Elder Ermitanio with Sister Bliesner at the piano
Elders Mendoza, Vedrio, and Schmitt
The Elders having fun with Willie the Mission Home guard and his gun.
Our next group was on Jan. 21 with the Employment Committee and District member from the Iriga District. We were scheduled to start a 1:00 but finally at 2:00 there were enough to start. By the end of the day,we ended up with 18. This was our first time in driving to the church by ourselves and we could not find it.We asked several people and no one knew. That is when you have to depend on the Lord and as usual He came through and we saw the sign. We arrived at 12: 55.
On Jan. 15, we helped with a Stake Employment training with the Bishops, RS Presidents and all the committee members. Again we were supposed to start at 5 and finally we started at 6. This is teaching us patience. We had a good training and appreciate the support the Naga Stake is to the Employment Resource Center.
Carlo does a great job in explaining the programs.
Here are a couple of pictures of the kids in the English Classes that we are teaching
This our Legazpi class - Yasmine, April and DR and us. April is waiting for her visa. She has been called to Temple Square Mission. D.R. has been our most faithful attender. They are all fun to be with and to teach.
Feb. 1 we flew to Manila and then drove to Tagaytay for a ERC planning meeting. It is in the mountains and a lot cooler than what we have been having. I even wore a jacket on night. The weather felt just like home on a very cool spring night with the wind blowing. Tagaytay has a active volcano in the Taal Lake. It was very pretty there and it was a nice get away.
We could see the volcano from our hotel. It looks like the whole top has blown off.
We had our meetings in a bed and breakfast just down the hill. It was a good walk for us. We were excited to have Elder Misalucha at the meeting with us. He is over the Welfare program in the Philippines.
Elder Misalucha and Bro. Jomel Villaneuva, director over the ERC
Elder Misalucha making a point
The South Luzon Employment Group with directors and missionaries.
Here we are in the new shirts they gave us.
The Olongapo Group
The Legazpi Group
some miscellaneous pictures
One very white cow again staked to the pole.
Sister Yolly's idea
Lunch at Bag of Beans
Friday afternoon we headed back to Manila. We stopped at a roadside market and bought a hugh pineapple, some mango something and a large slice of Jack fruit. Then about 30 min. we stopped again for a snack. By then we were in the middle of Friday night traffic. We made it to the hotel about 6:00. Carlo, Larry and I walked to the mall and had some dinner. Checked out the mall and it was just like all the rest so back to the hotel. Our room had a big bath tub complete with jets. I filled up the tub and had a great bath the first in 10 months. There was even bubble bath. Saturday morning we had breakfast at the hotel at 6 and left for the temple. The Manila Temple is a beautiful and it was very busy. We were able to get into the 8:00 session. We were able to take a couple of family names with us. It felt good to be able to attend the temple. We checked out the Distribution Center and saw Elder Areola one of the missionaries that had in the mission when we arrived. It was good to see him. Bought a couple of things and caught a taxi back to the hotel and got ready to head to the airport. It felt good to be home even tho we had a really good time. I have been coughing for the past 3 weeks and it was good just to relax at home and hopefully get better.
Manila Philippines Temple
Elder and Sister DeGrange at the Manila Temple Feb. 4, 2012