Sooooooooooooo a lot has happened since I last wrote!
all I am transferred!!!We had transfers on Friday so we traveled to urdaneta.
Transfer meeting was so stressful! Jjust waiting to hear where we are going
and who we will be with. President has all the new sisters stand on one side of
the chapel and the trainers stand on the other side. Then he called out our
areas. So I am here in Lingayen Zone, Manat B area. I am training and opening a
brand new area! I am also training of course. My first anak is sister Stokes!
She is so so great! She is from mount Shasta Ca and worked at Disneyland! She is
just like me it is crazy! Oh and she goes to byu-i. Anyway we are here in
our new new area. Some of the places in this area have never been visited by
missionaries! We are excited. This area is very very very hot and it is
basically all fish ponds where people raise fish to sell. The area smells like
fish and so does the water we shower in. We live with two other sisters, Sister
Caunca and sister Baluyot. They are both from the Philippines. Sister Baluyot is
also a trainee.It is really beautiful here. I am happier to be surrounded by
water instead of tobacco like in my last area :)
So they worked with us on
Saturday so they could sort of show us the area. Basically what we will be doing
is finding finding finding! New investigators and less active members and
working closely with out church leaders! The problem is we have no branch
mission leader! Hopefully we will have one soon.Our branch president is really
nice and supportive.
My last few days in Caba were hard! I love all the
people there so much and I hated saying goodbye. But I will hopefully see them
all again someday. I know it is the Lord's plan for me to be here in Manat B.
Even though it is hard to open an area and train, I know I can receive strength
from the atonement of Jesus Christ.
So training is fun! Sister Stokes is
great she is ready to work and has a great desire to serve. The branch members
are surprised that president put two foreigners together but I like it :)
helping her adjust to the culture and the language here. There is a different
dialect here. Last area I was in La Union where they speak Ilocano. Here we are
in Pangasinan where they speak pangasinan. We just speak Tagalog though :)
am pretty comfortable with the language now. Sister Stokes is very diligent at
language study so she will improve really fast once she gets over the initial
shock. We are following the spirit since we don't really know the
I received dearelders this week from Kara and
Samantha and mommy! I love your dearelders!!!!!
Sorry this is so short
today! more to come about investigators and fish!
I love you and I am sure you already know that but I just thought I would
remind you one more time. also this key board has one " enter"" key missing and
one shift key missing so sorry for all the mistakes. anyways how are you?
i hope you are happy and I hope you are laughing and telling jokes. Today is
pday (duh) and we had a zone lunch at the Gatchalians! of course it was
delicious. it was so fun because afterward we all were so full so we just sat
there telling jokes. All the Filipinos would laugh at the Filipino jokes and
the Americans would laugh at the American jokes. and we would all pretend to
laugh at each others jokes. I couldn't think of any jokes! I was thinking darn i
wish Samuel was here he is the funny one. and Alex too of course. anyway. Elder
Kaur from idaho told a funny one " Two snowmen were standing in the field and
one said to the other " Hey do you smell Carrots?" haha!!!
Sooooooooo i have exciting news! on Wednesday we had just finished a lesson
with a less active when the phone rang. I said "hello po!" and it was elder maze
one of the assistants. "Hello sino yong kinausap ko?" sabi ko " Sister Stapp"
tas sabi nya "how are you sister stapp" and I said "great!" "are you in a
lesson?" "we just finished" "Well great sister stapp i have some news for you.
do you have any idea what it might be?" "No i have no idea" (i really did have
an idea) then he said " Well congratulations sister you will be training this
next transfer!" yaya!!!
So yon I will be training! I'm going to be a mommy! We attended what is
called "training the trainers" in Urdaneta on Friday. We heard workshops from
the assistants and president. He told us that we are "watchmen on the tower" we
are responsible for helping these missionaries become responsible, obedient and
successful missionaries. I am excited but nervous! I don't know if i will be
training here in Caba or opening an area. Most likely I will be opening an area
since i have been here for 6 months now. I have butterflies, but the Lord will
help me i know He will. He will qualify me if i continue to be obedient. ah!!!
Transfer day is on Friday so next email you will know who my trainee is! She
will be great i just know it.
