I'll be sure to take a picture of a jeepney this week for all of y'all... or there is the easier way of just looking one up on Google ;) Anyway, I was talking to Elder Q and he said that this last rainy season there were two days that they couldn't go out and proselyte and then a week with no work because of service due to a typhoon :O Anyway, that would actually be awesome... just burn off some CDs with church music and stuff! This years EFY music is really good ;D
I hope that all of y'all are staying safe and warm out there in Virginia! It's been crazy to hear how much show that you guys got!! How about school, did they cancel for a really long time?? xD
Oh, first... CRAZY awesome story! I was walking by this house and I legit listened to them playing Country Roads or whatever by John Denver! It was probably my favorite thing to hear this whole week! :D
This week has been kind of rough, but it was an overall great experience! I suppose that I'm going to start at what is on my mind most right now... and that is the funny fact that Mormon Standard time... is actually Filipino time!! Why do I say this? Because every Sunday we're supposed to start at 9... that's the time that we tell everyone! However, EVERYONE shows up late and so we start Sacrament meeting each week at 9:15! And then it's always interesting because the microphone is really quiet and Filipinos are the softest speakers ever... so I can barely hear what it is that they're saying! But it's going okay :) I've gotten to a point in these past 3 weeks that I'm able to understand what we're teaching in a lesson and what it is that my companion is sharing... the only hard part is that I can't speak this language to save my life! However, it is coming.. and I know that i'll be able to share this gospel effectively with all those around me in the coming months!
Crazy experience for this week was when we were walking from an appointment to the church... over an hour walk on a cement sidewalk road. And so it was really really hard and hot for about 10 minutes before probably one of the most unsafe things I've done... a truck with a bunch of Filipinos stopped next to us and offered a ride, so Elder Q and I hopped on the back and they took us to the church building! The unsafe part is that i was standing on the literal back of it, and we went at least 30 miles an hour... but, obviously I'm safe here emailing you! So I didn't die!
Another crazy story is our walking through a shallow river... we were at another appointment, a really long way back to the main road... that is if we had taken the normal route, but by cutting through this river, we were able to cut probably 30 mintues off our walk! Did I mention that we do a lot of walking here? xD
Anyway, I have one more pretty fun story about the... M. family! We found them when going to refill our phone card and OYMd this store owner (also, there are individual businesses literally EVERYWHERE... like out of peoples homes!) and we've been teaching them for a while! I can tell that Nanay is really interested and Tatay was too, that is until we extended a baptismal invitation and he hasn't talked to us since. But Nanay has been really receptive and I just love to go and teach them! :)
Love y'all so much! I'll email next week! Stay safe and warm, don't forget to pray together every day and read the scriptures! While they are very simple, I find that they do provide the daily fuel to our fire of conversion :)
ps- those two other Book of Mormons are the two other languages that I'm going to be around for the next... until I come home. Ilicono and Pangansinian! xD