Monday, October 12, 2015

10-11-15 Kumusta po mom! Maraming salamat!

Kumusta po mom! Maraming salamat!

 Man, I received so many emails today of people wishing me a happy birthday and telling me about how they're doing back at home. So if there are people reading this that I haven't been able to reply to, thank you so much! It was sooo nice getting letters from Aunty Kapua, aunty Lorry Iurika, and others who took time out of their days to email me. Not gonna lie I had to rethink when my birthday was haha, I wasn't expecting birthday wishes until next week. But again, thank you to everyone!

 We had a pretty good week this week! General Conference was suuuuper good. Like you figured, we were able to watch it this past Saturday and Sunday. I'm so glad it was in English, because I wouldn't have learned as much as I did if it wasn't. This was the first time ever that I watched General Conference and heard things that I truly felt the Lord wanted me to hear, like they addressed my thoughts to the T. It was amazing. There's no doubt in my mind that these men and women are called of God, and that God knows and loves every one of us personally. The rest of my week was pretty great too. The first few days were really busy because of transfers. The elder who replaced Elder Petersen is Elder Teikauea taga (from) Tuvalu! Do you know anyone from there mom? He's suuuper cool; it's awesome having another poly elder in the zone. Sobrang magaling siya. Elder Rebojo and I had some great lessons towards the end of the week. We met a mother who really desires her 13 year old son to grow closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, so we were able to meet with him. It's crazy how mature he is for a 13 year old. I think she's only concerned about him because he doesn't pray as often as he should haha, nothing super serious really. He said he's excited to hear more about our message, so the next time we go over our goal is to teach them as a family. Yesterday we visited nanay Isabilita who was converted a long time ago, but is now searching again for the truth. We tried our best to bear testimony on how we know this church is true, but we weren't sure exactly what to say. When we got home and did our 12 Weeks Training, we watched a couple videos on "Conversion through the Book of Mormon" from The District. If anyone reading this is preparing for their mission or knows someone who is, The District is amazing. It shows you pretty much exactly what happens in the field and helps soooo much if you're trying to figure out how to present/share something about a certain topic. It's awesome how these videos were filmed years ago, but through watching it you can feel the same spirit that they feel at that time. But anyway, through those videos I realized that we need to talk about the Book of Mormon with nanay Isabilita. If the Book of Mormon is true, then every single thing we teach must be true, and this must be the true church. I now know realize the huge significance of the Book of Mormon. Man, it's just so cool how much things stand out to you and how much you learn having the mindset of a missionary. 

 As for food and things like that, wala pa haha (none yet). For lunch today though we ate at a little side restaurant and there was a niiice big load of fat mixed with my meat. I'm not sure yet if I am becoming more open-minded or if I am just hungry, but I was able to scoff it down without making a weird face I think haha. At one point I considered eating balut, but then I saw Elder Rebojo eat it. The half-desire to try it left just like that haha. I know I'll have to try it someday though haha. 

 Thanks for the update on the family mom! It's so good to hear that everyone is well and happy. Grabe (my goodness) I miss the babies so much. Tell Kala'i I love him please. And I hope he's enjoying my clothes because he only has 21 months left haha. Man I can't wait to hear about Ohu's call! Aunty Kapua told me about Kana! Sooo exciting!! The Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission sounds like a crazy sick mission. Oh and I bought a hard drive so if you send pictures I can download them now! I don't know about videos though. 

 Anyway, I think that's about it for this week. Thank you again for the birthday wishes! What you said about me and Lehia is pretty cool haha. Now I know the secret to having such good, well-behaved kids ;) as you can see I'm still working on being humble haha. And you don't have to send anything mom, so expensive. Nonetheless, thank you haha. I'll let you know next week if I got it or not. Last thing before I go, a sister in our zone said something about applying to BYUH while out here in the mission. Do you know anything about that? I would love to be able to head out to BYUH as soon as can once I get home. After a couple months of being with you guys of course haha. I love you mom! Thank you again for the email. I hope you guys have a great week!

Mahal kita,
Elder Ishibashi

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