Dear Family and Friends,
I'll start off with the big news. I have been transferred again. My companion went home yesterday and I received the call that I had also been transferred. Elder Pepa and I are going to be replaced by four sisters. I was positive that Lucena would be my last area since I only have 6 weeks left in my mission and I had only been in Lucena for 6 weeks, but I guess it just shows that you can never get too comfortable. My last area will be Majayjay in the Sta Cruz Zone. I've had the opportunity to go there before while I was in the office and it was always my favorite place to go, so I guess everything worked out well. It's a small town in the mountains and it's pretty far away from any large city. It's a really beautiful area and it's also much cooler there than Lucena so I'm definitely looking forward to that. My companion will be Elder Villasana. I don't really know anything about him except that he's Filipino. It was definitely an unexpected change, but I'm also really excited. It seems like Heavenly Father is just keeping me on my toes until the end of my mission.
Elder Pepa left for the mission home yesterday. It was definitely a weird experience, but I was really happy for him. Right now, I'm companions with Elder Yagomyom since his companion also went home yesterday. We're just splitting the work between our two areas until transfer day. Elder Pepa and I spent most of the last week making sure everything was ready for the sisters. We also had to let all of our investigators know that the missionaries coming there will look a lot different from us. We also spent a lot of time cleaning the apartment. President Mangum even called us and explained that a Sister's idea of clean is much different than an Elder's idea of clean, and that he didn't want to get any calls from traumatized sisters. The apartment used to have four elders in it, but that was a long time ago. We only used the bottom floor and the top was just locked off and we never felt the need to open it. Let's just say that we realized that we were going to have to move some appointments around once we cracked the door open.
We also experienced a lot of success this last week. Three of the families who have trouble getting to church all came last week so we were really happy to see them. Elder Yagomyom and I also have been having a fun time together. He's from Mindanao and he definitely has a different attitude than the Filipinos that are from Luzon. The tone of his voice is really loud and harsh. Sometimes I'm not sure if he's upset or not, but he said I will definitely know if he's upset at me. Apparently, that's how they speak in Visaya. He's a really cool elder and he speaks the purest Tagalog I've heard from the missionaries that I've worked with so I'm really learning a lot from him.
Everything's going well and I'm really excited to head out to my new area , and meet my new companion. Thanks for all the support that you continue to show! I love you all!
- Elder English