Sunday, December 21, 2014

Transfer Week

This cycle has probably been the fastest cycle in my mission.  This Wednesday the sisters that were in the MTC with me are also going home so it's kind of weird seeing them go.  It's also transfer week and I'm not getting transferred and neither is my companion so nothing is really going to change for at least another month and a half.

This week we had a Mission tour and Elder Bowen from the Quorum of the 70 came and visited.  His talk was really good about the covenant of the priesthood and the tribes of Israel.  He told the sisters to ask their future husbands three questions, Where is the oath and covenant of the priesthood found, what it means to them, and how they have used it in their lives?  Good thing I already know the questions so I can be that much more prepared to answer those questions.  I learned a lot from him and got pumped up from all the things he said.  It was a really good conference.

So our investigator brother Roy is going great.  The other day we were a little late getting back from our mission conference so when we got out we weren't sure if brother Roy was going to be home.  When we got to his house and we started talking and talking about prayer when he told us that just 15 minutes ago he was alone in his room and decided to pray to know what to do with his life and his new family and what do you know,  we show up. He said that he believes we were the answer to his prayer and he wants to go to church but he has to wait until his baby can be around a lot of people.

Oh and we also as a zone went to the Ilagan sanctuary earlier.  We hiked up a river to a really cool waterfall.  I did the hike barefoot the whole way so my shoes wouldn't be wet all day.  They also have a lot of animals that are all malnourished. Pics on the way

Well I love you guys!  Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I feel bad coming into the computer shop never knowing what I should write.  

We're just working hard and doing our best.  We went on splits this week with the zone leaders.  I went with Elder Evitt from Perth Australia.  It was a pretty good split and we had fun trying to get some lessons.  We started one lesson, but right after the opening prayer he told us to come back next time because his pigs were mating.  It was pretty weird.  We walked around the area in circles all day while going back to the appointments we got punted from earlier.  We taught one really good appointment to a family who accepted the invitation to be baptized.  They are really magaling from what I could tell and they'll also be strong members in the church some day.

My area is doing great right now and we're teaching a lot of people but they're all having a hard time coming to church.  We're trying everything possible but it doesn't seem to be working.  We even told the people they could ride their kalabaw to church!

It was just an average week so not too much to write about.

I'm just happy to be here doing the Lords work!  It's true!

Elder Tribe 
After a fireside in Burgos waiting for a tricy to come pick us up.

Fish ball tricy

Look at what these people have me eating!  BUGS!

Our landlords daughter.  We were sitting out side and she kept bringing us chocolate from her house! haha

Picking up chicks on the mission!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pasko na!

December na kaya pasko na din! 

Christmas is getting so close!  I feel like it was Christmas last week!

This week was a kind of hard week for me with not feeling the greatest.  We ended up not working on Sunday because of it but I am feeling better now. 

I don't know what to say about this week.
Teaching a district meeting.
Tuesday- We went to District meeting where I taught about effective finding.  The Morgans came who are a senior couple and sat in on my District meeting.  They were really awesome during district meeting and told me I had a good lesson.  They are really nice.  Taught Brother Roy Valdez a new investigator.  He is really cool and is trying to get over his hernia so he can come to church on Sundays.  

Wednesday-  Just worked hard like every other day.  Taught a drunk guy who prayed for the opening prayer and closing prayer.  I asked him to come to church and he said he'll go to church at the Catholic church.  His family came to church but not him.

Thursday-Thanksgiving day but didn't know it till we received a text from Sister Rahlf telling us she's grateful for us.  We tried to get a dinner that night but didn't get one so we just ate cheese filled hot dogs.  I literally starved this week because we didn't get to shop on Monday.  It was pretty rough.  That's why I got sick, I think.  In my last area I made a list of things I wanted to get from one of the members who was coming back to the Philippines from America.  The elders there got my package and sent me all the pictures of them eating it.  Worst day of my life.  The list had 1.Gushers 2. Captain Crunch 3. Fruit by the Foot 4. Honeycomb 5. Tostitos and salsa and cheese dip.  I literally died seeing them eat it!    

Friday- Brother Rodger worked with us today.  We went to Jose Andres and after one week of not visiting him when he saw us he was surprised we hadn't forgot about him.  Got punted a lot today.  Taught Sister A. who said she wants to be baptized but can't because she's not married to her partner but they can't be married due to Filipino law.  There are some things we can do but she'll have to be interviewed by President or one of his counselors.

Saturday-  Didn't feel great but still worked.  Drank something to help me feel better given to me by a member.  I think I got more sick from it.  We taught Nay Guzman.  She's having a hard time coming to church.  If she'll get active we can baptize her daughter.

Sunday- Didn't feel good but of course you have to go to church to partake of the sacrament.  After church I went home and slept a lot.  Took some ibuprofen and it helped a little.  I'm better now!

                                                                        Well that's basically my week!  Your vacation looked amazing!  Can't wait to go with you guys again when I get back.

Next door neighbor

One of the nanays thinking she is a doctor.  
The lady who is getting the blood sucked out of her leg was bit by a dog.  She says that if you poke holes in the skin and put a suction cup on it it will remove the rabies

Quick pic during a lesson.


Baptism at an outside font.
Love Cam  

Transfer week!

This week we had a transfer in my companionship. Elder Acosta was transferred to a new area because one of the Elders there is sick and was sent to Manila so now it's just Elder Safita.  We were told he was going to come back but we got a call saying he's going to stay the rest of the cylce in his new area and maybe never come back.  
E. Safita is my first American companion and it's pretty fun right now!  We're always laughing and having fun working!  

This week was basically a blur to E. Safita and me.  Everything is just going so fast!  We had our days mixed up this week because we accidentally wrote them down wrong in our planners so we had everything mixed up.  That made the week go really fast realizing it's Friday instead of Wednesday.

This week Manny Pacquiao had a fight and that means it's basically the super bowl for the Philippines.  We went out to work and every single person was in their house and it was almost like a ghost town. We worked all day and only got one lesson!  Everyone kept telling us to go away basically cause Manny was on TV.  Even though Manny had a fight we had a ton of people come to church which is basically a miracle.  I think they came though to help send some blessing to Manny while he was fighting.

We have an investigator who's been coming to church for over one year but she isn't baptized yet because in the Philippines you can't get divorced.  She's living with her new husband but can't get married so we have to refer all those cases to President Rahlf.  The lady, Sister A.has been giving us referrals lately and helping us in finding investigators.  She's a really cool lady and I love how she loves to help us missionaries even though she isn't a member yet.  It just makes me realize, if a non member can help missionaries, members have a way bigger responsibility cause they actually know what it's like to be a member.
Well, can't remember really anything else.  We are still laughing during lessons because of the language barrier.  Some of the Ilicano people we teach have bad eyes so I read their Ilicano BofM for them.  I try to read it to the best of my ability but it just sounds terrible.  The members lately have been complimenting me though on my 
Ilicano and in some members houses, just to help me learn Ilicano they only speak Ilicano even though they understand Tagalog. 
The area is great and i'm loving it here! Here are pictures of my new apartment.

Love E.Tribe