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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, May 28, 2012

Paddad to Angadanan for now...

Hey! :)
A is Paddad and B is Angadanan

The ward back home is really changing! I’m not gunna recognize it when I get back. Heck, they aren't gunna recognize me either ;) I got the chance to weigh myself this past week at the mission home and I found out that I now weigh -----.  I couldn't believe it! I’m still shocked about that...

YOU HAVE TO LET ME KNOW HOW YOUR BIKE-OFF GOES!!!! :D          (Elder Lundy’s Dad and Sister have a bike challenge between the two of them)
This sounds awesome. I wish I could join you guys! I wanna see what I can do now. I’ve lost 35 lbs. and my legs have beefed up like crazy. :)

About the pool table...I thought better about buying the pool stick. I didn't buy one. I haven't even played it once yet. And now I’m in a different area for a while so my first won't be anytime soon. Sister Carlos warned me about getting wrapped up in it too last week. Apparently it’s happened to a bunch of elders...it’s cool though. I’m kinda over it now.
As for the tricey accident, don't worry. I remember reading you a certain blessing in the past that said I will have safety in my travels where ever I go. ;)

Anyway, the "more details" part about why I went to Cauayan... Elder Forrest isn’t here...he is in Manila. He needed a doctor. So, I am in a tri-some with the only other elders in my district. Elder Valdez (American and going home at the end of June, so he is super astig) and his anak that he is training, Elder Samar (Filipino with a touch of American gangster, it’s funny and cool. :)) We are in Angadanan right now. I'll be with them until Elder Forrest comes back to Paddad or goes home to get fixed up. So it’s kinda a wait and see kind of game. So for now I am in Angadanan. If he gets better, I get Elder Forrest when he comes back. If he doesn't, I get a new companion when he goes home. PRAY YOUR GUTS OUT FOR ELDER FORREST PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So Elder Valdez, Elder Samar, and I just got back from Santiago. I am having some clothes made. Elder Valdez knows everyone and everything about getting clothes made here, so he showed me the ropes. He’s been using the same places nearly his entire mission. They love him. He’s brought them a ton of business.
President Arcinas (Paddad branch)is a good guy. He is also really young. Late 20's I believe. We don't really work with him, but he has a great hold on the new missionary purpose here and is fulfilling his duty to it better than anyone else I have seen. I really love the Ramos family that lives next door to them. They are just superb people. We usually eat dinner at their house on Sunday nights. The past 2 Sundays it has been raining hardcore, so it would have been really hard to eat there. We just figured dinner was off. Both times tatay walked over to our apartment in the rain carrying dinner for us and served us at our apartment. They are amazing people. This area is rich in recipes for me to collect. I’ve already gotten one great one, and am waiting until I can make Tatay Casabuena's dish with him to learn it. He won't just give it to me. He says I have to make it with him :) lol

I love you! :*

I hope all is well! :*

Monday, May 21, 2012

Where is Elder Lundy...

Hello!  : )

(I told Elder Lundy He was looking a little thin. Asked  him how much he weighed now, his response was…)

As for how much I weigh, I was unable to weigh myself while in Cauayan on transfer day. But as to how I look and feel, I believe I weigh right around --- lbs. I’ll have to try and find a scale though. I’m not sure.

My new companion is, Elder Forrest, from Provo, UT.
Elder Forrest and Elder Lundy On P-day.
My new area is Paddad, in the Alicia Zone.

This is my 3rd area.
My new area is rather awesome. It’s right outside of the Cauayan Zone, so it’s really close to the Carlos'. I like that. President and Sister Carlos have a very big influence here in my branch, so it’s very strong and flourishing.
My next door neighbors are the 2nd counselor in our district presidency (who also happens to own our apartment), his son the Branch President of the Paddad Branch, and one other member family, the Ramos' Family.

We also have a pool table right outside our front door that we are welcome to play on anytime we want. : ) As for the area, I haven't gotten to see much of it yet,…, but what I have seen is a lot of flat rice fields. To describe the shape of our area, imagine a football field with the white lines drawn in every 10 yards. Now draw a line straight up the middle of it. That is the National Highway. In between every white line is a barangay, or neighborhood. That is pretty much how my area is arranged. The houses are all clustered by the highway, and all the rice fields take up the space farther away from the highway.
…We went to church on Sunday, and it was the closest thing to home I have seen since I got here, even back when I was stationed in a ward in Ilagan and not a branch.

One super awesome part about my area, there are lots of well off people. They are well off because they are doing the simple basic things of the gospel as a family every day. And because they are well off, they want to give back too and one way is through serving the missionaries. If I don't want to, I don't ever have to cook another meal until I leave Paddad. We have a regular meal schedule where we have set appointments every day for lunch and dinner. That’s right, Every day, Lunch AND Dinner. IT’S AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You know how I talk about the American here, Bro. Pete...well, Bro Pete struck again. He brought our zone homemade meatball sandwiches last Tuesday. He drove all the way from Tuguegarao down to Solano just to bring us sandwiches he made. (That distance crosses our entire mission the long way...) the man is an angel!!! I love him!!!

