Here is a better picture of Elder Talines and Elder Lundy.
Answers to questions from Mom...
1. How’s my missionary guy doing? Well, sick, gaining weight?
I'm doing well. I managed to do 10 push-ups this morning after doing all my laundry so I guess it means that I’m getting stronger. My shoulder hurts just a little more than usual right now though. I am gaining weight back. Tuguegarao is killing me! We usually eat at McDo at least once a week, and usually have 4-6 dinners with members every week. This past week I got into a situation with a less active family with a birthday and couldn't refuse a dinner with them. We already had a pre-scheduled dinner that had already been cooked, so we ate 2 dinners with members that night. It was awesomely terrible.
(Guess Pres. Carlos wants Elder Lundy to gain some weight back before he comes home.)
2. How hot does the thermometer say it is getting there in Tuguegarao?
When I left the house this morning it read 35 degrees Celsius. That’s what, 94 Fahrenheit
3. Have you eaten anything new this week?
I haven't eaten anything new yet, but Bishop said he would prepare either snake or dog for us on Tuesday night for dinner. Elder Talines doesn't like exotic foods very much so he was joking with us ;) we'll see what happens...
4. Tell us a little more about Elder Talines – Please.
Elder Talines is 20 years old. He is the second missionary in his family. He is smart. He is a metal band ruffian that turned his ways around. He is currently engaged to his girlfriend... yup.
5. Does your area include Libag Sur? Or the University of Saint Louis?
I don't know about Libag sur. Our church is in St. Louis, but that’s not my area either. There are 3 different wards/branches that use this building. My church time is 2-5 in the afternoon..., it’s weird...
6. Is the river south of the city a clean river? Is it in your area?
The river is a brown color, but you can still swim in it... part of it is in my area.
7. Do you cover the area south of Cagayan-Apayao Rd.?
I have no clue. You can log into lds.org and go to their maps. They have settings where you can select the area of a certain ward or branch and it will outline it on the map for you. I’m trying to get one printed today. I have no idea where the boundaries are...
8. Do you have a message you wish to share?
Alma 36:3 “And now, O my son Helaman, behold, thou art in thy youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.”
This verse came as revelation as to what to share to a heartbroken Nanay whose youngest son just left on his mission. This is a good verse. :)
9. I was looking at the city and it truly amazes me how much farm land they have enclosed into the city between the houses. Do a lot of different people farm the land, or is it owned by just a few people?
Not a clue. I haven't seen any farmland in my area. Very little is farmable where I am. Sorry, I feel like most of my answers have been to the effect of I don't know....
An interesting thing happened to me this week. On Saturday morning at 4:45am we got a phone call. The phone was closer to my bed so I grabbed it still half asleep. My immediate thoughts were, "Who's in the hospital? What happened this time?" To my relief it was nothing like that. The Linao Elders were holding a Missionary Workshop that morning at 8 am. Their zone leaders backed out last second so they needed to find a replacement. They called me hoping that I could do it for them since I was the closest missionary to them and I had just finished being a zone leader and was used to doing that sort of thing. I agreed out of pity for them, then spent the next 12 hours of my life preparing a one hour presentation, giving a one hour presentation to a bunch of youth and YSA's, then working with them for an afternoon showing them and helping them apply the things me and the other speakers taught. We finally got home at 5 pm. It was ridiculous. We lost a ton of work because of it, and missed a couple of first appointments with some potential investigators. I was rather upset about that, but there was nothing I could do about it once I decided to help them out. I was stuck. Oh well. Keep on keepin' on.
Well, I love you! :* I hope you have a great week.