Pamilya at mga Kaibigan,
My companion and I had a great week. We didn't get as much teaching done as we wanted to, but we were able to find a lot of people to teach. We decided to go to a different area in our neighborhood that we had never been to before. We were walking through all of the houses and my companion and I realized that we didn't understand anything the people were saying. We started talking to people and apparently the whole area is Ilocano. (Another group and dialect of the Philippines.) They were really friendly and we found a lot of new people to teach. I've discovered that tracting here is probably not the same as it is in the US. (They met someone from Pasuquin, Brgy. 1 with the name of Exporna. Sound familiar to anyone?)
"The trail to the new area."
We have our first baptism this week and I'm super excited. Brother Harry is getting baptized and he had his interview last night at his house. It's been a really cool experience seeing him progress in the Gospel. I think he knows more about the doctrine and history of the church than most members do.
The members in our area are great. We always have young men who are willing to go out and work with us, and members are always preparing referrals for us. I feel like I got really lucky with my first area. The weather is starting to cool down, or less hot, and it's cloudy and rainy a lot. I have been very thankful for that. I still haven't adjusted to the weather here.
"We forgot our umbrellas."
My favorite experience this week was when we got to teach a little 9-year-old boy. His whole family are members, but are currently inactive. We used the Gospel Art Book and taught as simply as we could. It has been amazing to see his family rally around him and help him to read the Book of Mormon. Through teaching him, we have been able to strengthen the testimonies of the rest of the families. It has helped me realize that the Gospel really is for everyone and anyone can gain a testimony that it is true.
"The path to and view from one of our investigator's houses."
I'm slowly adjusting, my language is getting better, and it is getting a little easier to get out of bed every morning. I am missing the fall weather though. Thanks for all of your support. Things are going great!
- Elder English
"We made a little Christmas scene in our freezer. We don't use it because any food that we buy, we cook and eat that day."