Hello Family and Friends!
Happy September! Crazy we're this close to Christmas! Here in the Philippines, they start celebrating Christmas in September (this mission is perfect for me in every way ;) ), so I'm sure excited! Anyway, this week was pretty great! Here's the lowdown...
we had ward family home evening. We brought the Jurada family with us. They are a part member family and so so awesome. Marielyn is 11 and an investigator. She is very smart and so sweet. Leonor, 17, is quiet and likes to cook (she always makes us dinner when we go over...so sweet of her!) She reminds me a lot of Savanna. Denis is 21 and has had a bit of a rebellious streak, but he's very good to his sisters and his mom and super hard working. Teresa is 25 and the breadwinner of the family. Since she's the one that provides most of the money, she got to decide what color the house was....pink. the couches are pink and the walls used to be too until she decided she liked mint green too. :) she's very into fashion and is just funny and she's really nice. Josephine, the mom, works all week in Handumanan and comes back . Their dad left them a while back so it's just the five of them. They're all less active except for Marileyn. We've been teaching Marielyn this week and she just soaks in everything we teach her. It's been good to have her as an investigator because the whole family gets in on the lesson to help teach her, which is awesome because I think it reminds them of when the missionaries taught them at first and how important this Gospel is. It's been neat especially for Denis since he's a prospective missionary. They all came to church , too! I feel fairly certain that this family will be reactivated, especially with us teaching Marielyn the lessons. They are such an awesome family. I wish you all could just meet them to know for yourselves!! :)
PS The best way to explain the Word of Wisdom to the Filipinos is 'sakit,' which means 'sick.' S-siagarellio, A-alak, K-kape, I-illegal nga druga, T-tsaa. I'll let you figure out what each means. ;)
Sister Dixon loves the children, and I think the feeling is mutual!
Sister Dixon's back yard. Can you spot the goat?
Sister Dixon's shoes made for a great bed for Mr.Toad
Sister Dixon and her companion had to cross this river. She said it went to their thighs.
I wonder how she did that in a skirt?
I am sure he has lots of legs!
We asked Sister Dixon in an email what her daily schedule was like.
She told us hour by hour, and said at 10:00 pm she washes her legs--they are muddy EVERYDAY from all the rain, rain,rain... and walking and walking and walking!!
Sister Canimo holding the plate to keep the water in the font for last week's baptism. Sister Dixon said that the water does come out brown and rusty--even in the font.
Pink cupcakes on a pink couch :)!!
YES...the lizard was on the egg in the fridge!
Karissa wants our fridge to be like that.
Beautiful, beautiful children of God
The Alijis sister missionaries
Walking along a bridge--what a CHAMP!!!