This week in the Philippines there is a fiesta, we have exchanges, and I get sick... again.
So yeah it was a pretty fantastic week! Until about yesterday. But I'll talk about that later.
We did some hard work this week! Like literally it was super hard because our most progressing area had a fiesta this week so we couldn't go there and teach anyone! Maybe it was the Lord's way of saying "Go somewhere else!!!". And it worked! We went and worked in other areas and we had to put a little more effort into it because we knew we couldn't go back to the area previously noted! What we once thought were impossible areas actually showed a lot of blessings when we put some work into it! This week we found a new investigator on Saturday in brgy. Tabok. An area that we have never had any investigators in. His name is Martin Baguin and he is awesome! We taught him on Saturday and as he gave the closing prayer he thanked God for sending us in answer to his prayers! Then he came to church the very next day! It was so awesome to see!
So I got to go on exchanges with Elder Clark, the missionary that I trained more than 6 months ago. It was so crazy to see far we have both come and how much he has improved in everything! He is still the same joyful happy person I know and it was a good experience to work with him again! I learned a lot!
So yesterday we planned an activity with some of the youth here in Borongan to go caving! There is a massive cave inside of a mountain here and they said that it's pretty cool! Anyways we woke up early yesterday to go there and hiked all the way to the cave! It looked super tiny from the outside. Sadly that's as far as I got because my body decided to be sick for the first time at that precise moment. I then proceeded to have bowel activity 3 times in less than 30 minutes and have major stomach pains. So a branch missionary and I went home and I continued to be sick for the rest of the day. So that's why I am emailing today. So we will be going back another time so I can experience the inside! The pictures look pretty cool though!
Oh yeah so one of our investigators with a baptismal date this week made a huge turn on us! His name is Nikky Rivera and he has been investigating the church for 24 years. Anyways this past week we went to visit him and were inspired to teach the word of wisdom. He readily admitted that he has had a smoking problem for forever but said that he has felt a need to change that within the past couple weeks! He hasn't been baptized before because he has never been to church and we only just found out about his problem with smoking! It has only been within these last couple weeks that he has started coming to church and he is fixing his smoking problem. When we saw him at church he looked like he was different and had a whole new light in his life!
Well that's it for this week! It was good. Thank you for all your love and support!
Pic 1 - "part of the activity yesterday"
Pic 2 - "part of the activity"
Pic 3 - "During MCM. It got kinda long."
Pic 4 - "dropped in on a youth activity"