Here is the email we received on Tuesday:
Made it to the Philippines!
Tuesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM
I am alive. I made it all in one piece, no problems with anything. I'm very tired but if you check President Lopez' facebook later today (more than likely tomorrow for you) You can see the pictures. I love you all.
Welcome to the Philippines Bacolod Mission!
(Aww, such a gentlemen. That's someone else's luggage he is pushing)
Our New Arrivals! Elder Archuleta, Sister Davenport, Sister Tanes & Elder Abadicio
We are happy to welcome you!
Welcome to the mission home!
February 26, 2014 Arrival Batch.
Sister Lopez, Elder Archuleta, and President Lopez
Welcome to your new mission home!
Elder Archuleta emailing his family of his safe arrival.
Lunch: pork steak, sweet & sour fish fillet, rice & pineapple.
Orientation-Part 1 Mission President introduction and training.
Spiritually malnourished (before mission), and spiritually healthy (after mission)
OR...from right to left (you like like this now and after your mission you'll look
like this...tired and exhausted)
The transition period.
You'll feel sick when you stay home, so go out and WORK!
Wash hands, keep apartment clean, prepare food properly, drink lots of water, etc...
There is no deadline for learning the language.
Symbolic relationship on the left.
You learn from each other's strength.
Rain or shine..in this Mission, we baptize!
Missionary Work and the Atonement
Sister Lopez' welcome remarks.
This is a labor of LOVE for God's Work of Salvation.
Orientation Part-2, Elder Burnett conducted the meeting.
Elder Archuleta gave the spiritual thought (2 Nephi 26:24)
He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth
the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men
unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.
The difference between obedience and exact obedience.
Mission President quoting President Kimball.
Elder Cheney gives overview of the Bacolod Mission.
Mission Finance - Elder Pulsipher
Apartments, rents, bills, support cards, cell phones....
(Elder Archuleta and his big head that needs a haircut.)
Elder Chin distributing Deet Sprays.
Elder and Sister Chin-our Mission Medical Team. Sister Chin is the Mission Nurse
Elder Chin is our Mission Pharmacist. They take care of our missionaries' health and medical concerns.
Elder and Sister Rasmussen. Elder Rasmussen takes care of appliance and furniture for apartments.
Sister Rasmussen is the mission recorder and makes sure baptism forms are filled out correctly.
Elder and Sister Neff. Sister Neff teaches piano. Elder Neff does repairs and maintains apartments.
Both these couples arrived in the mission at the same time. :)
Closing Hymn #270 "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go"
Dinner after Orientation Part 1 & Part 2
Rice, Fried Chicken, Pork Sinigang and Banana Fritters.
Ice Cream Social before heading to overnight at the hotel for next day's Trainers Meeting.
Day 2 ~ Trainers Training Meeting
The Rasmussen couple picked up the new missionaries from the hotel and brought them to the mission home for Trainers Training Meeting.
New pillows for our new arrivals.
Elder Archuleta with his first package in the mission field.
New missionaries excited to meet their trainers.
Trainers meeting their new missionaries.
Elder Wilstead Conducted and was the Chorister
Sister Becerra was assigned to demonstrate teaching in Hiligaynon The First Vision
Elder Pears was assigned to teach introducing the Book of Mormon in Hiligaynon
Sister Dixon was assigned to demonstrate teaching in Hiligaynon.
Pray to know the truth.
Elder Cano was assigned to teach in Hiligaynon...Invitation to be baptized.
Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God?
Sister Tanes was invited by President Lopez to share her testimony.
Sister Dixon was invited by the Mission President to share her testimony.
Elder Archuleta was invited by President Lopez to share his testimony.
Elder Abadicio was invited by the Mission President to share his testimony.
February 26, 2014 New Missionaries and their trainers!
Elder Archuleta and his trainer Elder Cano.
Pizza and Ice Cream for lunch.
The Office Staff and Assistants took the missionaries to their bus terminals.
Now the real work begins! Good luck Elder Archuleta and Elder Cano!