Baptisms

Baptisms

Monday, August 15, 2016

Last e-mail before coming home?

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. 
    This week has been a little busy for us as well.  This past week has been pretty much just straight up rain and so we've been staying pretty cool.  The rain is supposed to keep up for another 3 days or so.  So this past week we've been having fun trying to run through floods to get to appointments and things, although Saturday the water was high enough that we had to stay in for the day.  We also had a chance this week to go on exchanges with the Zone Leaders.  It was a fun day as I went with Elder Coombs and we spent a good part of our day finding people on the record list that haven't been found before.  So it was a really great experience as it was a lot of finding by the spirit.  There are a lot of places here that are just little walkways that turn into a maze of houses and its sometimes fun to get lost in them.  Although it does make it a bit difficult to find people as there are almost no specific addresses.  So we had quite a few cool experience where we felt prompted to ask certain people or go down certain streets to be able to find the people that we were looking for.  At the end of the day we found all except for 2 of the people we had listed to find.  So it was a pretty good day.
   This week we were also able to have a succesful interview for one of our investigators and she is now ready for her baptism on Saturday. It was a bit interesting to get her into the interview as she has a social disorder and is really really shy when you first talk to her.  Elder Coombs was supposed to be the one to interview her, but she really didn't want to go into a room at the church with him.  So after trying for a few minutes, Elder Godinez, Elder Coombs' companion, is a little more easy to talk to finally got her to be interview by him and she passed.  Sadly the next few upcoming baptisms I won't be around for, I guess I'll just have to be updated on Facebook once I'm home.
   Well that is about all I have for right now as I'm a little short on time.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell

Monday, August 8, 2016

Yeah, I meant to do that?!

Hello Family,

     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

Last workshop

Hello Family,

       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

If your not laughing your crying

Hello Family,

    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

I think I'm turning Japanese?

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.
    As I said it's transfers again and I'm moving onto my last 6 weeks.  I told myself before that it would be such a waste if I were to get to this point in my mission with all of these experiences and skills and then waste them by being trunky and not willing to push myself, so I've made myself a promise that I'm going to do my best up until the last minute.  So far I'm doing ok with that as even though I'm aware that time is running short, it hasn't really set in to my system.  So for now I can promise I'm not trunky.  I think one of the blessings that will help me there is just the fact that President Bertin is keeping me as a zone leader here in Novaliches.  With everything going on it keeps my mind busy and not really time to dwell on being trunky, so hopefully that will carry me the rest of the way, although 7 1/2 months of being a zone leader has been and is going to be a bit of a mental stretch. 
   One fun thing that happened this week was our service project that we did with our roommates.  It was for the bishop of the Sta. Monica ward which attends church after us in the same building.  He is building a new house that is not super wide, but is 3 or 4 stories tall.  We helped mix the cement and pour the flooring for the bottom floor.  So who knows, maybe by the end of my mission, I'll have in one way or another done just about everything in completing a house!  It was fun as there has been a typhoon that past by and was on its way to Taiwan, we only got bits and pieces that come over Manila.  So it was raining decently hard almost the entire day and so whenever the truck came to deliver gravel or sand we would run out in the rain and shovel it into bags and bring it inside.  The funny part was that people often set tubs and barrels out to catch the rain water to use for various purposes, but since it was raining so hard they were all filled withing minutes.  So sometimes while we were out shoveling one of us would grab a tub of water or a decent sized bucket and dump it on everyone else.  So if we weren't already soaked from the rain, we were definitely soaked by that.  Plus it was funny to watch people that would gather around of peer out their windows to see the "imported" construction workers, and everyone else out shoveling gravel and getting soaked in the rain.
   Another fun thing was we had a Japanese style dinner with one of our investigators.  This woman owns a little roadside eatery close to our old apartment, and we would go there fairly often as it's usually really good food, and it doesn't cost much more than we would spend to cook.  Although when we moved we kinda stopped going as it's now a bit out of the way.  Elder Arcenas, one of the Elders headed home later today, was in that area one day and she invited all of us over to have dinner.  So on Sunday we all showed up and her and her husband were there and their friend "Chef" (not sure of his actual name) was there.  Laid out on the table was a couple of different types of sushi, some lean beef and pork that Chef was grilling right next to the table, and some kind of soup that was really good but I'm not sure what it was called.  We had taught their family a couple times before but struggled as they were only available on Sunday, and they had made it decently clear that they were content with being born again Christians, and had no desire to change.  So we haven't really focused on them, but they are still really nice.  So it was really good food, and I'm not sure if I've just developed my Asian taste buds since I've been here or what, but sushi and balut and some other weird things actually taste pretty good to me now.  In fact when we finished dinner and we left, the song "I think I'm turning Japanese" popped in my head.  Well I guess it's more I'm turning Filipino, but either way there has definitely been some changes.
    That's about all I have for this week, it's been a bit of a crazy week and I'm hoping things go for the better with this new transfer and with all the new missionaries moving in.  I hope everyone stays happy and safe and enjoys the next week. 
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell

Monday, July 4, 2016

Praying specifically and being willing to act in faith

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.
   So this week we had some more exchanges and splits which has been pretty fun.  I first went with one of the District leaders in our zone, then I went with Elder Arcenas, (one of our roomates), and then we had exchanges with the Assistants to the President as well.  Most all of them were pretty fun exchanges.  I really enjoyed the exchange with the Assistants as we had a pretty cool experience.  During our planning Elder Perkins mentioned that he really wanted to find a family today without a problem with the Law of Chastity.  Pretty similar to back home there are a lot of people that either just live in with one another without being married, or one interesting challenge is when they've been married previously and then separated and found someone else.  That creates a big problem as there is no divorce in the  Philippines and Annulments are super expensive.  So we really wanted to find a family that didn't have those kind of problems to make it easier for them to be baptized.  So we prayed for it that night that we would be able to find that specific family.  The next day when we got to the point that we had set apart to find, we looked at each other and asked where we felt prompted to go.  We both looked around and I got a good felling about a certain street.  I looked back and Elder Perkins was looking there too.  So we agreed and started walking down that street.  As we were walking we noticed a little store that was selling DVDs.  We stopped, looked inside, and then started talking to the man who was watching over the shop.  So to make the story more or less short we talked to him and told him we were missionaries, he eventually brought out his wife and said that they had 6 kids although only 1 was still living with them.  They had been married back in 1984 and were a bit saddened as one of their sons had just passed away within the last year.  We gave a brief summary of the plan of salvation and they were excited for us to come back.  So it was another cool experience to see how praying specifically and being willing to act in faith, that miracles such as that will happen.  We were able to find that family and we were guided every step of the way.
    This week was also cool as we were able to have a mission wide fast with all the missionaries and we also asked the members he to join us so that we could increase the number of baptisms in the mission as we are now pushing to have weekly baptisms.  It is quite the push for our mission as we had been struggling to get 2 baptisms within 6 weeks, and now we are going for 1 each week.  On Sunday during testimony meeting we all bore our testimony about missionary work and the joy that comes from it.  It was interesting to see the tone that had been set for the rest of the meeting as most who followed also talked about missionary work.  I was very impressed, and I'm excited to see the miracles that will follow, as missionary work really is basically impossible without the help of the members.
Well that is about all I have for now,  Stay safe, stay happy, I'll keep dreaming about that lobster bisque and I hope that Dad's birthday is great too!
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell

Monday, June 27, 2016

Rainy season has offically started

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.
     Well I think we are officially into the rainy season over here, which has been nice at night as things are much cooler and I can go to bed when it's 75 degrees instead of 90.  It's been raining almost every day this past week, usually around 3-4pm giving a nice cool down after the heat of the day.  It's actually kind of funny how our finding works during the hot and rainy seasons.  During the hot season when we go tracting, some people let us in just because they feel bad that we are standing out in the heat.  During the rainy season, some people let us in just because the feel bad because we are standing out in the rain.  So I guess a little sacrifice of standing out in the heat or rain brings more blessings in many different ways.  Although I think I still prefer the rainy season.
    This week some of the young men and Single Adults started mission prep class and the bishop of our ward I hear is the teacher.  So this week many of them having been asking more and more to work.  So this past week I think Elder Picar and I went on splits about 3 times.  It was a lot of fun, but by then end of the week we were running out of people to visit, and other people we visit were getting curious as to why we were visiting them for the 3rd time this week.  So it kind of gave us a push to find more people to teach to keep everyone busy. 
    My person for this week is our golden find for last week.  So if you recall the Uera family, the one were Elder Saludar and I baptized the mother of the family, but Sister Cora, her daughter, is an RM and then we baptized, Sister Cora's nieces. The sister in law of Sister Cora, who is the mother of the two nieces, is planning on staying a few months with Sister Cora and so she attended church last Sunday and she agreed to be taught.  So their whole family is excited as we have been slowly getting their whole family converted, and so far Sister Anna (The Sister in Law) is doing great.  Hopefully she be entering the waters of baptism before too long.
   Well that is about all I have for now,  I hope everything goes well this week and everyone stays healthy and happy.
Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell