Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fw: Hello, from Lacey, Wa.

Hello!  :D

Well, I guess I'd never really had a chance to look much into the BYU-I music program.  I didn't think they even had one.  It sounds better than sitting around at home wondering what to do next, anyway, and after a year of that, it's a lot easier to transfer to BYU Provo than it is to get in as a freshman.  So I don't have to do anything more for the application for BYU-I?  Go ahead and send in the application, then.  Thanks.

I was actually feeling a bit hopeless about when I get back home after I got the rejection letter from BYU.  Wasn't sure what I was going to do.  But now that I know that BYU-I actually has a music program, I guess it's better than nothing.  :)

Plus it means that if I get in, I'll have an excuse again to go home a few weeks early and spend Christmas with family!  Yay!  :D

So things have been going pretty well.  The whole Dublan family came to church this last Sunday, except Tatay.  Sister Vanessa said that they're working on getting Tatay's schedule changed at work so he can go to church, too.  If he does, it'll be the first time in about 8 years since his baptism.  He didn't stay active long after his baptism--not even long enough to receive the Priesthood.  It'll be really cool to see him come back into full activity after all these years.  If possible, what would be really cool is if we could get him to receive the Priesthood before Lhujay and Ehlona get baptized so he can be the one to baptize them.  We'll see.

Hanz and Mona talked with Bishop at church the other day, and hopefully they can get the paperwork started under way before too long, and, with luck, they can be married and Hanz can be baptized on October 15th.  Hopefully.

Claire's boss has started getting annoying.  Their agreement before she took the job was that she could go to church every Sunday, but recently, they've gone out on Sundays to "take care of something important" or whatnot, leaving Claire at the house to watch the kids instead of letting her go to church.  :P  We'll try and work something out.

Something kinda cool happened that I forgot to mention last week.  Apparently, Jobelle, my recent convert from Paranaque 2nd, mentioned at one point that she felt like quitting--she didn't want to go to church anymore.  She said she felt like the members--the other young women and whatnot--were all plastic.  She didn't like their attitudes.  So she wanted to quit.  Elders Gillette and Bagahansol, of course, tried to encourage her not to quit, but what convinced her to keep going was her two older sisters.  They're not members, but they helped her realize how stupid she was being, saying, "What kind of faith is that?  What kind of attitude is that?"  They mentioned that if you have a boss that you don't like in a job, you shouldn't just quit immediately, but should try to work things out, bear with it, be patient.  What more with a religion that you know is true?  So, now, she's still active and goes to church every week.  :D

This has been the craziest transfer week ever.  President Stucki took a look at the transfer board and just shuffled the whole thing.  Half the areas in the whole mission have been shotgunned.  Elder Swainson and I are one of few companionships that didn't get changed around.  In the P-Que Zone, P-Que Wards 1, 2, and 3 all got shotgunned, meaning that the elders in each area all got transferred and replaced with new elders.  Elder Labinpuno is the new District Leader in P-Que 2nd.  He's only been in the field for 3 months.  He's also training a new elder, in an area he's not familiar with.  He's... pretty nervous about it.  I'll probably go on exchanges with him sometime within the next few days and show him where people live and where everything is, since I used to work in that area.  Elder Sutter and Elder Jacinto are the new zone leaders in P-Que 1st.  They're also shotgunning.  And Elders DeGuzman and Mohammed didn't leave a lot in that area.  They've really got their work cut out for them.  The elders working in P-Que 3rd aren't here yet.  Elder Querubin will be training in that area, but he's currently in Ireland.  >.>  He lives there.  His visa fell through, so he got deported.  They're waiting for his visa applications to pass through so he can come back.  He'll hopefully be here sometime next week.  In the meantime, P-Que 3rd will be dead for the next week.

Elder Gillette got transferred to Palawan.  :(  It's kinda sad.. Now I'll never see him again here in the Philippines.  By the time he gets back off of Palawan, I'll probably be home.  :/

So, yeah. o.o Things have been kinda crazy.  But this transfer should be fun, because the missionaries now in the P-Que zone are all pretty good.  Hopefully, the huge changes should help build things back up.  We spent a good part of today showing Elders Sutter, Jacinto, and Labinpuno where their apartments are, since they're new (Elder Sutter used to work in P-Que 2nd, too, but doesn't know where the P-Que 1st/3rd apartment is.

Anyway, that's about it for this week.  Glad everyone had a fun vacation.  Yosemite looks beautiful.  Until next week, ingat!  :D

Elder David Jones

P.S.  You know what would suck?  Getting rejected from BYU-I, too.  Let's hope and pray that that doesn't happen.  Thanks.  :D

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