Monday, March 24, 2014

Jessica's Twenty Fourth Email! March 23rd, 2014

Hello family and friends!!!! Let me just say, it is a great day when you lose an investigator to the waters of Baptism!!! CHRIS WAS BAPTIZED! It was a great day. One of the best of my life. This week was great leading up to it. Hilarious! Especially when we went over to help him fill out his baptism and confirmation record. He was having such a hard time knowing what went where. Good thing we brought him a scratch sheet first! And then we were reviewing his interview questions and he was all nervous and asking us to "give him the right answers" haha. As if he needed us! He was so ready it's not even funny. He is so great. Oh man, right before the baptism started, I asked if there was anyone else we needed to wait for or if we should start. He said "oh ya! I invited Thomas S Monson and haven't seen him yet. Let's wait another minute." Haha I was dying. I love that family so much. Next step, temple sealing! Can't wait. Chris is seriously like a big brother to me and Sister Simpson. Like the Casey of the Philippines! Haha I love it. He is always giving us a hard time and is just the funniest. And they live right across the highway from us so every time we go over at night he always walks us out to the road and watches us until we get home. It was a great thing to watch him get baptized, and pretty funny too because he is so tall. Good thing we had Elder McBride who is about the same size.

Other big news of the week... transfers. I am STAYING in Tigaon! I'm so happy! The work is really picking up. SO that means I am with Sister Simpson for these next 6 weeks again. AND the other 2 sisters in our house are staying too. I think that our transfer announcements are different than a lot of missions because a lot of my friends have written about when they get "the call" telling them where they are going. So here's how it goes in the Naga mission. Our zone leaders just send a mass text Saturday night to the whole zone and it says transferring, with all the missionaries names being transferred, and then training, and all the missionaries training. Then if your name is on the list you and your companion go to the church by the mission home for transfer announcements 3 days later on Tuesday in Naga. Then the President and AP's announce where you're being transferred and who your comp is and all of that. It's a pretty stressful meeting and I'm sure even worse when you're the one transferring. So this is my 4th transfer in Tigaon and by the end of this transfer it will be 6 months in this town. Love it. I've even gotten to be pretty good friends with some of the workers here in Tigaon. Oh man! Like the 2 post office employees. Great pals! I think I go there every P-day! It's funny though because I have only left the zone two times in the last 4 and a half months to go to Naga. That's like an hour and a half away. Last summer I literally think I was in a different state every other week and then sometimes a different country. Now... Tigaon... always. Somehow I haven't gone crazy like I thought I would. Blessings of serving a mission. But I do miss planes haha.

This week was full of injuries, mostly small. Two were scary though. Haha the first was when I ELECTROCUTED myself! Like straight up out of the movies, my whole body. So sketchy. All because I wanted to watch The Restoration while I ate my lunch. Gotta be more careful with these outlets! The other was Sister Ronquillo. Sunday we were getting ready for church and she turned and walked right into her fan. She had taken the cover off because it doesn't fit right and makes a horrible sound. But anyway. It ripped through her skirt and tights and cut up her leg. She faints when she sees blood so I had to cover her eyes and fix it up haha. The other sisters asked if I am a nursing major. Haha I am way skilled at putting bandaids on I suppose. Guess I am getting a little tougher cause I think mom knows how I felt about blood 6 months ago!

Last week I was reading Madison's email. She said something about how the other sisters in her house probably don't like her very much because she is obedient. I feel the same way!!!!!! Haha I love reading my friend's letters to their families/friends because it doesn't matter where in the world you are serving! We all go through the same things. We all have the same purpose. And we all have rough things we have to deal with. But I love that I have all my friends there. We all email back and forth and it's seriously so encouraging. The army of missionaries! Bringing the world His truth, that's some powerful stuff!

The other day we had to run a lot of random little errands. Had to go to some government building to get a map for our area book, make copies of our progress record, make the baptism program, had to do something for our district. I forgot how much I love running errands! Seriously like my favorite thing. A little more enjoyable in a car :) But still, it was like the good ol' days.

