Date

August 20, 2017

Area

Santiago

Companion

I'm in the Deep End

This place is crazy. There is almost no clean water, there is no A/C, there is no TP, the roads are all falling apart. It is also always soaking and a billion degrees here. But I love it. the people here are amazing. Even if they are not interested in what you are saying they will still let you in and talk to them. I never knew what a ton of rice was until I got here. 
My trainer is Elder Remoroza. He is a really cool guy. He is from the Manila area. He has been here since February. He has taught me a lot of Tagalog and culture things. It is a good thing he is great at this missionary thing or I would be done for. I remember on my first day I had no clue what was going on, I would just occasionally bear a quick testimony. It has gotten to the point where I can understand most of the lesson, but it is still kind of hard to understand words out on the street. I'm sure that I've just got to be patient.
My mind has been absolutely blown this entire time I have been here. It is so different from home, but I love everything that has happened. I have also ridden on a bunch of what they call tricycles. It is basically a motorcycle with a side car welded on, and they are everywhere. 
It is kind of hard to think of a specific moment where I have realy felt the influence of the Spirit, because I almost constantly feel it. It really helps to feel the Spirit, especially when I have no clue what they are saying. A lot of the people we are talking to have a desire to change, it's just a hard thing to do in the third world.
I had my first experience with a Filipino sacrament yesterday. I got up and bore a 30 second testimony, and enjoyed the talks. A lot of people don't have the money to buy nice church clothes, so they show up i a t shirt and jeans, which speaks a lot to me. They may not be able to afford everything, but they know that church is for them and they will show up in the best of what they've got. That's probably my favorite thing about the Filipinos. They may not have a lot, but they do their very best with the little they have. 
I have just been a sponge soaking in this new culture,a and it has been awesome. Our last night at the MTC we had Balut. It's really not that bad. I even ended up eating 2. There is some crazy looking stuff here, but most if it is safe. 
I have already learned a ton on this crazy ride, and I can't wait to learn so much more. I love you all and will talk to you in a week.




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