Hello Mom, Family, and Everyone!
Well I officially made it over a year in the mission! It is a weird and yet satisfying feeling to know that I have come this far! We met the new mission President this week and he sounds like he will be another great leader! He is from Idaho and has actually already served in the Philippines so he has a lot of great experience! I enjoyed listening to him, and he gave a lot of great advice to us. Although I do miss President Rahlf, I know that Our Lord has a reason why he has called President Hiatt to be our new mission President.
This week, a couple of interesting things happened. First, I tried the dragon fruit! I guess it is supposed to taste kind of like a watermelon, but to me it really felt like I was eating water! The fruit actually looks pretty cool and I wish I was able to take a picture of it, but I didn't have my camera on me at the time. The inside of the fruit is a dark purple and after you eat it, it dyes your teeth purple! So I had to make sure I brushed my teeth extra well that night! Haha.
Also, we went to the hospital on Tuesday for my companions going home x ray. While we were there, I decided it would be good for me to get my boil checked out, just to make sure everything was fine. This is where it gets interesting. They whisked me into a room that had 3 patients sitting waiting to be looked at and 2 female nurses. Then, in front of all of them, they told me to show them my boil. Now I don't know about most people, but I was just a little nervous about mooning everyone. Alas, I didn't have a choice, and of course five seconds after I showed them where my boil was one of the nurses yelled "Oh look its a foreigners butt!" I don't know how appropriate this story is but I needed to share it.
Anyways, I finally got my boil taken care of and after waiting for someone to operate the counter, I only had to pay 3 bucks to get the pills. Hospitals are really cheap here! We also had a CSP (Community Service Project) this week and I learned that I appreciate the ingenuity of electric saws! I had to cut bamboo and man was I making Elder Ishibashi crack up. At CSPs, I find it is funner if you aren't serious about anything, so while I cut the bamboo with a regular saw, I made sure to crack jokes about how bad I was at this. By the time I finished, we were both crying from laughter and even sweating! I call that CSP a definite success!
Elder Tabudlong and I are still making progress with our investigators which makes me very happy and the Branch continues to be a huge help. I am very thankful for this Branch. The Elders reopened this area only last cycle, so we are still learning where everyone lives because of how big the area is. The members are so willing to work with us and help progress the work. I can testify that members are really the key to a missionaries success! We need the members just as much as they need us. Only together, can we strengthen the ward or branch into a growing and unified House of the Lord!
Well I had a pretty good week overall. I continue to work as hard as I can, because this next year is gonna go faster than I can imagine! I love you all, I pray for your safety and protection, and will see you in under a year!