Monday, March 28, 2016

Week 39...Lasam Philippines

Holy Week...

So this week was real fast.  And sorta weak sauce. So this week is this week called Holy Week, where the Catholics keep the Sabbath day holy for the most part, except not on the Sabbath day, just on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday. The whole city is super quite and nobody is working and there are no trycees driving and they don't sell meat.  Everyone stays home and or goes to the Catholic church for Holy Thursday and Holy Friday. To my understanding they are remembering Jesus Christ and His Atonement, just like we do every Sunday when we partake of the sacrament. But yah. So the work wasn't too hot this week.

The two families that are really interested are still interested. They have some setbacks though. Ralph Mabaggu has a smoking problem. We taught the Word of Wisdom last week and they totally get it, and he wants to stop smoking.  We didn't however help them make a plan to stop. So that's what we did this week.  So we asked Ralph how much he smokes, and he said before we taught WoW, he smoked between 1 to 2 packs a day. But since we taught, he had reduced it all the way down to 5 or 6 sticks a day, and that is without setting a plan or goals or anything. That is a miracle.  He said he was already reading the BoM and pamphlets in order to resist temptation and his wife helps him a lot. We set goals and plans with him to be down to zero sometime next month. And he also said he would try to not go above 6 sticks in the coming days. We are going to keep trying to reduce every week until he can stop completely.  They were supposed to come to church yesterday but Ralph got surprised with work and couldn't come :(

Sherwin, the other dad of our other family, has also been taught the WoW.  He has no problems what so ever. The sitch is that when we taught him, his wife wasn't there. So when we came back the next time, we found out that his wife drinks 3 cups every day.  On Saturday, we planned on teaching the whole fam the WoW, but when we got there, the wife was drinking coffee and also made coffee for all the kids, which is okay because they haven't been taught the WoW yet. But Sherwin got embarrassed and he kinda snuck away cause he thought we wold be mad. And they were supposed to come to church yesterday, but they didn't so we think that he is kinda shy and embarrassed now.  So we gotta go and try and figure this one out with them in the coming days.

So we have some sticky WoW situations but its okay and we'll will help them haha.

Tuesday, we had zone con. It was good stuff. The APs gave a really good training on teaching with the Spirit and asking inspired questions and listening to investigators and discerning their needs so I am trying to apply it into the work.

But yah other than that, we struggled with the work this week. We had a good weekly planning though and have plans for this week and it will hopefully be a really good week.

I've been reading the Bom like crazy this transfer.  I have read the books of Mosiah, Alma, and Helaman in like a week and a half and now I am in third Nephi, when Christ comes. I love the BoM.

That's it. Thanks for everything everyone. Your prayers and support are much much appreciated.

-Elder Andersen

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