*On a side note, the second picture shows Taylor with her new companion and the Elder on the far left is Elder Jake Germaine from the next ward over from us. Taylor is friends with his sisters. He is training Elder Gali one of Taylor’s “little brothers” from the MTC. 3 missionaries from our Stake are all serving in the Philippines Cebu mission. Taylor will see the other Elder, Zack Craven this week as well, he is good friends with her younger brother Ryan. Small world…
Maayong hapon mo!
MISC: Man, I need to be careful what I ask for haha. I got sent to the bukid of all bukid areas. I am in Bonifacio which is on Negro island (not Cebu but part of Cebu mission) and its much closer to the Bacolod mission so there are a lot of Ilonggo speakers (not the lanuage i learned in the mtc haha). But it is right on the coast so I get to see the ocean every day for the next two transfers (12 weeks). There are no vehicles in my area, only trikes. We walk everywhere. My calves look good haha ;P jokes. we have electricity sometimes but we mostly have to study at night in the dark with our flashlights. Don’t have much running water either. When we take showers, we stand next to a big tub and dump cold water on ourselves with a bucket. We live in a mansion though compared to the people. Most people use rice bags as walls. I dont feel comfortable taking picstures yet but maybe down the road.
Funny stories: 1. they put roosters on leashes for cockfights (unfortunately we cant attend these events haha) 2. When i was taking a shower, I grabbed the bucket and behind it was a huuuge spider the size of my hand behind it! I personally didnt find this very funny but I thought you might. 3. This morning my companion ran out from the bathroom and said there was a lizard in there. Coming from hawaii, I assumed it would be a cute green color with orange and blue dots on his head. No. This was a huge lizard the length of my arm up to my elbow. I tried to catch it but it hissed at me.
Companion: My companion is Sister Cangas and she is Filipina. Although I tell her I think she could pass as a Tongan. She speaks great english so we dont have much of a language barrier. She was super shocked about how much Bisaya I am able to speak and Im super stoked too actually haha.
Cebuano: Nahigugma ko sa akong misyon! Gihigugma sa mga tawo nako ug magtabang ko sa ila sa pagduol ngadto kang JesuKristo. Nasayud ko nga tinuod ang ebanghelyo. Nasayud ko nga nakaila ang Dios kanato ug gusto siya sa pagtabang kanato uban sa atong mga kabalaka ug sa mga kahadok. Magsaad ko nga kon gipagsalig ninyo ang Dios, magandam niya og pamaagi sa pagovercome sa imong mga pagsulay. (I love my mission! I love the people and helping them come closer to Christ. I know the gospel is true. I know that God knows you and he wants to help you with your concerns and fears. I promise that if you put your trust in God, he will provide a way for you to overcome your trials!)
Spiritual: My brother Alex is also serving a mission right now. He is assigned to Argentina but is waiting for his visa so is currently in Idaho. I heard he’s been struggling (with homesickness, etc) and it just makes my heart so sad because I want to take that pain and struggle away from him but I know that he has to have these experiences on his own. It makes me think of our Savior and how he and our loving Heavenly Father feel when we struggle. They know that we need to have these experiences for ourselves so that we can grow. But they are ALWAYS there for us, just like I will always be there for all my brothers.
Inspirational: I’ve come up with my own mission motto “I can do hard things”. This helps me push through whatever trial is in my path and I remind myself that I can do hard things. I want you to know that you can do hard things as well. Whatever you face, just remind yourself. You can do hard things!!