Friday, July 15, 2016

First Week, First P-Day

Kumusta po kayo!  Elder Anderson checking in ;)

Sorry it took so long for me to send something, my P-Day isn't until Thursday, just so ya know.

Anyway, it has been a SUPER busy week, so I'll start off with the first day.  My companion is Elder Burnett, and he's pretty cool, he talks a lot but, oh well. He's from Oregon and he likes to tell all sorts of stories about his life before the MTC.  I got to meet my district as well, and they are amazing! Every single missionary in the district loves to work hard at both the language and the gospel, it's great!  There are six elders and four sisters in my district, and each companionship is going to a different mission in the Philippines.  I'll see if I can attach a picture if the transfer from my camera works.

The language is pretty crazy, but it's coming along pretty well.  I can already pray and bear testimony in the language, and it's not just a cookie cutter prayer/testimony either!  My teacher, Sister Connell, is pretty great and she is so encouraging.  We also started teaching an investigator, Ronald Tercenio, who doesn't speak any English (Well, he says so anyway).  My companion and I got to know him and he had so many questions about the gospel, our first two lessons struggled a bit as we tried to piece together different phrases about the restoration in Tagalog, which probably confused Ronald even more, pero our last three lessons went really well!  I think the reason why is because our teacher challenged us to teach the lesson without using notes or a book, just our minds and the Spirit.  My companion and I accepted the challenged and it made all the difference!  We were able to answer all of his questions (sometimes not directly, but we always got our point across) and, after teaching him how to pray, challenging him to read the Book of Mormon, and teaching him about repentance, we got him to commit to baptism yesterday!  I almost cried with the joy I felt for him, even if he was simply a teacher acting as an investigator, my heart filled with love that we were able to bring the message of the gospel to someone. I truly have a testimony of the Gift of Tongues, or Ang Kaloob Mga Wika in Tagalog, and how the Holy Ghost breaks down any language barrier.  

However, we don't only study and teach ;)  Exercise time is by far my favorite time, it is such a huge stress reliever to push your body to it's limits and feel the soreness that next day.  While I like working out, sometimes my district will go play volleyball in the sand courts they have, and that is by far my favorite thing to do, it's so fun!  The food here is pretty gross, so I just eat salad and fruit, so I guess that's a good thing.

Sundays are also pretty great.  I've never had the sacrament be such a comfort to me until this last Sunday.  As I took the sacrament, I felt the comfort of the Spirit overwhelm me as I renewed my covenants with the Lord.  We also got to listen to "The Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar that night, and it was amazing!  It's by far my favorite talk by any Apostle!

Well, I guess that's all for today, thank you so much for everyone who has written/sent me letters, emails, and packages, they brightened my day!

Mahal Kita! (I love you!)

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