After Pday we were able to go and finish the lessons with Sister Pauline. I remember the first time i met her she was super shy of my companion and I and now she is super open to us and she loves when we teach her. She is so awesome! She passed her interview for baptism also this week! Elder Escobar did it. I remember playing Bball with that stud in the MTC. Love that kid. So the baptism is going to happen this Saturday in the afternoon. 😀
On Tuesday we did Zone Finding! Its where the missionaries in the zone go to one of the areas and go finding ! So that was super fun and we were able to help with the sisters area find some people. Howso this mom and her son we taught didn't accept a return appointment. I dont know what we said..xD We were super nice about it.. I think its just cause we taught a long lesson. But hopefully the sisters end up finding them. This week Zone finding is in our area! So were pumped for the help of the missionaries in our area. Its about 16 missionaries in our zone. But yeah on Tuesday it was late so we couldn't think of any of our investigators to go to.. then my companion had an idea to go to Kim.. A recent convert here. And she lives with her "parents" they arent really her parents she just lives with them.. i don't really know the whole story.. But yeah her "parents" have been struggling to get to church because they have been busy with their work they said.. so we shared the verse in the Book of Mormon that says. Seek ye the kingdom of God before anything else. And we encouraged them to get to church and remember what it says in this scripture! And were not sure if they are sealed into the temple.. So we wanna ask that to them next time to help them get sealed in the temple! That would be so cool! So that led into the next day! Zone Conference!!
On Wedensday we got up early to go to the Drivers License place in Olongapo before Zone Conference. So if you have a license in America you can get a Philippines one. And the mission does it.. But now they dont..idk why. but i was able to get my done. and I was able to pick up my Philippines Drivers License! It is the coolest souvenir! It looks awesome. It has my picture on it. Im scared to take a picture of it tho..could someone use that? lol. ill show it to you guys when i get home 😃 Its awesome ! And about Zone Conference, it was special because it was my first Zone Conference in Olongapo my whole misison! In olongapo 3 zones go at the same time! So i got to reunite with some old mission freinds! It was so awesome to see them! Including Elder Ontoria! He baptized Paulines older brother! But Pauline wasnt living there yet when they taught her older brother! So that was awesome and I got to see Elder Saguire and Elder Furniss! Sure love those guys! Miss them! I love Zone Conference even more for that reason..haha to see missionaries. We also had a special guest! The MTC President in the Philippines was there! President Carlos! So it was good to hear from him and his wife! President Lacanienta is always good to hear from! He shared about the Book of Mormon in Zone Conference. Exactly what i shared about in my workshop in District meeting.. Its like Heavenly Father is trying to say something about how important the Book of Mormon is to us..! Its true! On my mission I've really been able to give time to it and it has helped me a lot as a missionary. Its also helped my investigators gain a testimony of the church. Its a true book! After Zone Conference we headed to the mall to get some Burger King! I know..weird..but It was super good! It tasted like a real burger! We got home super late so we werent able to visit anyone.. Bummer but it lead into some great next days of work!
On Thursday we were able to meet with our investigators Tony and his grandson Mark! They are super nice and they always give us snacks. We taught them about the Book of Mormon. Tony was an investigator before but his wife told him she would kick him out if he becomes a member of the church. So were trying to close them again and see what happens. Their neighbor was listening to so right after them we taught their neighbor Rico. Hes really interested in prophets and he said a church needs a prophet. We were stoked. My companion and I just looked at each other when he said that and smiled. Hes now reading the Book of Mormon! He didnt come to church yesterday :(( so we were sad. We ended that night teaching the Diwa Family. They are so awesome. We love them so much. The gospel is having effects on that family so much! We can see it. The kids told their dad.. hey its forbidden to wash clothes on Sunday dad that's what the elders said.. So he waited to wash till Monday! So awesome. We haven't really been able to teach the Dad because he has been working in a different province. But he comes home tomorrow so we wanna visit them tomorrow. It should be awesome ! On Saturday morning they went to the Branch Activity. Swimming at a resort! It was so awesome.The branch invited us too! Too bad we couldnt go swimming!! but we ate some foods and snacks before we went out for morning work and taught these brothers. It was good to because they did even more bonding with the members. It feels like they are members now haha. Its awesome. They came to church yesterday again! The members have been super nice in fellowshiping them too! So its good.. We taught about the Temples to them and Family History yesterday night with some members. It went really good. SO yeah they are so awesome. Tatay comes home from work this week so were going to be able to teach him too. So its good. It followed up with a good day on Friday.
On friday we were able to teach some people weve been contacting and becoming freinds with. We were able to teach at this compound.. and there were like 7 or 8 people listening to us. Some of them were former investigators and some of them werent so the lesson 1 about the Restoration went really well. We got some new investigators and placed a book of mormon to one of them. We really want to teach them just with their families or by individual. So we will keep building our trust with them! We invited them all to church but.. i think they were all busy with sutff because none of them came yesterday.. After them we went to Nanay David. She says she has lots of questions and she doesnt feel ready to be baptized. SO we told her we were like..well okay Nay whats your questions and then she would say she doesnt have any right now.. So maybe shes just feeling nervous.. Because last transfer the sisters taught to her.. so ... were trying tho.. Shes the mom of some recent converts here. Soo we will keep visiting her tho. Shes awesome.but i dont get her sometimes..#keepupthefaith ,our other investigators by them werent there like this whole week.. ughh so we were super bummed. we couldnt teach Mauro this whole week. So we dont know how he is doing..or what he is doing.. ugh.. but we will keep up the faith.
So yeah on Sunday we werent able to get any new ones with us to church. But Pauline and The Diwa's were there. We really tried with the others but they didnt come through. That was one of our goals this week to invite to church.. We did it but sometimes goals fall short. Thats really how it is sometimes when you are a missionary. Cant control others agency.
YEah this email is so long because there is alot to say you know.We are always doing stuff so its fun! I made some adobo last night that was super good. You can call me Chef Breinholt.. Ima leave yall with some pics tho! Love you guys! Have an awesome week!
|Elder Ontoria and I (photobommed by Sister Lacanienta|
|The first turtle i saw my whole mission! A cat was playing with it!|