Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Week 71

So  I sent an update last week, but I guess it didn't go through.  Last week was really intense. So on Monday we got a text from our leaders that we need to prepare because a typhoon was going to hit the Bicol region the next day and that we need to be ready to go to our evacuation points. So we didn't really think much of it but I was over looking our plans and basically I just got a strong feeling that this typhoon was going to be bad and that we needed to go to a safer evacuation area... I am thankful I went on that feeling because Tuesday night at about 7 o'clock metal sheets, houses, and  animals were flying around getting destroyed. The house that we even evacuated to got a major leak on the 3rd floor and our house got flooded. But this was the craziest storm I have ever been in. I just remember looking outside the window seeing banana trees getting cut in half by the wind and power lines just flopping in the air.... I was a little scared. The next day was a mess. We went outside to see what it was like and it was like looking at a garbage dump because the whole city was destroyed. We helped move this giant tree blocking the road for this lady. After that we made the decision to go around and start helping members. So thats what we did. But it was really sad to see that a lot of homes were gone and destroyed because of the typhoon. All last week and all of this week we spent cleaning up homes and helping people with their problems. So it was really fun giving service to others.  Overall it was a really  humbling experience. So even our house was destroyed a little everything inside was soaked in water and part of our roof was gone. But I am really glad that we got to help the people here and give them some hope in their lives. I even got to meet new people that I didnt know before which is really cool. I think overall this has been a really great experience even though we still have no electricity because all the power lines were knocked down . So there has been a lot more mosquitoes and its been a thousand times hotter. But its okay. I got a lot of blisters on my hands. I've fallen on barbed wire and I have broken a pair of my sandals so far. Tomorrow I get a new companion... I sort of feel bad for him because he is coming to one of the hardest areas in the mission. But its going to be fun. Hopefully he will be fun and the time will fly with him. But overall this last week has been really rough but its also been really good. Thank you for everyone who has been emailing me your the best!

Elder Llorens

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