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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


This week was wild and not super productive for the work. We got a total of 8 proselyting hours, 7 CSP hours, and 2 days at Christmas Conference. Wednesday was a full day setup of the Cultural Hall.  President Bangal came by at about 11:30 and ordered us a lunch and he thought we would be done at 1:00. So when he came back at 5:30 and we were just about to wrap up he was not very happy. By not very happy I mean he got kinda mad at us haha. He came in the side door and only saw the back wall of the stage, but when he went down to the center of the hall and saw the full affect he started to smile and I knew he couldn’t get mad anymore, he was satisfied. He did mention though during his presentation on Friday, that next year, they would only be re-doing what we had done and that they wouldn’t stay until night. That was one of the only days ever on my mission that I didn’t put on procelyting clothes. The conference was a huge success. It was great. We watched The Cokeville Miracle, a very spiritual and tear-jerking movie. Had a lot of fun presentations and games and Lots of great Games.

Last Sunday we had a Stake event, we watched the Christmas Devotional put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The 3 speakers had very good personal stories and mixed in Doctrinal backups. I would invite everyone to gather your families around and watch it now to add a little bit of Christmas Spirit to your Holiday Season. The second speaker’s description of Christmas is very close to what we experience here in the Philippines. 

I'm running low on time but Thanks for all of the people who read this 15 months later. 

Merry Christmas


Elder Hennessey

 

  

 

 




Monday, December 4, 2017

This week we have a Christmas Conference. A 2 day event with presentations, a devotional, sports and games, and a movie and probably some other things. We are in San Fernando zone where the conference will be held so we will be having a lot of missionaries sleep at our house.  Also we are helping with all the setup and cleanup, so we won’t be having a lot of time to proselyte this week. 

Monday ------Pday, Lesson at Castillo Family @7
Tuesday -----District meeting, CSP @3 Dinner at 
Wednesday- Set up for Conference Dinner @ Promised land
Thursday-----Christmas Conference
Friday ---------Christmas Conference, Clean up
Saturday------ Weekly planning, start work at 330, Dinner @ Sister Fontannos
Sunday --------Church, Visiting Members, FHE @Jucutan Family

Elder Beck is probably going to be giving me a camera on Thursday, which means I should have pics again. #ElderBeckwittheSave


Sorry, small email, but have a great Christmas!!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

  
FHE - Family Home Evening

I had a great week! There were a couple of things that made it especially good but mostly we were just hard at work. Here in the mission, that is really what will make your weeks and days go by fast and enjoyably. For me, if I'm not working hard, or slacking, or doing something that I know I shouldn’t, or leaving the house even a little bit late I will feel it.  My week or day will have a damper on it and I know there’s something I need to do better at. 

One thing we did well at this week was working with members. We had 4 members work with us, one of who was Jeff. Jeff is a recent convert last may; he baptized his Mom a while later. He worked with us on Saturday.  We visited one of his friends and about 4 other people who he knew by face because it was from the same neighborhood (barangay) but wasn’t too close with. All he really did was be friendly with the people we were teaching (fellowshipped) and shared a little heart-felt testimony in each of the lessons. I know it seems sometimes that it’s super hard to work with missionaries, or go to a lesson with them, but it’s not. All you have to do is show up, be friendly, and testify a tiny bit of your personal experiences, or about what the Elders or Sisters have just taught. I am super grateful to him and all of the people that have worked with us in some way or another. I'd like to encourage all of the members who will read this to approach the missionaries and offer a little bit of time, even if it is after your work for 2 hours on a weekday, or for 1 appointment only on a Saturday or Sunday, it will help. It'll help the missionaries feel like they are part of the ward, it'll help the investigator feel comfortable in the lesson and accept the message, and it will help you to obtain the blessings that are available to every individual who does missionary work.

Elder Hennessey

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Here in Sevilla Ward, there is a family who has a missionary going to Ghana Africa Mission. He leaves on November 30th.  Last Friday night, we had a "Sevilla Night" which is what they call the ward’s activities no matter what the occasion is. Their going away part included the welcoming back of another Elder who just came back from his 2 year service. What they did for the going away part was some games, had a talk from the Bishop, had Bro. Lorilla speak then sat him down in a chair at the front of the cultural hall facing everyone and every member of his family had a chance to speak. His Dad and Mom are both converts, so he is the first of his family to serve. 

I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the one and only true church because I’ve seen so many blessings to those who are faithful to its standards. There are so many families that have a lot of kids (3-7) where only one parent works, and yet as long as they keep the Sabbath Day holy, pay a full tithe and do everything else they are supposed to do, they will have enough at the end of the day, month and year to support their righteous living.  I know if we are having a hard time in our lives, we first need to look inside and evaluate our actions.  Are my actions in line with what Heavenly Father wants for me? If it’s not, or if it’s living contrary to the standards of the Church, fix it, and "and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10

If you are not a member, or do not know where to start, contact a member of the Church, It could be my family, and get in contact with the Missionaries. They are ordained and authorized to guide us to the straight and narrow path. Of course we will not know this if we don’t test it.  So we need a open heart and willing mind and to TRUST HIM, then act. 

