Thursday, October 23, 2014

Who Wouldn't Love This KID??

OYM... (Open Your Mouth) Who KNEW??

Hey mom!! Looks like you had fun in Vegas! Thats where I tell people I live some times haah cause no one knows where utah is so I just say malapit sa las vegas.. Meaning I am close to las vegas ahah! But hope to hear from you love ya!

This week has been a busy week for us here in San Miguel, we had to go all the way down to Baliwag twice this week. I got a call from the office saying I had to open my email and to do some paper work for my visa and that ish, so I had to print like passport pics and stuff like that but here in San Mig there is nothing here like that so we had to travel all the way down to Baliwag which is an hour plus drive haha and we get there to the place and the didnt even have what I needed.. So then I called the office and was like hey there is nothing here haha so then they were like okay we are coming to Baliwag tomorrow so can you meet us, so thats what we did we went all the way to Baliwag again on Thursday to sign things and fill out paper work for visa things ahha. It sucks but hey its done with now. 

Other than that we have had a good week, with lots and lots of OYM! It was dope we went to an area that I havnt even been to called Tibagan and found a whole bunch of new inv and also I oymed a whole barangay hall, which is basically the city hall haha it was funny there was like 12 people in there that we OYMED that said we could go back aha so thats cool! I love oyming because people LOVE white people so it just makes it so easy for me to do it haha so I usually make it fun when I do it! 

Also again no inv at church.. struggling with that, but on the bright side we had 12 less actives show up, so I was happy.

We are still teaching sister Lara, she is doing really good and she really likes what we are teaching, but the other day she really opened up to us when we invited her to come to church. She told us that she has a lot of phobias, like afraid of  being around a lot of people and being alone and being in a small space, she what we did was we asked her if she had faith that she could be healed just like Jesus Christ healed people in the Bible, she said yes, and then we asked her if she believed she could be healed, she again said yes. So we gave her such a wonderful priesthood blessing, the spirit was so strong as we layed our hands on her head and anointed her with oil and gave her a blessing to heal her of her mental illnesses. It was such a cool experience, and she later texted us that night thanking us and telling us how good she feels inside and how she felt something, obviously the spirit. It is such a blessing that we as members of the church have, the restored priesthood of God, the same authority Jesus Christ had while he walked the earth, and I feel so blessed to be trusted with such a great blessing. But lets hope she gets better and progresses in the gospel, so keep Lara in your prayers.

Oh transfers I am staying as a senior and Lopez is leaving.. sad.

My new comp is elder Mabella?.. I dont know him at all I thing sort of new, but with another penoy comp that will be over one year with no american comp.. Sad day again.. Oh well penoys are cool. I just miss america and white people... I aint racist tho..

But I am excited for a new transfer and I am ready to tear San MIg into peices haha. 

well no email from dad.. sad day... 

love elder Howell

Monday, October 13, 2014

Feeling Lazy Today!

hey haha nice braces first off ahaha and that sucks about my card.. So should I cut my card and toss it now?..

But my week was pretty decent I guess, we are still struggling getting inv at church so it is really frustrating at times but I guess we need to just go on. I dont have too much to report about haha other that the fact I had exchanges on Thursdayand I went with elder Nelson who is a new missionary from Mapleton Utah ahha! It was such a dope day and we killed it! Things just seem easier when you have two with guys! We had such a fun time just working and going ham! Also we just talked it up and told stories all day ahha it was such a fun day for us, plus I gave him some advice about his comp who he is struggling with and that even tho his comp is disobedient doesnt mean he just takes it ha so as of now they are doing much better and so that is cool. 

One down this week was that we had one of our family investigators drop us, that sucked but I guess we just got to move on, they said they just wanted to be Catholic and not change but they have their agency.

Conference was really good other than the fact that it was in Tagalog.. That sucked actually haha. But it was still good. It was just weird looking at elder Holland and having a Tagalog translation coming out with no emotion. So it was a little hard to focus on the talks but it was solid. I miss America.

On Friday we got a new inv who was the old Brngy Cap in our area so he might be the richest dude in our area haha so that was dope, plus on saturday we went to his sisters house who might be the second richest in our area so we are teaching the old Brngy Cap, his sister and his niece. The niece seems the most interested and is way cool so lets hope something happens out of these new people.

Also something cool on exchanges was we were just walking and had gone pretty far and there wernt many houses but then I got feeling to go down this random road that was the last road then we showed up and taught this dude hah it was cool, the Lord is preparing people for us!

That is basically my week ahah not much going on here haha same ol same ol, but pday was fun we just did a zone activity and played a bunch of games so that was fun to do that and to also be with some friends in the zone. But yeah thats me.

sorry its pretty short I am feeling lazy today. ha lol

love elder howell

Monday, October 6, 2014

Packages and LOTS of Letters!! Thank YOU

Lightning, Mud and Zone Interviews OH MY!

