Monday, August 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Morgan!

Hi loves! 

First off Happy early Birthday Mo!! I am very glad you were born and I can't believe that you have already been alive for a decade. Miss you girly.

Sorry only a limited time to write this week! I love you all and miss you tons! This week has been hard because we were supposed to have a baptism of a wonderful investigator named Mae. She is 17 and really has such a great faith and love for the gospel. Unfortunately she wasn't able to go to church because her foundation moved her to Antipolo (about 2 hours away) for the day. So she will hopefully get baptized on September 5. Sis Dimacuta and I really hope she is able to continue in going to church because she is so ready for baptism and she has even already said that she wants to serve a mission. 

In other less serious news I have had lots of fun new experiences since coming to the Philippines. One happened on Friday when I tried balut (look it up). It was interesting to say the least. 

I am doing well and miss you all! Love you tons! The computer isn't letting me send any pics so hopefully next week. 

Mahal ko po kayo!
Sister Huguely

Monday, August 17, 2015

Halfway Through my First Transfer in the Field!!!

So awesome for us to see Sister Huguely looking so happy!!  Please continue to pray for her.  Her latest email:

Holy cow has it really already been 3 weeks. It seems like just yesterday I was having New Missionary Orientation! It is absolutely crazy! 

Well I had my first baptism! Her name is Maggie Beth Ballon and she is absolutely wonderful. After our first lesson with her she went out to the distribution center and bought all of the scriptures, etc. She just has such great faith. The whole time I couldn't stop smiling! I think on your mission you just get such a love for people. More than you ever had before. I honestly wasn't thinking about how she was my first baptism, but rather how happy I was for her to make the decision to accept the gospel and to start on the path to eternal life! Hopefully in a year she will be going through the temple! Sister Dimacuta always says that it isn't just about baptism but the goal is to see them in two whites! 

I am adjusting well. The food here is pretty good. I am losing a ton of weight. Not sure why... I said maybe I have an intestinal worm and now Sister Dimacuta keeps saying #intestinalworm. She is so funny. I really love my ward and am enjoying each day. Sometimes it is really hard and I think I can't go on but then I remember how important the work is and I am remotivated. I love you all and miss you so so much!

Mahal ko po kayo
Sister Huguely  

Maggie's Baptism


The Sister Training Leaders gave Sister Huguely and Sister D this super sour fruit to try. BEFORE picture!

AFTER Picture!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Letter from Sister Huguely's Mission President

We received this letter from Sister Huguely's mission president, President Revillo.  We are so excited to see her smiling face in the pictures they included.  Also, she will be home on December 14, 2016!  What a great Christmas present that will be for all of us!  
Dear Brother and Sister Huguely,
Sister Revillo and I are pleased to have your daughter, Sister Taylor Louise Huguely, with us in the Philippines Quezon City Mission. After the training in the MTC, she is now working in the mission field.  We had the opportunity to meet with her and get acquainted.  We were impressed with her testimony about serving the Lord through her mission.
We feel strongly that Sister Huguely is prepared to serve the people here in the Philippines. She will have the privilege of changing the lives of many people as she teaches and takes them into the waters of baptism. Her life, in turn, will also be changed forever through her experiences here.  The success of her mission can only be determined by how well she has learned to love and serve the people.
We have enclosed a picture taken upon Sister Huguely’s arrival.  Please make an extra special effort to keep in contact with her through letters of encouragement and support.  When missionaries receive letters in the mission field, it is the highlight of their week.
For your information, Sister Huguely’s release date has been set for 14 Dec 2016, to coincide with the mission’s transfer day schedule.  Please be assured that we will do our very best to make this a wonderful and fulfilling experience for her.  Thank you for your support.
Sincerely yours,
President Carlos G. Revillo, Jr.
Philippines Quezon City Mission
President and Sister Revillo with Sister Huguely on the day she arrived July 24, 2015

Sister Huguely with her first companion and trainer, Sister Dimacuta

Sunday, August 9, 2015

2 months in already?

Kumusta!

