Mahal Ko Kayo
In Elder Robertson's mission the missionaries are able to email back and forth with mom and dad on P-day IF mom and dad can stay up till 12 or 1 in the morning! (Philippines is 16 hours ahead of us) Here is an excerpt from that conversation:
How are you doing?
Elder R: Working hard, I got a cold yesterday so yeah but we had 30 lessons this week but could have had 40 but dang less actives are never home.
30 Lessons is a good week,that is a lot of teaching. Didn't you guys have some baptisms scheduled?
Elder R: 2, a kid for the 19 and a 50 year old guy for the 22. they both seem really strong.
How is the language coming along? Are you working well with Elder Llorin?
Elder R: Yeah, he's easy to get along with. the language is frustrating. i feel as if it's at the tip of my tongue i just cant formalize it yet like the filipinos. they speak so fast but it is taking a lot of patience.
Thats good, we were reading the blog of Elder Nay and he had great things to say about Elder Llorin. Have you had a chance to work with Elder Nay? The language will come, it usually takes about two months for it to really start to take hold, just keep working with it and being patient. Where do you get to email from?
Elder R: We are splitting this week, elder nay is my zone leader and he is really cool and nice. we email from an internet cafe. everyone around me is playing video games and then other missionaries.
Elder Nay will be good to work with, sounds like all the Elders are good workers. Did you feel the effects of the earthquake that hit by Manila? How is it going with the food?
Elder R: very little, just a little shaking and thats it. elder llorin says all the americans are really hard workers. i guess he says the hardest mission is cauayan cause the area is new and still lots of jungle. the food isnt bad actually. meat that is still on the bone and rice and usually its all fatty, takes some getting used to but its not bad at all. there is some interesting stuff though ive seen.
How big is the ward?
Elder R: 380 but only 100 go to church, and all we can do is give them the good word of god and thats it. we try to go every other day to inactives but no one is ever home and it is tough cause sometimes they actually run away to avoid us but i want to chase them down to. its tough
What did you guys do for P-day today? Isn't it about over?
Elder R: in about two hours, pday ends at six here. we did laundry then jollibee which is like a fast food place and we still have to go to the store and get food for this week.Do you do things as a zone on P-day? Are you mostly walking or riding in those jeepneys?
Elder R: not yet but we are going to some caves next week, we actually ride in tricys here which are like a motorcycle with a little side car and they fit three people but ive seen seven in one. and they are not made for americans at all