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Hi! I'm Elder Lundy and I represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm excited to be serving my mission in the Philippines! For further reading, see Ether 12:6, 27 "6. And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith. 27. And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

Monday, October 24, 2011

First email from the Philippines

Questions we asked and Elder Lundy’s answers
1. What can you tell us about the Filipino people so far?
Answer: The Filipino people...they are pretty awesome! They are usually really kind. When they aren't I don't know the language well enough to catch it so I just smile at them anyway. They love calling out to the elders, especially if they are American. Everyone knows who we are, or at least that we are called elders. They absolutely love Americans. They treat us well, especially if they are members. Filipinos run on Mormon standard time, then add another half hour then they'll show up. They are late for everything. As a result, we just show up late for absolutely everything in order to be on time. That’s enough of this one for now.

2. What have you tried of local food?
Answer: I haven't tried much local food yet. We’ve eaten at a couple side shops that I forgot what they were called. Most everything they make goes with rice. Sister Carlos made us a breakfast mix of rice, eggs, bacon...something like that. I had a beef steak dish on top of rice. That was really good. We’re in one of the richer areas right now, and I’ve been told we have one of the nicest apartments in the mission, though my view on "nice" has changed a lot since I got here. I can't believe how we live in America, it almost disgusts me now. Cool fact. I live about a motorcycle shop. They sell them starting at 10000 piso which is like $225 or so. Everything here is cheap.

3. Who was the other Elder that traveled with you to the mission home? Was he from the Philippines? Was he a new Elder? Or just an Elder that needed to return to Cauayan city?
Answer: I traveled to the mission home with Elder Daluman. He is a native Filipino. He is a new missionary that was the only elder going to Cauayan mission from the Philippine mtc. He ended going was up north to tuegegaro or something like that, it doesn't sound anything like its spelled.
4.  Where is your first assignment located? (Zone, district, village/town/city)? Tell us about Elder Schmidt - besides that he is tall and blond.

Answer: my first area is in the city of Ilagan. Elder Justin James Schmidt is my companion and today is his birthday!!! He is from Californian. We had a great time. Like 15 elders from our surrounding elders, namely all the Americans went to one of our churches that had a field and we played football all morning. I got my first red neck/face/arms of my mission. Then President Carlos made some of us lunch, namely all the birthday boys (there were three of them. Elders Schmidt, Hardman (lives in my apartment. there are four of us in It. Elder Jackson is his companion), and elder.....I forgot his name. :/) and their companions and the AP's. It was great!

5. What was your first Sunday like?
Answer: my first Sunday was, well, hectic! :) We got there on time and spent the first two hours ushering everybody to their classes. Lagan wards 1 and 2 meet at the same time. I am ward 2. We have classes first then we go to sacrament. We had a family we have been teaching come to church for the first time! :) It was soo cool! The Pebenito family. Larry and Launnie, and 5/6 kids. The oldest was working but is sincerely interested so I think we'll be good with her. In sacrament I was supposed to give a 1-2 minute introduction about myself....lol. I ended up giving a 15 minute talk I made up on the spot because a speaker didn't show up. But it’s ok. I like bishop and was happy to do it for him. I gave it in Taglish (same as Spanglish but with Tagalog, not Spanish. :) it’s fun!) I did it on faith and used Ether chapter 12 a lot. Read it. It’s my favorite chapter in the BoM (Book of Mormon) and is very motivational and very special to me.

6. Are you finding the Tagalog language to be what you learned?

Answer: the Tagalog language is exactly what I learned at the MTC. I swear I’ve heard my teacher’s voices all over the place. lol. I’m in one of their previous areas. Brother Itrey, I’m not sure how you spell it. A lot of the people here remember his name. He did work. My biggest problem is the vocabulary and all of the shortcuts. I can understand what they are all saying. I can hear that it is Tagalog and I can understand what they are saying. I just don't know what it all means cuz I lack the vocab still. My speaking is really bad though. Well, Elder Schmidt says it’s better than his old companion and he was here for like 3 months. So maybe I’m better than I thought.

