Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Week 24

Week 24

So this has been a very wild week for me and my companions. Today it flooded really bad. I woke up to my companions saying, "ohhh no that's not good."  I get up and I was like this isn't good. We looked form the balcony and saw our whole area was flooded and was continue to flood. 

So that's why you need a 72 hours kit here. We had to text the APs for their advise. I asked our apartment landlord and her family if we needed to leave and they said in an hour it will go down. I had my doubts...  but it went down in an hour so it was fine.  I got some funny pictures.

I went to take a picture in a tree, when I went to put my foot up, all of a sudden I saw an Ahas or snake.. so yeah didn't climb it. 

Went to Iriga got food now I'm here. SO  I found out that I'm training and opening a new area again. So yes the stress continues big time. This whole week we were focusing on our baptismal canidate for this Saturdays baptism, but we had some set backs and I wont be the one to baptize her. I'm  really really bummed for that because I've been teraching her for like 3 months and now I'm transfered. So I didn't take that very well... because i ended up buying a new Canon camera, Super sick hopefully you can see the difference form the pictures.

 But tomorrow I leave for Naga and then Thursday I report to the Mission Home so that's when I find out about my new companion and my new area. Get to work in an other area for one day while I wait.  I'll have 3 other companions working with me there, one of them Is Elder Cawit  I've been working with here in Buhi with him but he transfered also. So yeah Elder Cawit, ME and the elder that I'm following right now Elder Lapana are now Buntis or pregnant (term used when they start training a new missionary) so were going to have our new kids soon. So yeah pretty crazy.  But yeah I am really disappointed that I'm leaving this area I really loved it here and the people so I hope the new Elders replacing us feel the way that me and Elder Cawit did. But I'm excited hopefully my area is a good one and so is my kid.  

Thanks for the emails from everyone they are really great. And shout out to the Jake "the snake" Levine who was in the hospital. Your a knuckle head. Hope everyone is good and I'll talk to you guys next week.


Elder Llorens

Week 23

Week 23
Getting ready for dinner..

This week was really strange, So Monday was legit got to play basketball in Iriga again and I was showing off my Kobe Bryant magic, but like Kobe I injured my ankle so its killing me. Tuesday we went to our far area to teach one of our less actives and we had a really great lesson, it was good but it took us all day to get come back because there was no tricey so we decided to walk 30 mins later we started running away from this storm that was chasing us but we weren't that fast, it  caught us. so yeah  we just got wet again...  Wednesday was good  we taught the little girl we were going to baptize so that was legit. But  Wednesday was the highlight of my week. we challenged 2 of our investigators to baptism  and they both accepted and one of them I personally found. I was just feeling awesome can't really explain the feeling when they said yes. The next day I gave the workshop in our district meeting and it went really well and it was fun. On friday we went back to the investigator that were were going to baptize this Saturday if everything goes smoothly.  we also went to one of the less actives that have been less active since like 2006 and we had to cross  a sketchy bridge it was  50ft in the air and everytime we walked across it something fell off of it. I had to literally help elder Lapana over it.. he's scared of heights hahaha. Anyways I got a text from the investigator that I personally found and she said you guys can't come to the appointment because she is at the bus stop going to Manila to work there and she doesn't know when she's going to be back... My heart was crushed this means basically all the lessons we taught her went out the window just like that. I'm trying to get her address so I can contact the Elders in manila. But yeah I am crushed. Sunday the other investigator didnt go to church we waited at her house for an hour to talk to her she wasn't their on the way back however we saw a member and he called us over and introduced us to a friend so we got a refferal 5 minutes later. Estig! We saw him again talking to someone different he invited us to talk to them its a girl and a grandpa, the daughter spoke perfect english to me....  I found out the grandpa was a contractor and had built some of our churches so its a good lead it made up from the crappy week.   I have been reading the Book of Mormon this week and it has been helping me out a lot. On Saturday I see if I'm going to stay, get transfered or train so this is going to be a good week hopefully. As always thanks to  everyone for the email they always make me feel great . 

Elder Llorens

Monday, August 12, 2013

Week 22

Week 22

Typhoon Utor

We did not receive an update yet this week.  We did hear from Seth and typhoon Utor  passed over his area bringing heavy rain and winds, but he is safe and said he was enjoying the cool (as in temperature)
weather we will let you know if we hear anything else.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Week 21

Week 21

Disclaimer from mom: the blog is not in the correct order because I somehow skipped a week :( So be sure to read the previous entry to catch up, it's a good one!!

