The Longer Ones

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ch 61 A Light in the Dark

I'm doing alright. A little bit busier so I can't put out the level of work I want to but overall life is good. As a companionship I need to be a better teacher. I am making him experience a lot of new things on his own, but I need to be a better teacher in Tagalog and need to continually ask "what can I do to be better?" I know that there are times when he probably doesn't appreciate it, but it's alright. As long as the ward continues to flourish and he is still diligent, all will be well. There are also a lot of times that we goof around, but don't worry we still work and we don't let it interfere with the people we teach. As a kabahayship we are doing really great. We have this running gag where Elder Lutz is an Actor, I am a Character, Elder Haight is a smiling Emoji, while Elder Lewis is an interactive Meme. We are running a very happy house.

Now the fun part... Some stories!!!!

This week we had the great pleasure of inviting Dilim to our apartment. Dilim means darkness in Tagalog and basically we had a blackout..... we had no electricity or clean laundry or none rotting meats and we had a fantastic desirous experience.

I remember I woke up at probably 4:30am and I said to myself
"My bed is soaked.... it's so hot"
I looked around and I noticed a silence. But more than that a quietness.
It was so quiet. I think I heard my companion fart in his sleep.
Nope nevermind it was just Elder Lewis waking up a little bit too
"Elder Lewis! you awake?"
"yeah" (in a groggy voice that sounds like absolute death)
"I'll check the power"

And you know what I found? something very peculiar. We went outside and everyone had power except our apartment complex and then I see it. In the corner of my eye... a vampire.

I'm just kidding, but I did see a hole in the wall. I didn't think much of it and we just decided to try our best to go back to bed.

6:30 comes around and we talk to our ZL's.
"Y'all don't have power too?" (our ZL's)
"yeah... same with the Jehovah's Witnesses next door"

And then comes the real investigation.

And apparently.... apparently... someone stole.... the transformer.... for our apartment complex.
"That is the ghetto-est thing I've ever heard." (Elder Lewis)
"Welcome to the Philippines" (Elder Villanueva)

Speaking of transformers, in the same way that Optimus Prime and his merry men of Autobots can lead us to salvation from the Decepticons, Jesus Christ is the only way we can be led in the right path. (I was really trying on that transition). Last week we were blessed to listen to General Conference and whether or not you've listened to it,I ask that you watch or hear it. My favorite was saturday afternoon session and I hope you watch that one first. And I know that because we have apostles and prophets today, the Heaven is still open, Heavenly Father still loves us, and if we try just a little bit to listen. You will never feel lost again. Even if sometimes you might feel like you're in the dark. Through Him, You never really are. 

-Elder Villanueva
Urdaneta Philippines Mission
Quezon City North Philippines Mission

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