An Elder In Angeles

An Elder In Angeles

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hello Family!

Well this week has been a good one Because I got to see you guys!! (well most of you!) 

So this last week has been super fun and different, definitely the hottest Christmas I have ever had in my life and also the most boring haha. But it was still way fun, we were able to go to some of our investigators for Christmas Dinner, and it was anything fancy, but It was good! They were all just sitting around watching us eat, (they had already eaten).  They  were talking to us and it was just way fun.
I mean I can't say much to them, (still learning the language) especially if it's about the gospel. ha. But they are all so nice and such a great family, they will actually be getting married in about two weeks!! It's going to be awesome! We are so excited for them.
Bro Jun the Head of the Household quit drinking and smoking in about 3-4 Days!! It was so awesome!! He's such an awesome guy, always talking with a huge smile on his face!! He'll be a great member!! We really love him and his family tons! 

Then the day after Christmas I was the one to teach our District meeting, it was about how Patience Brings Hope.
Ha, that's not Ironic at all, because I am not the most patient person in the world, so I just leaned a lot of things about the importance of having patience, and why Heavenly Father really wants us to have patience!! 
What Can I say, Patience is a Virtue! Ha. 

Then finally after the District Meeting I was able to get my Christmas Package from Dad!! It was awesome! Made me feel almost like I was just at home! It was this sweet Helicopter thing that is so fun! I know right, most other Missionaries get like candy and what not from their parents, me I get an AWESOME HELICOPTER haha. I love it! Whenever I have time, during lunch or after daily planning I'll fly it around in our house!! Its the best!! 

So yesterday was a fun day at Church. Our attendance was 144, not super high, But we had 13 Investigators!! That was awesome!! 
At the beginning of church they're like "We don't have a speaker!! Elder Conrow, give a talk!". Ha so that was fun! Went gave a talk off the spot in Tagolish... haha But it was funny... there was this one girl, and every time I would say something in Tagalog she would like, nod her head, like uh huh I understand you ha!

So every time I would look at her for assurance that what I was saying was right! haha It was funny! I don't think anyone understood, because no one really said anything after Sacrament. haha but I did my best!! I mean I only had like 2 minutes to think of what I was going to talk about!! haha

Then later I had to conduct the gospel essentials for the fist time so that was fun! And then my companion and I taught the Doctrine of Christ later in Primary, and that was way fun! and they all understood me, and were yelling answers back to my questions, and it made feel so good!! haha! 

So don't read this part mom, you might just want me to leave the Philippines! haha jk
So last night we were walking to appointment (it was dark) and you have to walk on the side of the highways because there are these booths set up everywhere so you just hug to them so you don't get hit, well there was this motorcycle driver who was passing so he was  coming up right where we were walking, but I didn't see him because I was looking at the ground kicking a rock or something. Then all of a sudden, I see some lights in my peripheral vision, so I look up and there is a motor cycle coming right at me and I hurried and moved out of the way and it missed me by a hair!! The person was drunk or something so that was pretty scary!! Yeah this place is crazy, but I love it! 

Well love ya all, 

love Elder Conrow! 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Well the time has already come here I am, in the Philippines for my FIRST Christmas truly away from home!

 I pretty much already had all my parties for Christmas, we had one for all the Missionaries here last Wednesday, and that was really awesome! It was fun got to see some of my batch mate from the MTC, who all also are doing horrible in the language, so that's good to know! We learned some awesome things about being more Christlike from the mission president!! He's really an awesome guy!! Then we had our Branch Christmas party!! That was fun and very very different than anything you would see in America, it was way fun... and a lot of less actives showed up, Ironic? Not at all! haha. It was great and everyone is so nice, saying, "eat more... eat", ha it was a lot of fun! 

Because we had two parties for Christmas, we hadn't taught much, we weren't going to reach our goals. On Saturday we cranked it out and got 23 LESSONS ha it was crazy hard, but way fun!! They were all really good lessons!! 

 Missionary work is hard -you want to just cry sometimes! But it's the best!! And I know that I am learning A LOT from it! Even if i don't feel like I am at times!! 

 I hope you all have a great Christmas, even though I am not there! Enjoy all the great stuff without me, and don't cry too much because I am not there!! haha. Because I know you all will! haha. Well mahal Ko kayo!

 Sorry no pictures this week... but next week for sure!! Can't get them off my camera! Well sorry kind of a short boring email, love y'all tons, and Talk to ya soon!! :)

 LOVE, Elder Conrow!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hey Family

Hello y'all not much time as always!! 

We've had a really great week and I love being out here even though some days I get very frustrated with myself and the work! (Mostly myself and the language!) So this last week we have had some awesome experiences! I just want to say that I am so thankful for the Priesthood power that has been restored to the earth through Joseph Smith, I've already seen and been lucky to be part of some amazing experiences!! I really love being out here! Being a missionary goes beyond sharing the gospel, and I never really knew that till now, where I am experiencing it all first hand!!
So I cant believe that is is CHRISTMAS next week! it just doesn't feel like Christmas without the snow!! But they really LOVE Christmas here, it's really great. Everyone here is so nice and wants to have us over, so that will be fun! We have two Christmas parties this week! and then a couple dinner appointments. So that will be fun, I am sure this week will just fly like they all do!
Hope everyone is doing well! 
I appreciate all the emails and love! I try to always right back to everyone but its hard some times! So if I don't or haven't shoot me another email saying don't forget me!!! 

The Philippines are great, and hopefully some one in our family becomes RICH!! Then we can all come and visit here! So what you wipe with your hand... Oh wait have I not told you guys that one yet? haha You could maybe eat some dog! haha joking, I don't eat that, but I do eat lot of weird stuff! haha.

Oh and we also have two baptisms this week!  I'm really excited for that! I can't wait,  we should have hopefully seven more next month!! 

So the work is going really well here!!
Well Love ya all!!

Elder Conrow

Here are some pics of random stuff!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hellooo Everyone!

Well This week has been really a great one, super busy and feeling that I never have enough time! 

But I really love it here in the Philippines. I've been blessed to serve in such a different place and to realize how lucky we are here in America!! And its now coming to that time of year that we all love so much, including myself...and that is Christmas!! A great Holiday to remember our great Redeemer, Jesus Christ! 

The other day we got to listen to the Christmas Devotional given by The Fist Presidency of the church  and it was so awesome, it just reminded me of how important it is to give and not just try to give back the bigger and better present, but to show our gratitude, and remember even if its not the biggest most expensive or greatest Gift, if it is given of the heart, than that is all that matters and we need to show gratitude! Anyways that's my little thought and feeling on Christmas this week!

Also this week has been a really great one, I have learned a lot great things, and was able to learn some great things from my mission president! He is a awesome guys! I really love it here in the Philippines! Everything is awesome except some of the food!! haha. But I love and miss all of you guys and think about you often, when I have time!! haha! 

Here are some pictures of this last week, the American is Elder Jordan Zornes, who comes home this Wednesday, and he'll be in Ogden for a day or two for his brothers and Graduation at Weber State, so if you see him, I am sure he will love to tell you how awesome I am doing!! haha! jk 

But any ways Mahal ko Kayo!! (love you all) 

Elder Conrow! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hey Family!! I mean Kumusta..? Sana mabuti tayong Lahat Tayo..

Well, this week has been really good!!

We have some awesome investigators that are doing really well!! It really is such a great place here! I have some trouble with the language and what not, but I will take that difficulty over some the of the challenges other missionaries face... such as hard hearted people and what not!

These people are so humble, and willing to listen to something that will change their lives forever, literally!! And I am thankful for the opportunity to serve these people! 

So this last week, I ate BALUT!! If you don't know what it is, look it up! It was... different!! haha 

Also, these evil dogs were about to attack me, so what I did was bend down, like I was going to pick up a rock and they took off running. Haha, then they came back, so then you throw the rock, and they wont come back at all!! Haha, it's  funny! Although, some are real crazy, so I have  to be careful!! 

Anyway Mahal ko kayong lahat!! 
Love, Elder Conrow

Here are some pics of Balut and the week!