Sunday, February 23, 2014

Week# 29 Philippines Tangub Ward Bacolod South Stake


So how is everyone doing this week?

Alright so this week was rough. We were just having very little success every day. Usually we split our area apart so we are going to different area everyday. This week was different we hit our whole area almost everyday and we still had very few lessons! UGH! I was just so upset by this. We have tried 15 minute member lessons, ward missionaries with us, LA focus, ect. It just was a rough, rough week... But I am not going make that a reason for me to stop! 

For good news we had several of our investigators commit to a baptismal date and 3 of them are so close to being baptized! They should be baptized by the 3rd week of March! I will admit this Sunday was a bit sad though. We expected so many to come  to church. We ended up finding out there was a burial that morning and all our progressing investigators went to it. It was a bit frustrating.... They said they will for sure be at church next week though! 
So I learned a lot about my self at presidents training this last week. The thing I have focused on is "listening" I realize I struggled with listening to my companion and what he is teaching. I focused so hard on it this week and I learned something new. "Listening" is a two way thing, you need to do it as a companionship. Though I love Elder Dalumpines completely, he really does have a problem with this. Every time I listened, the spirit was easily felt, I taught confident and strong! Then I realized after I finished he would go, but it had nothing to do with what I just said! Haha! It is a work in progress, but eventually we will get this whole unity in teaching thing down!
We also have transfers this week! I really don't want to leave do to Hazel being baptized the 2nd week of March. I love her family! She asked me such a heart breaking question and I was sad to respond. She asked, "Will you still be here to keep teaching me after I get baptized?" It kicked me in the face a bit. Though I have a bit of a desire to leave to get a new look. I really love the people here and I will be really sad to leave them! As I said earlier though, Elder Dalumpines said in his interview President told him to help prepare me to be senior this next transfer! Which means transfers...

I am trying to work hard, learning the language and the lessons so I can teach effectively and I everyday see improvement in myself! I will get there eventually! Keep working hard family! I love all of you! Thank you so much for keeping me updated on everything! Boys keep having fun and working hard for your missions! Mom keep strong, school is the hardest part, the rest is fun and games ;) Dad I love you, thank you so much for your example! For all my grandparents, family members, and friends, Keep Those Shoes On! I will be home in a blink and will help you tie them when I get there! ;) Love you all! 

Elder Minson

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