Monday, April 17, 2017

This was the first time that my exchange partner didn't tell me that my weakness was speaking Tagalog! Hearing that was just a fantastic load off of my shoulders

On Tuesday we were able to have interviews with our mission president, President Kotter, in which I mentioned to him that I was having some difficulties with my companion. I didn't give him the whole run-down in fear of sounding like I was complaining, but it was nice to finally tell at least one person about my efforts and about my small struggles. He honestly didn't really give me much advice, but I was able to find my own comfort in just getting it all off my chest.

Yeah, I'm pretty much a superstar with the kids

On Wednesday we had exchanges, and my temporary companion for the day was Elder Mallapre, one of the Zone Leaders. He is a total champion: he is kind, always happy, reserved in his words, and sings like an angel (He actually performs at one of the nicest hotels in the Philippines) yet despite all of that he is one of the most humble missionaries out here. We went around in their area and it was one of the best working days that I've had in a while! He let me lead the area and start all of the lessons and stuff, which is one of my favorite things to do. At the end of the exchanges, we always have a review where we talk about each other's strengths and weaknesses and topics of that nature. We have exchanges every week out here, and this was the first time that my exchange partner didn't tell me that my weakness was speaking Tagalog! He said that I don't have a problem with it at all, so hearing that was just a fantastic load off of my shoulders. I'm still definitely not good, but it's nice to know that I'm improving!
Us hanging at the beach

The rest of the week we just kind of did as much as we could with teaching lessons and such.  We don't have nearly as many

investigators here as we did back in Irosin, but it'll all work out, I'm not worried! My main focus is to just try and be an example to Elder Nonu so that he can get motivated himself. But that's pretty much all for this week! 

Elder Austin Cook 
WHOA!! I TOTALLY FORGOT THE BEST PART OF THE EMAIL! This week was holy week for all of the Catholics, and let me tell you what, things get crazy out here. They had a LIVE PERSON CRUCIFIED! They crucify him, take him through the streets, and then when they are done parading around, they let him down. He's not forced, he was actually a volunteer. They believe that if they do that, all of the city will be blessed. I don't want to make a negative comment here, but yeah, that's what happened, so think what you will 

Baptism that our roommates had

The water that the poor kid was baptized in
photos of us at the beach
me enjoying the beach

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