Hello Family,Well just kidding this may or may not be the last family email that I send as next Monday is transfer announcements and then Tuesday I have until 11am and then I'm supposed to be at the mission home for our final exit meeting, and then that night I'm at a hotel. It's really blowing me away how fast it is all going! Well it definitely sounds like everyone has had a pretty busy week back home. So Breanne Asper is getting married too? Wow everyone really is pretty busy! Well I hope everyone gets a chance sometime here soon to catch their breath a little.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Well I hope Dad's fingers are doing ok, definitely doesn't sound like that was fun. So I guess you were right, I will not have the chance to see Brayden with braces, but I guess that's a really good thing. Also yes it is a bit weird to think of Kelsie having a baby, but then again I guess she did get married just before I left. I guess tell her congratz for me.
This week has been a good week for Elder Sulabo and I. We decided to visit a family that had been dropped by the previous elders as they said they had been struggling with commitments. We went for a visit and we were interested to find that all of them had already formed a decent testimony of the church and of the Restoration. So we kept trying to dig in to find out what the concern was. At the end of our lesson we extended a baptismal invitation and most of them replied that they weren't ready. We then talked about how baptisms is just the beginning of the journey and so we don't have to know every single detail about the church and the doctrine, we just have to have a desire to repent and to keep learning and growing and following Jesus Christ. After that they still kind of looked a little uneasy. So I said, "Alright let's just have a mock interview and we'll see how you do." So we went through the baptismal interview questions and they all answered them correctly. So by the time we reached the end, they looked at me and said, "That's it?!" After which we set up a day for them in the coming weeks to baptized. I've always found it interesting in my mission how sometimes we just miss the small things, and those small things can make all the difference.
Sadly to say but this week I finally tripped in one of the street side canals. Now they call them canals, but its more of just a storm drain, although most of them don't have covers. I was pretty bummed as I had almost made it my entire two years without tripping in one. Most missionaries do end up tripping in them at least once if not more. It usually happens when it floods here as the water usually becomes dirty and you can't see far below the surface and so it hides all the potholes and everything else in the road. So since our area is pretty close to the ocean and not very elevated, the saying goes "If it rains for two minutes it will flood to your knees." Luckily for me it only usually gets to my lower or middle calve. So we were walking to our next appointment and were about to cross the street and I thought I had stepped far enough to avoid the possible storm gutter, but suddenly my entire left leg was in the water. We were working with our ward mission leader and both him and my companion started laughing and said "Hey you're Filipino size now!" I quickly pulled my leg out and noticed that quite a few people on the street noticed it and so I just tried to laugh off my embarrassment and pull the old "Yea I meant to do that, I was just checking how deep it really was.... Yup it's deep...." manuever, but in the end I just had to laugh it off as well.
That was about all the excitement I had for this week. So I hope everyone stays happy and safe this week. Weird to think that I only get two more emails.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell
Monday, August 1, 2016
Well I'm glad you enjoyed the Alaska trip even without the sun showing up a whole lot. I'm still really curious what it's going to be like to adjust back to those kinds of temperatures again. I did laugh pretty hard at the Grizzly bear shirt. I guess I'll have to wait and see some of the other pictures when I get back. Also thank you for the help about getting registration started at BYUI. I'm still a bit blown away by all of it as I was hoping to have time to pray and ponder most of these decisions, but I guess all in all I can take it, but yes I certainly do want to make sure I'm making the right decisions here and it's hard to do that while still here in the mission as I trying to stay focused on the work, but at the same time I realize I have to look ahead for the future as well. So I guess that is a good thing that they will still make me go in and do the rest of registration for BYUI so that hopefully I have at least 1 day or 2 or 3 to research things a little better. Also it looks like Kyler and I will be on the same plane coming from SLC to IDA, so it will be there will probably be a few families welcoming missionaries home of the plane that day.
So this week we had zone interviews this past week. I gave my last workshop (or atleast I hope so) in front of a big group a people. It was weird this time as I'm a district leader again and so I don't have my companion to trade of with during the workshop. The topic was on following up. So of course with most areas of teaching there are always times of review and if you have given an assignment or have committed them to something you will want to follow up to see if they went through with it. I decided to relate it to the B.E.E.F of Shooting a Basketball (Balance. Elbows. Eyes. Follow Through). We focused on how the follow through with the shot gives the ball direction and points it more towards the basket so the it goes in and they it doesn't get flung in different directions. So if you want people to stay on the gospel course, and head towards baptism or keeping commitments you have to "follow through". So it wasn't anything super fancy for a last formal workshop, but Sister Bertin did say that it was "Excellent" and that she really meant it, so I guess it was ok.
We finally made it to the ocean this past week. We weren't able to find the beach I was looking for as I know there is a part here in Caloocan where the shoreline is just straight up trash with a couple of canoes parked up on it, but I guess I'll have to keep up the search. The sunset was still pretty though even though the waters are black. Also earlier we were at the zoo here in Malabon and that was an interesting experience. I thought tauphus park zoo was a small town zoo, but this took the cake. It was a lot of fun though, we got to do a lot of things that either would be really expensive or possibly not allowed in the States, so it was fun. Also just a heads up, I'm probably going to make another withdrawal for $100 or so to start getting some souvenirs. Also if I'm not mistaken these are everyone's shirt sizes, Dad- 2XL Mom- XL Nicole- L Brayden- L/M? Holly (S or M?) Anyway correct me if I'm wrong.
