This Blog is about Elder Hennessey's two year mission, in the Philippines Baguio Mission, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Here are the pics of the week:

ME with Lambert, a guy we met and taught and baptized in Baguio. He’s awesome!!

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Working with Members, Namely si President Nabor the 1st Counselor.

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Friendly reminder to get your bukid ready to plant rice in it in the next 2 weeks. 

A Soccer referee wandered into the bukid/field next to our house, Philipino or Hispanic not yet confirmed. 

Pics of the baptism of Junarya and Vixen Lee (Tubby) Munar. 

A ton of stuff happened this week, and most importantly I wrote about most of it in my Journal. A cool think that happened is that Elder Pettit and I went finding and met a really nice guy and gal and were able to teach all of lesson one to them. Lesson one is The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have to say, throughout all of my many companions I have learned very well how to teach and explain doctrine and help people to set goals and make commitments to eventually get closer to doing the ordinances necessary to get into heaven. I have a lot of faith in other missionaries too, as long as they are living the things they teach. It’s really uplifting when you can see someone understanding, and then they say "you're not like other missionaries who come through here, we actually understand what you’re saying and you make sense." It’s because of the Holy Ghost that they understand, and it’s through the Holy Ghost that we always receive affirmations that our actions are indeed correct. 

And I really just wanna remind everyone that I come home in 28 days, no I'm not trunky I'm just ready. 

Elder Hennessey

Monday, June 11, 2018

This week was... WOW Very ummm, I'll just tell you a day by day. 

Monday: P-Day. Saying goodbye to members with Elder Fenn and then eating with President Dungan in Agoo.

Tuesday: Transfer Day. Waited for Elder Llagas among other missionaries coming from other zones. Got to work about 4:30.

Wednesday: Elder Pettit (My new companion) got sick so we went to Lorma, the Hospital in San Fernando, got confined until Thursday, we got home around 7:30 and went to bed after studying a little. 

Friday: Missionary Leadership Council. Talked with other mission leaders and President Bangal about stuff happening and how to help Baguio Mission.  Got out at 2, went to Lorma to get another check-up cuz Elder Pettit was feeling bad again, and then went home. Changed in time to get to Damortis Branch's Bonding night, where we just play basketball and ping-pong to help others feel comfortable hopefully about coming to the chapel. Elder Pettit led an impromptu Chapel tour; it was awesome. He grabbed a group of kids and told them to come into the church and he started talking about the stories in the pictures in all of the LDS Chapels. We ended in the room of the Baptismal Font, where people who have taken the missionary discussions and have felt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is indeed the same restored church that Jesus started when he walked the earth, can be baptized to be numbered in Jesus Christ’s one and only True Church. Basically Elder Pettit had a really good impression on the Branch. I think he will love it as his last area since he only has 4 months left too.

Saturday: Went to Agoo to have some interviews with missionaries, then to Bani to have Vixenly and Junayra interviewed for their baptism, then we got picked up by a member to go to Sison to interview his wife for Baptism. He said he was willing to wait a little bit to give us a ride to make sure that the interview happened so that he could be the one to baptize his wife the next weekend. I think that’s pretty special, finding the Gospel and then baptizing your wife. 

Sunday: We finally got a good couple hours of straight work, but being at Lorma (the hospital) for so long and having to do so many other things really killed the flow of the week. 

This morning we went to Rosario to play Basketball for 2.5 hours, I was dead tired afterwards. Shoutout to GSW with the sweep 4-0. 

I have 35 DAYS left in the Philippines, not weeks, not months, DAYS. It’s crazy to think about, I actually try not to think about it too much. I don’t know what it will be like to come home, not get into proselyting clothes (white shirt and tie) but just to kinda hangout before going on a fun trip with my family. Although, good sign, I had my first positive going home dream last night, where I wasn't worried, didn’t wake up thinking "Dang I still have 18 months left!!!" It was just nice to be in America with my family. I was also a giant who couldn't fit through the hallways of my house though, so, you tell me what that means haha


Me and Elder Pettit 

I got my eyebrows done by a girl with a razor blade. 

Cows and carabaos (water buffalo) don't get along.

 Picture from MLC

Monday, June 4, 2018

On Tuesday I will have entered into the last transfer of my mission. I also will get my last companion, Elder Pettit! We were house-mates in Baguio; he is a super cool guy, used to be recorder and drive all around our mission in our blue truck. He will be the one to "kill" me, a term used when someone is a missionary’s last companion before going home. I look forward to him being in the house and in the area. 


