This Blog is about Elder Hennessey's two year mission, in the Philippines Baguio Mission, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This week was awesome as always! Especially because we were able to watch General Conference. For all of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a big broadcast (4 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday) from the Headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Utah, USA where we get to hear from living prophets. In times of old there were prophets prophesying to the people to warn them of danger and also how to get closer and better following the Commandments of God.  As members of the Church we are blessed to know that if we give heed to the words of modern Prophets, we will be guided to Eternal life. President (of the LDS Church), Thomas S Monson, spoke very briefly in each of the morning sessions. On Sunday it was on the Book of Mormon. He is a very old man, and has a very simple, almost comical way of addressing the saints. He simply states "if you have not yet read the Book of Mormon, read it"! (I don’t know if that’s a direct quote but) The gist of his message is simple, whether active members, long time inactives, or new investigators, if we do not read the Book of Mormon, we will not know to the highest extent of the truth of the restored Gospel. There was a man, who spoke during conference on what to do if you are investigating the church, who started taking discussions to please the girl he wanted to marry. I've forgotten his name but he gave 4 simple steps to what we should do to know of the truthfulness of a message. I invite us all members and nonmembers alike to watch and do, or think of someone you could invite to do, the steps given. I know he spoke the truth, as all of the speakers for General Conference are inspired of God. 

Something annoying what happened this week is that while we were eating dinner at a burger stand, a lady came up behind us and tried to sell us sweet potatoes. Which is ok in and of itself, people try to sell stuff on the streets all the time. At first we said no, we don’t normally eat sweet potatoes, but she was persistent. We finally bought the smaller of 2 options, probably a kilo of sweet potatoes for 20 pesos, after already dropping it 20 pesos. The burger man laughed later to his wife at the price we had paid since she had bought the larger bag, probably 3 kilos, (originally offered to us at 70 pesos) for the same price of 20. This is just one example of Americans getting ripped off, or over charged just cuz were white and people think we are super rich. Another one was a man trying to sell Elder Centeno a word (not sure what Tiegue means here, maybe drugs), yes on the street, for 2500. Dropping it to 1500 immediately, then to 1000, then 800. E. Centeno said it was probably really worth 300 only. 

Besides that though, me and Elder Bagnall are finally really close I feel, it was hard at first cuz he is very old in the mission and very set in his ways, but in these last two weeks we’ve gotten to be a lot more comfortable, and the little arguments or contentions are gone, mostly. It’s a shame that he will be transferring tomorrow. I was able to get from him before he left, a bunch of videos and music and pictures from his USBs, of course all from  I then looked on a SD card from Elder ____ and it had games and Captain America and other movies and a ton of songs... smh (shake my head).

Hope you all had a Great Spring break in America. I forgot it was spring now because there’s only 2 seasons here: Hot and Rainy. The rainy is coming up soon so probably within a month I'll have pictures of flooded paths and rivers on roads. 

Aganad kanyayo apu!!

This is how we do ice cream in the Philippines. Just slap it in a bread roll.

Our kabahay in front of the I <3 Bacnotan sign (E. Centeno, E. Bagnall. Elder Walsh, siak) There has been a sign in every city/province that I've been to so far. #sikat

I stepped in cow poop, it was really dark and I stepped square in it.

The baptism of the sisters, Sister Hazel. A week earlier she asked for a priesthood blessing and I was the one who she asked to minister to her. So she also asked me to be the one to baptize her. 

This is one of the many landscapes that I get to see. I am sooo glad to be serving in Baguio Mission because the mountains are super pretty.

This is a pic of our kabahay (People who share the house). That sign with the fingers is what we call skaty. Basically means famous, whenever we get mentioned in a conversation or do something cool or bad, as long as we get mentioned, we throw us sikat (see-kat). Also this was at the Bahay na Bato, a tourist attraction but I'll send more of those pictures next week.

A video of us crossing a little river. This cracks me up so much, I didn’t wanna get my feet wet but i couldn’t get the right foot placement to make the jump. Plus my haircut is suuper fresh, like earlier that day probably. 

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