Dear Family and Friends,
Well, another transfer cycle has flown by and it's now transfer week again. My companion, Elder Benosa, was notified that he is not going to be transferred. This means that we're going to be spending six months together as companions. It's a really good thing that we get along with each other. This also probably means that I will be spending seven and a half months in the office. Not very many changes happened here in San Pablo Zone, so things are going to keep going about the same way that they have been.
We also had the opportunity to attend MLC this past week. The main focus was on planning. They asked everyone how they can see God's love for them. There was a whole different bunch of answers. They talked about how all of these trace back to the fact that Heavenly Father has a plan for us. In other words, the biggest way that our Heavenly Father has shown His love for us, was by making a plan for us. This is also the biggest way that we can show our love for those that we visit and share with. The more we plan for something, the more entitled we are to receive God's guidance and help with whatever it is that we're doing.
We've dropped back into our regular routine of going out and changing filters until the afternoon, and then coming back and doing office work, and then getting out to work in the time that we have left.
New Year's was also really fun. There were a ton of fireworks, but those weren't even the noisy things. Everyone who owns a scooter or a motorcycle (which is about 60 percent of the people) all got together and took their mufflers off. Then they would all get together and drive around very slowly while revving their engines. When you could hear a group coming, people would literally start running the other direction, or run into their homes covering their ears because it was so loud. It was definitely a different experience and it got to the point where you couldn't even hear the fireworks. They were just more of a visual thing. The Philippines keeps surprising me with the things they come up with.
Everything else is going well and the mission is excited to get going on this year's goals. I know that we'll be able to accomplish them and probably even surpass them. There's a lot of energy moving through the mission right now and it's just an exciting time to be involved in the work. Thanks for all that you do and for all your advice for me!
- Elder English