Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Building Houses


We still havent heard yet about the transfer call, but its exciting. We have no sisters coming in so there will be an area closed and a threesome. We dont know what to expect because we figured out that almost all the sisters in the mission will be training this next few transfers November and December. We are not sure though who is all training but its going to be literally almost all of the seniors. Sometimes I hope that I dont train because its sooo stressful, but it would be a fun expierence. What ever happens I know that I will grow from it. All of my companions I have loved in different ways.

Speaking of companions I LOVE LOVE Sister Canoneo. We are Besties!! She is amazing. Seriously we have so much fun together. Teaching lessons, tracking, or P-day. We have an adventure on the mission. I hope that all the rest of my companions can be as cool as she is.

Last P-day we had zone activity. We played games it was fun to see all the zone. We had a fhe for the elders going home Elder Gubb and Elder Diguidoy. They are way good elders. We are going tomiss them here on the mission kay elder gubb was our zone leader and he was the bomb.com but it was a way good FHE it made me realize I am not ready for the mission to be over. We also played charades it was way fun too..

For district meeting this week we played categories. Our district this transfer is way fun and funny. We laugh all the time. For categories we were super loud but no one got mad or anything we just laughed because the elders in my district play off of eachother. Our district all have chill attitudes so we all get along.

We have a CSP every monday and we have built a whole house from the bottom up. We are almost done. We painted the roof this past monday.

We had a FHE with a new investigator brother John Rey he said its way more fun than bible study and he plans to do it with his family more often.

We have an investigator who lives with her relatives who are members. Charity is 13 years old and her parents said she could get baptized so her baptismal date is this October!! We are excited for her because she has support since she will be living with the Delfins for a couple of years.

The mission is fun. We work hard, and play hard. Its not only about being serious but its learning how to be happy in life. It doesnt always have to be serious. There is a time to be serious and a time to have fun.

I love you all and am glad we are going to be together forever!! Dont lie you are too :)

Nahigugma ko kaninyo

Sister Bruno

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to Visit Phillipines Cebu Mission

Dear Elders and Sisters,

We have been  traveling with leadership meetings and district conference all week, so I  am not able to write each of you an individual letter. However, we have a very special event to discuss.

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, we will receive a visit with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency of Seventy, and Elder Michael John U. Teh of the Seventy. Elder Holland wishes to meet with the Missionaries from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. All missionaries are invited from each island. We will be using our preparation day for this visit, so we will  be working on Wednesday and taking Thursday as our preparation day. Those traveling from the off islands will need to preserve their travel  money to make sure they can pay the cost of transportation to Cebu. The meeting will be held at the temple complex stake center.

Elder Holland has requested that all missionaries are seated in their seats by 3:00 p.m., one hour early. We should quietly be reading the scriptures and pondering on things of the spirit. Missionaries should sit with companions.

Sister Schmutz and I desire that all missionaries are spiritually prepared to receive all the Lord would have us receive from  Elder Holland, Elder Callister and Elder Teh. Therefore, I wish you to  begin preparing now to purify yourselves and prepare your hearts. Make a  commitment to be obedient in all things starting now. Study the  scriptures and be prayerful to receive the spirit at the time of this  meeting. There may be an opportunity to ask questions, so please give prayerful thought to any questions you might wish to ask. The questions should be sincere and respectful. Please fast on the day of the  meeting. Those who are traveling please try to arrange to do all travel  on the Thursday, the day of the meeting, if possible. Please work with your zone leaders and the assistants to travel together as much as  possible.

This is such a wonderful blessing and rare opportunity  to sit at the feet of our prophets and apostles. We are very excited  that we were permitted to invite all missionaries on all the islands, but it is important that you sacrifice your preparation day on Wednesday  for this purpose.

We love you and wish you a wonderful week. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

President and Sister Schmutz

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Work in Bohol

Dear Sister Bruno,

I always appreciate your enthusiasm for this wonderful work, Sister Bruno. I can see your heart is in it, and you serve because you understand and believe in your purpose as a missionary. Speaking of President Badana, I had a wonderful meeting with him two Sundays ago. I felt the Spirit working in him. I think he will be a great leader for that branch, and he loves missionary work.

I'm excited about Sister Margie's marriage and baptism. Hopefully, we will be able to attend. We loved the time we spent with you at the CSP. It was so fun to be able to talk about more personal and fun things. So thank you. We will all enjoy the memories of that occasion. We are very grateful for you, and we love and support you. Have a great week.

President Schmutz

Planting Seeds on A Mission

Dear President Schmutz,

We have really seen the blessings in our work this past Sunday. We are working hard every day and come home so tired!! When we work our hardest that's when time really flys. We are enjoying our companionship, and we are enjoying our area.

President Badana is a great help in the work. He has many great ideas we are excited to implement into our work.

Brother Noel has really taken the time to refer all of his neighbors and friends and family members to us and he even like to kuyog us to lessons.

Sister Jessie is slowly progressing and she was at church this last week.We have had Sister Ugboc fellowship her and it really has helped her progression.

We have done a lot of planting this past transfer and soon will harvest.

Sister Margie is getting married this October 15th and then in the afternoon baptized. I'm sure it will be the best day of her life.

Enjoyed the time you and Sister Schmutz joined our CSP. Thanks for the memories.

Sister Bruno

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Investigators Progressing in Baclayon

Dear President Schmutz,

The work is going good.  Our investigators though are pretty busy lately, and one of our hopeful baptismal candidates moved to Manila, but we are grateful that at least we could plant the seed.  

Brother Noel Poria our recent convert has a great desire to go on a mission.  He is 27 years old.  We told him that we would ask if it was possible for him to go on a mission since he is a recent convert.  He is amazing he is sharing the gospel with all of his family and friends.  He has no shyness.    

Sister Margie is still in the process of getting her marriage worked out, but she could be baptized at any time once they get married.  She is our only candidate for baptism this month.

Sister Ining Torraon has taken the discussions before and opened up that she wants to be baptized but her son doesn't want her to.  She said she will listen to our message at her other sons house who actually is our investigator Brother Denden Torraon who referred his mom to us.

I have two questions that no one seems to have a clear answer to.  One:  Who wrote the introduction to the Book of Mormon.  Two:  How many years after Christ are we??  2011 A.D.??  

Thank You President we would love to coordinate a baptism with you also we will let you know when we have a clear baptismal date set.

Thank You,
Sister Bruno

Happenings in Baclayon

Dear Family,

Nikita I just got the package thanks for the notes and the Swedish fish!!  Tell Samantha and your teacher thanks sooooo much!!

The work is progressing, and my companion Sister Canoneo is amazing I love her to death.

We have a district activity today at panglaw which is a huge tourist spot!  I am super excited they have white sands!!  I will send pictures.

We are pretty busy today and have to make this email short, but I love you all and promise to send pictures and a long email next week!!

Love you

Sister Bruno

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mission President Coordinates Baptisms

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <2012162-PRS@ldschurch.org>
Date: Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: Weekly Report Sent on 30 Aug 2011
To: annika.bruno@myldsmail.net

Dear Sister,

Thanks for the great report. I love hearing you speak of your investigators, because it is so clear to me that you love them and you know they are individual children of Father in Heaven. You know your purpose! I am sure that you and Sister Canoneo will do wonders there. She is a gem and we love her too, just as we love you! Keep me posted on your baptisms. If I am every in Bohol and can coordinate a baptism with you, I will try very hard to do it. Keep up the good work. Keep smiling and staying positive. We're grateful for you.

All my love,

President Schmutz