Monday, March 21, 2016

Week 88 (Mar. 21, 2016 Gabaldon, Philippines)

Haloo Mum,

We have a lot of kids from Australia in our Zone, and we totes​(Australian slang for 'totally')​ just hung with them at the beach earlier today. It's okay though, we didn't go swimming because that's bawal
​(taboo in English)​. But ya, we are ​back to Dingalan with the Zone and hiked up to the Light House again! It was really high and windy and I loved it. Took lots of pictures, and I'll try to send them if I've got time. We got back a little late, so... Haha, ya.

The work here is BOOMING!! You still remember the 30 Testifying Contacts? Course you do, cause you're my Mom :) Ya, we got it, every single day this week. I don't think I've ever made so many friends in my life in such a short period of time. We're teaching a few of those 220 people we contacted (exceeded our goal by 10), and they seem like they could really progress. We have one family that we're focusing on right now, the Pamintuan Family, which is Jemmalyn, Imelda, Marrita, and Virgillio. Virgillio had a stroke and can't walk very well, but he likes listening, and is sort of the driving force to get the family going. They were supposed to go to church this week, and we had made plans with them and everything to bring a tricycle to their house so Virgillio could come too, but when we got there, they were all surprised and said "We thought that was next week!" ..... ...... ..... Ya, I don't know either. We were just like "Okay" and then left. We were late for church :(

Wanna know who DID come to church though? Nanay Amparo and her husband!! Nanay Amparo went last week, but this was her Husband's first time. It wasn't the best of times for them, however, and my blood still boils just thinking about it. They sat in the very front row, like we encouraged them to do, so they would have the best experience. Because we were late however, we weren't able to sit next to them, and so Nanay and Tatay had to endure the entire meeting listening to these two little kids right behind them talk about how bad they thought our investigators smelt. As soon as Sacrament was over, Amparo and Mateo bee-lined for the stairs and left before we could talk to them. We went to their home later the evening to see how it went, and Nanay just opened up to us and started bawling. I felt so ashamed... We testified really strongly of Heavenly Father's and Jesus Christ's love for them, and promised we would never let anything like that happen again. They committed to go back to church, which I think is a miracle in and of itself just because of how they were treated, and really shows how committed they are to this, despite being really poor and struggling in life right now.

So those are the main highlights of the week. I still get really frustrated thinking about those kids, but Nanay asked us not to worry about, and not go to confront anybody. Grr.

Anyhoo, love you Mom!!! The Mission Life is the coolest!!!\

Elder Syphus

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