Funny irony this week, last week I lost my SD Card reader. This week I lost my camera, but found my reader. Hopefully I can find it soon! Sorry for the lack of pictures yet again.
In Manila, before I left was showing "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in local theaters. For those of you who don't understand, this is a movie from the 1960's that is one of my childhood favorites. I couldn't watch it but was happy to see the movie still being enjoyed.
The primary form of transportation here is on modified motorcycles with open sidecars (called "tri-cies") and modified WWII jeeps (called "jeep-nies.") People love to put random logos on things that have no relation to the company advertised. No seat belts here!
Filipino food here is very good, though I still miss American milk. Milk sold here has preservatives added and tastes different. This affects many dairy foods, deserts and candies sold here.
Today we had a lesson with someone investigating the Church. My companion taught 99.9% of the lesson. In the middle of the lesson, I stopped the lesson because the person was upset earlier. She was afflicted with Hemorrhoids. I shared with her the scripture Ether 12:27-28 in the Book of Mormon, and explained to her that God loves her and her afflictions were not a curse from God, but an opportunity to become humble, come closer to Christ and live righteously. How blessed is she to have that opportunity? She cried again, but this time in joy. We finished the lesson, and we genuinely brightened her day. I think that is why I have been called to the Philippines. To help and love people. I don't speak the language very well or fully understand the culture, but that is what I have to offer to the people of the Philippines.
I miss all of you and hope you've been doing well.
Elder Carl Joseph BialoruckiCauayan
Missionary, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
ANG SIMBAHAN NI JESUCRISTO NG MGA BANALSA MGA HULING ARAW