New Companions!

So another great week. This week we were able to meet everyone in our zone and we had a zone confrence with our new President and the APPs and that was a really sweet experience and yeah I played the piano not to bad. Afterward we feasted on fried chicken and that was flippin good!

 The week was slow due to the elements there was a lot of rain and none of our drivers that drive the triceys wanted to take us to our area and our area is too far to walk maybe 2 hour walk and that wouldn't have worked out because it was raining so hard. So one of the people we were going to teach lives across this bridge but the bridge that goes to her house got washed away so hopefully the weather is better this week. 

 We had a really good lesson this week with one of our investigaotrs and it was the first time I taught about the first vision and  The Restoration of the church.. ibinabumbalik ang simbahan. That was a really great experience one that I can't really explain that well but it was definitely a great experience.  This is one of the reasons why I'm here for sure. But yeah not to many crazy things happened lately,  just some funny bathroom stories that I dont think I can talk about, not about me but my room mates and yeah a funny story about me doing push ups but that will have to be told another day haha. 

 Congrats to my cousin who finished basic. And I hate all of you who are having a great summer. But thank you all for the awesome emails. You are all great and keep them up!!!

 OO astig ng lingo na ito. at thankful ako para sa lahat ng kayo.lahat kayo ay sobrung mangandand mga kaibigan sa akin and mamaiss ko kayo. but mahal ko lahat kayo. sige na ingot kayo  No translation provided :(

Elder "POGI" Llorens

Week 19 July 22,2013

Week 19


So alot has happened this last week. On tuesday we went to Naga city to meet our new companions, Elder LA'ulu my companion and Elder Finau are getting transfered and Elder Cawit is Buntis/pregnant ,haha, he's going to train.So yeah got to see my Batch Elder Pickford and he's going to train and Sister Hurst and Sister Barlow are training. So the transfers came around I was Called/Promoted to senior so this means I will follow up a fairly new missionary. I am going to be his follow up right after he got with his training, at this moment my heart sank and I got pretty terrified because this means I am going to be a follow up right after I got done with my follow up. But he's a cool guy, my new companion is Elder Lapana from Samoa. So yeah another Poly From Samoa as my companion. Might as well become an Uce..."for the Boys" "Duck Quakers". So yeah a really scary assignment considering elder Lapana just gone with training and isn't that good at Tagalog yet and I have to train him and open a new area. So a little stressful. But i am grateful for it.

On top of the world!

 Elder Cawit is training an American Elder Etough from Utah hes legit! He's a sports guy like me and likes duck dynasty so he's the man... he's a pogi now. And yeah so they are now part of the Buhi boys fraternity and I was told because of so many missionaries there might be 2 more elders coming sooner or later! So yeah super cool. But  like I said our area was terrible since we split areas last transfer so we would average like 7 lessons a week but i want to leave this area better then where i found it and we were able to get 17 lessons this week!
 3 new investigators and 5 less actives come to church. this is good considering 65 of the Buhi members that go to church only 6 came from our area. So this week has been actually good a lot better than my last weeks. But yeah it was weird when I started just talking to people, random people I was able to speak and they understood and we got return appointments to their houses and I was able to teach them their family and friends. I know this is through the power of the holy ghost and the gift tongues. 2 nephi 33;3. And this is the blessing of being exactly obedient. When teaching these people you know when you are teaching that this is what they need and you literally are the ones teaching them and you are  the one they trust... a pretty big responsibility and a lot of pressure and stress. But I know when you are on the lord errand he will shape the back to place the burden placed upon it. Its definitely a hard assignment but the Lord doesn't give easy assignments. But yeah just gotta hang tough and never quit.

I have a testimony of this work and am grateful for it. I would like to give a shout out to my pops Happy Birthday I love you and I hope you have a great day. Buut yeah Iriga got a lot of new missionaries this last transfer everyone but me and the Zls are training. But the cool thing is that 2 Elders are from Anahiem so yeah they are cool they are half Samoan and something else I forgot but  they are legit... of course!  I am totally bummed that I can't go to the US Surf open this week but what evers there's always summer 2015.....haha bummer I lose.

 Thanks for the email sorry if I couldn't email all of you back but yes thank you for the emails they are really encouraging! Thank you. Oh and Remember that if your having a rough day that you have a loving heavenly father that loves you more than you can comprehend!

Engot kayo

Elder Llorens

"it will all be worth it"