This week we made the cake batter cookies with the cake mix mom sent me. SO DELICIOUS. I ate more than I should have. Felt so sick. Dad had just sent me a story like 2 weeks ago about eating too many brownies and ice cream one night on his mission and feeling so sick. That's about how I was feeling! But in the end, worth it. Thanks mom! Your packages are like a little slice of happiness in my life. The best!

Also this week! Taught Sister Simpson how to spell the Philippines! She had been spelling it Philippaens or something biblical looking haha. The good news is no one else knows how to spell it either, so it's all good! Bought a shirt this week and it was spelled wrong. But nobody will ever know!

Well, I will just leave ya all with a wonderful scripture! 3 Nephi 6:18 "Now they did not sin ignorantly, for they knew the will of God concerning them, for it had been taught unto them; therefore they did willfully rebel against God." We know the truth! We know the will of God! Everything else is rebellion. I know that we can pray for the ability to withstand temptation and follow God's commandments!  So do it :)

I love you all!!! Have a great week. Get pumped for Christie's birthday next Sunday. And keep on smiling!!!!
Love, Sister Richmond

Top 10
1. Chris's Baptism!
2. Staying in Tigaon
3. Emailing in Goa today... FAST internet!!! Almost like America
4. Caught 2 mice this week. I have to drown them. Turning into quite the murderer :/
5. Sunday afternoon lunch at the Paronda's house! Love that family.
6. Dinner appointment!
7. Finished reading D&C
8. Discovered a track by our house where we go running every morning now!
9. Found apple juice that actually tastes like apples!
10. Cake batter cookies... thanks mommyyyyy
*Why do the majority of my top 10 always have to do with food?!??!?! Ahhhh. Workin on it. Promise. Remember when Casey gained a hefty amount of weight on his mission and we made fun of him (sorry Case)... Wellll, I feel his pain!

 Chris's son

 Chris photo bombing mine and Basty's picture

 The infamous tablet

 Tablet time. Kidding. So tempting

 Free trash bags from Chris. Sister Simpson was way excited haha

 Chris and Basty

 Hey horsie

 Just me and my pals

Sister Vivas (investigator) and her 6 kids

 "Wacky, Wacky"

 New soft serve in Tigaon! 
They switch off flavors and only have one a day. 
Gotta avoid cheese day!


 Wash timeeee

Can't remember if I've showed you a tindihan. 
This is pretty standard. About every other house. 
Result: Weight gain!

 One of our investigator's daughters.

Corn field

Sister Simpson modeling by the tree

...And me mocking her... sorryyyy


 Shonny and her daughter

 The Galvan fam

 I think this will be my fave district of my transfer. (I think she means mission)

Tigaon Party animals

 Elder Savage (fellow accutane victim) 
appreciates my spearmint chapstick addiction

 Sister Bolalin

 Criszel and Nanay DelaCruz

 Mourning the loss of ALL of sister simpson's pictures from her mission. 
Including some prime ones from this week of us eating fried squid.

 Tinapay (bread) is the solution to all my problems.

Erica. My favorite little girl.


Jeanavie and Jeanrose

Sleepy lil Jr. He is 7 years old BTW

 The Abay's nail party

 The Abay's delicious food stand

 Waiting for Chris and his fam to get home

 The result of a longgg day... 1 lesson. NOT GOOD! Punted all day.

 Making cake batter cookies


 Our presh little neighbor off to graduation!

 Hollaaaa at cha chocolate milk and chips 4 dinnaaaa

 Chris is quite the chef!

 Sebastian (Basty)

 Moments after receiving the text that we're together for the next 6 weeks.

 Ward member

 Shonny at CHURCH!

 Elder VJ's last day in the ward!
 Still never learned how to say his name!

 Bye Bye elder!

 Sunday lunch/FEAST at the Paronda's house.

 I <3 lumpia

 Clearly enjoying this food a little too much

 Chris padyaked us to the church for his baptism!

 Basty got shotgun

 The Abay daughters

 His grand exit

Chris, his wife, and their baby

LOVE this family


Elder McBride baptized him

Chris's wife is an Abay so these are all members from her family

Elder McBride's last week in Tigaon (zone leader since I got here)

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