Sunday, November 16, 2014

Santo Domingo Week 14

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Magandang Umaga Francis Pamilya,

This week has been very good.  I have been struggling with the language but it will come little by little.  I can do it. The language is really hard but I am progressing little by little everyday. I am doing great, this week has been a lot of fun,  We spent a lot of  the week in Vigan City, because of ZTM and interviews with the President and P-day. Vigan is such a nice town, I bought a lot of souvenirs for you guys and it's really cheap. Vigan is where we come for our P-day and to e-mail and buy food but everything here is really nice.  We have spent the last four days here in Vigan. 

Wow that's crazy that an earthquake it Indonesia but nope the Philippines is safe.  We haven't had that much rain hit here, it's been hot and sunny. But everything is going good here in the Philippines Buhay pa, and it's still really hot, but it's Christmas here in the Philippines.  I hear Christmas music every day and there are decorations up already.  They have Christmas from September to December here. 

There is a member Sis. Karmi that washes my clothes, but I have to do my garments by hand, it was hard at first but I am learning pretty quickly. 
I am staying here in Santo Domingo, Elder Williams is going to Manila next week, so I might get to have my P-day in Laoag, which is very exciting. 

Our investigators are doing pretty good.  I hope next month we will have three baptisms and a wedding. Bro Rosales is one of them.  His baptismal date is set for December 27th but he has a word of wisdom problem but we believe he will be ready by the 27th. Then we have a couple Bro. Emerson and Sis. Charmaine they are not married but they want to be and they said they will be baptized, so we are hopefully going to have a wedding and a baptism for them on December 20th. 

I am sorry that your week is boring, But it sounds like that the Aggies are doing great, and they will have a good year. 
How are you guys doing, how is the family, how is the weather, and how are the dogs, how is it there in Logan? What fun things have you guys been up to?   What are you guys doing for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year?   How is school going for Emily?  How is the ward doing?
Thank you for the boxes of food and pictures, and the Christmas tree. But the funny thing is that we can buy toilet paper here and Gatorade, but thank you. Thanks for the pictures and candy. 

Something that I would like is chocolate, my favorite drinks, and more roasted almonds, and gummy bears, and peach-o's and other things that are my favorites.
The picture I sent to you at the beach is of our zone, and we got to go to the beach which was really fun.  We played some games, had a water slide, and we had a boodle fight which is where we just get a lot of food and put it on a banana leaf and then we dig in with our hands and just eat. 

Everything is going great here, I am loving it.  The language is really hard, but it will come. The food is great and the members are all very friendly. We have family home evenings here which is so different.  We get a lot of people to come to it because here in the Philippines they love family and everyone is family here. We are probably going to go to the zoo in Vigan in two weeks, which will be fun.  I will send pictures.
It looks like everything is going well in Logan, and it's getting colder and colder there.  

Mahal kita, I miss you guys a ton. 
Elder Francis

Santo Domingo Week 12

Santo Domingo Week 13

Kumusta po kayo Francis pamilya,
I am doing great, it has been such a great week here in the Philippines.   Buhay Pa that means still living. But everything is going great, trying new food, meeting new people and working hard and doing the Lord's work. I have had so much fun this week, we have taught so many lessons, the language is coming little by little but I am getting better. 

 My House, is great it's green I sent a picture to you I think.  It's great, it's really hot in the apartment and we are always using fans to cool us off. We have a room were we study in and it's also the kitchen then we have a room where we sleep, then another room for putting our clothes. Our house is so nice, we have a shower head that works.  The kitchen is great we eat a lot of amazing food that Elder Williams makes, and he is showing me how to make.  We eat a lot of rice with curry and adobo, and other good stuff, it's so tasty. 
A typical day is we get up every morning at 6:30 and shower, work out, and eat breakfast. Depending on the day we could go straight to proselyting or just personal, companion study which is great. Then we have lunch at 12:00 and then more work.  It's so hot, but I love working and doing the Lord's work. Then we come back around 8:00 to talk about how we did, eat dinner, write in our journals and other stuff. But it's always great here in the Philippines. 

It's sounding like you guys are having a great week, and you guys had a lot of fun.  Send pictures of what you guys do, and I will send a lot of here in the the Philippines.  I sure miss you guys and love you a ton. Skyler is going to be a great missionary, he is such a hard worker and he never gives up when things are hard for him. I wish him good luck, and I wish their family the best.  I hope everything is going great back there at home. I am doing great it's been fun here and it's always hot here it's just going to get hotter and hotter but that won't stop me from doing the Lord's work. 

I miss you guys a ton, I hope everything is going well.  How is the all of the family doing? how is the ward doing and how is Emily doing?  How is work going for you and dad?   
I sure am loving it here, I will buy some souvenirs for you guys and I will keep them with me till I get home, but there are so many cool things here, what are your guys shirt sizes? Today we had zone activity we had a boodle fight which is with a lot of food, we eat with our hands. We were at the beach and played a lot of fun games, it has been so much fun.  I got to attend a baptism for a little girl this week which was great. 

Mahal kita, Elder Francis 

P.S. Thank you for the boxes, will you send me some more body spray, and sunscreen, and chocolate, and some of my favorite candy and drinks?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Santo Domingo Week 11

 November 2, 2014

Kumusta Francis Pamilya,
I am doing great in the Philippines, the weather is still so hot and it will just get hotter. The people here in the Philippines are so friendly and kind to me and even though the language is hard, and I am saying the words wrong they are happy to see me trying. I am progressing a lot in the language. There is a lot of poverty here in the Philippines and it's so sad to see but they are all so full of hope and happiness, always smiling everyday. It's sad to see the kids around here smoking and all of the problems around here, but it's ok. Me and Elder Williams are doing great and we are loving it.

For Halloween I got to eat BALUT!!! it looked so gross and yucky, but I just ate it and tried new things, it actually was not too bad.

Hopefully next month in December we will have 3 baptisms, I hope.  We are focusing a lot on them the most. But we have had a lot of finding, and a lot of lessons, but we are working hard, and we never give up.

It's sounds like you guys are doing great at home, how is everything going? How is the family? How is work going for dad? How is school going for Emily? Is she having fun with her friends? How are the dogs doing? How is the house? How is the rest of the family? I sure miss you guys a ton, but everybody here is my family and they are all so friendly to me, and they take care of us so much. It sounds like you guys had a good Halloween and are heading to grandmas house for thanksgiving. They don't celebrate Halloween or thanksgiving here in the Philippines only Christmas from September through December which is awesome. Christmas music for four months. Then on November 1st and 2nd they celebrate All Saint's Day, and The Day of The Dead, which is when the families all gather together at the cemetery and eat food, drink and dance and celebrate the dead. But it's cool to see what the culture is like here.

How is the ward doing, tell everybody I am doing great, and having fun, but working hard. Everything is going great here and we are having fun and doing the Lord's work. Thank you for the packages that you are sending to me.  I  got one of them so far, thank you. I have gotten some souvenirs but I will keep them so when I get home I will just give them to you guys. P-days are a lot of fun we go shopping for food for the week and we E-mail home and we can either go to the zoo in Vigan city, shopping for Souvenirs or sight-seeing which is cool. I will be eating a lot more weird foods now but I am willing to try new things. I am so excited for Christmas to come. I hope everything is going good for you at home, and you guys are safe. Have fun and I miss you guys a ton.

Mahal Kita, Elder Francis