How is is possible that I am already 2 months into my mission. this must be a dream. is it reall? i don't know. i am doing well here. my time is limited so i just want to share a short spiritual experience that i had yesterday.

during the sacrament i was praying for help. this has been so fun so far but it also has been so hard and i have needed so much help. so i prayed for help. because i don't think it is possible to go through a mission without the savior's help. suddenly i had a prompting to open my hymn book. i opened to "Master the Tempest is Raging." It was an exact answer to prayer! If you have time go and read it because it talks about the help that the Savior will give us. I am so grateful to my Savior and His loving guidance on my mission. I know that He is there for me and always will be to give me strength. I know that He loves me. And His love is all I need. 

I miss you guys! I am sorry I have a short time to email! I will try and email those I didn't get to next week! I am so sorry! Love you so much!

Mahal ko po kayo! 
Sister Huguely 

Here are the words of the song Sister Huguely referenced:

Master, the Tempest is Raging

  1. 1. Master, the tempest is raging!
    The billows are tossing high!
    The sky is o'ershadowed with blackness.
    No shelter or help is nigh.
    Carest thou not that we perish?
    How canst thou lie asleep
    When each moment so madly is threat'ning
    A grave in the angry deep?
  2. (Chorus)
    The winds and the waves shall obey thy will:
    Peace, be still.
    Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
    Or demons or men or whatever it be,
    No waters can swallow the ship where lies
    The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
    They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
    Peace, be still; peace, be still.
    They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
    Peace, peace, be still.
  3. 2. Master, with anguish of spirit
    I bow in my grief today.
    The depths of my sad heart are troubled.
    Oh, waken and save, I pray!
    Torrents of sin and of anguish
    Sweep o'er my sinking soul,
    And I perish! I perish! dear Master.
    Oh, hasten and take control!
  4. 3. Master, the terror is over.
    The elements sweetly rest.
    Earth's sun in the calm lake is mirrored,
    And heaven's within my breast.
    Linger, O blessed Redeemer!
    Leave me alone no more,
    And with joy I shall make the blest harbor
    And rest on the blissful shore.
  5. Text: Mary Ann Baker, ca. 1831-1921.
    Music: H. R. Palmer, 1834-1907

Monday, August 3, 2015

1st PDay in the field

Sister Huguely's first email from the Philippines.  We were so happy to hear from her and to hear that she is safe.  We are a little worried about Sister Huguely's ability to stay out of the way of the Jeepney!

Hello my loves! 

First off happy 22nd Anniversary Mom and Dad! I am glad you got married so that we can be a family! Well it is finally PDay here and I only have limited time to email so I am going to try and reply to as many people as possible but if I can't respond to you just know that it doesn't mean I don't love you and that I will try and get to you next week! 

I miss you guys tons! My trainers name is Sister Dimacuta. She is from the Legaspi Mission here in the Philippines. She is super sweet and awesome! She only has 12 weeks left on her mission so I hope that means she will be my trainer for the whole time! The Philippines is so different than America. My first area is Cubao, which is right in the middle Quezon City. The temple and the mtc are in my area so when I was leaving the Manila MTC I didn't have to go far! Haha. The drivers here are super crazy and I am always kind of worried that I am going to get hit by a jeepney! haha. There are also TONS of stray dogs and cats walking around. The sidewalks always have poop on them so you have to really watch where you are walking. haha. Also it is so hot here! I thought I was prepared for the heat but I definitely wasn't! It is so hot that my black crocs shrunk! They don't fit my feet anymore! But it is okay because it is pretty fun being in the city. It is definitely different from back home! 

Also wherever I go here people stare at me and men catcall me. My trainer said that it is because I am an American. It makes me really uncomfortable wherever I go. But Sister Dimacuta says that all the American companions she's had have eventually gotten used to it. So hopefully I will too.
We have two investigators with a baptismal date this month. Sister Maggie Beth Ballon for August 15 and Sister Ricki Mae Espinosa for August 22. They are both super ready to hear the gospel and I feel so blessed to have them in my first area during my first transfer. Sister Maggie is so ready that she went to the distribution center on her own and bought the Bible, the Triple, the Hymn Book, and the Gospel Principles Manual all on her own! She is already talking about wanting to go to the temple! 

These past few days have been the hardest of my life. Here I am in a another country with another culture and whose language I don't speak. It can be really frustrating in the lessons because I have so much I want to say but I don't know how to say it. I just keep fighting though. I keep fighting because I know that this is where the Lord needs me to be right now. I am humbled for the opportunity to serve Him. I love and miss you all! 

