Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Letters sent home from the Phillippines

Elder Nielsen

Elder Nielsen

Sunday, April 3, 2016

"The Elections are Heating Up" ;)

1 and 2 Sister Rosita's Binyag
3 The Promised Land. 

We had another great week this week. First off, Sister Rosita had her baptism on Saturday and it was a wonderful baptismal service. She bore her very simple but powerful testimony at her baptism. It has been amazing watching her testimony grow these last few months. We are very happy for her and her decision to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. We are not worried about her because she has great fellowshippers and she can go to church with Sister Mago every Sunday because they are next door neighbors. Our next goal is for her to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead. Sister Joselyn was unable to attend the baptismal service or church yesterday because she went out of town for a doctors appointment. We visited her last night and had a very powerful lesson with her. We talked about her baptism and her preparation for her baptism, she said she was not quite ready to be baptized this week, so we rescheduled her baptism to the 16th of April. 
We are really struggling getting our investigators to church right now. All of our investigator promise to go and then on Sunday none of them show up. Therefor our main focus this week is getting our investigators to church. We also want to focus on member present lessons, last week we had many member lessons planned but they all fell through. We want to increase our member present lessons in order to increase our investigators at church. 

Our companionship is doing well. Elder Alejandro is a very hard worker and wants to finish his mission strong. He is a great example for me and I have been learning lots from him. 

The elections are coming up in the Philippines! The campaigning is a little different here.. So all the mayors, VP, Secretaries, ect. they all make posters and stickers and big signs with their pictures and names on them. And they make like thousands and thousand of them and they put them literally EVERYWHERE. There are so many posters and pictures of all the different candidates. Then they hire people to drive around these little cars (covered in posters) with huuuge speakers blasting these songs about the candidate. The songs are all the super famous up beat songs, ( like Happy, and like all the popular american songs) but they change the words and say the names of the candidate in the songs. They are really clever and funny. But these cars are driving around all day blasting these songs. Then they do little parades, all the candidates in their cars (covered in posters and sticker) and all their music cars and they just drive around all day. It is really interesting. I will try to send pictures of them. 

Overall another great week in the Philippines. I am so excited for Conference! It is like Christmas for missionaries! I hope you are all doing well! Congratulations Amber and Kevin! Save some brownies and cookies for me! ohh wait.. they would last, our fridge is broken.. ;) Keep workin hard. Love ya bunches!

Mahal na Mahal ko kayo

Elder Nielsen

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