13 Months Down...Only 5 More to Go!

Here's my Christmas tree and presents. ;D
12-5-16 (Monday)
Today was a good enjoyable p-day for me. I have no idea why, but I was just happy all day. Yay! (: I’d say the only noteworthy thought I have today are about this trike driver I OYMd. After I found out he’s Iglesia ni Cristo I asked him what his beliefs are about Jesus Christ. It was a genuine question too. I’ve heard all kinds of things about Iglesias and I wanted to know what was true. He told me they believe that Christ is the son of God, but a normal person with no sins. And man.. That just hurt my soul. This man was a very friendly guy that truly believes he has found the truth and I instantly grew to love him. But that truly hurt my heart to know people don’t believe that Christ is also a God. I guess that just made me realize how much I truly love Jesus Christ. I know he is a God. He is my Savior and Redeemer. And I am nothing without Him. 

Mom and dad also got my package. (: They said they were 100% surprised and boy did that make me happy! :D SUCCESS! I just love surprises. (: Maybe I should go open my package now.. AHH! Okay.. Be right back! ;D 

They sent me a snow globe! Who successfully sends a snow globe halfway around the world!? ;D But boy is it sure pretty. (: AND Taco Bell queso sauce and corn chips! I might cry. I am SOOO excited to eat that.. Freeeak! :D And then a shirt and skirt from Santa. (: I honestly love them. The skirt is a perfect missionary skirt and the shirt is a super pretty color. Gosh, thank you so much mom and dad. (: It honestly means the world to me and I couldn’t stop smiling. But deep inside I couldn’t help but think.. “oh no, you should’ve saved your money.” I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve finally grown up or if it’s the culture shock I still live with. (; We’ll see when I go home. (;

12-6-16 (Tuesday)
Today Sister Reyes was sick so I ended up staying home with her after lunch while Sister Buna Cruz and Sister Alversado worked in both areas. Needless to say I was pretty lonely all day. Sister Reyes literally slept ALL day so I just hung out with myself all day. It was  fine, I mean boring but fine. (; I did some laundry, washed the dishes, cooked some awful experiment of mac ‘n cheese, prayed for hope and comfort, and watched lots of Mormon Messages. 

12-7-16 (Wednesday)
God truly loves me. Just wow. We met this lady today during our big zone Christmas initiative OYMing in Bayan that was taught by the missionaries before and straight up told us she wants to be baptized. “Uhh.. yes.. Thank you!” There can be miracles.. when you believe!” Dang! She was awesome! She was like.. “Can you come visit me tomorrow at 3:00?” Uhh.. not only yes, but heck yes! ;D Then she stayed the next hour watching all the Christmas videos/songs we were showing in the plaza. (: Long story short.. I KNOW God loves me. (:

12-8-16 (Thursday)
Today truly was awesome. Honestly.. The blessings and miracles are numberless. (: First! We left the house on time. So we started the day right. (: But the first thing we did today was look for Sister B, the lady we met yesterday. So as we walked around trying to find her we obviously OYMd people while asking for directions. We were able to meet and teach lots of people. But my favorite was the C couple. Brother C is actually a Methodist pastor so it was a nice change being able to explain the restoration in a more specific way. But man were they awesome! They sincerely listened to what we were teaching and he even told us we answered his question of why there’s lots of religions, better than any of “his people” [could explain].  He even told us he likes that we have Sacrament every week. I guess they only do it once a month and said he wished they did it every week, too. Hmm.. I think he secretly knows he’s missing something. (; 

But anyway my favorite part was the beginning when we sang our “opening hymn”. I asked them what some of their famous hymns are thinking maybe we sing some of them too. So the first three they said were Amazing Grace, Sweet Hour of Prayer, and How Great Thou Art. So Sweet! I was like let’s sing Sweet Hour of Prayer, then Brother was like “hey! Go grab my guitar.” So as we were talking some more he was just messing around with his guitar and was playing How Great Thou Art so I was like, well I want to sing that now. So. We did. Haha (; but let me tell you.. I felt the Spirit of God so strongly! Like.. I literally felt the love of God. It was just such a sweet beautiful experience for me to realize the four of us were 100% united through this beautiful song. There were no feelings of differences. It was as if we were all the same race, family, and religion. It was just an awesome experience for me. 

And then we were able to find Sister B and her daughter, A, who are just THE BEST! I’ve never met such accepting people before. They are so open to find the truth. Luckily for them they just did. (;
This was during our big OYM Christmas initiative. 

