Elder Mitchell Head

Elder Mitchell Head

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Elder Head in the Philippines - Week 19 - Transferred to the Jungle :)

Hey Everyone!

Transfer calls can sometimes be like a punch in the face. Haha

So I'm getting transferred tomorrow to Duero, Bohol! It's one of the most remote areas in the mission they say. So I'm going to one of the most bukid (Remote, Forrest-y, etc.) areas in the mission. My new zone there's a preserve for SUPER small monkeys called Tarsiers. Also there's the Chocolate Hills, so that's cool :) So that'll be super fun! I'm not too excited to be peacing out of Mandaue so soon though. 

So this last week we've got 4 IBD's for this next transfer. They've been coming to church and I'm super sad that I won't be able to be a part of their progression anymore. 3 out of 4 of our IBD's right now, Sister Grace, Brother Xavier, and Brother Maddie, were people that I actually tracted out so I was blessed to see them through every stage of their progression towards baptism. I'm a little bummed that I don't get to actually see them get to enter the water but I know that they'll be able to continue in their progression and come even closer to Christ through that sacred ordinance. Plus the ward has been really involved with bring them in which I'm so thankful for and I hope that they'll continue to help them progress. I'm pretty freaking excited for them. :) 

SO. This transfer call basically blew my mind cause Elder Heimuli and I were pretty positive that we'd be staying together for one more transfer cause he's been in the area for just 3 weeks and isn't 100% familiar with everyone over here. But apparently I'm needed in Duero. My new comp's name is Elder Gavin who is batch with Elder Heimuli and he says that I'll have a good time. So I say that it was kind of like a punch in the face, not in the sense that it hurts and I don't want to transfer, but in the sense that I'm just surprised. I'm super excited though. It'll be good. They have a different dialect in Bohol. Wherever there's a 'Y' in words they replace it with a 'J'. So instead of Ayo ayo (goodbye) it's ajo ajo. Haha. Just a little quirky thing.

So this week I read a super cool verse. It's in Alma 39 verse 14. 

So that's about it for now. The work moves on, and I'm blessed to even be a part of it. I love you guys. Jesus Christ is our Savior, the Only Begotten Son of our Heavenly Father. This is his church restored here on the earth once more. 

Elder Head

Monday, February 16, 2015

Elder Head in the Philippines Week 18 - Umm..........

Hey mom! I'm out of time! Sorry, I was emailing President Tanner!

Love you! I'll send a good email next week. I'm sorry again! I love you! :)

Elder Head

So we will anxiously await next week's email :)  We love you Mitch!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Elder Head in the Philippines - Week 17 - A hardworking week :)

So my new comp and I get along really well and we are working really hard. This week we had the opportunity to take some of our investigators to the temple with the ward for the ward temple day. Unfortunately, we couldn't get everyone to stand still long enough to get pictures, but I got a few pictures that I'll send to Momma :) So we've been doing tracting this week, but we've been trying it a little differently. Every time we're about to start our tracting, we say a prayer before hand to help us to look for people with the spirit. So after that we just talk to everyone. We have a lot more lessons set up for next week so that's exciting! Also we're trying to help get a group set up in Pilit which is a part of the sisters' area that has a lot of less actives that say they can't make it to church cause they don't have money for plete. They say that if there was church closer, they would go to church so we're gonna test it out next week. This first week with Elder Heimuli is going really well! We've been getting him more acquainted with the ward and with some of the less actives so that they're more comfortable. He's a really hard worker so I'm excited to continue the work! So Brother Xavier and Sister Grace came to church this week after they spent the whole day with the ward at the temple on Saturday and we'll follow up with them on how they liked it tomorrow when we have our appointment with them! They are cousins and at first Brother Xavier was the only one interested, but Sister Mary Grace listened in on a few and then we started teaching her. So hopefully we can continue to help them grow their testimonies and come closer to Christ through baptism. Funny happening of the week, we taught our ward this funny game called "The moon is round" I'll teach you guys someday but it drove them CRAZY trying to find out the secret. We had a Family Home Evening at a less active member family's home and they all figured it out besides one of the young men and he kept trying to figure it out and he kept starting out wrong so the other youth would stop him and after a while he started "The moon in round.." The rest of the youth would yell "SAYOP LAGI!!" to his freaking out like "NGANO MAN!?!?" for a solid minute. Then they told him and he freaked out cause he finally figured it out. It was super funny. I guess you had to be there. Haha.. But I'm doing well! I'm getting up early, working out, learning, improving, teaching. Our teaching pool is getting bigger and we have a lot more people to teach. Our ward mission leader is really involved and helps us out a lot. I'm excited to keep working and I'm so grateful to be here in the best country in the world (Outside of the good ol' U.S of A) and doing the most worthwhile work anyone could do on the face of the earth. I'm grateful to be a part of this church and to be serving in the best mission in the world. Much Love. The Church is true.  Happy Birthday to Hold and Viv!

Elder Head

Ps. Send me mac and cheese someday :)

Elder Head and Elder Heimuli

Monday, February 2, 2015

Elder Head in the Philippines week 16 - Recognizing tender mercies in his life :)

Hey Dad! 

The Seahawks were in the super bowl again this year??? Nindot. Haha. So sorry that I was such a loser and forgot to get your advice last week. I will in the future, I promise. Haha :) I received a lot of help from the ward this week and I received a LOT more help from Heavenly Father. I've recognized so many tender mercies in my life the past week and a half, it's really been so incredible. Elder Heimuli is great. Really focused and a really hard worker too. I'm excited. It should be good. :) I'm glad that you had a good week this week! I did too. There was a lot of tracting and it went really well. I really enjoyed it. One of our investigators is super interesting guy. His name is Brother Maddie. He's retired and used to work as a chef so he's traveled a lot of places. He used to be REALLY Catholic but he is now undecided on his religion.  Hopefully we can help him. Love ya Pop!

Elder Head

Hey Momma!
So good news! I have my new companion finally! He just got here last night. His name is Elder Heimuli, from Payson, Utah.  He's a really hard worker it sounds like. It'll be a good week. So this last week of being the lone survivor here in Mandaue 1 Red was good! I got a LOT of support from the ward and a lot of people to work with me. We've got a lot of new investigators from this last week. It'll be good for them to have 2 steady missionaries now instead of having one constant missionary with an assortment of different kuyogs. So the highlight of this week for me was probably having so many of the Priesthood leaders in my ward this week. I learned so much about different styles of teaching and just got so much help about the language and tracting and I've really learned so much so far from this transfer. So tell people not to worry cause I'm doing good now! It's hard but it's really good as well. That's about it! Tell Speaker of the House, Greg congrats for me! Tell Jake-y sorry that his Seahawks are losers... ;) Love ya so much and miss ya too!

Elder Head :)

Mitch's trainer/companion, Elder Larson, returned home last week for knee surgery. We hope that all goes well for him.  Elder Larson was so good at taking photos while serving with Mitch and we loved it as his mom would share them with us. I sure hope that Mitch will eventually start taking photos and sharing them with us......my fingers are crossed :)