Monday, September 27, 2010

I really got sick!

We had to stay at the zone leaders house [Sunday night]... so the whole sleeping was not so good and all that.. [the next night] i got really sick! I dont know what happened but i woke up at like 2 in the morning on fire but with the chills. so i like wrapped myself up in towels and a bed sheet. oh and my lymph node (or that gland on the side of your neck that sometimes gets swollen) on my left was HUGE and it hurt to touch... i just pumped myself with Ibuprofen and survived that day. then the next day it didnt hurt but was still a little swollen and then by thursday i was all good! so yeah you probably didnt need to know that, but hey i told ya anyways!

We did have a baptism on saturday which President Puzey and Sister Puzey attended... that was a surprise for sure. They just pop up at baptisms to see whats going on in the mission. they have a list of places that have baptisms and they just go to ones they think they can make it to on time. Yeah, everyone thought they were the couple missionaries and they thought that they had to speak english and were very scared... hahahaha i told them no, he is our mission president and you do not have to speak english to him that is my job... that was a task and a half! to me, my english is good but we have a new sister who is in our district and sometimes she gives me a face that is like she doesnt understand my english which might be true... hahaha yeah she is from utah and she doesnt speak tagalog or understand it very well either... Her english is very good! hahaha

We have one baptism on this saturday as well, then our investigator pool is like down to 3 and we are starting to go hunting in some new areas

Transfers are coming up and we think that Elder Latu is getting the boot and the feeling of me becoming a trainer might happen... so how about we all pray and not let that happen!! I really do not think i should have that big of a responsibility of trainer... Plus i want 6 months here in victoria... this is one sweet area! If you train, you are like doomed to only have 1 transfer. after wards, if you're lucky, 2 transfers with your trainee. Well thats about all that is going on around here, I am alive. surprisingly me and Elder Latu havent offended anyone with our foreigner ways! hahaha Sometimes Filippinos dont understand sarcasm and i think sometimes Elder Latu is more sarcastic than me! hahaha Well thats it for this week on.... The Mission of Elder Grow in The Angeles Philippines Mission... Tune in Next week for maybe just maybe some excitement! hahaha love ya!

Monday, September 20, 2010

i gots nothing

i gots nothing really We have a baptism coming up on saturday. work has been sweet. we actually had an awesome week, great lessons, new investigators that are looking to be really good yeah... next week maybe there will be more things, more outcomes!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Victoria Ward

Okay so i am in the Victoria Ward. There is only one ward here and we are the 8:30am time slot. Yeah we have an average attendance of 140 people. People attend their classes and actually fulfill their callings. They have activities more regularly than most wards and branches here. They understand what their roles are when it comes to investigators at church. As for referrals we are working on that. If we ask, we might get one, or they will be like-- yeah maybe, but they live far away, i will ask them. so its like yeah i have this referral but i am not going to give you the information. hahaha. Most Wards and Branches have a Young Single Adult Class here rather than another ward. Mainly because there arent enough to make a ward. They are rather active in the church and are basically the ward missionaries as well. We have a lot of High Priests in this ward surprisingly, so when they split there are only like 7 elders including us. I need to explain to the Bishop that when you have a functioning ward to call on members to be speakers! Yeah i was a concluding speaker yesterday and Elder Latu has given a talk at least 4 or 5 times since he has been here. I think its time to tell him about Youth Speakers. hahahaha Anyways this area is prettttyy sweet. Me and Elder Latu are having a blast. I am trying to convince him to hook me up with one of the skirt things that Missionaries in Tonga Wear and to teach me "The Haka." At Zone Conference all the Polynesians gather at one table and yeah they are all like, "Elder Grow is Polynesian and will sit with us". Elder Wihongi-Ritchie was like "ya bro, he is Maori" (that is really how he talks just imagine a thick aussie accent) hahaha Elder Arona was in my first zone when i arrived and he is Samoan-- he was like, "No! my boy is Samoan!" (also with an aussie accent) Then Elder Latu came in with one of the only english sayings he knows how to speak clearly-- "no That's my baby!!" hahahahaha Yeah Zone Conference was way fun! Anyways we had a baptism on saturday. he is going to be a really solid member to the church. we also have 2 more on the 25th of september and if the husband of a recent convert will continue to stop smoking he is on week 2 then he will be ready (on oct 2nd i think) for baptism. Yeah the work here is going good having fun and just getting to it! So yeah thats about it for an update with whats going on here! =D

Monday, September 6, 2010

11 Months

11 months. yeah its been a long time but it really doesn't feel like it until you share about the experiences you have had with investigators and members you teach then yeah its like wow i have been out for a while.

we have had dinner appointments but we cook quite often except i was lazy and just bought bbq pork one night and it was very good. 1 kilo worth!

i don't really have much to tell you actually-- just been working and getting stuff done trying to find new investigators and make sure those who are preparing for baptism are ready and solid. Oh yeah our Districts have changed so now in my district are 2 sister companionships and me and Elder Latu. Piece of cake to be the District Leader! This came to mind because in our district meeting earlier i have to teach about the new curriculum and i basically had an experience for everything that i was teaching. One of the sisters she is only 6 months out maybe but she seems like she is over a year. She was like Elder Grow how long have you been out? my answer not even a year just been stuck in 2 areas with a lot of issues to be solved. Anyways yeah sometimes i forget how long its been and i am like ummmm 7 months... wait no... 9 months here in the philippines.

"I am still working on fixing my shoes... they are getting water logged! i need to fix the hole somehow. I have an idea with the putty stuff that is waterproof that you mix the two compounds together and it hardens. so yeah we will see if that helps! i dont need shoes! i just need to fix my shoe that is all. and the only thing that is wrong with them is the store hole in the bottom because the logo fell off! they are just really comfortable! The leather is nice and worn so it makes it easy to slip on and off and they are just awesome shoes and will survive the whole mission with me! even if it means putting my foot in plastic bags and then into my shoes! hahahaha i have an extra pair they just aren't the best for walkin in. I can buy these cheap shoes here but mostly every month that will be 180 pesos [about $4 US] that will be spent. [and my] boots are kind of hard to take on and off which we do almost every appointment. anyways thats about it!"