Friday, December 20, 2013

Short Letter this Week!

So this week we basically did nothing worth writing about.  My companion is still pretty trunky and so it's kind of hard to get out and do things. 

 We do have a pretty sweet investigator named Arjay.  He's 17 and is probably what you would call a golden investigator.  The other day he told us that he read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and he said he got an answer that it was true.  The spirit was so strong when he said it that I had goose bumps.  He has a scheduled baptism on the 28th so please pray for him that he'll be ready.

So this week I ordered myself a ukulele for Christmas.  There is an American here who will get you anything you want.  I'm kind of excited to learn how to play it. The only thing that I do for fun in the apartment is read the Tagalog dictionary.  I think my Tagalog has improved like crazy ever since I got this new comp.  Everything is done in Tagalog and I can already see the improvement.  The other day we had a lesson and I was saying things I have never said before and it was a way good feeling.
As you can tell not to much has happened in our area so please pray for us that we will find some people to teach. 

 It's crazy I get to call home in a couple weeks!  Don't forget to call in the morning before we skype or google hangout so we can figure everything out.  Love you all!

Elder Tribe
P.S. Not sure if I'm going to send very many pictures from this computer shop anymore.  I'm pretty sure I got a virus on my SD card so I guess we'll see what happens. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Area!!!

Well this week has been the craziest week so far of the mission.

Bagong apartment
On Monday and Tuesday I didn't get to say goodbye to the members in Dagupan so it was kind of a sad goodbye.  I didn't think I would miss that area too much but after seeing it change and the progress it has made, to just leave it was kind of sad.  I contacted the new missionaries in the area and they told me Marra and Salvi were baptized.  It was an awesome feeling to know that even after I left things still are progressing.
So this week as you all know was transfer week and I got transferred to Ramon, malapit sa Santiago. My new companion is Elder Dionisio (Jewnishow).  The first words he said to me were that he was trunky.  President talked to me a little later after we were made companions and he told me to make sure Dionisio doesn't get trunky and that we work.  I'm pretty sure nothing has been done in this area for at least 6 weeks or more.

It is a way cool area and all the members here are super nice.  We have a dinner appointment every night and sometimes we have lunch appointments.  Its been a crazy first couple days here!  The ward had their Christmas party the first night I was here and then a funeral the next day.  They asked me to give the opening prayer at the funeral and then dedicate the grave.  It was a new experience for sure!  The ward members here are all pretty rich and they were throwing money around during the ward Christmas party!  It was a good time!

I'm in a way better apartment with four Elders and we even have a washing machine!  They are all Filipinos and so all we speak is Tagalog.  It is helping me with the language so much!  Before in Dagupan it was basically English 24/7 other than during lessons but here it's Tagalog 24/7.  

Front door looking in

Everything is going great here, just a little slow with the work here.  My coordinates are Latitude 16.778842, Longitude 121.534037 

Anyways everything is going great here with me and I hope every time you think of snow or skiing you think of me cause every time you say skiing or snow I miss home!  Everyone is telling me it's freezing back home but I'm sweating like crazy writing this to you! Love you all!

Elder Tribe
Shower head doesn't work
We have to pump our water

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Magtratransfer na ako (I'm getting transferred)

Transfer week!  Just got the transfer list and I'm getting transferred!  It's kind of a good feeling and a bad feeling.  Don't really know what to think about it especially since we're getting pulled out.

So this week on Thanksgiving, I was on splits with Elder Young again.  It was kind of cool to be on splits with another American during Thanksgiving because we went all out on the food.  We bought two chickens, Mountain Dew, and a huge thing of ice cream. Needless to say it was the best feast I've had on the mission so far! 

This is how they til the rice fields!
It was a surprisingly good week with all that has happened and we still ended up getting a lot of lessons.  It was definitely a learning experience this week.  It kinda stinks I'm getting transferred because the baptism that was supposed to happen this week didn't happen and we postponed it till next week but neither of us will be here. 
 Don't really know what is going to happen there. 

Before I go I'd like to be thankful for my mom and dad and the rest of the family.  Without all of you I wouldn't be on a mission.  I love you all so much and I'm thankful for the good examples you have been to me.

Kita kits
Crazy kids!
Elder Tribe