Yesterday there were two baptisms in our Branch. One was Gary, a young adult, and the other was Ira, a 10 year old girl. It was a very happy day for them. They just beamed. It is the tradition in this Branch to have the one being baptized bear their testimony afterwards. This is always so powerful.
I am also amazed that the speakers at Ira's baptism (the young woman and man on each end of the group picture) spoke without one note...no paper, no electronics, nothing. I want to be like them when I grow up!
|Ira and her bright smile!|
|Lovely water to wash and shower with!|
We don't yet know what happened to the water. We are prepared in our apartment with pure drinking water and non-potable water for emergencies. This was an emergency in my book. We are able to use our water now. We are still a little leery about our water, but we are okay!
We really do love the Philippines! I'm not being sarcastic. The area that we live in this part of the Philippines (Luzon--the upper island) is beautiful. Because there was once a heavy USA military presence here with Subic Bay Naval Base and Clark Air Force Base, we can find many of our favorite American products. So far, we cook our American recipes. We eat Filipino food, but we haven't prepared any ourselves yet.
Oh, I almost forgot about another happening in our part of this world. Karaoke! Do you like karaoke? We have had LOUD karaoke for 24 hours straight in our neighborhood! The Filipino people love karaoke. I understand you can buy karaoke machines OR rent karaoke machines when you want one. We can't hear the music very well in our apartment, but we can hear the loud singing that sounds like yelling into a microphone. I'm not sure how we slept last night, but we were blessed. We heard karaoke starting from yesterday afternoon. We went to bed with karaoke and woke up to karaoke. We were kind of thrilled when the power went out this morning because the singing stopped! However, it didn't really stop until this afternoon.
These are just some of the things that have happened to us this week, but I wanted to give you a little flavor of our adventures in the Philippines. We have been very busy in the Mission Office. For some reason we keep finding things to do! Actually, they find us. We are learning and growing...which we know is good for us!
I found my super hero! He is a little hard to talk to, but I found him! I knew some of you would like to know that.
I had an awakening when I got my hair cut. I finally saw a gray-haired Diane in the mirror at the beauty shop! Any other time I look in the mirror, I only see Diane with blonde hair. I know that is sad, but it is a fact.
Enjoy a fabulous week! We know that we will!!