well this week i wasnt really sure about what i was going to write about, it has been a VERY SLOW week. may i make an emphasis on SLOW! this last week we only taught a total of 6 lessons... but it wasnt because we werent out doing missionary work, but just because Duero is a different kind of difficult. as you all saw hopefully from the last weeks letter, our area is about 12 times bigger than my last area in Mandaue. also about 40% of the area is rice fields so it makes for long walks.
so monday we didnt really do much we were going to go to Tagbilaran to go to an actual store to shop, but it took about an hour to catch a ride going that way so we just went to the next town over to do our shopping because by the time we would have got there it would have been around 6 maybe 6:30. so we would have had to run around while in Tagbi. but then i remembered that we had told some people that we would come by and eat at their small karendaria *restaurant. so we went there instead for dinner, it was AMAZING, we had something called Bicol Express. it is super hard to explain, but you could probably google it.
Tuesday i gave a workshop on tracting because that is what the district said that they would want to learn how to do it better. the workshop was a lot better than last week, which is way good, and i am happy about that. but the practice teaching after word was a little bit off, and not as good as i hoped. also on Tuesday i went on exchanges with Elder Talan, to the Jagna A area. it was super fun, i got to do a ton of training and help him with any of his confusions he had. we did a bunch of tracting because it seemed to me that he was struggling with it earlier.
Wednesday we traded back companions and met up in Duero. for lunch elder Talan cooked some amazing pork SINIGANG (google it if you want to know). it was so delicious. we then walked/hiked up to one of the hardest parts of our area. (2 hours of walking up hill) it took a toll on my body, and on elder head as well. we were so tired and sore when we got home. we made a couple of contacts, but it is always super hard to do finding because every single male is out working in the rice fields or doing construction during the day.
thursday, Elder Head had a "bukid story" we were out walking in the bukid (foresty area) and he had been complaining all day that his stomach didn't exactly feel right, so around 4:30 he saw an opportunity, he dropped his bag, and said to me that he would be right back. well that is exactly what he did he went and used the forest as a restroom. it was even better because he came out about 10 minutes later and grabbed some banana leafs to go back and finish up.... after that we went home because his stomach continued to bother him.
on friday we were working from about 2-7 and we didnt get a single lesson.. it was kinda frustrating because we were working so hard trying to find people to teach.
Saturday the 25th was the NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE, so we had a CSP as a branch, and our district of missionaries (from Valencia, and Jagna) came and helped us, it was way fun and kind of difficult as well because we were cleaning up garbage from off the streets. which was super dirty. i was in charge of a group going around one way and then President Tingson was in charge of the other group going around the other way. in total we had almost 30 people out helping us. we finished around 12:45 and then had lunch. elder Head and i got some nice sunburns on our necks, and legs.
after the CSP we went and helped clean and prepare the chapel for church, by cleaning, and moping the upstairs. we found 3 dead birds in the church, and A LOT of bird poop... it was pretty exciting. after cleaning i was able to build my relationship with the branch president, he wants to make burgers to sell, so i wrote out everything that he needed to do. it was pretty awesome, so later tonight we are going to go by his house and help him make them, hopefully we do a good job with them.
sunday i was the teacher for the gospel principles, and also for combined priesthood and relief society. it was... i hope... good. i taught about the talk from the 2014 October general conference "Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence" by Jorg Klebingat. it was pretty good, i just didnt feel like i did the talk its justice. also at church we had 2 investigators, it was so awesome to finally see something happening here in duero. but it went pretty good, after church we had PEC, and we finally got out of the church at around 3:45. then we went and had a late lunch. our only appointment for the night was that we went and taught Noel, he was very talkative... like a 2 hour long visit talkative. he was talking about everything. and we managed to get about a 20 minute lesson in about church. and then invited him to come to church.
today we went to Jagna falls, the water falls here in bohol, it was way fun. but on our way up we got into a small crash on the motor cycle we were riding, there was 4 of us on the motor. we were going up a hill with gravel, and loose rocks, and right when were about to the top the rocks slid out from under the motor, and it landed on it side. Elder Robanakadavu(yes that is his name, he is from Figi) was on the very back, he fell off and landed awkwardly on his shoulder, Elder Head fell awkwardly and his calf landed on the exhaust pipe, i fell off and tried to push off so i wouldnt get hurt, but ended up burning my calf on the exhaust pipe as well, but not nearly as bad as Elder Head. (the picture in Doc4 of the back of his leg). it was way bad. elder Robanakadavu and elder Head are on their way to Tagbilaran right now to get checked out, elder Ro is going to get an xray, and elder Head is going to get some ointment or some medicine for his burn.
other than the crash, it was so beautiful up there!!!
umm, that is just about our week.
so when i was being reset apart by my stake president he said to me that it would take literally days for me to be able to get the language back, so that i would be just as fluent. well, it did, it took maybe 4 days of me being back, and i felt like i never left
-Elder Larson the YOUNGER
PHILIPPINES CEBU EAST MISSION!!!! OCT 2013-
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