Sunday, May 25, 2014

No Transfers

Oh the short emails we get.  We love hearing from our Elder, no matter how little he has to say.

 Dearest Mother,

So I found out how to change my font color!  Woo!  So nothing new to report this week.  No transfers for me or Elder Cano!  Nothing too exciting has been happening, just a LOT of rain.  There are baptisms this Saturday so we will see who will be the baptizer!

Ok so I thought of a few more things (with the help of Elder Cano)
Sticky notes
Green Microfiber Cloth thing
2 Sharpies
Dried fruit (especially the chili mango things)
2 of the cheesecake things (mmmm....Cheesecake...)

That's pretty much it.  I will be sending pictures soon.

Elder Archuleta

Letter to Dad:

Dear Dad,

It's good seeing the playhouse coming along.  Looks good!  Congratulations to Jack!  When does Gibby start up football?

Have we been to the Memorial Day thing before?  Sounds famliar.

That's all they had to eat?  That's like nothing.  Have them try Eel.  (The Mutual activity for last week was Faith and Fear Factor...they had to eat all kinds of icky things.)

That's about all I have for now, I'll be sending pictures to mom in a second.

Elder Archuleta

And for the best part...PICTURES!

This is Sisig...It is MOST DELICIOUS!!!

Tortang talong...Translated:  Eggplant with stuff (not literally, but that's what it is)

The Cheesecake...We were sad when this was gone.  (This was in the Easter package we sent to them, it was a Jell-O Cheesecake.)

Elder Cano and I taking selfies for days!

Elder Awesomeness's Tag  (It might be the one he lost last week and found on the side of the road.)

Does this look blue to you?  I think my eyes are changing to different colors now...

While that picture may look a little creepy...don't stare at it too amazes me that I have never noticed the rings in his eyes!  They still look green (with a little blue) and brown in the center, but these are most definitely Elder Archuleta's beautiful eyes, ahem eye.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Elder...Where's your name tag?!?

Dearest Mother,

This week has just been normal, nothing too exciting happened. A few days ago we were coming home from our last appointment, and we were riding a tricycle. Elder Cano and I heard something drop and figured it was something off the tricycle. About a minute later, Elder Cano looks at me and says "Elder... Diin ang name tag mo? (translation: Where's your name tag?)" Then we realized what had fallen. The next day I was wearing my magnetic one (the one I usually wear on P day). We went back out to the area where my name tag had fallen, and decided to walk home for lunch (which took like almost an hour... Not doing that again.) We looked for it and sitting on the side of the road, face up (and totally scratched up) was my name tag! It was cool. I would've taken pictures if my camera wasn't dead. Also, it was RIDICULOUSLY hot when I picked it up. But other than that, that's about the only thing that happened. Also, transfers aren't on Monday. Tuesday is transfer day for Sisters, Wednesday for Elders. 

I will send pictures in a bit, Elder Cano is copying some pictures *cough cough his selfies* 

Elder Awesomeness 

While waiting for pictures...meaning Elder Cano was using his camera...we had some back and forth emails.  Some of the conversation:
Mom:  Did you read my email?  Did you feel the earthquake?  (Last week there was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that was near Negros Occidental, the island Elder Archuleta is on.)
Elder Archuleta:  Yea, it was actually kind of cool. I was laying on my bed just kicking it when it started, and at first I thought Elder Cano was shaking my bed until he started to yell "ELDER IT'S AN EARTHQUAKE!!" (Not in English though) So we sat outside and watched everything shake. It feels weird. Especially after, I felt like I couldn't stand still.
Mom:  How long did it last?
Elder Archuleta:  Maybe 15 seconds.

The rest of our email conversation was about Sour Patch Kids and other things he needs from home.  

District picture

Back Row: Elder Sablan, Elder Martinez, Me, Sister Livingston, Sister Ulusasa (Probably spelled that wrong)
Front row: Elder Cano, Sister Peterson, Sister Rey

This was Elder Cano's blue blanket.. He left in to soak for like a week.. and now its purple and kind of looks like a world map! I think it's kind of cool looking.

My chocolate drank (I only bought it cuz it was ADVENTURE TIME! WOO!)

Letter to Dad:

Dear Dad,

I absolutely love it out here. The people are awesome. Like I said when I Skyped, A lot of our work is less actives. Right now we're a branch, but if we can get 6 Melchizedek Priesthood holders to regularly attend church we can become a ward. 

How was ward conference? I always enjoyed hearing from our stake presidency. 

I saw the pictures, and laughed when mom told me about how she is basically always in your way and knows it. It's going to be weird when I come home, Zoe will actually be able to talk.

You should start having the young men read Preach My Gospel. It has a lot of good stuff in there, and it will help them all prepare for missions! Plus I use it  everyday, and am actually starting to memorize it sort of. One of our points in our mission goals is to become "Preach My Gospel scholars." 

I should be good for money unless I transfer, But I'll try to stick it out for as long as I can if I do

Elder Archuleta 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mother's Day and Baptisms

We were surprised to find out that Elder Archuleta was going to be call via Skype on Mother's Day!  As we waited for him to get a headset and camera for the computer he sent us a few pictures.
Baptism of Brother Christensen 

Baptism of Brother Rens

Our call was filled with so much laughter.  We just love Elder Cano, he is so funny and such the perfect first companion for our Elder.  We learned that the language is coming along well for Elder Archuleta, as he spoke to his companion and other Elders in the internet cafe in Illongo.  We got to speak to Elder Morgan from Australia, who told us Elder Archuleta is a "great missionary, he's legendary", and that they would take care of him.  He was so sweet.  We found out transfers are happening this week, but not sure if either Elder Cano or Elder Archuleta would be transferred.  He told us his testimony in Illongo.  He is so happy and loves being a missionary.  No tears were shed from anyone, well, maybe a few tears from laughter.  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Short Email

Apparently our Elder has lost his sense of humor or has forgotten mom's.  She entitled her email "Feliz Cinco de Mayo"... Fully aware that the Philippines does not celebrate Cinco de Mayo. 

Dear Mom,

This week has been very hot for us here. We have been working hard here and we've been doing what we need to do. I'm going to apologize in advance, My email today is going to be short. We're here in Bacolod and I'm emailing off of President's computer. Next week I will double up on emails. I don't need the bandannas anymore, I found some here. 

I love you all, 
Elder Archuleta

PS they dont celebrate Cinco De Mayo here

On a good note, there are pictures from President Lopez' Facebook.  There was a Mission Presidents Training for the La Carlota zone.  (No comments were made on the pictures.)

Elder Cano and Elder Archuleta