WEEK 42 (Panglao)



June 26, 2016

Hi,
To tell you the truth this past week has been really tough- it seriously was one of the craziest weeks of my mission- so much happened, I was so exhausted but i just prayed and went to bed and feel better waking up this morning.  A new energy to start the week and have a better one... I hate it when my p-days are on Wednesday-- it messes up my mind haha (it's happening again this next p-day cause we have another conference with new pres).
 
Anyways...wanna know what happened to me this week? I'll inform you--don't freak out cause its been insane...

So on Thursday after finishing a long day of working there was a huge blackout here in Panglao--it was so dark while riding our bikes...scary.  And then there was a storm, super windy and rainy and then of course i got a flat tire far from our house and we had to drop our bikes off at the Elders and walk home... Ya that sounds crazy but that was all fine--like an adventure and Samoya and I were in good spirits because we had good lessons with our IBD and new investigator.

Our district leader and a new trainee wanted to check-in on us to make sure we were ok and while passing our house, the trainee asked for water and needed to rest (they are on bikes too).  So he sits on our porch and we are all talking and all of a sudden the new Elder starts having a full on asthma attack and passes out.... his left for home to get his inhaler...so me and my comp had too deal with this in the pitch black stormy night!  To make a long story short, we called member and got to the hospital and I waited with the Elder until the zone leaders came and took control of the situation.  We didn't get to bed that night till 2... so that was insanity!

Also, on Saturday, finally the baptism of Nanay Macabane (it seemed like everything was trying to make it so her baptism didn't push through, but Nanay is one tough lady and she pushed through it all).  But before the service started, little Princess Macabane (her granddaughter) was playing in the piano and stuck her finger in the pedal socket and something inside cut her pinky finger... she starts screaming and everyone thought it was just a little cut.  I got a quick view of the blood and hearing her screams so I pushed my way through the frantic moms and Nanay and realized very quickly that if she didn't get to the hospital quickly she would loose her finger.  It had cut her pinky tip almost all the way off.  Poor Sister Macabane was trying to console her child.  I'm glad Sister Herdegen was there or else I might have lost it in the pure chaos.  But we quickly explained to the mother that if she wants to keep the finger she need to go to the hospital now, and they went.  Like I said before, Nanay Macabane is a strong women and she insisted that they continue with her baptism and we did and it was beautiful (just a little solemn... the image of Princess's poor finger and her cries were kinda imprinted in my head), but Nanay is now the newest member of the Panglao group and it feels good to finally have a baptism after our hard work here.  

I also got really frustrated because another of our investigator families didn't come to church again, and we have no idea why.  I started to feel like all of our work here was for nothing.  This week me and Sister Samoya will do some serious tracting and find a bunch of new investigators... hopefully we will be lead to those that are looking for the Gospel.  

I really have been enjoying the 10 pages of the Book of Mormon everyday challenge from the Mission President--I am almost done!!  I totally feel that I am more prone to feel the Spirit because I read it every day and make it a priority.. definitely the fastest I have ever read it!  It's such a cool book honestly--I love it, and I really feel so lucky that I have it and have a knowledge of whats in it... like earlier this week we were criticized and sorta "attacked" by this crazy tatay during a lesson... but it was so sad because he kept pointing to a single verse in the Old Testament ... like there was no point of the New Testament at all or the purpose of Christ.  Even when Sister Samoya said she doesn't want to argue because that's not of God the man still continues to argue and contend.. .Satan has such a strong hold!! As funny as it was also depressing :/ 

So that was my week... haha kinda insane I know.  It really hasn't been the best but its been experiences I guess..this next one will be better!!! I love our mountain bikes too!!! 

