So last Tuesday we had a meeting at the mission home for all of the Zone Leaders, which was a really great meeting. But we are all the way out here on the island of Masbate, so it takes us a total of about 12 hours to get all the way out to the mission home. That means we had to leave on Monday afternoon, literally right after we emailed. There are two types of water transportation to get back to the mainland: Row Row or Fastcraft. We decided to take the Fastcraft because although it is more expensive, it only takes two hours rather than 4 or 5 like the Row Row. We boarded the Fastcraft with our stuff and about 20 minutes into the ride, the waves on the ocean were HUUGE, and the boat was getting slammed really hard, which made us turn back to the island because the waves were too big to get anywhere. Now, the Row Row is much bigger than the Fastcraft, so it's able to handle the bigger waves, so we just boarded the Row Row after returning back to the island. But about two hours into the Row Row ride, the waves got really rough and started throwing the Row Row around, but we were already too far into the journey to turn back. Elder Maliu and I didn't know why the weather was so bad, so we asked about it, and turns out there was a typhoon while we were riding the Row Row! Fun stuff right? Lucky for us it was far away, but the sea was really affected by it. But no worries, we made it in the port safe and sound :)
Tuesday we finally got to go to the meeting for all of the Zone Leaders, which was a very inspiring meeting for all of us, and I think I finally figured out exactly what it is that I'm supposed to do in this zone with my new calling. The meeting lasted about 6 hours (with really good lunch included) after which we traveled home again, and didn't land back in the island until about 1:00 AM. But President Kotter gave us permission to sleep in until 8:00 the next morning, which I don't think I've done in the past year of being here. But at the meeting I finally got some letters which Twinkle and her family sent me!! Gosh, I miss them so much, I just hope all is well. They still are my favorite family out of all my areas.
On Friday, President Kotter gave us a new initiative/way to teach the Restoration and the Book of Mormon in just under 5 minutes. Elder Maliu and I have been trying it ever since then, and it REALLY works! They understand the lesson so well, and it always gets them interested in our message! And then the ones who aren't interested, we just move on like it's whatever because we know that right around the next corner there are other people who will accept us. In this area, the people just accept us so well. Knocking on doors is one of my favorite things to do here because you get to meet tons of new people and they are surprisingly accepting. But when I came into this area we had like no investigators at all (just like my last two areas) so we are just working on building up our teaching pool so we can get the work moving.
Adjusting to a new area is never easy, but this has been the easiest adjustment so far. I'm still not completely familiar with the area yet, and I don't really know many of the members, but I am really enjoying the area so far. I still miss Libon and the members there, and I especially miss Elder Caballes. I heard he's training an American right now, so that's gotta be tough for him to try and speak English, but he'll do great.