Monday, June 27, 2011

Hello family. Well this week has been good. We've just been working hard and doing our best. We've been working a lot with unordained male members and part member families, because that is what President Tobias has instructed us to do. In Kabankalan ward there are 183 unordained males. Only 2 are active. Yikes! Our work is cut out for us! Hopefully this next transfer they send 2 more missionaries here so we can split the area and hasten the work here. One of the biggest problems here is that people get offended really easily by other members and things like that, and they don't understand that being offended is a choice. They also don't understand exactly what they promised when they were baptized. That is what we are trying to help them understand. The other big excuse is they don't have plete, or money for travel to get to the church. Sometimes its understandable because they have big families and they are poor and kind of far away from the church and they can't drag their little kids all through the hills to get to church, but there are a lot of them that they could walk, and their faith is just not strong enough. They don't understand the reason why we go to church. But the work is going well, and we are helping people understand these things. The best way is through the members. Any time we go to less active/inactive members we bring active members, or there is really no point in us going to them. They respond much better when they feel the members actually care about them and things like that. Usually every Sunday we go on splits with the members and go "home teaching" Home teaching is a little different here, and most people don't really know how to do it, but it's all right because now they are at least trying and learning. They have realized that the Lord has given them a chance to progress this area by giving them 2 more missionaries, and they are getting excited about the work now it's really awesome. There is an amazingly huge difference in the work when you have the help and participation of members, and when you don't. Anyway, things here are going well, and I'm enjoying the work. I think maybe when I get old and retire one day, I'll come live in the Philippines. I think I turn 20 this week. Thats old! I'm gonna look like the crypt keeper!! Well thats all for now. Love ya'll! Elder Andersen

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