Sunday, December 14, 2014

From Dian-Ay Sagay Stake - In the middle of the Bukid.

Dear Super Family of Awesomeness and Jolly,
Well this week was an adventure! I went from a very city area, to probably one of the most BUKID areas in the entire mission! I mean we are in the mountains! Like every morning stepping out side it feels like stepping out of a cabin in the Rocky Mountains! The fresh air and cold breeze! Awe man it is just awesome!! You will see some pictures of what I am talking about!
So yeah this week was great, but honestly really hard to talk about stuff... Our travel time is sooooooo lonnnnnnggggg!!! So yeah we don't get nearly as many teachings like in Bacolod. I do have some good experiences and some funny experiences from this week though!
So my second day in this area we decided to go to this one family. Elder Allam seemed to really like them even though they are so far away! So we went, and walked and walked and walked and walked... Lots of walking took place okay... and then we finally got to the top and taught them! And Elder Allam was right they are GREAT! I wish we could visit more then once or twice a week but that is just not possible. So on our way back it got dark... and with the whole typhoon thing last week everything is mud here... Lets just say it was the Frammar all over again! By the time we got out of there My arms were covered in mud from falling and from catching myself before my shirt got hit..... It was an adventure!

Well we have this one area with a special sacrament and it is in the middle of the bukid (Mountains)! We have to take a thing called a Habblehabble(pretty much just back ride on a single motorcycle) to get up there!! Well after 20 minutes on that we finally arrive. All the pictures I am sending of the environment are just from that ride up the mountain to get to this area! So the people up there love the missionaries.We have that special sacrament and we are trying really hard to make it into a group! It is amazing! We have this one Old Nanay Canete who is just awesome! She is so humble as well! We love her and she will hopefully be baptized in January.

So yeah this week has been kind of a scramble... I don't know what to really talk about... My companion is awesome! He is batch with me to come home so that is really fun too! We teach really well together and are really trying to plan and get this area so we can travel less and focus on individual areas everyday because it is just to big and we just don't have the money to spend on so much travel! We think we will get it working out thought.
The Zone Leader thing is alright. I feel not so worthy of it. I am obedient, but I just am not one of the strongest missionaries in the mission. I will take on the calling though and try to magnify myself for it! I am glad for the opportunity to be a Zone Leader and help others. We will see how this goes in the next couple weeks!

Well I love you all! I am safe and strong and happy so don't worry about me! I love and miss you all so much and am super excited for our phone call on Christmas! I am keeping my shoes on and working hard! Thank you again for the package and for the letters, they were awesome! Thanks and love you lots!
Elder Minson
Brock and His Companion at Stake Conference in Sagay

Brock with his New Companion Elder Allam

Brock Got His Christmas Package.

Brock got his Pic of the Ogden Temple from Grandma Vicki

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A little gift from some new friends in the Philippines..

We just received these photos from the Minosa Family in the Philippines. They are the family who wrote us last week telling us about Brocks transfer.  They have been awesome at letting us know how he is doing. We are so blessed to have our son in a country of people who are so selfless and thoughtful of our needs. They called themselves his family in the Philippines and I believe it. We are growing to love these people our son is serving.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

...the one thing I do know is the Lord will help me!

Dear Family that I am Proud of,

(Photo Sent by a Ward Member)
Brock Minson and his companion Elder Basay
With their investigator of Brother Zyrone. This is the Guy
Who took the lessons and then went to work in Saudi
then came back was retaught the lessons and Baptized
in a week. Brock so wishes he could have
spent more time with him
So yeah this week was cool and stuff! Did a lot of work and we kicked butt in our amount of lessons even though we had a lockdown this week! I mean it was just fantastic! Then I got transferred... 

So to start I want to talk about Brother Zyrone. Yes he did get baptized. We taught him everything and it was great! It was really nice to see him get baptized! I have pictures but I am short on time today so you will get them next week. He was a great investigator and I am really sad we only got to teach him for a week because he was so elect! It was a good baptism! 

Elder Minson and Elder Babida... Brothers.
Sad to be seperated for this transfer but
look forward to the after mission life. Lifetime friends
OH before I forget I don't think I ever thanked you Mama! I am so thankful for the package it was amazing! My feet are doing really well I have plenty of medicine and stuff so I should be good with all that! I love the socks they are amazing and helping a ton! 

Well I really love this time because of Christmas! Yes I am excited to talk with all of you, but the really cool thing is the campaign the church is doing right now. "He Is the Gift!" Go on you tube and it will be all over the advertisements! It is amazing and we are using it in our work here! We are actually putting ribbon on some pamphlets and make it look like it is a gift and it really gets people excited to receive the gospel! I am excited to keep teaching it and using it to get new investigators! 

