Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Week 50 - True Man!


We got a baptismal date this week. His name is Jefferson. He's 13 years old. He's awesome. Besides that we have a new investigator named Sister Lyn. She's in her 30's. Apparently the missionaries taught her before in a different area 3 years ago and then they moved here and didn't get to meet the missionaries. So we met her and we'll probably give her a baptismal date this week.

We had an elders conference this last week. It was awesome. The whole day was about being a true man. It was way fun. We also got flu vaccines. Apparently that was the test to see who was a real man. I didn't pass -.- hahahhaha jokes jokes! but it was a good fun week! This week should be fun too. Tomorrow is the birthday of a nanay here and of course we have a lunch appointment there. There's also a sister here that bakes cakes for the missionaries when it is there birthday so hopefully I'm still here for my birthday :p  Anyways that's about it. Hope y'all have a good week.

Cauayan Mission Elders Conference

Elder Rotamula, Elder Swensen, Elder Manalili, Elder Costacio, and Elder Llanda

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 49 - Ramon in Santiago North Zone


Sorry I forgot my card reader again so no new pics. It's hard to remember things because we're always doing stuff in the morning. We are just coming from basketball. So I am in Santiago North Zone, in Ramon. It's weird because this was Faa's last area. He said he loved it and I can tell why. Dinner appointments every night with a nanay named nanay linda. The ward here is pretty great too. So the only progressing investigators we have right now is Jefferson. He's 13 and a cool little kid. We taught him for the first time on Saturday and he went to church yesterday so he has potential.

So on transfer day we met in Tug city's stake center and then those who were getting transferred take the van to Cauayan where they catch a different ride to wherever they get assigned.  My companions name by the way is Elder Manalili. He's from Manila. He a cool kid. He's the first Filipino companion that's taller than me. I'll send pix next week. Nothing else has really changed. The house here is awesome I love it. It's surrounded by coconuts and the native orange thingy's here called suha. Other things that I forgot to tell you over the past year, I love blood. It's way good. I love balut too. I'm getting pretty good at cooking. and yeah I still love the Philippines, even though it's hot. I've talked to president about getting released here and he's game for it. I still plan to study here. So I don't know how that will go down.
New Companion, Elder Manalili, next to former companion, Elder Pawin

New area - Ramon

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Week 48 - Awesome blessings before I go to my next favorite area.

Last week in Alcala

Sorry we couldn't send emails last week, there was a typhoon here and the power was out all day. Everything is good here. Because of the storm, we couldn't confirm 2 of our baptisms that happened 2 weeks ago, but yesterday we got them confirmed and then 2 of the baptisms received the priesthood. It's cool because I was the one who started teaching all these people and I get to see them get baptized, receive the priesthood and all that stuff.

I'm all getting transferred in 2 days, so that's a bummer. I like this area a lot better than my first so it really is a shame to leave. I hope I go down south somewhere like Bambang or Solono. It really sucks because I had to deal with the hottest part of the summer in the hottest area of the Philippines. Haha, but at least I'm still alive. We just had our zone activity earlier. It was way fun. This is by far my favorite zone too. Half the zone is getting transferred though. Every companionship has a transfer. Well that's about it for this week.

Take care I love you

Tuguegarao North Zone
Sister Villa, Sister Canlapan, Sister DeGuzman, Sister Seumanu
Elders Llacona, Arorong, Swensen, Faasavalu, Gabelo,

Einfeldt, Corcuera, Abadines, Reyes, Saguire

Zone Conference Jeopardy Activity

And lunch by Brother Pete

Alcala Friends - Park Shin Hye, Lynne Bueno, Elder Swensen,
Anjo Gonzales Tejano, and Irish Mae Tejano