Hello everyone guess what?? It's another great week in the Philippines. On monday night we had another family home evening at our less actives house and it was really great they had an investigator there that really enjoyed our message and over all it was a good time. The next day was transfers. So we all met at the Canaman Chapel to meet our new companions. I got to say goodbye to a lot of my friends because this is most likely going to be the last time I see them before I go home so that was nice. SO I met my new companion. His name is Elder Seegmiller from Sacramento, California. So this is going to be a really fun last transfer. So far we have a ton of things in common, so this is like a said should be a fun transfer. We had a good week we got 4 new investigators this week and got in a couple of great lessons t, our investigators have said they feel a peace of mind every time we come over so that's really nice to hear. Our work is progressing it seems like we have focused on a couple of good investigators and we can sort of see them having a chance to be baptized in the future, I'm just trying to work really hard right before I leave so I have no regrets when I leave for home. Some cool things I ate this week have been Octopus and Sili or spicy Chili ice cream. The ice cream didn't agree well with our stomachs so I recommend not to eat it. ahaha, but the octopus was really good it was cooked in this really good mango mushrooms. Earlier today I bought a 10 peso vest which is only .23 cents in America so that's cool. We played some volleyball earlier today with some members and the sister missionaries in our ward. But I have been really having a good time as my mission starts to wind down. I really appreciate all the things that everyone does for me. Makes me really thankful, so thanks for everything. This upcoming week is going to be busy with exchanges with different Elders and we are going to have the day of the dead, which means there are going to be a ton of drunk people on Saturday, it is basically equivalent to like a July 4 but just people hanging out at cemeteries and having a good time. hahaha I'll send some pictures to you guys next week about it.
So this week turned out to be a great week because we didn't have to run around that much for assignments and stuff so we were able to be focused and do all the thing we needed to do. So nothing to out of the ordinary happened this week, the cool thing that happened though was that one of the Sister missionaries investigators got baptized and the girl that got baptized ask me to do the ordination so that was really nice. But me and Elder Finau got a lot of hard work in the week. We found 4 new investigators and we have 6 progressing investigators this week.So this is the last week of the transfer so we got the news that Elder Finau is going to be transferred so I am going to meet my new companion tomorrow. I am going to miss Elder Finau but its been a great transfer with him doing our early morning work outs together. Another cool thing this week we were able to give one of our investigators a baptismal date! But really thats all thats happened this week I guess I can tell you I got really wet the other day because I lost my umbrella again and it rained so me and Elder Fianu both don't have umbrellas so we both got soaked. So maybe later today I'll find another one hahaha. But yeah the count down continues looks like I'll see everyone 6 weeks from now. But I am really trying to just finish strong and to keep the faith all the way to the end. I just would like to thank everyone for all the great support from the beginning, you have helped me to become the person that I am now. All I can really say right now is thank you! But just want everyone to know that this has been a great adventure and I can't wait to tell everyone about it when I get home. thanks again.
So this last week was a really fun week for me. Last Monday we had a great family home evening at one of our less actives homes. We shared a small but great message and we played some fun games and just had a really good night. The next day was just a normal day we went to our far area to teach one of our part member families but we went to a less active first... this is the one that was drinking the last time.... so I ask him if it was okay if he could give me a clean trim for my hair he said okay. Notice (this guy is a little weird). All of a sudden he gets his clippers and starts giving me a hair cut, by the time I could say anything it was too late and li he gave me the most awful haircut ever. I just wanted to get a nice clean trim for general conference but I guess Satan was just working against me.
But the next day we had a District Community service project in the rain at a high school we just cut grass with some machetes.... pretty normal, but it was fun. My job was holding the umbrella so others didn't get wet pretty important job ahaha. After that we went on exchanges with some Elders and that turned out really nice we got a couple of lessons with them so that helped us out a lot. We even killed a rat so it was a successful day. The next day we had a district meeting and that was good afterward we got some Mang Inasal so that was amazing. Later that day Elder Finau gave one of our less active tatays a hair cut free of charge and it turned out really good.... better than mine haha -_- later that day we taught some lessons also.
