Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Week

Hmm.. So lets see.

Holy Week here in the Philippines was very nice.

So lets see.

This week.. Not much happened. I actually met a family who loved to speak English and have been to San Jose California and they also have family in milpitas. They are really nice and very very good cooks:)

I have an area that is in the middle of a dumpsite.. yes I said a dumpsite. It is the most worst thing I have about seen in the philippines.. And I have seen a lot of weird things... but this was the worst. They have houses built into the trash mounds. Very poor here. We have to travel through it in order to get to some house that we are teaching at.. I will not take pictures of this area.. It would not be good at all.. Even the thought of it scares me.. and makes me sick.

Hmm. Holy Week has been really fun.. None of the weird people did anything crazy.. at least in Baguio City.

Nothing much now. Love you.
Keep Sending Emails.
Last week I received 3...

Elder Rivera

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Mountain of The Lord

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the last few emails. I know I need to write more often and longer emails. But do not worry. I am always doing well. almost always... But you do not have to worry about the less the perfect days:) i can deal with those.

let me think... Alright some interesting things that have happened recently.. I got transferred again... It is kinda funny one of the people the has been on her mission the same time as me just got transferred. I am currently in Baguio City again. My Mission president gave me an open open area that was white washed... actually most of my zone that I am currently in was white washed.. which kinda sucks.. but it makes it easier to start new. Some of the people in the area are kinda weird. Let see what else. My new companion is Elder Tabucol, He is from Saipan and speaks perfect English.. Guess what else I found out.. Saipan is an American Territory.. learning new things everyday!

When I first arrived in Irasan, my area I found out that I was the farthest area from the chapel and that the average lessons taught in a week was only 9.. This made me super sad although it just means that I have to work harder. luckily I already knew my companion from a previous zone. Sorry not a lot of stories this week. Only had two lessons this past week.. But lots of Dinner and Lunch appointments. Super NUMMY

Alright, Well I would like to know what kind of things you would like me to email in the future so i have a better understanding of what people like to read:)

-Elder Rivera

The Missionary Life (from 4/7/2014)

Alright so just to help some people understand what missionary life is like right now its like this.

Right now every missionary is out of money. I mean literally we have no money. All of us, we used to be able to withdraw every two weeks, but this past month they are having us withdraw on the 15th of every month. The bad thing is that we are only allowed to withdraw on Mondays ( our p day). So right now I am using the money that I have saved up. And because we have no money it is hard to be able to pay for transportation. So working has turned into a lot of walking. Lots and Lots of walking. So it is not until the 21st that I get money again. Luckily when I get it I will have money.. but until then...

alright no more complaining about money issues...

Now the more fun stuff.

Recently we had another baptism, it was fun, I preformed the ordinance. Very good, lots of people attended. The person(Paulo) is 14, and very funny, lots of freakin deep doctrine questions. and other fun stuff. But yea, another baptism. Only my 9th:(

So a few days after the baptism I found out that I was transferring... So yea, I guess I have a new job to do now... somewhere else. Everyone thinks I am going to be a Zone Leader... But I have yet to receive a call from President Balledos. I do not think it will be soon that I get made a Zone Leader, I am enjoying District Leader more. Much more close with the missionaries. And I do not have to worry about having to deal with every problem of a zone. Which is good. Although the amount of rumors that go around is quite entertaining it is also kinda irritating sometimes.

As I get further into my mission, and less and less people write to me. It gets less and less fun to email back to people... seriously. There are a few missionaries who have stopped emailing friends and family and only email other missionaries because of the lack of communication between people and them.. Dont worry. I do not think that will happen to me... hopefully.

Love,
Elder Rivera