Sunday, November 24, 2013
My new companion is Elder Villanueva! He is from the same batch of Elder Manicdo so both of my tatay's will go home at the same time. He's from Ilooiloo which is close to where Judy is from. This guy is so funny, he has so much energy and he I know he truly cares about me. We've only been together for a little less than a week now and I can already see a big progression in my Tagalog thanks to him! Almost every second of the day he is asking me what stuff is in Tagalog and if I don't know he tells me. About our work.... well this week has had a lot of punts! We even had one day where we weren't able to teach one lesson! We have one difficult area; there aren't a lot of members here so it's hard to get member present lessons along with being able to teach single women. But Ann Bon (one of our progressing investigators) finally came to church this last week and she looked so excited! Her boyfriend Rading is a less-active member and his mother came to church as well. Rading even wore a white shirt and tie. He only had one tie so I gave him two of mine; I just can't not want to help these people. They've changed my life. A family like the Saqullo's only comes around once in a great while. But yesterday we gave a blessing to a RC Brother Benjamin. He's 89 years old and he is the nicest person I have ever met in my life. He doesn't know Tagalog very well (He speaks Ilookano or however you spell it) but yet he still comes to church every week. It was a very humbling moment when I walked into the room and saw him lying on the bed with the room lit by candle light. He hadn't eaten anything for two days and he didn't even have enough strength to sit up so Bro. Olivar had to help him while we gave him the blessing. I almost cried during the blessing because I really do care about this man; when you look into his eyes it's like you're looking at the Savior. They're filled with love and compassion for everyone. These people are defiantly very special to our Father in Heaven, you know it by even just looking at these people.