Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cuz I'm Leavin...on and Airbus....


AYOOO! Kamusta mo, ang akong nindot nga pamilya!
 
Well well well. I'm goin to the philippines tomorrow! HAHA! what?! I can't explain to you what I'm feeling. It's like wanting to laugh and then throw up and then twitch and cough and gag and smile and laugh and jump. (Imagine that). I am SO excited and stressed and I feel like I still have so much to do...It's like I'm moving to Asia for 2 years or something!! hahaha...ha..
 
Anyway, this week has been the best at the MTC. First of all, Tuesday night, we heard from an Apostle!!! Elder Niel Andersen. It was incredible. Everyone stood when he walked in and I was just overwhelmed to see one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ standing right there. I sang in the Choir and the camera zoomed right in on my face and I wanted to look right at it and mouth "HI ELDER ANDERSEN!!" hahaha oh man but he said just that morning President Monson said to tell us that he loved us and express his gratitude. His talk was just all advice for our missions and just hearing him speak, I KNOW he's called of God. It was amazing.
 
Then I was able to Host on wednesday for new missionaries and it was so weird seeing Elders just starting their MTC experience and I'm ending mine. Time is weird. It was so sad to see everybody saying goodbye for 2 years and crying but I know this is where we're supposed to be!
 
Then on Wednesday night, we had TRC. I love TRC. we taught this one returned missionary from Cebu about the importance of the book of mormon and I felt like I was really struggling with my Cebuano but then the Spirit was so strong and she started crying and she said that we just said EXACTLY what she needed to hear and she kept thanking us. It was an awesome experience.
 
Oh man, let me tell you. Laughing is the best. I know exactly what Sister Mahaffey means...it's so refreshing to have a good laugh every day. I've grown to love my district so much. We have the best time and then we can sit down and have the most spiritual meeting. Last night was our last night all together because Elder Murdock and Sister Bogenschutz are going to Tacloban Mission and we all just shared our testimonies and I was so happy. We were all sent at the same time for a reason and I couldn't have asked for a better district to start off the mission.
 
I am so exhausted. It's great. I've never appreciated sleep so much. I don't know how I lived before the mission.... I love just layin down after a long day and takin a big breath and I'm out. This week I learned so much. Lemme break it down right quick: brother young said "If you remembered Christ every minute of the day, think of how different you would live your life. Strive for that!" We should always ALWAYS be like Christ. In everything thing we do and think and say. Of course we all make mistakes, but that's why we have the Atonement. God has thought of everything, you know? I love what Preach My Gospel says, "All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement." And it all starts with faith. Faith is SUCH a principle of power. Christ said "If you have faith in me, ye shall have power to do anything that's expedient in me" (Moroni 7:33) We gain faith through diligent scripture study and prayer and obedience. Isnt' that great? Happy day, All is well!
 
Anyway, I gotta go pack for the Philippines HAHAHABROUHGHHH (that's me laughing and throwing up at the same time). Here go my address for the phillies:
 
Elder Sumner Mahaffey
Philippines Cebu Mission
Temple Complex CJCLDS
Gorordo St. Lahug, Cebu City
6000 Cebu, Philippines
 
HOLLA AT ME!
 
I love you all. I'm praying for all of you and I send a million hugs and lovinz your way. CAN YA FEEL IT?!
 
Ang Dios Magauban Kaninyo,
Anciano Mahaffey

Monday, August 20, 2012

IT'S SOOOOO TRUE!!!

