Dear Family and Friends,
First of all, I'm so thankful for the opportunity that I had to skype with my family. Even though I'll be seeing them in just a few months it was a really fun experience. It was especially fun to see my pamangkin (niece), Kinley. I'm really excited to meet her in person!
This week was another hot one. Summer is really starting to set in, and it's only rained once in the past two months, which is really crazy for the Philippines. Everything has started to turn from green to brown, and it's especially hot in our area because it's a city that's close to the ocean. We're just the right distance away so that we get all of the humidity of the ocean without the breeze. It's weird to say that I actually miss the dry Utah heat, but aside from the weather, everything is going great. The area is progressing and we're continuing to see an increase in the involvement of the ward.
There was one miracle that really stood out for me this week. We were running behind on our schedule and it looked like we weren't going to be able to make it to one of the families that we had planned to visit. We had a set appointment that we really couldn't be late for. My companion and I didn't even really say anything to each other, we just decided to go anyway, even though it would make us late for the rest of the day. I guess we both had the same prompting from the Spirit, because we both just jumped in the tricycle without even saying anything to each other. This family hasn't come to church in about a year so we were pretty unsure. We showed up at their house and their 17- year-old daughter told us that she had been waiting for us even though we never told them that we were coming. Her father had just gotten out of the hospital that morning and was having a rough time recovering from a surgery. She told us that she had just said a prayer earlier that morning that someone with the priesthood would come to their house so that her father could have a priesthood blessing. My companion and I both stared at each other as we realized what had happened without us even saying a word to each other. We gave her father a blessing and then shared a message. It was a great experience and they were able to make it to church yesterday.
Elder Pepa and I get along well. We always seem to be on the same page and seem to know what the other is going to say or what the other is thinking during planning or a lesson. It's been a really great blessing to be companions with him. Everything is going well and the days are flying past. Thanks again to all of you for your support and advice. Love you all!
- Elder English
|With Elder Pepa - Lucena City|