Also good news! I have worn holes in my shoes!!!! Well it happened a few
weeks ago but i forgot to tell you. yes we walk a lot. I was wondering why
one of my shoes was always sandy on the inside then i looked and there was a
hole! Now they are Holy shoes. haha! I haven't taken a pic but will soon for
So this week is great. We are so excited because our investigator brother
Charles is progressing really well and getting excited for his baptism on April
6. He said last night that he knows Joseph smith was a prophet and that he can
feel his prayers being answered. I am so happy about this because he is 20 years
old! He is a potential missionary, plus his mother is so supportive. He said
that he wants us to come everyday the week before his baptism so he can be more
and more prepared. I feel so good when the missionary and the investigator are
feeling the spirit together. Spirit speaking to spirit.
Here on the mission I have more fully realized how involved the spirit is
in every aspect of our lives. It is true that he is our constant companion...we
are never ever alone if we are obedient and heed to the promptings.
So you want to hear about my every day life here in the phils....Well i
wake up...I usually wake up to the sound of roosters and people singing karaoke
next door...shower in Cold water. It feels nice though because it is so hot! I
have been eating oatmeal for breakfast lately. delicious. When we go out to
proselyte there are people selling things like corn, fish, and .....stuff like
that. people are also selling things at their stores that they own. Here it
seems like almost every one owns a small convenience store....they sell crackers
and eggs, oil, rice....the essentials. Either they make a living selling things
or giving rides in they're trike. All the trike drivers know us and know where out
investigators live haha! Everyone knows everyone here in the phils. Contacting
less actives is actually pretty easy if you know what barangay they live in.
Everyone is like a big family. When i tell them I don't really know the names of
my neighbors they are shocked!!
Chicken Dinner! (the Filipinos are so beautiful!)
I love you all and i love this work. I love Jesus Christ. I know he live
and loves all of us. I know that the more we understand his atonement the more
we will want to follow and become like him. Make sure you read everyday your
scriptures! and keep writing me dear elders! i love them! i get them all!
I love hearing about your everyday lives and the things you are doing to
help the Lord's work move foreword. 2 Cor 3:3 > really good scripture. The
gospel should be written in the fleshy tables of our heart!!!
Mahal na mahal ko kayo1!!
ps. love the pics! That baby is so cute!!!
PS. I got grandma's/pa's Easter package!!! tell them i love it and i opened it already so
sister dacuno could open it with me :) tell them i love them so so so
PS. I try not to think about the time. i still get a little homesicky some times
but i just work it off! Can you believe I have been here 8 months???!!!!
The Fullmer's are Senior Missionaries in Julia's area. She sends me little tid bits about Julia. Here is an email from today and below are some photos from their blog.
"We went with Sister Stapp and Sister Dacuno last Saturday to visit some families. She is
amazing at how great she speaks Tagalog. We know she worked hard. It was a
pleasure to listen to her. We went to one family and that was the hardest ever
for us. It would have been nice to sit outside even though it was hot, but they
wanted us to come into their very poor home. They put a fan on us, but it was
blowing the hottest air. It felt like 100 degrees. We were there 40 minutes. We
do visit some homes that are hot, but not like that one. It was all tin and was
just holding the heat in. We have come to love and appreciate these missionaries because they are so
dedicated and really sacrifice comfort. They are coming to dinner Wednesday and
we love having them. We could let you know after Friday where she will be but
she probably wants to tell you herself."
Sorry this email is so so late! We had a zone activity today
that took a while. It was really fun though! We cleaned the chapel and then ate
food and then watched 17 Miracles! Of course I was bawling. I love that movie.
It is amazing the things the early saints went through to be able to get to the
Salt Lake Valley to attend the temple. I will always be grateful for their strong
testimonies and endurance.
So this week has been great! We had exchanges on
Wednesday. We exchanged with the sisters in San Fernando zone. Sister Dacuno
went to work in San Juan and I stayed here in Caba. Sister Lim came to work with
me. She is from valenswela (sp?) and has been in the field for 2 weeks! It was
so fun to work with her. She is a good missionary. Working with her gave me a
little taste of what it will be like to train. I was also able to see how much I
have improved and what I still need to improve on! I realized that I still have
things to work on but I think I can handle training :) I am grateful for these
Also this week we are so happy because one of our less- active
families that haven;t been to church in years came to church yesterday! The
S__________ family are sealed in the temple and used to be active but it has been
years. We have been teaching and teaching them helping them build their faith.
