Sunday, April 6, 2014

Minamahal Pamiliya!

April 2, 2014

Minamahal Pamiliya!

Well, we just finished our Tagalog lesson, only we weren't able to do it.  We spent the hour trying to get connected through Skype.  As I said before, the internet is not very good here, but we are grateful for what we have.  We hope you are all doing well.  It is already Thursday, and I am sorry I haven't been able to write before now.  But, it has been, and continues to be a very busy week! 

Monday I was able to get some training from the finance Elder on doing the working fund report.  It was very good training, and I learned a lot, but promptly forgot most of it.  Oh well, he is very patient and will reteach as I need.  I did remember how to do the most important thing, and was able to get the report in.  That afternoon we had to shop for supplies, etc to furnish the Cabar apartment.  It is interesting here.  I've told you there are not any real grocery stores here, but you can find almost anything else you want in these little shops.  They are not secure at all, anyone could break into any of them, but I guess they don't, I don't know.  We'll have to take some pictures some day so you can understand.  It is hard to describe in words.  But again, we are so very thankful for what we have.  We feel very spoiled, and, I don't know, guilty I guess, because we have so much more than almost all the people here.  Anyway, we were able to get the rest of the needed supplies (we had to get some things in Puerto).

On Tuesday we went to Cabar and got the Elders moved into their new apartment.  The owners had done a lot of work and renovation and it was nice.  The Elders were very happy with their new place. 

Yesterday we had our meeting with our Learning Coach for our Language Training.  Skype worked perfectly for that meeting.  Then we went out to the new meetinghouse in Sandoval to take some things out - chairs, Sacrament table, etc.  Meetings there are scheduled to start this Sunday.  Because of the time difference we will not get conference until next weekend.  On Saturday we, along with the other missionaries, our BP and hopefully some Branch members, will be canvasing the areas (mostly Sandoval and Bagong Sikat), inviting people to the meeting.  Hopefully we will have a good turn out.  There are many inactive members in these areas that have become inactive because they cannot afford to travel to the chapel in Narra.  We are hoping they will have a Branch there soon.  

Today we will mostly spend the day cleaning the church.  We are hoping to get the members involved, but we need to get new cleaning supplies and equipment before we do that.  They are such good people - kind and loving and generous.

The highlight of our week last week was the baptism of the Jagmis family.  It was just so overwhelming to see this beautiful family all dressed in white (except for their youngest daughter, Carmelita who is not old enough yet).  On Saturday there was no water to fill the font so we went the beach.  Bro Jagmis has a big old truck - like a hay truck or something, so between that and our van we were able to take everyone out to the beach.  It was so beautiful, and the Spirit was so strong.  Even though there were a lot of distractions the Spirit was strong and it was just so, I don't know the word to describe what it was like seeing this whole family accept the Gospel and be baptized.  We are so excited for them, and they will be a great strength to the Branch.  

Well, I will write more later today, I hope.  We are on our way to clean the chapel.  We love you all so much!  And miss you!!!  Thank you for your prayers.  We know they help and strengthen us.  And we LOVE hearing from you. 

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