Akong pamily ngan mga sankay,
This week has been awesome!!! And it flew by so fast. As the time passes it just goes by faster and faster. It's weird, disappointing and a little exciting all at the same time! So I will start with the bad this week. Our water filter stopped working at our apartment and we didn't realize it for several days until we both realized that the water did taste strange. In those couple days (4) we started getting stomach cramps, lbm, and we were feeling dizzy all the time. We thought it was just the flu so we didn't tell anyone and just went on with our work. But today we decided to finally contact the office and Sister Maurer (the mission presidents wife) gave us a list of drugs which we are currently taking. Not fun. Basta!! This week we also had a lot of success!!! We now have 11 investigators with a baptismal dates and we have now officially reactivated 4 less active families! Also we had 90 OYMs (open your mouth/intro on the street kind of thing) which we were informed is the most out of our entire zone so that was pretty exciting! We also have 13 new investigators! Sadly transfer day is in two weeks so I have no idea if I will be able to continue to teach them! Let's cross our fingers! I got a new camera so lots of pictures! Also the weather has been really weird recently! It's cold for the Philippines but still pretty hot for America! Also on Saturday we had a super spiritual lesson with a less active family and the tatay/father, the only member in the family because all his kids are below 8, opened up to us about not coming to church. He described the persecution he received from neighbors, so called friends, and even his wife for being Mormon. He even started crying. So we had an on the spot lesson on prayer and shared the scripture in Matthew that says if you are persecuted for Christ's sake you will be saved. or something along those lines! It was an awesome lesson! Also I am getting way better at speaking Waray-Waray! hopefully I don't get transferred to a Cebuano area next because I want to learn to speak this language first! Well that's all for this week! I love you!
*Brett received a package of notes from the kids at the Kamiakin Seminary. He was so happy to get them and would love to receive more handwritten letters! I can always include them in his monthly box so if you don't want to have to mail it all the way to the Philippines, we can send it from here.
Pictures 1-2: Investigators
Picture 3: the kids they are teaching where one is deaf and unable to talk so they have to write everything down during the lessons
Pictures 4-5: birthday dinner at a members house - that is their kitchen
Picture 6: Shrine to Mary in the courtyard of their apartment complex
Picture 7: Steel structured building after Typhoon Yolanda (November 2013)