Well Typhoon Ruby was a big woop! Nothing happened here in Bacolod, it didn't even rain hard! I hear in the northern zones it got hit a bit, but nothing to bad! Well it just allowed us to relax and luckily I got all my laundry done! Just in time for transfers!!

Alright yes I did get transferred and I am super sad about it because I love Bacolod 6th Ward. Brother Michael is a close friend of ours and has helped out a ton sense I have been here. He use to drive us around to get us to our interviews for the other companionship and also helped with the work as well!  I will also miss the Minosa Family a ton! They are amazing people and i love them to death! I will also miss my companion Elder Basay he is a strong worker and I believe will do good things as long as he stays focused.

Well I am transferring to Sagay Zone. I will be in a very bukid area called Gemay (I think that is how it is spelled). This is the highest baptizing zone in the whole mission! So I am super excited to see how things go there! Oh and to add on to the news of being transferred, I have also stepped up! I am now the Zone Leader of Sagay Zone! I have a big responsibility on my shoulders, but I feel like I can do it with the strength and power of God. I feel very 2 sided on this position, not sure if I am excited or scared, but the one thing I do know is the Lord will help me! I will try and magnify this to my greatest capabilities! 

Questions from Mom: 
SO how are things going??????
I am great things are pretty crazy right now but i am excited to see what I can do! 
Do you like your new companion??? I should say do you know your new companion haha?
I know who he is but I am with another missionary becasue he is transferring also to Sagay zone. So we are companions for today tell we get to sagay later this afternoon.
How are your feet? Are the new socks helping you at all?
Feel are good and the socks rock! 
Ok so I asked a few questions DON'T forget to answer them hahaha?
I won't ;) hahah\

So that is about it for this week. OH I did hear good news from Cadiz! I talked to the Stake President last week after email and he said that cadiz 2nd branch is turning into a ward!! And Bayabas Uno, that area me and elder Babida found will be turning into Cadiz 3rd Branch!! Such a great thing to hear! 

Well I love you all! I know you are all probably asleep and tired, but I just want you all to know I love you! Thank you all for writing me! Thanks you for the pictures and the good news! Keep strong and keep happy! I know God is here to guide us and will protect us! Thank you so much! l Love YOU!!!

Elder Minson
These pics are from a Facebook Friend connected to the
Bago ward (Brocks last area) The chapel became a temp shelter
Storm once again steered Clear of the Island.
A little rain and wind but nothing Serious


Sunday, November 30, 2014

... so this huge impression just to speak, like I was not the one speaking...

Dear Family I am so Thankful for,

Man what a great week it has been to be here and to be serving to the most AMAZING PEOPLE on the Planet!! This week has been a blessing for me! I have found a renewed vigor to do what is good and to focus on what was right! The investigators and members here are so amazing! It is so different here in this part of the city! The people are wanting to know the gospel and are willing to apply it as well! Just a blessing from God! 

So it was Thanksgiving! And here in the Philippines I had a REAL Thanksgiving!!! We have our usual dinner appointment with Sister Marty who's husband is an American and they use to live in America. The Brother is abroad, but she still celebrates it! It was good! So don't worry I got my Thanksgiving! 

So to start with some of the amazing things that happened this week! First, last Wednesday we had some of the best finding opportunities ever! So we went on splits with the members so we could hit all our appointments in the whole area. Well I went to the least productive side of the area, and after about 2 appointments and 3 times getting punted and having no where else to go we started traveling back to meet with my companion. So as we were walking I saw this man in a wheelchair and his family sitting outside so this huge impression just to speak, like I was not the one speaking it just came out of me. We then sang to them and gave a good lesson on Families. Well we got a good 5 new investigators from that and they are soooo open to the gospel!
After which we kept going down our normal path and then I see this other small path and I ask the members where that takes us. They said they didn't know. So I said, "Adventure!!!" And we did. as we were in this path, I hear a little girl say "Elder!" And I was like "Huh?" So I talked to her and found out her mom is a Less Active, her Sister is a Recent convert, she is not a member and neither is her Dad. Well we taught them and Sister Ducay says we were an answer to her prayers because she wants to become active again and her husband to join the church! And yesterday they did go to church, well the Mom and her kids, we have yet to teach the Father he is not home often! This week we will though for sure!
Next after that appointment we walked down another random path, guided by the spirit, and found a great family of 6 willing to listen and right next to them a Less Active father and none of his family is members and he said we can come back and teach! All in all a great finding experience. 
Saturday Brother Francis Agtoto and Sister Rosita Artos both got baptized! They are great investigators of ours, that I love, and see a whole new side of them now that they are baptized and have the Holy Ghost. Tonight we have a family night with all of them, and I am going to cook them all adobo and they will provide all the rice! :)
Next this last week we taught this less active, Brother J. His sons and nephew always work with us and the whole family is super active. He is the only one not. Well When we were on that splits last wednesday we also went and taught them and well... HE WENT TO CHURCH! His family told me he would not come. Well he was a little late to church and his family was already seated and when his wife saw him walk in her face was PRICELESS! She was blown away and so was everyone around her! HAHA! Just one lesson, just one act of love, one powerful commitment from the missionaries can turn the world around! 
And last, but not all, about our Surprise Baptism we have this week! So this brother was taught by the missionaries a year ago. He then left to Saudi Arabia before he could get baptized. Well he came back on vacation and went to church. He then came up to us and asked if he could be baptized THIS WEEK! He is going back to Saudi Arabia next Monday and because the church is not... well able to be there, he wants to be baptized before he goes back! I talked to President Lopez and the Bishop and they said he could but we have to teach all 5 lessons in Preach My Gospel in 5 days!!! So what a great task and what a great blessing! 