Hey mom happy birthday!! SOrry its late! But I did send you a letter, so you should get in maybe in Nov hahah! But I hope it was a good one! Love you mom! Are you 43?.. Sorry haha love you! But I hope all is good with you guys! FYI I need money.. Things are mahal here so I need some money.. Thanks!

So last week, I am going to break this email down by days so I will start off with Monday and so on and so forth!(: 

So monday was our PDay didnt do much ha just played bball with some members and then emailed, its funny to play with members cause they suck so bad haha, its weird cause basketball is their favorite sport yet a good majority of the people suck aha oh well. Then Monday eveneing as we were going out to work there was this crazy lightning/thunder storm, way sketchy. The lightning was way close every way we walked and it was just so loud with the thunder, but we stayed safe ahah.

Then on Tuesday we had a lot of appointments schedueled in a short amount of time and all these appointments were with all important inv and they were all set return appt, plus are area is huge and way spread out so we had to be quick, so thats what we did we sprinted to every one of them ahah like all out running, people were probs thinking what are with these mormons haah it was funny but cool and then we were able to make it to all of our lessons and teach great lessons!

Wednesday we found another way good family, they were a referral that we contacted and they are way cool, the dad is a tryc driver and he is busy a lot but they are willing to listen and stuff so that was cool to add another family to our teaching pool. Also I got chased by some swans, that was kind of scary. They are some pretty mean animals ahah, oh funny story on wednesday, this stupid tryc driver asked if I wanted to ride him?!?! WHAT?? hahah he wanted to say do I want a ride but he sucks at english so he said that haah that has been our laugh for this week! Plus lots of chicks ask for pictures so that happened a lot on wednesday haha so I am famous probs on FB! haha lol

Then on Thursday we had Zone interviews, that was a great time our mission president is doing great and he is awesome! He has so many good ideas! But we were late to the meeting.. cause our jeepney tire blew up out in the middle of no where so we had to wait like 30 min for the next one to come haha that sucked oh well! Plus I got a bunch of letters and and a package!! I was so happy!! SO keep letters coming!!!

Friday we got a lot of rain and we were in our farthest area in Paliwasan and we had to walk through knee deep mud haha not just water mud haa in the pitch black cause our flashlight went dead so we did feel like some pioneers haha, but we had to get to the faimly clear out there cause they have a bap date and we need to finish the lessons haah! Oh well at least I have a cool story now..

Saturday we taught another one of our great familys who live by a cemetery.. And the cemeterys here are way odd.. They dont bury them they just cover the casket in cement and then just kind of stack them around in a area.. Very creeepy and interseting sight to see..

Sadly we havnt watched conf yet, its a week behind here so we will get it this week, I love conf so I am way stoked to listen! I hope you had a good time with hearing conf!! THis will be my third time hearing conf on my mish! Wow thats weird three times... Well thats about all my week, we are still doing good here in San Miguel haha I am becoming for Penoy each day, I have been converted to rice.. Erry day.. Plus I am being tipid so I have to wash my own clothes.. by hand. I am becoming professional at it haha NOT! but oh well..

Love, elder Howell

Friday, October 3, 2014

1 YEAR Na Ako?

People Here Just Love WHITE!

Hey mama! How is it going?? All is good here in Baliwag! Still got a cough sort of chronic but its all good haha its slowly going away! This week was pretty solid except for Saturday and Sunday, we had to go all the way to Baliwag for District Conf, and the drive is like 2 hours away from our house, so that ate a lot of our time on those two days, but it was cool we had a lot of less actives attend all the way in Baliwag! I am just like why wont you go to church in San Miguel, its cause they are all offended there at our branch so they would rather go all the way to Baliwag haha I dont understand these people some times...
Went on exhanges this week with our DL, that was an interesting experience to say the least haha, he doesnt study PMG or read the BOM aha so it was a weird day for us but it was okay.
Me and my comp are doing good, he is a little weird but I guess who isnt weird, at least he wants to work so I dont care that he is weird as long as he works haha.
Tuesday was a great day for me.. It was my year mark ahah, so me and one of my kabahays had a nice little celebration, I will include the pics haha!
We recieved a referral from our branch pres they are these two girls between 18-20 years old they are way cool and can deff see them getting bap!
On Saturday after the Conf we went to MCdo do eat with our zone and there were a lot of students in there who kept looking at me?.. Dont know why people here just love WHITE! So I used this as an advantage and OYM a bunch of students in the Mcdo haha! It is always funny to talk to Penoys in Tagalog cause they think white people cant speak tag and they get way surprised! haah
Umm all is going good here nothing to complain about we have been getting good work here and finding a lot of new inv! So it is still going good here!

Love elder Howell
PS The scripture I want is 3 nephi 5:13 Thanks