It is looking like a white Christmas here in the Philippines. We are currently preparing many people for baptism we have been helping these people progress, and trying to get them to church. We are planning for 8 baptisms in the month of December. Obviously, we aren't completely sure how things are going to go in the future weeks. We have been really focusing on baptism and pushing our people forward. We have created a good teaching pool that shouldn't have any major problems, or we have mostly moved past their problems. It is amazing how the work changes when you get two people who just want to put everything into to the work.
That is one thing about Elder Bromley, no matter how much he might struggle – he is amazing in encouragement. I can always rely on him to make the right decision when we need to know what to do next. He always has a good attitude about the work. Even tho we get down sometimes, he is super reliable. I have probably seen more miracles with him in this last 2 weeks than I have in whole transfers. Every single day is filled with great lessons that are impactful and led by the spirit.
Life here is pretty good. I like it.
I hope you are all doing good work back at home. I will be home in like a year – so start getting ready now. But I won’t think about that for a long while.
We have actually had a lot of people come across us and say: "Hey I know about the missionaries; can I be baptized?" Hopefully we will see that desire develop into faith and into change. And then we will see the fruit of that change. One of the coolest of all of these experiences is a girl named Aceline. She is a member. She has been talking with her fiancé about religion – explaining the importance of knowing truth for yourself. Having her in lessons has helped him really understand what will take place in his life through baptism and marriage in the temple.
That is only one of the experiences from the last 2 weeks that have been really good for us and for the ward. We have seen great change in the area. I love it.
Culture: Tagalog humor. Tagalog humor works in the way they describe things. They find it funny to point out differences in people. We get a lot of people that say thing like "ang puti mo" = "you are super white" and the like. People here think that is hilarious. It is very different from the American humor that I am used too.
Tagalesson: Ways to ask for a minute or for someone to wait.
“Teka lang” – “wait-lang” – “sandali lang” – “dali lang” – “Saglit lang” – “hintay lang”. All these can be used to tell someone that you need an extra minute, they use them almost interchangeably.
Welp there you go everyone, keep up the good stuff. Email me if you get the chance.
Get ready for Christmas and Thanksgiving. There really isn’t Thanksgiving here, so we wont have it – but you all will.