Thursday, October 25, 2012

I Am Quite Good at Doing Laundry by Hand! No Cuts!

A couple of notes I received recently

The acid is all gone and no scars, all good! The sterilizing thing was on it! A full meal here is around 1.20 which is like 3 dollars American money! haha everything is suuuper cheap. I give my clothes to a member now, it helps them with money sooo much and its a blessing for them. Yes, I am quite good at doing laundry by hand, no cuts!  ;)

Smile, because I'm fine. :)) I have my family! Nothing can stop me from being happy when I'm doing the lords work. NOTHINg. I feel that same spirit I felt at the lesson now. It's real mom, the spirit told me. I'm 100% positive. Never doubt I love you! I miss you all, but every week is so fast I can't even believe it's almost transfers!!! I'll eat 2 balot this transfer hahaha bye :) I'm happy, K buh bye! They say buh bye here, haha. I'm gonna go shop at Balanga!

Elder Kapeliela

New Pictures From Elder Kapeliela


Mabatang, Bataan, Philippines 

Cute children!
Walking in the rice fields
One of his meals
An average home in the Philippines

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Quote from Beau

Beau sent me an email and this is all that it said:

“Some men are willing to die for their faith, but they are not willing to fully live for it.”

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Wall

Beau sent me this picture, so I wrote back and asked "What is this?" He said, it's a wall.
OK, so this is Beau acting like he is holding up a wall. Haha

Beau in Balanga City


                                                                Beau walking around.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Update about acid burn

I talked with the mission office and they talked with Beau and he is fine. Sister Murray said it was a mild acid that they use and he had what was like a mild sunburn, and has healed.well.
Some people were worried, so I'm posting this for them! (so when Beau reads this one day, he won't be mad because I wrote the mission office)!

Philippines Address

If you'd like to send Beau a letter, here's the address! He would love to get some letters!

Elder Beau Kapeliela
Philippines Olongapo Mission
Km. 140 National Highway
Mangan-Vaca, Subic
2209 Zambales

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I found another picture from the MTC! His friends from BYU-Hawaii.
Thanks CJ

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Some more MTC pictures

Here's some pictures from his time at the MTC

                                                           This picture is for you CJ! 


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Monkey

Beau sent me a picture of the monkey....looks scary! Hope the monkey lightens up! lol
Waiting to hear back about the acid, to make sure Beau's skin is alright!
Today started off pretty bad... I woke up, went to the bathroom to bathe and after I realized that I itched like CRAZY then it started to burn. And this Isn't normal burning this is like... insane, you want to die of pain and I asked my companion, what happened? and he said, "did you use the bucket?" and I said, "yes?" Then he said. I pored acid in there to clean the bathroom floor. And while this is going on, it feels like my skin is gonna separate and tear and I felt like I had no skin and that my flesh was out and I literally wanted to jump off a 10,000 foot cliff...... with a parachute, than glide into a freezing ocean and scream for the rest of my life. The pain went on for about 30 minutes.  This was the worst physical pain I think I've ever felt. I finally realized, I need to pray. So, I got on my knees and screamed a verbal prayer in the closet and the pain STOPPED. Utterly stopped. and I cried thanks to the lord and laughed with my companion about it haha. Then I went to brush my teeth and I asked my companion, "why is my toothbrush out of the refridge? and he said... oh that's yours?? and I said ya?... Then he said, I used it to clean the brown stains the neck off my shirt... than we laughed about that. hahaha. Then after that he was getting in the shower and he said oh ya, do the dishes. I didn't laugh... But I did them because serving others serves God so I did it with a smile on my face and right now at this very moment I couldn't be happier with my life!

So this week a district leader AND zone leader got Emergency transferred because of disobedience. A Fijian and a Utah kid. SHAKING MY HEAD. The funny thing is is that they told me when I met them, "its okay to be a little disobedient" so I said,"OK, I'll ask the prez" Anyways, there in huge trouble.

I had balot the other day. I do whatever my senior companion tells me to do so I just ate it. Well I chugged it haha. The feathers were chewy but over all, I liked it! Every transfer I think I'll eat 2, than next transfer 3, 4 ,5 and so on hahaha.

Well we extended 3 more baptismal dates...... and they all said Opo!!!! which is yes haha. so this sabbath day we had 10 investigators at church and 6 less actives come! One of the less actives hadn't gone in 16 years! Miracles! It was hard to keep all 16 entertained, but I know the spirit hit their hearts because they went up and bore their testimony's!!! Not all but some did!! It was hard not to eat... but I did it and felt so good after! and I know I'm being blessed! Except for the acid... I think 9 of our investigators are female hahahaha. but the less actives returning include 3 endowed men so I feel like that's pretty good! From the first day of sacrament meeting to this past one, there are 40 more people here!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The members are excited for missionary work because of our effort and we have referrals, which is like candy to me :) !!! YAY!!!

So I've been working out hard. I actually look forward to it. I have a jump rope haha. My calves are always so sore but I'm able to go for 10 minutes pretty hard now. My goals is 20. Its fun, but I mess up a lot still... my technique isn't there yet. Once it stops raining I'm going to start doing it outside.