My address is:

Philippines Cauayan Mission
78 Burgos Street
3305 Cauayan City

It’s funny though. Nothing out here has an address. No mailboxes. If you want mail, or want to send mail, you have to go to the post office to take care of it. I can't use the pouch here anymore. I think you can by sending it to salt lake or something. I’m not sure though. The Carlos’ say not to FedEx anything to me. They make you pay ridiculous amounts to get your package. Just use regular US mail. It’s the best. The above address should be used for absolutely anything you need to send me. I get my mail when I get to the mission home or someone else nearby picks it up.

FUN FACTS: I’ve ridden in and standing on the back of a jeepney, and a tricey. Elder Schmidt and I avoid the trieys when we can though, we don't fit well. They are really small.
One of many jeepney

Tricey are a little small for Elder Lundy
On the way to the mission home, the bus attendant told us that we boarded a half hour early. We owed another 90 pisos together. If the coordinating brother that drove us to the bus station hadn't swapped my $20 bill for some Filipino money, we might not have made it there...even though he didn't get the full worth of my 20, I’m still glad he did it. :)

Happy Birthday Elder Schmidt

Me and Elder Schmidt
at turkey dinner from a member for his and Elder Hardman's birthday.

This is the group I hung with at the Manila MTC.
Oh yah, I forgot to close the letter.
I love you all so much! :)
Till next week! :)

Elder Lundy

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

He Has Arrived!

Just wanted to let you know that we just got off the phone with Elder Lundy.
He called at round 9:15pm.

Elder Lundy stayed at the Manila MTC until evening and listened to Elder Holland.
Elder Holland gave a devotional and afterward he was able to meet Elder Holland and shake his hand.

Elder Lundy then met up with a single lone Elder from the Manila MTC and drove all night on a bus to the Cauayan Mission Home.
He got to the Home at 5am Philippine time. That would be 4pm today Our time.

Elder Schmidt is on the right

He has a Companion now his name is Elder Schmidt.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

He's almost there!

Elder Lundy landed at the Hong Kong airport 29 minutes later than scheduled. Not bad - Now his jump to Manila and a 5hour35 minute ride to Cauayan and he will be there.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Elder Lundy Departs for the Philippines TODAY!

Please say a prayer for the Missionaries safe travel.
This is Elder Lundy’s Itinerary

Travel from Provo Utah to Cauayan Philippines.

(Then to his assigned area)

Travel starts as a Departure from SLC Utah USA 8:19pm 10-17-11.

This will be 9:19pm Wisconsin time.

Elder Lundy will gain 1 hour here.

Arrival LAX California USA at 9:19pm 10-17-11.

This will be 11:19pm Wisconsin time.

Departure LAX airport at 1:35am 10/18/11.

This will be 3:35am 10/18/11 Wisconsin time.

Elder Lundy will lose 15 hours here.

Arrival at Hong Kong (A city-state of China) 7:15 am 10-19-11.

Our time will be 6:15pm 10-18-11.

Departure Hong Kong 9:10am 10/19/11.

This is 8:10pm 10-18-11 Wisconsin time and day.

Elder Lundy’s Arrival in Manila Philippines 11:15am 10/19 (Wednesday)/11.

Our time and day will be 10:15pm 10-18 (Tuesday)/11.

From here he will travel to his Mission Home in Cauayan.

Estimated Additional travel time 5 hours and 35 minutes.

Elder Lundy’s trip is not over yet.

Then he will be assigned a companion and will travel to his assigned area.

Over all loss of time 14 hours from start to finish. He needs to get busy to make up all that lost time.

Friday, October 7, 2011

 I feel like I have learned so much in these past 8 weeks. More than I have the rest of my life in fact. Not only that, but before I came on my mission, I believed in the church. Now, its more than that. There is a desire to follow what the lord wants me to do. I feel like I have to act on all that I am learning for it is the only way for me to be happy. I learned so much during general conference. It kinda makes me feel like I have wasted every other time I listened to general conference. I love all the study time I have here. The love that I feel for the scriptures and my Savior has just exploded over the past week. I'm not the same person I was before, nor will I ever be again. I know the Savior lives and he loves me. His atonement is real. Through faith in Him, anything is possible.
I got to teach a native Filipino yesterday, and she complimented both mine, and elder machen's tagalog. She said we spoke very well. We'll be able to get along in the philippines just fine. :) All of our teachers say that we can speak more and understand the language better than they could when they left.
I am the only cauayan missionary in my zone. There are others flying there with me though. My departure date is the 17th of October at 4pm. Arrive on the 20th at 11am.
Elder Lundy