|The Mendoza Family after they were sealed|
as a family for eternity in the temple.
|Coming out of the Manila Temple.|
|My artistic photo of the Angel Moroni. Look|
up, waaaaay up!
I thought I'd start out our blog with the highlight of the last two weeks since I last wrote. Last Friday we were able to go with the Mendoza family, to the Manila Temple. Brother Mendoza was not active for many years and his wife was not a member until one year ago. Brother Mendoza is now in the bishopric and Sister Mendoza serves in YW. He is a rice farmer and she does what she can to help out. Such a humble family! They were SO happy to know they can be together forever and it was such a pleasure to see their joy and to be with them on their special day! We're loving every minute here! We get to be among such wonderful people that we love so much! We fall into bed each night and wake up tired, but somehow we are given all the energy we need to get everything done the next day.
We have started teaching a couple of English classes in different towns that are a lot of fun. I can't remember if I've already said this, but there is a funny expression here that people use all the time. They say they are getting a nosebleed if too much English is spoken to them and when they try to respond in English. People laugh at other's attempts to speak English, so people are really scared to try. Of course, being on the other end of the stick, we understand the feeling of being afraid to try to speak a new language. The thing is that most people really WANT to learn to speak English as it can qualify them for better jobs for much better pay. We promised that there would be "No Nosebleeds" in our English classes! One of the classes has been running for 2 weeks, and the other one for only 1 week. We are having so much fun with the classes and people seem to really enjoy them. We teach conversation, proper pronunciation and grammar. It is open to members of the church and non-members. Here are a few pictures of our English classes:
|Some of our Lubao class. We have 20 students.|
|The other half of the Lubao class.|
|We went to go see the Galveson Family. It was Fiesta time in|
their barangay (community). Their daughter Shyra, was getting
her hair and makeup done for a beauty contest which is always a
big thing in the Philippines.
|The kids play in barefeet or flip flops and can run as fast as kids in North America|
wearing expensive, high tech running shoes! Notice the courtside
houses. Box seating!
|See the bag of brown liquid? They sell Coke in plastic bags.|
There are little stores that people run out of their
homes that are called sari-sari's, for extra income.
|Two of the vendors where we bought our mangoes and bananas. |
They are so much more tasty than what we buy in North America!
The members are so good to us here. They invite us to many events in their homes. This was a debut (18 yr. old birthday party).