I live in Capitangan, which is a little city close to Abucay. I live by a rice field and a bridge in case you wanted to google map it. My boundaries are Capitangan to Mabatang. I'm getting used to the culture now. Its been different ahahaha. So far I dont want you guys to come to this place but maybe later once I get sent up north where its prettier!

I bet your wondering about that monkey. Well, lets just say I see him twice a week and if their weren't bars, I would be dead hahaha. That monkey HATES me for some reason and always wants to throw poop at me. He's never even got CLOSE to hitting me so I don't care hahah. But he trys to destroy that box when I walk by hahahaha. I love him, but he hates me. oh well. 

The mission age thing is CRAAAZY!! (Age changing to 18 for boys and 19 for girls) WOWOWOW! I'm kinda glad I got to go to BYUH though! Actually really glad! I met Aroha, danced hula everyday, surfed! I actually have things to talk about because of that. and I have Filipino friends to go back and talk to.
Anyways my prayers are sooo long every night because I love you all so much!! Everyone that's reading this I probably pray for you!! Mahal ko kayo! Ingat!
                               Here's the little stinker! He looks like he wants to jump on Beau!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

OlOnGaPo MiSsIoN

 It helps knowing he loves it there! As a mom, I do worry about him being so far from home in another country. But reading and hearing the excitement that he has about serving the people of the Philippines, really helps! I'm glad he is where he wants to be, is happy, and as a bonus, he's making a difference!

Here's his letter:

I feel great after this awesome week... This week has been amazing and the blessings of obedience definitely showed! So the week started off with my companion telling me that the last missionaries at the house we stay in told him that in the middle of the night he woke up and saw someone unscrewing the nails to the window in our room and he screamed and the guy ran away and the bolts to this day are still undone haha. So the President put me in the most dangerous part of the mission because I'm a big guy haha. After that I stayed up a little later! There is a wall next to our room that's on the 2nd floor, so people can get up there easily.

Don't worry about food, because I'm in a ward that feeds us ALOT. Apparently missionaries leave this area 20 pounds bigger haha. I don't gain weight though and I'm still 200 lbs flat. I always go to the side shops and buy bread, its sooo good.

During my lessons I always have millions of flys on me... Idk how the Filipinos don't care if they land on them.. I always slap them off me! Its distracting but it's getting better. Also where ever you go there is someone singing karaoke with the speakers on 10. So there's always karaoke in the background of lessons too! haha.

So now to the miracles. We were walking down the road after a lesson and a lady stops us and says hey! Come meet my daughter! She had a dream that missionaries were gonna teach her! So we followed her down the skinny alleys in the dark and ended up at a house with 8 children. They told us about the dream and then we introduced ourselves and started to teach. We taught them lesson 1 princ. 1-2 and at the end the girl said I WANT TO BE BAPTIZED! Soooo, the next lesson we had with them we invited them for baptism on the 27th of October and they said yes! The WHOLE family of 8! and guess what? THEY came to church!! We also got 3 inactives to return to church! Oh, and the ward mission leaders mom is a born again and very unreceptive and I lead that lesson and she said, I know its true, because that boy has the gift of tongues! So SHE will also be baptized. I don't have pictures with my baptism last week yet sorry! So anyways. This week was amazing.
The next day we got cussed out by a man that owns a fan shop. I guess the previous missionaries argued with him. He said Joseph Smith isn't a prophet! The last prophet was Jesus Christ! then we said, Where in the bible does it say that? He stuttered and said, "if I find it I'll bash your heads together! (there's a word in Tagalog for bash your heads together hahah) Don't worry, I'm a foot taller than him haha. So we have good and bad days.

Not done yet! haha, I had to send that cause of the pictures. So another miracle, while we were teaching a less active member, after the lesson was done my companion and I had the impression to have her pray. So she prayed and after she was crying and felt so bad about not going to church and we stayed a bit longer and it was a sweet experience.

I saw a motorcycle crash prayed for him and as I was running to help him and he stood up and rode off. Another miracle. One more actually. A member asked me to bless his baby that was sick, so I did so and after the blessing the baby started starring at me and stopped crying and the dad took him in the other room and said thanks. Before we left I saw the baby smiling and playing again.

Everyone read Alma 48:17 and commit to me to be like Moroni in an email.

Soooo... In the middle of the lessons people breast feed their children every time... so awkward... and people are always peeing on the street! And you can't touch the dogs! ddiiiirty sila, (they are dirty).

So besides that nasty side note, basically every day's like a good day of church or a good family home evening and I could do it forever!

Something I noticed here is that in the Philippines people honk to save your life but in America, people honk because they want to take your life haha. Well we're working hard and had a 40+ lesson week. It's amazing here. There's lightning everyday haha, I love it.

The people either ignore you or are SUPER Nice! The phrases people always call me is HEY JOE! AMERICANO!! WhAT IS your naME??? HI!! YOUR HUGE! and they all stare at me.. Well I always reply with, Hey Philippino! if they say Joe, or I say saan? or Wheres a Joe? Joe means GI Joe the American war troops. I'm at the start of the bataan death march! Look up Abucay and see it on google maps maybe! I'm in Balanga City right now emailing with like 10 other missionaries.
Well I love you all! Be good! Realize I'm not distracted!