Saturday, May 9, 2015

9 May 2015

"And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive."  Alma 7: 23 (Book of Mormon)
We attended Zone Training yesterday with the Canaman Zone which is in Naga but at the Stake Center.   Their training was on teaching Christlike Attributes.  I was reviewing Preach My Gospel and found the above scripture on these Christlike attributes which I really liked and thought I would use it as a message for today.
I have tried to think of any better advice that could be given to someone with challenges in their life or even those for whom everything is going well.  We need to remember God in all things and strive to be more like him every day.  This scripture is a great lesson in how we should lead our lives.

Elder and Sister Gardner went home this past week.  We had lunch together on Monday with the Reeders and Watsons and then on Tuesday, we drove the Gardners to the airport and said goodbye.  Sister Reeder was with us.  We were sad to see them go but knew they were anxious to get back home.  They have been our friends and our mainstay for the past few months.  They picked us up at the airport when we got to Naga and showed us around the area.  They got our apartment all set up and ready for us and were the ones we turned to whenever we needed to know something.
Saying goodbye at the Naga Airport on Tuesday

Monday after lunch

Lunch at the White Bean which is located in downtown Naga in a hotel.  It is a nicer place and a little more expensive.  The food is good and they have some different things on the menu than just Philippino food.  I usually get the Chicken Parmesan when I come and it is quite good.  I haven't found any other place here that has a full chicken breast in any form.

 We invited the Facilities Maintenance folks to our apartment on Thursday for lunch.  They got the famous "stack enchiladas" that we have eaten at our house for years.  (ever since Kevan introduced us after his mission)

They love Sister Hoopes' food; bread, cookies, BBQ pork sandwiches and now enchiladas.  It is amazing she can make it all taste so good even though the ingredients are not all the same.

Our Bishop is the head of the group and at the end of the table.

Serving treats at the end of Zone training

Probably our favorite food is Creamy Mushroom soup and Greek Salad at Shakeys 

Our Typhoon fizzled again and all we have is rain.
We sent out a card last week to family inviting all to join us in reading 2 chapters a day from the Book of Mormon.  We completed chapter 16 of 1 Nephi today.  Still time to jump in and catch up. We encourage all of you to do this for yourselves and your families.  It will bless your lives.


  1. Now you get to be the ones to greet and serve the couples!
    I did really well on your first mission round of reading The Book of Mormon every day. I kept it up until last year. Time to recommit!

  2. I'm in Mosiah 6... I just started reading where I was already, then didn't get the 2 chapters a day while we were with Catlin, but I figured I would still be a little ahead :)
    Alma 7:23 has always been one of my favorite scriptures.