I love you and think about you all the time!!! 
Ryan 

WEEK 41 (Panglao)

June 21, 2016

Kumusta mu???
Not much to say- I'll write more on Monday.  I know I think I have said before that my new hobby is getting fresh fruit from trees in our area with the local kiddos.  This week was funny.  I'll send pics\ vid.
Also had Bohol missionaries conference which was fun and uplifting.  We sang a "Armies of Helaman" duet to say goodbye to President Tanner and it literally brought me back to when I was 14 at EFY for the first time and felt the Spirit.  This time I felt the same even though I was singing it with a whole different army people on the other side of the world--yet the same beautiful feeling.  It was great.
My companion is like a chess champion and finally got her hands on a chess board but was sad to find out that I am not much competition.  Literally she beats me in a matter of minutes.  I am trying to convince her to keeping our little free time to finishing our companionship painting.
The Cababahays are doing awesome, their baptism was pushed again so they could save money... July 9. They are doing super good.  They had another argument except this time instead of brother getting really mad like he used too he said a prayer and calmed himself down and they fixed whatever was the problem.  It was great to hear and they are very anxious to be baptized. We are also very anxious for them as well...
Well, it's not summer anymore which means everyday we see all the cute children in their uniforms walking home from school- they are my favorite to talk too. Also not as hot- just rainy and muddy!!! and mosquito-y eew
luv you !!! 

Yum munga success!!
Last day with Pres. and Sister Tanner.. next mission pres. arrives next week
awee my Liloan friendzzz <3

Nanay Fortunata, Bro. Macabane, Clark

WEEK 40 (Panglao)

June 13, 2016

Wow!! Thursday I'm halfway done with my mission!!  SAD!  The time really flies let me tell ya. 
Things in Panglao started off really good this week and ended sadly- there was a random rainstorm on Sunday morning and literally almost no one came to church.  Only the few members with a car. So that was a bummer and kinda a let down since we were planning on having 7 investigators there. And the Cababahay's didn't make it so their baptism is pushed back.  We taught them earlier today and they were both really disappointed with themselves for not going and have felt horrible about it.  They had their interview for their baptism and are ready!!  They just need to keep their smaller commitments. But I am full of gratitude for the changes I have seen in their lives since they have accepted the Gospel.  Before they were a couple really struggling with controlling their tempers and were always arguing with each other- both struggled with pride and forgiving each other.  But now- they don't leave the house with out saying family prayer and they are so supportive of each other and growing their relationship with God.  It's beautiful.  And even though I still have trouble sometimes completely understanding what they say (they speak a different, deeper dialect of Bisaya and so flippin fast) I am so humbled and grateful for my opportunity to teach them with Sister Samoya.  We love them- they are our first full family we have taught and are amazing.  To think it all started my 2nd day in Panglao and a legit 3 min convo with Sister Sabeth at the tabay (well) as she walking away I yelled "pwede magbisita mi nimo " (can we visit you ) and she said "hm puhon" (soon) which is really the non-confrontational Filipino way of saying never.... but we did. :))) 
Funny thing from this week:
Found out from Anna Marie that it is a Filipino tradition to cut off your babies hair on their 1st bday and if you want them to be godly you put it in a Bible.  If you want them to go abroad you put it in a passport, etc.  I laughed pretty hard.  I wonder where she will put Joy Joy's?

I also had the chance to attend Sister Jessah's baptism this week (she is deaf and mute) and it was one of the most spiritual moments of my life so far.  She was so excited and after when she bore her testimony in sign- the room was completely silent and we couldn't understand her but you could just feel her spirit and her testimony. It's hard to describe but was a truly beautiful moment.  Also two longtime RMs (like dad's age) came to Panglao and saw us and stopped to talk to us- it was so cool!!! They had served here 21 years ago and had some awesome stories and some of their converts are big time leaders in our mission.  It was fun to talk to them a bit- and inspired me and Samoya to keep on pushin!! 

No effort is wasted! No matter how hot, how sick, or how exhausted I feel-- I absolutely love every aspect of being a missionary.  I love how safe I feel, how much I feel God's love for everyone and everything around me, I love learning and teaching about this 100% true gospel.  The only true church on this earth.  I am grateful to be a part of it.  I love you all!

(P-day on Wednesday next week because of mission farewell conference for Pres. Tanner.)

Cababahay Family



Waiting for a tricycle :))
Jessah's Baptism
Cockroach kill...I really hate those things and they don't die!


Baby Joy Joy