Oh Mulan, I miss the show and the dang good music. Elder Bates had a CD with "Mysterious as the Dark Side Of THE MOOOON" on it and i loved listening to that song over and over again! I can't wait to hear the Weird Al CD when i get home. I didn't think he was making anymore CDS but that’s cool. Well more traveling seeing family and the bitter sweet news with the Walkers. Well things are still in the fast lane for the Hamblin Family! Mom you do so much and are the best travel agent money can buy in my book. The whole idea about you guys coming to the Philippines and picking me up doesn't look like its gonna happen with all the different stories I’ve hear so far. Basically they want the missionaries home before they are released so that they don't bring home their Philipina beach godesses. Don't worry Mom I don't have my Eye set on any Girls here. Nor will I be window shopping until I get home. So no extra surprises coming home with me except for some kicking souvenirs and shirts. We had the same lesson in church here in the Philippines but I bet it was a little different than yours was. They shared some crazy scripture in Mark about The disciples needing to preach the word and how that’s more important than waiting tables? I don't know what is about these people but they seem to use all the scriptures that i have never heard of before and sing all the Hymns that I've never sang before too!
I will be Baptizing Tatay Leonardo on the 16th THIS NEXT SATURDAY! I am practicing the baptism prayer in Tagalog so that i Don't mess up and I'm sure that the Lord will help me! Tatay said something really funny when we were asking him the baptism question. When we got to any serious sins and any homosexual relationships he answered Hindi Pa which means "Not Yet" We teased him about that and he changed his answer to never. He’s is surprisingly hard to find for a old man! When we went to go teach him a follow up lesson we asked the family where he was since he wasn't at their house they said he had gone to his house. We went to his house and his wife said he had gone to the families house! Where the heck is this guy? Did he tell them that he would be at the others house and then go and cause mischief with his friends? I got a picture in my mind of a 50 + Tatay leaning out of a trike with a baseball bat hitting down mail boxes and i had to giggle! Of course he wasn't out causing Mischief he was in the backyard of his house and his wife just hadn’t seen him go back there! You Crazy old Tatay You!!! Any ways things are going good here. When i smile at someone it seems contagious and they always smile and sometimes wave back. People are starting to like the missionaries and not running away when we come to their doors. We don't knock on doors here we just walk up to their fence and shout TAO PO! which translates People (respectively) They usually come out and answer BAKIT which translates WHY? I love these people they are really nice and are willing to cooperate with us for the most part. Just make sure they aren’t drunk off their rocker and you will be okay! Love Ya Mom. Elder Hamblin
I saw the movies you mentioned that you saw today. Green Lantern and X-men 1st class right? Ya They were being sold on the street for about 50 pesos each which is about $1.16 and you better believe they were pirated! I just think it’s funny that you probably spent 6 bucks to go see them in the theaters but i could see them for around 2 bucks by buying the dvd and using an internet shop to watch it! BUT that’s in not allowed for missionaries and i don't what to be breaking mission rules now! They also had Transformers 3 for sale and someone asked us if we wanted to preview it but with all of me and my companion’s will power we decided to decline his offer to watch Transformers 3 for free. I really wanted to see it though. You will have to tell me what you think of it! I was also really tempted to by a copy of Spongebob Squarepants in Tagalog but i didn't! Love you Shay and Stay Cool
Love Elder Hamblin
I want to play Plants VS Zombies with you when you get home okay? It sounds like alot of fun! You have to remember to play with me when i get home because everyone will forget to play with me unless you do it! I can't wait to beat you in a round of super smash bros. when i get home! YOU BETTER PRACTICE! Just kidding you will probably destroy me! I LObe you! Elder Hamblin
Your movie was Mulan and you better be making me a list of movies to watch when I get home and don't forget Green Lantern the new X-men movie and Rango. Oh and Transformers 3 don't forget that one either! Thanks for sending me your emails Devrs, Your the one and constant out of the 3 siblings mostly because you have the longest attention span! Thanks again for the special favor i have asked of you and Dad to i guess with the CDs and such! Here’s my movie! "The pheromone levels suggest that he wants to mate with the female. Auto bots let’s roll out!" I gave you a big hint at the end there! Well as usual you’re sick with something! SO does the surgery on your toe look pretty knarly or did it even leave a scar? I hope it stops the infection problems and you don't have anymore problems with that toe! I am good and healthy here Only one or two times where i woke up and felt like someone beat me with a baseball bat! That’s just because i am a hard worker. We have been having a hard time lately with the power. The people who are in charge of the electricity here didn't give us our bill and so we didn't think about it and just 3 days ago they cut our power! Life without electricity is possible but very hard to live with here! My precious milk rotted into cottage cheese in our fridge and looked disgusting!