Mahal ko po kayo,
Sister Huguely 


All the captions for any pictures are what Sister Huguely writes for a caption. 
Sister Huguely's Provo MTC "batch" but hindi ko alam (but I don't know). 

Sister Huguely and Sister Livermore outside the Philippines MTC.  


Shrine to the Soldiers

Great seal of North Carolina at the memorial for American soldiers who fought in the Philippines.  Sister Huguely's cousin, Alex Dondich, fought in the Philippines, was a POW there and, unfortunately, died as a prisoner there at 17 years old.  Baba wrote about this the week Sister Huguely left for the Philippines so the memorial has special meaning.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Last PDay in the MTC

Here is Sister Huguely's letter from yesterday, Saturday, July 18th.

Hello loves! 

Loved seeing all the pictures and reading all the emails this past week. Congratulations Maggie and Dave on your darling little girl! I love seeing baby pictures, especially since I won't be allowed to hold babies for the next 18 months! I will do my best to respond to all your emails as I always do.

I can't believe that this is my last PDay in the MTC. I leave Thursday morning and it is all starting to feel so real. I am so excited to actually be teaching real investigators and be out serving the Lord. The MTC is great but all of our investigators are just our teachers as someone else. So even though we get to teach the lessons, we aren't actually teaching investigators. Although it is crazy how even though we know it is just role play, Sister Livermore and I have really gotten to love them.

I will get to email again on Wednesday for a little bit so there should be another update pretty soon. You'll be hearing a lot from me family with my email today, my email on Wednesday, and my calls from the airport. I miss you guys tons and I am so excited to talk to you. Sometimes I forget how much I miss you and then it is PDay and I see all of the pictures and read all the emails and I remember. But I love seeing them and your inspiring words of encouragement always inspire me to refocus on my purpose and work harder than I had the week before. 

This week has been super fun! On Thursday we got to Skype TRC which is when we Skype real Filipino members and get to share a message with them. We spoke to a woman named Sister Kirstie and she was super sweet! Speaking with her made me so excited for the Philippines. Sister Livermore and I were just able to connect with her and it just reignited my belief that I am supposed to serve there. I have been foreordained to serve my 18 month mission in the Philippines. I don't need to worry because I have been called by a Prophet of God and set apart for the work. As long as I work hard and obey with exactness, the Lord will bless me. I am so excited to just get out there and start serving! 

Yesterday we had what was called In-Field orientation. It is basically a giant training meeting that lasts from 8am until 5:30pm. It sounded super boring but it was actually pretty fun! The trainer who led it was Elder Christiansen from the District 2. We got to do a lot of activities and learned a lot of super useful information. Like the best way to street contact, and how to set goals. We spent most of our time on how important it is to use members in missionary work. I now have such a greater appreciation for the missionaries and feel bad at all the times they asked me to invite someone to church and I didn't! Family please give the missionaries as many referrals as possible! Also go on out teaching with them as much as possible too! Member missionaries are so much better naturally at bringing others to Christ than us full-timers are. Investigators relate to you so much more because you are normal people like them. We are weird. It is hard to relate to someone who has given up 18months to 24months of their life in order to just spread the gospel. So please do all you can to give referrals and to go out teaching as well. Sorry I am done preaching now! 

Something funny that happened in infield was that Sister Livermore and I got to be in a play. The trainers put on a funny show for us about the importance of members and missionaries working together and Sister Livermore and I had little parts as members of the ward council. I was the Relief Society President and when they introduced me I went around giving hugs because I was full of charity and love. Then when I got to the trainers playing missionaries I was supposed to go up and try and hug him and then he jumped back and his companion said "The Charity stops there Sister." It was pretty funny and everyone laughed. We only volunteered to be in it because no other sisters wanted to do it but it was fun and I am glad we did. 

I am always so busy here that by Saturday and Sunday I am so tired! I usually try and nap on Saturday and then sometimes I fall asleep again on Sundays when we sit on temple grounds! Whoops! There is a picture of me after I fell asleep on Sunday. It is pretty funny. The temple is open again and I am so excited to go again! 

I miss you all! Keep emailing and writing!