Just a trim
The next day was nice. we got a couple of lessons and it was really good got a couple of new investigators so our week started to get really busy. But on Saturday we had our general Conference and it was so great! So many great talks and I got to see all the other missionaries. Best day of the week this week. I even got to see Elder Relf. So we have gone to General Conference now 3 times in a row so we are going to have to make a tradition now. And yeah such a great atmosphere. We had some Elders sleep over too because they live far so away so they worked with us for some lessons than we went home in the rain and made some crazy sardine omelet not too shabby. Sunday we had our last sessions of General Conference and it was great as well. After, we went home worked with some members and went on splits and taught some more people. Even though it was a busy week we got a lot of lessons this week so we are really happy. The work is great we got some new investigators and some families that we are teaching are really progressing so that makes it worth it.
Earlier today we had a district activity. So all the missionaries in our district went to Camaligan to play volleyball..... so we thought. we got to the chapel to set up the court but guess what? the ball magically disappeared, we searched the whole place for it but WALA!!!! So we played capture the flag, 3 flags up and some other Filipino games which was fun! Afterward we had the caters in our ward cook us some really great food. Then we went home and showered and paid our bill. But yeah that was my week and day so far. Just sweating right now because I am in an outdoor internet cafe because the one we usually go to is full. But thanks everyone for the support you are all great and I'll see you all soon! 7 weeks na lang......
On Monday last week, we went to our far area to teach one of our investigators and it was a really great lesson. But we had to walk like 3 miles home so that was not too fun. The next day we went to the mission home for our MLC (Mission Leader Conference) with all the other zone leaders and STLs(stake leaders) in the Naga mission just to talk about our mission and see if we are making our goals and also talking about other things as well. I got to see my best friend Brother Willie! He's the security guard and last year when I was assigned to naga 3rd area me and Elder Relf would always go to hes house and teach.... mostly eat haha. But it was really great seeing all the other elders and sisters and talking with them and seeing how they are doing. SO in the afternoon we taught some less actives which was a really great lesson. The family we taught is really having a hard time and right now we are just trying to help them through it. It was a super super nice lesson the whole family came to church and later tonight we are having a family home evening at their house. Yay Progress! The next day we went on exchanges with the Tinambac Elders in our area so that was nice we were able to go on splits in our area so we got a lot of good lessons with them and at the same time we helped trained them too.The next day we had zone training so me and elder Finau gave a work shop to the missionaries in our zone and it was really great it was an open discussion type of workshop. It was nice hearing the testimonies of the arriving and departing missionaries. Later that night we had a Family home evening with another family and it was super nice because the family invited one of their friends to come so we taught a good lesson and we plan on being able to go back to the family that came to the F.H.E. So another new family to teach! The next day we went on exchanges with the Assistants and that was fun. We got to do our studies in Aircon the whole day and we had a car for the time we were there, sort of felt like America hahaha. But the best part of that day was probably at the end of the day when me and Elder Villamor were waiting to get picked up. All of a sudden a drunk dude was in the middle of the road while jeepneys and tricys were just dodging him. then he starts to come over and starts talking to us.... basically making no sense... tells us that he doesn't like Americans. So I just start talking to him and basically he was a nice drunk guy. So i just tell him we are brothers and that we are cool in Bicol and he started to like us, he liked us so much that he says he loves us! By this point he's a mess and I am helping him to stand up, I take a picture with him and right after that our ride shows up but he wants to go in the van with us. So I tell them just go ahead and I'll catch up with them. So I leave the guy and just jog to the ride and get in. But I guess the dude was chasing me so as soon as I get in Elder Villamor slams the door and we take off. I had no idea! We all had a good laugh.
My New Friend
Sunday was good! The Sister missionaries actually had a baptism in the morning so that was really nice way to start the day. We had a couple of our less actives show up so that was awesome! Our day was long full of meetings but we had a good lesson with one of our progressing investigators. Earlier today we played some basketball with the members and tried to pay the water bill but its a holiday here so that was a fail. I also picked up my pants that I had made and they look pretty sexy. but thats all for today really. Looks like everyone is doing good here nothing too big is happening but it seems like I only have like a couple of days left now. But thank you everyone for the support from the beginning til now your awesome.