Thanks to all of you who read this blog, even if it’s just the ramblings of a rice hungry missionary in the Philippines.   I know the things I share to you are true, and I leave them with you in the name of Jesus Christ Amen. 

Elder Hennessey



Back when I had short hair :) Elder Tabaua is the big guy in most of these pictures. He’s from Kiribiti, islands close to Fiji. He is an awesome house mate and loves to eat fish and rice. He goes home with my companion on December 11.

   


    

Monday, November 13, 2017

 

I have 5 minutes!!! I'm literally always running out of time but at least I have pics this week, diba (means “right” in Tagalog)?

I just wanna say a short message on the Book of Mormon. In our Gospel Essentials class we heard a story, it goes somewhat like this: There once was a boss who had a secretary who always smoked. He had a serious addiction to cigarettes. The boss one day said Hey, If you wanna stop smoking cigs read this book, and handed her a Book of Mormon. After the first day the person said she read 200 pages and didn’t see anything on smoking. The boss said finish the book. The second time the secretary came back and said she had read another 200 pages and there still wasn’t anything to help her stop smoking. The boss again told her to return to her study of the book. The last time the lady came to the boss and said she had read the entire book and there was nothing specific to her struggle of smoking. The boss asked if she had smoked in the days she had read. The lady replied that she had felt a sense of strength that came from her reading of that book. A strength that helped her to break her addictions. 


I know the Book of Mormon is a true testament of a True People. If we have a problem or any type of struggle, we will find the answer within its pages, or within the spirit that we feel as we study the chapters. I invite all of us to read this book more seriously, regularly and more sincerely. I know it will help us in every part of our lives. I just wanna leave that short testimony to you in the name of Jesus Christ amen.


These pics are various shots from the camera of Elder Tabaua.






Different zone conferences

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This is Johnathon Aquino. I baptized him in my first area. He just got endowed/sealed in the Manila Temple!!

 
Elder Tabaua wearing my raincoat one time and me while I was still in Agoo leading a district meeting. 

 
Elder Smith finding the wheelcover that fell off when they went through a river going to the most remote lugar/place in the whole mission.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hey!  We had a baptism last weekend!! There were actually 2 but one of the guys was an investigator of the other Missionaries.  I don’t have a picture yet, I'll ask for one in the next week. 

And I don’t have a lot to say from the week, besides the fact that I've decided to follow the council of The Apostles by memorizing the document known as THE LIVING CHRIST. As members, we were all challenged to read and memorize this document with a promise that we will more deeply feel the influence of the Savior in our lives.  So far I've got half of it memorized, but next week I should have it down. 


In my Personal Study this week, I read in I think Acts about the Apostles in the time of Jesus Christ. They were beaten, hungered, mocked, cast out and much more. They wrote that they did not tell of their struggles so we (the readers of the writ) would feel bad for them, or show that we are such good servants of God because they endured much tribulation. I really like the thought of Sustaining. Sustaining means you recognize someone as a representative who has authority from a higher power. If we sustain the Prophet and Christ, we sustain also his apostles. Seeing the suffering they went through inspires me. Not that I want to be beaten, mocked, stoned, or cast out, but I realize that my calling as an Elder of this church is so light. I can have a bad day when we don’t get a lesson and get mocked and feel downhearted, but compared to the Apostles of the olden Days, I have so much more to give, so much gas left in the tank, like that was probably a good day for the Apostles depending on where they were ministering. I know that the Bible is a True record, if it has confusing passages, research and pray to understand what it means. We will draw closer to what it means to be a disciple (yes we are ALL disciples) of Jesus Christ through the example set buy his original 12 Apostles. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

This week was pretty cool as usual. The big thing that happened this week was we did 2 service Projects. The second was clearing weeds/vines from the plot of a member, but the one that I have pictures of happened on Friday. The whole day was Crazy. I woke up at 430 to do insanity workout program with Elder Peua and Elder Tabaua who were about to leave for Abra to do a musical Presentation. They were gonna leave at 600 so we had to wake-up insanely early. We finished at 530, after I'd eaten Elder Jimenez woke up and told me we were gonna go help the Office Elders move houses; I was hoping I could take a little nap before studies! We went and helped move 1 bunk bed frame plus mattresses, electric fans, desks, suitcases, dishes, wardrobes and everything else that goes into an Elders’ apartment. It took 5 Jeepnee loads to get it all delivered. We helped from 730 until 3 with an hour lunch break (we also played Uno for a quick second). Upon arrival to our house we were very tempted to take a nap because I was exhausted, and Elder Jimenez's back was really bothering him, but he had some set appointments we had to go hit. All in all it was a really fun day because our schedule was different. The missionary lifestyle can get a little monotonous sometimes. 

Hope Everyone will have a good Halloween. 

Gotta go!! I'm all out of time

Bye Portland plus all my other peeps here in the Philippines :)


Elder Hennessey


My Haircut!

The First Jeepnee load (of 5) that we brought to the Office Elders new house.

Office Elders New House

One way that Philippinos make things last even if they’re broken/breaking. The grey metal around the edges of the truck bed have been welded in to cover places that were rusted out.