August 23, 2015
We love you all so much and hope you are doing well. I am going to try to get this email off before we lose power or have more problems with our computer. I am at the church right now because we cannot connect with our internet, which we now think is a problem with the internet service and NOT our computer, which is a good thing. We have had so many problems with this computer lately, so if I have not responded it is because when our computer is functioning AND we are able to connect to the internet it is usually for a short period of time and I just have to try to get as much done as possible. And to add to everything else, we have had a lot of power outages lately.
There have been typhoons in the Philippines, you may have heard that. They are not close, I don't think but our weather has been pretty crazy! A LOT of rain and some wind, and last night we had the loudest thunder I have ever heard in my life. A little scary. It continues to rain today and it is not like rain back home. I have never seen rain like this! There is some flooding, but so far it soaks into the ground pretty fast. We are having the church property tilled today. They till in mud and water all the time but I didn't know if they would do it in the rain but we got a text this morning that they were on their way. They live a ways from the church and of course they walk or ride the caribou (still don't know the right spelling of that). When we got to the church they had left the windows in the RS room open, which is not uncommon, but their was a little frog on the floor right by the window and he just kept hopping like he was trying to get back to the window. Dad picked him up and tossed him outside. We still love the sound the frogs make when it rains. It was really loud last night. We just think they are so happy about the rain.
We had a great zone conference on Friday! It was about receiving power to do this work, and our need to be worthy in order to receive that power. Serving in the Church in any capacity is doing this work, His work, and we all need that power. We also got our flu shots, which is nice. The Church is doing measles shots for children here. They are actually doing it through the schools here. They sent a lot of posters to put up in the schools. We may be helping with that - no one was quite sure about that. It is such a blessing for the people here because people cannot afford them. They can't afford flu shots either. Living in the United States is such a tremendous blessing in so many ways. There are so many things that we have come to appreciate while being here, that we have taken for granted for so many years.
Well, it will be a busy week this week. We have our missionary luncheon tomorrow. After tomorrow we will only have 3 more after that because we will not do one in December. We do them the 4th Tuesday of the month and we will leave before then. We could do one earlier but I think we are going to be very busy that last month. If there is not a couple to take our place we will have to be liquidating all of the furniture, etc that we have in our home so I think that could be pretty time consuming. If we do have someone taking our place we will be involved in helping them get settled and learn the area a little. But - that is in the future. We have a missionary leaving from our Branch this week - Brother Raymark Ordanza. We love this family. I may have told you that their daughter will be released from her mission just 5 days after he goes to the MTC. We were hoping that she could be released early so they could see each other. That will not happen, but she has been given permission to visit with him at the MTC in Manila, so their parents are very happy about that. She is returning from the England London mission. We have a farewell party for him and visits and district meetings and self-reliance meetings this week. Always a variety of things to do. Next week we will do apartment checks. Oh, that reminds me, we also have to check out a house that is for rent here for the Narra A and B elders. They have had numerous problems with theirs, and they have very close neighbors that blast their "Babylonian" music all day and most of the night, which is really distracting so we need to find a more suitable place. We have checked out this house before, it is HUGE, but the owner would have to do a few things in order for it to meet mission standards so we need to discuss that with him.
Well, that's our life! At least that is the plan for this week. There are always changes! We hope you are all doing really well. We love and miss you all so much!!!
Have a GREAT week!
Mom and Dad,
Grandpa and Grandma