Monday, March 30, 2015

I am so lucky I get to call the Philippines home!

They arrived safe & sound...
Urdaneta Missionary Group of March 11, 2015
Masantos ya Kabwasan!

This week was SO great!  I am starting to get used to a new culture and I love it here, I am so lucky I get to call the Philippines home!  This week I have been amazed at how diligent and willing the ward members are to give of their time and to go out and serve with us. 

Monday we watched "The Restoration" in tagalog with one of our recent converts and investigators at a members house for Family Home Evening.  The spirit was so strong!  One brother in our ward is the only member and headed out on his mission to Quezon City on Friday so his family had a going away party.  They were so kind and sweet.  It was good to get to know his family! 

So, Sister Navarro and I really wanted to teach a family because the gospel blesses everyone, but I have experienced the love, peace and joy it brings to families and how it unifies them.  So, we had been praying and we decided to contact a referral with one of our ward members one night.  It turns out its a huge family!!!  They were all so kind and willing to listen, the spirit was SO strong in their house.  I can't wait to go back! 

Sunday we had two investigators come to church (husband and wife).  They absolutely loved it and just kept saying "beautiful."  They want their whole family to experience church next Sunday and for us to teach them!

I love it here!  Read Jacob is so good!

Have a great week!
Love, Sister Jenkins

Some fun things Kylee shared about her new home...
  • Schedule:  We wake up at 6:30 to exercise, then shower and have breakfast, followed by personal study time at 8:00, kasama study time at 9:00, language study at 10:00 then lunch at noon...we start at 1:00 pm and work until 9:00 pm at the latest.
  • Funny Story:  A church member was talking to me and I was like "hindi maintindihan po ako" (I don't understand) and they were just staring at me.  Sister Navarro was laughing and is like "Sis Jenkins they are speaking English" about embarrassing! 
  • I loved this quote from Sister Jenkins...."ahhh, the spirit speaks all languages!"
Here are some photos from when Sister Jenkins' missionary group arrived in the Urdaneta Mission on March 11th.  They stayed for two days in the mission home before departing with their trainers to their new areas.  They enjoyed Kentucky Fried Chicken and Shakey's Pizza!  Sister Jenkins is assigned to the Manat B Area, Dagupan Zone, Urdaneta Mission. 


I continue to learn how important it is to be guided by the spirit at all times....

March 22nd update from Sister Jenkins'...only 1/2 her message arrived this week

This week has been SO amazing!  I have loved getting familiar with the area and getting to know such wonderful people!  Sister Navarro is SO great.  I am learning so much from her everyday.  It has become so evident to me this week how aware God truly is of ALL of His children and what they need.  We made a goal to work with the ward members on getting referrals and finding those that are ready to hear His message.  With hard work and the help of great ward members, we were able to exceed our referral goal and meet some new and wonderful people! 

I continue to learn how important it is to be guided by the spirit at all times.  We are to be instruments in His hands which means we have to follow the spirit even if it takes us places we least expected or if it doesn't follow exactly what is....

From Kylee's Mom...
I am grateful for technology and the ability to receive weekly updates. Sometimes we experience technology challenges and Kylee's photos don't download and/or her updates are cut off mid-stream, but that is OK. 

So, you fill in from where we lost Sister Jenkins' update...."or if it doesn't follow exactly what is...."

Our first baptism

Couple other fun things Sister Jenkins shared:
  • We had our first baptism and she is soooooo sweet!  I love her so much!
  • One ward member made us brownies and I almost cried they were soooo good!
  • No letters yet, but please tell the "fam" and friends to send them as I am sure they will come when I need them most...
  • Thank you for the "Project LOVE Kylee" letters...that meant so much to me!  I have only opened one and it was from Dorsey's...tell them "THANK YOU".  It came at a much needed time!

Friday, March 20, 2015

"Missionaries serve with an eye single to the Glory of God"....

BONUS WEEK and Special "Writing" Request....

From Kylee's Mom....
We received a sweet email from Sister Jenkins' Mission President today with a photo of her with President and Sister Monahan - President, Philippines Urdaneta Mission.  Also, Sister Smith's mom sent me a couple photos of our sweet that Heavenly Father brought them together at the Provo MTC to travel this journey together and become eternal friends. 

