Monday, May 30, 2016

Goodbye Elder Rodrigo

Elder Rodrigo is leaving a few weeks early to be available to attend college. It was very difficult for him to leave before the rest of his batch. We know he loved serving the Lord and we will miss him. Good luck and keep in contact with us!
 Elder Rodrigo, Elder Ramos, Elder Flitton
 Elder Rodrigo's badge is off because President Tye was the one responsible to release him as a full-time missionary. This is the only time this has happened in the three years we have been here. Elder Rodrigo's family moved to a District within our mission boundaries during the two years he served here. His heart was broken as he took off his missionary badge.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Miscellaneous Pictures Of May

 Here is a mixture of monthly events -

 Six sisters in a trike? They all squeezed in - I was just there for the picture.
 Sister Silbasa and Sister Lisaca having a rest with Sister Tye.
 President Tye baptizes in San Pedro 3
 Happy Birthday to President Tye on May 11th.
 After many unsuccessful hair cuts and color at local beauty shops, I decided to cut my own hair. Goodbye 4".
 Placing flags at the American Cemetery in Manila on Memorial Day weekend.
 Memorial Day service with our Senior Couples.
 MLC for May 
Elder & Sister Simon talked about the importance of having 72hr backpacks filled and ready for an emergancy. They also showed us what they are finding when the apartments are inspected. Sad but true, most of the missionaries do not keep their 72hr backpacks filled and ready. The bags are filled to pass inspection, then the missionaries are eating the contents. 
 Remodel work at the mission home.
Preparation for the arrival of President and Sister Speirs.
 Visit from one of our RM's and his family.
So wonderful to meet the Rindlisbacher family!!!
 My classroom setup for the Stake Relief Society workshop on May 7th. The topic was, "Preparing our children (and I added families) for missionary work." I prepared an activity and handouts for 150 sisters and came home with an extra 5. That was pretty close to right on. 
 In May the Mission President Seminar was held in Cebu. We were very excited to fly to another island, and Cebu is beautiful. The Cebu Temple has now become one of our favorites!
 I was suffering from food poisoning and could not eat my nuts and M&M's. That is pretty sad!
 The most wonderful people I know! You can tell that we have given so much to our callings - we all look exhausted! I will love these dear six friends forever. We have listened, loved, hugged, cried, and laughed together for the past three years. A special bond will always connect us. The phrase "You Are In The Philippines" will always remind us of each other.
 Elder & Sister Broadbent, and Elder Laws in our monthly meeting with the Senior Couples.

The three pictures below are phone messages that President and I sent to each other. I copied them because they are dear to our Philippine experience.
 President to me - he is stuck in traffic and sent me this message so I will know why he is late getting home.
 Me to President - according to WAZE, EDSA was clear at 3:10pm! Never ever is EDSA in the green! Must have been election day because this never happens. I had to record the moment, unbelievable.
President and I are having a conversation and I copied this to remind me at a later date of how busy and dedicated we were to pressing forward.
10:56am - I just hung up the phone from scheduling a date for our household items to be packed and shipped back to the United States . . . and I'm crying. President comforts me.
2:19pm - I needed to make cookies for an upcoming event and I was tired.
8:08pm - President is frustrated with the traffic but prays for patience.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Transfer Day

Here are some pictures I took of Transfer Day at the mission office. The missionaries that gather at the office are either training new missionaries or coming in to change companions and transfer to another area. 
 Elder Magbanua and Elder Sandot
Sister Pacis and Sister Melad 
 Elder Fernandez and Elder Lagumbay
 Elder Ramos and Elder Sison
 Elder Broadbent, Elder Espinoza, and Elder Baticbatic
Elder Huskey, Elder and Sister Broadbent

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Welcome Sign

Welcome To The May 2016 Batch! 
"For thou art called to prune my vineyard with a mighty pruning yea, even for the last time" D&C 24:19
 Sister Dungan
 Sister Mondragon
 Sister Fa'alavelave
 Sister Baluyot
 Elder Gaje
 Elder Tongco
 Elder Amparado
 Elder Feliciano
 Elder Mejia
 Elder Ah Wong
 Elder Ycong
 Elder Untalan
 Elder Galang
 Elder Baabo
 Elder Tuco
 Elder Valdez
 Elder Katutu
Elder Bianan