Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 17, 2014


Hahahhahahahaha I love you those pictures. Mom and Dad I swear you always have the best costumes every year. I don't know if you can keep this up every year. Brennan how was homecoming?! Hey I have an idea? How about you learn how to make another funny face and you might get more friends? Maddie how's Charlie? 

Yeah emails would be way better. So I can read them every week. Here with dear elders, I don't receive them at least a couple weeks later. Everything is sent to the mission office and I'm about 3 hours away from the mission office. And that's where you have to send packages. No one has addresses here. The houses/buildings aren't numbered. We have neighborhoods but no exact addresses. Hahaha so if you want to send packages send it the mission office and I'll get it. 

Things are going great! We have a baptism this Sunday! Her name is Trina M and she asked me if I would baptize her. And there's 50% chance she will get baptized in the ocean....I want to baptize someone in the ocean so bad. hahaha

My Tagalog is progressing....least I hope. Elder T sometimes is really surprised of some of the things I say in lessons hahaha. I really love Aringay. The rice field's here are beautiful. The view when I wake up. The clouds! The sky looks like a painting every day. I'm truly blessed to be in this area. I love the people. Filipinos are some of the most respectful and kindest people I've ever met. People feed us, non members and members, all the time. My workouts are more intense everyday, not to be fit but just to look the same hahaha. We have a new elder in our area, Elder G, and we both run 2 miles everyday and work out together. I'm getting stronger and I'm pretty sure I'm growing because I feel taller....or maybe it's because everyone is really short here. And I didn't think it was possible for my calves to get bigger....but we walk everywhere, ALL the time. And in Elder T and I's area we teach a lot of people in the mountains. 

I wish I could take more pictures. I wish I could show you more. But sometimes it's not appropriate. 

I love y'all and you're always in my prayers. I want you all to know, that I know without a doubt this church is true. the Book of Mormon can heal the wounded soul and bring peace in your life. I know that God loves ALL His children and His hand is in this work. I'm not perfect, far from it, I don't know Tagalog but I believe I've been called by a prophet of God and that families can be together forever. See y'all in 2 years

Your Valiant Missionary,

Elder Strader

P.S. Here are some pics of those trikes I was telling you about before. This how most of the people get around here. 

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