Archive for February, 2014
This week went great actually! We had 9 investigators attend church all of which have a goal date to be baptized in March. We also managed to round up 20 new investigators into our teaching pool. Im not sure how it happened but day by day all of our numbers added up really nice at the end of the week. Its probably the best weekly numbers I have got in my whole mission actually. Most of it is because the ward is actually functioning how its supposed to be and our bishop is the best bishop in the whole church besides Kurt.
A couple of weeks ago there were some elders that got pulled out of their area on an emergency transfer and they arent going to have new missionaries until next months transfers. So their bishop calls us up after church yesterday asking what they are supposed to do with all these progressing investigators and referrals so president peterson sent us over to their area for a night and now we are going to start working in another area called Pagbilao as much as we can on a weekly basis. Its going to be a stressful rest of the transfer because we already have our share of investigators in our area. But we will manage and hopefully we get some fruits out of it all.
We have a very interesting investigator right now. He is a 32 year old bachelor who may have some problems. But he is scheduled for baptism on the 15th of March. I dont know if I mentioned last week that he asked one of the sister missionaries for her number but its gone to farther lengths than that. He gave us this note sealed in an envelope that he wanted us to give her. He has only seen the sister one time and hes always asking if they are coming or what. So obviously im not going to pass this love note on. Thats not allowed so the elders in our apartment couldnt resist but to open it. I dont know what was funnier his english or his pride. In short he said he wants to go to america someday and hes planning on buying her an engagement ring and wants to be a father with a beutiful baby someday. Our apartment got a real kick out of it. The good thing is that the sister is assigned in an area 2 hours away and hes always asking when they are coming to Lucena. So Elder Mallari thought he would mess with him and say he thought he heard her say shes going to attend his baptism. It was cruel and I dont support it but at least we dont have to worry about him showing up on baptism day. Dont worry though he has real intent to be a member he was progressing long before he met this sister.
This week was pretty good I guess there are a few memories made. The first thing I guess I will talk about is the first thing that comes to my mind. Last saturday afternoon we were standing just outside of the church with our bishop when a guy shows up out of no where saying he has three questions. They were just simple doctrine questions that he was like demanding answers for. It was kinda funny actually because he was completely crazy and had no point to his statements. Not far away was also the stake president. We have run into a lot of bible bashers but thats the first time that anyone has worked up the nerve to walk in to our church and do it. It was really funny though when he was telling us all these things in the bible and we asked him to show us and he said he didnt bring his bible and wanted to borrow ours. He said that mormons wont be saved in heaven. Theres a lot of stiffnecked people like that here.
We went on exchanges twice this week. First with the assistants and second with Elder Saunders the one from chubbuck. By the way we contacted that referral I was telling you about last week. We learned some new things he really is reading the Book of Mormon like he told us when we were texting hime and hes almost done with 2 Nephi. He actually taught us about the Book of Mormon when we sat down. He understood everything and we hadnt even taught him yet. I guess he has actually already started taking the lessons over the phone with a sister missionary from the Philippines that is assigned in Utah. So the church is true. Pretty soon hes going to get handed over to us so we can teach him face to face.
Siempre its been hard to reopen but taking it day by day really helps to just goal for a good day everyday. President has been having us study this talk about becoming a consecrated missionary. It was given at the MTC and really teaches a lot about self-discipline. Its a really funny concept to think that your happier when you dont do what you want but instead do what god wants you. It seems like every stage of my mission starting from my interview with president Anderson until now has been focused around Mosiah 3:19. To be honest on Valentines Day we didnt get one single appointment because everyone had their dates. But I still was happy at the end of the day because we had worked hard and did everything in us.
Well it was an eventful week but not full of much progress. reopening is pretty tough because we just have to build our teaching pool from the ground up. But we got a few investigators now that we are working hard on. Of course I already told you about my weekend excursion. So we had Missionary Leadership Council in San Pablo on Friday and then right after that we jumped on a bus to Manila. Traffic was horrible in that monster city it was a ton of stop and go stuff. I was very tempted to get off the bus when I saw the first Wendy’s of my mission. But I endured and when we got to the Missionary Recovery Center they fed us pizza which is right next to the MTC so we talked with some of the teachers who were headed home. Its was a very ineresting place there were three missionaries in there when we got there. One Tongan with a foot infection, an elder from Malaysia who had a Hernia, and then a sister from california who we were told has some kind of psychological problem. We got on a bus the next day and came home.
