This is the view from the top of the apartment where our senior couples live! Its so awesome!
I take that bridge into my area every day! (My area is where all the big buildings are.)
Even though it wasn't quite the same... I missed this.
Hello from Makati!! It has been such a fun week. Life in the Philippines is always an adventure.
I LOVE Makati and I actually totally love living in the big city! Of course, I miss the beach and fresh air, but this is a really great change of pace. The city is tons of fun. I have really found it easy to count my blessings because I have many here. Like SUBWAY!!!! And Wendy's and Seven Eleven. And taxis. And sooo many people to talk to. I'm praying that I'll maybe even find Dr. Pepper soon (:
This week was super crazy because my companion is really struggling. She had to leave about half way through the week, and so I was left companionless juggling 2 wards! Yesterday, church was so crazy. I have Makati 3rd ward, the Tagalog ward, from 9-12, and then Makati 4th, the foreign ward, from 1-4. (Oh yeah, in the foreign ward there are famous people..like a former Miss Universe and a famous guy on a TV show here...And ya know, the area presidency. No pressure or anything...) And I had to have a "part time companion" the whole time. So I managed to go through probably 6 companions just in those 7 hours. Haha, ah, plus trying to work with the bishops and coordinate people to work with us this week, and organize what hours to spend in Makati 3rd and when to go to the 4th. Just writing this email my brain gets mixed up. Hopefully next week I'll be able to write and have a clearer head so I can tell you more clearly what is happening...
If there is something that I have learned this week though, is that Heavenly Father gives us hard things. Sometimes, He lets things happen to us that we feel that we can't handle. A lot of times, those things don't make sense. We just want to ask why? Why is this happening to me? Why are things hard? Why did God let this happen to me? When we are in the middle of it all, we just feel overwhelmed and want to give up. Sometimes we just spend so much time wishing for a new situation or for our problems to just disappear. But if there is one thing I know that overpowers the times when I feel like giving up, is that God loves me. He loves me perfectly and knows me exactly. He knows when I need a companion who is going to push me to be more obedient, and He knows when I need a companion who will teach me patience and love. He sent me here to the Manila mission, and He knew every crazy thing that would happen here, but He did it because He loves me! And He knows that I can become something better than I am through these experiences.
I love you all so much and I hope you have a great week! Pray for my companion and I! And pray for Makati 3rd ward and Makati 4th ward (:
Love, Sister Lockwood
One more thing that I have learned this week..
No matter where we live, what we eat, what we wear, or who we are around, there is always something to be grateful for. I may not have hot showers, or get to proselyte on the beach anymore, but when we pray to be filled with gratitude, heavenly father will help us see the hundreds and thousands of tiny little blessings that He is always showering on us.
I am so happy! I never ever would have thought I could be happy in the Philippines, with the rats and cockroaches, and with the crazy heat. But, Heavenly Father has put me in the happiest place in the world. I have found happiness because it has been something that has come from inside of me.
I hope you take time to pray and ask Heavenly Father to show you all of the beauty around you this week. There are tender mercies every day (: