Dear Mom, Dad, and Cole Family,Rain rain go away, come again another day!! Welcome to my life in the Philippines. This past week it has rained nearly every single day which has meant.... lots and lots of mud. It has also meant that our work this past week was.... well it's looked a lot better in the past. Elder Grospe and I have been trying to increase our teaching pool but it hasn't been that effective at the moment. We talked to everybody that we've seen but they've either been busy or they weren't interested. I guess we just need to "Keep moving forward". That is officially my theme for my mission because it's true. If your head is always in the past about what you did, you'll never know what you could do or become, but if you keep your head up and keep moving your right foot in front of your left; the possibilities are endless.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Dear Mom, Dad and Cole Family,What? I only have 32 weeks left? Oh nelly!
First today on the agenda... My arm is not broken! You can all ask Elder Grospe about how our 1-1 basketball game went earlier this morning. He can defiantly tell you that I am back to normal and lighting it up from long range. Oh boy it feels good to back to my old self.
Let's just start off by saying that I have learned a great deal this past week. We had the opportunity to have zone conference and to be counseled by President Reeder. Just a quick fun fact; back in the day President Reeder was the accountant for the Utah Jazz. Now that is cool! Anyways, he talked about the keys and power of the priesthood. It really helped open my eyes to really of how the priesthood works in our lives. I learned that after Jesus Christ and his apostles were killed, the priesthood power was still on the earth, but the keys of the priesthood were lost with them. It was when one of the bishops made himself the "Pope" and a little while after that the priesthood authority was lost. Oh man, how much I still have to learn before I can consider myself at least somewhat knowledgeable in the gospel.
Here in Calabanga I find myself bearing my testimony a lot more during lessons than in my last areas in order to defend our beliefs. Elder Grospe and I are teaching two nanays who are both really devoted to their respective religions. One is a Baptist and the other is a Couples for Christ (Catholic). Sometimes during the lessons they will tell is straight up that what we said is false and then they will explain what they believe. I think it's pretty cool of what they do in order to defend their beliefs and to share with others of what they believe. Most Filipino people are pretty sensitive so I can't just go and say "No, that's not the way it is" so just bearing my testimony helps invite the spirit even more into the lesson. Sometimes during those specific lessons I have felt the spirit stronger than in most of our other lessons which lets me know that that was right thing to do.
Well congratulations Mom for enrolling in college again!!! I wish you the best of luck with this new task but I know you can do it because you're awesome! If you can raise 6 kids you can do this no problem! I still can't believe that it's almost Thanksgiving, man I am craving some home-made rolls and mashed potatoes right now. But I can almost guarantee that I'm going to miss rice when I get back home so I'll enjoy what I have right now. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that when I get home Uncle John and I are going to have a rice eating contest ha ha. I don't know how that one will go but I'm sure right now I could stand a pretty good chance against him I've learned that I have extra space in my stomach that I didn't have before because Filipinos like to feed you until you pop. Well that's all for today folks. Take care. Mahal na mahal ko po kayo. May God be with you till we meet again.
Ps: I tried to attatch pictures but my computer is being pretty lame and won't read my card reader. So next time I'll send pictures for sure.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Dear Mom, Dad, and Cole Family,
Life in Calabanga is what you could say.... Magical. Magical for the fact that we have a Ward Mission Leader!! Calabanga hadn't had a Ward mission leader for almost a year and now we finally have one. In fact we had a correlation meeting with him right after church. What the biyaya! I hope that this can help us in our efforts with getting members to work with us because right now that is one of the biggest challenges for us as a district.
Now what has happened this week? Justin came to church yesterday with his mom for the second week in a row which was awesome! After that not a lot happened this week. Just tracting on doors, getting punted, and trying to what we can to get lessons and new investigators. There have been some pretty hardworking missionaries assigned here in the past so most of our area has been tracted out which means we're "re-tracting".
This past week Elder Grospe needed to conduct an interview for some of the Elders in Tinambac which is about an hour away from our area. Long story short, we rode on top of the jeepney which is one of my favorite things to and I got some pretty cool pictures of the ocean. When we were about to get off I started to jump off the top like I normally do but some old nanay and her grand kids came out of the jeepney and stood right where I was planning on jumping. So I grabbed onto a bar and swung my self back with one arm and ended up slamming right into the jeepney. I almost broke my arm and honestly it still hurts, but I'd rather have that happen than me landing on a little kid. Well that's all the exciting news from this week. I'm sorry nothing more adventurous happened. I'll try to wrestle a Python this week so I can have something to write about ha ha just kidding.
Well I love you all so much and I wish you the best around this holiday season. May God be with you till we meet again
Monday, November 3, 2014
Dear Mom, Dad, and Cole Family,Now what do I say about his past week? It's been a pretty fun week, hot and rainy as usual but fun. Elder Grospe and I have been putting the pedal to the metal and the Lord has blessed us. We are teaching a Part Member kid named Justin. He's about 9 years old and as quiet as a mute person. It's so hard to get him to talk because he is so shy. When we ask him a question he just shakes his head. But he is so funny and we're hoping that we can help get his mom and dad reactivated. Thankfully Justin's mom and siblings went to church yesterday but not his dad. He has a baptismal date for November 29th so I really hope that he can make it. We've also been trying to get some new investigators this past week but at the moment we haven't been making a lot of progress; but that doesn't mean that we're giving up, we've just got to work a little bit harder this next week.