This last fast sunday I fasted to get help from the members to establish our teaching pool. So in short I was fasting for referrals. Well heavenly father had his own ideas on how to answer that one. Tuesday morning just as we sat down to study we got a text from the mission office of a referral. This is what we call in preach my gospel a media referral. A media referral pretty much means it came from church headquarters. So that got us a little bit excited. It had a number on it so I called him up and asked him how he found out about the church. He said his best friend gave him a book of mormon and hes been reading it everyday. This friend of his had put in the referral that hes super prepared and ready to be taught so I asked him more about his friend. He told me that she lives in the United States in a place called Idaho. Well of course I know a little bit about Idaho so he was probably a little taken back when I jumped on what he said demanding to know what city his friends from. But he just gave me the simple reply of Chubbuck, Idaho. This is even more extra ordinary because elder Saunders who is from Chubbuck itself is just in a neighboring area and we already have exchanges set up to work with him. So were going to go teach him together this Wednesday. Just by way of information he said his friends name is Merlyna Hawes. Just by chance they might be in the same ward as Keshia. I have never had a fast so clearly answered and its crazy how it could be answered by someone all the way back home on the other side of the world.
So since you have no news I will spill my own news. I am not actually on an island which I predicted. Actually Im in Lucena city which is on the way going back to my last area in Calauag. Lucena is even a bigger city than San Pablo. I actually already like it more its a cleaner city and more organized plus our apartment couldnt be in a more ideal place. We live right behind the stake center. This is the only stake in the mission that also has an institute building. I was shocked when I went in they have a fooz ball table in there and one of the rooms is like a band studio with instruments. The one room looks exactly like our seminary back home. Then down the street only like 100 feet theres a 7-11 that sales all of our necessities we dont really have to travel very much because most of the neighborhoods are just surrounding the church. The hard thing about all of this is that my new companion is just as new to the area as I am. We are doing what is called reopening because both elders got pulled out of here last transfer.
My new companion is Elder Mallari. Of course he is Filipino but he has some family in Ohio. He was born in the church just like me. Hes just about to hit his one year mark in the mission. He is a super humble guy. I get a crack out of the slang english he knows. Sometimes he acts like a third grader but that doesnt get in the way of our work at all. Hes a very nice elder and I am excited to work with him. Another interesting fact about my new area is that there are actually 4 of us in our apartment. The other 2 elders are also assigned in our ward so to be honest we kind of have to compete for referrals. We try not to get in each others way though and it shouldnt be any problem. Their names are Elder Kikel and Elder Strobelt from Utah and Australia. They are both under 6 months in their mission.
I dont really have any problem actually being assigned in this area. This is actually the biggest zone in the mission we have 36 missionaries. Thats going to be crazy beacuase were going to have to hold zone meetings in the chapel. They also say that this is the most well functioning stake in the whole mission. For the first time I actually saw them take attendence during church. This is compared to the island which is branch with lacking leadership.
I can once again testify that Heavenly Father guides us to those who are ready to accept the gospel. Our first day we had nothing to do but tract. The third house we came to we found a 25 year old guy living buy himself who had just moved there he just moved here from southern Philippines and he says hes super bored because he never leaves the house and doesnt really know anyone in San Pablo. What a better place for him than the church right? Hes a very nice guy and has an open heart. Our first stumbling block with him is he actually doesnt speak fluent Tagalog because he speaks a language called Visaya in that part of the Philippines. Either way he has potential.
Im sure your anticipating a baby a lot more than this email but you can read this and write me back to pass the time. It was a great week to end off my time in San Pablo. We did a lot of tracting this week and we got into 2 houses so yeah not the best but we still have some pretty solid previous investigators. Yesterday we went to both our wards church and another because our time is 1 pm and our investigators couldnt make it in the afternoon we just went to the other ward in the morning and also our own ward. It was crazy because they already have 4 missionaries plus there was another companionship of missionaries that were visiting the ward before they go home and then the couple missionaries decided to stop by so there were ten missionaries in the one ward. But it was fun to because we have a lot of friends also in that ward where they boarder each other and share the same building.
We had a way awesome experience where more than a month ago we placed a Book of Mormon with a lady at a store and set a return appointment. When we went to the appointment she wasnt there and we didnt think she was even inerested so we didnt go back. The other day I was on exchanges with another elder and she saw us and apologized for not being at the appointment and asked if we could come by the next day and she would bring the Book of Mormon. So to this point nothing to super extra ordinary. But from here me and Elder Hansen really felt guided we went to the relative area she said her house is we got pointed directly to a house at it was very obvious which one. For some reason when we got to the house I decided instead of going to knock directly on the house we would ask the neighbors first. Their neighbor was a very nice big home with a car(thats saying something). The guy came out and I just asked him if he knew the lady we were looking for of course he did. He looked like a very educated guy so from the start we spoke english. The Lady who was expecting us got jittery and came outside to see if we were coming and when she saw us talking to her neighbor she invited him as well. Ended up being one of the best Restoration lessons we have ever taught and they are already diving in to the Book Of Mormon. Now heres the sad part. Im transferred on Thursday ugh. I dont know where or with who but that will be the big news next week.
This could just possibly be my last area if the pattern continues and I spend 6 months in my last area. Who knows. But I have thought it out very carefully and of where theres not a whole lot of zone leader areas I have somewhat limited options. One of which is the island of Marinduque where the ZL’s have a van how sweet is that ha. They say its super beautiful over there though. Im excited to see whereever and im getting myself read to hit the ground running.