Monday, March 7, 2011
Week 70 Dasig ba!
So I am trying to think of what happened this week and I am having a super hard time remembering anything. I think maybe it is because this is the first week that something crazy hasn't happened to Elder Misbach and I. It was actually an almost fully normal week.
We had Zone Leaders Counsel this week which was a good learning experience. I think something that really stood out to me was how much more we needed to be involved with our zone; know when the baptisms are, who, what, and where. Me and Elder Misbach have been working on working with our district leaders, and getting them excited to help their district. Every week we call them and talk to them about the district and what things they are struggling with and what they can do better. It is pretty fun. We went on exchanges this week. I went on an exchange with Elder Gunnel, the elder that was our comp for a few weeks. He is a really fun guy. We had fun karate chopping a huge mass of little kids that attacked us.
Let’s see...well Elder Misbach and I have finally seen some fruits from the members. We have received a bunch of referrals now from a few families. So tomorrow we will be contacting those people. We’re pretty excited. We were a little bit bummed this week on how we were kind of struggling getting the work going in this ward. We had a pretty tiring day one of the days last week, and just stopped what we were doing and sat down at the edge of the highway and just kind of unwound...while the cars flew by us, and Filippino people scream "hey Joe' at us....:) It’s super easy to get caught up with the day to day stresses, trying to balance everything and making sure that you are as diligent as possible. It was nice taking a step back and thinking about our missions like it was a movie and adventure (which it is). When all is said and done, we are not going to remember those poopy days but we will remember the good experiences we had.
We have been going to Eric and Zarr's alot. They are doing awesome. Eric is a soldier with is addictions, and Zarr is eating the Book of Mormon....not actually eating it.. but reading it like crazy. They both have baptismal dates right now for April. We were pretty disappointed that they didn't come to church last week though. Our other prospective baptism this month is a man named Leonard. He is a friend of Eric's and part of that group that we have been teaching. He has been at church for awhile now. We just have had a hard time teaching him because they have always been at church activities. That’s a pretty good excuse though. We will be giving him a baptismal date for the end of this month if he keeps progressing like he is.
I think our ward is getting more involved with the missionary work here. We have set up times for our ward missionaries to visit our investigators on days we can't visit them. And last Sunday they visited them without us even saying anything.
Oh yeah, we have been having a lady in our ward teach us the language every Saturday for an hour! She is helping us with our "slang" or accent in the language. For some reason if you have an accent here they say that you have "lots of slang". They kind of got that English word mixed up.
Well I am going to end this letter now. I love you all! I enjoyed reading the story you sent me mother. I am excited to hear your missonary experiences.
The Random Filipino Fact:
Some areas here flood very easy when the rain comes. Our house is conveniently located at a spot where if it rains we have to take off our shoes and socks roll up our pants and walk thru water to get back to our apartment at the end of the day.