Answered Prayers!

Elder zook and I
 Second Prep Day in the field already!  It really seems like 2 days since I emailed you guys last time!
This past week has really been amazing! Elder Zook and I told each other in our weekly planning that we would really focus more on finding new families to teach. Our prayers really have been answered! It’s like the Lord is just leading us right to the people that will listen to us and accept what we have to say.  We saw this little alley next to a basketball court and decided to see what was at the end. We walked down it and asked an old guy what the building at the end was. He said, “apartment, pasok” (like “go inside”) so we did. The first people we see are this woman and her husband with their two little kids. They asked us, “Saan galing kayo?” (where did you come from?) Elder Zook said “sa labas” (from outside) They laughed and then we got talking. The wife had been taught a little  about the Book of Mormon by a friend in the province before. We answered her questions about Joseph Smith and scheduled a return appointment. The second meeting with them went great and when we asked if they would pray about what we taught, they said, “Syempre, kase gusto ko na malaman ang katotohanan” (Of course! because we want to know the truth!) I was so happy!
The language is coming along. Elder Zook, from St. George, Utah, is an awesome trainer and says that he’s not so great with the language but he really is. I am learning tons from him. He says I’m sounding better each day so that’s great!
Our apartment is pretty nice actually other than the fact that we live out of our proselyting area. We just catch a jeepney each morning to get to Sampaloc where the church is. Elder Zook and I have two kabahays (roommates): Elder Gallarde and Elder Taylor (funny right?).  There are two levels in our apartment and we study and sleep upstairs.
Our ward is the Sampaloc ward. It’s pretty small, but there are currently 6 missionaries assigned to it so there is a lot of room for growth. Sister Veras from the MTC is actually assigned to the same ward! We both gave our testimonies in Tagalog yesterday in sacrament meeting and a lot of members told me that my Tagalog is good for this being my first area!
The weather is really unpredictable, well I guess not really, it’s always hot and it just rains really hard at random times! I sweat all of the time. Literally 24/7. I had to buy a better umbrella because the little one that I brought does not really provide cover for a person of my size – haha.
President and Sister Ostler are super awesome! I had an interview with Pres. Ostler my first day in the field and he told me about this family that he had visited with a missionary. He had just got word that they were baptized and the spirit was really strong there in our interview! I know that they were really called of God to be over this mission just as the missionaries here were called to serve.
Love You All!

Goodbye MTC …

Featured imageHey Guys! Craziest week of my life, but also one of the best!  Our last day in the MTC was just all workshops about our purpose. We had a little time with our district and I started to get really sad that I wouldn’t see some of them for a long time, but I know that this work that we are doing is the most important of our lives! It cheered me up a lot to think that I have such great friends going out into the field to Preach His Gospel!

The next day was Wednesday and we got up really early to see our batchmates off because some of them left at around 5:15. Then all of us going to Manila loaded up in vans and went to the mission home. While we were there we had an awesome breakfast, met with Sister and President Ostler and got to visit the American Manila Military Cemetery. It was Awesome! Then each of us had an interview with president Ostler and he took some time to pray about our assignments while the AP’s talked to us. I also met Elder Thurber who’s blog I was reading before the mission! Loco Loco diba? It was pretty cool to see him. Anyway I was paired up with Elder Zook and we went straight to our area. It turns out that Sister Veras from the MTC is in our very same district and Elders Jones and Boshard are in the same zone. I’m glad I’ll get to see some of my batchmates here.
We are in the Sampaloc district of the Manila West zone.
Since I have been here we have done a ton! We have two recent convert families who we are teaching, the Velascos and Nora, Michael and Miles (I don’t remember their last name). We have taught them a few lessons and the kids call me Elder “Bigley” because I’m huge here talaga. We also taught one lesson to the Huligangas (Ringo, Renzo, and their grandmother Mirna). I really felt the spirit in that lesson and I got to recite the First Vision in tagalog to them as well! We have an investigator with a baptismal date on the 25th. His name is brother Cliff. So far Elder Zook and I have taught him twice. He told us last night that he knows what we teach him is true because he prayed about it! Sobrang Masaya ako! (I’m So Happy!)
Anyway, I got to watch conference yesterday and saturday! It was so awesome and I understand why people say that it’s so great in the mission field. Every talk went right along with our purpose as missionaries and disciples of Christ. I know that this church really is led by Christ! My favorite talks were also by Jorg Klebingat and Pres. Monson, Elder Holland, and Elder Bednar.

That’s all for this week! I love all of you guys and I’m glad to hear that you’re doing great!
Ingat po kayo!