Merry Christmas Everyone!!
I don't really have time to email, so I'll just give you all a quick rundown on my exciting week.
So on Wednesday, all the missionaries from Cagayan traveled into Laoag, so we got them settled in a hotel. While all that was going on, President Andrada interviewed Mhylez and Wellington Alejandro. They passed the interview and President said he was very impressed with them and was very excited for them and their baptism. We ended up at the office pretty late that night preparing for the Thursday morning activity. By Thursday morning, all the missionaries from the whole mission were all gathered at the mission home. We had a real fun activity with lots of games, water balloon fight, etc. Lots of fun to see everybody enjoy so much.
Later that night, everybody got changed into their PLM polo shirt and dressed up nice for our Mission Dinner/Social night. Every zone performed their cultural dance, and some other presentations were included. It was a lot of fun, lots of laughing. The food was real good, and was just a lot of fun being around everybody having a good time. Also some of the RMs came back and visited the mission including Daryll Costales!! haha So much fun seeing that guy (editor: Ryan's trainer).
five generations of trainers & their trainees
APs & office elders
Friday morning was the Mission Conference. We managed to squeeze everybody into the small little cultural hall and got to hear a few trainings from President and Sister Andrada. Then we had our big lunch. Sister Andrada went all out with buying gifts for everybody. She bought shoes, new shirts, candy, snacks and other gifts for a lot of missionaries. We also did a big mission-wide gift exchange. Last month when President was interviewing all the missionaries, he had them pick one name out randomly, and that's who they would get the gift for. I picked Elder Swann, so I customized a hat and put a picture of a swan on it hahaha... But yeah the gift exchange was fun, and got missionaries who don't really know each other to start talking to each other. Then we finished the conference and sent all the missionaries back to their areas. After all these events were done, we were absolutely exhausted. But looking back on it, it was a lot of fun.
A surprise Christmas carol serenade at the mission home on December 24th
Even though all these Christmas events were a lot of fun, the best part of the week was on Saturday. The Alejandro family was baptized! Mhylez, Wellington, and their two kids, Paul and Joshua were baptized together as a family. We combined with the Ward 1 elders who also had 4 baptisms. So it was a nice big baptismal service. On Sunday they were confirmed, and they are feeling spiritually blessed :)
Love the work and the joy it brings to others and into my life. It's such a blessing to be a tool in the Lord's hands in helping others come unto him, and having me grow spiritually through doing so.
Love you all, Merry Christmas!!