September 9, 2015
should start this by sharing my daily/weekly routine… Every day,
Elder Noprada and I buy three pieces of fried chicken from Sister Marzan (a
ward member who is very nice and reminds me ALOT of Aunt Erin lol). We travel
and teach with a member present and his name is July. He is very nice and has
been a member for 2 months now. Every
P-day we give our laundry to these ward members who do it for us for 200 pesos.
Every Sunday night we go to the Libre family’s house for FHE; they are considered
"datu" (rich) because they have a nice house AND a car (not many
peeps own a car). There we teach a lesson and receive brownies:) Makes Sundays
a little more special:))) We do what we do to support the members in their
week was a long one...that went by fast - haha. I did the unthinkable....I ate
balot (baloot)...The rotten duck-fetus thing still in an egg shell. Mine was 18
days old which is the oldest you normally buy them!
a love letter from a (crazy) lady on a bus! That was weird...
kids LOVE the American! Everywhere I go I hear "Hey Joe!" Joe is what
Filipinos call white people and yes it is meant to be racist and insulting.
Last fast Sunday, Noprada and I went to the ocean to pray at the start of our
fast (because it is that close) and when I opened my eyes a huge swarm of kids
were right in front of me! So we played some games and took some pics:)
missionary work is going great! I am becoming better at my Cebuano and can
understand just a little now as opposed to none earlier. The investigators are
great. We teach a lot of less-actives. We started teaching this older man named
Ernesto. He is Catholic (everyone here is Catholic btw) and he came to church
the next day after we taught him. He didn’t come to church last Sunday so we
went to his house on Tuesday and talked with him/ taught a lesson. We had a
very good lesson and the spirit did touch his heart. He had told us that he
hasn't received a witness yet and when I testified about Joseph Smith the
spirit flooded the room and he was brought to a state of happiness that can
only be described as conversion. He came up to me right before we left and
thanked me personally. I felt really good that I was able to teach and testify
by the spirit.
mentioned about another investigator named Gabriel. He just decided to come to
church after we talked to him on the street. In the past 4 Sundays he has come
3 times and each time we teach him, after church, he is happy and WILLING to
learn! He walks 3 hours one way to get to church and to me that is a person who
actually wants to learn about religion— a dedicated investigator:) If all goes well he is to be baptized at the
end of this month.
Elder Noprada into Magic the Gathering. He asks me each P-day to play:) I am
also asked each other day to cook some fried chicken because apparently I cook
good fried chicken. Last Sunday we mixed it with BBQ sauce just like General
Tso.. that one brand that Costco sells and it is good. Many times we are far
from the house and we need to go home but there isn’t a bus... so we walk! We
walked for about an hour last night, got maybe 2/5 of the way home before a bus
saved us at 10 PM! We are requesting for bikes.
I killed a
gigantic spider this morning. The thing was as big as my hand. After dousing it
in pernephorin it ran into a corner and died:). Cockroaches are everywhere here
btw. They fly and bite. They too are fun to douse in pernephorin! Lizards are
still everywhere as well, more often than cockroaches. Elder Noprada doused one
in the chemical and It FREAKED OUT! I felt bad for it. Dogs are more common
than humans here. There are tons of the four legged friends and they are pretty
casual with people. The people here don’t really like dogs so much.
still feels awkward. (Probably because he ate the balot egg!)
It rains a
great and I am loving it here! When we climb the MOUNTAINS (not hills) to
teach, I can over look the many green hills and see the ocean in the back
ground. It is exactly as President Gordon B. Hinckley states "controlled
chaos". The driving is chaos yet no one crashes. The houses have no address
yet everyone knows where everyone lives. The food here...wouldn't be held up to
American standards yet we still eat it - haha. With all the interesting quirks
of this land I still find it to be an interesting place to live and I can't
wait for what is to happen in the upcoming weeks.
with what is going on back home in Murica! I want to know if anything big is
- Elder Morris