Sunday, August 28, 2016

First week in the Philippines!

So before I start off, I want to tell the Hansen family that I love you so much and that I'm praying for each and everyone of you. You have all been amazing examples for me and I'm so grateful for you in my life.​​​​​​​​​​ 

The Philippines is amazing! I can start off by saying that I have NEVER sweat this much in my life. It's the rainy season so its extra humid. I'm somewhat used to it now. So I'm in a place called Taytay. It is a rural area so its really cool. I love it here and It's so green! So I dont have much time emailing so I'll make it quick! The second day I was here I got to eat Balut!! (chicken inside of an egg) Oh man was that awesome! I was with the Bishop of the ward and he made me try it! It was actually really tasty. I'm over the Tayuman ward here. And Elder Radin and I are "whitewashing". Which means we are basically starting from new. The Tayuman area had missionaries here about a year ago but then because they weren't progessing they shut the area down. So now my companion and I are opening this area up!! So far this last week, we already have 2 baptism dates!! Its so amazing to see people accept the message of the restored gospel and I'm greatful the Lord has shown them the truth of the message we are fortunate enough to share with them. Please pray for Donna and CJ that they might continue to progress in the Gospel and enter the waters of baptism. They are both super excited about the Church and so excited to read the Book of Mormon. 

It's really funny being an American here! All the little kids will run out of their houses and say "up here" so they can get a high five from you. It makes their day. I love the kids here, they are so funny and they always teach me new phrases and words, its the BEST!! It feels like I grew in the MTC, but I'm pretty sure I'm the same height and everyone is just a little bit shorter than me. So at least 2 years out of my life I can feel tall!! hahah joke-lang. (just kidding) One crazy thing here is that they love American music, so if you go into the store, they will be playing hardcore rap unedited, so you just have to buy as many things in the grocery store like food and other things as fast as you can so you dont have to listen to the the swearing. No one knows what the words mean, they like the beat, so no one excpet for me knows what's being played!! hahaha. Oh and I'm pretty sure I'm the only person in the apartment that uses toilet paper... SO I dont know how I feel about that. But at least I know if I buy toilet paper, I'll be the only one using it.. haha! I love this gospel, I know this church is true. I know that through Jesus Christ we can return to our Father in Heaven. I know that families can be together forever through the Plan Of Salvation. And throught the Plan Of Salvation we can see our loved ones again.

Elder Aguiar

Eating Balut

Our apartment

Our apartment

Random car... and a goat

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