12-9-16 (Friday)
Today was a happy day. (: But the experience of the day that stood out the most was when I was talking to this Jehovah’s Witness from the UK. Whenever I see a white person I always go talk to them 1. Because I am a million times more confident talking to strangers in English and 2. Usually they’re just as excited as I am to talk to an actual English speaker. (;

But anyway.. He was nice and pretty friendly, but you could tell he was pretty hard headed and a bit prideful. When I first went to talk to him he read my name tag and right away told me he’s a Jehovah’s Witness. Uhh.. Cool. But what’s your name buddy? (; But as we were talking he told me he actually investigated our church for a while but things just didn’t add up for him. But the doors of heaven were opened when he found Jehovah’s Witness. Uhh.. okay.. Then he went off about Jehovah.. And he asked me if we believe in Jehovah. And I knew enough about their religion to answer yes, but that we believe Jehovah is Jesus Christ. Then he talked about how when Christ was in the Garden of Gethsemane he prayed to Jehovah. Then asked “so what.. was he praying to Himself?” I obviously said no, then he asks “Then what is God’s name?” in a smart alec type voice. And I honestly don’t know how I resolved that situation in a way we were able to walk away friends, but I couldn’t help but be reminded of when Christ was betrayed and brought to the High Priest. The High Priest Caiaphas (or something like that) essentially asks Christ what is the truth and Christ doesn’t really answer him. Because the High Priest didn’t really care to know the truth. So in my situation with that man, I didn’t want to tell him the truth because I knew he wouldn’t truly listen. So I just expressed I’m glad he listened to our message at one point in his life, and that I’m proud of him for trying to find the truth. I don’t know.. it was just an experience that really made me ponder. I guess I really am trying to be like Jesus. I’m following in HIS ways.. of teaching. (; Haha, but for real. I hope I handled that situation well. I think I did though because I opened my mouth to let this man know I, a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, testified of Christ, and left with a new friend even though I didn’t answer all of his questions.

12-10-16 (Saturday)
I don't know their names.. 
They're all from a different Branch. 
Today I just came home so happy. I just had a great time during our few lessons today. But the cherry on top of this wonderful day was witnessing the baptism of Nanay J, J2, and J3. (:

Of course the baptism started two hours late because not all priesthood leaders understand the importance and sacredness of baptism, but that’s okay. (; It was still a great thing to see 3 of my friends acting on their faith. (: Hopefully I’ll still be able to baptize a whole family, but if not.. I’m happy I was able to baptize  of a family. (;
Sister Buna Cruz, Josie, 
Justin, Juliana, Tatay Soltez

Anyway.. Sister Buna Cruz made me sing for the baptism.. Again. That’s 4 out of 5 baptismal services I had to sing at.. uhh.. when did my voice start sounding good? Why does everyone want me to sing? Haa! My mom’s going to be so proud of me. ;D So Alice, Vivian, and I all sang “Come Thou Fount” and I think we ended up doing pretty good. Especially for only practicing like 10 minutes right before. (; 

But on another note.. We were able to teach the whole M family together tonight! It wasn't the most spiritual lesson because they like to tease each other, but I'm totally fine with that. We’re one step closer to helping this family enter the temple. (; 

12-11-16 (Sunday)
13 Months down.. only 5 more to go.. Honestly.. I don’t know how I feel about that. I really don’t want to leave the Philippines. If I could stay here after my mission for a month or so, before I go home, I totally would. I want to be able to go do all the fun things I can’t do as a missionary with all my new friends. (:

But anyway.. J, J2, J3, AND R were all confirmed and given the gift of the Holy Ghost today. What an experience that was. There’s nothing better than seeing the fruit of your labor with such happy smiles. (: AND! J2 already has the Aaronic priesthood and will help pass the Sacrament next week! Man.. my heart is just so happy right now. I truly feel like I actually am a pretty good missionary. Hopefully this will help me stay confident enough to effectively find new investigators because we’ve now baptized most of our progressing investigators. (; But! Tatay A, Nanay B, AND A2 all came to church today! I’m honestly so happy about that. Especially because 2 of the 3 people I fasted for today was A and A2. Hmm.. Does prayer and fasting actually work? (:

How do you say Merry Christmas in Tagalog? Maligayang pasko! (: 

What are you doing with #LIGHTtheWORLD? We're using the pass along cards and the 25 Ways in 25 Days thing, but more simplified. We also carry around a portable DVD player sometimes and watch some of the videos for lessons. 

