Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hey everybody!

This week started off pretty rough. We had to spend the first portion deep cleaning our pad and double bagging everything edible into gas proof bags. We had to do this because our entire apartment complex was infested with termites. How the process works is they cover the whole building with a tent and pump a very deadly chemical into it that kills pretty much anything it touches,  we had to stay with some other Elders pretty far from our area for 2 days and 2 nights. It was not as enjoyable as I thought it would be, the 4 of us were packed into a pad half the size of our old one, and the food there was really old, so we ate out. On top of that we had appointments at different times, and only 1 car so that slowed things down. We ended up just going on splits in our area to visit people but not very many of them were home.

On a more exciting note, we were able to try Balut! I really didn't want to at first but I was convinced otherwise. For those who don't know what Balut is, it is a Duck Embryo, still inside of the egg. It is considered a delicacy in the Philippines. The idea of eating a baby duck was pretty messed up and almost made me throw up, but it didn't taste horrible. Here is a pic of what it looks like. 
The best part of this week happened just yesterday. We had dinner with a part-member family, the husband has been investigating for 10 or so years and had not joined because of other members and missionaries pressuring him to be baptized. The bishop told us this so he asked for us to just share a message and leave it at that, but after we shared a scripture, he asked us when we could start teaching him the lessons and that he finally felt ready to take the next step! It was so out of the blue we both just paused like we had misunderstood him. It was such a great boost after a pretty slow week. We are scheduled to teach the first lesson this Thursday, but his wife is due to give birth this week as well so that may change things.
Things are great other than that, we are back in our pad and ready to go. Transfers are this week and against all odds, Elder Ili is staying in Mililani because of our performance together so far. We also might get a car, I will let you know. Until then-
Elder Snell

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