Maayong Buntag Pamilya!!
...I GOT MY TRAVEL PLANS! ohhhh man you should have seen us when we got them out of the mailbox. it was like Christmas morn. We were all cheerin and jumpin up and down. Alright so, I leave on Tuesday August 28 and I leave SLC at 8:26pm and fly to San Francisco then to HONG KONG to Manila, then we get to CEBUUUU on August 30 at 11:30 am Philippines time. holy moly. this is surreal. also, I'm the travel leader...what ever that means. hahaha but we're all so excited. we keep jokin like "Hey! wanna go to hong kong next week?? ..let's go!!" ahahah crazy. So I'll call you guys a couple times when I'm in SLC and then again when I'm in San Fran (we're allowed to talk as long as we want!). So Cami dearelder me your number too! Oh and mom, I think Im just gonna buy a call card here cuz it's cheap, so if you sent the phone, I'll just send it back. AHHH can't wait to hear yo voicezzz!!
This week also flew by unrealistically fast. I love it. I love studying the scriptures. You know how in Despicable Me, the little girl gets the stuffed animal and yells "ITS SO FLUFFY IM GONNA DIIIIE!"? well The other day when I was reading the book of mormon and I just thought to myself "...it's so true, i'm gonna DIIIIIEEE!!!!" hahaha I make myself laugh a lot...
Anyway, people keep saying to me "Oh i'm so proud of you for sacrificing two years to do this" but I honestly don't look at this as a sacrifice. It's a blessing to be a missionary. I love wearing this nametag. I love wearing Jesus Christ's name on my heart every day. I can't even begin to tell you how this experience has already changed my life. I love the surety of the gospel. It makes-a me a-happay! "Do you want to be happy? Forget yourself and get lost in this great cause. Lend your efforts to helping people. Stand higher, lift others. Live the Gospel of Jesus Christ" (President Hinckley). Tinuod man sya! So true! If you wanna be happy, serve someone else. SIMPLE.
This week Sister Boegenshutz was talking about why she's serving a mission and she said "Everyone deserves this happiness." She's awesome. I wish I could just hug her cuz she's so awesome but thats BAWAL (forbidden). She's the only sister in our district and I like to compare it to Peter Pan... she's like Wendy and we're all the Lost Boys...hahaha
This week, Sister Mara sent me a package with letters from Dad to Cami on her mission and from Cami to Mara on her mission and from Mara to me on mine. What amazing words that all still applied to all of us. It gave me so much strength and courage. Also in the package, there were 3 missionary nametags: Cami's, Dad's Mission President Counselor one, and Dad's from 1978. SO cool. I put my tag right next to them and took a picture. What a priceless gift. I feel so close to all of you! thanks so much mara. I just sent you a letter.
Anyway, I love yallz. Thank you for your prayers and letters and lovinz. I love this. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true yall. No doubt. Keep the commandments and ye shall prosper!
 
Pray, love and live always.
Much alohas and gugma,
Elder Ma-happy (Filipinos cant pronounce F's)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quote of the Week


"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted.  It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility.  All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God..and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father in Heaven."

~ Elder Orson F. Whitney


Ayaw Kabalaka

HAHAHA what an adventure this is. I've never felt so many emotions. wow oh wow. I feel like a new person every week. First of all, one of our investigators, Egypt, who has really been struggling, committed to baptism this week. When he told us that he wanted to be baptized, me and Elder Chamberlain just looked at each other and all I said was "oh man!" in English ...haha it's so satisfying to see people make a decision that you know will improve their lives and make them happy.
Mom, the uke is a Poly magnet...I love it. I was playing in my room and then a kid from new zealand just poked his head in and saw it and yelled "YEAH BRO I thought i heard that!!" and then he went and got like 20 other poly's and we played and sang and they were harmonizing. I was smiling so big.  There were elders from Fiji and Tonga and Samoa and Australia. Bliss.
Fun fact: Cebuano is the 4th most spoken language in the Church right now. HOLLA ATCHO BOY
Oh we finally got roommates this week. First day, they accidentally set their alarms 2 hours ahead. They locked themselves out on accident and when I came to the door I just growled at them and said "it. is. 4:30." hahaha Theyre goin to Washington, Mara! They are spanish-speaking though. It's so funny cuz they're always asking me for help on how to say this or that in Spanish. And Brother Young always asks me how to say things in spanish because he's tryin to learn it.-- Shout out to Sra Kiser!!
Cebuano's comin along really well. The teacher's always make subtle jokes to each other and I'm beginning to understand them.  I'm getting SO excited to go. The teachers always talk about their missions and I just wanna get out there!! (Except apparently they aint got bacon over there....BETTA WATCH YO PIGS). Anyway, every day it just gets more real. The other day, I was feeling so down and I was having the hardest day, and I just prayed to Heavenly Father for comfort and peace and I did not want to go teach but when we went into the TRC, me and Elder Chamberlain walked into a room and it was a Filipina woman with her baby.  It was the coolest thing. She was just so happy and full of love and excited that we were learning her language and we spoke with her for half an hour in Cebuano. It was a direct answer to my prayer. I was so happy.
Anyway, the point is, Heavenly Father hears us! Jesus Christ hears us!   I loved this quote from Ezra Taft Benson: "The Lord will not permit us to fail if we do our part." What a promise, right? It's true. If you have faith in Christ and then do everything you can "You shall be lifted up and delivered out of your trials" (Alma 38:5). We can do anything, anything, anything with Christ. Even go to a foreign country and speak a weird Asian language...for real! Have courage and become a better person everyday. "We bless others as we serve in the shadow of Jesus...who went about doing good." Do good! Be good! Live good!
Also, write in a journal all the time (Elder Chamberlain calls it a "Journey-al"...hahaha). Writing down thoughts greatly enhances our ability to feel and understand the Holy Spirit. Document your life and experiences. Life is good. Life is so good yall. Ayaw Kabalaka!! (Hakuna Matata)
Have an awesome week. Try new food and take cool pictures.
Love you all,
Elder Mahafi (that's how the poly's say it)