Hey family. So yes francisco got baptized then basically no showed for his confirmation yeahh.... next week i hope i am here. Yes mom megan can have my address anyone can write me. I cant guarantee that i will reply though. SYL (Speak your language) has been hard speaking my language here cause my comp knows fluent english. We just made some adobo for lunch it was good. rainy season is here and im tired of my pamphlets getting wet hahah but its all good. But yes dad we are having so much sucess. The members are dumping refferals into our lap and im getting worried that we have moved away from investigator focus, but our zone leader said for this area that we are healthy 125 total members roughly 80 active and a ton returning compared to Tayug our sister area which is like 700 members 125 active haha. So yes god is moving the work forward now. Good things will happen and i finally understand why missionaries hate the prospect of transferring because you put so much heart into one thing and then it is gone and you get a new thing to work with haha. Anyways i chopped my hair for zone conferencer elder savage is doing good he is looking really white. It was awesome to talk to him again and we still are keeping our fingers crossed that they will place us together or near each other later on in the mission, so who knows. anyways so yeah my hair is great its hot even though its technically winter for them here, and now i get saluted everywhere i go yeah thats why they said in the call packet dont shave your head but... president and sister jensen said my haircut was nice so im in the clear. Anyways i dont have the pictures I want to show you yet they are awesome but i got to get them from another missionary. I met elder dalton at the conference he is nice he spent a lot of time in the missionary recuperation place in manila i heard but he's back. How are my lou and D? Dancing going to vegas sounds fun. Well yeah i feel bad i cant answer all the questions. I read the letters but i forget all the questions anyways love you all much. Story for doobs for sunday school hm....we had a brother in the ward give a blessing to a sister she was very sick, not yet dying, but getting there. He was praying in tagalog a blessing and during the blessing he basically told her that god would relieve the pain and she died. Well some people would say thats awful. The priesthood didn't make her get up and walk nope Heavenly Father brought her home. So just remember that God does what is best for us and we shouldnt question him, but accept it and take the situation and ponder it and pray about it and later down the road in the eternity we will thank Heavenly Father. Maybe it will be thank you Heavenly Father for putting those mean girls in my life because they helped me be more patient and loving or thank you for putting that leader in my life who chastised me because i wouldn't be the man i am today without him. So yeah remember that our goal is for eternity to walk through into the afterlife with our family waiting for us smiling and we embrace them and we then turn to see our elder brother and God. By then we will forget every pain and trial because they are miniscule in comparison to the reward. Don't be sad for the lost moments because of my mission but for the shared moments and the many more after this life and after my mission ~Your kuya your anaknalalake Elder Barney
so here's me, francisco is the younger one, and his uncle antonio oria, who we got to return to church and he was worthy to baptize his nephew !! and my companion elder cabauatan
I am doing good. Just got back from san nicholas
again. They are pulling the
missionaries out of there because of lack of
missionaries in the baguio mission. We
need more troops. haha. It is sad to see families
so young in the gospel left behind
without any missionaries to help them out. Well i
have some sick pictures to send you. I just got to get it together. I joined a family on a hunt
(hahaha) for birds. Well
happy fathers day dad. I am proud to be your only
son and I hope that I am doing
missionary work according to the way you did it
and in unison with God. Well we had
stake conference this last week and it was good
for northern luzon. Elder L. Tom
Perry presided. The stake president said some
interesting things to the members that really rang true. He said that because
of the lack of family history work in this
area the lord is delaying the ground breaking.
(food for thought). I dont know if
that motivated the 200 members that showed up,
which makes me sad because the temple in urdaneta would turn this area around.
Well the pictures of you guys are great dad looks different darker and thinner.
