Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014 yes I am a week behind again!!!

NEXT WEEK IS TRANSFER WEEK, Which means that we will be emailing on WEDNESDAY here!!! that is apparently the new schedule!!!! so just so you all know!!!!
How are you?
I AM VERY GOOD, this last week we had zone interviews(interviews with president tanner. we have been going crazy hard this last week or so, trying to make something good happen in this area!

How is the work going?
this week we struggled getting lessons until Saturday... we had maybe one or two lessons each day except for Saturday(on Saturday we had 8)

How is Brother Hope?
brother hope is crazy as usual. we haven't been able to do much with him, but he does know now that he does need to be baptized as Jesus does, he just thinks that some other religion has priesthood authority...

Do you guys mostly cook for yourselves?
we almost always(ALWAYS) cook for ourselves... usually we cook some basic stuff like rice with pancit noodles, and maybe some longaniza. but usually towards the end of the week we start running out of food to cook.... so we usually try to save some spaghetti for on sunday night (SPAGHETTI SUNDAY)

How does that work with your schedule???
We eat lunch from 11-12, then we go out to work at 12, then we dont eat dinner until we get home for the night 8-9 (depending on the night) then we do it all over again....

Are you still hand washing everything in this area???
I am still doing all of my laundry by hand, it is super tiring, but it is getting a little bit easier. lets just say for my whites, i use a lot of bleach. I also like doing it because it is a good work-out.

Do they have laundry mats there???
there are no Laundry mats here... mainly because it is super expensive for electricity. we can pay some one to do our laundry by hand, but that is generally pretty expensive..

What foods do you have easy access to?  Eggs, Milk, Butter, Veggies, I am just trying to picture what you eat besides balut (however it is spelled) and whole cooked pig!!!
Balut is generally an everyday thing(if you have the money for it) there is a guy that rides a bike 
around with a Styrofoam container on the back full of the balut so you just buy it from him.

But the other stuff (eggs, veggies, snack foods) are super easy to get, there are places called TINDAHANS (which is Tagalog) it is basically translated to a place where things are sold(or a mini mart), they are EVERYWHERE, and we can just walk across the street to get that stuff. milk is harder, so is butter...
   garlic-3pesos a clove
Milk-88pesos a liter
butter-120pesos a stick

Do you eat more Rice or noodles???
Usually we eat rice with our noodles, or noodles with our rice... it is a very HIGH CARB diet.

What is your daily routine???
Wake up, eat, shower, study, study, study, eat, work, come home, eat, plan, get ready for bed, and sleep, then... REPEAT;)

What was the best thing about the last week?

What was your most spiritual moment this last week?

So i am not sure what news you all get from the Philippines, but this last week there were 2 Typhoons that hit, one of them was Typhoon Glenda, and the other one was Typhoon Henry... This last week was super cold, and rainy, probably got about 14 inches of rain..... it is so unreal how much it rains here!!!!!

Well, i dont have too much to write about this week, we got transfer calls yesterday, and Elder Mcquiston and i have one more transfer together!!! So i am staying in Panglao Bohol for at least another 6 weeks.
Next week our P-day goes back to Monday, this week was the longest ever!!! 9 days between P-days, and 8 of them being full work days!!!
Yesterday we were a little Bugoy and did some videoke with some of our investigators and sang some songs for BRT purposes only, of course!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014

Yes, once again I fell behind. Go figure. 

Oh man, ya gotta love BROTHER HOPE!!! that is how our mornings go. we get up at 4:30 to go and exercise with Brother Hope and his son Darius 5 times in the last 7 days.... once we get there all we hear (in a georgian accent) is "WAHOOOOO, you made it and everything." this week we got to take a break on Friday and of course on Sunday.  I cant even describe how tired i am in words, but the joy and satisfaction i get from it makes it all a blur... So our schedule is 4:30 wake up, 4:50 leave the house... 5:05 start warm up, and then about5:30 we play something. This week we played tennis, baseball, basketball, football, ping-pong, ran a relay race/circuits. it was so much tiring.....

In the mission there is a joke that is about waking up on time. The missionary schedule goes... 6:30 wake up then study, then everything... but the point is that we HAVE to wake up at 6:30, it is the easiest rule to follow... so the spirit wakes up at 6:30 as well, so if we wake up at 6:31 we are 1 minute behind the spirit and we will never catch him during the day. But for Elder McQuiston and i we like to start off a little early, and get ahead of the spirit so we can be guided a little bit better so we get up super early!!!

THIS WEEK WAS INSANE!!! our new district is amazing!!! this week we did the IMPOSSIBLE!!! we had some missionaries get 24, 26, 29, and 22 lessons. that is unheard of in Tagbilaran zone!!!! we were KILLING IT!!! we got the 29 lessons, 10 new investigators and we also didnt have bikes this week until friday! so we just had to walk to the furthest point of our area!

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(=+=) <--- here is a bunny.... i hope you are all doing super good, because i am!

He is a month off it will be 9 months in 2 days!!!

10months is in 2 days on the 9th of JULY!!!

1.   How are you?
I AM GREAT, really tired, this week has been a really rough one... also super cool, and just well buwang*CRAZY
2.   How is the teaching going?
This week we got 26 lessons, and we had 4 investigators come to chuch. GOING AMAZING!
3.   Are you still doing the early morning workouts?
We still do the workouts, 4:30 wake up and then we go through the entire day... it is super exhausting!!!
4.   Has Bro Hope quit smoking?
We started a challange with Brother Hope, we told him that it is bad that he smokes, drinks, and what-not... he then told us that it is bad that we eat pork, and red meat. So we made a deal with him and said that we would not eat red meat or pork for one week and he would not smoke or drink for one week... he agreed and we made the punishment for the person who breaks the "FAST." 100 pushups and about a 3 mile run!
5.   How is the possible TB investigator?
Roberto(TB investigator) passed away yesterday morning... we would go to his house to try and teach him and everytime that we would we would either not hear him cause he was sleeping or he would be trying to yell for help... saying, "Tabangi ko! Tabangi ko!" I feel so bad for him, i just wish i could have done more to help him!
6.   Did the bikes get fixed???
We did get the bikes "fixed," we got them back on Thursday, and now they are getting broken down again, my pedal is still super messed up. but they are "FIXED" now...
7.  4TH of July.. What did you do?!
well, we basically forgot that it was the 4th of july, but then on the 5th here (4th at home), we had a match war... at about 10:00 A.M. which was a crazy coincidence that we did that right at the exact time that fireworks were going off at home!

well, this week has been super crazy!!! we had a ton of success and only a few downs, but keep moving forward!

-Elder POGI-Larson