Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sorry, This email is going to be really short


My week has been really good, no storms, no problems. I recently learned how to cook using coconut milk and I can not stop.Email is really bad today, internet connection is slow here because of all the kids going back to school and during their break they email only. I promise A lot of stuff next week. My companion goes home at the end of this week. He has finished his mission.

Sorry, this email has taken 30 minuets to write. I am sorry again

Love,
Elder Rivera

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mission life

Hey,

Nothing much happening here in this part of the world.. I think. It is really calm right now. I really enjoyed watching conference this past weekend, (re-broadcast).

I am excited for Cumorah. I know he will enjoy preparing. I will have less than 6 months when he Leaves for his mission. I hope that he is excited. It will be fun..

Nothing much right now is happening. I am preparing for my Birthday next week (hint hint) and am having a great time with my companion Elder Gaa who goes home in a few weeks.

In short, ALL IS WELL

Love,

Elder Rivera

P.S. Please email the lonely missionary... Less than 2 emails does not make a very good Monday for any missionary.

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014

Yup, SO guess what..

While me and my companion are fine now, there was a about a day where he was not happy... almost to the point of getting in a fight. BUT we have worked everything out.. and am in one of the best companionships I have ever had as a missionary.

I have also started getting more nerdy as I am trying to not be bored. I ironically have a lot of time between getting home and going to bed. And while I will say that reading is something I enjoy, I do not think I will ever be able to read everyday for an additional 3 hours... It is just not in my body. So I started playing Magic: The Gathering.  Don't judge, it is alright it's not every day. Just sometimes. Just be prepared for Nerdy Elder Rivera, and not Swimmer Elder Rivera.... hehe

Enjoy,

Elder Rivera

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cell Phone (September 29)

Hello Everyone.

So today has so far been a rather interesting day. I began today waking up without any problems which is always good. It was very very nice to spend today waiting until P day begins so I could stand for two hours on a bus going on windy roads to get to Baguio City so I could buy stuff to help me not be bored...aka games.

While I was on the bus I was looking around to try to not be bored and to forget the fact the my leg was almost asleep. While I was looking around I noticed this really cool cell phone that someone was playing with. It looked really cool. Nice screen really nice camera... it does not matter that the person was a female... BUT as I share this experience understand that the gender really did not matter.

So lets begin. Being really bored I saw her new boyfriend, I assume he was new, look through her pictures on her phone. Now I am not saying that she was one of those people that just focus on herself or anything but It seemed from me that of all her 500 or so pictures not a single one had another person in it. She had 500+ pictures where she was alone.. My mind was really confused because she seemed really happy to be with her male friend who was probably not just a friend. They seemed very close... but from this I started thinking what If I was to take some other persons phone I could learn a lot about them. I could learn their likes.. maybe their dislikes. and could potentially learn everything they would not like me to find out.

I find it really interesting to think that people have their whole life usually on technology... And that for the most part it could tell you what kind of person you are... now comes the analogy (sorry I have to) What would happen if we really did have everything we have every done read to us... or all those moments we were embarrassed, or did something stupid was in the hands of someone we did not know. We would probably think something like " How did he get that" or " That's mine" but I think that would be the time we would realize just how much we would not like everything we have ever done known to someone close, or far away. Sometimes we make mistakes. I am very glad that I believe in a way to have all the stuff that we have do wrong completely erased from memory (repentance through Jesus Christ). But it takes a little bit of work from us for that to happen. It is not just a click of a button. I mean this is your life. It is a little bit harder than just a click.

But yea.. I am happy right now. It was really funny to come here to Baguio today. Nice and cold weather with pine trees. Supper nummy.

love,
Elder Rivera

Safe and Sound (September 22)

hello Everyone,

Everything is good, I am doing great. Although parts here in the Baguio Mission are not doing so well. I will explain.

As you know a Typhoon hit us last week.. well Actually we had TWO Typhoons hit. The Second one was a direct hit on the northern parts of the mission, do not worry about them. They are safe now, they got pulled out of their areas and are not able to work. But they are safe. Their areas are pretty much under water right now.. so that is going to be fun to return to when the water goes down. I feel bad for them.. but they are safe.

So for me... I was unable to work pretty much all of last week because of floods, or storm warnings, or flooded areas. But for the most part we are doing really good. We spent 5 days playing monopoly and cards... and eating lots and lots of rice. But we are good and healthy.

Personally I am doing good, I am loosing weight. I am getting excited to find out what is happening soon in our mission. I expect some changes to happen due to the recent storms and for the soon to come storms. I am kinda tired recently, nothing to do and being stuck indoors really takes away all the energy I had before. But I will be back working hard 2moro.

So yeah, that is pretty much the only thing that is happening in my life right now.

Love,
Elder Rivera

two emails

September 15, 2014  Typhoon week again
Hello,
Sorry For Not sending a email Yesterday,

I was busy in a Typhoon.. I tried to email but the Internet and Electricity was shut off yesterday. Sorry:)

I will be taking the time today to email. Love you all!


Elder Rivera


August 18, 2014 Still working on Perfection
Hello everyone!

Hope you are all doing great. I am enjoying the same companion, and the same area. So I happy for a change, I get a companion for more than 6 weeks for like the second time. SO i am happy. I was able to see some very cool people and friends as I traveled to Baguio today. Thats were I am right now. I got to eat Pizza again:) and had a really fun Preparation Day.

Nothing much has changed. Still doing good work. Still doing the Best I can.

Love you all,
Elder Alex Rivera