Philippines Cauayan Mission

Philippines Cauayan Mission

Monday, July 6, 2015

Weathered Week

Happy late 4th of July everybody! Sounds like the celebration went well back home. Didn't really do much of a celebration here but I thought about it a lot! The week here went by really fast again! Started again on Tuesday with district meeting. The lesson was sent to us over email so we didn't have to make one up. It was about the Book of Mormon and the importance of using it as we teach. It was fun to study about as well. Talked about our favorite super heroes and then related the traits they had to the Book of Mormon. For work on Tuesday we got punted pretty bad. The bright side was we got to have dinner with a member so that was nice. Made the day after a long day of work.
Wednesday was an alright day. Just the usual I guess. Taught sister Flordeliza on Wednesday. She's like our newest progressing investigator since Roann stopped. She's very fun to teach as well because she also asks a lot of questions and has the desire to learn. The lesson went for a little over an hour since it is so easy to just keep on talking and talking when they are actually listening. We left her with a Book of Mormon so we are excited to follow up next time. We ended up doing finding pretty much the rest of the day since the rest of the appointments fell through. We had dinner again but this time with the Ramos family. Tatay then gave us a ride home later that night. Thursday we had a meeting in Cauayan to follow up the new missionaries on how they were doing. We split into two groups, one of the trainers and one of the trainees. We didn't do a whole lot in my group. We just gathered together and basically talked as a group about troubles or successes we have had then helped each other if they have been having trouble with something. Also got to see President and Sister Rahlf after their trip to America. They are both doing great and it's like they were never even gone. Lunch was great and probably one of the highlights for the day. It was nice getting to visit with all the other missionaries that were there like Iuli and Teikauea from Bambang zone. We finally made it back to Roxas but not till kinda late.
Friday we had splits with the zone leaders. We came to Roxas in the morning to meet up with them. The sisters cooked us lunch so all four of us went over and ate lunch there. They made spaghetti and had a birthday cake for Sister Lewis' birthday. I worked with Elder Larson and we went back to my area to work. We went out to Marcos, the far area, and worked there for the day. We had an enjoyable time at the work and a good time talking as well. He goes home the second week in August so it's coming up. He's become a good friend here in the mission. The last lesson we taught that day was at the Ramos family then they invited us to stay for dinner again. Saturday we met back up in Roxas at lunch time to switch back companions and end splits. We had a baptism to go to a little later in the day so we ended up staying with the zone leaders until just before it started. I was asked to baptize the sister so that's why we were going. Got to the baptism and they only brought 2 suits. My baptism pants are still at a different apartment from when I let another Elder use them so I was just going to use a suit. Well, none of the suits were close to fitting me so someone else had to baptize. Waited all day for the baptism then I didn't even do the baptizing. It was still good to be there and a good baptism so it was fun. It rained all night Saturday night and Sunday morning it was still raining. Got up and went to church but there were only 5 of us there when it was going to start in 5 minutes. We started like 20 minutes late and by that time we had about 20 people so that helped a little bit. Felt weird having church with so little of people but the meetings were still pretty good. I guess nobody wanted to come to church since it was raining. Work was just about the same. Pretty much nothing. It stayed a light rain pretty much the whole day so I guess everyone just hid inside all day. 
Overall the week was pretty good. Got to go to Cauayan and had splits with the zone leaders. Hopefully this week the work will bounce back up after the slow weekend. Hope everyone has a good week this week! Love you all!
Elder Haacke

 The sunset the other night.
 Riding the jeepney coming back from Cauayan.

Riding on the top of the jeepney coming back from the meeting in Cauayan.  
Went to Magat Dam again for pday today, me and Larson hiked down to the water then a guy in a boat came and picked us up for free and took us on a little boat ride! 

Us at Magat Dam earlier this morning.

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