It is officially one of the hottest months ever, and it's December. They call it El Ninyo, and all of the Filipino's tell me that usually it rains a lot, but instead we just have heat that drains your energy until you just want to be by the electric fan at all times, and curl up with a book and drink lemonade and all that fun summer stuff. It doesn't feel like Christmas without all the snow and cold.
We have had Christmas music since September, and whenever they play walking in a winter wonderland it's like, they really don't understand. The coldest place in the Philippines is Bagio, and it's like 50 degrees as the lowest temperature.
It will be fun to see what other festivities here in the city. I am really excited for our Christmas conference, two days of no work, play, and spiritual upliftment.
That's when life gets interesting. Sister Casil leaves after Christmas conference on the 15th, and Sister Lazatin and I will most likely become companions and proselyte for two area because the transfer day isn't until the 30th. I will just have to wait and see.
Things are going great in the work right now. We have been really focusing on building a relationship of trust with the members, and we received 4 referrals this week. They all excited to learn about the gospel, and one of the referrals has seven chidren. It will be exciting to see how they will progress.
Do you remember the Redneck jokes? I have come up with a few You know when you are in the Philippines kind of jokes, so I hope you enjoy them. Let me know.
You know when you are in the Philippines...
When you sweat from places that you never knew could
When they talk about witch craft, aswangs, and mythical creatures in church
When they tell you the reason you get bit by mosquitos is because you glow in the dark
When your mere presence can cause traffic accidents(this actually happened to Sister Mitchell while she has been in Kalibo)
When you roll out of bed yet people tell you you are beautiful
When your white and everyone, including members, asks you for money
When every bug in existence tries to bite you because you are imported blood
When the lightest rain means that there is low attendance at church
When a boxing match will decrease the attendance of church by half.
Well, I hope that you enjoyed that. I could go on forever, but for now there is a little experience of the Philippines.
Enjoy the cold and snow, and if you have any questions email me :D.