I love you guys! :*
-Elder Lundy


I can't remember if I told you about the tricey accident I got into...we were on splits last Sunday in Solano. … It was dark and raining and ----- didn't see this random block of cement on the side of the road. The side car went up onto the cement, but -----  and I were heavy enough that we tipped it over on top of us. I was on the back of the motor and jumped off really quick but the roof over the motor came down on top of me. ----- got his leg stuck underneath though, so before we were even really stopped I was supporting the motor on my back by the hood. The 2 people in the side car were fine. ----- had a slight limp for a day or so but there were no real injuries. No blood. All is well. : )
Well, that’s all I think. Well, I’m off to buy a pool stick. : ) With the new area, I have a new p-day activity : ) lol

Love you!  :*
The roosters that lived behind Elder Lundy's apartment in Solano

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

We are truly thankful for all that is available so that we can stay in touch with Elder Lundy.
Emails, snail mail, and on Christmas and Mother’s Day Skype!
We were able to talk to Elder Lundy via Skype for a while on Mother's Day!

We had a little trouble getting started…about 2 hours after our set time to skype;
we finally made a connection with him.

We talked of Family and Friends and events.
Elder Lundy was sorry that he couldn’t talk to his big Sister and her family.
Also, he wants Amanda and Taylor to know he says Hi too!
There were too many names to list all of them separately,
but Elder Lundy says Hi to all his Family and Friends.

Elder Lundy was recovering from a week of sickness. Fevers, chills and other unfortunate conditions caused him to have a difficult week.

However we are happy to report that he is on the mend and that he thought this week should be a better week.

We learned that you truly can get comfortable with extremely hot weather, even if you are from the Midwest. The temps have been in the high 90’s and 100, and amazingly, he said he was cold! Granted he was in an air conditioned cafĂ© at the moment, so we asked him at what temperature he was comfortable and he said that over 85 degrees was much better. Anything under that and he was feeling cold. Lol I guess cold is relative. Anything in the 80’s or 90’s never sounds chilly to me. : )

Here is a short letter we received an hour and a half after our connection was ended due to another brown out:
Hi ,
I'm sorry about what happened earlier. We had a stupid brown out! : P that’s the reason why I got on late this morning too. We had a brown out starting right when I got my skype set up to go... and then another one when we got disconnected. I feel pretty bummed I didn't get to say goodbye. I’m still happy that I got to talk to you guys though. I wish I could have talked to Amanda and Todd and Caleb and Madeline too...
So the first picture with me and Nanay is Nanay Pancho. My adoptive Nanay (lola talaga) I thought you might want a face to go with my stories.

I also want to thank you guys. You spoil me to death. I know all the packages aren't cheap. I really appreciate all you are doing for me, and all you guys are doing to help the work along there at home. As a song by josh groban I am listening to right now says, "Please don't keep your heart hidden away."
I love you guys! Show the world who we are. Every member a missionary. (Eric, you have time for school clubs and such...have you gone on splits or worked with the missionaries yet?)

Love you all!
-Elder Lundy

ps. I have our comp phone right now and we just got a text from the zl's. Since we have a weird transfer this cycle, it’s a day early; they had to announce the list early for us all to be able to pack. Half of our zone is being transferred, including me. Next email you guys get will be from my new area with my new companion....I wasn't sure how I felt about that. Earlier, when I didn't really know Elder Biating, I would have been fine with it. But we're friends now...
I’m not sure I want to transfer : ( well, so be it. It’s what the Lord wants. It’s what I’ll do.
Love you guys!
I didn't get a chance to say it earlier since I didn't say it right away... but Happy Mother's day. : *
I Love You!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hi! :)

So our trip to Banaue this time was different.
Last time, we just drove through Banaue to get to Batad.

This time we stopped in Banaue, went to the "View Point" took pictures,
and went to all the tourist souvenirs shops in Banaue.

It was a much easier trip.

I got lots of little knick knacks that are super awesome to share with people. Then I got a few bigger things as well.
One of them is included in the pictures.
I'm adding it to my "cooking collection" :)

So our work, it’s going well, much better than before. Mostly, we're doing much better as a companionship. That’s the main difference. It’s starting to affect those we teach as well. I’m actually making progress with an investigator that has been investigating for the past 3 years... well, it’s really a keep going, keep doing what you know to be right and you'll get the blessings when the Lord sees fit sort of thing. Over all, I’m being successful. I’m gaining a greater conversion, a greater testimony. I can't guarantee that I’ll bring anyone else's soul unto Christ, we all have agency, but I sure can use my agency to bring my soul unto Christ. That’s what I’m going to do.

Elder Lundy learned to play the Ukulele...Just like his Bapa did on his mission. : )
Cge, so Mom...about the whole "life planned out thing"....it’s more of an "I listened to the talks at general conference" sort of thing. I know what I want with my life. I know what I have to do to get there. I know who I am. I know who I need to become. I gain the vision that every missionary gains if he serves faithfully and doesn't waste his time. You can't teach this gospel and not gain this point of view if you really do believe what you are teaching. In the past I was dumb, I wasn't living the gospel, I knew what I wanted, but it wasn't what the Lord wanted. Now, I’m focused where I should be. I’m not only living the gospel, but teaching it. I recognize and follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost. Now, I am Elder Lundy. I’m not the Chris Lundy that came on a mission.

In the picture last week, I’m holding the 2 fish I caught. Yup :) the boy is Manny. My favorite little guy here in Solano 2.  Thank you mom, for all you do for me.

I love you. I'm glad we can be together forever.

Love you guys! :*

Elder Biating sent a few Pictures too!   Enjoy...