Monday, May 5, 2014


Hello friends and family! This week has been amazing and extremely difficult at the same time! The Pinoy family passed their interview and will be baptized on the tenth! They are so amazing! Brother Pinoy eats lessons up, understands doctrine so deeply and immediately applies it, has been bearing his testimony to us for months and is so caring about their little daughter! Sister Pinoy is super intelligent, super nice and knew from the start that if she didn't know the gospel was true, she wasn't going to be baptized. I love her independence! For both of them, by reading, praying and coming to church, they know it's true and want to be baptized! They are both awesome. I've really come to love them both as friends, and even though it seems they are going through challenge after challenge, they always bear it so well! There's a lot I can learn from them.

The Rizal family is doing good! Brother Rizal is really starting to open up his heart. He's made such huge changes in his life, too! His faith is stronger than he realizes. Sister Rizal is just as amazing. She's sharing the gospel in her community already, and she's even been persecuted for it, but she's so Christlike. She prays for her critics and just keeps swimming!

I'm still with my awesome companion, Elder Wilson, but our second transfer day is looming close. It's very likely we will get new companions. I love the lug, though! As for the weather, I truly NEVER leave the apartment without an umbrella. Baguio weather is truly random. We've gone outside on days when there is LITERALLY not a single cloud in the sky, and three and a half hours later it is pouring rain, lightening and thunder.

Other odd happenings: two nights ago, there were these bugs that filled our entire area, like plagues of Egypt type stuff. We had to close our mouths in order not to swallow them. They were swarming around lights everywhere... then we went inside an investigators house, taught a lesson, came outside and they were all dead, all on ground. We asked some natives what they are and why they live and die in the space of three hours, and everyone replied "basta" which basically means, "that's just how it is". Haha, this land is crazy!

I love you all back home. Feed your fire!!!

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