October 31, 2016
I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying Halloween.
This week's crazy story...
New companion... Whatttttt!!!!! Like I said last week his name is Elder Salamatin, which is kind of a funny name because in Ilonggo, Salamat means thank you... so he is Elder Thank You. Elder Salamatin is from Laguna which is just like 3 hours outside of Manila. He's great and he's been helping me learn Tagalog which is a language I really want to learn. He loves to play basketball and he's really good. We make a pretty good basketball duo...not as good as me and Elder Richards though.. haha. We play "Canos" vs. "Pinoys" a lot, and "Canos" do not lose!! haha.
This week's teaching stories:
This week a member of our ward passed away. It was so weird because we were at his house the night before he died, and he was fine. It has been so sad, but it has also opened up a lot teaching opportunities. We've been teaching the Plan of Salvation a lot. In the Philippines, funerals are different. After someone dies, there is a wake for an entire month at the house. We have been teaching a lot of people about where this member of our ward is right now. Unfortunately, a lot of the people have been drunk, but they seem to like the message haha. One guy gave me a cool gold ring too. Some more awesome news is that Brother "M" and his whole family came to church today. It was great. His wife hasn't been too interested but hopefully she will gain some interest.
This whole week has been the Ha-Was Festival for Dumangas. It was awesome. There's always music playing and on Wednesday, there was street dancing. Every town here does their own dance. It was so cool and awesome to see how the whole community supports each other. I really enjoy that part of this culture... and every other part as well haha.
The work is great and the Lord is blessing me every day. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!! I do not want to be any other place right now. Have a great week!
Love you all,
|Some freaky animal, we have been asking around but no one knows what it is.|
|More Halloween Party- the owners of the bake shop we go to were there and also some of our investigators were there. It was a lot of fun!|
|Basketball this morning|
|Ha-Was Festival in Dumangas|