Archive for April, 2014
So I am back in Batangas the land of my forefathers. The Batangas province is actually where my first area was and now it will also be my last. Its ineresting here because they actually speak a different for of tagalog and use a different vocabulary. But I havent had any problem adjusting I still remember it from when I was in Batangas before.
So I must start with the story of Adrian. If you remember the investigator i was teaching in my last area that was a referral from a lady in Idaho. I was so excited to teach him and then It went all down the drain because he picked up another job and moved away. Well guess where he moved to….Batangas City!!!! So first thing I did when I got here was went looking for him. Turns out the members now him as ding dong the rockstar. When he moved to months ago I gave him the address of the church and I sent his information to the missionaries here. He came to church twice in those last 2 months. But I dont know what the missionaries have been doing because he wasnt being taught. So I called him up told him I was here and then he came to church and we taught him the plan of salvation. He has been reading the book of mormon also. Hes now in Alma 62. So it sounds like this is meant to be. Hes golden. He comes to church, he reads the book of mormon alot, he is also being taught by sister missionaries in Salt Lake and his referral over a conference call, and somehow out of the 100 areas in the mission I could have been transferred to I followed him to Batangas. It sounds like god is really working hard on this one guy. But through all of this brother Adrian doesnt see this. He said he wont set a baptismal goal date and he is a little iffy about appointments. But I guess thats what we call agency.
My companion, Elder Abekoon, from Sri Langka is actually a super happy funny guy. He cooks just about anything you can put curry powder in but the chicken curry is still the best. Actually to be honest I cook it as he reads me the recipe from his mom written in some kind of swirly sign language. I was really comfortable in my last area with how everything was. I didnt really want to step out of my comfort zone. I was apprehensive to start over in another area with another companion. But we have had a great start. The previous elders in this area have been super lazy. The members here are just sitting on referrals but I dont think they trusted previous elders. My very first night here I got fed like 3 times. Theres one member here that has 3 missionaries out including one who is serving at the Oakland Temple visitors center. They fed us Ice Cream and oreos live in a house with air conditioning and took us home to our apartment in there 2014 Mitsuibuishi Montero. He actually asked me if I want to drive…of course he was kidding he is also an RM himself. All of the members here a super nice like that also.
You probably noticed in my last email I wasnt to happy about this transfer. I was actually being really stubborn and the opposite of humble. Its been tough starting over. But once I got here i saw a little bit more of god’s reasons for doing this to me. It will also keep me focused till the end.
You know that staples commercial about the EASY button. Ugh theres no such thing. I just found out that im transferred. I had some business to talk about with the assistants and so I called them. They gave me a surprise when they said were glad you called because we have some business for you……TRANSFERRED. My new area is another city called Batangas. Its a pretty popular city in the Philippines and the biggest surprise is my new companion. His name is Elder Abekoon. He is from an island called Sri Langka which is a little tiny thing on the bottom of India but they still have there own personal language. I only know all of these things about him because I was his zone leader in San Pablo. Oh yeah and Im not a zone leader anymore just a regular ol’ missionary for the next 2 transfers of my mission. I am kinda disappointed that I am going to another big city because I dont get to enjoy true Philippine beauty for the last few months being here and I am yet with another companion who is barely capable of communication in either language that I know but thats ok accept it and live with it. This transfer doesnt happen until Thursday so Im still with Elder Mallari for now.
On Wednesday we have something ineresting coming up. The Las Pinas Stake which is from the Manila Mission is going to have a youth conference here in Lucban Quezon which is my zone so this last week we have been working on organizing a Mini MTC program that we are going to teach as part of there conference. So for the most part its just about organizing and giving assignments and then we have our own part that we will teach. They are giving us 4 hours to do all of it. So were just working hard on making it a spiritual experience that will motivate them to serve a mission.
Well I will continue on with my sad news of being transferred. We have 3 baptisms on saturday. Of which I wont be attending so despite doing all the work in preparing them and working hard on helping them through the process I will miss the most rewarding part of it. Pictures are going to do me for now. The investigator I told you about last week is one of those investigators she is really golden she just did everything we told her to do including reading the Book of Mormon nonstop. She is in Alma 15 now.
So first off we got to talk about conference. If you noticed Ian S. Ardern gave the opening prayer in the saturday afternoon session, he is the guy that interviewed me about a year ago. He is also in the Philippines Area Presidency. You probably paid a little bit more attention to the talk by Michael Teh. He is a Filipino and was the president of the area presidency when I first got into the mission. And of course anyone who talks about olympics in conference has my vote! Thats the most olympic news I got my whole mission. I really liked how he talked about the 4 minutes. I am going to use that with our investigators and tell them to stop procrastinating.
Well theres a little bit of sad news. The zamora family that we have been working with for about 2 months just got out for school vacation and went home to the island of Balesin. They wont be back till the end of may and I probably wont be in this area at the end of may. But we do have two investigators coming up for baptism Its a mom and a daughter. The mom has been cruising through the book of mormon the last month. She is now in Alma chapter 10. The daughter is a little more of a tough situation. She is 11 but is to shy to go to primary. Their names are Cora the mom and Cora Jane the daughter. I told her we should just call her CJ to make it unconfusing but she said thats a boy name.
Earlier this morning we went to a beach as a zone and I got fried. My tender skin that hasnt seen sun in 21 months is now crimson red. The stinging hasnt started but I think its coming. We had a good time and that completes another week.
We had a good week I guess ha. Theres always the pros and cons but I could probably say the pros outweighed the cons this time. First things first I will tell you about the zamora families progress….there is none! Well at least in terms of getting married but we may just baptize the others with out sister. Yesterday was a really good testimony meeting for them actually. Brother Wally the one member of this family who is less active and the live in partner got up and bore his testimony in front of his in-laws. It was very powerful to exactly what they needed actually.
We had another Missionary Leadership Council on Friday. I think this might be my last meeting of my mission because next transfer I may not be a zone leader anymore. I think President might have me train right before I go home. But who knows whats in the box. It was a really good meeting. Right now our mission is focusing on church attendance and so lots of our meetings with other missionaries are focused around how thats going to happen. In the past we have had training plans on using the Book of Mormon more effectively and working with members.
Theres not a whole lot of news. We did teach a really cool lesson last night. We have an investigator who has wanted to get baptized for 3 months now he is completely active and seems like a member but hes not married and the situation is complicated. But we have finally got his wife to start listening to us and then out of no where his mom decided to also sit in the lesson. We taught the plan of salvation and all of a sudden they started opening up and asking questions and fireworks started going off and our dear brother who wants to get baptized is all excited about the progress they are making. This is the Tan family just for further reference if I mention them in the future.