An excerpt from Mom’s letter to Elder Lundy (Tuesday morning at around 4 am I was woken up. That would be around 5 pm your Tuesday night. Any way I am not sure what was happening with you, but I felt concerned enough that I never went back to sleep. I prayed for you…)
Well, you're good. What else can I say? On Tuesday at approximately 5 pm, I was squatting in a truck bed with about 7 other people while it was flying down the road with a ferocious rainstorm going on. We were blocking the rain and wind with umbrellas. We were on the way to Elder Teh's devotional in Cauayan when all of the sudden, this rainstorm just came out of nowhere. By the end of the trip there, I was thoroughly soaked. The umbrella only stopped the initial impact. Nothing more. We were safe. Just wet. The hardest part was that I had to squat while this was going on. I didn't have space to sit, nor did I want to because of how wet it was. It was a mga 30 minute trip in this rain. My legs were sore at the end...
The devotional, leadership training, and zone conference with Elder Teh was awesome. He seemed really familiar to me. It was weird. I never felt the whole "General Authority"....feeling, for lack of better term. I felt comfortable with him, kinda like I already knew him. I learned a lot and it was the start of fixing all that stuff I told you about last week. I realized why all that happened to me. It’s because I slipped. I let little things get me. By that I mean I allowed myself to slip in obedience to little things. The little things just added up to one really big thing with many little parts. My point is, LITTLE THINGS MATTER! Now that I am taking care of those things, I am a better missionary than I have ever before been. I am a better person as well.
I haven't gotten your letter with the talks yet. : \ soon...
1. A spider that crawled across my arm a few seconds ago as I was emailing. Yes, with legs that is about the size of 3.5 quarters across.
2. Pam Sun's Parents!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went on splits in Echague 2 with one of my ZL's, Elder Needs. (He is super awesome! and I knew him back at the MTC. he is the batch ahead of me) I got him to cross areas with me on our way home and I got to meet Pam's parents! It was cool! :)
|Parents of some very dear friend of our Family!|
3. Left to right- Wilbert and Nathan Gallarde. Our baptisms from Paddad.
4. Our Zone Baptism. Alicia 3-Sister Ramos (left), Sister George (beside me)
5. 2 future missionaries later this year, also the fellowshippers I split with on Sunday, Kim Estanoctoc (right) and Johnathan Mortera (left).
So I don't know if I mentioned this or not, but Elder Ardon, my anak, is from Elder Teh's ward. They know each other pretty well. So we got to talk for a few minutes...
Paddad is doing well right now. We just had 2 baptisms, and more are to follow. We should be challenging maybe 4 or 5 more people in the next 2 weeks depending on if they are at the set appointments. Most of those should be completing families in the church. (Part member families’ po sila) It’s amazing on how the Lord blesses you with success when you show Him that you are serious and focused and that He can trust you with His special children.... Elder Ardon is doing great. Oh, FYI, he is practically American in his food likes. Anything I like, he'll like. ;) Kuwawa si Elder Ardon talaga, nay. Kawawa is one of the hardest words for me to describe and good luck with an internet translation, I'm not sure I spelled it right... to the best of my abilities, it simply means "poor Elder Ardon" he is getting a different kind of training because of all my duties. But I think it’s good for him. It’s all application based. We get new ideas from the training program then we try and apply them. That’s about all we have time for...we rarely have time to do all we are supposed to do. : /
Fun fact: you know how you talked to me about an Elder Golightly a while ago that came into the mission with Elder Daniels back in Solano, NV...well, he's sitting right next to me while emailing. We’re in Cauayan right now. He’s a pretty sick kid.
Well, I got a family home evening to get to, so, I LOVE YOU!!!! : *