Pamilya at mga Kaibigan,
My companion and I had a great week. We had the opportunity to be taught personally by Elder Lynn G. Robbins. He started out by having us make a list on the board of different excuses and ways that we rationalize. He referred to this as 'the list' for the rest of the time. He said, "The second that you make an excuse, the very second that you rationalize or go to 'the list', you lose control of your life. Having 100 percent agency means that you have 100 percent responsibility." He basically told us to accept the results of our work and make sure we will be proud of those results. It was a really inspiring message.
My companion and I had a really great week. We have six investigators with a baptismal goal date, and every single one of them came to church! We were ecstatic. We also had two less active families that we have been teaching come to church . We could really tell that they felt the Spirit during the testimony meeting. We also got to teach two referrals after church that the members had prepared for us. They both accepted baptismal goal dates. I'm always nervous about extending a date in the first lesson and I always think that everyone will just say no. But I've come to realize that if we are bold when we teach, they are more likely to feel the Spirit.
Everything else is going well. I've become addicted to this chocolate drink here called Chuckie. It's the closest thing they have to chocolate milk that I can afford. My family knows how much I love chocolate milk. Any dairy products here are crazy expensive. Other than being hot all of the time (even though everyone is wearing big coats when it gets dark) everything is going great and we're just excited to get out and teach every day.
- Elder English
The view out of the back of the San Pablo chapel
(city where the mission home is located)......
......and a view of part of my area (Calamba).
The first car that I've been in for 3 months.....
....and a turtle that I saw on the street that I thought Brock and Dad would like.