Thursday, June 26, 2014

More Pix!

June 16, 2014

Just some more pix of Palawan!

I'm not sure if I told you about this or not, but when they harvest rice you will often seen tarps like this on the road with the rice on them drying.

This is a picture of the beach that is closest to us. 
It is beautiful!

 A local fisherman with his 2 boys.  
I think they were getting ready to go out.

I think I've told you about the buses being packed and stacked.  This is a pretty good picture of that.

I had to send this one. The mission office asked dad to take pictures of all the Branch Presidents and District Pres.  This little boy watched while he took them and then insisted on having his picture taken as well.  He had to stand in the same place that the presidents stood, with his hands behind his back.  
So cute!

The Baptism of Kina Corpuz

June 16, 2014

The baptism of Kina Corpuz.  She is the granddaughter of the couple all the way to the left.  The Pamulags - he is in the wheelchair. Before they were members he had a stroke so she has to do all the work.  She was carrying water back to their house and the missionaries saw her and carried it for her.  And that's how it all started.

Magandang Hapon mga anak at mga apo!

June 16, 2014

Things have been crazier than ever!  Just so much to do!!! We started our English class 2 weeks ago.  It is a lot of fun.  One of the missionaries called me and said they have some investigators who want to come as well, 6 to be exact, I think all from one family, so that is great.  I am also thinking about starting a class in Sandoval.  I think it could really help out there. 

Our last transfer we lost 5 great missionaries, but we got 7 great ones to take there places. 

At the airport with our departing missionaries.
From the left: Elders Lovete, Haynie, Torida, Yu, Bell.

Brother Magsino will not be baptized on the 21st.  He is still struggling.  But we are still hopeful.  Haven't had too many baptisms lately but the missionaries are teaching some great families.  One family, the mother and daughter are so ready, and had set a baptismal date.  However, she was raised Catholic and her parents are very unhappy about their decision.  The parents actually own the house, or hut they live in, and have told them if they get baptized they can no longer live there.  That will not stop her from getting baptized, but she feels like she has to find a place they can afford to rent before she does.  I don't know how hard it is to find a place to rent, and I don't know their financial situation so not sure how things will go.  

Those missionaries are also teaching a family that I think has 13 kids, only 1 male. (That should make Dallin feel better!).  And we are still teaching the family that I invited (in tagalog) to hear the gospel.  Last meeting the brother's mother and sister were there also.  The sister seemed genuinely interested and had a lot of questions.  The mother was more like, "I'm Catholic".  End of story.  But the Spirit was strong there and they all agreed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  

We had our District Conference.  The Sunday session was a broadcast and it was so powerful!  I was thankful that it was in English, but I really wished it had of been in Tagalog because I don't know how much the members understood.  I would like to get copies of the talks, but I don't know if you can do that.  That day the District RS presidency had been instructed to have an auxiliary training meeting so I spent many hours preparing for that.  Saturday morning I received a text that we would not have it, under the direction of the Mission Presidency.  I guess we are not suppose to have them at the same time as District Conference.  I really didn't feel too bad.  It actually relieved some stress.  And I think we will do the training later so I will just be ahead of the game. (Ha! Ha!  Like that ever happens!) It was on visiting teaching. It would bless all of their lives! 
Our Heavenly Father is so patient with us, with all of us.  

Just one more thing, really quick - last Monday we went on a zone activity.  I really did not want to go, but Sister Stucki wanted us to go with the Elders, so we did.  We visited the Tabon caves (I think that was the name).  I expected to go into and through the cave.  Mostly what it was was hiking up the outside of a very steep mountain and looking at the cave from the outside or going in just a little way.  And it was REALLY steep.  So we didn't go all the way up, and I didn't feel a bit bad about that.

  But we got some pictures, and we had to take a boat ride to get there and the water was so beautiful, and as we got closer to shore it was so clear!  It was AMAZING!

  We got a picture of a school of small fish and you can see to the bottom of the ocean.

  These two pictures are inside the caves
  It really was awesome.   

Well, we hope you are all doing well.  We love and miss you all so much. Please keep writing when you get a chance. I know you are all very busy. 

 You are just starting summer and we are just finishing with it.  I am not sad about that.  It has been SO HOT - NAPAKAINIT! We still have some hot days, just like there at the end of summer, but we have had some cooler days also, and some rain.  

Oh, and this past weekend we met the owner of our home here.  She lives in Canada now, but comes back to visit every year. She is this cutest little lady. She is a member of the church.  She told us that she likes living in Canada now because she has a job at Wal-Mart so she can support herself.  She was just so excited about that!  She does live with one of her daughters, and I think all of her children live in Canada.  

Mahal naming po kayo! Ingat!  Love, Dadpa and Momma