Monday, May 12, 2014

Mothers Day

Hey Everyone!

Happy Mothers day to all those mothers out there! I hope that your children did something really nice for you. I was able to call my aunt. We had a great discussion.

I hope that all of you can appreciate, freaking big English word, well as you can tell from my emails I have been neglecting sometimes to actually write things that could be considered interesting. Blah, so hard to know what to write each Monday.

It's gotten to the point where I am not sure how to describe how I am. I am fine, I am content with my mission, I miss home of course, so many feelings that it is hard to simplify my experience so far. So many things that I have learned and I hope to share with people when I get back.

The hardest part right now is the weather.. I know what you are thinking. The philippines is always warm, hot, humid. FALSE! In Baguio City it is not like that, it is cold, cold, wet, cold, and raining almost everyday. For people use to the warm weather it is shocking to come up here. And even though I live around lots of people they are always busy no matter what. So hard to schedule things. Island life, represent!

Love you all. I hope some interesting things happen. I do not think that I will be coming home early.. yet.. Enjoy,

Elder Rivera

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May Day in the Philippines

Dear Family and Friends, 

I am having a great time here. So many stories I have that I wish I could tell. I have unfortunately spend a lot of time today emailing a couple of people that I believe really did need it. 

Hmm. But I can say that this week has been one of the hardest of my mission so far. I do not think missions are supposed to get easier as you get older in the mission field. 

I promise a better email next week. I wish you all luck and safety

Love, Elder Rivera 

This week was (4/27/14)

Not a good one... 

Lots of people on vacation right now. But worse is the fact that It has rained every day here and it is cold. We all have jackets on right now. So cold here in baguio city. When people told me Baguio is the coldest place in the philippines I though that it ment is was slightly cold. Not I hate it cold. Hate is a strong word. Lets just say that I would much rather just sit playing Monopoly and eating rice than going to work. The other bad thing about having lots of cold rain is that no one wants to talk to us. No one is outside. And people just kept telling us to only come back when it was not raining. So I have very few lessons this week and its expected to be this way for a long time. Hmm lets see what else. 

My mission president wants my mission to have 100 baptisms this month of May, and we are trying our hardest to get that. My President has moved all the higher baptizing missionaries into harder areas.. So not so fun because a lot of people were white washed.. meaning both missionaries were transfered out and two new elders were transferred in.  Elders are not know for there willingness to write in area books. So the new elders don't know what the previous ones did and who they were teaching, etc. 

Lots of fun though. It is funner in the Philippines.. except for some people... 

I will say, right now the hardest part in my area are the other religious leaders here.. They have no love for anyone other than there own memebers. The local area leader hosted a inter faith concert, but only the smaller churches showed up, and then us mormons showed up. Half of the people were members of our church, and the other half were from about 12 different Christian churches. The two bigger churches are Jehovahs Witnesses, who declined the invintation and Iglesia Ni Cristo.. which i dont inderstand. 

So yea.. nothing more interesting this week. Have fun.
Elder Rivera