It was quite interesting this week, since every day except the weather was nothing but a downpour of rain. It wasn't the funnest thing to go through. Almost every day I spent swimming in my shoes. It doesn't help that my rubber shoes have holes in the bottom. But that's not a big issue for me.
All my socks have holes in them too ha, but having wet socks the whole day I wasn't the biggest fan of. But it's all good, the work must go on. It's worth it for the work of souls!
Anyways this last Tuesday was also a blast. We had the 2 Sister Training Leaders (Sister Agudo and Sister Fontanilla) come from Vigan to our district meeting! They gave us a fun training about planning (something that we can also improve on) and so forth.
Afterwards Elder Bordeos gave his very last training at his very last district meeting here in the mission (he goes home ). It's always cool to hear from the really experienced people (don't ask me though cause I don't feel like a veteran haha).
The following day was spent with us heading to Sinait for exchanges with the Zone Leaders! I got to go with Elder Petty, a missionary from Australia. He and I have been really good friends throughout my mission, so it was fun going with him. We taught some fun people, including a girl who paid for my lunch cause she works at this certain restaurant and it was a special day for me, and some other fun people. It wasn't easy tracting in the rain, but we managed to do it. It's always interesting who you'll find, like a woman who was taught by the missionaries 25 years ago. It was fun!
The next day we went home and took the other 2 Sinait Elders with us for exchanges, Elder Santillan and Elder Wells. I went with Elder Wells, a missionary from Idaho. He's a cool kid too. He's a triplet, a runner, and just really fun to talk to.
Maybe it's cause he also liked the nerdy stuff like I do (like Pokemon and Overwatch) so we had plenty to talk about. The exchange itself wasn't the best to be honest, we tried to find walking around in the pouring rain but didn't find anyone, but we still taught 2 good lessons. All is well.
As for the rest of the week, it was pretty on and off. For the most part when it came to finding new people it was not the best because of how hard it rained the whole time. We still were teaching our progressing people, but we were scared the rain would cause a lot of people not to come to church. We prayed that it wouldn't rain hard.
Luckily for us our prayers were answered. We actually had 8 people come to church, 6 from the Salodez family (although 2 were only 7 years old) and 2 who came last week, also 2 that we're working with. There was a slight drizzle but there were so many more people at church. It was a blessing.
We still had a couple we were hoping to come, but I guess we still got to keep building their faith. We were still really happy with all the people that came, and we feel that we can see that their faith is building. They seem to really enjoy it at the church too, members, lessons and all.
The members here continue to be awesome because I had my last day here.... As a 19 year old. So I'm now 20, and yup, don't feel like an adult at all or anything. But I had a lot of people great me and feed me yesterday so I was really happy. I'm just happy with where I am now. The members here are so supportive, and really help when new people come to church. They always make sure people have friends so they can feel as comfortable as possible. I'm happy here and all is good.
Last thing I want to add, is Happy Fathers day to all! This is a great day to reflect about how great fathers are. I'm so glad that I got the dad I did, and I know for a fact that my dad is the best dad in the world. He is so supportive and I wouldn't trade him for any other dad!
I would also like to have you all reflect that aside from our amazing earthly father, we have a very loving Heavenly Father, who watches over us constantly and wants us to succeed. He is our creator and wants us all to be happy. And we can be happy, if we follow His plan.
He rejoices when we follow his plan and sorrows when we make mistakes. But He's always there to cheer us on! I know He has been cheering me on while I've been here as a missionary, helping His other children come closer to Him.
I know this church is true and I know that this is the right thing to do. I hope you all had a good Fathers Day, especially to all you fathers, and thanks everyone for the birthday wishes! That's all for this week! Love you all!
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Cabugao District plus the Sister Training Leaders
My homie Sister Training Leader, Sister Fontanilla
My homie Elder Wells and I
(we didn't actually get to use those though. :()
Exchanges with Elder Petty
Getting some "dates" with Elder Wells (look at the box)
Ice cream and bread
celebrating Dunkin doughnut dayyyyy