AH HELLO TO ALL MY FAVORITE PEOPLE!!!! How are you all? I am happy to report it has been such an amazing and hard but super rewarding week. Let me start by saying that I love my new area so much already. These people are amazing and seriously every family we teach and visit with feels like family. There is a special kind of love here in the Philippines and I am just so obsessed with all things in this culture!!Through our hard work this week, we were able to see so many miracles. So before I got here the numbers were a little low because our areas are just super far away from each other and it's hard to teach a lot of lessons in a day. So we were pretty far from the standard of excellence which is 35 lessons per week. In my old area we were able to reach the standard and I knew the Lord would provide a way for us to eventually reach this in this area with a lot of hard work and diligence. Usually in this area they were getting like 15-20 lessons a day so we had a lot of work to do, but we were determined. At first my companion didn't believe me that we could anywhere close to the standard, but I just told her "have faith, the Lord will provide a way." So we started the week with a goal of about 25 lessons this week. We just taught all day every day and tried our hardest to be exactly obedient. I can't even tell you how this was possible, but somehow, it became SO possible! Teaching opportunities just were literally handed to us left and right and it was such a miracle. On top of that, we talked with everyone in our path and really tried our very best. Well anyways, long story short, we were able to teach 31 lessons this week, more than ever has been taught in one week in this area. We also had 14 referrals from members which is usually more than in a whole month, just this week!!! And we had 11 new investigators. And on top of that all, we more than doubled our progressing investigators to 14. All in just one week. So needless to say, I have literally seen the help of the Lord in His work. We really are entitled to His help when we fully rely on Him. Really, nothing is impossible with the Lord.
P.S. Here is a picture of my district...Elder Tatum Nielson is there in the back. Also, another picture from the dairy farm we went to last week. I am with my companion, two roommates, and a sister in our ward.