Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Week 14 - Party Week

My friends! Another week here and gone. Man time is flying by! As usual this week was a week full of challenges but still a good week. life is just what you make of it right? Helps when you have a lot of time to think and reflect what life is all about. Another week of reflecting and working of course! That is all you need for a good life so enjoy the week of Elder Finneman :)

So this week was a party! haha Literally. Sister Redline, a sister serving in our branch, had her birthday On Tuesday. and we decided to throw her a surprise party! Just call me the pro party planner. So she thought she was going to teach a lesson but it was just a lesson to a cake hahaha so sick, so much fun too! so ya that is the party part.

This week was filled with adventures too. We have been working really hard to bring this family back to church, the Jardin Family. They are all members but less active. So monday we had a FHE at there house but couldn't have a lot of people. The picture with me and the two girls is there house. It is on stilts on top of a river and everytime I go there I am scared that it will fall. They are such a great family though and the progession with them has been awesome. But the adventure part with them! So we went to teach them one day and it just got done raining. So when it rains is when the water rises and no more ground! so we went there and the water hadn't risen yet but I had a feeling it would. So we took off our shoes and I told my comp not to put his shoes on the ground but he said "The water won't rise, don't worry." hahaha big mistake! a little later we hear one of the girls asked where our shoes were and we told them they were outside. We went out and found out that his shoes were missing. Straight taken by the water! hahahaha so funny. I told him. So we went shoe searching. About 30 min after we finally found it. It about waist deep of water. The sucky part is I took no pics but still a party for sure. hahahaha gotta love it.

This week i also realized how awesome the little things are in life, and how much we take them for granted. I remember walking this week and I saw two kids just playing in a little tub with some water in it. But to them it was everything and they were just having the time of their lives. Just made me stop and think. That is how we should be as people. Everytime in the scriptures it says become a little child and I don't think I fully realized it until this week. Being a little child is not being childish but enjoying what you have and making the most of what you have. Being grateful for the little things in life because to the Lord those are the biggest blessings. 

That is all I got folks. Life is good in the neighborhood and as usual a party! I hope all of you are doing awesome and I just want to thank you all for all that you do for me. Keep partying my friends.I leave you with a scripture. Helaman 7:29. Until next time my friends. 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Week 13 - Transfer Week

Well my friends, I got a new comp! Elder Tulipaz from Bacolod! He is in my batch which means that he hit the field the same time as me so we are both new! And I get the pleasure of being senior. Which is not a big deal but I have to lead the area and that is about as easy as walking on hot coals haha but ya new comp same area! 

This week was really busy with transfer day and Gen Conf so not a ton of work this week. So that kind of sucked. But life is still good! Oh ya we also had a bagyo hit here so we couldn't go out for a couple days. More thinking haha which helped me out of course! But it just got boring sitting at home all the time and I just wanted to get out and do something. 

Then we had Gen Conf and that just hit the spot! Hit me right in the feels. The talks were just what I needed and I know that is what everyone says so it just amazes me how one talk means something else to so many people. Just a personal testament that those big guns are called of God. No other explanation really. So ya Conf was a blast and just what a missionary needs when the times get tough. 

Lessons this week were decent. The members were really attached to Elder Manaios so it is a little tough with the members because all they say is that they miss them, sometimes even our inv say that haha but all is well. Our golden inv is just prime! he was supposed to have his baptism this week but because there was Gen Conf we had to push it back two weeks because we got Stake Conf next week. What are the odds! But he was way disappointed and he is just ready to do what he needs to do to return to Heavenly Father. But the best lesson goes to the Jardin Fam. They are less active and life is really a struggle for them. Walking into their house everytime is maybe the most humbling thing for me. But I don't really remember what we taught to them I just remembered what I felt. Man did the spirit do work. It was crazy! Unexplainable really and just an answer to so many prayers. Never doubt the power of the Holy Ghost. That man does work and without him it is impossible! 

That is the week folks! really just busy and a lot of thinking again! but I am pumped for this transfer and just ready to do some work with my new comp and of course the big man the Holy Ghost. Life is good my people and I just want to thank you all for the prayers and the constant support. Wouldn't be here without you. The pics are me and my new comp and the farewell party for my old comp. Mahal ko kayo. I leave you with a scripture my friends. 3 Nephi 5:13. Until Next Time my friends.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Week 12 - I Made it!

Well my friends, I made it. I made it past training! hahaha I am so pumped
right now!! This week was another evaluation week which was just what I
needed for the upcoming transfer. My comp is being transferred and I get to
stay in my first area for another transfer. I am so pumped to do some work
and the progression here is unreal. Not a lot happened this week but I will
keep you all updated. So enjoy my homies!

So this week was just another normal week! Nothing really special that
stood out. We knew that my comp would be transferred so it was kind of a
goodbye week. haha he has been in this area for 7 and a half months so his
relationships with the members so it was just visits galore. But we
finally, finally had our first lunch or dinner appoitnment! Bout time! It
just happened and it was just a little but I am still counting it! the
advantages of being in an area for so long :) So ya that was probably the
most exciting thing that happened this week. But it was still a good week!

That is really all I can think of for this email haha I am sorry folks. But
life is a party! New comp tomorrow and the rest of the mission continues. I
really needed these two weeks to just think back and remember what I am
really out here for. Now it is time to put it to work. Love you my friends
and thank you for all that you do. Keep partying and remember life is a
struggle but that is what makes it fun. I leave you with a scripture. 2
Corinthians 12:9-10. Until next time peeps.

Week 11 - Evaluation Week

My Friends, I am running out of time so this week will be short. So
hopefully I can tell you all. Love you guys and I just want to say thank
you for all the support, emails, just everything really. You guys are the
reason I am the person I am today and I owe you all my life.

So this week was a lot of thinking. My comp got sick and we couldn't go out
for two which sucked but now I realized it was just what I needed. I needed
to reevaluate myself. The past two weeks have been a straight struggle for
me. I really haven't felt like I having been doing well and my mindset was
not in the right place. There was contention in the companionship and no
work whatsoever. We struggled teaching and just finding investigators. The
hardest time really. So I really needed this week even though I did not
realize it at first. I realized that this time is something that shouldn't
be taken for granted. I am only a missionary for a short time and I have a
ton of time to be a normal person worrying about normal things. I was too
worried about if I was doing things right and expecting things to be better
than they were. But life is not supposed to be like that. We are not
perfect. Things will not go the way we expect. So what is the point of
being sad and complaining? Hit me right in the feels really. This week was
truly something I needed and hopefully I can be the person Heavenly Father
needs me to be. Even though I can't see it, he can and that is all that

I love you my friends and could not be more thankful for all that you do
for me. I am nothing without you all and of course without my Heavenly
Father. Remember he is always there for you and loves you. Life is a
struggle but it is possible with him by our side. I wish you a great week
peeps and if not just know that Heavenly Father believes in you so why
can't you believe in yourself? I leave you with a scripture. D&C 84:88.
Until next time.