Mahal kita,
Sister Huguely 

Sister Huguely standing next to her cousin, Elder Rolapp. So happy to see them together and smiling!
Sister Huguely napping on the temple grounds on Sister Livermore's knees.  She is definitely a Huguely if she can nap like that!

Sister Huguely captioned this one: "Hindi ko alam (I don't know lol)"

Saturday, July 11, 2015

One PDAY left in the MTC

Latest letter from Sister Huguely.  She received her itinerary to fly to the Philippines and she leaves the MTC on July 23rd.  Hard to believe it is already time for her to travel so far away.  The best part is that she gets to call us from the airport.

Hi my loves,

I love getting all your emails! It is kind of fun being the Sister whose family and friends love her the most! Haha just kidding....sort of....I am sorry if I am not able to respond to all of them. I only have 60 minutes of emailing here and so I may not be able to get to everyone! But I can write so if you want to get letters from me just email me your home address and I'll write to you! 

This week has actually been my hardest so far. I was out with the stomach flu Wednesday and Thursday. Missing two days here is like missing two weeks of school and so I feel very behind. But I am working hard to make the days up and Sister Livermore is being very helpful and teaching me what I missed. I am so grateful to her! I am also freaking out because I feel like I know absolutely zero Tagalog and I am leaving for Manila in 12 days so that is terrifying! Yesterday I just felt like I am going to get to the Manila MTC and everyone is going to be speaking Tagalog and I am not going to know anything they are saying. 

So kasama ko (my companion) and I have decided to do an English Fast today. We are trying to speak no English and only communicate in Tagalog. It was supposed to make us feel better about our Tagalog and show that we can somewhat speak it; however we haven't been very good at it and so far it has only made me realize how little I know. It is okay though because at least I am trying. I just have to remember that there is no way I am going to learn this language without the Lord's help and I just keep praying ferociously for the Gift of Tongues. I really need to remember to trust in Him and that through my hard work coupled with the Spirit I will be able to speak it. Uncle Brian wrote me a letter this week and in it he said that the FBI, CIA, and State Department have all come to see how so many missionaries learn languages so quickly, but they can never copy what the MTC does because they don't have the Spirit. That is so perfectly said! When I read that I just felt so comforted! I need to remember that I am not going to be able to learn this language quickly enough by myself, but through the Spirit all things are possible. 

We had an amazing Fourth of July celebration last week. The speaker spoke about how America was foreordained to be a free nation so that the Restoration could go forth. I am so grateful for that! He also talked about how Wilford Woodruff had the work done for many famous people who asked him to do it for them. One of them was Jane Austen so as you can imagine I was pretty happy about that. We then were able to watch a pretty awesome fireworks display and it was absolutely beautiful. I feel so blessed to be able to live in this great nation and to have been in the MTC for one of the Fourth of July's on my mission. 

Nothing too much else to report. I am doing well and am excited and scared to leave for Manila.

Mahal Kita,
Sister Huguely 

Sister Huguely and the other sisters in her district at the 4th of July celebration.

A note from Sister Huguely's teacher who left to teach new incoming missionaries.  We tried to translate with google translator but we didn't have much luck.  



Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Letter from Sister Huguely on Independence Day!

Hi my loves!

How is it possible that I am already halfway through being here in Provo?  I literally can't believe that coming this Wednesday I will have been out for a month! Everyone says that the MTC drags on and that the field flies by. Well if the MTC is passing by this quickly I can't imagine how quickly time will go by once I am out in the Philippines! 

Thank you for all your kind emails and pictures! It is the highlight of my week when I am able to see what you all have been up to and to hear from you! It is a nice reminder that there is life outside of the bubble. Haha.

Happy Fourth of July! I feel so blessed that I was born into a country as great as this one. I am so grateful to all the men and women who have laid down their lives in preservation of my freedom. I don't care what anyone says, the United States is truly the greatest country in the world! Haha. (But really though we all know it is true) We are having a Fourth of July celebration later with Fireworks and I am so excited! I really hope that there is some barbecue!! Hahaha! 

I am doing well. The language is hard of course but it is coming slowly but surely. I just have to keep up the faith. Sometimes when I am in class and I learn a new word I just think to myself that can't be a real language. Like no way. Like the word for remembered is naaalaala (I think that is how you spell it). But like seriously how does one even say a word like that? Haha. But all jokes aside I know that Tagalog isn't as bad as like Chinese or Japanese. At least I can identify the letters.

