Pamilya at mga Kaibigan,
I've definitely been dreaming of a white Christmas. I guess I got it in a different way than I was expecting. We had to postpone the baptisms of Joseph and Jessica because of the typhoon so we got a baptism the week of Christmas! Every missionary's greatest wish. It was a great experience and very spiritual. I know that both of them will be future leaders in the church.
Baptisms of Joseph (23 years old) and Jessica (19 years old)
We also had some other great news this week. The president of the Oriental Mindoro district attended the Socorro group this week and he said that we are about 95 percent of the way to becoming a branch and that the whole district presidency has been very surprised at the progress in the Socorro area the past month. He said it's been stagnant here for about the last 25 years and things have really turned around (in Tagalog of course). I guess my companion and I hit it at just the right time. We've also been focusing on being exactly obedient lately, and we have felt more power in our work and our teaching.
We also have Christmas zone conference this week. We will be traveling to Lipa and staying in a hotel. With a shower head, hot water, and a flushing toilet!! That's what everyone is the most excited for. We really live in our own little world here on Mindoro. That's all I really have for this week. I'm definitely feeling the Christmas spirit here in the Philippines and it's great. I think that I have heard more carolers in the past week than my whole life in Utah. It is really popular here, especially for the little kids since the people in the house usually give them a few pesos. Thanks for all of your support! Maligayang Pasko!
- Elder English
This is in Calapan. (Where the port for the island is.) We were there for a Zone Training Meeting and they had a huge display at the capitol with all these cartoon characters. It was really random.