Philippines Cauayan Mission

Philippines Cauayan Mission

Monday, February 9, 2015

Preaching to the Cows

First full week of the new area is already finished! Had a pretty good week!
Tuesday we had district meeting over in Roxas, ate lunch at the popular place called Chicboy, then went back to San Pedro and went to work! Learned a pretty interesting statistic at district meeting also. In the Cauayan Mission, there are 22,000 members. Of those 22,000, 18,000 are less active. Pretty crazy huh? In my branch right now there are said to be like 4 or 5 hundred members but there are only 70 to 80 people at church each week. Pretty crazy number huh?
So we had a pretty cool lesson on Tuesday. We taught about prophets, apostasy, then the restoration. We weren't going to go all the way through the restoration but all his questions just led right into the next principles so we just went with it! We were at this lesson for just under 2 hours. It was so awesome though to have the discussion we had. Definitely strengthened my testimony that everything we teach is so true. We never debated once and just had a nice discussion. In the end he told himself he knew our church is the true church and wanted to continue to learn more. Even then though he still didn't come to church this week and he wasn't there every time we went back to his house throughout the rest of the week. It was a really enjoyable lesson though and made my day! 
Wednesday had a normal day of work. Good day though. We were able to get a few lessons. They weren't' ones we planned for though. Most of the plans fell through that we had made so we just went from house to house. Ended the day good though with dinner at the branch president's house. He made some good food and a lot of it which was awesome! Oh also, met a little kid and went to give him a high-5 and I realized he had 6 fingers! Craziest thing ever. I tried not to point it out since I didn't know if he was self-conscious about it or not but it was crazy!
Thursday was a punted day. Only got one lesson all day and it made the day super long! Still were able to meet a few new people but the day overall was pretty long. We went to one member's house and he brought us over to a pool table and since it had been a bad day we thought, hey why not. So we played a game of pool which was super fun! Then the lesson finally came later that night. 
Friday was great. Made myself some pancakes for breakfast and I think that's what made the day go well! Just made me in an all around better mood to start the day and it stayed with me for the rest of the day! Normal day of work and we had dinner with the Ramos family then they gave us a free ride back to the apartment. All in all a good day!
The highlight of Saturday was we had FHE with a less active family that night. The Lajo family is a pretty cool family. Tatay is super funny and always says the most random things. Played some games, taught about the restoration, then had dinner. Also with the dinner they made popcorn! Tasted pretty good too! Haven't eaten that since I left home! Got a picture with them at the end, not quite sure what Tatay and Nanay are doing in the picture haha but they are a pretty cool family! 
Sunday was good as always. Almost had to give a talk in church then the speaker showed up in time. I guess it happens quite often in this branch that the missionaries talk so I guess I should always be ready! No investigators at church but there are 2 less actives that are considered active now since they've came 4 times in a row. Also the Tatay, Nanay, and one of the daughters of the Lajo family came but I don't know what happened to the rest of the family. Good week over all! Companionship is doing really good. We get along well and have a good time with just us two in the apartment! Hope everyone is doing well and love you all!
Love Elder Haacke

This is the church building from a canal we were walking across. Our apartment is behind the church.

 All the cows here are white and really small. Tried preaching to a cow on the punted day. 

Cool picture of a spider outside the apartment. The flash off the web and spider looks pretty sweet!

The amazing pancakes I made.

The Lajo family we had FHE with.

This is Elder Corcuera, my new companion. 

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