Hey FAM! HOW ARE YA? This week has gone in one way soo good, and in another rough. haha. We had a good set of exchanges with our zone leaders. I went with them in their area, and oh man their area is beautiful! It is straight up beautiful mountains and rice fields and stuff, but its also a super hard area. The other zone leader went in our area. It went really well because together we are starting to fix a few problems that are going on here in Naic. You know how we had that big thing with those disobedient missionaries. So what I didn't tell you is that its because of this branch missionary who is 33 and needs to get a life. I don't know how to explain him, but whenever he comes over missionaries just get disobedient, and this guy gossips worse than a Draper mom. hahaha and he has been saying some big old lies about me here to others. But anyways long story short that is why this week was hard, but we fixed it. Sometimes being a district leader is hard, cause your the fun sucker, and you stand alone sometimes. But I have also seen the blessings come from doing what your supposed to and this week was great with our work! We just taught like crazy! The new area we took is under control and were just killing it now. haha We hopefully have a couple great baptisms this July! I'm stoked this one lady Juliet is just awesome. I've told you about her before, she was our oym when we were shotgunning, and she is progressing really well! she has a date for July. We also just got this referral of a 14 year old boy who was taught by missionaries before but he didn't have time because of basketball. haha but now he wants to be baptized and hopefully serve a mission! This kid is awesome. And reminds me of Max haha! Anyways, we are finally getting people to church and getting things going. The only thing I am scared of is transfer date is July16 and all of the Baptisms are July 19th! haha I don't wanna miss them! Well Love you ALL!
Monday, June 16, 2014
HEY FAM!!!! First off Happy Fathers Day dad! I freakin lov ya! I hope my present can be me just working hard out here, I know thats what you want anyways! haha Being out on a mission I realized is sometimes like being a dad, having to deal with companions, is kind of like having to deal with your son im guessing, so ill just apologize upfront for all that crap I pulled back in the day haha.
Well this week was a quick one. we lost those sisters in my district, so we had to take their area, and it was like shotgunning two tranfers in a row! Again lots of area, little people! haha You can imagine the walking we do here. It's also starting rainy season so some of our area floods pretty good haha, and when its not raining it just goes back to 100 degrees! So we either walk a lot and are soaken wet with rain, or walk a lot and are soaken wet with sweat! haha
But I can truly testify that after trials come blessings, becuase it has been hard, I thought my first area was hard, this beats it haha. But one day we were walking a ton, and the day was almost over, not getting what we thought we would, and as we were walking there was a sign that said.. " Slow Down, Men at work".. haha I just thought, maybe I should just slow down, and just remember as long as I am working blessings will come. And they have! We had our district conference this week, and our investigators came! It was great, they were able to here great messages from the 70, Young Women's President and Elder Cook of the twelve over braodcast, and it was great for them! When things get rough, your feet get blistery, your mind goes wild on what you can do more and what you can do better, we just need to slow down... and WORK and the blessings will come. I think most the reason I have that patience is from the great example of my dad!
This week is also my companions birthday, and you know how Samoans party! haha so he is getting excited, and so am I beacause he's planning to buy a lot of food! haha
Well I love you all. Especially my dad!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Well this week has been pretty normal. haha Nothing changed for me and Pepetele. We are still here. In our district we had a few changes, one of the sisters is training a new missionary who is super quiet from legazpi. Elder jackson from Emery Utah is now in our apartment. And we lost two sisters! So theres only 6 of us now! It stinks! haha. But its always nice to have another American in the apartment. With the sisters leaving we took their area also. So now our area is twice as huge! Which means lots of fields and beach, and not a lot of people hahaha! But im excited to work with their investigators too. We are still struggling with the church attendance here in Naic, its definalty been hard, but it is progressing little by little. We do have some baptismal dates set for people, they just gotta get there butts too church!! haha But I know week by week were changing things here:)
I had a very spiritual experience with actually two of the sisters ivestigators who I was able to interview for baptism. We had to go to their house to do the interview, and they live deep in this alleyway of a poor part of town. As I started the interview with the mother, it was hard for the spirit to be there because there were kids playing around and of course with two islander missionaries you could here them outside laughing and joking. I just prayed to for the patience to listen. And this lady has a great testimony, she bore it to me about how the gospel changed her, and how it mostly changed her husband. She explained to me teary eyed how her husband used to drink and get into trouble a lot. So much that he almost died twice. Then after he met the sisters he stopped drinking and getting into trouble, and now he does not let them miss church on Sunday. So of course she passed the interview.
Then I interviewed the father.. haha and lets just say he has lost a lot of brain cells. Its like talking to a 5 year old. He had real troubles answering the questions, and remebering things. So I almost wasnt going to pass him. But at the end I asked him one simple question, why do you want to be baptized? He sat there for a second, looked me in the eyes and said simply,"I want to change." And I passed him. I realized that you dont have to be a rocket scientist to enter into the kingdom of god. you just have to have a desire to change. I learned a lot from that man and woman.
We also had a funny experience with a drunk guy yesterday. We were teaching this old lady whose son was outside partying with his friends and getting drunk. And right in the middle of the lesson he comes barging in and just sits down and starts preaching to us about moses and the "12" commandments hahah. And he was like tearing up and stuff. Ahh it was hilarious. And we got a return appointment with him, so well let you know how that one goes haha! Love you all have a great flippin week!
Monday, June 2, 2014
Hey momma!!!! thats hilarious about Max haha TELL HIM TO GET A FLIPPIN JOB!Did he go to any dances this year at school? If yes id like to see pics. Thats sick your learning about the Philippines, you probably know more about the history of the Philippines than I do.haha The devotional was amazing! Craig Christensen is the MAN. haha It was a great spirit booster for me. He had some great insights on things. And we had a question and answer thing, and every question he just answered it with ease. Man the knowlegde of a General Authority... im gonna be like that some day!! haha. He said something that I really liked. He talked about giving pity or looking down on others. Here in the philippines you see a lot of heartbreakking things and so much poverty. And sometimes we think we are better than those people, and we show pity. But elder Christensen said, "Don't show pity, show respect." " Remember, when much is given much is required, they can make it to the kingdom of god with ease, you however have to work for it." He got emotional. I loved it and it really humbled me!