Thats how pretty much all the kids say hi to me here, so I thought that you guys would like it too haha. This has been such and awesome week!!!! It's been so cool to finally get out into the mission field and start doing some work!! My area is called Banna, and its so gorgeous. Green everywhere, and there are some really pretty mountains around as well. If you ever want something pretty to look at, find a picture from a Philippines mountain, looking down into a valley of rice. Gorgeous let me tell you. Everyone tells me that this is one of the toughest areas, but I personally think that the previous missionaries just haven't worked their hardest, because everyone here seems so happy and so willing to help. I may not speak the languagevery well, but I've got big plans for this place. We've met some cool people, and I love them all so much. This is where I am supposed to be. We're working a lot with less actives, trying to get them fellowshippers, and get them to feel the love for the gospel again.
It sounds like the wedding was a blast! It was sad that I missed it, but I'm so happy to be here in the Philippines, and I'm so happy for them that it was hard to be sad. I have been really trying to focus on being as selfless as Christ, and so every time that I started to feel sad, I just thought about how happy they must be.
I love my companion so much! His name is Elder Daclag, he is from Tacloban, and he is super cool. He is such a loving guy, and has helped me learn so much about the language and the culture here in the Philippines.
I love the food! There's lots of rice, but I love it. Its a good easy food, and cheap too. Some restaurants here have unlimited rice, and we went to one and that was fun. I ate so much rice haha. One side note though...chicken fingers at McDonald's here have all the bones in them still, so that's weird. I don't know if I already said that or not haha.
The language is going alright, it's still hard for me to undersand sometimes, but I've improved a lot since I got here, and I plan to keep improving. I can usually get my point across, so thats good right (: We have bikes, but couldn't use them until today because I didn't have a helmet, so we took jeepneys and trikes to our lessons if they were far, and walked ifthey were close. Members feed us a lot so that's good, but I don't like it because sometimes we sit at a member's house for half an hour forty-five minutes just chatting. Think about how many lives we could bless in that time hmm!
The apartment is good, and we rent a washing machine so that is nice. I've come to love my dinky little desk, because I always get so much inspiration there during studies. (and theres a fan, so thats nice ;)
A pretty typical day for me goes likethis. Wake up, get ready, proselyting at 8, come back at 12, eat lunch, do our studies, then back out from five until nine, then dinner and bed! after planning of course.
I want to leave you with my testimony. I know that this is the true church,and through following its teachings, we will become so much happier than any other time. I know that there is power in missionary work, and that when you share the gospel, you get such a huge increase of the spirit. Iknow that there is no other better way to feel peace than to read the book of mormon and pray. I love this gospel so much, and I love you all.