What are the Filipinos doing to get ready for Christmas? Nothing really.. I'm pretty sure Christmas here is mostly just a dinner with pasta instead of rice with their family. 

What does your mission have planned for Christmas? We actually have a Christmas party/conference tomorrow in Dagupan with half the mission. I'm pretty excited because I finally get to ride on a bus again. (; You know that's my favorite. (;

"First World Problems While Living in a Third World Country"

You wish you were in paradise for Christmas. (; 
11-28-16 (Monday)
Today was just a very enjoyable day. I went and got my x-ray. I don’t have the results yet, but if you were wondering it’s only like $8.00 here to get a chest x-ray. How much is an x-ray in America!?

Anyway.. President Deyro came and gave us a special workshop, after our district meeting, about the Christmas Initiative. It was good and all to know exactly what the First Presidency expects of us as members and missionaries to do for this holiday season. It was good to see President though. But it was pretty funny though! He showed us the picture we all took with Elder Cook and he was like “Did you guys know we have a set of twins serving here?” We all just looked at him like “Uhh… no..” Then he points out me and Sister Miller in the picture. Haha, I just laughed. But it’s true everyone in Aguilar thought we were sisters. But what was extra funny is the whole time President kept calling me Sister Miller. :D Haha, it just made me giggle. (:

Another thing! President kept pointing out that Sister Ikafanga is a baptizing machine. I don’t know how many baptisms she had, but it made me think is 13 not that many? I thought I was doing a pretty good job at baptizing lots of people. But either way.. It definitely inspired me. I want President to say things like that about me!

11-29-16 (Tuesday)
Today we had JL meet us at A’s house so he could be our fellowshipper for a lesson, and man.. there’s something about having a member present that makes a lesson ten times better. I’m pretty sure that was the first time I’ve had a spiritual lesson with A this whole transfer. It was just great. (:

But then to make things even better! After A, we went to teach R. And as we were walking to their door you could hear the whole family laughing and teasing each other. Oh my word! That made me SO happy to hear them all having fun together. So when we got to their door R sees us and invites us in and BOOM the happiness I felt in that house was powerful! I couldn’t contain how happy I was to see everyone else so happy! I’m just so happy R and R2 are doing lots better now. (:

The Ines Family
Our lesson was also great because R2 asked us a question about his reading in the Book of Mormon. I’m not entirely sure if he was trying to prove us wrong or not, but I’m still happy he read. (: He wasn’t rude or anything and seemed very sincere with his question, but I’m a little like “I’ve got my eye on you buddy.” (;

Anyway.. His question was why in the restoration movie Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ in a forest, but in the Book of Mormon (Joseph Smith’s testimony) he saw God in his room. So we just explained that he saw Moroni in his room not God. We obviously gave lots of background information before we directly addressed his concern and I think things went pretty good for all of us. (: Then Sister Buna Cruz asked him again to sign the consent form and he told us we would know his answer on Thursday. So.. Fingers crossed! (:
The Mendez Family. (: 

12-1-16 (Thursday)
Well.. we finally got R2 to sign the consent form. R now has her interview tomorrow and if she passes, her baptism will be on Saturday. I mean it’s great and all that we got Tatay’s permission, but I’m not entirely excited about how little time we have to prepare for R’s baptism. It’s just too rushed for me. If I could have it my way I would just make her baptism next week, but Sister Buna Cruz would not be okay with that because she very possibly will be transferred next week. I just hope the members will be there to support her on such short notice. 
12-2-16 (Friday)
Happy Birthday Momma! Sorry I don’t have much to say about today.. Haha. But! R had her baptismal interview FOR TWO AND A HALF HOURS! Haha, that is so Sister R for you. ;D She’s literally the most talkative person on the planet earth. But it doesn’t matter because she passed with flying colors and will now be baptized tomorrow! :D But if R2 doesn’t come I’m going to be pretty bummed. I told him I’ll pay him to give me a haircut if he’d leave work for an hour tomorrow. Hopefully that was a convincer for him. (:

12-3-16 (Saturday)
Today was absolutely crazy! It was literally a roller coaster I’m not entirely sure I enjoyed. (; And on that note… Baptism’s are crazy! There’s nothing worse than a rushed baptism. Gahhh! There was nothing better than finally having the baptism done and over with! ;D Haha, joke. But for real it was stressful.
Riza's Baptism 

But as great as it was witnessing the baptism of R, I couldn’t help but be heartbroken that her husband didn’t come to support her. 