On Saturday we had a very nice CSP (Community Service Project). We cleaned and painted the High School of Amlang. It was a whole lotta fun to help all of the youth and YSA of the church to do this, and it’s nice to know that our efforts will be seen by many for a long time. After the painting we rushed home to shower and eat before the Baptism of John Mark Dacanay and Sister Alice Lopez. It was a very nice service, besides the fact that we didn't have power in Damortis until just about the closing song of the Program, and halfway through the first speaker a bagyo (storm) started outside. It was a very nice service and its always an honor to perform the ordinances of Baptism and Confirmation.

Congratulations to all those who just graduated from your various levels of Education, from preschool to College but most importantly those Graduating from HIGHSCHOOL haha Congratulations Greta!!!

Also I ate fried frog :) 

Elder Hennessey

Tiegue got this picture from his sisters.  In March, Siany (top) and Greta visited their Grandma Terry who is on an 18-month mission in Salt Lake City Utah.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How many Days are in the week?

So first off, I did receive the package you sent, And was kinda surprised at what was inside haha: Teeth whiteners, amino acids, a loofa, jerky, siracha, and cotton buds. Thanks for it all, I'll use it well. 

Last-last Saturday was the Philippines National Day of service, but we did it a week later cuz we had a lot of our youth gone on a Temple trip to do Baptisms for the dead.  We had a lot of fun cleaning up a beach right next to the Damortis port, where they bring in lots of fish every day. It’s sad to say that there was a lot of trash but nice to know that we made at least a small difference. The wife of a recently baptized member is a Kagawad (barangay Official), she was asked to lead us in the cleaning of the beach and she was also the one asked to start the burning of the huge pile of trash we had taken from the beach :) hehe.  It was a fun time and we took lots of fun pictures that I will try to get from members. 

I had no time for a recovery nap because we had to get over to Agoo to start Exchanges with Elder Maners and Elder Affleck in Agoo Branch 3. It was fun being able to go around my old area and see where they were active and what members were actively being visited. We were able to visit the Bautista Family, and the Abasolo Family.  It was sooo strange to me to see how the kids had grown up, and how they had done additions and renovations to their houses.  It made me think of how different my life will be when I make it back to America. 

This week we will be having the Baptism of John-Mark D. He is the grandson of a very strong member in Damortis, Damortis. He has been doing very well in the lessons and has gotten down daily prayer and also reading regularly. He is 13.

We had a Zone Conference in Baguio last week so I was able to hear about my old Investigators from Elder Manarang!!! Gladys and Dominic got married, and they just got baptized last week. They said that the Marraige was suuuper nice and they had 3 pigs. 1 60 kilo pig, 1 90 kilo pig, and 1 300 kilo pig!!!  That’s 661 pounds of pig!!!  I'm so glad that they were able to get married and to be worthy to be baptized :)

Answer:  7 WEEKS NALANG​

Sunday, May 27, 2018

This post is actually for May 21, 2018.

Question: How many legs does an Octopus have?

This week was awesome as usual!

Quick story since I've been really bad about stories. We went to a wedding on Saturday of the cousin of the family we just baptized. We went, ate, asked how the dance was the night before (they said there was just a bunch of guys and baklas, soo just a buncha guys) then we were able to teach Junayra and Vixenly. Junayra and Vixenly both have baptism dates for June 2. I don’t think there’s anything that could stand in their way of being baptized. We taught them about the Law of Chastity (about being pure and modest) and the Word of Wisdom (guidelines that keep us away from harmful substances). Since they are both pretty young they don’t have many problems with these besides the fact that everyone starts drinking coffee here at like age 8.... So that’s always something we need to clear up. 

I learned how to make Mango Shakes!!! Also Camote (sweet Potato) Shakes. They’re super good and there are mangoes falling everywhere so it works out nice :)

Rainy season hasn’t officially started yet, but its close now. 

 Joshua and Kate worked with us in the mountain. GO KATE AND JOSHUA!!!!!

Answer: 8 WEEKS LEFT Hahahahahaha :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Fellowship of the Unashamed 

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast out! I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tainted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, and my goal is Heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear! 

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. 

I won't give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up stored up, and paid up of the cause of Christ.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till I know, and work till He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear. 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ: for it is the power of God unto Salvation to everyone that believeth." -Romans 1: 16

Quoted by President Henry B. Eyring.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

I'll be coming home....

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