I really don’t "need" anything. Some things that are hard to get here
(but don’t rush) are solution, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, tooth brush,
tooth paste just simple things id rather not spend money on. I’m really doing
good. I’m not exactly in the best shape of my life, but im happy and healthy. People
are extremely excited for the new mission pres. I dont know what he will bring,probably
different ideas. Francisco is doing good he got through the interview good and
we are working with him. He lives very close to the mountains so yeah it is
very hard to get to him. We have cleaned out records and suprisingly we need to
switch to a more Part member investigator focus because most of the people we
are contacting are now saksi or JDubs (Jevovah Witness). We had one
sister who told me that and said "hindi......mormon po kayo, pwede po ba
kaming makapagbahagi ngensahe sa inyo.(can I share a message with you) I
said no your a mormon (not a JDub) and can we share a message with you. She
allowed us in it was funny because at first she told us she was JDUB then she
was back to a inactive mormon by the end of our lesson. Religion is something
that people are accustomed to changing four or more times in their lives here.
I actually respect the old nanays who have been devoted catholics, then the
people who go to churches because they like their churches monthly calendar
better than the rest or whatever their reason is. Well this week is president
jensens last zone conference and I will get to see elder savage woop woop. How
are you all doing mom I hope you stay healthy. I am not scared of anythingI
just am put under a lot of stress with the work haha because when I always put
to much time into something until it’s not unhealthy. If you want to come herethat
is fine. I think moms deserves an answer haha. I came into thismission
with elder savage, and I will leave with him as well. So do whatever his parents
do or whatever. I don’t want to hear about stay with them it’s not exactly
safe in manila so be smart. I just want to give
the ok in advance so that can you
plan when the time comes around. On a lighter
tone hahah funny story there is a goat who follows me everywhere I go haha. The
elders say it’s because I am maputi or white haha I’m kind of like the white
elder on the other side of heaven here polipoki. I stand out like a sore thumb.
I’m kind of exactly like that what the movie that’s how I feel all except the
fact I dont have a girlfriend. Yeah the members think I’m a bakla or gay
everytime i say that, but I explain im not hahaha. What are my
struggles? haha I dont know. Countless but I’m
fine mom. The language is clicking this week but I’m not great yet. I realized
that home teaching is missionary work and dad was my first companion. I
am glad that he taught me how to build relationships, ask questions, use
scriptures, serve, etc. all the teaching skills.
That is an epiphany of mine. I’m working hard… I
love you much!
This sounds crazy but the following four paragraphs were four separate emails. It sounds like he lost everything he had typed, and kept trying to send emails over and over...It was as if he wasn't sure what had gone through or not. Anyway, sorry so short...believe me momma wasn't happy. Ha If you have a hard time understanding some of his sentences...you're not alone. thanks Nicole and Chris
I am sorry I wrote you a nice long letter but the internet here is garbage. I am doing well. Francisco will be baptized on the 23. Love you. I am safe. I got the Barneys letters.
I am sorry to hear about jakelle. We just had a sister in the ward lose a grandson. She is in good spirits though. Love the pictures.
I feel awful I am sorry for the short letter. Tell the Barneys that I got their letters. I will send pictures after zone conference. They might transfer me because when a trainee has two trainers they get transferred… we will see. It is rainy season here, but I am safe. I kind of need contact solution if you happen to send a package. I have enough to last for a while.
Love the pictures keep them coming please. Dad I need two addresses: Jamie’s and Rachel’s (Jamie Wilcox and Rachel Crandall) thanks from facebook siguro (perhaps), and also look at the scripture Eccles. 6:1 reminds me of your good name story.Keep working with Doctor James I’m not one for organized religion either, but I am one for God. Did byu win the rugby championship? Who are the missionaries going out and getting called?Thanks for the stats on president Manahan he seems astig (cool). The language is finally coming. I was taught a lot of wrong stuff in my last transfer haha. Dad when was your first baptism? Like when you performed the ordinance just curious. I won’t be the one baptisizing Francisco his cousin will.Well I’m not bragging im just curious haha. Canaries? How long were you there? How many areas were you in how long? I want a description of your mission in a letter please hahaha. Dad what is your waist size right now? Or maybe in two years??? Is the better question for a gift hahah. Pacquiao lost hahaha