Called to Serve

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

That was a Hard Week!

December 30, 2015

This was probably the hardest week so far. Argao, my new area, is not like Toboso. Toboso has about 40,000 peeps living in that area and a ward with about 150 active members (about 300 total) whereas Argao has 60,000 people and a branch of about 80 members and 50 are active; big difference in the wards and in population. Argao is also a city area. There is not much visible poverty here as compared to Toboso where there wasn't much visible wealth! 

We do not have a teaching pool here so we spend almost ALL DAY going door to door saying, "Hi, we are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ and we would like to share a little message with you." And receive the response, "Oh no, we are busy. Thanks...” This is how my week went as well as Christmas day. We did have a little more luck on Christmas day than the other days because we would read the birth of the Savior from Luke 2 and Matthew 2 (with all the vestiges included- for those small group of you who would get that joke). I met one person who wanted to bash us (on Christmas too!). I did well confounding this man but ended up saying "Kita ta sa paghukom!" which translates to "see you at the judgement!" MAN I WAS ANNOYED! Just the hardness of the hearts of people is really annoying. But in the end we did share our story with a few families and invited the spirit into their house so... mission accomplished! 

Yesterday was this day of feast here and so EVERYBODY was feasting all day – sort of like American Thanksgiving. We ate a lot. We also walked around all day trying to find people. I swear that this whole area got deserted! There was hardly anyone around! I believe they all went to parties and such, so yeah, that was fun. I have literally spent all week knocking on doors.... BUT! We found one guy last night who we shared our message with and it was a fantastic lesson! I sure hope something good comes from that visit! 

Last Friday I had the chance to Skype home. It was the first time in 5 months that I had seen my family. I had a nice 45 min long talk with them and it was great to see them. It did make me miss them though and put me in a little bit of nostalgia but that’s ok. It was great to see them again.

I walked around and handed out these little toys to some of the members children. They were sure happy to receive these small gifts! Also I made 2 new friends. They are two sisters about the age of 7 and 8. Not sure why I have a knack with children but I do and they really like me here. Kind of fun haha.

Well I hope you all had a great Christmas! I sure had a long one - haha. I am 1/4 of the way done here! Wow that was fast! And it is only getting faster. I wish the best for you back at home! 


(The full moon here on Christmas day as it was over the ocean.)

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