Tuesday, November 22, 2011
November 20th, 2011
IT was fun but it did get a little hot and all the old nanays(mothers) were being over motherly to me. You can't go there. You'll get muddy! I ended up taking off my flipflops and going bare foot anyway! One person on a different hill asked one of the nanays(mothers) we were working with why I was there. She answered "Exported Siya!"(Exported he is!) I think this will help out with teaching here in Kataging and with opening the people’s hearts to the message!
Alright! Devree’s still up and kickin and looks like she tried to pick a fight with Taylor Lautner after he'd changed into a Werewolf! I saw a trailer for Breaking Dawn and I thought of you little sis! I miss you! I'm not gonna lie... you looked pretty beat up after the Surgery! But everything sounds like it went according to plan and you've got beautiful nerves! Okay I got some real cool stuff to talk to you guys about! Here’s my week! So of course it’s raining and the river is still pretty big and we were out tracting in the Mud when we saw the coolest thing EVER! We round the corner to find a trikey full of pigs. There had to be at least 5 pigs stuffed in there and they didn't look super comfortable! I took plenty of pictures so enjoy! Also a couple Sundays ago Monty Pacuio fought in a boxing match and of course won. He is a national hero! Everyone watches this man fight. He sings he dances and he’s a congressman too I think! Let me give you an example: When this man fights, Crime stops in Manilla City. The whole Philippines seems to slow down to a crawl and things are put on hold and business' shut down! He’s kinda a big deal!
Next is a little bit about our favorite member, Bro. Pete: Brother Pete fought in the Vietnam war and has served our country well. He’s TALL, white and he’s got a big belly. He married his beautiful Philippino Wife and moved here decades ago. He drives a Harley Davidson and is a loaded veteran! He feeds the missionaries all the time and sells us Carribau belts, blow guns and pearls for DIRT CHEAP! (Mom I got the hook ups so you just say when!) We are really lucky to have him! He has cheated death multiple time and laughs at what we call pain. The man was shot at, beat almost to death with rebar, got a piece of metal shot into his leg, and just recently was hit by a semi truck while ridding his motorcycle! (He walked away with bruises and a really nasty road rash on his arm. The man has laughed at death in the face! But more than his accidents,, more than Vietnam more than being shot and tortured and more than being beat almost to death with rebar and left for dead, he says the most painful thing he has ever gone thru was a kidney stone. HE said that he would take it all again rather than endure the painful experience of a Kidney Stone again. The MAN IS NUTS! He is a hero, a living legend and an absolute mountain of a man. I salute him. GO BROTHER PETE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also I took some pics of us doing the Mag tanim or planting of corn! We started off this beautiful P-Day going to Kataging and it was raining and we found the "Tower of Tae" It was very very interesting! We got to where our investigators were planting and jumped right in. Drop the corn sweep the dirt over with your foot REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT! IT was fun but it did get a little hot and all the old nanays were being over motherly to me. You can't go there. You'll get muddy! I ended up taking of my flipflops and going bare foot anyway! One person on a different hill asked one of the nanays we were working with why I was there. She answered "Exported Siya!" I think this will help out with teaching here in Kataging and with opening the people’s hearts to the message! Uncle Ky would have loved to watch them at their work! 1st they got the old Tatay’s with the Callabou or wildabeast and the plows they pull it thru the ground and make rows then a dude with a bucket of fertilizer follows after them and spreads the fertilizer by throwing it in a wave like motion then comes us the planters! We have a bucket or bag of corn that has been coated in certain chemicals to help it grow faster and it turns your hands pink! We drop down a piece of corn for every step you make! Then cover it all with the dirt in the row! It was great and we had fun and a mud war afterwards! One of the investigators families fed us! IT was great! So overall it’s been a great P-Day so far! Good things are going on!
Now time for your question! Dear Mom, It’s soooooo good to hear that Devree’s doing okay! She did look like she got in a fight! Sounds like she'll be just fine! We haven't been able to talk to Joan’s parents yet. They've been hiding from us! I think she’s gonna wait till she’s done with school then get baptized and you know always preparing to go to the Temple! SO continue to pray for a change of heart with her parents! BUT guess what?!!! WE found like 4 families that really like the lessons. They look promising! I can't remember the names off the top of my head but that’s okay! Just keep praying that they will accept our message! They are awesome! The ward there sounded interesting and I know Devree has the 2 greatest parents in the world and is the 1st to have a week long Daddy & Mommy/Daughter date! Lucky duck! I know the boys love me and want me to play Warcraft with them until the wee hours of the morning when I get home! Tell them I miss them and I’m gonna whip them in any video game they choose when I get home! I love ya!!!!!!1!!!! Love Elder Hamblin
Dear Devree, Buhay ka na ba? Sounds like you’re still kickin! And you have beautiful nerves! You know it’s not everyday someone gives you a comment like that! I love you Devree! I was given up into some mighty prayers each morning and night for the Doctors to be skilled in their trade and that the surgery would go smoothly and absolutely flawless! Prayer works! God listens! HE CARES ABOUT OUR FAMILY AND YOU! You special girl you! I love you! I find myself typing that reflexively so if you get a lot of I love you's don't be surprised! I love you! Devree I am so glad to hear that you are a o kay and that you're up and kicking! You are not even gonna look like my sister when I get home! You'll probably have a handsome man wrapped around your little finger when I get home! Make sure he treats you right missy! Your after the surgery picture and the caption was really funny! "IS THAT ALL YOU GOT!" I love you guy’s humor! I love you! I am really shocked that you ate all that food! You are amazing you know that. I think I have seen you laugh at death in the face multiple times and you are pretty positive about it all! Not too many girls are tough enough to go through what you went through! WAY TO GO! KEEP IT UP! NEVER LET GO! YOU ARE THE BEST AT BEING YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your movie was "10 things I hate about you!" I love that movie "The poop hath hitteth the fanneth! You really do love that movie don't you? Okay for me! "Light up the Darkness" "Daddy look a butterfly!" "Subject 206 shows now side affects to the new drug." "This is his legacy this is his Legend" You probably don't remember this movie ask Shay he might know! Devree keep on holding on and keep on pushing on! I love you and pray for you every night! I love ya! Elder Hamblin Dear Dad, I looked at the blog and your pics were awesome and I loved all the comments! You are truly masipag with the blog and all, so thank you! I think you will enjoy my pictures also! They should bring you a smile! The deal with that retired accountant and the card for the museum was awesome, and a great blessing from what I could see! I love looking at the blog! I have a little more time at the computer shop now that the whole "Letters to President" thing has gone electronic! Now thinking of that, I need you guys to send me my record number and my confirmation date......... please! I really need it to log into my account on the LDS.org website! Thanks! Also you didn't reply about the Skype deal so if you find some time when you get home that would be great if you could set an account up for us! Sorry I’m kinda needy this email! Thank you sooooooo much for praying for us to teach families! I needed that! We now have a couple of families that look like really good potentials! We just need to teach them the gospel! The ward is finally getting up of their pwets and doing something about all their less actives and helping us, by being fellowshippers! Things are changing and its all good things and were excited for future San Mariano! Sadly we think Elder Cajumban could be transferred next month so we are making preparations for that! Things are good! We are good and the work is great! I am seeing the fruits of our labors and the people appreciate us! I am the White American with black hair and green eyes that works and in the bukid and loves kids! I am a missionary! I love you all and I hope you all got home safe and sound and Devree’s face heals up nice and quick! Before you know it she’ll be smiling from ear to ear! I LOVE YOU ALL AND CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR FROM THE BOYS NEXT WEEK LOVE!!!!!!!! ELDER HAMBLIN PHILIPPINES CAUAYAN MISSION
BONUS MATERIAL:::::::::::::) If you can handle the madness there are more pictures for you to view and marvel at here in Elder Hamblin’s bonus material! Enjoy the mayhem and chaos in these tantalizing and mind blowing photos of me my companion and my area! Feast your eyes on the inconceivable! There was a picture I sent with two dudes sawing a piece of wood in half they made a saw out of bamboo and of course the metal part. They were happy to pose for me! These people are soooooo photogenic and love to look at photos of themselves or anyone for that matter! Ingat you crazy people! :) Elder Hamblin