Sunday, April 20, 2014

Baptism!!! Week #37 Philippines Cadiz 2nd Branch Cadiz Zone

Dear ang Gwapo/Gwapa Pamilya kag ang mga Abyan ko,

Alright alright so this week was awesome! As you can see from the pictures I have sent you... WE HAD A BAPTISM!!!! It was great and we are so ready to keep the work going! We have been really focusing on getting new investigators, because this area really has not been touched by missionaries before, so we had very little to start with! We are doing real well with collecting new investigators, and we think we found some elect ones! Next month we should be having a couple more baptisms! 
This week was way cool! So to explain the crabs! We had this one investigator and she is totally elect like her baptism is on May 3rd. She is 19, I think, she is married, I think, and she has 1 child and she is pregnant, I know that one for sure. Any way she lives clear the heck out there like so far away! It is crazy! It was referral that we got from the Sisters when we got here. Well we have been teaching Sister A. M. for 3 weeks now and she was taught before by this missionaries, but this was the first time any one has taught her husband, Brother N. They are really awesome. Any way one day we were teaching Sister A.M., her husband wasn't home yet. Well right when we got done teaching, brother came around the corner. He was crab fishing earlier. SO he they gave us 3 crabs. Now these crabs were still alive. And this family is pretty poor... It was one of the nicest gifts we were given. So we cooked them that night and it was awesome! 
Well are area is huge and pretty exciting. I did get sick a bit this week with just a head cold, but I am pushing through it! Nothing can get this Elder down ;) Well I wish I had more to tell... There really wasn't much going on besides our baptism... OH WAIT!
Well I had the opportunity to baptize Brother R.P.A. He is a great investigator, that was kind of offended by the sisters then we came in and fixed it. His family are all new members, except his dad. He is really smart and is one of our good friends. Ever sense we got here he has joined us even on other investigator lessons! It really rocks! I also got to baptize the Sisters investigator Brother S. A.S. (i think is his name) he is mostly deaf and is really a funny old man! Our district here in Cadiz is now at 100 Recent Converts. That is only between our branch and the ward elder carver is in. And we are still going strong! Our branch is actually getting ready to be a Ward soon! It is crazy! 
Well I have nothing else to say, but I love you all! I am so proud of you Brody! Brigham I love the project it looks awesome! Dad I am proud of you keep on working hard! I love you Mom Happy Birthday again! Love you all! 

Elder Minson


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Week #36 Philippines Cadiz 2nd Branch Cadiz Zone

Dear White People I am in Relations With, ;)

Helllooooo Family!! :) Well this week has been one of magnitude in amazingness! Well sort of... My companion got sick on Tuesday and it kind of took us a while to get going again! This week will be much better! I loved this week do to the fact that I am getting comfortable with myself as a teacher. I am still not perfect, I suck at the language... but I will get there one day. I can still communicate just fine. It may not be perfect but it is simple, which according to Richard G. Scott, that is how we need to teach! The amazing thing is I understand the language, when people talk to me I know exactly what they are saying even though I have not studied some of the words they use I understand. I read about the Gifts of the Spirit and I realize that I don't have the Gift of Tongues, but the Gift of Interpretation. I sometimes understand questions or concerns faster then the Filipinos do! And then I am able to answer them with what they need! I am not glorifying myself, but I really feel Heavenly Father has helped me with this. He knows I am not great at learning the language, but he knows that I can read people really well, so he is making my weaknesses strong in them (Ether 12:27) and allows me to understand and help people through a different means. 

Well I have been getting a lot of questions about my companion so I will answer them. He is Elder Babida, he is the oldest in his family with 2 little sisters. He is really good at English because they study it here in the Philippines, it just depends on the person if they keep trying to learn it or drop it after the classes. He is from Manilla so he also has better schooling and is not as poor as the people here are. He is pretty much me, but Filipino. He plays video games, likes sports, likes music, and is just awesome! ;) 

Well this week we had a baptismal interview for one of our candidates and he will be baptized on Saturday by ME!! I am super excited it has been along time sense I have had a personal baptism! I hope this continues, we should be getting weekly baptisms by next month if we work hard enough! 

Well General Conference was just amazing. One of my favorite talks was by Elder Richard G. Scott! He really was amazing at addressing the needs for families, which could easily be applied to mission work! I also loved many of the other talks given. Jeffery R. Holland is still just a fire ball of a speaker and he really puts the hammer down when it comes to our duties as members, missionaries, and priesthood holders! I really also loved Elder Oaks talk in priesthood session! It gave me something to share with women about how they are so important as well for us priesthood holders! They are the support and the strength behind us honestly! :) There was just so much expressed about family and our duties as families it really gets me excited for the future! Haha! But I still have a while so I won't worry to much just yet! ;)

Well I love you all please send me questions, concerns and other things if you have them! Love you so much please keep strong! :) 

Elder Minson