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Sister Jennie Adams
Philippines Iloilo Mission
Osmena St.
5000 Iloilo

November 2010 - January 2011

Monday, June 28, 2010

Expect the unexpected

Well, this week was an interesting one... but not with the work because I spent 2 days traveling, and I was sick for a couple too... then there was the day Sister Cortes spent packing. I got to Iloilo on Thursday night and slept there so I could pick up my new companion on Friday. When I got to the transfer meeting, I found out who my new companion was and I was confused. Sister Addangna got to the field the same day as me, that's why I was a little confused. And then I found out that there was a mix up in the announcement and I was not to be the senior after all. It was a little awkward at first, but now it's ok. I guess I still have lots to learn! Haha!

Christian Mae, John-John, and Kane are well on their way to baptism. The two older ones are even attending seminary. I'm really excited for them. And we're going to give their mom a baptismal date soon. And we're working with brother so he can baptize them :D Yay!

I haven't met our new Mission President yet... as far as I know, he's still in Provo... He gets here on Wednesday the 30th of June. We're excited!

We got a new Zone Leader, but now our ZL's are split and both training... Haha, I'm so glad I'm not an elder! That's never going to happen to me...Thank you all for your support and love!

Love you all tons!Sister Jennie Adams

ps sorry so short today

Monday, June 21, 2010

Transfer Announcements

Not everyone can say that they served in 2 missions on the same trip. But I can. And I can say that exactly half of my mission was Philippines Bacolod Mission, and that exactly half (will be) Philippines Iloilo Mission. I am staying in Roxas. But Sister Cortes is going to Negros. There are only 3 American Sisters on this Island: Sister Woodward (my MTC comp), me, and Sister Carr (who came one transfer before me, I met her in MTC) There are (as far as I know) 5 American Sisters on Negros... Sister Stadler, Sister Ball, Sister Whitehead (S. Johnson's Bata (trainee)) and the trainees of Sister Fair and Sister Grant. I don't know if any of them are transferring to this island, and I don't know how many new ones there are... let you all know next week, I guess! Also, I am losing my freedom of relaxation... I am becoming senior companion. I'm kind of excited, but a little nervous. But I trust that nothing is impossible with God, and that this is revelation... so, I can do it.

We had Panay Conference on Friday. It was cool. I learned a lot, and I am definitely going to go through my notes this week before transfers. I realized that I have kind of leveled out... and that's not good. We should always be progressing, so I am going to look at where I'm lacking, and try to change. So that I end up where I want to be in 9 months from now.We gave John-John a baptismal date! The 3 Besa kids will be baptized (hopefully by their dad) on July 24th. I'm really excited for them. :D And Raymart actually talked to us yesterday... he's just kind of a moody teenager (pre-teen?) Anyway, I would consider that progress too :)

Thank you all for your prayers and support. I love hearing about what you're all up to, so thanks a bunch for the letters :)

Love you all,Sister Adams

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Can Be Together Forever...And now, in the Philippines, twice as many people get that opportunity. The Cebu City temple dedication was yesterday. We went to two of the three sessions, and they were great. I saw a different side of our Prophet... haha. He's a pretty funny guy. Also, at the last session, one of the assistants to the matron (who is from Idaho) said, "As we were getting ready to leave on our mission to the Philippines, my dear friend Ruth, who is from your wonderful country, shared with me advice, recipes, and her desire for me to like rice more than I like potatoes." I am pretty sure I am the only one who silently giggled at that comment... none of the Filipinos know about the association of potatoes and Idaho... Oh, maybe the man from Texas chuckled at it too. I saw him when we stood to do the Hosanna shout, so afterwords I talked to him (whenever I see an American at church that isn't a missionary, I talk to them, to find out what brought them to this side of the world.) Anyway, his name is Bobby and he served his mission in Quezon City and one of his missionary friends invited him to the dedication. Anyway, he was nice and told me that his advice for me was to be like the people here. I'll try... haha.

Today, we just got done giving an elementary school a makeover. It was in bad shape and class opens TOMORROW! The principal was worried and heard that the Mormon Helping Hands were helping clean up the schools and requested our help. Our district meetings moved to Monday morning (from Tuesday morning) so we took our CSP clothes to the church and changed right after our meeting and (10 of us) hopped on a (one) tricycle and made the (rather long) journey to the school... where we painted and cleaned up a little. I think there were about 20 members there (including 10 missionaries). It was good, and the principal was so thankful, she fed us lunch. Now, it's approximately 2:30 pm, and I still have to go grocery shopping... we were invited to an FHE/family reunion... and we are meeting in 2 hours... :S

This week, we gave 2 of the Besa kids a baptismal date for July 24. We hope to add their brother (John-John) and their mom (Mindaluz) to that list before too long. They came to the cultural celebration broadcast on Saturday and they liked it. I am pretty excited for them.

Well, I think that's all I have to report on :) Keep on being awesome! Love, Sister Adams

P.S. Monday is Judgment Day... Transfer Announcements, but not just any transfer announcements... where you go next week is where you stay! The mission is splitting!!!

P.P.S (pictures) Mormon Helping Hands and the Besa Family :) Enjoy!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Caves, Temples, and Baptismal dates (hopefully)

Today was our Zone Activity. We went to Pilar (our ZL's area) and hiked in some caves. It was way fun, and not too hard so I'm not exhausted... I would send pictures, but last time I tried that, my sd card broke.

Next Sunday is the Cebu City Temple Dedication... and we get to go!!! Haha, just kidding... We get to see it, but from right here in Roxas. It's being broadcast throughout the Country. The members here are so excited because it's a lot cheaper to go to Cebu than to Manila. I'm excited for them, and every time someone talks about going to the temple, I miss it. We are so blessed to live in a place that the temple is SO close. They aren't busy enough... go and give the temple workers something to do! ;)

Also, next Saturday, is the Cultural celebration. It, too, will be broadcast, so we're going :) Yay!

And yesterday, an entire investigator family came to church. The dad is a member, but he's inactive. There are 4 kids (3 above 8) and the mom. Sister Cortes and I couldn't stop smiling! It's kinda sad they can't come to church next week (the temple dedication takes place of regular meetings, and only members with a ticket can go). But that's ok, they are awesome, and we're really excited!

Next Saturday (the 18th) we have an "island conference" it's really Zone Conference, but it's the entire Panay Island in Iloilo. It's going to be cool to see everyone who is on the Island right now... too bad that doesn't include Sister Stadler or Sister Fairweather... Oh well.

Love you tons!

Sister Adams