There have been times when we have said some very wrong things! For instance once my kasama said that she was the church of Christ! Hahah whoops!! It wasn't as bad as mine though. We were with an investigator and teaching him about the apostasy, and I tried to say that the people killed the apostles and I accidentally said that the apostles killed the people! My investigator was just like "ano?" (which means what) and I was like oh my gosh I am so sorry and corrected myself! Haha. Sometimes you just have to laugh about stuff like that! It was a good learning mistake and I will definitely not make it again!

Our investigators are progressing really nicely. One of our investigators is named Laila and she is so in tune with the Spirit! We were teaching her about the Book of Mormon and how it can give her solace in a life of turmoil (because she has had a really hard life). I felt impressed to share Helaman 5:12 with her, which is my favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon, and while she was reading it the Spirit was so strong. She then prayed at the end of the lesson for help with her trials and to know the Book of Mormon was true. It was just such a heartfelt and honest prayer and the Spirit was so strong that by the end of it my kasama and I were both on the brink of tears! It is amazing what the Spirit can do! 

Computer isn't working so I can't send any pictures sorry! I miss you all tons and love you lots! 

Mahal Kita (Love you)
Sister Huguely 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BATS

Oh how we love Saturdays!  Letter we received from Sister Huguely today. We are so proud of her and grateful for her positive, funny and creative personality.  We just really miss her!!!

Hello my loves,

Keep sending me emails and letters! I love hearing from you all and miss you tons!

So it was an eventful week. Haha. It is the new mission president's seminar and so all of the apostles are in the MTC. So far I have seen Elder Bednar twice and Elder Oaks one time. Some of the girls in my zone actually got to talk to Elder Holland because they were doing service in the building where they are! Because they are in the main building we eat lunch in the gym. It is kind of nice because on pdays and after service you don't have to change to go into the gym for meals, unlike the cafeteria. Plus we have had taco bell and subway so it has been pretty good. 

I moved into a brand new building last pday. We all loved it because the rooms were way big and really clean and nice.  Also the showers were bigger than the last hall. Then on Thursday they called a special meeting for all of the sisters at the end of class. Everyone was really excited because we all assumed an apostle was going to come speak to us. So there were all the sisters crammed into seats and they announce that a bat has been found in our building and we all have to move back to where we were! I was just like "is this real life?" Haha. Turns out it was! So about 400 or 500 sisters had to repack and move. It was a pain but all of the elders helped carry the bags and other sisters would help you carry stuff up and down the stairs. After I moved I did this. We had our meeting at about 4, ate dinner, moved and were all out by about6:30. The church is just such a well-oiled machine. Haha.

This week Sister Livermore and I taught two investigators. One of those is Laila. She is a super sweet girl but she is very lost and confused. We felt that we needed to explain to her that God loves her and that she can know the truth through prayer and the Holy Ghost. The Spirit was so strong! Sister Livermore was telling her about how she would feel the Spirit and then she went silent for a long time. I wanted to say something but everything was choking in my throat. Then Sister Livermore asked her how she felt right now. We then had an awesome discussion about the Holy Ghost. I later found out that Sister Livermore was prompted to ask her that question! I am glad the Spirit was able to silence me! It just goes to show you how imperfect we are, but how the Spirit can overcome those weaknesses.

I am kind of sad because today is the last pday in the MTC where we get to go to the temple because it is closing for three weeks.  It is ok though because we will have more time to prepare for the week and prepare our lessons. I just love the temple and wish I could keep going.

For service every Monday we get to put up the 16 flags in the front and get to choose which ones to put up! It is super cool!! Of course we chose the Philippines flag!

I got packages from Tootsie and Baba this week! Fisher's popcorn from Tootsie and Cookies and trailmix from Baba! I was ecstatic to receive both! Yum Yum! Haha I am such a dork! 

All my love,
Sister Huguely 
Fisher's Popcorn from Tootsie and Pop.  Love the Tagalog words on the white board.

Sister Livermore and Sister Huguely on their Sunday walk around the temple. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I can teach you to dance but you have to hear the music!

Letter from Sister Huguely - 6/20/15.  So great to hear from her and see that she is doing so well.  Still being a goofball!!!

