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Sister Jennie Adams
Philippines Iloilo Mission
Osmena St.
5000 Iloilo

November 2010 - January 2011

Monday, November 30, 2009

Culture Shock

I have no idea where to start! It has been a crazy 4 days. It is SO different here... I have ridden almost all types of available transportation: Tricycle, pedi-cab, jeepny, and a bus (the bus has a different name, but I'm not sure what it is).

My assigned area is Silay. My trainer's name is Sister Rellora (Relyora) (she is Filipino), and we have 2 wards. And the people here speak Ilanggo mostly. So I'm even more lost in lessons than I thought I would be. But no worries, I have things to learn the language, and Sister Rellora is very helpful and patient with me :) Even when I cried almost all of my first day.

The shower isn't as rough as I thought it would be. The first time I used the water that came out of the faucet, but it made me itch, so ever since, I have used filtered water. It's kind of a pain, but it's worth it to have water that doesn't smell like rust or make my skin itch. Haha, my hair is kinda crazy cause I sent home my blow drier... but I make do :)The people are amazing. I can't really describe them except that they are so nice and humble and teachable. The members yesterday were all like, "oh, sister, is this your first Area?" haha I was like "yep, I've been here for 3 days..." haha then they all told me that I would learn the language.

We are teaching several families and some individuals as well. We have a baptism on Saturday. I like to go teaching because the people are so nice, but I usually find that I have NO idea what is going on... which makes it difficult when they turn to you and expect you to add something to the lesson! haha but it's all good- I'll get it someday.I met Sister Grant! She just laughed when Sister Stadler and I said we had read her letters... it was awesome. She is just as cool in person as she is in the letters! :) We met Sister Grant, Sister Stadler, and Elder Foulds... (and their companions and some other Elders) for lunch today at KFC it was so good to see my Sister Stadler! :)

Well, it's hot, it's humid, it's BEAUTIFUL, and the work is going strong!Until next time!

Love,Sister Jennie Adams

P.S. Thanks to all those who have written me! I love reading about things that go on at home! Keep me updated if you can... Snail mail is great!

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