Well that is my great week! I know this gospel is true! I know that God is watching out for us and making us instruments in his hands! I am so blessed to be a missionary at this time! I am striving hard to magnify myself as a missionary to best serve all those around me! I work hard and am trying to keep my shoes on every day! I love you all your all amazing! 

Elder Minson 

This bat flew into Brocks Apartment.
I am pretty sure that isn't Brock holding it.

Brother Francis's Brother

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I am just trying to be my best for my Savior because he did His best for us!

Dear Family that is Trunkier then I am, ;)
Haha! Hey it is the truth!!
So this week has been a great week. I feel so enlightened and renewed this week! I have been busy with my studies and I am trying to magnify my calling the best I can! I am just trying to be my best for my Savior because he did His best for us!
So this week started with a great beginning. Wednesday was District Meeting and I absolutely loved it! It was really funny, both my companion and Elder Babida got really sick so me and Elder Wade became companions. We went to district meeting and set up for the 2 districts that I would be teaching (because elder Babida is also district leader), well it turns out there is only 2 districts in this zone... SO I TRAINED THE WHOLE ZONE! It was so good! I loved it! The training was on Charity and that has been my goal the whole week to become more charitable! It just felt really good and I got lots of compliments from it.
Well next thing that happened is now we have 2 baptisms this week!! Woohoo! Theya re both great! Brother Francis who as you all know is awesome! And Sister Rosita who is an older lady that has been an investigator forever! We are super stoked for them! Please pray that they will pass their interviews tomorrow! They are so good and have been looking forward to their baptisms!
So I found some good news out yesterday as well. 
I went to do and interview for our zone leaders and guess who was there? SISTER SANO!!! They moved into that ward! They were there and we took pictures (check their facebooks)! I then went in to do the interview and when I came out the whole Tangub Gang was there! The Balintays (well sam wasn't there) and the M family! It was so cool! And the best part of it was this. The M family when I was there was struggling pretty bad, Brother M had some Word of Wisdom issues. They were trying to get to the temple, but brother fell into lots of temptation! Well yesterday I heard they finally made it last September!! And they gave me one of the nicest things ever, they told me that because we came to their house and gave them the picture of the Temple and taped it to their wall, they were motivated to make it!!!! It made me feel so good that the efforts there were not wasted! It just brought a whole new sense of accomplishment to my soul!
Well also when doing interviews I had another great experience last Friday! I went to do an interview for the Assistants. And they are Elder May and the new Assistant is the one and only Elder Mu!!! We had to walk to their investigators house to interview and it was such an eye opening experience.They have such an amazing area filled with great help from members and of course, them being the assistants, they also have the best missionaries. I have learned so much with just an hour of being with them. To be humble and to be kind and charitable and virtuous! And it is something I am striving so hard to be.
It is weird being the Assistants District Leader. It is also such a great calling. I think it is the best in the whole mission! I learn so much from them and they just compliment me and lift my spirits and it makes me want to be a better person and missionary! I love it so much! I am so proud to be a missionary at this time in this area of the world!
I love my mission! I am so thankful for this calling as a missionary! I hope I can show that I am a disciple of Christ. I am thankful for all of you as my family and friends the support you all send me has made me want to be a better person I love you emails and the pictures, and am so grateful even if I can't respond you send this support! I am thankful for the gospel and the blessings it has bestowed upon me! I am thankful that my Savior atoned for my sins and gave me a way to return to him! Thank you all so much! Keep strong, keep smiling, and keep those shoes on!
Elder Minson
ps- dad if you want to say that last portion at thanksgiving

More Cool Craftsmanship By Filipino Artists

Elder Minson and Sister Angelia Sano

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MIssion tour with Elder Adern

We woke up to another small gift this morning. We so appreciate president Lopez for his thoughtfulness in posting pictures of the missionaries.