Pamilya at mga Kaibigan,
This week was an awesome last week for me and my trainer. Our mission president emailed us personally and told us that we need to increase our oym's. An oym (open your mouth) is when you are able to share a gospel truth with someone and extend an invitation to them. My trainer took the liberty of telling the mission president that we would get 50 this week. I was a little apprehensive, but we decided we were going to do it for our last week together. We talked to everyone on jeepneys, tricycles, people sitting outside their houses, and anyone else who would listen. It's probably the scariest thing that I've ever done. My Tagalog has definitely improved a lot this week. So after a crazy week, we counted up the names in the back of our planners and found that we had 101 oym's. We were freaking out. It really is the most fulfilling feeling to conquer something that you never would have even thought of doing before.
We still haven't found out what is happening with transfers. Only people on the islands are notified on Monday, and the rest of us tomorrow. My trainer goes home on , and we're almost positive that one of us will be transferred. He says It's good so that I can get away from him before he gets trunky. I went on exchanges with our district leader the other day, and I've realized how much I've learned and also how much I still need to learn.
I've really come to love the area and the members here in Calamba. Our ward had Its primary program this week and it was a great success. The theme was "Families are Forever". We had a lot of investigators their and we know it was a really powerful message for them. Our investigators are doing well. It is very difficult for some people here in the Philippines to get to church every week, so we're trying to help them any way that we can. We really are blessed to know what we need to do in order to have eternal families. I've always known the Plan of Salvation growing up, so I never though that we would be teaching people who believe that they won't know their family after they die. Teaching lessons is turning from stressful to fun a little bit more every day, and everything is going great!
Thank you also to all the ward members, family members, and friends that are writing me. I might not be able to respond, but just know that I really do appreciate it.
- Elder English