Wednesday, June 26, 2013

About Aritao

Aritao is a 2nd Class municipality in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines.  According to the lastest census, it has a population of 34,206 people in 6,276 households

The ethnic minority called Isinai (the same term for the spoken dialect) were the original residents of this town.  The mane Aritao came from the Isinai phrase Ari Tau "which stands for "Our King" (ari=king & tau=our) which refers to the legendary Isinai Chieftain Mengal, a fierce and brave king who resisted Spanish conquest of the Isinai territories around Ajanas and Ynordenam (the areas comprising what is now most of Aritao)

Monday, June 24, 2013

New Companion-New Area

So I'm in Aritao (Are - EE - tao).  It's in Bambang zone (bomb-bong).  Its the farthest south you can go in the mission.  Its really awesome because it isn't insanely hot.  Cauayan mission is the hottest mission in the Philippines, but here its nice and cool.  We are surrounded by mountains so there is always a nice breeze and we get to climb mountains to teach people.  It is pretty legit... 

My companion is Elder Juco.  He's really cool. We get along pretty well.  He's been out just under a year so that's cool.  We are in an apartment with two other elders.  There are two companionship's of elders in our branch and so its a pretty active branch.  The members are really nice.  It's awesome,

I have gotten to the point where I can stay involved in a complete conversation. 

Our landlords are really awesome.  They saw that we were coming into Bambang to email and so they gave us a ride.  It saved us 20 pesos.  So It's super awesome here.  I love it.

Elder Maloney (Bwebwe's comp in the MTC) is my district leader.  So its really fun to have some Elder's that I have know preivous down here.

President and Sister Carlos have not left yet.  They leave the 31st I think.  President and Sister Ralph get here on the first of July I think.  
Look up Banaue on google.  I get to go there next P-day! 
Aritao (Are-EE-tao) in the Bambang Zone

Elder Juco (Huko)

Monday, June 17, 2013

P-Day before Transfers

Braden even surprised himself with this one....Looks like fun :-)

Happy Father's Day

Dinner appt with Single Adults

So this week has been eventful,  on Monday I took it pretty easy because I still wasn't 
feeling 100%.
Tuesday we had Zone Conference in Cauayan but I had woke up with the biggest headache I have ever had before.  We went to Cauayan but a little over halfway through the meeting I had to step out and go lay down in the mission home because it hurt so bad.  It was so bad that it caused nausea.  There are these super sketchy vans here that are used as public transportation.  The ride from Cauayan to Echague is just under an hour.  The whole ride home I was praying "just let me get home, I really don't want to throw up here in the bus"  We made it home and I ended up sleeping until Thursday morning.  The rest of the week was pretty routine. 

 But the big news is that the AP's sent out the transfer list this morning and my name was on it.  So I am moving on to my second area on Wednesday.  We have farewell fireside tomorrow in Cauayan and then Transfer day on Wednesday so pretty crazy.  I gonna start cleaning up and packing later.  It's kinda weird but I'm ready to move areas.  

Happy Fathers day!  I have the best dad in the world.  And an awesome brother and brother-in-law.  That are now fathers as well.  You guys are awesome.

Monday, June 10, 2013


So this week has been kind of slow.  We lost some of investigators when Elder Daluz was transferred and haven't been able to pick up many more.  So the process has been pretty slow and because we are training we spend a lot of time in the apartment.  We did find a new investigator family but they didn't come to church on Sunday. Sometimes agency is hard to watch.  As a missionary you want to explain how great the gospel is but they are the ones that have to ask.  It's impossible to create the desire for them.  We haven't had a lot of success in the numbers this cycle but we have had some other successes which is good.  Sometimes the work is discouraging but all you can do is move on and keep pressing forward.

Dad thank you for your email about pride.  One of my favorite talks is "Beware of Pride" by President Benson.  I really needed that reminder this week.  Sometimes we are so focused on what we want to happen we forget about the big picture.  Thank you for the encouraging words.

Thank you for all your love and support.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

One day late adding pictures

Elder Almaras (on left) Elder Ballentos  ZL on right and Elder Duluz trainer) 

This is a public works project.  Building materials are free if you are approved then the owner builds it.
 We do a Community service project there every week.

Monday, June 3, 2013

What every parent want to hear !

Wow!  Everybody emailed this week and they were all amazing!!!  I loved reading all of them!  This week has been great.  We have had a lot of success.  We had a couple instances where we just showed up somewhere and it was exactly where we needed to be.  I love when the spirit guides us to places.  Coolest feeling in the world!  So I really did enjoy everybody's emails.  

This is one of my favorite Mormon Messages and I wanted to share it with you.

Thank you for everything that everyone does.  You are all doing so well.  I'm so glad that I don't have to worry about my family while I'm here.  That would be so much harder to concentrate if I had to worry.  You are all wonderful people

I love you!