Philippines Cauayan Mission

Monday, May 7, 2012

7 May 2012
Magandang Hapon po!
Kamusta na po kayo?!
Sobrang masaya ang P-day ko ngayon! We went with a bunch of members, some of our investigators, and even the Roxas district presidency decided to join us to go to a pond up in the "mountains" (big hills). There were quite a few of us and we stuffed 2 kuligligs to the brim. It was about a 45 minute ride through nothing but rice fields on the kuligligs and their whopping 8 horsepower motor (I was being generous when I previously said 20). It really was a beautiful place though and there was nothing but rice fields and some rolling hills, and a few bamboo/grass houses. We had a nice picnic with all you can eat fried fish, frogs, and snails. I've gotten used to the fish now and the frogs are actually pretty good. This week is the first week I've eaten frogs. Even though it's cliche, it really does taste like chicken. The snails are a little weird and slimy, but at least I can say I've eaten one. Haha. It was a good day to get out and see some stuff that is different from the every day routine. 
About Mothers Day, I worked it out to go to the Shaner's (missionary couple) place to skype there so I don't have every person in Mallig staring at me while I Skype and hopefully the internet will be more decent. It will probably be sometime between 8-9 my monday morning, so I'll let you figure out what time that is there. But Sister Shaner told me to give you her skype account instead and just use that, so her account is…. I feel bad that I don't have any time to respond to anybody's email, so hopefully this skype time will make up for it. That being said, it would be nice to have everyone that can be able to get online and chat wherever they may be in the US, at least for a few minutes. But, I'll still love those of you that can't for whatever reason. 
That is pretty exciting and crazy that Jenna is now walking! Absolutely crazy to think how much she has grown from since I held her the day she was born which has now been over a year ago. I don't know where time goes so fast.
And mom-for the little package to Elder Llorin, he would love anything, especially food. Haha. He also is allergic to any deodorant here because it all has antiperspirant.  If you could try finding a little thing of stuff with no antiperspirant he would get a kick out of it. Luckily he doesn't smell bad like I do from not wearing any deoderant haha.
That is also pretty awesome about Lauren's call to Japan! Congrats to her and welcome to the club of waiting forever before leaving. Haha. 
This week has been unusually rainy and "cold" which has been a nice break from the blistering heat. The rain and lightning storms here are absolutely amazing and has provided some great lightning shows and sunsets. Maybe I'll try sending some pics home next week on the Shaner's computer so I know that my card won't get jacked by a virus. 
I also had the great experience of celebrating the birthday of Leah May this week. She was baptized the week before I got here with her mom, and she just turned 10. She is absolutely incredible with the gospel, especially for such a young age. She always has answers for everything we ask and knows more about the doctrine than many of the adults that come to church. Apparently her story is that she started coming to church all by herself last year, and nobody really knows how she found the church or why. After several weeks of her coming by herself, the missionaries eventually found her mom, which had just recovered from a 1 month colma and several surgeries (not sure why). Her dad was shot to death randomly one year ago. For her there is no excuse to miss church, even though her mother couldn't come yesterday because her grandpa had just passed away. Not only did Leah May still come to church, but she brought several of her friends and cousins too. Whenever we teach her and her mom, she gets mad at her friends that are there if they are loud. Apparently when she was baptized, she brought the whole congregation (which Sister Carlos and all the couple missionaries happened to attend that can't understand Tagalog) to tears with her testimony. This girl really is a walking wonder, especially for a 10 year old. Elder Llorin and I continue to be amazed by her. I gave her the Easter stuff you sent me and she absolutely loved it. So, know that the stuff you sent went to a good cause.
Well, I'll talk and see you next week! Start thinking of questions/stuff you want to know so that we can make the most of the time.
Mahal Kita,
Elder Nay

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