But.. On another note, I got to spend the evening with President and Sister Deyro after “stake” conference. They took us Sisters to dinner and picked up another antibiotic for me. This is my fourth prescription for a stinkin cough! Am I dying! (; [The chest x-ray came back and her lungs are clear. Good news!]

But for real.. It was good to spend time with President, but bad at the same time. It just made me miss dad. I wish I had him here all the time to answer all my questions. And I wish I could hug mom. I guess I just want a big bear hug with my family. I don’t know where these thoughts and feelings are coming from right now. Haha, it must be the drugs I just took. (;
Elder Carpina is in the back, Sister Reyes and Alverasado,
Jhon Rey is in the green, Junior is the little boy,
 Baby Elijah, May Janice, Elder Adeva and Elder Tindoc

President did tell Sister Buna Cruz that she’s transferring. Honestly now I’m scared to see who my new companion will be. I hope she’s a foreigner for some reason. I just want someone to understand me and my not Filipino culture. I just hope she’s someone I can be myself around and not be shy or uncomfortable being myself in lessons or OYM’s. I just want so badly to have fun while working hard. (:

12-4-16 (Sunday)
Today ended great! As in.. I am happy! :D Why? Because Sister Cabahug told Sister Buna Cruz that my companion is going to be Sister Ngatai! :D I kid you not.. If that’s true I might cry. The tears of joy and gratefulness will never end! But let me tell you, if Sister Cabahug was joking I will be heartbroken. But I will keep praying. (:

Also! I got FOUR [Christmas] packages from home! I’m allowed to open two of them now, but I’m hesitant to open it.. I don’t want the excitement and suspense to end. Haha. Maybe I’m actually just waiting to open it for when I’m down again so I have something to cheer me up. (;
Kelsey, JL, He's going on his mission next month to Peru,
Riza, Sister Deyro, Sisters Alverasado, Reyes 

Aaannd! J, J2, AND J3 all passed their baptismal interview! I’m one step closer to baptizing a whole family! (:

Also! The wife of J4 (the man we met while trying to convince R2 at work to let R be baptized) came to church! AHH! The miracles are all around us if we just open our eyes. (: But as a side note.. I still don’t like the stress of baptismal paper work/preparation. Especially when it’s rushed.. Gahhh! The pressure (; Haha.. who knew.. You can still have first world problems while living in a third world country. ;D


What have you heard about our President Elect Trump? What do Filipinos think about Him? I've only really heard that he won. Nothing else..

What kind of work do your investigators do for a living? honestly I don't know.. most are farmers or trike drivers though. One is a barber.. and Josie is like a hotel manager type lady thing. haha I honestly don't know. mostly farmers and drivers.

Justin and Juliana belong to Josie, their grandma.
All three of them will be baptized this week. (:
How common are smart phones/cell phones? Do the kids have them too? umm, I think they're smart phones but there samsung brand so they can't do everything android or iPhones can. but our mission phones are nokia. yeahhhh baby! (; and teenagers usually do, not really kids.

I have to give a short missionary mom moment next Sunday, What is a gospel message you'd like me to share? My message is simple, but very straight forward. It is.. You cannot expect a million dollar answer for a five cent prayer. We need to stop saying prayers and start praying. 

Do you care what photo I include in the Christmas card? No.. I've tried to find a good place to take a Christmas picture, but I haven't really tried super hard. you can pick one that I look pretty in. (; Or if you have an idea I can try and fulfill your vision. (; 

Me: "I just found the Christmas card pic!!!! Thank you!"
That was an unexpected choice. ;D"

Miracle in Hardship

11-21-16 (Monday)
Today we had an FHE with a recent convert family at Elder and Sister Jensen’s house. And boy was that a great experience. (: For our lesson we just read Alma 7:11-12 and bore our testimonies. But as all the other Sisters were bearing their testimonies about the Atonement of Jesus Christ it just hit me how incredibly important families are to God. Everything Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do for us are for us to have an eternal family. Obviously the most central part of God’s plan is the Atonement. But I truly believe the most central part of the Atonement is eternal families. I better not mess up when I pick my husband. (:

11-22-16 (Tuesday)
Happy Birthday my Dearest Abigail. ;D I don’t know if it was a coincidence or not that the best day of my life was on Abby’s [Nelson] birthday, but I think Abby is my new lucky Lenny. ;D
Rizza and Maryann

