Monday, January 11, 2016

1-10-16 Kumusta po family

Kumusta po family!

 Thanks for your email dad! I thought I was gonna miss you guys this time; I'm on earlier than usual. Glad to hear that you guys had a great week though! And it seems like this week is gonna be an awesome one too, especially since it's yours and moms birthdays this week! Happy birthday mom and dad!! Love you guys.

 I had a great week too! I can say I started my year with a bang. On the first Monday of 2016, I ate a one-day-old! It was more forced than anything though haha. A one-day-old is a baby duck that is taken and fried just one day after it's hatched! We had FHE at a member family's house last Monday and they brought out one for each of us. I was no joke terrified haha. They said we weren't starting anything until we all ate it. Elder Capulac was the only one out of the 4 of us who has eaten it before. Elder Teikauea enjoys stuff like that so it was easy for him. Elder Acosta was nervous but did it pretty quickly. It took me foreeever, but I eventually manned up and ate it! The taste wasn't the worst I've had but feeling the head, beak, legs, etc. in my mouth was what made it disgusting haha. All that's left is balut! By the way did you know all balut and one-day-olds are duck, not chicken? I just learned that this week. Elder Capulac said that chicken balut is disgusting. He and his dad experimented one time and found out the hard way haha. The next day after District Meeting I also ate this dish called bopis, which is parts of the lungs and heart of a pig. It looked more just like ground beef and the taste was actually pretty good haha. That one wasn't bad at all.

 Also this week, I've officially made 6 months on a mission! It's so crazy how fast time is flying by. And they say it goes even quicker once you hit your one-year mark! I've learned so much within these past 6 months, and I'm so stoked that there's still a lot more time to learn more. I just need to make the best use of my time and hasten in the work! I received a couple pouch letters and a DearElder from S. Ray again which was great too. Sister Stromberg shared a scripture with me in her pouch letter. I actually got this pouch a while ago but didn't look up the scripture til now. She shared Hebrews 6:10-15. I love how plain and straight to the point this passage is. It simply says in verse 15: "And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise". Heavenly Father says in Doctrine & Covenants 82:10 that when we do what he says he is "bound" to give us his promised blessings. My testimony has been strengthened so much out here that if we want to receive blessings and divine help from our Father in heaven, we must obey him (and mission rules). I think it's awesome that you guys will be teaching about faith this coming Sunday since faith is the first principle of the gospel. I also know that faith leads to action, which is why it's so important that our faith in Jesus Christ increases every day so that following him becomes a desire, not a task.

 Man I'm so jealous you guys will be at Pohoiki all day Saturday! I figured I'd get over surfing by now, but I still miss it haha. Not enough to distract me from work though. Take choke pictures if can and send them to me! On another side note, yesterday at the ZLs apartment I heard the song "Courage" from Aunty Jo's CD come up on Elder Teikauea's USB drive! I asked where he got it from and he said Elder Brandon. So cool how there are probably many other missionaries out here (maybe even around the world) listening to aunty Jo's music! 

 Anyway that's about it for the week I think. The sister who said she wanted to come to church wasn't there yesterday which was a little sad. We went to her house afterwards but she wasn't home. We did get to visit a lot of people this week though which was great. We have a suuuper sweet investigator who loves having us over. Her spirit and testimony in Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ is so strong. She also said she'd like to visit our church sometime but hasn't done so yet. Man she'd be a great mormon though haha. Pretty much all the people we meet and teach are so loving, they just won't progress! Yet. We're trying.

 Sige happy birthday again mom and dad! Thank you guys for everything. I hope all the activities planned for this week go well. Eh and thank you dad for the video you just sent of grandma and grandpa! How cool! Tell grandma I love her when you can.

Mahal ko kayo!
Elder Ishibashi


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