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Sunday, January 29, 2012
YSAs @Jennifer Madind's house having FHE
We played the "spot flour" game...so fun!
January 29, 2012
Hey Fam! Another week gone by- time is really starting to fly here- I feel like it was just "p day"! We're preparing Tommy for his bap interview this coming saturday- and then he'll be baptized next week-
Feb 11th! Last week we had 1 bap candidate- Tommy, this week we now have 7! haha How that happened, not really sure, but it looks like we'll be having more baptisms Feb 23, Mar 5, and Mar 18! I cannot believe it- all of them we've been working with for a while and being patient- and this week it felt right to extend bap dates to...we'll see what happens! :) Some of them are under 21- so we need to get parental permission- we'll see what happens.
To Answer your question mom, I started laughing so hard cuz you wrote"Dear Sister Allen po ako" which basically means Dear I am Sister Allen. haha ako means "i" and po is just a form of respect you can add to whatever- like "i hate you po" and its respectful that way haha jk but kind of true haha :)
Anyways, before you send the package- um...they don't have deet here-is there a way to send that? :) Or...is there any way to send another bottle of that "big and sexy shampoo"? I dont know if that is too hard or expensive- if it is just let me know. My hair is falling out big time though with the shampoo here...I keep trying different brands- I even found pantene here- but it still makes my hair fall out- not as badly though- I can deal with it...will you still love me if I come back bald with mosquito scars all over me?! haha
So this week we had many many miracles...again! I cannot believe it We had 22 less actives attend church- and 12 investigators! As Bro. Ed Fernandez was giving his talk and I was sitting on the stand b/c I am always either chorister or pianist- he said "if you bring but one soul unto me how great shall be your joy" and I started to have tears come to my eyes at the thought of being on the other side of the veil and seeing these good people there too with their families. How great would be my joy! The church was even more full and we ran out of chairs once again- and we had to change classrooms there were too many people- my eyes filled up with tears as I had to go downstairs to a classroom and I entered it and it was packed with our investigators and less actives returned- it was such a great sight to see! :) They showed a movie on ikapu or tithing- and it was Pres Joseph F Smith back in the day- and they dubbed it so all these white people were speaking tagalog- it was the funniest thing I've ever seen- It just doesn't look normal for white people to be speaking tagalog! It was funny too cuz last Pday we saw this white man- and I just stared...and I asked Sis. Fajardo- what is he doing here? haha it was so funny- I suddenly realized how everyone else feels about me!
The Reyes Family is becoming even more and more like family- they had this ginormous crab! We named it Allen because I freaked out when I saw it- it was still alive- and it had claws- and it was climbing toward me...of course I freaked out! haha They all just laughed! We boiled Allen later that night- Sis. Fajardo ate her the next day haha!
This week Sis. Fajardo opened up our 3rd area since being here- it's a new turf- and we're finding all of these less actives- we're the first to return in a very long time- and many of them are anxious to return- have just forgotten about the church or been lazy and just needed an
invitation to return! So many miracles we saw- from people crying because they had lost their job- saying that they were praying for some kind of sign of what to do or how to make life better- and then we showed up- to new investigators ready to hear the message of the Gospel- it was great! Things are starting to change in the church too now- we started sacrament mtg on time...not half an hour late! And the hymns were already selected, the program was run without flaws- the speakers had talks prepared- they used a microphone when doing a confirmation so that the people could hear! Others were there to help us set up the chairs for sacrament- and most importantly- THE BISHOPRIC STARTED MAKING VISITS TO THE LA'S!!!! I couldn't believe it! WhenSis. Fajardo and I went to visit them they were all raving about how the bishop came and talked to them and how special that made them feel- and then The Galsiem family talked about Bro. Udtu and Tatay Frederiko- and how they came and did their home teaching to them. I couldn't believe it. My jaw dropped as one day we heard that same comment 4 times- I could seriously not believe it! They accepted the call we gave them - they're acting on it now! Yay!!! And how happy the people were to know they were cared about!
This Saturday we had a baptism! It was Brother Udtu- a LA- well he is pretty active- he's the sunday school pres- but his wife is totally inactive- and she is not interested in the gospel at all- so last time we shared Alma 56 and how important moms are for the stripling warriors- anyways- his son was baptized. This was decided the night
before- the bishop interviewed him right before the bap- the family wasn't even present for the baptism- and nothing was planned out.
so...they still have a lot to learn here about how things run.
Anyways, we tried to make it as great of an experience as we could! I just kept thinking about Gavins upcoming baptism and how Logan and Jared and Steven had theirs within the last few years and how great they were in comparison- how lucky they are!
Anyways, the work here is so great! I love you all and I wish I had more time to write!