13 January 2014

The weather here has been unusually cold for the Philippines. Luckily I have a jacket and a scarf that I can wear when we go out to proselyte. I am literally cold all the time; I sleep in a sweater, pants, and  a blanket each night and I’m so grateful for the hot chocolate you sent. It warms me up when I drink it. I even heat water now to take showers because taking a cold shower would just be death. All the people here are wearing coats, hats, and scarves as well. It is pretty funny, never thought I would get so cold here, and it’s not just me, everyone is cold. Hopefully the weather will warm up again soon since this kind of weather isn’t normal here.

This week has been full of trying to get to know our area, most of our time was spent tracting and trying to find new investigators. We were also able to contact quite a few of the less active families and two of the families actually came to church yesterday! One of the Less Active members is really confused about how Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are separate so we will teach him about that in our next lesson. The other less active family that came is the Ogaya family. We just taught the wife and kids because the husband was sick and in the hospital. She has six kids who are all under the age 14. She expressed to us that she is so glad to have sister missionaries now in the branch. She said that now she thinks that her husband will listen to the missionaries because they are sisters instead of elders. In our finding efforts we have found a cute little family who seems pretty promising. We have taught them two times and whenever we go the wife and kids just have such great big smiles. The second time we went the kids were outside playing and when they saw my companion and me, they ran toward us and gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek. After teaching them we went to a few other homes around their house and the kids were following us and joining in on the other lessons we were able to teach. We were also able to have a baptism of two investigators on Saturday, children of the Ore family. The parents are recent converts. They have two other kids who are not yet baptized so we hope to teach and baptize them so they can go to the temple as an entire family. That is the goal the parents have as well. They want to wait until all their kids get baptized. I love the Ore family, they are so kind and open with us. Whenever we see them they just have the largest smiles on their faces and they share with us experiences that they have had and how the gospel has blessed their lives.

Here in Guimaras, we live near a city which is much smaller than the Kalibo. It doen’t seem much like a city when compared to the one in Kalibo. We get our food at the market which is conveniently right outside our doorstep. We email at an internet shop near our house. My area is called Jordan, it is different from Kalibo because I am used to seeing houses right off of the highway but here you have to travel into the bukid and hike a bit to reach some houses. I love it. While we were tracting the other day we found a little water fall in and a bamboo bridge. I started to cross it but then my foot fell through the bridge so we decided not to cross it and turn back and find a different way.

We continue to have fun in our finding efforts and are trying to come up with new ideas to get investigators. At the moment we don’t really have a teaching pool so we just find and teach less actives and recent converts. Soon we will have progressing investigators which will be nice.

Here is some interesting information about some of the food here:

Chico, is small, round, and brown. It tastes like squash with a LOT of brown sugar on it 🙂

Saba: Is a kind of a banana that you first boil then eat. It is delicious.

Guimaras is famous for their mangoes among the Panay islands. I haven’t tried one yet but I will get one and eat it today 🙂

I love you all so much!!

Palangga ko kamo (back to ilonggo again)

Sister Jensen

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About rachelejensen

Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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