Sunday, March 3, 2013

Week 18

This was kind of a slow week.  Since the new announcement that the mission here will be split July 1, we are not in a hurry to get apartments for all the missionaries.  Some of them will be in the other mission now.  We wondered if we would be sent to the Baguio mission instead of serving where we now live in what will be called the Urdaneta Mission.  But our President said all of us seniors would stay here except for the Fullmers who currently live in the Baguio mission boundaries.  Our mission is where the temple will be built, so that is exciting.
Anyway, these are some pictures from this week.

Monday we Skyped kids, made cookies, and I got a manicure and pedicure from a sister in our ward.  Cool!  Tuesday we went to Urbiztando and checked out an apartment for the Elders.  It is big and needs to be finished, but it has possibilities.  The only drawback to it is there is only one shower and you have to go upstairs, then outside on the flat top roof, through a bedroom, and into the bathroom to shower.  I guess if it rains, you get wet!  After the apartment check, we went to a supermarket.  There are a few nice supermarkets like this, but they're kind of expensive.  Things are cheaper in the market, but it's not as nice an environment. 

It was district meeting on Tuesday.  The missionaries enjoyed cookies after the meeting, and this toad was the guest of honor.  At least he was outside the building.  Brad thinks he's waiting to be made into a purse, as shown in the last pictures. 

This is a real purse that we bought in Baguio made from tanned frogs like the one outside the church.  That would make a unique Christmas gift if anyone wants one!

Thursday was a piano day.  I have 6 students currently, all of whom Sister Lindsey started teaching, so I just have to continue to help them learn new hymns.  They, in turn, are supposed to help others to learn.  Dola has done this by teaching five of her kids, plus another young adult girl.  They take turns playing for church.  It's a wonderful program that the church has sponsored through a family who provides keyboards and instruction books for places here like the Philippines.

Friday was transfer day.  These are the new sister missionaries plus their companions and some of the senior ladies.

Jeepneys loaded with missionaries and various other cargo ready to head out to their new areas.  This next transfer we will get 28 new missionaries.  Great!

Friday I also started a new piano student, a 21 year old lady named Iris who was baptized the first part of February.  She is really sharp and is catching on quickly, so it will be fun to teach her.  After our lesson, Brother Pope shared with us the dinner he made for his seminary students--tuna spagetti!  Pretty interesting. .  .
Saturday I also started two new young single adult sisters on piano.  They are going to have their lessons at the same time.  We had a great time, and they, too, caught on quickly.  They will probably be going on missions soon, so I need to hurry and teach them all I can.
Well, that is our week in a nutshell.  Hope yours was happy.  Take care and God bless. 

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