Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nagpunta kami sa templo, kasi...

Ashley Mecham
Jan 7 (13 days ago)

to me, Amanda, Austin, Elizabeth, Jamie, Kendra, Lindsey, Patrick, D, Ryan, Liza
Sorry for a late email. We had the opportunity to go to the temple earlier today which means they switched pday to tuesday. I don't want to talk about spelling or punctuation or grammar right now because I have no time but I have to get these things out there:
New Years Eve is crazy town here, drunk people with SO MANY HUGE FIREWORKS. Or so I hear. We were thankfully sentenced to time in our apartment by 6pm, thankfully because it was seriously crazy town outside. Sister Tuia and Sister Wemhoner and Sister Belardo and I cooked a huge feast and it was awesome. I made lumpia which are these delicious little deep fried bits of heaven. I neither saw nor heard fireworks because our apartment has no windows. Apparently it was awesome and huge. Then we were in bed but 10:30 but awoken and midnight by the loudest noises I've ever heard, even though our apartment is like a soundproof bunker. Only one of our investigators was wounded as she saved her baby from a wayward firework. The baby was unharmed. New Years day was such a rough day of work because everyone was still drunk or sleeping from being drunk or went on vacation because it's too crazy in Manila for this holiday. But we found a lot of new people to teach, only about half of which were drunk. Hah. 

The best thing that happened this week was about Elias Samonte. We've been cracking down on him because he isn't making much lasting progress on his quitting of smoking. He'll quit for like a few days and then smoke like 16 cigarettes and it's nuts. But, at church on Sunday, he told me, "Gusto kong lumayo so inyo pero parang... hindi ko kaya..." Which basically means that he doesn't want to be taught or come to church but he like physically can't stay away. I laughed in his face. We were fasting for him on Sunday and when he didn't show up to church I was crushed. But he was just late. Then he told me about how he was really not planning on coming to church that day but then, as he was cooking, he was just really rushing and he didn't know why and then somehow he changed his clothes and headed to church. It was hilarious. He like really didn't want to come but the Lord basically grabbed him by the collar and dragged him there. It was a great story. Then he bore his testimony in Sacrament meeting and it was so powerful. He's such a gem. Hopefully he'll be baptized in February. 

That's all the miracles I have time for. Love you all. Stay safe ha.

Sister Mecham

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