Monday, October 21, 2013

Kapangyarihan ng Dios

Hello family,

So this week has been good.  We have been really busy talking to EVERYONE.  It has been fun and you just never know what people are gonna be like until you talk to them.  It's so nice to be able to build a relationship with someone you just met.

So for questions:  How do you tell filipinos from other asians?  Ummmm.... you don't.  No just kidding.  There are some differences but there are some people here that still seem more Chinese or korean than Filipino.  But they have a word for them.. inchik.  Mostly you can tell because their eyes are more round than koreans and chinese.  Their nose is what they think distinguishes themselves because the bridge of their noses are very flat.  They all like my nose which is too bad cause I would totally trade. Honestly, Filipinos are really beautiful people.

Dinner here.  Well of course it includes rice because, as I have said, if they don't get rice 3 times a day the day just isn't complete. :)  There is a lot of seafood.  Mostly just fish with rice. Sushi is not popular and I don't think anyone really eats raw fish.  But lots of people eat fish and sometimes other muscles and such.  I hardly ever see crabs.  Other popular dinners are adobo and other filipino dishes that you eat with rice. Langonesa is one like mystery sausage thing but it is sweet and I love it.

There is no daylight savings time here.  I still haven't figured out how the sun works here... as in which months it's brighter earlier or later or dark at night earlier... You would think after a year I would get it but it just doesn't matter that much.  And it doesn't have big hour differences like us.  It seems to always get dark around 6.  I know someone could tell me because of the equator and side of the world I am on how the sun works.  If you'd like to let me know that would be cool. :)

No houses have heat.  I am pretty sure any form of appliance used for the sole purpose of producing heat doesn't exist here because that would be ridiculous.  When it get's "cold" you just put on a jacket and pants and suddenly your warm enough. :)  AC does exist but centralized AC does not.  Even the churches don't have centralized air con.  They have air conditioning units.  In houses these are rare.... maybe 30% of houses have them and it totally depends on the type of place you live.  Manila-- lots of AC. Areas with esquinitas-- 0 houses with AC.  Our neighborhood has many houses with AC but ours doesn't. :)  Even when people have AC units they don't always use them because it's cheaper not to.  Pretty much all the houses have glass window slats that open and close easy and pretty much you only close them if rain is coming in. :)  Remind you of me?  I'm so at home here.

Alright well I am out of time.  But for the spiritual thought please consider Elder M. Russell Ballards invitation at conference.  It happened so quickly it seemed easy to miss but this was an invitation from an apostle of the Lord to ALL MEMBERS of the Church. He said, 

The key is that you be inspired of God, that you ask Him for direction and then go and do as the Spirit prompts you. When members view the work of salvation as their responsibility alone, it can be intimidating. When they view it as an invitation to follow the Lord in bringing souls unto Him to be taught by the full-time elders and sisters, it is inspiring, invigorating, and uplifting.  We are not asking everyone to do everything. We are simply asking all members to pray, knowing that if every member, young and old, will reach out to just “one” between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. And what a wonderful gift to the Savior."  I know that as we all pray over names of people we know, we will be inspired with one that we can prepare for the missionaries to teach. :)  And that this will be our gift to the Savior this Christmas."

I love you all!  Hope you have a great week!
Sister Hamm

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