Monday, December 23, 2013

Family!! :) Merry Christmas!

Hey guys!! So yes, it is really really close to Christmas! Not gonna lie, it totally does not feel like it in this weather. Haha but I know it's coming! Mom, please please please do not worry too much about my package, I am totally okay if I get it a little bit late :) Thank you so much for all you do for me mom and dad :) I do have a slight problem, but only slight. My camera is slowly deteriorating and I think it's gonna die soon. The lens like can't open anymore and the touch screen broke. But please please do not worry about this. I can make do without a camera! I will just have my friends send pictures they take with their cameras to my email. 

Anyway, I am so sorry. I always have so much to say to you guys and comment on but I always, always forget. And then the whole week until p-day I'm just thinking "I should've said this or that". So I am really really sorry if my emails stink..

Dad, that new book series sounds SWEET. I have an addiction to deep gospel doctrine. My personal studies have been insane lately. And I cannot wait to be able to read books outside of the missionary library. Like Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage. But man if you have any deep doctrine you could write me about that would be way cool. 

Mom, sounds like your party was cool! That is way cool you had that many non-members attend! It really is exciting how much the work is picking up all around the world. And the cool thing is, President Martino told us in one of our meetings I don't know if I will live to see the Second Coming, but I would be surprised if you didn't see it in your time." This is coming from one of the coolest, most righteous men I have ever met. Oh gosh his workshops are so interesting. I get to go to District Leader Council every other month and went last month for the first time and just the things he says and the things he knows he is able to convey with such a powerful spirit. It is amazing listening to him speak. Anyway, I'm sorry my thoughts are so scattered right now. But this has a point. The gospel needs to be preached to all the world before Christ's Second Coming, but not everyone who hears it has to accept before He can come. And so in seeing everything that's going on, there are about 5 things from the revelations in the scriptures that still need to happen before Christ can come again. Five things! That's not very many. So this time is just..crazy. So exciting.

Anyway, so my week has been a roller coaster, but just about every week is like that I suppose. My companion found out he's going back to Tacloban Mission, and so I think he's kind of given up on the work here so I feel like I'm doing everything. But at the same time I know he's my companion for a reason. I've been working very hard on developing Christ-like attributes, which in my previous areas I didn't really focus too much on. But lately I've just felt like that's what I've been needing to learn. President told me last transfer "I hope you're learning what you're supposed to from all these companions", (last transfer I had 3 different comps). So I figured this is what I need. 

Our baptism is continuing but we found out it won't go to us, it counts as a child of convert because he's 8 years old and his parents are LA members. But we talked to our BP before, and Edmar doesn't have a record so he said the baptism would be ours, but the mission said no haha, so I won't have any baptisms until January at least. Our area is super hard in getting new investigators and the ones we have now aren't progressing too well. I guess in the past the church here has had some drama and problems that the people in Bamban have noticed and don't want to associate with the CJCLDS. :(  

So that's where we're at! I am so excited to talk to you all this week! I wish you all a very merry Christmas! 

Love, 

Elder Rand :) 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pictures... More Picha's!

First off, I am trying really hard to be exactly obedient and it really restricts our email time. So I am trying to make a quality email for you guys, and I think the thing mom and dad like the best is pictures, so I will try to send a lot today! But I do apologize for a lack of a letter. I am doing very well, getting along a whole lot better with my companion. Secondly, I will be calling you in 9 days!! :) I will try to call early in the morning here, maybe about 8 or 9ish here, which I think is early evening there. I will be skyping you guys, and will make sure things are all good with that next week. I believe I should have dad's skype name still. So I hope you guys like the pictures. We didn't have an oven to bake those cupcakes so I just made batter and ate that! ;D Also, the banner was really long so I wore it. Oh my goodness that package was the bomb.com. Thank you all sooo much! I did receive everything just fine, it didn't look like they searched it or anything. Thank you so much family :) 
The other pictures are of us building a part of a house for the Eugenio family. So I have more pictures to send, but I don't think they'll fit in one email, so look for another email I'll be sending ASAP. I love you guys! :) Happy birthday Aleigha!! :)  Dad, bummer about all that happened to you this week! Haha I hope your traveling this week goes better. That is soo cool about the deer you saw! I can't wait to go out with you again. Well, I'll send this email cuz it's about full, but look for more! 

Love, 
Elder Rand







These pictures are some of the primary kids in our branch. We went for a little hike with them. The boy is our investigator, he'll be baptized on Dec. 28th

I love you family! Happy holidays :)

Love,

Elder K.H.Rand








Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kumusta brads!

