I love you! Palangga ko kamo! Sorry I'm not tech-savvy enough to send pictures. I'll have the New Zealand Elder help me figure it out next week. :)
This has been a pretty good week! Good and bad... I'm having a hard time learning the language, it is tough to understand concepts and remember how to use everything. Plus there are so many words to learn. But it will come. I just need to study. There is so much to study and so little time! Sister Foster is awesome. She has a very deep understanding of the gospel and she is very focused. She is a good example to me. On Monday we got a new "investigator." Her name is Juralyn. We did not feel very prepared to teach her, and the companionship who went before us said their lesson went very bad, so we were worried. But the Spirit was there very strong. We told her that we knew God loved her and would help her to find a job. We read Moroni 7:41 with her. She had tears in her eyes by the end of our little lesson. We also began teaching "Julius." That lesson went terribly, but it was a good learning experience. Our investigator "Marioneta Mancha" became our teacher last Thursday--Brother Hong is really good at explaining the grammar so it makes sense. He is also really funny. He has told us a bunch about his experiences in the Philippines and about some of the customs and superstitions. I am so excited! Also, it sounds like a lot of the work in the Philippines is with inactive or less active members and helping them to learn more and come back to church.
Sister Foster and I are in a room with 3 bunkbeds. 3 of the other Sisters left for Peru a few days ago, there is one left and she is going to be reassigned until her visa comes.
Thank you all so much for the notes, packages, and emails! :)
That is cool that Grandpa could tell how Elder Winward and I are related, I'll have to let him know. A few days ago, he was excited because he got a package slip, but then his companion pointed out that "sister" was underlined on it and burst his bubble. It was funny.
Yeah, we kind of are on like a fast track. My teacher Bro Oldroyd said he didn't teach an "investigator" until his 2nd or 3rd week either. I guess they just kicked it up a notch since we aren't here as long.
Sunday is really different here--RS is in a big auditorium in the morning and Sacrament is just our branch of 60 people in the afternoon. Plus we have a lot of study time in between everything.
We study so hard every day. I am so exhausted by the time I go to bed. I'm just glad I don't have to learn Russian or Chinese... It is so good though! We have been learning more about addressing the needs of the investigators, about our purpose, and about how everything in the gospel points back to Christ.
It is kind of weird that we don't hear about any news here. When you do hear news from the "outside world" it is kind of strange I guess. That was really sad to hear about the passing of Sister Monson.
Sorry, this email is kind of scatter-brained. Mostly we study a lot and pray a lot and and learn about being missionaries and try to learn the language.
The Australian and New Zealand Elders think we Americans are funny. They like to mimic our Utahn accents--it is hilarious. And they say that food is a lot sweeter here.
I love you all sooooo much! I hope you have a great week! Remember that God loves you. Read your scriptures and pray! Be nice to and patient with each other. Focus on Christ. You are the best family in the whole world. I love you!