The mom seemed to have lost hope and seemed to have lost the desire also to
attend church. But yesterday we were so surprised and happy to see them. They
were happy too!
We are teaching Sister N___ (former investigator) again. She
came to church suddenly again and said she wants us to teach her. Her heart has
been softened and she is more accepting of the Book of Mormon.
Oh speaking of
the BofM I spoke in sacrament this week! I spoke about the Book of Mormon and how it is the greatest gift to mankinD in
our time. I love the BofM so so so much. I love reading it everyday. I am so
grateful for the example of my parents. They always read every day and
encouraged me to do so also. I didn't always listen to them but now I will!!
I cannot live without this book!
I received lots of mail this week.
My birthday package! No I have not opened it. The Easter card! I love the eggs
and all the fun notes! Sofia, Nick, Michael, Anthony and Rachelle!!! I love you
and your notes made me laugh and cry. You are lights in my life. Sofia congrats
on your first place! You are wonder woman! Also I got letters from Grandma and Grandpa Stapp. Kate. Bailey and
Shelby. and of course your Easter letter.
Anthony : Oh nuthin much just
preaching the gospel you know same ol' same ole Alex: Sure I guess you can
use it but only if you email me every week! Sam: Yes the church is true!!!
Are you still swimming?
Sooooo anyway I want to tell you that I love
you all so so so much. and I have officially been on the mission for 8 months!!!
Ahhhh!! the time goes by too to tooo fast. make it stop! Anyway thank you for
your prayers and love. I pray for all of you often and will continue to do so.
Keep reading the Book of Mormon. This book is a blessing from God that we should
cherish and never waste by leaving it on the shelf. Love Sister
1. Any fun adventures this week?
Spiders!!! I walked into the
bathroom to shower and found a suprise! A huge spider! Bigger than queen
elizabeth! I sceamed and it crawled up to the cieling.
2. What about the ward, do they have activities? Do you go?
doesn't have activities that much, but the Relief Society does! We attend
sometimes if we have an investigator or if they invite us specifically or if
there is food....haha joke.
3. Do you teach classes at the church, like Gospel Principles?
There is a
gospel principles class...if the teacher is not there the branch mission leader
teaches...if he is not there we teach!
4. Are you feeling strong and healthy?
Yes! I get headaches because of
the heat sometimes but water is the key! Also my ear acts up but otherwise I am
5. Are there any holidays the
Filipinos are celebrating there?
It seemes like the Filipinos have a holiday
everyother day. They are always celebrating some national heroes bday. The kids
are out of school often for these holidays.
p.s. Sis Dacuno recieved your letter and was so so happy :) you can send her
another if you want! What are the emails of sarah and rachelle? I got a
dearelder from you and Sarah!!! Tell Sarah I love her so so much and
tell Tyler that we don't have an oven but we have a toaster and a stove!
haha!! I love you
So chowking is my favorite fast food here in the Phils. We just got
one in the city over. We haven't been able to eat there yet though :( too busy.
How are ya? I hope you are all happy and healthy. My ear infection is gone
and I am feeling well. It is so hot over here! Ive started to shower at night
because it is so sweaty. Especially when we have appointments in the mountains.
Anyway this week was great!
We had a baptism! Sister Judith got baptized. She
is not in my area. She is from Aringay. But I was a part of teaching her when we
were working in Aringay and Caba. She is very smart and happy. She has a fiance
that is a member and lives in Oregon. He was so so happy that she is part of the
true church. I sang "I walk by faith" at the service. The problem was that I had
no time to practice the song! I thought I knew the tune but I had forgotten
between now and when I last sang it when I was a Beehive. hehe! So I sort of
made up my own tune. I think she still felt the spirit.
So did I tell you
about Charles? So Bro Charles is on of our new investigators. Well he is not
really knew. This is his 3 time investigating the church! He is the son of
Sister Rose L_____ who has been baptised for just over a year. I taught him
when Sister Cabrera was my companion but he did not continue because he could
not accept that there was a living prophet today. Anyway he came to church this
Sunday and the lesson happened to be about prophets. He didn't talk or ask
questions like I thought he would he just sat and listened. But later that night
we visited him and he told us that he had had a confirmation that prophets lead
the church today. The teacher in Sunday School had been talking about modern day
revelation when he mentioned Pres. Hinckley and his councel for everyone to
prepare a 72hr kit in case of emergency. Bro Charles said when he heard that he
felt chills and he felt that Pres. Hinckly was inspired by God to give that
councel. We asked him if he had any doubts about prophets still. He said
no. His baptismal date is april 6. I hope I am still here to see him be
So everyone in Caba is suprised that I am still here. They don't
want me to leave though! They all say "We will lose our singer!" they give
me too much praise. It seems like I sing in sacrament every week. I love
it though. I love to sing.