Hi my loves,

So somehow this week was better than the last. I am not sure how that is.  I am trying to send you all as many emails as I can back but it is hard because I am only supposed to be able to email for about 60 minutes.  But keep sending me some because I love it! 

So first of all last week I talked about how I was struggling with the amount of prayers we said.  I had really been praying to Heavenly Father asking him to help me with my desire to pray.  Then on Sunday the fireside speaker spoke about how prayer should be central to everything we do and everything we teach. I could literally feel the Spirit wrapped around me in love. I was just so warm and fuzzy!! What an amazing answer to prayer! I was so grateful to my Heavenly Father for answering my prayer and to that Speaker for listening to the prompting he had to speak about prayer. I know it was specifically for me. I don't think I had felt the Spirit that strongly before.

On a funnier note my entire branch has been instructed by our President to sing in the MTC choir which performs every Tuesday devotional. We practice every Sunday and Tuesday at 5:15.  We were practicing on Tuesday and they were also trying out the monitors.  My kasama (companion) and I were on it.  I looked up at the projector screen and I like made a face of shock and then looked down really quickly. It was just so zoomed in and I was just so pale! I then started cracking up and whispered to my kasama "the camera is like right in our face" and she looked and busted out laughing.  They had to stop the run and they conductor was like "don't look at the projector screens" and they flashed a sign on the projector screens with goofy bending down between his legs saying "don't be goofy." So then of course we got so embarrassed and starting laughing even more. Our branch thought it was so funny. Don't worry I got control during the devo and was able to be on the screen without laughing.

As for the quote in the subject that's something from a conference talk. We were talking about it in class in reference to the gospel. Basically it was saying that we can only invite our investigators to come to Christ. Their conversion is all up to them reaching out to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We can teach them what to do, but if they don't feel the Spirit there is nothing we can do for them. I think that is so true! It helped me so much because I know that there will be times with my investigators where I feel the Spirit so strongly but they might not and it isn't a fault on me but they just simply are not yet ready for the gospel. I need to remember that because I am super hard on myself.

Love to all, 
Sister Huguely
Sister Huguely loved the photo album from Alexis.  THANKS!

A few Tagalog words
Sister Huguely with her companion, Sister Livermore - goofy together



Still Goofy!
Provo Temple

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sister Huguely's First Email

We were so happy to receive an email from Sister Huguely today.  While she is in the MTC, her preparation day or p-day (the one day a week she is able to check email) is Saturday .  We should receive an email from her every Saturday.  Here is her email:

Hi Loves!

Thank you for all of your emails!  It means so much to me!  Keep it up!  I will try and respond to all of you!! 

Well today is my first P-Day and I have so much to tell you!  Let me start by saying that the MTC hasn't been too bad at all.  From what everyone was telling me I honestly thought that it was going to be super hard and the most grueling thing I have ever been through but it's really fine.  I haven't been homesick really, which is awesome.  I do miss you guys of course but I am not like obsessing or anything about it.  I haven't even cried once.  I think it will probably be different in the field! HAHA.  Because honestly the MTC is just like more spiritual BYU.  I have seen a ton of my friends so far and so that's awesome! 

My district is awesome! We have one trio of elders and two companionships of sisters. They are so funny!  My companion's name is Sister Livermore and she is so sweet and funny!  We have had such funny moments this past week.  Sister Livermore accidentally said that she was the Church of Jesus Christ in Tagalog.  We all laughed hysterically!  Another Elder accidentally left his only Tagalog Book of Mormon with on of our investigators! It was so funny!! He wasn't supposed to leave it because our investigators here are just other Tagalog teachers. 

Tagalog is actually coming really well!  We had to teach our investigator in Tagalog and it was hard but we made it through!  I don't know much yet but I have been able to absorb what have we learned so far.  We actually are already starting to pray in Tagalog!  It's hard but it's coming along. 

I think the hardest thing so far has been the amount of times we pray each day.  It's awesome that we get to commune with God so much, but I always forget.  I am only used to praying twice a day and we pray so much more than that.  I constantly have to be reminded by Sister Livermore.  I'm getting better but it is a little bit of an adjustment. 

I miss you guys so so much!! No pictures this week.  I have been really busy, and I promise I'll send some next week!!

Love,
Sister Huguely 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Into the MTC She Goes!


