Dear Pamilya at mga Kaibigan (family and friends),
I have been slowly recovering from my fever, and we are slowly getting back to work. It was really frustrating to sit in the apartment and not be able to learn any new Tagalog, but things are almost back to normal now. I feel fine, except sometimes, I just get really tired and I have to sit down for a little.
This is our apartment.
Right now, we have three investigators set to be baptized this month. They are all amazing. My best friend right now is Brother Harry. He was already being taught when we came to the area, and we just picked up where the other elders left off. He is a care taker at a resort, so we teach him in this bamboo hut next to the swimming pool at the resort where he works. He is 44 years old, and the first time I saw him, he walked out in a tank-top and shorts, without shoes on. Then he sat down and started asking questions about the pioneers and Oliver Cowdery. I was blown away. We found out that he had read the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, and Our Heritage, which is about the history of the church. He committed to baptism in the first lesson we taught him, but his work makes it very hard for him to attend church. He said he is praying for a new job so he can go to church and he wants to teach his kids and neighbors about Joseph Smith. His faith is so strong. Teaching him has helped me realize that the Lord really has prepared people to receive the gospel. All we have to do is open our mouths.
This week, I also got to eat at Burger King. Our area has a Mcdonald's, Burger King, and an SM. An SM is just like a really big mall. Surprisingly, it was really expensive. A Whopper Jr. cost me 120 pesos or about three dollars. If we ate there every day, we would run out of money. It was a fun experience though, and it took me back home for a little. Everything is going great, I just can't wait to get back to full health so I can work as hard as possible. Thanks for all of your support!
- Elder English