March 29, 2017
honestly can’t describe my first week here. SO much happened and I am glad for
with last Wednesday after email we went around to some families. We saw Tatay
Rico and I said good bye to him and also this nanay Abie who is so very nice
and is always present at our lessons but isn’t investigating. We said bye to
them and then went to probably the family that I was most close with, the
Alidon family. The nanay gave me a shell chandelier that is so fragile that I
feared it breaking on transfers but alas it survived :)
took off early Thursday morning and got to San Carlos rather quite quickly. By
about 12 I was already on the other island and with Elder Eberhard (oh and my new
TRUCK!) Elder Eberhard is great! He does not speak any English. Cebuano na
lang. He is really good at the language due to his dedication to speak it. My
Cebuano isn’t so good. Probably my biggest regret from my whole mission is not
really learning the language as much as I should have. I have 11 more weeks to go;
maybe I can master it by the time I go home.
area is bukid gyud (rural). We drive out to the middle of nowhere to visit the
one person and their cow. We do have a lot of potential here though! There are
a lot of IBDs and people going to sacrament. It is a branch out here but they
have a nice church building. We also have a small island as part of our area
that we get to visit. We also have a group that we are to visit. They live
about 1 1/2 hours away up a mountain in the middle of the rice patties. Life is
fun with a truck:)
far as adventures go, one of our investigators caught a komodo dragon in the
jungle. So what did I do? I took it by the head and took a selfie with it! I
know they are dangerous but he was tied down. It got a bit scary later cuz we
put a big bucket over him while we taught and as we took the bucket off he had
managed to escape from the bands. He was not happy. Our investigator jumped on it and pinned its
head down and retied him up. They feed him the big toads here.
went up to the group last Saturday and stayed the night until Sunday. The place
was so cool! It is far up a mountain so we had some amazing views! The cute
little meeting house was also our house that we stayed in. The night got so
cold that I had to grab for a blanket! This place is way up in the mountains! A
nice old lady there would feed us all of our meals there. Church was fun. About
3 men and a bunch of R.S and Primary kids - 25ish attendance.
have a new senior couple here so last Sunday we went on splits and E. E. had me
go with the couple to some visits. We got lost of course as we tried to find
these places at the late afternoon but had some good quality time with the
Moons. On Tuesday (yesterday) we took them around to ALL of the apartments and
churches here in San Carlos Zone. I got to see all of the areas and such. They
are all branches but they have very nice meeting house established.
than that the week was good! Lots of things happening that I suddenly forgot
but lucky me that I keep a journal. The internet here is extremely slow and I
can't upload photos cuz of the pagka-slow. So maybe some other time!
wish you all the best! Amping mo diha!