Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Wk 65 January 31, 2011
How are ya Family?
Today is a chilly day. The weather is the coldest it gets here in the Philippines, which means it’s probably about 70 degrees. It is about the perfect weather. I actually got a little bit cold last night with the fan running and hitting right on me. It was pretty hard dumping water on me in the shower too, because it was so cold. But now it is a warm afternoon, and my hands are soaking wet on the keyboard just like they should be.
We had to wake up earlier this morning so we could travel to a city called Passi for District Meeting. Our zone has two districts; one in Jaro and one in Passi. They are about an hour away from each other. We decided to see how the missionaries in Passi are doing this week. Me and Elder Misbach enjoy the long bus rides.
Let’s see...Earlier this week me and Elder Misbach decided we were going to get good at cooking Filipino food so we cooked up some chicken and dipped them in buffalo wing herbs with rice. We were proud of our cooking skills. But...I guess what happened was the chicken wasn't cooked in the middle. All was well until we came home that night, went to bed, woke up, and started a night of throwing up periodically about 5 times. We kind of took turns. The next day reminisced on how much more pleasing it would be to sick in bed at home with our moms taking care of us. At least that was what I was thinking. I realized those days were over the first few weeks here.
So now we are well, in fact I just ate 3 donuts.
I can't remember if I told you about the "guys" last week. But we have about ten 19-22 year old guys that we are teaching. 5 of them have been to church now twice which is a really awesome. I guess I did tell you about them. They were the ones that heard about the law of chastity and successful parenting their first time in church. Well they are doing really good. A few of them are starting to stick out more than others. Some are very attentive in our lessons and really want to understand. When they don't understand something, they ask questions.
We taught a lesson the other day with a few of them. We had planned to teach them about Faith and Repentance. We started teaching and it wasn't going very well. All of a sudden one of them just randomly asked the question of "why doesn't your church have the saints or the crosses?" Elder Misbach, me, and our member, started then to explain. Then the lesson turned around. We answered his question and ended up reviewing a lot of things we discussed in the earlier lessons with them, but I think this time it made a lot more sense to them. They started asking questions like "why is there so many different beliefs in religion?" Everything they asked applied directly back to the story of Joseph Smith. We then talked to them about Prayer and asking Heavenly Father. It was a really neat experience teaching them that we could actually speak to their Heavenly Father. It was just really cool seeing how the Spirit was working with each of these guys differently. They all realize different things at different times.
It has been kind of a challenge figuring out how to teach to the needs of all these guys. We will start being able to teach them at their own house pretty soon with their families. So that is something me and Elder Misbach have to look forward to this week.
Tomorrow we have Zone Leaders Conference. That is always fun. It is fun being with all the other elders.
Well it’s been good to wrap it up. Just want to tell you all I love you.
Well, Love you all.