|This is Jordan's District - the empty chair on the left belongs to Sister Martin, who is taking the picture|
Front row: Elder Morgan; Middle row: Sisters Sharp, Stone and Reyes; Back row: Elders Ugdimon, Rabino & Royal
We had exchanges with my District on Wednesday and then exchanges with the ZLs again on Friday. After DDM on Wednesday, which was again attended by President Martino, I worked with Elder Ugdimon in their area in Tarlac Ward 5. It was a pretty interesting day. Elder Ugdimon's companion, Elder Morgan, forgot to leave the cell phone with Elder Ugdimon, so we didn't have a way to make a phone call (well, unless we borrowed a stranger’s phone). I was to conduct a baptismal interview for Sisters Reyes and Stone in their area, but we did not know how to get there. The sisters had given us instructions to their area, and we just hoped for the best as we rode in the jeepney. The Lord definitely provides. We sat next to nice people who told us where our stop was and then we waited for the sisters. After a while, we thought that maybe we had gotten off on the wrong stop, so we walked around to see if we could find some clues or something to find out where we were. As we were leaving, I just felt that we should go back and wait for the sisters. Just as we had returned to the original jeepney stop, we were greeted by the sisters and they escorted us to house for the interview. I forgot the family's last name, but this was the third member of the family that I have interviewed for baptism in the past three months. The first one was back in October, a young woman, then later I interviewed their blind brother, who is awesome, and I interviewed their younger sister this time. It's been cool to be somewhat familiar now with the family, this being my third visit to their home. Even if I did not teach them, it is really fun interviewing people, feeling the Spirit and sharing to me what they've learned and their testimony.
|Jordan here with Elder Ugdimon and Sisters Reyes and Stone after the baptismal interview|
We went on exchanges again on Friday with the ZLs. I stayed here this time with Elder Carrasco and had such a great time with him. He interviewed Koreen and Jomel for baptism, so they'll be baptized on Jan. 26th. It's always fun being with Elder Carrasco. I'll miss him once he goes home. Speaking of missionaries going home, Elder Tuitama's at the mission home right now and will be back in Las Vegas on Wednesday. So that leaves me as the only missionary from Las Vegas left in the mission. Anyway, yesterday was James' baptism. James looked good and was very excited. Once he was dressed, he was anxious to take pictures so that the service could start. It was such an awesome experience. He told us that he wasn't able to sleep Saturday night, because he was just thinking about the wonderful event that just took place and now has a new life to live.
|Baptism of James Guzmon (directly in front of Jordan - (Lesslie, referenced below, is standing on the far left)|
|Jordan and Elder Rabino with James Guzmon|
|Danica Patiag with Beckham at church in Cabiao (Danica|
was taught and baptized in 2003 when Brad was serving there)
It sounds like Brad and Whitney are having a great trip here in the Philippines. It would have been very cool to see them with Beckham here, but Brad and I will have plenty of chances to speak Tagalog together down the road. I think will have to make that a goal in the future to come back here with my family - especially for the dedication of the Ordineta Temple in a couple of years, or at least to attend a session in the future. The temple site's only an hour bus ride from my area, so that'll make it a lot easier here for the members. I'm going to be really sad when the day comes to leave this area (if it is not this week), especially all of the people that I've taught. Reymark "Mak-Mak" has become one of my strongest recent converts that I've taught or will ever teach. It's like he's been a member his entire life. We talked last night about his future plans for a mission, college, and a temple marriage. I told him at New Year's that by the end of the year, he should already be a missionary celebrating New Year's in the mission field. He is doing so well. He's blessing the sacrament now and will be receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood at their upcoming Stake Conference. There is nothing more wonderful than watching how the gospel changes hearts, minds and lives. Being a very small part of that brings the greatest joy to my heart!The blessings of a mission are just indescribable. It is so AWESOME to hear that Brett Dommer received his mission call to South Dakota! He will be in the MTC in about six weeks!??! Wow. Brett, do all you can to prepare for that day, so that you'll enter the MTC with unshaken faith, even when the language is really challenging. I would love to re-live the amazing experiences I had in the MTC. It is definitely a powerful place. Just enjoy it. There is nothing like it. I really cherish the time I had there.
I guess that's about it for me this week. I'll be sending pictures right now, so hopefully this computer won't be slow about it. If it is, just be prepared to open all the pictures one at a time (haha). Until next week, ingat and take luck.
Elder Jordan "Shouldn’t Be Speculating About Transfers” Royal