Words from President Monahan's message that I wanted to share with you....
"We were delighted with the arrival of your missionary, Sister Jenkins, here in the Urdaneta Mission on 11 Mar 2015.  She is excited about her mission and enthusiastic about entering the Lord’s service in this area.  She has had an orientation session and is now serving in her first assignment with a trainer...

We urge you to write your missionary regularly each week.  Include encouraging news of family events and achievements, spiritual experiences and other matters which will bring joy and deeper commitment.  Omit mention of family problems or other matters which can only bring worry or concern.

May I point out that Missionaries serve with an eye single to the Glory of God.  This means that their focus is entirely on the work of the ministry and they do this with great intensity.  Please do not mention how much time they have remaining to serve nor special things you may have planned to do with them when they return home as it will only distract their attention from their service to the Lord

This is a wonderful country and your missionary is in for one of the greatest experiences of her life.  With your support and encouragement she will mature and progress beyond your expectations.  She will develop a great love for the Filipino people.  The people here have great love and respect for the missionaries as they strive to teach a better way of life...."

It warms our hearts to hear from Sister Jenkins' mission president and to see Kylee with her beautiful smile.  Although she is on the other side of the world, she continues to touch our hearts with her sweet spirit, deep love the Lord and willingness to "teach a better way of life...." 

Special Writing Request:  We have learned through Kylee's missionary mom that she is allowed only one hour at the internet shop each Monday.  The Area Presidency over the Philippines mission presidents has reminded missionaries that "they should never use email to "chat" or email back and forth to family and friends."  They are allowed one email each week to their family.  "This has been a rule ever since missionaries were allowed to use email."  Going forward, please follow these email rules and be obedient so Sister Jenkins can receive all the blessings she stands in need of as she serves the Lord.  Instead of email, please take time to write Sister Jenkins a hand-written note.  We will still receive her one email update each week that we'll post on her blog.  As you know, there is nothing better than receiving a letter someone has taken time to hand-write.  I know they will be a treasure to our missionary.  Again, the USPS has a Global Forever stamp for $1.15 (for up to 1 oz...which is about 3 sheets of paper)...I'm not sure of the turnaround, but plan 2-3 weeks.  Thanks so much for your patience and understanding.  I know this will help Kylee serve the Filipino people with her whole heart.  Following is Kylee's mailing address:

Philippines Urdaneta Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sister Kylee Olivia Jenkins
P. O. Box 7
Brgy:  San Vicente East
Urdaneta City, Pangasinan 2428

President and Sister Monahan and our missionary!!!
Eternal Friends...Sisters Smith & Jenkins

Waiting for tranporation

Ready to go....

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I feel so blessed to be here....

Message from Kylee's Mom...
Here are a collection of photos with some small messages that we have received from Sister Jenkins since she left the Provo MTC on March 6, 2015...

"Sometimes it is hard and I question why I am here,
but then I open my eyes and heart
to the miracles around me and
I feel so blessed to be here!"
I love you guys so much!

March 6th
After a long day & night of traveling from Salt Lake City
to Portland to Toyko to Manila....
Kumusta po kayo! 
I am alive...haha...
it's morning here in Manila. 
 It is so beautiful! 
A VIEW from my room at the Philippines MTC in Manila
March 11th
After spending five days in Manila at the Philippines MTC,
we traveled by bus to Urdaneta.
We spent two days at the mission home.
My trainer & companion is Sister Navarro. 
She is from Manila, speaks English and I love her!
We went to our area and went to work...
I am in an area called Manut, Dagupan, Philippines...look it up! 
 It is beautiful and right by the ocean.
We have two other sister missionaries in our apartment.
They are so companion is from Manila 
and the other two sisters are from
Samoa and New Zealand.
Our apartment is nice...
running water and a faucet shower.
The temperature here is HOT.
My Provo MTC companion, Sister Smith, is in Dagupan too, but more in the city.
After a five day layover in Manila,
meet the new Philippines Urdaneta missionaries
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
Kylee's companion, Sister Smith, is in the same mission and sitting next to her in the blue flowered shirt.

My beautiful companion, Sister Navarro!
Our Gatorade too.