Sister Huguely entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah at 1:00pm (MST). She'll be here for 6 weeks learning Tagalog. Good Luck Sister Huguely! We already miss you and love you so much it hurts!! Thanks Baba for taking her!

In front of the Provo Temple

Ran into college friend, Jake. He also entered the MTC today and will be serving in Taiwan.

Selfie with Baba!

Sister Huguely's host taking her into the MTC.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bittersweet

Our dear Sister Huguely left RDU today and it was very hard to say goodbye.  My friend summed it up best when she said, "I was surprised how my heart could be so happy yet ache so much at the same time!"  We will all miss her so much! Lots of tears were shed! It was amazing to see that within 5 minutes of being at the airport, Sister Huguely had talked to people about what she is getting ready to do. No one has ever asked us where we were traveling or what we were doing before today. We have so much gratitude!

Paige and Caitlin made friendship bracelets with the Philippine flag colors (which happen to be the same as the NC flag colors) for all of us to wear while Sister Huguely is serving.













Not going to be the same without the oldest sister!




Sunday, June 7, 2015

Officially Sister Huguely

Very emotional day today as Sister Huguely was set apart as a missionary by President Harding.  What amazing promises and blessing she received. We are so proud of her!

We are going to miss her so much!

President Harding and Sister Huguely

My Farewell Talk (May 31, 2015)

Thanks to all my family and friends who came to hear me talk in Sacrament meeting. I so appreciate all of you! Here's a copy of my farewell talk.

