Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME!!!

I have been saying that all day everyday. My comp keeps saying, "hey sister curtis, when is your birthday again?" Haha! I am SO EXCITED! Why? Because it is the only birthday in the Philippines, on my mission, in Asia, 22, as a missionary, etc. PLUS! Philippino's LOOOOVVVEEEE birthdays. As in, anytime of the year, every appointment they ask, "when is your birthday?" so finally i can say THIS WEEK! we have appointments like everyday. super excited. my waist line isn't but i am! haha
i got the best package from my mom! thanks mom for the jump rope, starting january i will start working out! haha i will bake the cake this week! i have to go somewhere to cook it, we had to think really hard somewhere and someone who had an oven. crazy right? we don't have ovens. but there is a way! at the richest member's house!
so we were at this less active's house and i asked the 24 year old boy where my birthday present was and he said "what do you want? a date? okay let's go on a date!" HAHA! he was dead serious. I was shocked. My companion was like.."uhh awkward because I would have to go with you." Then he was like, "ok ok both of you" WEEEEIRRRD. We are missionaries. Hellllo. But so funny. That's definately a first time I have been asked out on a date on my mission.
TRansfer day was maybe the best day of my life. I saw so many of all my mission friends! There are alot of new missionaries that came into our mission. I have been waiting for this transfer MY WHOLE MISSION! DECEMBER!!! I am soooo excited!! We have activities every single weeeeeek! I am so excited. Every day I tell my comp how excited i am. its so weird though I feel like there should be snow, but it's so hot every day still!

our new zone leaders bought me two cakes for my birthday for my zone!! so nice of them. then my zone sang me happy birthday like a million times. see, philippino's loveeee birthdays. our zone has 8 sisters. i repeat. 8!!! our opening song in district meeting was "as sisters in zion" so funny. I love my area still even though its SO HARD!! I really am trying to enjoy this transfer because I think i will train next transfer...nooooo. i don't waaaannnntttt to!!
I am so grateful for this mission! I am so grateful for the Philippines. It's such a wonderful place to serve!! I hope everyone has a happy last week of November, think of me on December 1st. Haha! ;)
love you all,
Sister Curtis

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from the Philippines

They don't celebrate Thanksgiving here, so I almost forgot we had it until all my emails said, happy thanksgiving! haha

CONGRATS TO MY SISTER AND BROTHER IN LAW KALLIE AND DAN AND THEIR NEW BUN IN THE OVEN!!!! i just know it will be a girl ;) i can't wait!!!! best news EVER!!!
wow. it honestly feels like it has been years since i have emailed all of you-maybe cause it has.
well i don't even know where to start first off, i am not transfering and either is my comp! yay, my first companion more than 1 transfer! i am not a troubled companion. We will still go to transfer day though because she is the musical number. i am SO nervous because hello i am the PAGE TURNER! i think i am more nervous than her. ha ha
i went to manilla out of my mission to go to st. luke's for my doctor appointments so that was cool and the highlight of my week and now i am on bedrest and am kind of going crazy. she got a bite on her leg and all the members told her its from a cockroach. listen to this, her whole ankle is bruised and swollen. its from a little tiny cock roach and its causing her so much pain!!! poor girl. i went to the bathroom last night and there were some in our bathroom. i tried so hard to kill them but they ran away. (yes i actually kill bugs now and not run away, proud of me?) so we are the poor companionship :( but me and my comp are having fun still! i love her!
we were so in "the world" the last week from in and out of the city and being in so much air conditioning and seeing so many white people and not working it was hard to re focus. we hated it! i just wanted so badly to go back to my little apartment and go work and serve my members and investigators. i love my calling so much as a missionary and kind of never want to be back in the real world! ;)

it was our branch president's birthday on sunday so we got invited over for dinner and he and his wife are suppper Americanized and super young. he speaks perfect english. so we told him since he is practically american we told where we are from if its your birthday you usually stand on the table and dance and people give you money. haha is that inappropriate? haha everyone just laughed at us.

our mission has moved to more finding. so we have been focusing more on tracting!! its so hard. but i love it. i love telling people i represent Jesus Christ. I know i won't be doing this for very long and know its such a wonderful calling. i hope everyone can find and help the Lord. i tell the members you don't need a name tag to be a missionary ;) always remember that.
i love you all. remember if its your birthday, get up on a table and dance. just kidding.


Sister Curtis