From: Mandy Elsmore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: August 26, 2013 12:05:42 AM CDT
This week has been eventful to say the least, lots of things happened this week as you well know: Baha (flood), Temple Tour, and Stake Conference. Not sure I wrote it all down sufficiently in my journal. :) But it has been a growing experience.
I felt like Stake Conference was very successful. The adult session on Saturday was done in a different format. It was more done like a college class almost with more discussion rather than a couple of speakers. The more involved you are, the more you learn. :D They had us do a role play of Ward Council and at the end, they were like, we should have a pair of missionaries go up as well, hmm... looking at all the Elders, then they look at us. SISTERS! (these kind of things seem to happen to me frequently. God has such a great sense of humor. ^_- )Talking with members afterward, they were fired up to do missionary work. We will stop by a couple of them and see in what way we can help them fulfill that desire before it fades away, as desires tend to do without action.
Splits with the Pasig 3rd Sisters went well. I went with Sister Taufa. She is a GREAT missionary and has a strong passion for missionary work and wants to do the best that she can. She's Tongan, but from Utah. Her Tagalog is very good for someone who has only been out in the field for 3 months, she just lacks confidence. So I gave her some tips with the language and encouraged her to use it more. The flow will come, the more you speak the language. ;) She is training and white washing an area. Her "anak" is from Maryland and is super shy, super tall (6.2), and very cute. The mission is calling for people to step it up now. But working with them, they were definitely more prepared to the task than I ever could have been. There are some Amazing Sisters here.
I'm very excited for their area. Though they are "young" in the mission, they have a great desire to know the area, help the Pasig 3 ward, and to find more people. Having a Baptism with 13 members of a family is going to be a great start for them. ^_^
Oh, meet a part Japanese family, the Renin Family, while going on splits with Sister Taufa. (they're the ones that all of them are getting baptized on Saturday). It was really awesome at the beginning because everyone was speaking in different languages. Japanese, English, Tagalog, and Basayan (another Filipino Language), The crazy thing was, I could understand it all. O.o The gift of tongues is real!
Anyway, this Japanese family kind of reminds me of a Japanese Yakuza, with the mother as the Main Boss, with a little Filipino twist. It was pretty AWESOME! Glad I was able to meet them before their baptism. Its taken them a couple years to decide that this is what they wanted to do, but now they are determined. They will be a spiritual powerhouse here in the Philippines, and their desire to share the gospel is Super strong. ^_^
Praying for ya'll!