Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 63 - End of Drought Week

Well folks! Another week is upon us! I will try to update you better this week since I have been terrible the past two. No promises though.

So the biggest news this week! Had a baptism this week! Went super well! 4 part members. Was legit!! And the coolest part was their recently Converted grandpa got to baptize them! haha So dope. He had the biggest smile on his face! haha It was the coolest thing to see. So pumped for them. So you could say it was successful baptism.

Work has been good this week! We got punted like crazy but the lessons we taught were way good lessons. Maybe some of the best lessons I have been apart of since I've been serving. Just seeing people's progression! We are teaching a Catholic Minister right now and each lesson, he is slowly starting to realize that the BOM is true. It is the coolest thing ever!! Last lesson he just kept saying, I feel like i am close to surrending to you guys. so legit! This week has been full of lessons like that! So it has been a huge blessing for sure.

I come home every day just beat haha that is the mission life! I am loving it. It has been a huge blessing to be here for sure! The things that I have learned prolly would not have been learned anywhere else. So it has been a huge blessing for sure. Never would have thought haha but I am grateful for it. I miss you guys! Hope all is well. Keep doing what you are doing. And if you don't like it, just try something else :) I love you all. I leave you with a scripture. Philippians 3:13-14. Until next time family.

Week 62 - Flood Week

I'm Out of time again!! I hate updating you too hah so sorry.

Good week! I got to go on exchanges with my MTC comp this week! E. Packard. That was super awesome. crazy to think how far the MTC was though. I'm getting old on the mission! But it was super fun to work with him again! Still the same guy haha i missed him. 

Craziest thing that happened this week was the bagyo! It was bad here but we had some floods. Our house was ok! but we had some elders in the zone who's house got flooded! We got a call round 11 saying it was waist deep haha it was unreal! the next morning we called them to see if they were ok and they made it past the storm but there house didnt. The flood went past there house!! it was crazy. So that day we helped them clean it out. Everything got destroyed and there was so much mud inside! We spent four hours cleaning it out haha I was so beat after.. But it was fun! And the elders made it through the night. So the next few days they crashed with us and had to wait till they got new supplies for the house. 

Sorry for such a short email again, i am just struggling with all of these haha but life is good! the mission is the best. Loving every second. Even though I come home dead beat, I would have it any other way! the church is true, and the Philippines is the place to be :) love you all! I leave you with a scripture... Romans 6:23. Until next time my people.

Week 61 - Work Week

Hey all! So each week my desire to update you all just shrinks. haha I'm sorry...

So Im here now in Sipocot! This place is rocking. And my comp is a Stud!! First american comp on the mission. Elder Klassen. He used to AP before he got here so it has been amazing working with him. This dude is the hardest worker ever! I actually got to have exchanges with him when I was in my second area and ever since then, I have dreamed of being comps with him. And it happened! haha life is good.

So Sipocot is just thriving! The work here is unreal. Teaching a ton and we had a baptism on Saturday which was awesome! Just really stoked to be here and to be comps with e. Klassen. haha just loving life.

So ya this is a really short email, im sorry! just ran out of time and just cant really think right now. I promise next week will be better! I love you all. I leave you with a scripture. Alma 18:34. Until next time peeps.

Week 60 - Crazy Week

What the fast week. I can't even really keep track anymore because they go by so quick! and this week was just way crazy and busy and to add to it, transfers are tomorrow and I am transferring haha so it just makes me lazy to write! Just got a ton of things to do. 

This week has been straight busy! So we had district conference this week and we are super duper close to becoming a stake so we spent the whole week inviting members. District Conference ended up being super sweet too! Had President Reeder there and an Area of the Seventy there so it was a huge turnout! the place was packed so it was hard work well worth it! The whole district conference was on covenants and temple marriage, just things that the district needed to hear in order to become that much closer to becoming a stake! the goal is for next year and even though I won't be here to see it, it has been cool to see the church grow. 

This week was also Iriga's City Anniversary. Craziest thing ever! So this city isn't even that big but on that day it felt like the biggest city in the world! The whole place was basically shut down. and every street was set up for this 5 hour long parade... what the long. haha so it was tough to get to work! We couldnt even get anywhere and it was just hectic. added to this crazy week.  

This week also had to kill 2 missionaries in the district. They are going home! our ZL who we live with and a sister. Let me just say it is the weirdest thing ever! this transfer with the district has been so much fun. The mission is seriously an experience you cannot get anywhere else. Nothing can replace the memories and the times here. It is just crazy on how fast it all goes... With these people going home, i feel like everyone I know is going home! it is just so weird to think about...

Bittersweet to leave. Spent 6 months here in Iriga and it has been the hardest yet best times ever. The memories and the people I have met will always be special to me. Even though the work was hard, I have never ever felt the Lord's hand more in this work until this area. This is his gospel and I feel lucky enough to be called to help him bring others to the fold. Everyday we are presented with choices. Choices that will shape our future. Sometimes things will happen that will test our choices. But as we continue to show our love to our Heavenly Father we will ultimately be moving towards the best choice of all. Eternal life. I love you all! Life is what it is. So roll with it! and have some fun :) stay safe my friends. I leave you with a scripture. D&C 50:40-42. Until next time peeps.

Week 59 - Take Care Week

hey folks! Another week is here. Which means another email...

Nothing too big this week. My comp got sick! He started feeling it last monday and his body just was way weak but he was all bout that poly life so he kept fighting. Then Friday hit and he hit a brick wall haha so we stayed in to help him get some rest... Then Saturday hit and he felt worse, so Sister Reeder the Mission President's wife said it would be best to get him checked up so we had to go to Naga! That was tiring haha. We rode a van getting there which is an hour van ride. Had a little girl sitting next to me and she was not having it. haha it led to her throwing up about 4 times... But we safely made it to Naga! and we sat in a doctor's office for about 2 hours.. I hate doctor's offices.. But they couldnt find anything. But no poly just gets weak that he can't work anymore. so it made no sense haha but we had a fun time and he is still a fighter..

So that basically was the week! Me taking care of my comp and being stuck in the house.. But got some good study time and have been studying the Pearl of Great Price lately. It is crazy how much things are in there and just another testament about Joseph Smith. But I have been grateful for the time. It is also just a good time to think about how much has gone by and seen how much growth that has happened. Still blows my mind I am in this point of my mission. and this point in my life! I wouldn't take anything back though. I could not be anywhere else. and couldnt be happier. No matter how hard think work is, it is work it. Every single second. Everyday I see the blessing from the Lord and it just blows my mind how much he really is there for us. Every second of everyday he is cheering us on to come back home. So lets just keep fighting. I love you all! you guys rock haha keep partying :) i leave you with a scripture D&C 101:15. Until next time family.