Monday, May 26, 2014


Well another transfer has come and gone and I guess it was my time to leave good ol' Orion! I got transferred from the furthest south zone to one of the northernmost zones! Transfer day was full of fun with only one hour of sleep (waking up at 4 am) and about 10 hours of travel time!  I finally arrived in Masinloc and got my first glimpse at my new companion, Sister Gonzales! For those of you who have been keeping track, this is a different Sister Gonzales than my previous companion. There are only two Sister Gonzales' and I just may kill them both, in missionspeak, of course. To kill a missionary means that you are their last companion before they go home. The current Sister Gonzales goes home after next transfer so if neither of us get transferred, I will be her last companion and figuratively "kill her"! 

Before I go on about my new area, I'll give a shout our to my old area, Orion! On our last day there, all four of us housemates went to a recent convert's house to pick up the jerseys we ordered from her. It was so dang fun! We all put on our jerseys, took lots of pictures, ate food, laughed, and even cried a little. Later, a huge thunder storm hit so Sister Snow and I went out and danced in the rain one last time before we both got transferred! Then it was off to the apartment to pack! I have become such a packrat on the mission! I hate getting rid of anything! I was up packing until about 3 in the morning. I woke up at about 4 to shower and be at the bus station by 6:30. I went from Orion to Balanga, where I got to see my mission mom, Sister Leakehe, and my mission child, Sister Jayaweera. Sister Jayaweera is actually assigned in my old area with my old companion, Sister Saleshi. Like mother, like daughter!! Then it was on to Olongapo where I saw some more missionary friends and enjoyed catching up! From Olongapo I hopped onto a bus headed to Santa Cruz. About two and a half hours later, we stopped in Iba where I saw some of my batch and some more friends! In another 3 hours, I arrived in Santa Cruz and met my new companion! After that, it was another hour bus ride to our area! Throughout the day, I literally saw the entire mission, and boy, was I pooped!  But being the dedicated missionaries that we are, we went straight to work after dropping off my suitcases in the apartment! 

I love my new area. It is all right along the coastline and beautiful! I love my new companion, too! She is always happy and motivated to do the work! We have already laughted so much! I know that this will be a good transfer and I am so excited to get to work and help the people here in Masinloc! 

I know that this is the Lord's work here on Earth and I am so blessed to be a part of it! I know that we all play a part in Heavenly Father's plan and we need to do our best everyday to be obedient to His commandments to recieve the greatest reward of eternal life. 

I love you all and am thankful for your support!

-Sister Miller

A Filipino fishing boat

Land ho!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Transfer Letter

Philippine Olongapo Mission
Km. 140 National Highway, Manga-Vaca
2209 Subic Zambales
23 May 2014                                                        
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Mark Miller
10420 S Millbrook Lane
Olathe, KS 66061
United States
Dear Brother and Sister Miller,
I am very pleased to inform you that your daughter, Sister Marissa Noelle Miller, has been assigned to a new area. Her new area will be in Masinloc Area, which belongs to the Masinloc District, Candelaria Zone and she will be serving with her companion, Sister Zariah Cion Perez Gonzales, who is also an outstanding missionary. You can be assured that your daughter will be in good hands and will learn much from her companion. We express our confidence that the two of them will enjoy the companionship of each other and will support each other as they prayerfully strive to do the Lord’s work. We encourage you to be a part of her missionary effort by praying always for their success.
Masinloc is a wonderful place, the people are loving and kind, and you will also find the people to be hospitable and teachable. The members there are supportive with regards to missionary work and they are always excited to work with the Missionaries and involve themselves to the work.
We encourage you to write your daughter each week and please include encouraging news of family events, achievements, spiritual experiences and other matters which will bring joy and deeper commitment. We also encourage you to be a part of your daughter’s missionary service by writing to your daughter’s investigators and new converts, and express your love and your testimony of the Gospel.
Sister Miller is a great missionary.  She does what is expected of her as a full-time missionary.  You can be very pleased with your daughter. We thank you for raising a wonderful daughter and we appreciate the opportunity to work with her. We assure you that we will do all we can do to see that she will have a fulfilling mission. We love your missionary and want this mission to be the greatest experience for her and for your family.  May God bless you.
PRBQ signature
Roberto Bayobo Querido
Philippines Olongapo Mission                                                
Mission President

Monday, May 19, 2014

Time Flies!

Have I mentioned that time really flies here on the mission? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was chatting with the fam over skype! 

We had Zone Conference this week! It was amazing as usual! It was President Querido's last zone conference so we all got a little emotional. I am really going to miss President Querido! He always knows how to bring the spirit and when to be funny! It's like I'm crying from laughing one second and then all of the sudden there are tears of the spirit flowing from my eyes! He started talking about marriage which I'm not ready for! He is a self declared match-maker and told us of all the matches he has made among missionaries or his old students! It was funny to hear him talk about it. He just had the biggest smile on his face! 

I love it here on the mission and having overwhelming spiritual moment! I know that this is the true church and that I'm right where I need to be, helping others come unto Christ!

I love you all!
Sister Miller
This is US!!!

Thumbs up!

Some of my faves!

More of my faves!

Monday, May 5, 2014

When in the 'Peens.....

Alllllllllohhhhaaa!! I'm feelin in the Hawaiian spirit today! :)
So here's a funny story. The other night we were walking along this path to a member's house and there were like 100 frogs right in our way. It was so weird! The branch missionary who was working with us was scared to death of frogs so she was hiding behind me was we tried to walk through. Now I don't mind frogs... as long as they are staying still and not hopping around unpredictably. Let's just say there were a lot of hoppers that night. It was quite a sight to see three girls in skirts squealing and jumping to avoid these silly frogs that, I'm telling you, wanted nothing more than to make a mockery of us! Luckily there were a whole bunch of kids to witness the scene. They were laughing at us and then wanted to show us the frogs... up close! At first I was NOT down with that! I guess I had lost some of my edge because I didn't even want to touch one! Then I got myself together and said, "When in the "Peens...!!" The frog was pretty mellow after I had a good grip on it! Many pictures were taken to commemorate the experience. By this time we were right by the member's house and the dad had come outside. If this whole experience wasn't enough to make my heart rate accelerate, the dad tells us that the frog's skin was POISONOUS!! We gave the frogs back immediately and dosed our hands in alcohol and hand sanitizer for like 15 minutes! I was worried that I would wake up with a gross rash but nothing happened! 
I'm not afraid of you!

Hand sanitizer to the rescue!

It has started raining here again! One particular night it was raining especially hard after a scorching hot day. If there is one thing I learned from girls camp,  it's to never pass up an opportunity to go singing in the rain!! Sister Snow, Sister Salelesi, and I all went out and danced and sang in the rain for a good 20 minutes. Then, being the resourceful missionaries that we are, we decided to put the rainfall to good use. Someone grabbed their shampoo and conditioner and the next thing you know we're all showering in the rain!! It was fun and a nice stress release! Well, it was until we spotted our old man neighbor creeping on us through his window... so we decided it was about time to go inside! :) 

Making good use of a rain shower!

On Thursday night we had a cultural presentation with the whole branch. Everyone participated. The Relief Society, the Elders Quorum, the youth, the Primary... and the missionaries! We didn't know any Filipino traditions or cultural stuff so we did a Hawaiian hula dance to a song from Lelo & Stich. It went really well and everyone loved it! 

Hula girls!

Thursday day I went to the mission home for Mission Leadership Council. I always love going to MLC because I get to see my trainer and all my Sister Training Leader friends and old Zone Leaders. It's also a super spiritual day where we talk about how we can lead the mission both in our stats and in our spirituality. I have learned so much on  this mission about becoming closer and more like our Savior. While serving, we need to strive to be a Christlike missionary, no just do missionary things. I think that can be applied in everyone's lives. We all need to follow Christ's example and strive to be Christlike in all of our actions, not just do nice things because that is what we are suppose to do. In the end it's really the WHY of our actions that we will be judged on. I know that as we strive to exemplify Christ in our daily actions that we will not only help others but we will help ourselves grow closer to our Father in Heaven! 

Love these Sisters!

I love you all so much!
Sister Miller