Friday, January 1, 2016

New Years 2016

Hello Family!

    I hope you all enjoyed your New Years Celebration and Welcome to 2016!  Our Preparation day has been placed on Friday again due to the holiday, also my next P-day will be this coming Tuesday as we have a Temple P-day again.

    Our New Year celebration was pretty interesting over here, we had a curfew at 5pm as things get pretty crazy after dark.  Filipinos are pretty big into fireworks on New Years, so pretty much every household has something to set off.  so we brought home some roast chicken and some fruit salad, and some other munchies and had a little party inside our apartment.  When it was closer to midnight we watched from our rooftop all of the fireworks.  Basically in every direction you looked there was something flying up into the sky, and enough explosions that it sounded like a battle field.  It was a pretty fun night and a good start to a great year.
     It has been interesting to look back on the past year, and realize that all of 2015 was spent in full-time missionary service.  I started thinking about it last night, and it still has been kind of lingering with me, and the thought has continued to give me a almost tickling feeling at the realization that this whole year has been devoted to the work of salvation, and to have been able to see the joys and changes that have happened throughout the year in not only my life, but also in the lives of others.  I've been able to better understand just how real the promise of "How great shall be your joy if you shall bring save it be one soul unto Me" (D&C 18).  I'm excited for another great year, and for continued service in the work of the Lord.  

    This past week Elder Adra and I have had a lot of service opportunities helping build another house and taking down trees for some of the members here.  So yes Dad the experience from working on the extension is really paying off, along with those years of chopping wood.  It has been a pretty fun week.  Also we are looking forward to hopefully having a baptism tomorrow for Brother JP.  He has made some huge changes in his life, and it has been awesome to see his conversion to the gospel and to see the greater happiness that he has experience and has desired to share now.  We were talking the other day, and he was talking about how some of his friends have been wondering what had happened to him as he was always one of the first to break out the bottles of gin and always ready to party.  He said that he told them he found something a lot better than any party and made him happier than any amount of alcohol could, and it was by living the gospel, by feeling the spirit in his life, and having the peace of conscience that what he was doing was pleasing in the sight of God.

    That about does it for me this week, thank you all for all the love and prayers that you give, and all the support that you have given me.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy week this week, and I'll write again on Tuesday.

Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell

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