November 10, 2014
Kumusta po kayo sa lahat?
We are doing great! We are so busy working on our two projects, but that is good. We just don't seem to have enough time for everything. Last week we attended the Bi-district YSA conference in Puerto. We were asked to give a presentation on preparing for temple marriage. We stressed out about it quite a bit, mostly because of the language barrier, but things actually went pretty well. We prayed continually that there would not be a language barrier, and they really seemed to understand, but we can't be sure. After we were done they had a question and answer period for us and the gal that spoke before us, which we did not know they were going to do. But the other gal is native, so most of the questions were directed to her. However, at the end someone asked if there was an age when they should be married. I laughed and told them what Brigham Young said about men becoming a menace to society after age 25. They all laughed, so I guess they understood that, at least.
We had our little Halloween party for our neighbor kids. There were sixteen. We just watched a kids video, played some games, ate hot dogs (not our hot dogs! - and we didn't eat any), and had some treats. Yesterday, when I was getting out of our truck one of the little girls, Kristen Joy who is 5 said, "Ma'am, ma'am (they always call us ma'am and sir), Party, and I laughed and said "kalian?", (when?) and she said "bukas", (tomorrow). I laughed again and said, "hindi, pero, seguro para sa Christmas." (No, but maybe for Christmas.) They really seemed to have a good time and it was fun for us as well.
Earlier that week it was heart breaking as the mother of the kids next door (ages 11, 13, 14 I think), left to go back to Hong Kong I think. The 11 year old girl just cried, just a really heart wrenching cry, begging her mother not to leave as she chased down the street after her. I just cried for her. I don't know how a mother can do that. I know they think they are doing what is best for the family, but there has to be a better way. Last Sunday, well, the first Sunday in November we had a broadcast with Elder Oaks and several others. He use to be the Area president here several years ago. He said that there are about 3,000,000 mothers who leave and work outside the country and bring home about 6 billion dollars a year. He stressed how this is destroying families, and it really is. And, what seems to happen is the mother goes off to work so the father doesn't really think he has to work. And, marriages break up. Anyway, there are some women in our Branch that have talked about it and I have just really tried to help them see that it is very detrimental to the family. Another sister told me that she would not do it because her mother did and her dad found another woman. Here, there is no divorce, except for the rich - you can actually pay to get a divorce but only the very rich can afford it.
So... Anyway, the weather has been really hot. Not much of a rainy season. But the other evening Dad and I went for a short walk and it was actually almost a little cool. It was actually bearable. But, today it is hot again. 87 degrees in our air conditioned living room. But I will not complain, because at least we have air con.
Just a little more good news. Brother Magsino, whom we have been going to visit with different sets of missionaries since we got here, is doing really well with overcoming his addiction. He is scheduled for baptism on the 29th I think. We love that family!
And one of the families from Bagong Sikat has been coming faithfully and the father and 8 year old daughter will be baptized on the 22nd. He had to overcome his coffee addiction but is doing well. We love them too.
We had a fun Branch activity on Saturday at the beach. Quite a few of the recent converts were there, which was so good. We had a good time!
Well, better go. We hope you are all doing well. Keep us posted. Let us know when we can Skype again. We miss you all so much. I can understand why they only let young missionaries talk or Skype with family twice a year because I love seeing and talking to you all, but my heart hurts afterwards because I miss you and love you so much. But it is a blessing to be here and we're grateful we can be here, and are so very grateful for your support and prayers!
We love you all!
Dad and Mom, Grandpa and Grandma