Hello Dear Children of God, I love you all and miss you all

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There is so much that happens in one week that weekly emails are really difficult to write. This week has been a particularly great week. Our mission president initiated a "relentless week" where your goals are extremely high and you account to your district leader every night. I honestly have never been so exhasted in my whole entire life than I am after this week, but it was an amazingly rewarding week. 

Our greatest improvement occurred in our "OYMs - open your mouth/ oh youre mormon" basically it is when you go to people's gates or because everyone here hangs out side, you walk up to them and offer your message, you introduce yourself and try to set up a return appointment. Our goal was 20/day (our last weeks total was 5 so that tells you how insurmountable the seemed). I hate OYMs, they scare me, but we did it, and it was our most successful week here in my mission. The Lord truly blesses you for sharing His message. It was amazing to see how some people were actually really ready to hear His message and really receptive. It was a lot of fun too to meet different people and get to make new friends. 

Our second greatest improvement was LMP (lessons with members present). TO ALL YOU PEOPLE. WORK WITH THE MISSIONARIES IN YOUR AREAS. If you have never worked with the missionaries, Repent. They need you. Members are essential for this work. Like with no members, there is no success. Every single one of our recent converts in my mission had a member present in their lessons with the missionaries. Every single one of our stagnant investigators, dont have a member at all of their lessons. RIGHT NOW, go and contact the missionaries and tell them you will work with them, even if it is just for 1 hour. They will be so grateful, and most importnatnly God will be happy. Invite them to family home evening, to your house for dinner, anything. JUST WORK WITH THE MISSIONARIES, GIVE THEM REFERRALS. Members are essential. There. my rant is over. I'll be following up.

Dearest people, everyday is an adventure. This week, I watched as members literally took their dead goat and transformed it into dinner. The whole process. (the head comes off, then the insides come out, they are cleaned, its quite amazing actually). People keep calling me barbie even though there is literally NO resemblance. If you give children candy, they'll remember your name and chase you down the street screaming your name everytime you pass their house. I sat in a lesson, where one man kept asking me if we could get married and if I was attracted to filipino men, Then introduced me to his 19 year old daughter, Samantha. 
I also sat in some amazing spiritual lessons this week, as people poured out their hearts, and I didnt understand everything they said, but the Lord gave them the words they needed to hear. Yesterday we sat around a kitchen table with a bunch of women, who had prepared an amazing meal, as we ate, we laughed and then when we taught, they poured out their souls, I looked around the table and saw how beautiful these women were and how much our father in heaven cares for His daughters. There were tears, and beautiful words spoken, the members present poured out their hearts to the Sisters we were teaching and it was one of the most spiritual expereinces I have had here in the mission. THe gospel blesses all people, but women recieve some of the greatest blessings from the gospel, they are vital to His plan and Heavenly Father pours His blessings to His daughters. 

Well friends, Ingat po kayo. 

BTW plz make this my new profile pic, people here have found my facebook, and keep commenting that I look so different here in the philippines (bc here I am always wet, my hair is wild and my makeup doesnt even try to stay on.) 


Lots of pictures!

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Transfer Day

My dear little friends

whom I love so dearly....

Just doing what I asked.....

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Dear family and friends,

I had an interview with my mission president this week. It was great. I really, really love my mission president. He is a really great, great man, and funny too. He is confident in my abilities, which makes me a little nervous.. cuz he expects a lot of me. But it is good to have someone who expects that of me, keeps me working hard and always remembering that ultimately I am on the Lord's errand. I need to do my absolute best. In the interview he asked me some questions about my parents. He wanted to make sure of course, that my father was okay and that he knew for sure that I was okay. (like I said, Kurt gentry is known here in the Urdaneta Mission). Then he asked me how old Walker was and this is how our conversation went from there. word for word (almost)

Him: How old is the youngest 
me: 16
Him: Oh, so he could stay home
me: yeah?
Him: I am asking about your family, because I think your parents can serve here in the Philippines Urdaneta Mission. Yes, Kasi we need two more couple missionaries, and I know that I can get your parents assigned here in Urdaneta. 
me: *kinda of laughing*
Him: (serious) I am serious. There are three elders in the quorum that think like filipinos and that is Elder Oaks, Elder Cook, and Elder (one of the new ones). I'll be here for three more years and you'll be here for a while. so they would just return a little bit after you. It would work. Talk to them.
Me: I dont know. My parents want to serve but probably in the future.
Him: Just talk to them. (then he proceeds to write. "Sister Gentry's parents will serve in the Urdaneta mission")

So I am just following the counsel of my mission president. I know right now in your life is not the right time. Maybe in the future though you will get to serve where I served. That would be cool.

I love you all dearly. I miss everyone. I pray for your health and safety everyday. 
Sorry my emails have been a little skimpy lately. It is difficult to relay everything that happens in the week. Some experiences are so powerful, there is no way to describe it. You just feel it in your heart. These people, these experiences, they are engraved in my heart. There is no sufficient word to describe it. There is one clip in the "District" (which we watch for training) a woman goes into the chapel and is overwhelmed. She describes it "It feels like there is something too big to fit inside me. It is nice." Its true. You just feel like your heart is so swollen with gratitude, and love for Heavenly Father, for all the blessings He has given me, for his plan, for my family, for my friends, for the people I meet everyday. It is all so much bigger than me, than any of us. It gives you a glimpse of the grandeur of the eternities. It brings peace and joy. It feels nice. 

Mom and Dad, think about what my mission president said, I know a mission is in your future, maybe not right now, but I am sure you two will have an opportunity to serve again and make a difference in the hearts of others once again. 


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