Monday, May 27, 2013

Week 11 5/26/13

Alrighty is my update

This week was by far a good week!  We got 20 lessons in, 20! and 3 new investigators.  It is really starting to rain alot here. Every night you get to see the lightning and thunder while looking at the stars so yeah at night it gets really pretty. On Wednesday I went on exchanges with my Zone leader he's in charge of my whole zone. HIs name is Elder Kornegay and he is from Mesa Arizona and he is a boss. Basically we talked about life and about what we both miss. I talked to him a lot about the US Surf Open and all the crazy cool things you can do in California and he's told me about all the cool things you can do in Arizona. So that was way fun totally got a little home sick but it was way fun to hang out with and American in the Philippines and talk about guy. The next day we needed to open 
the church up for another district meeting in our zone. And on the way to the church on the bus they had Iron Man 3 playing on the bus. What the heck? I got way jealous so we started talking about movies that came out when he was on the mission and he wanted to know how the Dark Knight rises was and I told him about that and what not. So the next day was Thursday and we just had regular District meeting with the Zone leaders and that was cool. Afterward we got Mango/Manga shakes that are literally the best thing my lips have ever tasted in my life it  "felt good on my Lips"!!! We had a young man in our ward get his mission call to the Cebu Philippines east mission so that was way cool he's going to speak Cebuano; I'm so happy for him. So the food is still a struggle, If you are reading this have pity on me because I literally have nothing good to eat (LOL) send me american food, because I just used my last macaroni and cheese and Pop tarts. Boo hoo!  But last night I had some good chop suey so not complaining to loud and on Friday night I usually make some fried chicken and lemonade so yeah the only thing is missing  is just french fries. But I'll survive.
This upcoming week we get new companions and find out about  transfers. Hopefully I get transferred to the legaspi mission but pretty sure its not going to happen.Where ever I end up I will work hard and make the best of it. Saturday me and Elder Finley went on exchanges and that was fun we worked pretty hard and of course it starts raining on us and both of us forgot our "payos" = umbrellas. So we got a little wet, haha!
So here is my funny moment for the week.  I was speaking English to Elder Jacobson and since I don't speak English very much funny things tend to come out of my mouth! Wait that happened even when I spoke English every day, oh well anyway.. I was trying to tell Elder J that my dad was the "Chief Of Police" instead I said "peace of leaf"! Hmmm? 

So here are some shout outs :

Happy Birthday Shelby!
Congratulations Dylan Moh! Spokane Washington Mission totally cool!
The one and only Brian Sutherland, loving my sticks!

Keep the email coming, they are super encouraging!!

Mahal Ko po Kayo
Elder Llorens  ( thumbs up Sign)( hang Loose Sign) Winkey face;)

MUAh MUAh chup chup

Monday, May 20, 2013

President Blisner and missionaries


So this week was good and bad.  On Tuesday I was super homesick after talking to my family on Monday for Mothers Day.  It rained all of Monday so we couldn't do laundry and ended up doing it on Tuesday instead.  We did go out on Monday, we used the skates (I am still working on getting a picture) then hiked up this big hill to get to a members house.  During our visit she gave us like 15 pounds of bananas, we had to haul home..we were dragging!  Once we were home we got haircuts, I will have to admit, not my best one. They use straight razors here which is cool I like the way they feel, but I don't like not knowing if you will survive the shave and haircut or die, from a shaky hand..hahaha.
That night we went to sleep to the sound of more rain and thunderstorms.  The next day we had zone conference, that was the best part of my week getting to see my good friends from the training center again Elder Finau and Elder Pickford, and got to meet some new missionaries. While we were there you guessed it, it started raining again.  At zone conference we celebrated all the May birthdays and we each got a snickers bar.  I need it!!  I have lost 15 pounds..poor food quality and nasty water will do that to you.  :/ When zone conference was over we headed to the mall, and I finally found re-fried beans and taco seasoning! That was legit!!  We ate McDonalds and hung out for a while singing songs and just talking.

