Friday, January 16, 2015

Christmas Time and Transfers!

 January 6, 2015

Things are going soo well! I did get transferred, I am going to ...... San Carlos Zone!!!! I was soo excited!! That was one of the zones that I really wanted to go to! I am in Dumaguete right now and then will drive up to san carlos tomorrow. I love it so much here on the mission, especially here in siquijor. Its a little bitter sweet. I am so sad to leave that island, the people are truly sooo amazing, but I am really excited to go to a strong branch and meet new people. So heres the story about the rain.
    We had a storm that came. Everyone was inside and it was just pouring! It was around 6pm and we walked to the road where we always catch a ride home. The problem was, there was no one out driving, it was dark and there was no one on the road. Nether of us had an umbrella as the storm came quick and it was pretty nice in the morning when we left. We got cover and just waiting as it was too far to walk. We went to houses and asked them if anyone had a tricycle, the motor with a side kart on it and we found one guy. We went and asked him but he said no since it was raining... So we just kept waiting.. And waiting... we saw some motors and tricycles but they were all just going home and weren't picking anyone up. Finally we saw car lights. I walked out to the road to hitchhike home and it slowed down and stopped. It was a police car so I went to talk to the drivier to ask if we could get in the back. ( it was like a pick up truck but with benches bolted down and a frame to hold people in.) I looked in the back of the front part, It was 4 guys with m4 machine guns and then the shotgun seat, ironically had a shotgun and were fully dressed out. They said we could get in so we got in the back and went up. No charge :) I love the Philippines! Only here could you do that!
Hope everyone is doing well!
Elder Crandall


 December 30, 2014

Hello! I loved the photos so much! Thanks so much! It was so fun skyping yall! Im so happy that things are going so well! So our Christmas was pretty good, pretty simple. We had a group Christmas party which was really fun! We did lots of activities and had some investigators come too. Afterwards we elders cleaned and mopped the whole area after the party. That was basically it  for our Christmas. We didnt get any dinner appt that day, but they following 3 days we had tons of food from everyone's leftovers which was awesome. Most times it was at investigators homes that just told us to come in and eat. We ate and were able to get to know their family better. The weeks have been so slow as everyone is ether out of town or so busy getting things ready for the holidays ( as everyone here procrastinates). It should be getting back to normal pretty soon. Its so crazy how fast time flies by! The next monday is transfer calls, its so crazy! Things are still going so well! We had New Years Eve in Dumaguete. In the mission we have permission to watch 2 disney movies. Our whole stake went to the church and watched Rio 2 and wreck it ralph. They were both very entertaining. It was just so fun being with the zone having dinner and watching the movies.
       It sounds like it was a pretty quiet christmas, but sounds really fun. I loved all the photos. Thats awesome about the uchalali. In the MTC one of the missionaries had one and we loved singing hymns while he played though now I dont think it was allowed as i look back. That is something I am wanting to learn a little bit after my mission.
     We keep working very hard. We really take pride in obedience here in the mission. I have really seen the importance of it. Believe it or not I am actually very obedient and also very strict about the rules, but in a very loving way. So many ppl ( members) always try to break the commandments and justify their actions but they only break themselves on the commandment. It doesnt change, its a commandment of God so whether a missionary living a little higher standard, or just a member, we have committed to be obedient. One thing Elder Bowen the General Authority said that I really liked is " I will not go home early because I am not a covenant breaker". Though I never planned on going home early, it is very applicable to our lives. We already made the promise and we must endure the promise and enjoy the blessing through the rest of our lives.
   I love it so much here in the mission! Its amazing for me to look back and see the last year and the incredible growth I have made. I am so excited for the new year to be able to really continue to grow. My understanding of The Gospel so much has really exponential. There are so many things that you learn but you just cant really put it all into words. I love yall so much! Thank you so much for the Christmas package, we loved it soo much!
Elder Crandall

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