Also this week we held a workshop for our
auxiliary leaders. We gave workshops about scripture study, prayer,
administering vs. ministering, and the Holy Ghost. They really appreciated it.
We are helping them convert themselves so they can improve the branch and their
ummmmmmm what else........ I am loving the work still. I am trying
my best to be 100% obedient everyday. Sometimes I want to sleep in till 7am. but
I know if I do that, I am wasting the Lord's time. This time is not mine and I
will use it all to help the Lords work move foreword!
I love the book of
Mormon and I love reading it everyday.
I just opened an email from my
mission president and this is all he had to say:
"Be ready to train. We have
14 new sisters arriving in a month! We love you."
Pray for me!
I love you all more than words can say!
Kumusta family! (and friends who are also reading!)
Hope you all had a great
week. I hope you are all safe and happy and reading your scriptures. I am
happy! We had transfer awareness on Wednesday and it was very suspenseful. Our
zone leader Elder Olson from Canada had us all vote who would be transferred. We
all voted and ended up with 8 names including mine. Of course everyone voted me
because I have been here almost 6 months. So Elder Olson told the 8 to bare
their testimonies. It is tradition that the transferees always bare their
testimony before they leave. So we did so. It was hard because we didn't know if
it was for real or not! So after we were done and after a few tears. Elder Olson
introdused the twist. we had voted 8 names but only 3 are actually getting
transferred! So then he told us who they were and it wasn't me. Yes I am still
here in Caba! Still here with sister Dacuno :) I was so suprised I was sure I
would be transferred but oh well. Sister Palmer my mtc companion is
training this transfer in Urdaneta. I am happy for her she will do great.
Food news!!! I ate Balut this week! Yes I did it. I had to becuse it
was sister Sheilas last day! (she left for the mtc) It was actually ok. First
you suck the juice out. which is good. Then you eat the chick. I ate it in the
dark and in 3 pieces. it was not that good. I almost didn't do it. but i have to
do it at least once right! then after the chick you eat the yolk. just tasted
like egg. the chick had feathers and feet and eyes and everything! not even my
companion has eaten a chick! I am more Filipino than she is! haha. That is is
for the food news. back to you stan. Temple news! Aringay Branch had
their temple trip this week we are so happy because our recent converts were
able to go! Sister Rose who has been baptized for just a year recieved her
own endowment and she is so happy! Also Bro Freddie who will be baptized for a
year later this month went and was baptized for his parents. It is amazing how
the blessings of the temple can strengthen ones testimony. Just looking at
sister rose and bro freddie I can tell they have been to the temple and felt the
spirit there. the whole branch was buzzing this sunday because of what they had
all seen and felt there. I cannot wait to go back to the
Investigator news! Our investigators are all progressing and
interested still. They are reading and praying. But, we had no investigators
attend Sacrament Meeting this week! :( we were sad. It is hard when no one that
says they will come comes. It is something we just need to go through on the
mission. We are devestated when it happens, but it does not mean we give up. We
just try harder to teach them the importance of church attendance. We teach
through the spirit so they will understand and feel also the importance.
see other details for mom, we mopped the floor last night. It was fun.
ummm...we had ham for lunch yesterday. Oh also the other day I was in the
bus and "Only Hope" was playing on the bus full blast! It made me think of you
daddy! I love you!I love this work! It is not easy but it is worth it! It is
challenging some weeks we have no new investigotors or sometimes they don't come
to church but we always move foreward and always keep the faith. We are led by
the spirit and we are endowed with power and authority. I know this church is
true and I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of God. I know we have a
Heavenly Father who has a perfect body of flesh and bone. I know He has a Son
who is Jesus Christ who is perfect and lives! I love them and I love my family.
I am so grateful for you all and for your support and love. Keep moving
foreward! Sister Stapp