Question from Dorothy:
I just found out that this is the 50th anniversary of the Church in the Phillippines.....I wonder if [Elder Grow's] mission is going to do anything special in recognition of that?
Answer from Elder Grow:
“I do not know if they are doing anything special for it.. i do not think so.. I have known about it since my first area”
Missionaries that return from poor areas tell us about church members who have very little but are still happy. Do you experience that in your area?
“Yeah we have families that live in very very SMALL houses but they still have a tv, cell phone and what not. Sometimes they do not eat great food just veggies or canned sardines but i think if they did have money for food they still would eat those things with their rice cause they like to eat that. some houses just have dirt floor or rocks. They are happy for the most part but will always complain about rich people.. so yeah desires of the heart play a big role around here.”
Anything in your area that you will miss when you leave?
“There will be a whole bunch of things that i will miss around here hands down. Most likely the things that we do not have in america but life will go on! There will also be a lot of other things i will not miss. Anyways i still have a good amount of time to enjoy life here thats for sure!”
Have you had a Halo Halo? Is it the season for that delicious drink?
“yeah its that time of year and yes we did have them. We have been eating mango and making shakes “
What is Easter like in the Philippines?
“it is a big day in the Philippines they do weird things... like whip themselves or some will puncture their hands and feet.... they do this in remembrance of Jesus.... yeah i can not see one thing that is good about doing that. it is so sad that they do not understand”