Monday, January 26, 2015

New Everything Blog Letter 1/26/2015

So What's first? New Companion, New area, Newish Language, Typhoon.
I lot has happened but I Just can't express everything I would like over an Email but I will do my best.

So yes, I was transferred and I am training. My New companion is Elder R and we are assigned up in UEP (University of Eastern Philippines) ward, The second farthest area from Tacloban. I really like the area so far. White-washing is always a little challenging especially when all the former missionaries investigators were either female or Children but we are making due. The members are really kind and willing to participate in the work. We are really trying to find potential Melchezidek priesthood holders. 
My New Companion is really good as well. Get this, Elder R is Elder D Cousin! What are the chances? I am really happy to be training at this point in my mission. Elder R fresh excitement has really helped me be excited and motivated as well. 
As for the Language, it is Waray-s so all the "h's" are switched back to 's' and there's different words and phrases they use and the tone is different so that has been fun. I have been practicing my Tagolog a lot though and so that has been good. I use both Waray and Tagolog in teaching and working with the people and mostly just Tagolog with Elder R. He can speak English but he's not as good as Elder D at English. I love him just the same though.
I'm getting a little bit tired of Typhoons. Amang wasn't super huge but we did have some minor flooding in our house and it took the power out for a few days. I will admit though, there is a cool feeling to doing nightly planning by candle light.

I have been especially reliant upon the Lord these passed few weeks in this new area. And I have felt his spirit and guidance in this new area. 
I love you all and I love hearing from you. Keep the faith and may peace be the journey!

Love Elder Lowe

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Indian in Tacloban Letter 1/11/2015

Good morning mga buotan! 

Another full week has come and gone as though in the blink of an eye! I have done an alright job of staying out of the hospital while I've been on my mission but this week I had to give in... I've had a nasty ingrown toenail for the past 6 or 7 months and I finally decided/was convinced to go get it taken care of. And so I did. I took a video of the operation and I was going to send it to you but the file is too big. The whole operation took about 5 minutes and was painless. The Doctor said it was gonna hurt when the anesthetic wore off but it hasn't at all. It feels a whole lot better than it did before that's for sure. 

Our area is doing well and we are finally starting to see some progression. We've really had to stay focused this past transfer but we hope to start seeing some of the fruits in the coming months. R. and M.J. were finally able to make it to Church this past week as well as a few others. You know that feeling you get when a girl you like walks into the room? Well, that's the feeling I get whenever investigators walk into Sacrament meeting.  

T. is still doing well. We had some very good lessons this past week with him about the Book of Mormon and we were able to spend one visit reading with him from 3 Nephi 11. He made a comment that he had heard a lot of different beliefs and what not but as we've shared with him the message has really gotten through and has made sense. He has also made the comment that he feels enlightened. He wasn't able to come to church on Sunday but we committed him to be baptized in February and he agreed. He really understood the doctrine of baptism as we read with him from 3 Nephi 11. Like most investigators, he was a little nervous to pray at the end of the lesson and so when we asked him he said that he would next time but not now. We prompted him a little more but he still wouldn't pray but then my companion rose up on his knees and asked T. to if he would please pray. T. didn't ask any questions but agreed promptly to offer the prayer. He didn't mean to but I think he scared T. into praying. 

Note: My companion is from Fiji. He is black and super ripped. He has been our companion for the past couple of weeks until transfers. 

We met a man this past week named D. He is from India and when he saw us at a little street store he was curious and so he started talking to us. We had to leave so we invited him to come to church and we gave him our number and he gave us his. We honestly didn't expect to hear from him again but the next day he called and wanted us to come visit him and so the next day we were able to go to his apartment and teach him. This teaching appointment was such a neat experience. Even though he's from India he has a Christian background and is currently Born Again. He has been here for 4 years and has a business but ever since he has been here he hasn't been to Church or anything and perhaps when he saw us he saw it as an opportunity to reconnect. As we taught him his eyes were fixed on us and we can tell he is honestly searching for something.

Now... Since things are finally looking up in our area let's talk about transfers! They are doing things different this transfer and transfers are at the beginning of the week instead of the end. I don't know where I'm going yet but I will find out tomorrow at transfer meeting. I have been called again to serve as a trainer. So I will email you with more information on who my new "anak" is and where we're at. It's all kind of bitter/sweet but I'm excited. I'll do and go wherever the Lord needs me.

I love this Gospel. I know that it changes lives. I know God hears and answers our prayers and as we truly Pray in Christ' and pray by the spirit we will know what to pray for. Our will becomes aligned with His will and we truly are able to call upon the powers of Heaven.(BD:prayer)  I love you all. Keep the faith and may peace be the Journey.

Love Elder Lowe

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Recommit! Blog Letter 1/5/2015

Happy New Year! 

It was a pretty good week. While people in the real world are wishing for a longer vacation we are happy that everybody is back to their normal schedules. New years was great. We went to bed at 1030, woke up for for a second around midnight because it was really loud and then went back to sleep. Now it's 2015. I conveniently finished one journal on December 31 and started another on January 1. 

It rained all week long. We even had a mini typhoonish thing come through and we woke up on Tuesday morning to minor flooding in areas through out our zone. Burgos street, the street that our apartment is on, was a river with about 5 inches of water. So, needless to say, most of our area was flooded and made work a little difficult for the rest of the week. However, we still had success. We met and have started teaching this sweet old T. He is super poor and his house got destroyed in Yolanda and again in Ruby. Despite his conditions he is super smart. We taught him about this restoration and he accepted the invitation to be baptized. We were able to go and help him clean up where he lives and we are going to have some more service projects with him this next week. He is just this old sweet man and we feel really good about him for some reason. I hope and pray that he will continue to progress.

As far as new years resolutions go, for us we're more just recommitting to obedience, diligence, and sincerity. I had this idea of re-commitment in mind as I partook of the sacrament on Sunday and was so grateful that we have the opportunity to renew and recommit to our covenants not each year or each month but each week on the Holy Sabbath.  I have come to realize the Sacrament as an actual force that enables us each week to use the atonement and motivates us and makes it possible for us to change and become as our Savior. 

I love you all and hope you have a great week.
Keep the faith and may peace be the journey!

Love Elder Lowe