him! I'm really excited for all my siblings! I am so happy and proud for all that you're doing! I love you so much!
I'd just like to share an experience I had the other week when we had our temple trip. When we got back to Macau, I lost my card holder with all my important mission cards like HK ID, bank card, etc. and I'm like, oh no, not again, this is so me but I tried my  best to take good care of my stuff for a year and I really don't want that to happen but it didn't really bother me though and when we got home, I told the other sisters and one sister asked me, Did you pray? and I paused and pondered because I knew that deep down in my heat I did pray and I received a spiritual confirmation that comforted me. It was so peaceful that I had the assurance not to worry and that I'll have it back and so I answered yes and it was okay. She said, you'll find it because she also lost her wallet a few weeks ago. I just didnt like bothering other people because of my negligence but because of faith, my prayer was answered and the next day, we went to the ferry terminal to look for it with the other sisters who can speak Cantonese and they sent it to Macau from HK. It was so good and I was so grateful. What I learned from that experience is not only to be more careful with my stuff but it reminded me of how God speaks with us through the Spirit, that Galatians 5:22-23 feeling. Don't you just love that sweet, peaceful, and comforting feeling that you get in your heart? ;)
My prayer is that we will continue to live virtuous lives and as we do so, we will invite the Spirit more and we will be endowed with greater power. I know that the the Spirit will reveal and testify all truths to us, all the things we need to know, and all the things that will help us go back to our Heavenly Father's presence someday. :)
I love you all.
Sister Posadas
Attached are photos from the Branch bbq activity- Sister Cheung was my companion, random photos during Sister Serrano's birthday (balloon killer), and just random photos!

Linggo, Oktubre 19, 2014


Dearest loved ones,
I loved the conference! It was wondeful, truly edifying. My prayer is that we would all act courageously upon the things that we have received from the counsels of God's chosen servants. I know the church is true and I know that we have a living prophet today. I love President Thomas S. Monson and I'm very grateful for him. I know that as we continue to heed the counsels of prophets, we will surely have happiness and peace amidst the opposition around us. Stay strong. Hold on to the faith.
I love our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and that He loves us. Make use of the sanctifying power of the His Atonement as we repent and improve everyday. May we all walk the path as Jesus Christ did. He walked in perfect obedience. I know that Heavenly Father loves you more than what you can comprehend so cheer up! :)
Thank you so much for everything. You are awesome I love you.
I don't know where I'll be in the next general conference. ;)
Sister Posadas

Linggo, Oktubre 12, 2014

Families are Forever

Dearest Family,

Every week, I learn so many things and one of the many things that stood out to me with what I'm going to share is that families are forever!!! Isn't that one of the most beautiful things ever? I'm so grateful that I have a family here on earth and that I am sealed with them for all time and all eternity. I love you so much! :) All the family vibe is coming from the examples of happy members here with their families and their adorable kids running around the meetinghouse every Sundays haha (I don't have much encounter with kids in Hong Kong so please bare with me).

Our investigators, Rizza and Kelvin are progressing so well! I love how their testimonies are strengthened because of the Book of Mormon. Last night, we taught Kelvin the Law of Chastity and before we said the closing prayer, he took of his ear ring. We knew it was dear to him but he was that humble and willing to follow all of God's commandments. They're awesome. I love them! 

Today is P-day and our zone went to the Temple (photos below). It's a blessing to be one of the 14 missionaries here in Macau. We are the closest to China and this work is nothing but great and marvelous! I've been dreaming of opening China! Someday, it will!
It was a wonderful experience at the Temple this morning, as always, and I love how the word temple was defined in the bible dictionary-- "only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness". How has your temple attendance made a difference in your life? How can we liken our homes to temple? We can think and ponder about those things and work on it. I know that it is indeed a continuous effort but it is worth it and as we make our homes like temples, I promise you that you will enjoy the companionship of the Spirit more and we will have more spiritual strength to face life's challenges. :)

Excited for the General Conference? Absolutely! We're going to watch it this week and also the General Women's Meeting. Do you have questions or needs waiting for answers? Well, we invited our investigators to prepare and see how the Lord's servants will answer. I testify that our Heavenly Father loves us perfectly and He knows the details, the details, the details of our lives.

It's my companion's birthday today! Part 1 of the surprise is done. We planned another one tonight with the other sisters. I'm fine here, don't worry! I think Hong Kong is also doing well. :)

Ngoh ngoi leih! I love you! Ga yauh! Add oil! :)
"Chew cup moi deck geng hoi sam!'- I don't know how to spell the last phrase but that's how I hear it and it means-- sobrang masayang masaya ako! :) 

Sister Posadas

Oh we got matching clothes from the 70's- courtesy Sister Law's wardrobe.
 Transformer thingy.
Buffet buffet! 
Mama Beth- she's a wonderful example of charity!

Having an Eternal Family is My Goal 6 Months From Now!

Dearest Family,

This week has been amazing. I love teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I was just impressed on how the prophets and apostles would give talks that would relate to the field that they are in. There was one night a few months ago when I likened the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a wonder drug. It is something that we need to be healed and be happy. It is the only way to save our lives. Some people may think that they don't need it but and it may seem that we're okay but the adversary sometimes is giving us illnesses that slowly destroy us and often times may seem asymptomatic. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will cure us from any heartbreak or any pain that we're in to right now. You should ask the pharmacist to get you this wonder drug. No, ask the missionaries, they can help you! And for those taking this wonder drug, it should be a maintenance medication and I promise you that you will live happily. ;)

Time flies so unbelievably fast. During my year mark, of course they aren't any cakes or balloons haha, we had exchanges and I was with Sister Cheung. It isn't something new to her because we often are companions when our STL companions have meetings. She's an ABC. She's so young (I feel like she's Monica) yet she's so much potential. She's so much fun too. I love her. I got to be with her with their five lessons and one activity in Cantonese. It was a busy day. It's really not easy to be in a language that you can't understand anything but I'm picking up more Cantonese words now that I'm living with bundeihs (chinese natives) and Sister Serrano's so pro at Cantonese. (But it's Mandarin language that I want to learn after my mission!). It was a wonderful and happy experience to meet their investigators and less-actives too. They are all so nice and cute because they were mostly teaching the youth. Sister Lee taught me to a few sentences in Cantonese to help me in the lesson which was powerful. I really appreciate everything and it was such a meaningful and learning experience for me.
This week, Sister Serrano and I also went proselyting and knocking doors on buildings (it was my first time!). Well, we need to discern with the Spirit which door isn't Chinese and it was a fun experience too! Imagine taking a flight of stairs every now and then! It took a lot of patience, faith, and hard work too but it was all worth it.
Our investigators with baptismal dates are progressing! Sister Serrano and I just love teaching them and witnessing them grow as they've finally gain a spiritual witness that the Book of Mormon is true- and everything else just follows! Yesterday, I gave a talk during sacrament about how the Book of Mormon answers the questions to the soul. If you haven't tried or gained a witness of this yet, I exhort you to see it for yourself. Prayer and revelation is the key to solving any problems we have in life. :)

It's been a year now and it's been awesome. I will never trade this experience for anything. I've never felt happier and stronger with my testimony than any other time in my life. It's funny to look back on how and what I was before my mission. How grateful I am for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Teaching Repentance is one of the things I love as we continue to invite God's children to repent and receive a remission of sins. Always remember that we are not bad people, we are imperfect people but with His Atonement and His gospel, everything can be made right. Mission did absolutely change me and I still got a few more months to improve and do the best I can to serve Him- because what happens here will reflect on who I will be after my mission. Yesterday, Sister Serrano and I got the chance to substitute Sister Precy during sharing time in primary because she was sick and it was absolutely so fun to be with the primary children- they were 5 white kids and they were so adorable, amazing, and smart! Imagine one little 4 year old talk about the gold plates, Joseph Smith and of Hill Cummorah. Sister Serrano and I are so excited to have children someday. I've also learned from my companion how to be firm and organized. She's really a good example to me. It's very humbling how Heavenly father is teaching me things that I need to learn for the future. It is a blessing and a wonderful responsibility to raise children in faith and our message is all about eternal families because nothing else makes us much happier than the relationship we have with our family. Let's all head to the temples where families can be sealed forever!

I know that God lives and that He is mindful of you. Always know that we are a family and that we will live together forever in God's presence someday. I love you all.
P.S. I'm dying to send photos but my card reader is broken!
Thank you for all the cute baby photos and great updates! You rock!

See you on April,
Sister Posadas