Monday, May 25, 2015
I have now officially transferred, I am in Talibon, Bohol with Elder Garibay, a Filipino that is about 6 months in the mission, Its a lot different then Panglao, with some similarities.
Some of the differences are that, there is a lot more rice fields here, its how most of the people make their living. I like it much better, its cool to walk on the small grid-like paths that separate each square of rice. There is also a branch here, its nice to sit back a little more each Sunday, and a lot more men. In Panglao we had a lot of little children, moms and a few men. Here its about half men, and the other half women and children.
I am lucky I guess because we don't have that many investigators, so less names to learn. We do have a lot of less active families though, so we are pretty busy with that. We also have a house that isn't clean yet, but I can imagine what it could become, and want to clean it, it will be a project but I really want to live in a home that feels like the temple.
It sounds like back at home it is raining like crazy because all of you have mentioned it in your emails, except dad. Its weird to hear about school because here its summer vacation, its a whole new world.
I liked what you said about the sacrament talk, how Abinidi never knew about Alma. One of the questions in our mission is when to drop an investigator that is listening, but not progressing. A lot of younger missionaries have asked me this question, and I have replied like this. You always make the better choice, That visiting someone and teaching them, helping them come unto Christ is more important then tracting house to house for a possible visit. On the other hand if you have someone who is accepting the gospel and wants to be baptized, etc. Then you go to them first. Don't drop an investigator who is listening unless you are so busy with progressing investigators that you have no time to visit them. I am not sure how correct that is, but I think it helps them understand, always make the better choice.
Well That is all for Now,
Answers to your questions:
How is the apartment? The apartment is great, it is bigger then panglaos apartment, and can become a great home, I am determined to clean it up.
Is this area more city? I am in a very non-city area, with lots of farms.
Do you still walk a lot? Yes I still walk a lot, normally all day.
Do you have many investigators? And I don't know how many investigators we have, but it is under 10 families, and 2 are newly tracted as of Saturday.
How is your umbrella holding up? And my companion is using my umbrella right now, as seen in the picture, because he doesn't like the sun, and yes it is holding up very well.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I really liked the skype as well, I thought it was a good idea to spend a little time with everyone, I understand the quality wasn't great on your end, but I am happy I was able to see you. I really liked talking with Dad. It was converting to know that his mission seems similar in a lot of ways to mine, and different in others. I hope to talk to him more about his mission when I get home next year.
Well this week is transfer week, and I am going to Talibon, its good and bad, I want to leave for some reasons, but I would have rather stayed, hopefully I will find whoever needs me in Talibon, by the way thats on the Northern Part of Bohol, and now I will have visted all the zones of the Bohol island. There was a typo on my mission letter, instead of Cebu East Mission, it should be the Bohol Mission :)
I'll email Monday how my new companion is and how the area is,
(pictures with captions :D)
|we had a birthday for A... last week|
|a bug called a bakukan|
|A... already starting Family History Work|
|Me and Elder Racca, we went on splits for a day|
|lady leading a cow around (she is 81 years old) It made me smile.|
|these poor kittens are the food for the giant snake in the background :(|
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
I am really curious about Mothers Day as well, We haven't got any announcement yet... I think a good plan would be that I will email you Monday morning here, so Sunday night for you, and we might Skype Monday Evening, or Monday Morning for you. That way I can let you know if anything changes... Hopefully that goes well.
I am super excited to talk to you guys
This week we had another Baptism, we baptized Sister C..., and I personally Confirmed her. It was very exciting, and I even managed to give a Visayan Blessing to her, and she understood all of it. It is cool that I can focus on the spirit for the whole blessing, without needing to worry about translating.
We also did 9 hours of service building cool wooden tables for P... and A...'s Restraint here, it was pretty sweet. We also blew some Filipinos minds because The stereotypical American Here can't do anything but a desk job, we are labeled as desk jobs with lots of money, that are very lazy.
Skype you soon!