This week has been full of "new things". Of course the biggest change was getting transferred to a new zone! I am currently serving now in Calasio zone, working in Malasiqui (Mah- lah-see-kee) 1st branch! The people here are great and I received a very warm welcome. One thing I have had to adjust to is water for showers, the water here doesn't work until the evening hours, so if you want to take a shower in the mornings, you have to fill up your bucket at night. I have also picked up a new hobbie! My new companion, Elder Tomas (he is also Filipino), has a knack for taking care of spiders. I was really scared at first, but now I am perfectly comfortable with a spider crawling on my hands. In fact we have 3 pet spiders that we keep in a match box! Elder Tomas is great! he is way funny, and loves to get to work. He does a great job of teaching in a way that helps the investigator understand. He has also helped me with the language a lot. Speaking of languages, I now study Pangasinan (the dialect in Malasiqui), and so I now speak Tagalog, broken Ilacano, and now I'm trying to pick up Pangasinan. So wish me the best of luck! I also had the chance to baptize a young man on saturday in Malasiqui, it was way cool to see how happy and excited he was to be a member. That same day we had 3 others! I am set for a good stay here!
So I thought today I would share with you my testimony in Tagalog just for fun, so here it goes:
Alam ko po na ang Simbahan ni JesuCristo ng mga banal sa mga huling araw totoo. sa buhay ko nakita ko kung paano ang embanhelyo na ito kaya matulong ang mga tao maging mas masaya sa buhay nila. Alam ko na ang plano ng kaligtasan, sa ibang salita, ang plano ng Kasayahan. Kung susundin ang mga bagay sa ebanghelyo ni JesuCrito, at susundin ang halingbawa ni JesuCristo, matatanggap natin ang maraming biyaya sa mga buhay natin. Gusto ko sabahin sa inyo na mahal ko kayo lahat. At sinabi ko ang mga bagay na ito sa pangalan ni JesuCristo, Syanawa.
So that's it! I hope you enjoyed it! I checked it with my companion and he says "its mostly correct" and gave me a high five. I'm not sure what that means, but hopefully you can use google translate! haha
I love you all! Have a great week! See you in 1.5!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson