Wahoo!! Temple days are the best!! I'm seriously so blessed to have a temple not just in my mission boundaries, but literally just 15 minutes away from where I live... so awesome! So yeah, we woke up around 4:00 this morning and left the house at 5:00 so we could make it to the first session and guess what... we didn't get into the first session. Practically all of the elders from the Quezon City North mission were already there when we arrived at the temple and apparently got there at 4:45 in the morning... :/ Oh well, we just waited for a while and then attended the 8:00 session, which was wonderful too :) We then went to eat at Banapple (American food!!) where I chose to get a salad over a honkin' huge slice of cheesecake because... I really miss green salad!! Super delicious!! Afterwards we hopped in a taxi and now I'm here emailing :)
Let see... other news... oh yeah!!! Haha!! New Years!!! Pretty sure my expectations of what a New Years Eve should be like are ridiculously high now... It Was Amazing!!!! So people started setting off fireworks like the day before, right? But they were just a few here and there. On the 31st they kind of became... more as soon as we woke up and Sister Doucette was kinda freaking out about going out and working. We figured God would protect us though so we went out, taught, and then made it home by our early curfew in the evening. It was pretty noisy by then, fireworks going off and kids blowing on noise-makers. But the real deal started at 11:00... people went crazy!! The only way I can describe it is it was like being there in "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" when all of the Whos down in Whoville were banging on stuff and going crazy!! People were laying on car horns, lighting fireworks like crazy, blowing on noise-makers, and the one that really got to me was whoever was revin' up their chainsaw (I'm not joking)... It was SO loud!!!! Fireworks were going off everywhere!! And not just baby ones either... but huge ones in the sky! Man... it was the best birthday celebration ever. :) Times Square has got absolutely nothing on my Filipino New Years Eve. :)
Great news... Angelica is still getting baptized!! :) I'm just a little bit more than excited :) She's developing a testimony so quickly and has really settled into the ward and Young Women's. We watched Finding Faith in Christ with her last week... she loved it. We also taught her Word of Wisdom the other day which was fun since I haven't had an opportunity to teach that since back when I first got here... when I wasn't capable of saying anything. I'm really, really enjoying teaching right now. Sister Doucette and I have both noticed each other growing in leaps and bounds in the language every day. Guess that's what happens when you both HAVE to speak in lessons because neither one of us is fluent (or close to being fluent) sa Tagalog. It's a party :) We also get to go finding for a few hours every day... probably for the rest of the transfer, to find more investigators again. It's not exactly something either she or I loves doing... so, we've turned it into a game with bonus points and treats and stuff just to give us the courage to speak up to random people on the street. And it's working :) Yesterday we found/talked to seven different people and have return appointments with them. :)
Also, we had the opportunity to work with the Sister Training Leader's which was great! Once we were all back in the apartment, it pretty much felt like a huge sleepover party. Sister Campbell is awesome and obviously Sister Jones is as well, so it was fun.:)
As always thank you for your prayers and your love and support! It really means a lot to me! Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Love, Sister Dickison