Philippines Cauayan Mission

Monday, October 15, 2012

15 October 2012

Magandang Hapon po!

Kamusta po sa lahat ng aking mga minamahal!
What a surprise, it has been another Pday with too much to do and too little time to do it. We have been busy cleaning the apartment to get it ready for inspection this week. Who knew we could make a box of stuff to give away to people and a large garbage bag full of garbage laying around our apartment? I guess that's why they have regualar inspections! Haha
It is strange to think that Halloween is just around the corner. I almost forgot about Halloween until I saw all the decorations Sis. Carlos laid out in the mission home. Halloween definitely isn't a big thing here, and very few people have some decorations. I think it is because most people are already focusing on Christmas. Most every store and restaurant I go in is already playing Christmas music (and has been for a while), and I even saw a fake Christmas tree in someone's house. I can get used to this "winter" weather though not being wet and sticky 24/7 and actually having to turn my electric fan down from 3 to 1 and use my sheet. 
Not only did we have Zone conference last week and have the privilege of being taught by President Carlos for several hours, I got to watch all 10 hours of General conference! That is a lot of conferencing, and stake conference is in 2 weeks. As expected, I think my favorite talk was by Elder Holland about "Do you love me?" It is a very simple question and caused me to think a lot more about what I do in order to show back my love for our Savior. It is a very simple concept-like it says in John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments". There are a lot of people that need the message of the Gospel, and now is the time to share it! I had to laugh at Elder Reyes because he was taking extra notes on all the stuff about family, spouses, life after mission, etc. because he goes home in 2 months. Glad I don't have to worry about all that garbage... Haha.
It is exciting to see that every week, our schedule is slowly getting busier and busier as we find new people to teach. Perhaps the most exciting for us is that we have started teaching 2 new families that include mother, father, and all of the children. I don't think that has ever happened to me yet on my mission yet. It adds a different spirit when teaching a complete family, and I find myself wanting to teach them about the temple right off the bat because I want them to go there. As Elder Oaks mentioned, it never ceases to amaze me how precious and smart some children are. I have found that children as young as 8 are the most "religious" people in the whole family. We just gave a baptism date to a 9 and 10 year old girl (siblings) whose parents have just been coming into re activity over the last few months. They always read our reading assignments for them in the pamphlets and Book of Mormon, and it is the cutest thing to hear them pray. When we gave them the date, the biggest smile came on their faces and they started jumping up and down. It was definitely fun to see a baptism invitation so well received. Before I know it, that will be Jenna and Gracie! Haha super weird to think that the niece I haven't met yet is already walking. 
Maraming salamat po for everyone that wrote me and for the support you are giving me!
Mahal Kita,
Elder Nay

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