Anyway.. This morning during personal study I wanted so badly to sleep, my eyelids were so heavy! And I straight up had a mini angel-devil battle on my shoulders kind of experience. (; I was like “it’s okay to sleep now, you used to fall asleep during studies all the time.” “No! You can make it 20 more minutes! Do it for the miracles!” 5 minutes later.. “Just sleep now so you won’t need to nap at lunch time.” “No! You set a goal not to sleep at lunch time anymore anyways! Magaral pa more! Kaya mo iyan!” [Learn more, more! You can do it!] And I am proud to say I did not heed to the temptations of my mini shoulder devil. (; (AND! I didn’t sleep at lunch either! SUCCESS! :D)

But after studies, while Sister Buna Cruz was getting ready to go out to work, the sleepiness hit me again. So once we finally left the apartment I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I did not feel like OYMing at all! But as we were walking down the street I saw a lady sweeping the leaves in her yard and luckily I saw an opportunity and took it. She wouldn’t let me help her, but it sure helped me. Ever since I finally opened my mouth I was on fire! I talked to everyone. (:

But the most exciting thing I have to say about today is that I am already seeing miracles in the work here AND my life. (: The first miracle is the referral our Branch President texted us this morning. President Bautista was like “can you go visit him today at 1:00?” Uhh. Heck yes! So we go out to work and eventually went to go find our referral, Arnold. And he lives in a barangay [neighborhood] that even Sister Buna Cruz has never been to so let’s just say… OYMs were a total score there!

But after we finally found A.. Let’s just say he is what we call elect! Oh my word, I wanted to see him baptized right then and there! The Spirit.. man, his heart is wide open. I have no doubt he will be baptized one day soon. (:  The best part was that we were literally able to answer all his questions in order with Lesson 1. He’d ask about prophets right as we were getting ready to talk about prophets. Then ‘why we have so many churches’ right before we talk about the Great Apostasy. It was just crazy to see the Spirit working through ALL of us. (:

Then… because I have been doing my best to show Christ I am truly focused and here to work, I have felt the Spirit in my life a lot more and a lot more powerful. And I am here to tell you.. when we have the Spirit in this great of abundance.. The gift of tongues is real. I was able to almost understand perfectly all of R’s stories. I didn’t understand or know every word, but I truly was able to understand her struggles, desires, and even random stories. BOOM panes! ;D Life is 100% when you give 100% of your effort to the Lord. (:

11-23-16 (Wednesday)
All kinds of stuff happened today but I’ll talk about our experiences with R today. This morning we went to go help her do the laundry so she would have time to go to the church for her interview. So as we were all doing the laundry and washing the dishes, the supply manager, Elder Pawasa called and told us he was at our apartment to fix things. So we had to hurry up with the laundry to get back home before we were able to teach R. So.. we just told her her baptismal interview will be tomorrow. Then later in the evening we went to go teach her and fill out her BCR [Baptism and Confirmation Record] and have her husband sign that it’s okay R will be baptized. And while we were visiting and teaching she kept talking about how happy it made R’s mom that we came to help R with her house chores. I don’t know.. But I believe that service will one day open R’s mom’s heart and door to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. (:

For Bubby
Now.. Fast forward an hour or so.. R’s husband will not sign the “permission slip”. Ouch. I thought we were friends, R2. R, Sister Buna Cruz, and I were all completely heart broken. Like R was border line mad that we told her she can’t be baptized till her husband signs the paper. But as heart breaking as this is.. I still have a lot of hope.

But most of all, I feel just fine because I know I have done everything I can. Just because R2 is being a brat doesn’t mean I haven’t fulfilled my purpose as a missionary when it comes to R. But once again.. the desire to be exactly obedient is insane. I will do everything I can to help R accomplish desires. Obedience brings blessings. But I need miracles so.. That’s why I need to be exactly obedient.

11-24-16 (Thursday)
The closest thing I had to turkey on this Thanksgiving Day was a chicken sandwich from McDo… [McDonald’s] Kill me. (;

Anyway… Sister Buna Cruz and I went and talked to R2 today while he was at work. It worked out good. He opened up a bit and actually listened to what we had to say. He still hasn’t signed the “permission slip”, but I think he will sometime soon.

I just told him that him and R need to actually talk and try to understand each other in order to fix the tension in their relationship. I sure hope when we go to check on R tomorrow things will be better.

