I'm excited for you guys to be starting a family missionary plan. You will have to let us all know about how it goes. I am super excited for conference too. We don't get to watch it until next weekend... It sounds like everything is going well back home, and I'm glad to hear it.
I actually have a joke for all of you guys at home this time: Anong bansa ay hindi sa akin at hindi sa iyo? (Which country isn't mine and isn't yours?)
Wait for it...
Kenya!!! It is actually really funny, I promise. (Kenya sounds like kanya, the tagalog word for his or hers.).
I hope that you are able to get up from rolling on the floor laughing after that one, because I still have to tell you about the brownout. In case you are wondering, a brownout is basically just a power outage, and I am told that they are usually planned here. This past Wednesday we had a brownout that lasted from before we woke up (so maybe like 6 am) until at least 8pm. We had no electricity in our apartment, and therefore no water, because we use an electric pump to get water to our apartment. It was super hot, but we were still able to work like usual. When we got home at night we grabbed some snacks from the apartment and went and ate them on the roof of the apartment and watched to see when all of the lights in the city would go back on. It was a real relief when we got power back on. I am told that the brownout was nationwide and was done to save power etc. I'm not sure what I think of that.
We actually got up early on Sunday, 5:45ish AM, in order to go and pick up a less active member and take him to church with us. When we got to his house, he asked if we were going to pick up another family, an investigator famliy who he is friends with. We weren't planning on picking them up too, but we are really glad that we did, because two members of this family came to church with us (A lot of them were sick). It is really wonderful to see the happiness that the Gospel brings into others' lives. The 16- year- old investigator that we took with us told us that he had a really good feeling during church. It was really neat to share their first time at church with them. I think they are really going to progress a lot now.
We meet so many new people all the time. It is really neat how many people are actually willing to listen to us here in Naga. People seem much more open here than they did in my last area.
I just want to say thank you so much for how supportive you guys are of me on my mission. I am very thankful for the wonderful examples you have been to me growing up.
Elder Benjamin Merrill