We had an awesome experience yesterday. We were just about to head home for the night yesterday when we walked by a group of people doing the Native Dance of Palawan. Way epic! The branch missionaries we were working with insisted that we give it a try. So we did! So much fun. We got a good video of Elder Clarito and i trying (videoing is kind of bawal (against the rules) but i couldn't pass this up. I'll repent later). I wish I could send it to you but the file is way too big so I guess you're just gonna have to wait another 18 months to see. You now have something to look forward to!
Went on exchanges this week with one of the Zone Leaders. I learned a ton. One thing that I forgot to tell you is that the native language of Palawan is not Tagalog. So Tagalog is their second language, meaning everyone in Palawan speaks with a little bit of an accent. The people of Cabar are very native and have a lot thicker accent. So when I went up to Narra, everyone spoke a more pure form of Tagalog. I was able to understand so much more! It was wonderful. It makes me excited to be back in Manila!!
Got quite a few compliments on my Tagalog this week. It was a great confidence booster. One of the members of our branch served a mission and had a few American companions. He told me that my Tagalog, at four months in the field, is about as good as one of his companions who had been in the field for 7 months. It made me way happy.
The work was pretty difficult this week. I swear everyone in Cabar went on a group vacation because no one was home. It was quite frustrating. So sorry, not much to report here. Such is life as a missionary.
I'm going to end with a quote by Elder Bednar at a missionary fireside:
"We love the Lord. We serve him. We follow him. We represent him."
Perfect quote describing missionary work. If you live by this quote, you will go home after two years and be satisfied with the work and the service that those two years were filled with.