Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 4 - The Ber-months

Benito Soliven

This week Tanner just answered questions in his email.

Mom: So I hear that the Filipino's start celebrating Christmas early?  That is where I need to live!  haha  Ashley Raymundo said they start celebrating Christmas as soon as Halloween is over.

Tanner: Of course the Raymundos would say that XD Nah they actually start in the 'ber' months. So starting in September. This month people started saying merry Christmas and the ZLs allow Christmas music. So yeah it's been pretty exciting. It pretty cool outside 90 degrees and only 80% humidity.

Mom: Are you guys doing anything fun for P-day? How's the language ? Are you teaching anyone?

Tanner:  Today we are going to go play football with some Ilagan ward members, the ZLs, our DL and his comp. The language is great. I'm not stressed about it. At Bonito Soliven it's real hard to get appointments past six and we're not allowed to be out past 8 since it gets super dark at 7 and there are no street lights here.

Mom:  Football sounds like fun. I'm glad the language is going well.  Well that sucks that you have to be in so early. What the heck do you guys do for the rest of the night?

Tanner:  Well sometimes we stay at members houses near our apartment other times we just prepare for tomorrow. Could you send a pic of the family every keeps asking to see one.

Mom:  It sounds like you're in a tough area, so hang in there.

Tanner:  I love my area. My area is probably the hardest in Cauayan right now, but we are turning it we've doubled the attending members since we've been here.

Mom:  That's awesome about the members attendance! I'm sure they love you.  Are your clothes
holding up ok?

Tanner:  yeah I had to get new shoes, but everything else is fine.

Mom: Good. What kind of shoes? Do you ever wear shoes or do you just wear crocs and sandals?

Tanner:  I wear sandals sometimes, but you need slip on rubber shoes here, because whenever you go into someone's house you have to take your shoes off, so its much easier if you can just slip into them and then the rubber is water proof, so that helps.

Mom:  Do you need extra money?

Tanner:  Yeah I just need to buy some new books, because I have to learn another language.

Mom:  What other language do you have to learn?

Tanner:  Ilocano it's similar, but different enough that you can't understand a single thing they are saying.
Mom:  Sounds like fun. Haha. Are you getting yourself any souvenirs? Are things very expensive there?
Tanner:  Yeah I'm getting a few things. Things are super cheap over here. Like before I leave I'm just going to give away all my missionary clothes and stock up on stuff.
Mom:  Hahahaha. Sounds like a plan. I can't imagine you wanting to wear those clothes when you get back. Do you still have those investigators? Anyone interested in baptism?
Tanner:  yeah we have 5 Baptismal dates atm. plus 2 other progressing investigators. 
Mom: Holy cow! That's awesome! Are you guys going to be doing the baptisms? How do you find these people?
Tanner: yeah of course. Just from tracting, referrals, and oyming
Mom:  Well keep working hard. You don't have to write a huge email every week but let us know one thing that happened that week, please.  your Family needs to hear about it. You're awesome, we love you. Have a great day!

Ilagan District
Elder Bautista, Sister Dela Torre, Sister Vaelua, Sister Lange, Sister Nambengu, Elder Marcelino, Elder Taer
Elder Sison, Elder Indino, Elder Thorpe, Elder Swensen, Elder Tuiloma


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