So sorry I didn't write last week. I try to do it on Monday, (even though it seems most of the time Monday is not really a P-day for us), because if I don't the week just slips away. But last week the elders wanted to have their monthly luncheon, which would normally have been, on Monday, along with a district activity, which was to watch a movie, Big Hero 6, at our house. So, it was a very busy day! And, as usual, the week just slipped by.
We went to Puertofor interviews. We do not usually have an interview, but Sister Ostler schedules classes for the elders while they are waiting for their interview and we have been asked to teach the last 2 interviews. It is fun! We love being with the missionaries.
Yesterday we were able to attend the Sandoval group. It was so good to be with them! We love them and with branch conferences and such we have not been able to attend there very often lately. After meetings we did the apartment checks for Narra C and Aborlan. Today we did apartment checks for Narra A and B, and we took Narra C's bikes in for some repairs.we will go to Rizal and Quezon for apartment checks. Then in the afternoon President and Sister Hiatt will come to Narra to do temple recommend interviews for members in the Narra district. Our 4 families that will be going to the temple will get their interviews and while they are waiting we will be helping them prepare names to take with them to the temple. President Angoy, 1st counselor in the mission presidency and not a full-time missionary (actually he is over CES here) was just transferred to another area so he will no longer be in the presidency. They are really good people and we have really enjoyed getting to know them.
The work continues to be kind of slow here. Just a slump I guess. But with transfers things will probably pick up. We don't go out with the missionaries as much as we use to. I really miss that. But, Elder Merrill, who was here early on when we first got here, is coming back to Narra as a zone leader, and he would have us go out with them quite a bit so I hope that picks up. It is hard here, because it can be overwhelming to have 4 missionaries show up, and most of the houses are very, very small so it can be pretty crowded. We OYM every day, and have gotten several referrals, but none of them have developed into anything. For some Filipinos it is hard for them to tell you no, so they agree to have the missionaries come, but then they either refuse to have them come when the elders text them, or they aren't there for the appointment, or whatever. Mostly I think you can tell that they are not really interested, just being polite. But some I have really thought they were interested. One gal seemed interested but when the elders went there she told them she is, I don't remember the name of it, but kind of like a witch doctor or something. She does healing by magic, something like that. I was surprised. But, you never can tell. Most everyone has been very nice though. With the young missionaries that is not always the case, but they do have respect for older people here so they are usually nice. Everyone stares at us, and usually it looks kind of like they have a scowl on their face, but if we say hello or magandang umaga po they usually get a big smile and respond. The older people are so friendly and will usually talk to us a little, even if they are not interested in the gospel.
English class is good. And we still have not had any rain, but dad decided he will start the self Reliance classes the firstin June, whether there has been rain or not. It is cloudy today, and we have had a lot of thunder the last couple of days, but no rain. Well, that's about it for here. Not a lot of anything new. I have really been contemplating starting an addiction recovery group out in Sandoval. There are several members there that need it. The missionaries would have to be there to interpret, because the program is in English, but it is such a good program. We printed off a copy of the book for one brother and the missionaries have been meeting with him, but I'm not sure how it is going. For it to be effective they really have to want to do it, so we will see.
Well, we miss you all so much! Can't believe summer is almost there in the states! And hopefully almost over here. With the cloud cover today it has been a little cooler today, which has been nice. Let us know how you are all doing when you have time. It is great being missionaries! Really hard, but so worth it. One thing that President Ostler said at one of the first zone conferences we had with him is, "On a mission the bad days out number the good days, but the good days ALWAYS outweigh the bad days!" It is true!
We LOVE YOU ALL!
Grandpa and Grandma,
Dad and Mom