I'm really happy to have heard all about life and how that's going! Haha, when you have to take a cold shower, just remember that that is literally my every day life here... but at least it feels good to take cold showers here! xD Mommy... I absolutely refuse to answer the question if I wipe with my hands or not lest y'all get blackmail on me!!!!!!!!
I'm happy to hear that Jacob has pretty much picked up the butchering animals job... so that's really fun :D Thank you for telling me that story about Dexter, I'm so glad that things are starting to work out for him... it's really a blessing and it will be well! :) It's so fun to hear how Hannah is and the ballroom dance class, that sounds like it's really awesome! CONGRATS Hannah on winning first place! :D
Adam... you've washed the bracelet I gave you, right? ;) If not... I suggest that soon or else it will become SOBRANG MABAHO (super smelly).
It has been another really great week here in Tayug! We're still working hard and trying daily to invite others to come unto Christ... and bit by bit we are seeing success! Hopefully coming up soon on the 30th we'll have the baptism for D and hopefully for E too! We're still trying to work with E though to resolve his concerns...but he did come to church last Sunday! :)
Something else that has been really fun is the fact that we have discovered just how fun it is to be a missionary... and sometimes awkward xD So for example, this week we taught this 40 year old woman who for some reason likes to ask very personal questions... needless to say we didn't go back there! I mean like first visit and her questions were like "what's your first name" "where do you guys live (Like... EXACTLY) and could I visit there" "do you guys have Facebook" and just a ton like that. It was really kind of an awkward lesson but we survived. But I guess there are always people like that in the world xD
Anyway, just last night we were coming home and waiting for a tricycle because that's just how we travel here in Tayug. And this man drives up and offers us a ride on his motercycle to the church, of course we tell him no because that's bawal. But then he laughs and tells us that he had been drinking and then drives off into the night.... so I pretty much hope that this guy is safe. AND THEN we got home to our apartment and there is someone being arrested like right across the street! So yesterday was a really kind of crazy day!!!
What else could I write about? Transfers are coming up and we're pretty sure that the other missionaries here in Tayug are going to be pulled out and I'll be left with an area twice as big... but I don't really know that. Though if that happens, it would mean that Elder Alayon would become my next companion... which would be pretty cool :)
Anyway, life is good... I'm loving being here on my mission. Every day is an adventure and a day to remember!
Y'all take care, I love you guys so much! I'm honestly so grateful to have you guys as my family!
Oh... and Mommy I just got a text saying that my package is at the mission office!!! So I think I'll finally get it next week or so :D
ps- The crazy kids are from the T family... a part member family which we have been teaching for a few weeks now! They are what we call "Bangad" which is Illocano for crazy... it's fun... I've been learning some things from Illocano, which is just one of the hundred or so dialects here in the Philippines!
Heyo! Sorry this is kind of short because the internet in our whole town had been out quite literally all afternoon and we need to go out proselyting soon... so I don't have a ton of time to share! I loved to hear all about how the week has been for you guys and even though you claim it to be a normal week... it's still so wonderful to hear about all of it :) What you said mommy just made me laugh... you said about riding out some storms just to "Say that I have done it" and you'll realize why later in the email when you read my food adventure for this week >:)
I'm sorry that you had to go through that with the whole teacher council thing... don't worry... I still hate doing roleplays!!!!! I know exactly what you felt so don't worry... just remember that you didn't get the calling because you're already perfect at it! It's another spot in life where you get to grow and improve and get better!
I did hear about the whole "Black Lives Matter" protests and stuff actually through the members... and I don't have time or reason to include how I feel about that here, besides... to me it's just another sign of the times before the second coming!
So anyway, this week has been awesome... I have pretty much entitled this whole week... parang baboy ito. IT'S KIND OF LIKE PORK... but anway, this week was actually really awesome! It was our relentless week and I really have tried to be relentless this week. So the first news is that E himself delayed his interview for another week… which is really discouraging because he’s SO CLOSE. He's our investigator who had been consistently taught for the last 3 years and wasn't baptized because he was "special case" and didn't come to church super often. (Like I said... they HAVE to come to church 3-4 times in a row to be baptized) But recently he had really been progressing so hindi ko alam kung anong nagiging hadlang niya... I don't know what his obstacle has been. But in the other good news, D is going to be baptized on July 30th! She's practically a member already, and that is a really awesome... it's so great to be a missionary because you can really see the light that comes into one's life due to the gospel of Jesus Christ! So that’s coming up pretty quickly! Her and a part member family that we are working with are really preparing for a baptismal day! What else?
I wish that I could say in the least that this work is easy or that I have the hang of it… let’s be honest though, this work is hard… but by far the most rewarding experience that I have ever had in my life It’s not even that bad anymore because we are now in the rainy season! What’s really funny is that the rain here is almost like a clock sometimes… almost every day in the afternoon it rains… and sometimes it just rains like all day. But it’s fun, I’ve only gotten soaked once so far… but that’s a story for another time xD I don’t even need a fan to sleep now! That’s a pretty awesome blessing! Sometimes the rain can be really really heavy here and we take cover in someones home or underneath a waiting shed until it lightens up!
OH…. So I have a pretty awesome story for the title of this email. It doesn't take a genius to realize that it is in fact about food...so what is the strange food that I have had the chance to eat this week? Cow tongue? Chicken Intestines (hahaha..... already done that one ;))? The ear of a pig? Nope.
I ate dog.
It was actually not that bad tasting... kind of like pork... but chewier and no fat ;)
However, I don't think that I'll do that again... it was kind of just something so that I can say that I've eaten dog before! BAM.
Anyway, in something a little more spiritual... we had a really tender moment in teaching an investigator who is baptist. She told us that she had prayed about our message and then that Sunday in church it was "answered" when the pastor told them that they can't go to any other churches and then they sung some song about being not moved. So we kind of were taken back because it was straight up like she was going to drop us, didn't want to listen... and then my companion asks if we can just share a little bit with her and we shared about the Book of Mormon! By the end of the lesson, her heart and expression had visibly changed and invited us back and continue to share! So that was a really great moment this week and helped to solidify my own faith and conviction that the Book of Mormon is true :)
So that's all folks, it's been a really awesome week! Ingat po kayo! (take care you guys ;))
PS- I have included a picture of the dog... it was cooked really well! The other is one of my favorite families, the P family...or at least part of the family...there's a lot of them! :D