Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 16, 2014

It's getting hard to think of things to write now because the weeks are just going by so fast now. It feels like yesterday was just P-Day. It's always so busy here. 
So this week we were nowhere near our numbers. By saturday we only had two lessons with a member present. We needed 20 by sunday. So we had a one day mission with the ward members and went on splits. That day, together with my lessons and Sister Dequina's, we had 19 lessons, 15 of which counted toward the member present. I was so exhausted when I came home that I went to bed at 9:00. Then yesterday we had four more lessons, so we reached our goal! We also had 6 investigators come to church. Last week we didn't have any. And we weren't even expecting them to come to church. But they did, and it was awesome. 
So when I write emails, what do you want to know? More about my investigators, more stories, more about the culture? I don't know what's fun to read and what's just boing. haha. 
So I've noticed I'm getting a little "dense" here. (That was for Amber.) Every time a member sees me they say "Sister Watkins, tambok ka (you're fat) or mangin dako ka (you are becoming big)". There's this one sister that that's all she says to me. Every time she sees me, she calls me fat. I've never heard so many fat jokes in my life. It's the culture here to say stuff like that all the time. It's not offensive here. But I am going to try to find a way to eat less at the member's houses. They kind of make you keep eating. You don't just dish up your plate and finish. You dish it up, eat it, dish it up again, eat it, and dish again, until the whole meal is gone from the table. Maybe I'll just eat slower and made Sister Dequina eat all of it. The Filipinos here can eat soooo much and not gain any weight. Anyway, I'll try to send a picture of my density. haha. (who's the fat one now Emily?! I win."
So funny story, kind of, kind of gross. Yesterday at church during class, our investigator is taking the shoes off of her baby so he can run around and not fall (he's not used to shoes so he can't balance in them) and when she takes one off, two cockroaches fall out of it. It's normal. Just finding two cockroaches hangin' out in your shoe. She just steps on them to kill them and kicks them under her chair. haha. After church I went ahead and cleaned them up. She's really poor so she lives with cockroaches and is used to them. We found a huge cockroach in our house the other day. Man they run fast. It's so funny trying to get them out of the house. We use the broom, but usually that doesn't work and it starts running towards our feet so we all scream and run while Sister Grohse (the Samoan) just goes over and steps on it. Oh what a life! This morning the drain smelled so bad that I took a bucket shower outside again. 
I think that's all I have for this week, I'm going to try to send some pictures now! Love you all so much!
Love, Sister Watkins

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