Taylor’s Farewell Talk: Come Listen to the Prophet’s Voice
 In our time we are blessed with a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson who gives us revelation from God that is specific for us.  He along with the First Presidency and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles are called and ordained as prophets, seers, and revelators.  They are called by God and are just as much prophets as Moses, or Isaiah.  The Lord says in D&C 1:38, “What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. “  In other words the prophet is the Lord’s mouthpiece on the Earth and when he gives us counsel it is as if God is speaking directly to us.
From the time of Adam, the Lord has given counsel to His children on the earth through prophets.  Prophets receive revelation from God for the entire world.  There are countless examples of Holy prophets in the scriptures.  Abraham for example received the Abrahamic Covenant, which promised that he would have numerous seed and that if they would accept the gospel they would “be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal” (Abraham 2:11).  As descendants of Abraham today these promises are still given to us, and because I can receive those blessings, I am so grateful that Abraham was a true prophet of God and able to obtain this covenant through revelation. 
In Amos 3:7 we read “surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants, the prophets.”  This scripture was reiterated in the Book of Mormon in 1 Nephi 22:2 which states “By the Spirit are all things made known unto the prophets, which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh.” Since the beginning of the Earth, God has proven again and again that these scriptures are completely true.  For instance in Genesis chapter 6 we read that “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” and so he “said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.  Make thee an ark” (Genesis 6:5;13).   Because God reveals all things to his prophets, Noah was able to build the ark, and mankind and all the animals were preserved from the flood.  The Lord would never have flooded the Earth without first telling his servant Noah.
The Lord revealed warnings to His prophets’ in the Book of Mormon as well.  Abinadi foresaw the destruction of the wicked people of King Noah if they would not repent, and tried to reconcile the people with God (Mosiah 12:8).  Alma believed Abinadi’s words and was able to convert about “four hundred and fifty souls” and bring them safely from the Land of Nephi (Mosiah 18:34-35).  However the wicked King and his priests would not repent and the kingdom was taken over by the Lamanites and King Noah suffered death by fire (Mosiah 19).  From these stories we can learn that God would never strike His children without first warning the people and giving them the opportunity to repent.
            Amos 3:7 still stands in these Latter-days.  Regarding the counsel Jesus Christ gave in Matthew 24:36 that no man would know the day or hour of the Second Coming, the Prophet Joseph Smith said “Did Christ speak this as a general principle throughout all generations? Oh, no, He spoke in the present tense.  No man that was then living upon the footstool of God knew the day or the hour.  But he did not say that there was no man throughout all generations that should not know the day or the hour.  No, for this would be in flat contradiction with other scripture.  For the prophet says that God will do nothing but what He will reveal unto His servants the prophets.  Consequently, if it is not made known unto the prophets, it will not come to pass.”  From this counsel, we learn that even the date of the Second Coming will eventually be revealed to the living prophet at that time.  This fact gives me such comfort; because I have always struggled when the answers to my Gospel questions have been “We don’t know.”  However because we have a living and ordained prophet on the Earth today there are no “We don’t know”’s in the Gospel—there are only “We don’t know yet”’s.  All answers to questions will be revealed in their due time.
            Prophets don’t only reveal God’s future actions but also those that will be done by mankind.  For instance Isaiah prophesied the crucifixion of the Savior by saying that “he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).  In the Book of Mormon Nephi prophesied of the colonization of the Americas, and the establishment of the United States as a free nation.  For instance in 1 Nephi 13:12 he describes Columbus coming across the Atlantic as “a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.”  The prophet Joseph Smith also made many prophesies in the Latter-days, for example he foresaw the American Civil War in 1832; we can see this prophesy in D&C section 87, which reads “thus saith the Lord…beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls…for behold the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain…in order to defend themselves” (D&C 87:1;3).
            Because our living prophets are just as much God’s servants as those in times of old, we must study their words.  We should take time to read the Ensign, and watch General Conference, because these contain counsel that is specifically tailored for our day.  We can learn just as much from these modern day counsels as from the scriptures of old.  This is not just a good suggestion; the Lord has instructed us to follow the prophets’ counsel.  In D&C 21:4-5, the Lord tells us “thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; for his word ye shall receive as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.”  Because the Lord’s words and the prophet’s words are one in the same if we disobey the prophet we are disobeying our Father in Heaven.  We should not worry about following the prophet’s voice because a prophet will never lead us astray.  The Lord has promised that if we follow the prophet’s counsel “the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory” (D&C 21:6).
            As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are unique in our belief that Heavenly Father has modern prophets on the Earth today.  While this is a unique view, it is in no ways strange, because Heavenly Father has been giving instructions to his people through his holy prophets since the beginning.  While there have been periods of apostasy, the gospel has always been restored to the Earth and the people once again have had a prophet of God.  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency has said, “Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance.”  Life without a prophet would certainly be dark, and confusing.  Our day is full of turmoil with wars and contentions occurring all over the world, and it is great to know that President Monson and the Apostles have the ability to give us true light and guidance in a time of such terror.  We can also take great comfort knowing that the Lord will never leave us without a prophet again.  We live in the fullness of times and as the last and great dispensation we have been promised that there will never be another great apostasy again.  It brings me such joy to know that through my entire life I will never be without the counsel of a living prophet.
            Everyone must gain a testimony of living prophets for himself or herself.  My belief in modern prophets came very simply: it came from a testimony of the Book of Mormon.  In Moroni 10:4 we learn that “when ye receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true, and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”  In other words after we have read and studied the Book of Mormon, we must pray and ask Heavenly Father if it is true.  I have read the Book of Mormon and have asked Heavenly Father and I have received the answer that it is a true record of ancient peoples in the Americas.  Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, seer, and revelator.  President Ezra Taft Benson said that the Book of Mormon is “the most singular evidence in support of Joseph Smith’s claim to being a spokesmen for Almighty God.”  Joseph Smith brought the Book of Mormon into the Latter-days by revelation and I know that he must have been a true prophet of God, because the Book of Mormon is true.  Because Joseph Smith was a true prophet, the Church is true, and because the Church is true, President Thomas S. Monson is God’s prophet living on the Earth today.

            Because I have this knowledge of the Gospel, I look forward to being able to share it with my brothers and sisters in the Philippines.  The Gospel brings such joy to my life and I hope that I can be a tool in God’s hand to bring that joy to others on my mission as well as throughout the rest of life.  I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the path to happiness and I want to share it with as many people as possible.  One of the reasons that I have such a desire to serve a mission is because of the love and sacrifice of my Savior.  He paid the ultimate price for my sins, and because of Him I can return to live with my Heavenly Father and my family forever.  While I know I have covenanted to always follow Him, I felt that the least I could do was dedicate 18 months of my life to serving Him and to bringing others to Him.  When you put that into perspective it seems miniscule.  If I live the average life expectancy for women in the United States at 81, 18 months is only 1.8% of my life.  This gift is nothing compared to what He gave me, but I know that the Lord will be pleased with me for going.
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