Monday, March 16, 2015

18 weeks to go


First is first. I am doing surprisingly well for someone who is close to going home. A lot of other missionaries are letting those thoughts enter into their head way more than I am haha. This past week me and about 44 other missionaries had to travel to manila to fix our visas. We left around 1 o clock in the morning and arrived home around 10. roughly around 24 hour trip. Most of the time was spent talking to a lot of good friends and so forth. All of the missionaries I have known since the beginning of my mission which is so cool. I included a photo of me and my MTC district mates. Two of them are from Olongapo Mission and its the first time we saw each other since we left the MTC Provo. It was way nice, I got to eat Taco Bell for the first time in forever... and also had Krispy Kreme doughnuts.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Interesting week

Hello,
 
I am going to take some time to write a few of the things that have happened to me here in the Philippines this week. Alright. 
 
Tuesday
 
During district meeting, around 10 am, I was about ready to give my very very prepared lesson (joke) about Pride and the effects that it has on Investigators, when out of the blue (I think that is an English saying) we saw a white person knocking on our chapel door... Now for those who think there are a lot of white people who knock on chapel doors in the Philippines is a common thing I would say that I was very surprised. Well of course we invited him in and this is roughly my conversation with him. Btw his name is Boaz, he is from Israel.

*Knock Knock
 
(Open the door)
 
Me: Hello, Is there something I can help you with?
 
Boaz: Yea, Are you the Mormon Church, I did not know that there were Mormons in the Philippines? 
 
Me: Yes, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints aka. Mormon Church. Are you interested in learning about our church? 
 
Boaz: Yes, I have heard from my friends in Israel that Mormons believe in having 1000 wives, I would like to have that many, Is that True? 
 
He then entered the room and me and around 5 other missionaries proceeded to teach him the full Restoration of the Gospel Lesson where he learned toward the end that WE DO NOT PRACTICE POLYGAMY. He was rather interesting, It was my first time teaching in English to a Non Christian... very strange experience. 
In conclusion he left rather unhappy that we do not have 1000 wives. But he was a rather interesting person to teach... And I mostly taught the lesson, The members in the class were all Filipino. AWKWARD!! 
 
Anyway. Thank you for taking time to write me! 

Enjoy

-Elder Alex Rivera