Dear Family and Friends,
I arrived in my new area and met Elder Pepa . It was about a two and a half hour bus ride from Alaminos. It's one of the biggest cities in the mission and a really beautiful area. My companion is 22 years old and from Tonga. He's a rugby player and probably about three times my size. He doesn't speak English very well, but he's basically fluent in Tagalog. So we just speak Tagalog to each other. He's a really experienced elder, and he definitely knows what he's doing in every phase of the work. He relates very well to the people here. Sometimes I feel like I'm working with a really big Filipino. He goes home this transfer and I'm going home the following transfer, so I think it'll be a really good opportunity to put our heads together and get a lot of work done. The ward here is struggling a little bit, so I think that we'll be able to get a lot of good work done.
Most of the work that we do here is in an area called Landing. There used to be this massive airport. Then it was abandoned for some reason. The whole area that used to be where they landed the planes got filled up with all of these improvised houses. So it's basically a massive tarmac that's full of people. It's pretty much a missionary's dream for finding investigators and organizing an area. The only problem is that it turns into a giant oven in the sun. I've been in some hot areas, but nothing so far compares to going to Landing in the afternoon.
Everything is going well, and it's a great feeling to be back out to the normal missionary life, and we experienced quite a bit of success the first few days that we've been together. Really not a single complaint that I can think of right now. Everything's awesome!
- Elder English