|The little kids that live on our street always call out to me "Hey Superman!" I don't feel like it's entirely good, but I can see it.|
|Last Picture with President and Sister Schmutz|
(This week's letter was all answers to questions ! and pictures - trina)
Me: When is your new Mission president coming?
Elder Dunford: President McCurdy arrives on June 29, we have been told, so wala pa (not yet). We're down to the last few days of President Schmutz's rule.
|Several of us packed into the back of an air con Ceres bus from Dumaguete to San Carlos.|
Elder Dunford: Elder Omugtong is Elder Jamil's new companion. He's really bright and nice, and is really strong in Tagalog and English, but his Cebuano is really small, because there's no language training at the Manila MTC, so I've been able to help him a bit with that (ha.)
Me: How are you doing? You look thinner.
Elder Dunford: I'm fine healthwise, why just last night I had a very nice balut, so I'm eating fine. And just yesterday Brother Walter (Branch mission leader) said I was looking a bit tambok (fat), so It's probably just the camera.
|We were walking around some fields in Mocabog when we came up to this house that had two huge mango trees, one of which was felled by Bagio Yolanda (typhoon haiyan) Elder Montano stands at the roots for comparison.|
Me: I asked him what the food was in a picture. It looked fried and was served with ketchup.
Elder Dunford: Honestly, I don't know what that fried thing was. I think It may have been like a pork chop or something. But yeah, anything fried here is eaten with ketchup. But it's not tomato ketchup. It's banana ketchup. It's weird, and sweet, and not naturally red. I'm adapting.
One thing that we've worked with here is the strength of the branch. We've discussed a lot, and need to help more with the branch president and auxiliaries of the importance of meetings and of making sure that things follow their proper order. It's an interesting and a different challenge, since I've never really been in a PEC or ward council. But the main thing is just teaching that this is the Lord's way. This is the Lord's way, and we have his counsel, his guidance, and his help as we follow him. It really comes down to these same principles that are all that we have to teach.
Yesterday I read Matthew 5, as that celestial law, the way to live as Christ lives. I still always love verse 14. I love how in 3 Nephi 12, he says "I give unto you to be the light of this people" But to his disciples in Galilee, he said Ye are the light of the world. There is no JST or footnote to 3 Ne. These disciples were to be the light of the world. THey were to go out and establish Christendom. They were to write the New Testament, which would testify through ages of Christ. It was through this light that the world learned of Christ, and that His church was able to be brought back up in these last days. We have this example to follow.
I love you, and thank you always. Escalante is the place to be. It's a happy little town, I like it here.