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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Week 64- Better safe than Sorry

Big storm came in this last weekend and we almost got 12 minutes of rain! Kind of a huge deal made about a less than average day but better safe than sorry and it's definitely a good thing the typhoon did not hit Manila. A large storm in the city here would killed thousands of people because of the poverty and impossibility of evacuating. The typhoon season is over so most likely I will survive my time in the Philippines...unless the massive fault line that goes straight through Manila is set off and the entire city is destroyed....but what are the chances in that! (experts say 1/3) Just kidding mom! It's actually pretty incredible to see how resilient the filipeno people are. They spend 6 months of the year in the midst of typhoons and tropical storms and then they spend the next 6 months rebuilding and preparing for the next rainy season. All the while no complaints are made, that's just kinda how life is and they adjust to meet whatever comes their way.

Elder Ehlert and I have been working hard with the leaders in our ward to really get the work going in Lagro. Brother Duncan Domagsang, a 2 week RM, just got called as our new ward mission leader and we had a FANTASTIC coordination meeting last Tuesday. All of the ward leaders gathered at the Bishop's house and we presented our plan for the 2015 year. We plan on starting by visiting all of the members of the ward to give a very short 15 minute visit. Asking for no referral but leaving small commitments as we would any investigator. Such as fellow shipping another family or reading a few verses or sitting in on one of our lessons to an investigator. Anything to get the family feeling the power of the Holy Ghost through real missionary experiences. Not only will this first and foremost strengthen the members, but in turn lead to a greater desire to share the Gospel with their neighbors. As true conversion always requires an increase in desire to share received blessings with others. Lehi's vision of the tree of life as well as Alma the Younger's conversion and the conversion of the Apostle Saul all point to an immediate desire to bring truth unto others as they tasted of the fruits of repentance for themselves.

Along with a few other ideas that were bounced around that night, the outcome was certainly one of excitement to take Lagro to new heights, especially in strength of priesthood. We have an incredible core leadership in the ward, a great place to start when trying to strengthen and expand our missionary effort while simultaneously trying to "perfect the saints".
Since Tuesday we have had the opportunity to visit several families in the ward and committed each one to bring a neighbor/friend to the ward Christmas party on Monday. Should be an awesome week in celebrating the like of the Savior! We have a Ward Party, 2 Christmas conference an office activity next weekend. It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Elder Krueger T

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Week 63- Happy Birthday Nanay!

Happy birthday Nanay!! Hope all of your wildest wishes come true (just don't wish for me home or I might get caught up in a super typhoon or something haha). Also hope dad buys you some presents instead of saving them all for Christmas
Transfer week is always exciting with so many missionaries coming and going, so that has been the gist of our daily duties the past few days. It's always so sad seeing the best missionaries in the mission leave on exit day, but the welcoming in of new missionaries the very next morning causes a quick recovery of focus. 

The next day, on thursday we had Mission Leadership Council, in which President Bertin shared a lot of thoughts from last weeks Mission President's Seminar (the 5day retreat for mission presidents in the Philippines). He received a lot of positive feedback and ideas from other missions and the area presidency and is set to make changes for improving our mission in the upcoming year. It seems likely that we will be refocussing the majority of our efforts towards member oriented missionary work. The goal being to increase the efforts and support of ward members while at the same time strengthening the members of the Philippines in the doctrine of the Gospel. We are all very excited for the new approach and the subsecquent initiatives that will follow in pushing our mission towards it's full potential. 

The rest of the month of December looks to be pretty exciting and very busy! We have meetings galore and plenty of Christmas/Holiday Festivities to go along with it! I must say I am most looking forward to the 2 days of Christmas Conference on the 18th and 19th! We'll have caloring, games, a talent show, and most importantly a catered lunch! The mission will be split up into 2 so half the mission will attend the first day and the other half the second day. In addition the chruch has released its new initiative, "He is the Gift" that our mission trying to implement while working with investigators and member alike. Social media is a lot bigger deal in the Philippines than it gets credit for, so hopfully this new Christ centered push will generate a lot of holiday spirit and missionary energy. Everyone in the Philippines loves the Savior, making the Christmas season the best time to share a message about His atoning sacrifice. 

As for the next few days we will be keyed into the movements of Typhoon Ruby. The latest reports say that the winds have died down from 250kph to 195kph no longer making it a super typhoon. However this will cause the storm to move slower, increasing the chance of larger amounts of rain and flooding. I doubt our mission is in too much danger, but we are more than adequately prepared for the next couple of days. The calling tree is in place, suplies of food and water have been purchased and emergency plans set to go. "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear". Our missionaries will be fine, pray for the other Filipenos who are not so fortunate as we are and will be placed alone in the path of the storm. Pray for their safety, that they might be prepared for the remainder of their days on this Earth and their days in the next life. 

Ingat Palagi
Elder Krueger T

Week 62-Busy Week

Its been a crazy week, President Bertin was in Bagiuo City all week with Sister Bertin for a mission president's seminar and now this week is transfer week, which means super early mornings and late evenings with little time in between. I'm sneaking in a few minutes while Elder Ehlert is listening to an exit day workshop (that I've already heard 3 times) haha Things are going great, we had the funeral service last sunday for Brother Deraper and he is now on a ship back to IloIlo today for his burial. The family seems to be doing well and receiving some closure. Their extended family has been extremely supportive and both of his brothers actually came back from work to be with the family at this time. 

Life is going well and we are just super busy for the week being, sending 13 missionaries home today and 15 more coming in tomorrow! Then on Thursday we have mission leadership council. The work rolls on with nothing much to stop it. The month of December is jam packed with things coming up so it should be a very exciting Christmas Season! Though it won't be nearly as much fun as Christmas in the Northwest it should suffice for 9 more months! malapit na pero matagal pa! Anyways nothing else too exciting to report for now, I'll try to make a super great fantastic email on Saturday cause December 6th is a pretty important day daw! 

Ingat kayo palagi!
Elder Krueger T

PS The note that Dad sent was way better than google translators! It actually mad some sense hahahaha 

Week 61- Thanksgiving

Elder Lindley 

Brother Rowell took us out to Shakeys to celebrate the reunion

Thanksgiving Feast