Sunday, May 7, 2017

2 months home!

How is it even possible to not be in the Philippines right now? How am I even here? So much has happened since I have gotten home and it both excites me and overwhelms me.  I am noticing that being home has a lot of the same feelings that I felt going out into the field had. It was an adjustment.  Something that you have to get used to, practice social interactions, practice getting back into school and work.  I'm not recreating myself, I'm just getting used to things around me again.


A lot of people have been asking me "hows the transition?"  I am not transitioning.  I am adjusting.  This is because I am not going back to who I used to be. I am not returning to my old habits, my old ways of thinking.  A mission changes you SO MUCH.  It changes the way you think. The way you work.  For me it changed SO much about who I was.  Going back to who you WERE and what you USED to do is not an option. It's a mockery of the Lords significant change in your life.
I honestly feel bad for some of my companions that had to deal with my craziness and growing.  Those sisters saw me at my best and my worst and really supported me through all of that.

The feeling is that I have only been home for a couple weeks.  I feel sad a lot of days, and seeing pictures from my mission makes me tear up.  I really desperately miss all of my friends from the mission, all my companions, investigators, and recent converts. I miss all my people haha

But coming home from a mission has been the greatest blessing.   The memories of my mission lift me and inspire daily.   The Lord really blesses and inspires ALL His children, and I feel a very special bond with my Heavenly Father.

Till next time friends!

~Sister Z

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Newbie RM: March

Hey everyone!

I kept a blog my whole mission, tracking my progress and adventures in the Philippines Cavite mission. I sent an email home every week to my family and they posted it for me. Well, I arrived home to my family exactly 6 days ago and I have been requested by many people to create an RM blog, keeping track of my adjustment back into regular life.
I think it'd be fun!
Honestly, being a new "RM" (returned missionary) has brought a whole new set of challenges to be tackled and confronted. Some of these trials were completely unexpected, some I kind of knew where coming.
Either way, this transition is a little weird for me and I want to be able to give encouragement to others who also might be going through this.
One thing I know for sure, I am going to survive this!  haha!  I learned on my mission to always keep enduring and trying my best.
I am really scared to be here and be home and be working on all these crazy adult things, but I am also very excited and happy.

So here it goes! I decided to just start this blog out with keeping track of my first 6 months home.

I was met at the airport by my parents, siblings and Auntie! BEST. DAY. EVER