Week 74: Bones and Joints

Dear family and friends,

The weather is crazy. First half of the week it was burning hot; second half even today, it’s crazy cold. Last night was freezing. I even told my companion to turn the fan off, but he insisted on turning it on on level 3 and thank goodness he only had it to himself. It’s been drizzling and light raining which makes the work good. At the same time, the cold weather somehow makes my bones and joints hurt.

Work went well this week. Elder Barrizo and I taught 20 lessons to different people; it was tough and tiring but it was very fulfilling. We also went on exchanges with the assistants and it was pretty cool. I’m glad I’m getting used to things now.

We just got back from District P-Day. We went to this floating restaurant in Calauan. I think most of you have seen this restaurant in TV. The district leader wanted to invited the district to go fishing, and I agreed and invited myself as well because it’s been a long time since I’ve gone fishing. However it was too expensive! Everything in the menu is too expensive that an apple costs 130 pesos. So we decided to try this thing instead:


A plate costs 30 pesos.

The place is pretty big; it even has a lake full of lilies. There are plenty of statues of buddhas and giant animals. Even though we didn’t get to eat their expensive food it was a fun experience to tour the area.

I hope all of you will have fun. Love you!
Elder Poblete
Philippines San Pablo Mission

PS: Too tired to upload pictures. Next week na lang!








Week 74: Sweet Spirits

Dear family and friends,

Transfer day went just smoothly. There was a scare that a sister missionary was announced missing, but that’s only because she went straight to her new area without the permission of the other zone leaders in the checkpoints. (This is a classic example of why we should listen to and follow the directions as they are given to us by the powers that be.) My new companion met with me just in time to help me accommodate transferring missionaries through the checkpoint at SM. We finished the transfers at 3 PM which is 4 hours early than usual. Yep!
Days have been fun with my new companion, Elder Barrizo. I think this cycle is rather interesting because I’ve never spoken much Cebuano with someone than in my entire mission life. And I think it’s a plus because it’s warming me up so I can speak Cebuano naturally when I’m home in 6 months. Everything is just natural between the two of us and I think that’s because we lived the same lifestyle before we began our mission, so we have the same likes and dislikes in food, manners and environment. This cycle should be fun and worthwhile.
President Russel M. Nelson will be visiting next month! During the Area Broadcast the stake president announced that there will be special training meetings for priesthood leaders and a special stake conference and that President Nelson will be the one to preside. We have heard information from the mission headquarters that he will be staying in the mission home, for I suppose none of the hotels here in San Pablo have passed the security requirements to protect an apostle of the Lord. The missionaries in my zone have been requested by the stake president that we perform a special number as a prelude so it’s going to be another task for me as their zone leader in this stake!
I’m thankful I’ve begun to pick up on the work again. No more trunkiness.

Elder Poblete
Philippines San Pablo Mission

PS: I have to stop writing because this internet shop is driving me nuts.

Week 73: Tenth Companion

Dear family and friends,

The transfer call came very surprisingly on Saturday. But this time I’m not transferred; my companion is. I was very surprised because I thought it would be me who would get transferred to another area. I’m just doing fairly well in the area but never did I think I would just let a companion stay for 6 weeks here in San Pablo and then have him move to Batangas. At the same time it’s a bummer because I thought my current companion would be staying and I’m transferred to somewhere driving into the sunset.

My new companion is Elder Barrizo, who is from Davao. We are good friends since the first time we met in Calamba. I’m very excited because this would be the first time I would have a Bisaya companion. Thrilled! We had so much fun and I was very happy to know that he’s going to be my new companion. I hope everything’s gonna turn out good between the two of us.

And I’m just going good. I’m not as stoked and super excited for my departure in a few months. I realized that the more I get stoked the slower time goes by. But the more I work hard and stay focused on the work a week in the mission just goes as fast as an hour. I’m so thankful that the Lord has given me this one time opportunity to represent Him and serve the people in His name.

But in order for me not to get too excited I hope you—family and friends—would care enough to send me letters of encouragement and good cheer. Please take time to even attach pictures in your e-mail. I’m not blind.
Elder Poblete
Philippines San Pablo Mission Office

Week 72: #PP2016 (Freaking Out)

Dear family and friends,



Happy New Year! (Enjoy my fake photography of the fireworks outside the apartment)
I literally can’t believe that it’s 2016 now. When I woke up to see the fireworks, I freaked out inside because that means I should have 6 months left! I then went back to bed to sleep, but still I couldn’t get off my mind the fact that I’ll be home very, very soon. My mind was wandering throughout the whole night, which left me dead tired for New Year’s morning work.
The celebrations this Holiday has been fun so far. On Christmas many members invited us to eat and the same thing for the New Years. Unfortunately we had to follow the curfew at 7:00 PM so we couldn’t attend to all of the set meal appointments in the ward.
But I’m not trunky. It’s just that I have found myself thinking about home so often now. I haven’t gone on a day I won’t find my thoughts wandering as though I’m already on the plane home. By the way mom, can you confirm if you’re really gonna pick me up or should I just meet you at the airport?
Another news is that apparently because of the change in the MTC schedule, my release date is extended from August 15, 2016 to August 27th. I’m not really sure about that! My mission president has sent out e-mails to my parents about this matter. But it scares and ticks me how they have to send me 2 weeks late when I only signed up for 2 years not 2 years and 2 weeks. Haha.
I just can’t stop freaking out now. 6 months to go. 4 missionary planners to use until I go home.
January 2nd weather. Raining and yet very, very humid.

Elder Poblete

Philippines San Pablo Mission