October started with a major catastrophe for us! Arriving home one night the first week of October, we discovered we had NO water! Now our water for this property was supplied by a well so we knew we must have a serious issue. Elder Shaner took the flashlight and went out to check it out. It didn't take long for him to discover the pump had burnt out. [or that was his suspicion] He called the landlady and she promised to have her son here early the next morning. When he hadn't arrived by 9, we were getting a little impatient and decided we needed to take the bull by the horns and solve our own problem. Cely, who was our former neighbor across the street, told us we could form a bucket brigade to get some water. Most Filipino's do not have showers like we do and most use buckets with a scoop to 'shower' themselves-when the Russell's were here, she used to call it her 'birdbath'. This house, as I said, was serviced with a pump and the pump was powered by electricity. When we had our frequent 'brown outs', there would be no water so she would do the Filipino thing. That day the beginning of the month, we did the same thing. It actually wasn't too bad...
|Sister Klien, Sister Saez, Elder Shaner and me during|
the bucket brigade. Two of Cely's workmen in the background.
|The Sisters waiting for their breakfast to cook.|
|Elder Rostedt leading the opening song.|
|Elder Nay and Elder Llorin were companions in Mallig-now Elder Nay|
is Elder Llorin's Zone Leader.
|Elder Rostedt and Elder Coleman|
|Elder Robertson and Elder Llorin showing their award and their reward. This time it |
was fresh homemade banana bread.
|A weight bench and weights-Filipino style!!!|
General Conference is always a treat here in the Philippines. We don't receive the conference until the week after the US but we do get together and enjoy it none-the-less. Because our native tongue is English, we sit in a separate room where English is broadcast and are joined by the American Elders and Sisters. With the announcement of the change in ages for the missionaries, we heard quite a buzz!! That will be such a great thing for our young people. Doors will open and lives will change for sure.
|Elder Rostedt with the shocked look at the announcement and|
Elder Coleman smiling at the thought...
|Entire fields are covered but I especially liked this little road that was surrounded by talahib.|
We encounter many different vehicles in the Philippines and recently followed a tractor down the highway. I noticed a native 'hat' on the head of the driver and had to take a shot. The little rice hat is not worn much in the fields but looked very appropriate for him.
I have told you all so many times about the technology in this part of the world-we feel so many times like we are 100-150 years back in time. Many things that are automated in other parts of the world are still done by hand here. As we left after an apartment check this past week, we saw a field where corn was being planted. Two men with two cows were furrowing and behind them walked six or eight women, planting the next crop with their feet. They would walk in the exact same spot the men did and using their toes, drop a corn kernel then cover it precisely with their toes. It was amazing to watch.
Watching them from the road made me think of the paths we are walking here. We try our best to walk in the exact same footprints as the Savior has shown us, loving, nurturing, teaching, and lifting His children as we work with Him to bring them the truth of the restored gospel. What could be more important for us to do?