My person for this week is Sister Maya. Herself along with some of her cousins and a couple of brothers and sisters are the only members in their family. They have wanted to have their parents taught for the longest time, but have been a bit apprehensive as both of them are pretty dedicated Catholics. This week though Sister Maya had the courage to ask her dad if he would be willing to be taught and he accepted. We have an appointment to teach him this week as this only occurred on Sunday, so I'll have to let you know how it goes.
I think that's about all I have for this week. I hope everything goes well for everyone this week.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell
Sunday, July 17, 2016
So yes I did receive my itinerary for coming home, and yes Elder Stratton was the same one I flew over with, and I believe it's basically the exact same itinerary as well. Although this time we will be gaining time instead of losing it, so yes that will be weird to travel halfway around the world in only lose 7 hours. Also yes I'm still not trunky.
Well you know how last week that I would be staying in Novaliches as a Zone Leader up until the end... Well that has changed. So on Friday I was transferred into the Caloocan zone to the Tonsuya ward. Some things had been going on with one of the previous elders here, and so he was moved and I have come to take his spot. So I'm a District Leader again and my companion is now Elder Sulabo from La Union which is a little farther north from our mission. So I'm finally in an area that is close to the ocean, so hopefully by next week I'll have some pictures of me on the "Beach". I was a little bummed to leave Novaliches as I had been there long enough that I knew just about everyone and had become close with some of the members, but so far I've been having a good time here in Tonsuya. Throughout my mission I've always heard stories about Caloocan, but that was all just stories, so I'm kinda excited to finally be assigned here and to see what it is really like, although it will only be for 6 weeks.
So for the couple of days that I've been here it has been a lot of fun. Elder Salubo and I and our ward mission leader were really surprised to see that basically everyone we visited on Friday and Saturday attended church on Sunday. So that was really exciting. Plus we had Brother Suldan, one of the previous elders that became and AP when I was in the office and has since finished his mission, came and visited and worked with us the other day. So it was a lot of fun as this was one of his previous areas and so we went on splits and he basically lead the way and we had a lot of good lessons.
My person for this week would have to be Brother Edu our ward mission leader here in Tonsuya. He is 53 years old, but his face looks more like he is in his mid 30's, the way he dresses, moves and talks is like he is in his 20's. He is a retired school teacher and now just tutors students, but he is a really funny guy and I've only been here a few days, but he is willing to work with us every time he has a spare moment, and is very supportive of the missionary efforts in the ward.
A funny experience from this week occured on Saturday while we were out teaching. One thing I've noticed about this ward is that basically everyone here likes to joke, which is understandable as with some of the circumstances here, if you're not laughing you're crying. Brother Edu is quite the joker himself and so we went to visit a less active family who the parents of the family haven't been coming to church for quite some time now. So Brother Edu introduced me like I was new in the mission and didn't know how to speak Tagalog yet. So I played along and tried to speak in a broken form of Tagalog and then throw in English along with it. Some point during the conversation Brother Edu said that I should complement one of the young men there and say that he was smart. Brother Edu said, "Elder Campbell, if you want to say he is smart you say 'Baliw ka' (Which actually means you're crazy) So I played innocent and told him that he was "Smart" everyone started laughing and then I piped in again and started pointing to everyone in the room asking "Are you "Smart"? (Baliw ka ba?)" Everyone was kind of playing along shaking their heads "yes". It came to one of the young women and she looked at me weird and shook her head no. I answered back, "No you look pretty crazy to me!" At that point nobody could hold it in anymore and the whole room bust out laughing. The truth came out and we were able to share a good message, and they all attended church on Sunday.
Well that is just a couple of my adventures for this week, and I'm sure there will be many more next week. I hope you all have a great week and that everyone stays healthy and happy.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Hello Family,Well I think I forgot to say it again, but this week is transfers so my P-day is on Tuesday, so I'm a little late. I'm glad everyone had a good birthday and 4th of July. Also yes I will do what I can do push the rain your way haha. I hope Brayden is still excited for Scout camp as I always enjoyed it. It is a little different the first time being on a camping trip without Mom and Dad, but there are a lot of fun things to do, and a lot of good things you'll learn.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Hello Family,Well I guess first of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!, and then HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, and then HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!! I always liked this time of the year as there was so many family activities going on with Birthdays and the 4th of July. Well I hope everyone enjoys their 4th today where ever you decide to watch fireworks, and enjoy the burgers or barbeque or potato salad or whatever else there is. We were planning on going with our roomates to one of the malls here that has a burger place that has a challenge called "The Tombstone" which is a 2lbs burger plus 300g of fries. Somewhat like Big Jud's although they do 1/2 lb patties stacked on top of each other and their burgers taste ok, but not nearly as good as Big Jud's. If you finish in 10 mins you get a free T-shirt and your name on their wall of fame plus it's free. Our roomates were able to go, but some things came up and Elder Picar and I weren't able to go so that was kind of a bummer, but we are still planning on having a little celebration later tonight with Root Beer and ice cream, so I'm still looking forward for that.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Hello Family,It certainly sounds like it was quite the eventful week. I'm glad that Grandma and Grandpa's wedding anniversary went well, and I hope that Lagoon was still enjoyable even with the heat. Alaska also sounds it will be a fun trip, so I guess when it comes around, let me know how that goes.