We heard last week of a Super Typhoon which was going to hit the Solomon Islands and the area of Guam and would potentially be heading our way. As many of you know, it is heading this way but it has weakened considerably and is no longer a Super Typhoon - one of only 6 ever in recorded history to start before April 1. The good news is that it is now heading more towards the northern part of Luzon and will not be of much consequence here. We did get some heavy rain about 4 am and some wind but it quit and is quite good outside at this time. (remember we are 14 hours ahead) See if you can find where we are located on the map below. See the note for Manila? We are below that tag where the ocean juts (bay) into the land on the upper coast. Naga is just below the bay.
|Sister Hoopes with Sister Gregorio|
We attended a Zone Training yesterday in a city named Goa. There is a Stake in Goa and there are 36 missionaries in the zone. Apparently the largest zone in the mission. We had a beautiful drive getting there and back and an enjoyable time with the missionaries. They, of course, knew all about Sister Hoopes' cookies and were excited she brought some to share. It is about 1.5 hours away from Naga. We also met a Sister Missionary who the Forsberg family have been writing to. It was the first time to see her and she was so excited to see and visit with us. She wanted to give me (Elder Hoopes) a hug but I suggested that she go find Sister Hoopes and hug her. She is, of course, a Filipina and has loved getting emails and letters from her foster family, the Forsbergs, in the US.
|Two Sister Missionaries enjoying their Cookies|
|Us with Sister Greogorio Missionaries|
This quote from W. H. Murray says that when we really decide then Providence moves also. After studying the talk by Elder Christofferson, this all makes sense. Murray referring to Providence is saying that God is the one that makes it happen. Once we decide, as I pointed out last week, then God will move with us to make our dreams and desires come into being. I believe this with all my heart and encourage everyone again to read the talk by Elder Christofferson and then look at quotes like these above from great men who have spent a lifetime studying and teaching these concepts.
|Monday was donut day in Naga Mission|
The pictures on the left show the process of donut making in the Philippines - at least at our house. These donuts now have a name:
Crispy Hoopes Donuts
|The finished product|
This mountain really shows up on the way to Goa and we were able to get a nice picture on our way back.
It has been raining off an on since morning and sometimes really heavy. Should things change, we will do another post if we have internet capability.
Thats all for this week.