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.
Huguely Sisters
All the family!
Taylor with her grandparents.
Huguely and Rolapp Cousins!

My Mission Call (February 7, 2015)


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