This week I have learned lots and lots! I told you that I get to train this transfer and that has been a great experience so far! I have really loved getting to know my trainee. His name is Elder Ibanez and he is so excited to be a missionary. It is fun to be with him. He is from Quezon City (close to manila) and he is 18 years old. He's got lots of good ideas for the area, and thats good. Its a pleasure to work with him.
I have really learned a lot about myself as I have been training. It really makes you think when you are in charge of really showing a missionary what a mission is all about. Its hard, but really fun. I have really learned a lot about myself, and have seen myself grow as well.
One thing that i've really learned is to appreciate the little successes every where. That not every success is a baptism, but that there are so many things that we do every that are huge for our success. We need to always be looking out for them because those are little gifts from Heavenly Father. Since we're opening an area, it is just a lot of finding right now. There were some missionaries here a while ago, but there wasn't really any records in our area book. But we have been working hard and have seen a lot of potential here in Gattaran! I think that we will be able to have a lot of success here. (little and big)
But just for you guys to get a little picture of our area, it is 50 ish barangays. Each barangay is kind of like a little city. Well maybe more of a village. There are not a lot of houses in each barangay. Just a little group in the middle of a LOT of rice fields. In the center, or the biggest part, there in the Market, a hot dog stand, and some carenderias (kind of a homemade food restaurant) with a couple of other stores. But its not very big. There are no super markets or anything like that. Most of our area is out of the centro so we take a tricycle every morning. The people are super nice, and are usually willing to come out and talk, which is a big difference from Laoag. Here if you go to a house, the person will at least come out and talk with you. That didn't often happen in Laoag. There are a lot of people that haven't heard of the "mormons" yet. But I love the opportunity to get to talk to them. We have most of Gattaran in our area, but there are a lot of areas that aren't opened yet. Our farthest area is 4 or 5 hours away, if you're not going too slow. So we can't really go out there yet. Its a really big area, but we're focusing on the close parts to the church so that it isn't too hard for investigators to come to church. Its a great area, I really love it! I haven't taken any pictures here yet, but next week I'll take lots!
I love you all!!!
Me and Elder Ibanez with President and Sister Andrada: