Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year

So its new year.  I don't know where it has gone...  But its been fun.  All missionaries have the opportunity to Skype or call.  It was fun.  We should do it again in a few months.  The work has been kinda rough lately because alcohol is a large commodity during this time of year, but its been good.  I can't believe the cycle is almost over.  We have two weeks left before the transfer.   Our attendance went down this week because it was Christmas and it is planting season again but we still have a bunch of awesome returning members.  We are focusing on finding investigators.  We have one super progressing investigator.  He is 16.  He worked with us once last week and it was awesome.  He testified about what we were teaching.  We wanted to give a baptismal date this week but he went to Manila for Christmas.  I'll give you an update next week.  I'm doing good.  We were able to go to the gym this morning. Thank you for all that you all do.  I have the best family ever.  I love you all and I will talk to you next week.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Skype with Family

Even with the few glitches that we experienced, it was still a blessing to see his handsome face

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Dinner 2013

Main course before Dinner

Dinner's Served
Christmas Pies made by the Missionaries

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Devotional 2013

Roxas Zone

Elder Marshall directing the renowned Cauayan Mission Choir of Roxas
             I promise, you have never heard a choir like this one--
         --composed entirely of soloists, each singing their own song.  
                                            At the same time. Very loudly.
                                                      And quite off key.


Monday, December 16, 2013

New Companion

So this week has been different.  Elder Rivera decided to go home so my new companion is Elder Padol.  This is his third cycle here and he is awesome.  So we had an awesome week.  We had a baptism and the most lessons I've ever had.  We worked really hard and we have seen a lot of success.  One of our investigators has a lot of Word of Wisdom issues but he seemed happier yesterday when we taught him.  He said that he has been able to cut back on the cigarettes.  So we are really excited for him.

I'll send pictures next week.  We are at a new net-shop and I don't want to get a virus.  So we are doing great.  I love my area.  And we are working hard.  

I don't really have much news...  I love peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches.  I cannot count how many I have eaten this week.  

One request:  Could you send me some recipes with using Chicken without rice as an ingredient. I'm sick of rice.  I need real food. Other meats are hard to come by here.  Thank you!

I love you all.  Have a Wonderful Week.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Staying in this area one more transfer at least :-)

So this week...  We had transfers.  My new companion is Elder Rivera we entered the MTC at the same time but he went to Manila.  He is from Cavite, Philippines.

This story showed up in our mission newsletter for December:

"For 11 years there has been a missionary house in one of the areas here in Philippines Cauayan Mission that happens to be right next to the missionaries’ landlord. This landlord and their family have seen the missionaries for years go in and out of the house next door. Occasionally they would talk to each other, which eventually became a gradual friendship as the missionaries passed by every day. Several sets of missionaries had attempted to teach them and had got through a few lessons. However, in reality they were only trying to be friendly neighbors and showed no progression.

Just recently the missionaries decided it would be good to invite the family to Family Week. They agreed and actually showed up that day. It just so happened to be that President and Sister Rahlf had been invited to speak on families. The next week the father of the family shared with the missionaries how touched he was about the message he heard on families and thought of his own family. Even though they were well off he felt a lack of purpose in his own family and wanted to learn more.

They soon invited the missionaries over to have them expound what they heard on Family Week. Before the father was baptized he thought about what Joseph Smith did to receive an answer and did the same. He went up on the nearby mountain, where he was alone, and prayed to know. After his prayer he felt the Spirit so strong he started to tear up and had his own Sacred Grove experience as God testified to him of the truth he had come to know.  Lesson after lesson he intently listened to the missionaries with his family and they accepted all the commitments given. After talking with his wife they decided to be baptized together and now enjoy the blessings of the gospel.  We never know who around us is being prepared by the Lord."

This great experience is from Aritao.  The father drives the missionaries up for transfer meeting each cycle.  He found me last week at transfer meeting and in the most humble way, he told me that he had been baptized.  He was beaming from ear to ear.  Two of his three children will be baptized before Christmas and the third is actively going to church but hasn't had time for the lessons yet.  This family is awesome.

I had a opportunity to listen to President Rahlf talk about the consequences of sin.  He gave some very enlightening points.  One of the things that he said is that we can become completely clean from our sins however, repentance does not always remove the consequences.  The consequences remain sometimes indefinitely as a reminder to live the commandments.  He then explained why it is so important to follow the commandments the first time and every time.  Because the consequences can be avoided forever if we follow. 
This is the family that was baptized Aritao

Monday, December 2, 2013

No Turkey for me this year!

So I’m not dying or anything.  The sickness I had was just a cold that lingered. I feel better now.  I am actually emailing from Echague.  Elder Franzuela had some teeth that needed some work so we got approval to come to the dentist here.  We had a good Thanksgiving.  The Turkey here isn't good from everything I've heard so we bought some beef at the market and did a barbecued roast.  It tasted really good.  I woke up Friday morning not feeling very well and threw up a few times.  I think the meat we bought was bad...  But I am fine now.  I feel good, I'm happy, I'm getting healthier. :)

So when we had interviews with President a few weeks ago, he said that it was likely that I would be transferred because I have been in Aurora 3 cycles.  The transfer list came today,  I'm staying in Aurora  So I will be in Aurora for Christmas.  Um so that is what the next cycle is going to hold.  I really do love my area so that won’t be a problem.  

 I will let you know how the transfer turns out next week.  I love you all so much!