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:
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