But on a brighter note, we were finally able to see J for the first time in a while since she’s always busy at work, and she’s still living the Word of Wisdom! :D So her, J2, AND J3 are still good to go for their baptism on December 10th! :D Man, life is good. I’m truly seeing the miracles in my life now. I think they’ve always been there though.. I’m just now learning to recognize them. (:

11-25-16 (Friday)
Today was AWESOME! It was just one of those days where the plan for the day was actually successful. Like.. we didn’t get punted very often, but when we did we weren’t let down by our back up plan. (; Honestly it was just a good fun day. There’s nothing better than actually spending the whole day teaching instead of walking around saying “well, where do we go now?”

We did get to visit with R today and she told us she said sorry to R2 and that they talked and she thinks they’re better now. He still hasn’t signed the paper, but it looks like he might here pretty soon. Sana.. [should] (; But the miracle I believe I saw today was with one of our hardships.

So! Yesterday while we were visiting with R2 trying to get him to be okay with R being baptized, we met his friend J4. Now.. J4 is one of the most genuine and sweet men I have ever met. He was so cute! As we were talking I asked him about his family and he has a 7-year old, 4-year old, and a 1-year old. And he is actually married to his wife! So I was just super giddy as I was talking to him about his cute family. Then a little later while we were talking to R2 some more, J4 comes back to introduce me to his kids. And freak.. Ang cute cute nila! [They are cute, cute!] (: So of course after we were done talking with R2 we went to say goodbye to J4 because he lives in the same building that R2 works. And as we were saying goodbye we asked him if the Elders over their area could come visit them; and he said yes so we texted Elder Presenta and Elder Tindoe to give them J4's information.

So fast forward to today.. Elder Presenta and Elder Tindoe texted to tell us they were able to contact J4 and that he is just awesome. So.. I guess the strange miracle I see in my hardship is the possible reason why we have to post pone R’s baptism. Maybe Heavenly Father made it so we would have to go talk to R2 at work so that we could find J4 and his cute family. AND! If things continue to go great with J4.. That could possibly really help R2 listen to us with an open heart because one of his buddies is coming unto Christ along with R.. I don’t know.. I just have a lot of hope for this situation. (:

11-26-16 (Saturday)
Today was great and all but I really don’t have much to say. We did meet/find Tatay A though. Honestly I just felt so much love for him the moment we started talking. Him and his wife are separated and all 5 of his kids live in Manilla. I asked him if his kids ever call him and he said no, “They could care less if I was dead or alive.” Needless to say he is a very lonely and depressed 62 year old man. But man.. As we were testifying about God’s love for him I just truly felt what I would consider Godlike love for Tatay.  But for real.. we should never feel alone. Ever. Our Father in Heaven AND Jesus Christ are ALWAYS there for us. I told Tatay that when he’s lonely he should just talk to God. I shared with him how I was struggling while in my training and that I was constantly praying and just talking/venting to Heavenly Father. I think he thought I was a little weird, but whatever! That was something that really helped me draw closer to God and find comfort when I felt really lonely.

Aaand.. Sister Deyro [Mission President’s wife] told me I have to get a chest x-ray on Monday because I’ve had my cough for over a month and still isn’t getting better after two different kinds of prescriptions. [prescriptions were for an antibiotic and a decongestant]   Weird.. I never in a million years would have thought or guessed I would need to go to the doctor for a cough let alone get an x-ray! ;D Especially because I am in no pain.. But I guess as weird as this all is, it is a bit concerning that my silly cough isn’t going away.

11-27-16 (Sunday)
I like Sundays, I really do. It’s just nice to sit down and actually listen to someone teach ME about the gospel instead of the other way around. (; The STLs [Sister Training Leaders] also came over tonight to come to our District meeting tomorrow and they brought me a pouch from Sister L! AHH! That just made my whole life! That really made me miss her a lot. I guess she’s still having problems with always getting in trouble with the police because people keep trying to take her property. Gahh! She doesn’t deserve this! I really hope I can see her again before I go home. [Sister L was one of Sister Fivas’ first baptisms in her first area in Aguilar]. 


What are most people afraid of in the Philippines? Ghosts and dogs. Dogs? Are they wild? Uhh.. I'm not sure. I'm sure a lot of them are though. Like.. There's always dogs and chickens running around the streets just living life. 

What options do they have for vocational or college education? I believe it's similar to what we have in America.. Just.. Not as good. (;

Describe your apartment. Uhh.. It's an apartment complex so it's on the second floor. It has one room and a big open space for our study desks and kitchen table. This kitchen is also in the same big space which consists of a sink. Haha. We do have a camping stove top thing we use to cook. There's also a bathroom and a little room to wash your laundry.