The whole setup sounds pretty sweet dad. I can't wait to see it...in 13ish months haha. I want to watch the Ken Burns The War so bad. I love the music that you uploaded onto my iPod from that documentary. I also want to watch his documentary on baseball. That looks so sweet. Speaking of WW2 when we were walking to a member's house I saw a memorial sign for a WW2 battle or "massacre" that happened in that area. I forgot the name of the massacre but it’s in my area. Its in an area called Bula which is outside of Baao and on your way to Pili, in Camarines Sur. Ill take a picture of it next time.
I was reading this quote in an old Liahona the other day, its way good.
“As a consequence, self-discipline has eroded and societies are left to try to maintain order and civility by compulsion. The lack of internal control by individuals breeds external control by governments. One columnist observed that “gentlemanly behavior [for example, once] protected women from coarse behavior. Today, we expect sexual harassment laws to restrain coarse behavior...
Policemen and laws can never replace customs, traditions and moral values as a means for regulating human behavior. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. Our increased reliance on laws to regulate behavior is a measure of how uncivilized we’ve become.”
That last part is my favorite. Our increase need for laws and regulations is proof of how far we are coming from God, or from what God intended us to be.
This week has been good and long. We got so much stuff done. We attended a funeral (night time viewing, next day actual burial), a wedding, activated 5 people, and almost reached the standard of excellence for how many lessons we taught (which we've never been able to meet since I’ve been here in Baao). This week has been so long. We have been working with the Vega family here. Sister Vega and a newly reactivated sister are sisters. The Vega family has been progressing so much. We are almost done teaching them Ang Plano ng Kaligtasan (plan of salvation), and they are doing great. Tatay and one of their children live in Laguna. We got their address, and hopefully missionaries will be there soon to finish the family.
The Vega's have a baptismal date for June 23. I’m so glad we have investigators that aren't just kids of members who never got baptized. This is a much better way to build the Church. I remember when we met them for the first time. They were a referral and Nanay didn't have too much interest in what we said at first, and now she can't stop crying every time she prays.
Hopefully all 6 of our investigators work out! We are also having lots of success with Less Actives. We activated 5 yesterday! To activate someone, they need to attend church 4 weeks in a row, with out a miss. Its harder than it sounds! Now we have to prepare them for the temple and get them callings <3!
We also had 2 less active members I’d visited a bunch of times, finally come to church for the first time in forever! One is Brother Hapa. He is a Melchizedek priesthood holder whose wife had died in a jeepnee accident years ago and has had some struggles since then. We have worked with a bunch of times. He finally promised us last week, that he'd go to church and sure enough when we got there he was there in his Sunday best. If he becomes activated we will be so much closer to becoming a branch! Also another one is Sister Talacsan. She never showed too much interest at the beginning but more and more each visit, she had more and more good questions. She wants to go to the temple and be sealed to her family. In our last visit, she told us that her husband has been asking her about how baptism works, what are temples, and families. It was a "kaboom hallelujah" moment. Sure enough, they were there on Sunday. They are husband and wife, and we have a return appointment for Wednesday. Their kids though are crazy they have 6 all under the age of 8 or 9....... Thats crazy. One of them is so makulit that once I held him by his ankles until he settled down haha.
President Bliesner texted us yesterday morning asking us what time church in Baao started. I was kind of curious and told Elder Taylor, and he said, "I bet he wants to attend with you guys". Sure enough he texts back and he and Mom want to go to church with us. They met us at the Iriga district center and gave us a ride to the member’s house where we have church. It was so awesome to go to church with the Bliesners, I love them! Too bad it rained so hard on our way to church. If not, I know attendance would have been so much higher. President wanted to see how Baao was so he could apply to the Area Presidency for permission to start renting a meetinghouse here. He said the Sprit was special in Baao and that hopefully we become a branch soon. I’m going to work my butt off for that.
Not sure what else to write, my hand hurts love u