I never know how to start these emails, it's always so awkward so I apologize. So like... hey, how was your week? I guess I'll tell you about mine...
Wednesday: The crazy man that followed us on Tuesday.. you would not believe it but when we got on a jeepney after shopping he showed up again!! He came out of nowhere, it was terrifying. I was gripping my groceries like there was no tomorrow.
The lightning was crazy that night, it was pretty cool.
Also I forgot to mention last week but I was able to see my MTC comp at zone interviews, it was so cool to catch up with her. I missed her a lot!
Thursday: Least painful Thursday I have experienced. Usually they are long and tiring, but this one went by fast. I exercised, did a bunch of squats, and then was super sore for the next three days, but I learned the visaya word for sore. In a statement it would be like this: gipamaulan ko (i'm sore) Well technically I learned the word on Saturday, but the word applied to Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
We discovered a LA family that lives ACROSS THE STREET FROM US! They've been hiding. We've been here almost three months and we finally met them. A woman we had met a few days before, we went back to see her, she had read the pamphlet we gave her, and was really receptive. I hope it goes well.
We found another woman I decided to FTE and she said "oh yea missionaries visited me 7 years ago and then never came back!" she was really cool, she let us teach her, we tried to go back yesterday but we were a few hours late. But when we tried to find her again, we found another potential investigator who had been taught by missionaries before too, and had even visited the church!
Also the word hiccup in Visaya is sid-ok, which is funny because "hiccup" is also a word in visaya and means touch, like to touch something. Very confusing.
Friday: HARRY POTTER'S BIRTHDAY! I'm still classy as ever and have my priorities straight on the mission. I hope you all celebrated with butterbeer, bertie bott's every flavored beans, and that you waved some wands and traveled through time. If not, disappointed.
We visited one of our OST's from before, she was acting kind of whatever about the lesson, so I looked her straight in the eye and bore my testimony and she got quiet. I think it worked haha, God gives us power when we need it.
We tracted an area and found this woman shucking napier (it's like sugar cane) for her cows, so we helped her do that. It was really fun surprisingly. We took pictures in the corn fields there. The air was so heavy, we were sweating buckets. I took a video of us walking, and you can see the sweat (singot in visaya) dripping off of us. I'll show you all when I come home, just how hot it is here.
Saturday: The first day of August. I think I might puke. I realized this week that I hit halfway in the mission a week after my 20th birthday. No no no no NOOO. Anyways, about this day... We fasted, which became especially difficult when one of the members offered us fresh pineapple... man.. I did not like pineapple at all growing up. I love it here. That should tell you all back home that actually LIKE pineapple exactly what you are missing out on here.
An LA's chihuahua had puppies. She looks exactly like Ginger, with the personality to match... BANTAY!
We went to another members house and I sat in their hammock. Most people here just use fisher's net for hammocks, and I asked where I could buy some and the woman told me "from the fisherman obviously!" that doesn't help me.. hahha.
A met a man from another country (i won't say where) who said some incredibly offensive things about the people here. I had to grit my teeth to get through the conversation with him. Sometimes I wish that I did not have to deal with people like that, I figure it makes me stronger.
We went to an LA's house and her friend was there too. She's a manghula. That's a fortune teller. It was a very very interesting conversation that followed. She was very nice. She knew that we didn't participate in those kind of things, she was nice about it. She told me she had to burn her tarot cards because they were bad..
Sunday: A family from Utah visited church. The son had served here in Bacong like 17 years ago, his visaya was almost perfect still. Gift of tongues is REAL! We got punted all day.
Monday: District Meeting in Siaton. In the ceres terminal bake shop they have this hot dog rolls for only 18 pesos. They were fabulous!
We tracted in Lutao and met a man, that I will always remember. He's never visited the church, but he remembers when he was 14 years old, back in the 1960's when he met mormon missionaries for the first time (that's when the church first came to the country!), and how he had some discussions with the Elders. We taught him, it was a very interesting discussion. I was really impressed by the spirit the whole time we were teaching him. I want to go back and teach him again.
A member just got back from living in Belgium for the last 4 years, she was so funny. We went and shared with her, and then she gave us chocolate. From Belgium. I don't think you understand the import of this. IT WAS DELICIOUS! Some of the best chocolate I have ever had in my life.
Tuesday: I saw my first horse in the Philippines. Well technically it was a Shetland pony but it was of the Equus family so that's what I think is the most important. One of the LA's is watching her Sister in law's baby and I asked her how long she would be watching him for and she said "oh 5 years." the mother is moving to South Korea for work. It is an interesting dynamic, but you've got to do what you've got to do..
Our IBD informed us she is moving to Bindoy, so now we don't have an IBD anymore. But I'm hoping that several of the new people we found this week will progress towards baptism quickly. I'm trying to stay positive.
I cooked tuna afritada for dinner, and Sister K bought bananas and boiled them. She said "a little piece of Fiji here in the Philippines" lagi.
Wednesday: Well, it's Sister K's 21st birthday, which is the biggest most important birthday for Fijians so we are trying to celebrate right! We splurged and bought a cake from Red Ribbon. I am so excited for the rest of this day.
Well I love you all, I'll try to have a good study for you next week, I'm almost out of time.
-Sister Katrina Dunn