Today's e-mail will probably not be as good as the last one, I got a lot of good responses from that last e-mail but it was awesome to see many you inspired by Arman's story. he is the man! He texts us every day asking if he can work, and the thing he wants to do the most is TRACT! haha I believe he is going to be an AP.Nothing much happened this week, it was pretty simple, and rough. We are still having a hard time finding new investigators, but the good news is that the Ward is really kicking things into gear! But unfortunately I will be gone by the time the fruits start to appear! Hence the title! Transfers are on feb 12 and if not for some abnormal reason I should be transferred. I am actually really sad to leave, but then excite to see more of the Philippines and work with more great people!
Elder Garcia and I were talking to these girls I knew when I was with Elder Olsen, we tried to teach them. They wanted to be taught but just don't have time because of work, but one day while we were waiting for a ride, we were talking to them, and I remembered that I had a pack of trident gum that my parents sent to me for Christmas I don't know why because we are not allowed to chew gum, but I give it out to kids and tell them its from America and they freak out! anyways... I gave some fo the game to the girls, and they didn't eat it! They put it in little baggies and put them in their purses! As in they wanted as a remembrance of me! hahaha, first off, these girls know who I am they know I am no one special just a mission from America, and I have spoken with them many times, and they still do stuff like that because I am an American. They say its precious!WHAT! cmon its flippin gum just eat it! Sometimes it gets annoying, but still amussing at the same time. I always wonder if I am going to come home attention deprived, like "Why is no one looking at me?" " Am i not beautiful anymore!?" "NO one loves me! I am a ghost!" I am sure it will happen haha but its all good I got to feel like a celebrity for 2 years. I always want to put a gopro camera on my chest and share a video to you all of what it is like to walk in the streets as an american, even after they know who you are! it doesnt always have its perks eaither, The Philipines is like the capital of the gay population, and I am not saying that to be mean or anything like that in anyway but its just so common here and a trend! Bakla's and tomboys is what they are called, and they go all out! Cross dressing, and everything and at first it was beyond creepy! because they will cat call you like crazy, come up to you and get all up in your grill and stuff, and rub your skin, tell you how beautiful you are, and I don't know if I even said this once but I have had one bakla grab my butt! haha but now i just see them as children of god and have fun with them like were are friends. It freaked Elder Olsen out all the time!
Well I will leave it there! I love you all! I will send pictures!
-on the Lord's errand-San Pablo Philippines Mission