Weekly Letter 11.3.2013: Bulos na ako…Naimas naman

Dear Family,


This week seemed from the start to be the new beginning. We have this pool of investigators who live all next to each other and were just going teaching house house in their little neighborhood. Its super cool because its kind of like if one of them converts they all convert and we are like super close with the whole compound. I think they are getting really close and were going to see them gather to the waters of baptism this coming transfer. I just want to feel like alma and baptize huge groups of people in one day. But its taking patience also.


This week we had a Philippines area fast for all the people that were effected by the earthquake in the southern part of the Philippines like 2 weeks ago. I dont know if you heard about that and I forgot to mention it. Its kinda interesting cause there was a bunch of super old catholic churches that fell in which fulfills prophecy about the great and abominable church. Its also ineresting because the Cebu temple down was not effected one bit other than they said the angel Moroni rotated Im not sure how he rotates just like that but it happened. Anyway there were lots of people who went lost homes and alot of landscapes changed so we fasted for them. President Peterson also had a mission fast since this month we are having a mission tour with one of the members from the seventy. It was really interesting to fast with such big purpose and in such big numbers but it felt really good to turn out ward.


Other than that we also had the day of the dead this week which is pretty much just the Filipino Memorial day and Halloween in 1.


Theres a pattern I have noticed in my mission that people have told me the most important thing I will learn on my mission is the atonement. When I hear people say that I almost take it as cliche and let people pass me by. But considering that its coming from some very inspired men I started really thinking about it this week. Growing up in the church simple truths like Joseph Smith is a prophet just natural comes almost but when you get even more basic that Jesus Christ payed for our sins it almost rolls of the tongue with out even double thinking ourselves. I realize know that knowing and understanding what Jesus Christ went through takes us to new spiritual heights and I have felt the enabling power of the atonement even more as one of his missionaries. I know its true!



Elder Polatis




Us and our golf trainers. We have some investigators that live super close to this driving range so today we decided to do something with our P-day and hit some balls. To be honest its my only golf experience apart from putting around balls in Uncle Steve’s backyard. But thats ok cause these guys with us are both Pros the one in the blue is the champion of the Asian golf tour they our the part owners of the place and then a less active member is the other part owner so we got to hit a few buckets of balls for practically nothing and then the taught us the techniques.




This member family lives in a pub next to the river its pretty much a Filipino dream house



Shes copying some movie that she saw she literally made this face at me and Elder Hansen for like 5 minutes while we just laughed and the sound effects are even better



This babies literal name is Corianton (I hope that doesnt effect his future) and the one in the blue is Nephi


Theres a member in our ward who has a passion for farming this is his string beans plantation and they grow super tall all the way up the strings




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