This week was full of adventures and miracles. I was able to go to my very first service project of the mission. Our district, Elders Savage and Packard and Sisters Sands, Mariano, and Paguigan and myself, took a Jeepney (first jeepney ride I have ever experienced aswell!) out to the Elder’s area to do some “weeding”. We were given machetes to do this. You just squat down and hack all the weeds away. It was really fun! Sister Sands and I both got blisters on our hands though. I think it was worth it. The neighbour had a monkey so we went over to see it! I saw a monkey! It wasn’t a very friendly one though.
Earlier this week Sister Sands and I were able to touch base with some less active families and are now teaching a part member family! Last Saturday was a “Half-Day Mission”. It is where all the ward members come with the missionaries and visit families from the ward. We focus on the Less Active families and invite them to church and share a short message with them. This week was VERY successful! We found that part member family and are now teaching them and one of the families that we visit every week came to church yesterday. The WHOLE family! And the Elders had an entire family come too who hasn’t been to church in over 5 years. Miracles are happening! The Daet Ward is such a blessing! we have so much support from the member here. Missionaries need members! It is such a strength to have their support and love. Members, WORK WITH THE MISSIONARIES! We really couldn’t do our work without you.
Our family with the Baptismal date continues to progress 🙂 Each week they get stronger. And we have another investigator who completely quit drinking coffee after we taught the word of wisdom! She texted us the next morning and said how grateful she was for learning about how she can improve her life. She is eager to learn more 🙂
Things are good here in the mission 🙂 I pray for everyone back home 🙂 I love you all!
The new year has begun! And as a write this I am starting my second week in my second transfer out in the mission field! Have I already mentioned how fast time seems to go by?
The highlights of the week: We found another family to teach! On New Year’s Day we were asking around the neighbourhood for a woman named Melanie. We were directed to the completely wrong house but the family quickly let us in 🙂 The mother’s name is also Melanie and she keeps saying how grateful she is for the two of us. I am excited to teach her and her family.
More exciting news! One of the families we are teaching now have a baptismal date! It is a father and two children. They have been coming to church with us the last couple weeks and are all very excited about being baptized!
So despite the busy holiday season, we have found success and opportunities to continue teaching. The not only celebrate Christmas and New Year’s here, but also Three Kings Day. Which is January 5th. There is a big parade and the Three Kings throw money and candy to children. I am ready for this week ahead. I think it will be less busy and chaotic for everyone. All the kids will be back in school 🙂
One thing I keep forgetting to write about: Whenever someone here speaks in English they say “Nose Bleed”. It is like the biggest joke here. Everyone laughs at it. Haha and I don’t get it… how can speaking English give anyone a nosebleed? But everyone says it.
AND I have learned that the word “kwan” means whatever you want it to mean. In any conversation, if you forget the word or meaning of something – just say “kwan” in its stead. You really have to know what they are talking about to fill in the blanks. Somwthing I am still learning how to do. Kwan can be a person, a verb, an object. Seriously, just whatever you forget the word for. Haha Mom, everytime I hear “kwan” now I think of you saying “thing” when you forget the word. ;It is kind of like that!
Anyways! I hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays! And I hope that the year 2014 treats everyone well!
Mahal ko kayo!
A family we are teaching
Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope the holidays are treating everyone well 🙂 My Christmas was wonderful and I am still amazed at how easy it was to spend so far away from home. It was awesome to see my family’s faces 🙂 That was the highlight. And Sister Sands and I ate ONLY vegetables for Christmas dinner. Mashed potatoes with corn, carrots, and beans. We bought real butter too 🙂 It was delicious but I could have went for some mom’s turkey 🙂
The work here is still progressing 🙂 I was able to attend my very first Baptism as a missionary! The Elders have been teaching a young mother and she was baptized on Thursday. The next baptism I attend will be for someone that I have been teaching 🙂 That’s the goal. We are teaching a couple families that are quite serious and sincere. Great things are happening and I am excited!
On the 26th many of our appointments fell through. People were either not at home or they were going out. So we had a lot of extra time at the end of the night where we knew we needed to do some more “FINDING”. This is generally the only thing people think missionaries do – knock on doors. It started to get dark and the clouds were thick and dark and threatened to rain. We walked towards a compound. The first house there did not welcome us. The attitude was hostile and pretty rude. As we were walking away I thought, “ok lets just leave this place” But Sister Sands wanted to go around to the next house (which seemed impossible to get to. And there were dogs barking at from every side). I followed her and we eventually found the gate. A woman came out to talk to us. Again I could tell she didn’t want us there. But at this time it was raining and I think she felt bad for us. She let us in. And the whole time we were there she said over and over again “I don’t know why I let you in. I never let people in” As the discussion went on she continued to warm up to us and introduced us to her granddaughter and her daughter. We left with her the invitation to pray and ask God why she felt prompted to let us in and talk to us. We told her we knew it was not a coincidence that we were at her home talking to her. That whole night of walking in the dark and in the rain was worth it because of the fact we found her! Sometimes you just don’t know why you are doing something, but things seem to turn out 🙂
Have a good week! I appreciate all your love and support! Talk to you next year 🙂