Week 15: Ano Baga Ire?!

Family, Friends, Fans, and Fellow Servants,

BREAKING NEWS: I got transferred to Batangas! I am currently serving in Tanauan City, Batangas and I just love it here. I got my transfer call on Tuesday night while my then companion and I were looking for stuff to buy at SM: The assistants told me that I would be serving my 2nd area in Tanauan. And I felt bittersweet to leave Lucena City and the members because it’s basically where I grew up in my mission (best 3 months thus far.) I did not get to say goodbyes on Wednesdaybecause everything was in a rush and I don’t want to make it seem like I get too attached to the members over there, so as usual I spent the whole Wednesday teaching lessons to less actives and investigators because I feel they need my time of teaching them more than my time of saying goodbyes.

Let me tell you some good stuff about Tanauan City and my companion. They call it City of Colours because the city is just truly colourful. They’re preparing for the city fiesta here which will happen in a few days. The people here are really kind. They love Americans, and that’s an advantage because that makes us easier to find new investigators haha. The ward is also functioning really well. I now serve with Elder Merrill who is from Idaho and he has 6 months left for his mission. This is his 3rd cycle in the area already so I guess there’s a pretty big chance that he will get transferred by the end of the year. We get along so well because we are both diligent and obedient and we share the same purpose in mind. Let’s just hope I’m not jinxing this companionship!

I think it’s pretty amazing how I’ve already had 3 companion in my first 3 cycles in the mission. If Elder Merrill gets transferred then I’m surely staying in Tanauan with another companion! Crazy! My progression in the mission has been great so far. I already got transferred at the end of my training cycles and now there’s some chance that I would train at the beginning of the coming year.

How is everybody doing? I hope you had fun at our city fiesta few days ago. I miss all the festivities we enjoy back home such as Halloween parties, fiestas, and most importantly Christmas. It’s already December in a week and then 25 days til Christmas. Times flies too fast! It felt like it was just yesterday when I opened my mission call that Monday night, and I still remember the feelings I had as I shuffle on the airline terminal, about to leave my previous life and family behind. As I stepped foot at the MTC, it was me burning bridges that linked my missionary life to my previous life. And I felt so blessed that I had been given this opportunity to serve the Most High God with all my heart, might, mind and strength.

It is in my hope and prayers that all of you will continue to press forward in Christ’s words, and feast upon the words of His everlasting gospel, and strive to live it every single day as He avails blessings for us. Continue to fast for each other, impart our goods to our brothers. I would like to close this letter with a verse I found in the Book of Mosiah:

15 Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the LordGod Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternallife, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who isGod above all. Amen.

Elder Poblete
Philippines San Pablo Mission

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