Hey fam! 

So I'm glad to hear everything that's going on with you guys! That's a bummer dad has to travel on Sunday..but kinda cool he's going to NY..? Hahaha hey mom! I did get my package today! Me and my comp went to Tarlac today to go to the mall cuz he needed a few things and I got to pick it up from the office. Thank you sooo much!! I haven't opened it yet, but will as soon as I get a chance later :D:D Thank you so much family! 

So this week has been kind of hard..I will be honest I was a bit trunky this week. But I did what the Prophet said to and just went to work. We killed the work this week! This week we have had the highest number of lessons since I've been in this area. I like the days where I don't have time to think about myself, where I can really just go out and do good. We've also been doing a lot of community service. We actually helped build a house the other day, I learned how to mix cement and all that jazz. I have some pics but I forgot my camera today sorry :( So today I was on the bus going to Tarlac and they had some talk radio thing on, and I realized without really thinking about it I was understanding everything they were saying! It was so cool! Finally, I'm at the point where it's not too hard to translate what I'm hearing. I also got a haircut earlier and was pullin out some Ilocano with the barber :) But that's still really hard actually. I don't understand hardly anything to be honest hahah ;) 

So rainy season is officially over, and won't be back until next May! Woo hoo! AND that means Mangoes are coming soon... :D So excited. But it doesn't feel like Christmas at all. It's actually summer here right now -_- Hahaha but the theme of the mission right now is white Christmas, not in snow, but the people who will be getting baptised this month. We have a couple in our area who should be getting baptized on the 28th. So excited!! :) 

So I got Caitlin's letter today! It sounds like she is happy. Kimo also sent me a birthday card I got today :) I can't wait to see everyone again. One of my best friends here is going home tomorrow, medical release. Elder Whittemore, I think I mentioned him to you guys. I'm gonna miss him a lot. 

WELL. I guess I'll call it a wrap here. Thank you so much for all you guys are doing. I read in some old Liahona yesterday "a mission is a family affair". It just reminded me just how much you are all doing for me. Thank you. I love you. Please know that I am safe and working hard :) Til we meet! 

Elder Rand 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hey Dudes (The dude abides)

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! And man I miss Thanksgiving. You know what we did for Thanksgiving? Me and Elder Whittemore bought "burgers". 'Murica. Ah and I found out he's going home soon because of a problem with his back...which really sucks because we were in the MTC together and we're way good friends. That's gonna be kind of hard I think..

But anyway, thanks a lot for all of your support. My birthday was pretty awesome though! We had our district conference and Elder Meim, from the Philippines Area Seventy came and presided, and gave some really cool speeches. In the Saturday adult session he talked a lot about member missionary work and used all of us full-time missionaries to help his presentation. We got up to the front and had these role-plays where we show the members how to make contact with friends/neighbors and invite them to hear a message. Then yesterday he had me come up and bear my testimony at the youth/YSA session about why I decided to serve a mission and how it's blessed me. A member of the Seventy asked me!! Heh I was a bit nervous, let's just say that..

We waited til today to do stuff, but today was really fun! My district and I went hiking to some waterfalls in our area, with some branch members so it was pretty cool :) I put some pictures on, the sisters wearing name tags are the sisters in my district, but next transfer their area is splitting and we'll be getting another sister companionship. The two dudes on the rock with me are the other elders in my district. I like them a lot, I was actually with both of them in Paniqui Zone when I first got here.

Haha mom you asked about sports last week and I ran out of time and forgot to email you about it! So basketball is actually huge here! That's like the only sport they play. Which kinda sucks because I really really miss soccer. But it's kind of ridiculous. They definitely need to stop playing basketball. They're all so small and scrawny, it's not their sport! I think the native sport is way cooler, it's like a cross between soccer and volleyball. Sipa Takraw , I think it's called. But with basketball, I just..it's..I don't know how to describe it. Watching them play, it's like watching a bunch of little ninjas run around a court with a ball, doing weird body movements and jumps and stuff that just doesn't work! Hahaha but anyway.

Man I miss you guys. I can't wait to call you guys on Christmas. I hope this letter makes up for the short ones I've been sending the last few weeks. I love you all so much. Dad good luck on your business trips! I hope you are all safe. 

Love, 

Elder K.H. Rand





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Some pix from Sis Martino's FB page...







Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving & Birthday week!

So I hope you guys liked the pics! I am sorry I really don't have too much time left, but I want you to know I love you, and I am focusing hard on my mission. Don't worry about me, I will just work hard so I can't think too much about the holidays. Thank you for the birthday wishes :) and man I cannot wait to eat Thanksgiving again with you all :) Thanksgiving doesn't exist here, but I'll probably get some chooks-to-go or something. I have like no time left right now, I have to go. But hey, dad that's so sick you did El Tour! Hahaha you're untameable now! Please tell Maile good luck at her concert, and I love you all! Mom, I hope you got my previous email. Thank you so much for everything you are all doing for me. I love you! Happy Thanksgiving :) 

Love, 

Elder Rand

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I thought it'd be cool if I sent you some pics of the people we're teaching. So here ya go! :) 



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So at this community service project we harvested rice (later in the week we planted rice too, I took some pics of that I'll send to you) and the people we helped cooked us some goat! And this is how they cooked it....and the outcome :) 




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So this is me planting rice! It was a fun community service project, but I do not want to do it again! Hahaha but it's humbling to realize this is where my rice is coming from...heheh in one of the pics my sock came off...







Monday, November 18, 2013

New Comp from Tacloban Mission

I have a new companion. He is from the Tacloban Mission, where Typhoon Yolanda hit the hardest. His name is Elder Diaz. I cannot even imagine all the things he has gone through. On the news I saw pictures of people shot trying to get food, I saw the bodies they laid in the street because they have no where else to put them. And I saw the destruction of entire cities, wiped clean from 190mph winds. Well he saw all of that in person. And he told me this really cool story, they had to rendezvous at the mission home, and from there walk to the airport. When they got to the airport they was no room for them on the planes. Then they saw a U.S. Air Force pilot calling out to them. Turns out he was an RM [a Returned Missionary from our church], and he flew them personally to Manila. He also said that buildings and houses all around their apartment were torn down and blown away, but his apartment stood. I hear all the time that miracles don't exist. Not true, they do exist. Angels were roundabout those missionaries. 

As for my week, well it has been great! I had a really good interview with Pres. Martino this week. And the work is definitely picking up. I am excited for this week! I actually had a fever the other day, but my comp gave me a blessing and the next day BAM! gone. Hahaha just like that, too. Anyway, I'm glad to here things are going well with you guys! Hahaha sounds like dad had fun taking care of the girls for a bit ;) Mom, you went to Disneyland??? What theeee....hahaha you sound like a party animal when you're with your friends! Hahaha! Well, I have to do some reports, my time is pretty short nowadays :( But I love you all so much! Please be safe :) 

Love, 

Elder Rand 

REVISION:

Dad, thought you might like this a bit better hahaha. It wasn't Air Force, it was a Marine who set up for them to fly on the C-130. And the walk to the airport was about 50kms. 

Elder K. H. Rand
Angeles Philippines Mission

Monday, November 11, 2013

After the storm...

Hello family! 

This week...ha. It's been fun. The work is a lot better now. We have an area that we go to a few times a week that is actually about an hour-long hike up a mountain. There is actually a lottt of less-actives up there, so it's worth the hike. And yes! Sorry! I am okay, all that happened to us was a lot of rain and a bit of wind, so we are doing well! I cannot believe how devastating this storm was. So many people are homeless now. I know this is against the rules, but one of the families we went to had the news on TV and they showed from the air all the destruction that happened to an area. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to email you guys, we would have had to go to Camiling and we decided we ought to just keep working. Diligence, right? ;) So I hope you guys didn't worry too much, I am fine.

As for new experiences this week...I don't think I've had anything fun or exciting happen this week. It's been an average work week. We do have a really cool new investigator named Edmar. His parents are less-active, so we're trying to rescue them and set him up for baptism at the same time. We had an investigator whose baptism was set-up for my birthday, on Nov. 30, but he moved away..he said he would be coming back but we have no idea when. He had gone to church five times before moving away, so he was ready and everything.

Aw well..I...don't even know what to talk about. My mind has been blown this week. I really feel like if I were to take a nap right now I wouldn't wake up for a couple days. Man, I'm wiped.  It sounds like you guys are doing great though, from all of your emails. That's way cool the wall's going up pretty fast, and dad, not gonna lie, I'm a little jealous of the quad-riding and all that jazz ;) Life sounds like it is treating you all well. I am so excited to come home, but I know that my time here is more important for now.  It's been a bit of a trunky transfer so far, and the closer Christmas and everything gets the harder it's been to fight feelings of sadness. But I can't wait to hit a year. I know it'll get a lot easier once I hit the top of that hill, and start going down :)

Ah, so mom could I possibly request one more thing? I don't want to be a burden to you guys, but I have worn out the soles on all three sets of shoes. Could you maybe send me just one set of replacement soles, maybe those Dr. Scholl's or whatever it is? We walk a lot, hahaha I'm so sorry I feel bad asking for this, if it's too much please do not worry about it. I will manage just fine :) Thank you so much for everything you are doing for me. I love and miss you all soooo much! Please know I am safe and healthy, and overall doing well :) Be safe you guys, girls read your scriptures ;) 

Love, 

Elder K.H. Rand  

PS The picture is from FHE last monday. :) 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Letter and pix from Kendric and Elder Bell's parents

Oorah! Danggg that's a nice buck. Congratulations dad!! Dude I want to go shooting so bad right now. Rrghh..Holy cow that looks so cool! I cannot wait dad. What season will I be coming home in? January-ish? Is there anything going on then? I am so stoked! Man I feel like that's forever away. The days have been dragging this week. My new companion does not talk at all, and it's just me and him in our apartment so it has been suppper lonely. At least as a DL I get to call everyone in my district every night, so I honestly look forward to that everyday just to have someone to talk to. I just wish he would talk! I just want someone to talk to..But I'm hanging in there. One thing this mission has taught me is patience, because all trials pass. The work in my area has started to kick off, I've focused all of our efforts on finding new people to teach, and rescuing less-actives. It's progressing, slowly. My new companion is not very good at teaching, but that's also how my other trainee was at first. The thing is he just looks at this short-term mission as practice, not an actual mission. But I'm trying to guide him the right way, and help him learn. It would help if he talked to me a little bit more though..So anyways, one of Pres. Martino's counselors, Pres. Javier (he used to be CEO of Coca-Cola Philippines, I hear) came to our branch yesterday to see why the attendance has fallen so much. This was also my first Sunday going to church in this branch. He was so cool. He is probably one of the greatest men I have ever met. And this week I've been feeling pretty down, until yesterday, because of him. Pres. Javier just knew exactly what to say to help me. He helped me remember I am here to save souls. That is the work of this Church. It was just a really good reminder. So dad, you asked me how I'm really doing, and to be honest, I am doing really well. I know why I'm here, I'm learning how to endure, and I know what I need to do.

Mom, they haven't closed down my last area. I don't think they will anymore, we've established a pretty strong presence there. My anak, E. Ofiana is doing really well over there. And yes, it was really cool meeting E. Bell's parents! They were super nice people, I'm glad they sent you some pictures :) I've also put a few pics on this email, of me and E. Batoy, a missionary in my district who I worked with last week, and with a member in their area. The American is E. Whittemore, a good friend of mine who's actually from my batch, meaning we entered the MTC and the field together. Then the other picture is my new area! You can see it's a lotttt of farm. Hahaha, and in the background you can see the church building :) So hopefully my letters are getting longer. I've been trying to put more in them. Let me know if they're not satisfactory, and if you want to know anything! I love you all so much, thank you for all your support and love. I miss you all! Please be safe, mom I'm glad your knee is getting better and you can run on it now :)

From the Philippines with Love,    
Elder K.H. Rand





From Elder Bell's parents:

Sister Rand,


We had a great time in the Philippines.  It was an amazing experience to see our son's areas and meet so many of the people he taught and the members and missionaries that he was so close with.  We were there during transfers and saw a lot of the missionaries, including your son, at the mission office.  Elder Rand was looking well.  He just got transferred to Bamban.  That was our son's first area.   We went out there and had lunch with the member family (Eugenio) that fed him every night while he was there.  Here are a few pictures from our trip that include your son.  My wife posted a lot more pictures of our Philippines experience on FaceBook.  Not sure if you guys are FB friends.  If not, send her a request.

Pic 1 - Elders Bell, Wick, Rand.
Pic 2 - Elders Wick and Rand
Pic 3 - Elder Rand with Sister Bell  

Dave Bell








Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Catching Up (Again)

{I've been negligent again in keeping up Kendric's blog, so I'll be posting updates from the last few weeks here, newest to oldest. ~Dad}

October 27, 2013

Well heck. This week has been a flippin' rollercoaster.

So yes, I got transferred. I am now in Camiling Zone, in a little area called Bamban. My anak ('son', trainee) is still in Baler, they're keeping the area open (for now). I'm actually in the area that Elder Bell was born in (missionary jargon for 'first area'), and people told me bad things about it. People said I'm going to Outer Darkness and things like that. But I like it all right, just got to be positive with it, I think.

I am now a District Leader, and have 3 companionships that I am responsible for now. It is pretty cool, and time goes by faster because I have a lot less free-time now. But the thing is, my new companion, Elder Munoz, went home after a day of being with him. He had an operation done and his gallbladder was removed. So I am pretty much opening an area all over again because the missionaries here before left me only a couple progressing investigators and I don't have a companion who knows the area. And to top it all off, I can only work in my area every other day, because I am in a threesome companionship (again) with Elder's Batoy and Dela Paz (they were in Paniqui Zone with me when I was born) and so we're splitting our work between my area and theirs. I don't have a companion yet, the Assistants are trying to find a short-term missionary for me to work with this transfer, just a young man preparing to serve a mission who will come work with me for 6 weeks. We'll see..haha so progress is slow! Hahahaaa..Aw well. Just gotta keep on keepin' on, eh? ;)

Anyway, I got to see Elder Bell and his parents! That was pretty cool. Bro. Bell took a few pics of me they said they would send to you. So this is my life right now!

Oh mom, I guess I will try to inform you on the Philippines a bit. So we do get the Liahona every month. I can also print pictures here. I still have not found fresh milk, although the McCord's, the senior couple in Baler, did get it for us every now and then from Angeles City. And yes, we use a lot of coconut oil here! It is delicious. I am truly going to miss coconuts when I leave. There are so many delicious things made from them! Haha one thing I discovered this week...so buses here will not stop unless there are old people waiting with you. But like for us? They just kinda slow down a little and we have to run (when I say run I mean sprint) in a line, and jump on one-by-one. Hahaha it's pretty fun, albeit a little sketchy. I also ate some isaw for the first time, which is grilled chicken intestines on a stick. It was actually all right! A bit like vienna sausages heh ;)

So anyway, dad! Mom said you fell asleep glassing! Haha grabe..And that's a total bummer about the truck window. But hey! The wall's going up! That's way cool! So are you done with business trips for a while? It is hunting season after all.. ;) I haven't heard much about the sambar here but I do remember in my first area seeing a house with a pretty decent (but kinda odd looking) deer rack on it and thinking "I didn't know they had deer here". So that might be from one..?

Anyway, I love you guys. I'm sorry I have to go, I have a few new reports I have to fill out as District Leader. I'm sorry it's so late too, we had zone goal's earlier. But hey, I miss you guys! Hopefully this letter is a bit longer. I'm sorry they've been a bit short lately. Thanks so much for all your love and support! Be safe :)

Love,
Elder Rand





October 20, 2013

Dad! I will try to do better answering questions! Hahaha so conference...We had a kinda 2 week long conference session. Haha the Sunday Sessions we watched last last Sunday, and then the Saturday sessions we watched 2 days ago. We still have yet to watch priesthood session which is bumming me out. We'll see...and today is transfer announcements! I'll know later whether or not I'm transferring and whatnot. I'm a little bit nervous..every one of my transfer announcements in my whole mission has been unexpected. So we'll see! Dad that's great about the wall and the quad!! That sounds so cool! That's gonna be so fun. Man I'm excited to go home. Elder Cadizal, my ZL and housemate, went home yesterday. It just hit me kinda hard that it's still a longgg time away. But it's okay. Life goes on! Every day is one day closer to home. This area is kinda hard. I know I haven't talked too much about the work lately because it's kind of struggling due to lack of support from the members. They might actually pull out me and my trainee and close the area until the branch grows enough to support 4 missionaries. We'll see..it's been a bit stressful. And then one of our big investigators told us the other day in tears that she doesn't think we can keep visiting her because her boyfriend is Born Again Christian and doesn't like us visiting her. Her baptism was scheduled for tomorrow. And mom, we do use butane stoves to cook. So despite there being no power we have been able to cook. The blackout ended on Saturday, but it has been finicky ever since. BTW thank you dad for the news updates! That's kinda weird Vail might become a city..How's work going? That's sweet you're gonna see Jael and Paul!


Hahah mom Elder Stenquist is like my best friend. We actually had exchanges the other day and so he was a housemate for a day in our apartment, and we baked those peanut butter cookies you sent, and they were delicousss thank you so much! He's way cool though. And that is so exciting about the Gilbert temple! Elder Bell lives like 5 minutes away from it. How about the Tucson temple? Have they started anything official with it yet? Mom how's your oil selling business going?

So...I don't really have any new stories or anything to tell...hang on lemme think...Oh! Okay so they have these places where you can buy super cheap clothes. And whilst there I bought the biggest dang tie I have ever seen. The width is about as big as the front of my shirt. It's legit. Anyway, you guys are all pressuring me to write this letter all quick and stuff, so I guess I'll send it! ;) Love you guys so much, thank you for all you are doing for me :)

Love,
Elder Rand


October 13, 2013

Hey family! Thank you soooo much for the package! That was the greatest thing ever! Me and Elder Keene were flipping out at the bacon. So amazing! Thank you sooo much parents! It's also helped a lot because we've been in a blackout for the last 3 days from typhoons hitting so hard. There's a generator at this computer shop, but we still don't have power. People are saying it'll take another couple weeks to get power :( It feels so primitive, it's like camping. Three days doesn't sound like a long time, but when there's no power, and water only early in the morning, it kinda sucks. We've been sleeping outside because it's so hot inside hahaa..But it's okay because I have skittles and bacon :D 

Dad that's so stinking exciting about hunting season. Goshhhh I can't wait to go with you when I get back. And I honestly have no idea what I want to do when I get back. But that's okay, I'll give it more serious thought and reflection when time gets closer. That's nuts about the gov't too! But doesn't this happen like every year when they can't agree on a budget? Man....bobo....

Mom I'm glad your leg seems to be getting better! And that sounds so fun about the pumpkin patch! Man I miss things like that..But it sounds like you guys had a fun time :) That's great about all the missionaries! I'm glad Tyler Porter sounds happy. I've been praying for him a lot.

So I have a few pics here! The first one is a dude named Eric, he's actually from the Preach My Gospel DVD's. He was an investigator back in San Diego, but lives here, and so in the DVD it shows different teaching principles and he was one of the investigators from it that missionaries taught and baptized. So it was cool getting to meet him! He actually lives here in a place called Dipaculao, and the Elders there are teaching his whole family. Then there's the beach we went to last week, and there was a lighthouse we climbed up to in the picture. Then a couple more pics! Hope you like them, it's taking about a day and a half to upload them ;) Haha I love you guys so much. Chat with me if you have time! Love you guys :)

Mahal na mahal ko kayo!
Elder Rand








This is what me and Elder Keene do. 






Saturday, October 5, 2013

Picha's ;)

Haha! So these pics are from our hike to Bazal Falls, which ended up being a lot farther than we thought it would be, and we didn't actually make it to the falls. BUT we are going to another, closer, set of falls today :) It was so insanely beautiful though, we were seriously in the middle of nowhere, and just pure jungle all around. It was amazing! And also, there's a picture of me with lucky charms. Don't judge me! This is the first time in almost 7 months in the Phils. where I have had milk, and cereal (let alone both put together!!). Both of which are near impossible to get. But the senior couple here, the McCord's, had their daughters come and stay with them for a few weeks, and they brought a ton of cereal over from America which was the greatest thing EVER. Then they got milk in Angeles City and brought it over here for us :) So wonderful. 

So this week has been great! My companion, Elder Ofiana, is progressing very well. We had a problem the last few weeks with investigators attending sacrament, so I consulted the zone leaders, and me and my companion came up with an action plan, and it actually worked! We committed each one of our investigators to go to church, and taught an extensive lesson about what happens at church, why it's important, etc. to each investigator, and just follow-up every day, and yesterday we had 5 investigators attend sacrament, and 76 people total attend. When I first arrived here, attendance was around 40. This is just showing how much the work is progressing! And that's what was supposed to happen when they put two more missionaries here, it was supposed to double the work. So I think we're starting to see the fruits of our labors, which is a relief because it's been pretty high pressure for me the last couple of months in getting this new area set up and able to thrive. So it's exciting! 

Anyway, how are you all? That's cool you guys had that staycation :) Kinda jealous ;) And hunting season! Ahhh gosh I wanna go so bad. I just miss shooting and going out to the desert and ahh man I miss it all so much! But it's okay, soon enough right? ;) Anyway, dad hope you're enjoying Singapore! (are you still there right now?) That's so close to me, that's so weird..How was the plane ride? Mine wasn't too bad, even though the total travelling time was like 24 hours, I just slept the whole way :D Well hey, I love you all so much! Please say hi to the other siblings, they've all stopped writing me again haha ;) Thank you so much for all of your support! I can feel your prayers for me :) Be safe, and girls don't forget to read your scriptures! ;) 

Mahal Ko Kayo,

Elder Kendric-wait for it......


RAND

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