We have no fans to blow on us while we sleep and so i wake up in a pile of my own sweat and with great effort roll out of bed and say my morning prayers. But this is all okay! These trials have brought me and my companion closer together through team work and candle light dinners! We just got the very rude and surprisingly drunk man in charge of bills for electricity to help us and soon we will have our power back but it might take a while! ANYWAYS enough of the sad stuff we had to great dinner appointments during these hard times and 1 other baptism date given so things are good and the Lord will bless us if we bear our trial well! Love you Devs. Love Elder Hamblin
The new Camery sounds pretty cool and a considerable upgrade for the old camery and i can't wait to see it! Please I would love a new fresh piece of KFC when i get back! That would hit the spot with one of those butter rolls! MMMMMM! Can't get trunky yet I’m not far enough into my mission yet! I will work on the different pictures that you want of the money and other things this week and try to email them to you next time! I'm sure that you and the Wheelers have alot in common and enjoy talking about your missionaries and when they come home! I hate to burst your bubble Dad but I’ve got alot to do still here in the Philippines. More testimonies to bear more lessons to teach. More souvenirs to buy! But don't worry everyone says it goes by in the blink of an eye! Next thing you know i will be writing to you about how my college classes are going from BYU Hawaii! JK The package Ideas are going good! If you could put a picture of a american cheese burger and a strawberry shake in there so i could hang it up on my wall and stare at it that would be great! JK No the burnt CDs and zip lock bags are all good ideas! Beef Jerky, gummy worms, and any other non-perishable treats! It appears that the name brand junk food that i have grown to know and love cots alot here but in all actually it cots the same as it does in the states but it just seems like it costs more when you look at it in pesos and i think in pesos now so i save alot of money! Any ways i can't think of to much other things that i want so just send me cool stuff! Get creative I’m getting creative with all your souvenirs so get creative with the packages! If you can't think of anything to send me just put the money that you would have used into my account so i can by more cool crap for you all!
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Thanks for all the love in all your emails and for everything you all have done for me! Thanks for everything! Love ELDER HAMBLIN
P.S.Oh and Dad The 1 2 5 and 10 Bills are not in circulation any more but the 20 50 100 500 and 1000 bills we see all the time. All the coins in the picture are in circulation but the centavos are rare and the most rare is the ever elusive 5 centavo. I have been lucky to have collected 2 so far but some missionaries go through their whole missions without seeing one! Any ways that’s about the money! 1 pesos you can buy a little candy about the size of a warhead that tastes pretty darn good. 5 pesos buys you 3 delicious donuts! 10 pesos 5 donuts 20 pesos will buy you a 17oz soda bottle (glass because it’s the Philippines and they are awesome and recycle!) 50 pesos will almost buy you some "REAL COWS MILK" but only a carton full! 100 pesos will almost buy you a little container of non name brand ice cream but 200 pesos will get you butterfinger or reeces Ice cream! The 500 pesos bill will buy you a tire and the 1000 peso bill is for the mac do feast! LOVe ya
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Philippine Coins: 1 piso coin is rare. Noble says the 5 piso coin is the most rare of these coins that are still in circulation. Though some missionaries serve their whole mission without seeing a 5 piso coin, Noble has found 2 so far.