Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Mission President and More

July 28, 2014

Well, another week or two (or maybe more :(   ) has passed.  How is everyone doing?  How were your 4th and 24th of July celebrations?  We kind of missed not being involved in those fun things.  How is summer?  Can't believe it is 2/3rds over.  Time goes by way too fast.  Things here are moving along. 

Our new mission president and family arrived here on June 29th, and the Stuckis' left the same day. An interesting story about the Stuckis'. A couple of weeks ago  Kamber and Mike went to the temple. Mike took McKenna and did baptisms for the dead while Kamber stayed with the other kids.  When they were done Kamber did a session.  After the session, while she was changing, she overheard 2 women talking.  One had just returned from somewhere, and the one was asking her about the language.  Kamber had the thought she should ask her if she had just returned from a mission.  She did so, and the woman said, Yes, from the Philippines.  Kamber asked her if she was Sister Stucki, and SHE WAS! Unbelievable! When they were leaving the Stuckis' were also leaving so they were able to meet Mike and the kids as well. What is the likelihood? 

We went to Puerto for interviews with President Ostler, but when we got there we were told that he was so far behind with interviews that he would not be able to meet with us that day.  But we were able to meet with Sister Ostler.  She is very nice - very different personality than Sister Stucki, but both of them are wonderful.  This past week President and Sister Ostler and their 13 year old son, Caleb, came out with President and Sister Hiatt, to tour the Narra District.  It was a 2 day trip.  We did not go with them the first day, because we had prior commitments, but we were able to go with them the second day, to Brooke's Point and Cabar.  We were able to visit a lot and get to know them a little.  They are great people.  

Our English class is going well.  We have this cutest older couple, the Dagdags. They come each week on their bike.  She sits on the support bar and holds a flashlight, and he pedals them home.  Most recently they have had a little homemade sidecart attached to the bike. It has a little covering over it and she sits in there.  They are just so cute and so eager to learn.  

For the last couple of weeks we have been going out to Bagong Sikat, which is part of the Sandoval area, and visiting some of the less active families there, with Brother and Sister Gatud.  They are another amazing couple.  I'm not sure if I've told you about them but I believe they were the first members in Narra.  They use to have to travel to Puerto for church, but since being converted they have not missed a Sunday. We are really hoping the group will grow and be able to become a Branch.

This past weekend we visited Rizal for Dad's high council visit.  It is a small Branch, but they are good people.  We love going there and the people are so kind to us. I imagine you heard about the typhoon in Manila.  We did not think there was much damage but apparently there was. Trees were down and they were with out power for a few days. It delayed transfers for a few days because all flights were cancelled. I am not sure about injuries.  We had rain and wind, but nothing out of the ordinary. People say none of those things happen on Palawan, but that kind of talk makes me a little nervous.  But, I'm sure we will be fine. This is the typhoon season, so I expect there will be others. The weather is cooler, which is nice, and though we have frequent rain, so far it is not raining all day long.  But, people are saying we are not getting the usual amount of rain, so we are praying for more because some of our members farm and do not have irrigation so they cannot plant until there is more rain.  

We are doing good.  Dad was sick for a while, but I think it was from food.  President Ostler mentioned sending out some de-worming pills.  I know they have the elders take them when they go home, and probably the senior couples as well.  It wouldn't surprise me if that was the problem.  Speaking of worms, we heard about a delicacy here.  Can't remember what they are called, but they are worms that live inside trees.  They are about a foot long, or longer, and they serve them raw.  I guess it is a big thing for the Elders to try them and one of the Elders in Manila was telling us about them. I'm sure, like balut, they are not suppose to eat them, but...

Well, I had better close for now.  We love and miss you all and hope you are doing great! It would be fun to Skype again so let me know when will work.  Ingat!

Mahal namin po kayo!
Dad and Mom, Grandma and Grandpa.

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