Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been kind of a crazy one. This week, we had a super typhoon make its way through our mission. This time it was Baguiong Nona. How it works here is the first typhoon of every season starts with the letter A. Then each following typhoon moves through each letter in the alphabet. So right now we're at letter N (Nona). In a normal year, they usually make it all through the alphabet. That's kind of the standard that they use. We just got hit by the edges of it, so it just rained really hard, but the center of it passed through Mindoro, through two of my past areas. They have said that it was pretty devastating and around 14,000 homes were destroyed. I have definitely been praying for them.
We will be having our Christmas Zone Conferences next week also. There will be three different conferences held throughout the mission, and we have the privilege to attend all of them. It's a really fun experience and I learn a lot every time. It also means that we're very busy. This is the only time that a lot of missionaries actually see us and have a chance to order things that they need, so things get pretty crazy. The focus of our zone conference is centered on Christ and the Book of Mormon, and how we can use the Book of Mormon to testify more powerfully of our Savior. I'm really excited for it, and I'm just finishing up my Book of Mormon reading with the focus on Jesus Christ, so I'm really excited of the insights that I will be able to receive.
The typhoon actually brought in some cool weather, so I guess it's the closest thing that we're going to get to snow, and it's really great to see that the spirit of Christmas is the same anywhere in the world. Everything is going well and thankfully, no missionaries were injured during the typhoon. Thank you all for your prayers and support. Love you all!
MALIGAYANG PASKO AT MASAGANANG BAGONG TAON!
- Elder English
Some of the departing missionaries that I was good friends with.
Some of the incoming missionaries and their trainers.
On one of our long drives.