hello my dear mga kaibigan,
Just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive. Life here is a lot different than back home but I'm adjusting and doing really well.
So much has happened that I don't even know what to say. I'll start with the most shocking news of all time- I'VE GAINED SO MUCH WEIGHT HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES. Would anyone believe me if I told you I've gained 13 POUNDS in the short amount of time I've been here?! What?! Everyone was convinced that I'd die from starvation here but I'm actually becoming so fat. And the Filipinos are not afraid to let me know this fact haha.
But besides from putting on weight like no tomorrow, I promise I'm also working really hard. There's really high expectations for the missionaries of the Angeles Mission and sometimes I feel really overwhelmed. There are 4,495,881 beautiful Filipinos in the Angeles Mission boundaries, and 4,460,881 of them have not yet accepted the gospel in their lives. That means that if the 102 companionships that we have in our mission baptized weekly (which is what is expected of us here) it would take us 911 years and 1 month to get everyone baptized! Ah, just thinking about it makes me stressed. I have so much work to do! We have a lot of investigators and many people are willing to listen to our message, but it's hard to keep them progressing. But I'm finding so much joy in getting to share with them the testimony I have and the knowledge that they have a loving Savior and that through them they can be with their families forever. I have the happiest message to share, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to share it every single day here in the Philippines.
My Tagalog is still really bad and it's really frustrating but it's all good haha. I'm trying my best and leaving the rest to the Lord.
Sorry I don't really have any amazing life changing stories to share with you but I'll leave you with possible my favorite picture I've taken so far, just because I have SO MUCH LOVE for everyone there. Even though most of the time I have no idea what anyone is saying, the love I have for my investigators is unreal.
Ingat. I love and miss you all so much.