So we finally headed out to the buses and we ran into our whole zone, I guess the busses had stopped running so we called our leaders and they came down and got us.  We fit 17 missionaries in a 12 passenger van, Hey you got to do what you have to do.  It was a fun ride and we even stopped and got ice cream from a 7-11.
So I told you we found someone to do our cooking, so I dropped off my refried beans and taco mix to her and we had a glorious meal!!  On Friday there was like a fiesta going on so we got to eat alot of food, but didn't really have any appointments that day because everyone was partying.  We went out to the town of Brcy, and had a lesson and found a new investigator.  That was cool because I got to teach and I could tell my language is getting better. After we taught her she told us that she is moving so that was sad..On the way home I got to ride top load (on top of the vehicle ) I almost got a ticket for this once at school haha, but here it is legal so there! It was cool. We also had a lesson with these little boys.  They are awesome they take care of themselves all day, feed themselves watch the house and do work around the house, they were super cool!
So Sunday was no fun, I was suppose to give a baby blessing but the  Area President decided to do it instead, which was fine but then I got told to give a last minute talk and there was jsut a lot of drama going on that created stress and more stress for me!! But thats basically how it is on your mission, stressful and how well you deal with it is how well you will do on your mission.  It is soooo hard, let me tell you! But worth it.

Please keep the emails coming, they are keeping me sane!  I know I keep saying that but they are.
Okay I will talk to you guys soon.

Elder Llorens

Monday, May 13, 2013

Week 9  5/12/2013

Sorry for the no letter last week I just had a small problem and I apologize for that. 

But this week was really sweet; this morning I was able to Skype my family and talk to them for a little bit. Can’t believe how different it is not being able to talk or to see them everyday. But the good thing is everything is cool at home and I like how the time has been flying so far, hopefully it keeps it up.

So my Birthday was on Saturday and we just worked because if we didn't it just gets really boring so we went out and got a foot long Filipino hot dog and worked. As for a birthday gift to myself, I got a machete (itak) and its legit man, I have been just doing my will on the jungle around me. ha-ha swoosh swoosh " wala na" (no more).  So for my birthday dinner we have a member who used to be a cook for American and Australia Spanish businessmen. Anyways she’s the best cook in the Philippines. She asked what I wanted and I said, “BBQ Shrimp with garlic butter to dip, Italian Spaghetti with ground beef and my favorite fried sweet potatoes (kemote), its the Philippians hash browns".

So yeah I was full that night dropped like 1000 pesos that night for everyone but it was worth it. And afterward they sung happy birthday for me and at the end they said that they have a Philippians tradition and as soon as they said that they threw flour at me, which was really cool.

And a scary thing is today Election day in the Philippians. And horrible things have been happening. The politics here are just the crappiest I have ever seen. They pay people 100 pesos to vote for them and then that's a ton of money for poor people and a lot in general. And if they find out you don't or if they found out you didn't vote for the right person they’d shoot you. They do drive by shootings or they'll just shoot you on the street in front of everyone. I have already heard like 3 gunshots go off right below our Internet shop so yeah I didn't think it was this bad but it is. So we are not really going go out today really. This is going to be a quick message and just like to say thank you to everyone and love you all.

Shout out to Jake Levine; Happy Birthday, and thanks to Brian for the lacrosse heads;  I have them on bamboo sticks (estig)!

I really appreciate the letter and happy birthday emails. They meant the world to me and I would just like to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mothers out there. It’s getting a little dangerous now so I’m going to get off now. I love you all. And hope all is well at home. 


Elder Llorens

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Week 8      5-7-13

Due to computer issues on Seth's end we are using this as our update this week..

Elder Llorens was not anywhere near this incident, but it highlights the danger of hiking up this active volcano.

Seth and the Volcano
This is the volcano that just erupted...hasn't erupted
since 2010.

May 7, 2013

Associated Press: Five climbers have been killed after one of the Philippines' most activevolcanoes rumbled to life, spewing room-sized rocks towards them.The group of nearly 30 climbers and their Filipino guides had spent the night camping before setting out at daybreak on Tuesday for the crater of the Mayon volcano when a sudden explosion of rocks, ash and plumes of smokes jolted the mountain, guide Kenneth Jesalva told ABS-CBN TV.

He said rocks "as big as a living room" rained down, killing and injuring members of his group, some of whom were in critical condition. Jesalva said he rushed back to the base camp at 914 metres (3,000ft) to call for help.Among the dead were three Germans and their Filipino guide, said the Albay provincial governor, Joey Salceda. He added that everyone on the mountain had been accounted for at midday, except for a foreigner who was presumed dead.

Eight people were injured, and the others were being brought down the mountain, Salceda said.
Ash clouds have cleared over the volcano, which was quiet later in the morning.

"The injured are all foreigners … They cannot walk. If you can imagine, the boulders there are as big as cars. Some of them slid and rolled down. We will rappel the rescue team, and we will rappel them up again," he said from Legazpi, the provincial capital.