Wednesday, April 25, 2012


This week has been good. We went to Legazpi, which is the main island for zone training. The trip going there takes about 7 hrs for us. We were there Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

The training was really good. It was about finding new investigators while walking from one appointment to another. They also talked about a new area book that we have that focuses on new members and less actives. An area book is just a folder where we track all the records and progress of the people were teaching. 

It was good. It was just a long trip and really hurt our work to be out of our area for 3 full days. But what was awesome is that I got to see Elder Taylor! My trainer. He's the assistant to the president so I see him at every zone conference/training. He actually stayed the night at the same place where I stayed. So that was cool to be able to talk with him.

Me, Elder Taylor, Elder Hurst, and Elder Shepardson. Elder Shepardson is the one in my district and we go home at the same time, him and I are really close. Elder Hurst is his trainer, who was in the mtc the same time that I was. Elder Hurst and Elder Taylor were companions in the mtc and Elder Allen and I would always talk and hang out with them. So that might be kinda confusing.
This is what's called the Mayon. It's a perfect cone shaped volcano. It's actually active and most of the time has smoke coming out of the top of it. It's pretty popular in the Philippines cause it's literally like the perfect shaped volcano.
This is while were on the boat going to Legazpi. I thought it was cool cause that's a tiny island with houses and people living on it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Spiritual Moment: "So yesterday in church I had to teach Sunday school and Gospel principles which was combined cause the branch president was about 30 min late so just combined the classes and asked me to teach. So I taught on temples and family history work. And while teaching I really felt the Spirit testify to me of the importance of both those things. While I was talking about eternal marriage and the fact that were all sealed as a family it was just such a good feeling and then while we were talking about family history I got such a strong desire to do family history. So when I get home we will definitely be doing that!"

So this pic is on the land of one of our investigators. I just really like their land. It's so cool looking. They have a garden too with lots of veggies.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Birthday Celebrations!

(Elder Salas celebrated his birthday in the last week of March, so he wrote about it in this email.)

Companion Talk: So my new companion is Elder Cawit! He's Filipino. I knew him back in Daet zone. When I was in Talisay he was in Panganiban, so we were in the same zone but different districts. But we knew each other. He's a good elder. The Lord continues to bless me with good companions.

Spiritual Moments: Conference was so so awesome! My favorite talks with the one by Richard G. Scott about receiving personal revelation and the one by M. Russell Ballard about making the families the focus of our life to achieve happiness. Conference was just so amazing. Just seeing Thomas S. Monson is an awesome experience. I'm really getting a greater appreciation for conference. The more I think about it and teach about it to investigators and less actives the more it seems like once every six months isn't enough. We only get 10 hours of prophetic council for 6 months. That's not very much, I guess that's where the scriptures come in though.

BIRTHDAY!!: Oh, so for my bday yesterday we kinda celebrated it. Cause Elder Shepardson's bday is in April and so what we did was just combined our bdays so it would be cheaper. And on Saturday we bought stuff to make burgers and fries and shakes! we don't have a blender so we kinda had to improvise and use a jug and spoon. But it was still pretty good. We just used vanilla ice cream, Oreos, and powdered milk. Cause they don't have real milk here. And of course we didn't use hamburger buns we just made 2 burgers with a piece of cheese in the middle and served it with rice. Cause if you're Filipino and there's no rice with the meal they literally think it's impossible to get full.

This is a lunch that Elder Shepardson and I had the other night while we were waiting for our new companions to show up. It was such a good Americanized meal!
This is of us making the shakes.
This is of us making the burgers. We're in the apartment in Masbate so that's not my apartment. We spent the weekend in Masbate to watch conference so we've been here for 3 days now. But last night was fun. It was a lot of work and dishes but worth it. And it wasn't too expensive. Elder Shepardson and I only spent 400 pesos each.