Monday, March 31, 2014

I owe you a big letter next week... Lots of things happened. But time constraints..

Sorry, I will write a lot more, included will hopefully be news of a baptism that we are having tomorrow. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lots of Fun and other stuff this week...

GOOD MORNING AMERICA, OR AFTERNOON? NIGHT? 
I can never tell anymore what time it is over there.
As people have asked me what the postal service is like here. I will gladly explain. There are three ways packages can be sent here. Expensive, Cheap, and Cheaper... 
Expensive way is through LBC, it it the equivalent of FEDEX, but very expensive. The Cheap way is through the govenment postal service, much cheaper..  Like for me to send a letter, a simple letter from here to america through LBC is around 27 dollars American, and sometimes more. But through the Government.. I think 60 to 80 pesos.. or $1.50. But the cheapest way by far is give it to a random bus driver going to the area. And he will give it to someone else, who will give it to someone else until it gets to you.. Do not worry, the Church has their own version of the mail system. So that is why the address is sent to the missions not to my actual area.
Lets see what else, ohh this week.
Hmm.. Well one of my worst weeks for teaching, because I was really busy.. My companion has some problem with his teeth.. so we had to go to Baguio twice to get X rays and talk to the doctors there. We actually might have to go out of mission boundaries if they can not preform the proper operation.. But all is good. I think next week we might have a baptism.. not so sure though. I will explain that fun story later.. after we see if he can pass his interview.
Lets see, How is the world? Anything interesting in the news? Any of my friends married or going on missions? or anything... I do not get a lot of news from my home ward...
Love, Elder Rivera

Monday, March 17, 2014

Good Morning World

Hello, I am Elder Rivera
I am currently serving in the Baguio Philippines Misison, Speaking the language of Tagalog, and Ilakanno. Both are difficult languages but through my study I have been able to learn a lot. I am currently almost 9 months into my mission. Almost half way, and I have learned so much already. Some things that I can share with people. 

"Sometimes people will not believe your words, but they will believe your actions" 

Simple really when you think about it. But really hard sometimes to do. As a missionary in one of the most happiest places in the world sometimes it is hard for people when they see the missionaries be serious. Which is one thing sometimes I have a hard time adjusting too, although it is worth it more than anyone can imagine.

This week I have been very interested in helping certain people, my goal has been to try to help those who are inactive who can still apply for their missions. My hope is that they will find a desire to go back to church. The only problem is they have problems with some of the members. So my advice is this, there are a lot of people who are less active, try your best not to become like one of them, and try to fellowship them. As we get older we tend to forget the importance of fellow shipping new investigators, and less active member. 

This is all I can really say right now, not much time for a really spiritual upliftning story, I have many, but somethings are very difficult to write and some of the things I can write are difficult things to understand. 

Thanks for the Love, 
Elder Rivera

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Malapit na! mga 16 months pa!

Wow, Good Week this past week. I wish everyone could have been here for what happened. So this past week we had a huge missionary leadership meeting. All Zone Leaders, District Leaders, and the Sister Training Leaders, and Assistants all got together to discuss how to become a better mission. It was really cool, My trainer Elder Ramos goes home this transfer and he was there, so basically for 7 hours me and him we chatting... But when I was not distracted the training that we had was very helpful. We talked a lot more about not just baptizing people but more on retention and re activation. Only one of my american batch mates was not there, he.. had problems working as a district leader with the zone leaders. But yea, all is well in the Philippines... at least I think since I do not know what is happening in the world! 

Hmm. We had 3 investigators show up to church which was good. We had fun explaining to them everything about what we do, and how we teach. Great Week, Lots of fun.. Had exchanges with another American, I so need an american companion, if that happens I think the Philippines will start burning. Joke! Actually me and my current companion are doing good, still a little contention concerning my opinions of some people, although it turns out that I was right... But that is not actually a good thing.. but still... 

Found a really cool new investigator this week, he is 10, very funny and really wants to be baptized. He has been going to church since I arrived here but we never knew he was not yet a member.. hopefully soon that will change. 

Thats all for now, Thanks for all your love and support. I can not wait until my year mark. 

Enjoy, 
Elder Rivera