Monday, January 18, 2016

1-17-16 It was another great week for me!

Kumusta po family!

 Sorry, I'm on even earlier this time haha. How's everyone though? How was this past week and your guys' birthdays mom and dad? And now Kala'i's birthday this week! Maligayang Kaarawan Kala'i! Mahal kita bro.

 It was another great week for me! Also a super humbling one. Before I get to that though, I ate something crazy again. At the same house as the week before. This time I was a little more annoyed than anything because after the one-day-old sister was like, "Wala nang ganoon, promise" which means they won't feed us anything crazy like that anymore. So you can imagine my face when we returned the next week and they bring out chicken heads haha. Yup, cooked chicken heads! One-day-olds can be eaten as a whole, bones and all. I had to be careful while eating the chicken head because their bones are developed and hard. I had to eat it slowly and pull each bone out of my mouth. It was like torture haha. I can't lie though, the taste was actually pretty good haha. Just the thought again was pretty gross. We're actually going there for dinner again tonight...if there's balut I might have to walk home haha.  Not yet ready for that.

 On Tuesday we had zone meeting and Quarterly Interviews with President and Sister Rahlf! Since it's quarterly it should be every 3 months, so I'm not completely sure why I didn't have one 3 months ago. I think there were just too many things going on. Speaking with them was great though! The spirit is always so strong when I speak to either one of them. The interviews are basically just so they know where we're at like how things are going, making sure we're healthy and happy, stuff like that. And with that zone meeting was super good too. It got me pumped to get out and work! Because of that our work this week has been great. And that leads me to the humbling experience.

 After Tuesday Elder Capulac started behaving differently again. I felt like he was mad at me but this time I had absolutely no idea why. Because of that we weren't united as a companionship. I was still eager to work and talk to people, but I'm not sure how much of it was effective because we obviously didn't have the spirit as a companionship. Over the days I began to be angry with Elder because, to me, it was his fault that our lessons weren't going so well. Throughout each day I thought about when the best time to bring it up would be. "What's wrong with you? You know you're being selfish by acting this way right?" and similar things ran through my mind as I thought about how to bring it up and fix the problem, but I never could find the strength to do it. Long story short, he talked to me on Saturday night after dinner. He mentioned that he's not mad at me and that he was sorry for his attitude lately. He then told me the real reason he's been acting this way, and it was a good reason. I don't know how I would've handled something like that if I were in his shoes, being depressed and then having a companion who's mad at me when he doesn't understand what's going on. The thought that I was that companion was actually pretty disgusting and sore. All my anger towards him turned into respect and admiration for his humility in opening up. It still hurts to think that my feelings were so bitter toward him when what he really needed was someone to lift him up. Such an eye opener and a life-changing, testimony-building experience for me. 

 And man, everything became great again after that. Yesterday was awesome and the lessons went really well. It's obvious and actually amazing how different lessons are when the spirit works with missionaries as a companionship. Everything just flows and the message is clear. I'm so grateful for trials and experiences like these in my life because when it's all over, everything becomes better, stronger. My respect for Elder Capulac is higher than ever and because of that I want to try harder to be a better person. Man, life is just so good! Haha. I love being a missionary. 

 I hope you guys have a great, great week! Happy birthday again Kala'i! You can take 20 bucks from my piggy bank and consider that a birthday gift haha. Ingat!

Mahal ko po kayo,
Elder Ishibashi

Chicken head

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