Sunday, September 27, 2015

First Week of Training and Manila! (For three days)

Hello hello hello everyone! SO let me explain briefly why the title of this blogpost is what it is. So As you all know, I got dengue fever a couple of weeks ago. I'm all better now except for one little, tiny, super super small thing... literally. After having dengue, the sixth or seventh day, the vision in the center of my eye went blind. NOW HOLD ON. DON'T PANIC ANYONE. I'm absolutely fine. I have medicine and my vision has improved considerably since then. But just to be safe, I'm getting my eye checked here in Manila.

So as far as this week goes, training has been absolutely incredible. Meet Elder Valdez. He's from the Philippines and let me tell you. This guy is pre-trained. I'm super lucky. He's super willing to work and do his part as a missionary. It's hard, sure. But he's willing to just take the mission head on. I know that I have a lot to learn from him and I will do my best to teach him everything that I know... which isn't much. I'm super excited and can't wait to see where these next three months will take us. This week was awesome, to say the least. I can't really say that anything new or exciting happened other than this whole training thing. I'll let you all know how this following week is. Take care as always! I am so thankful for everything you all have done for me! Until next week!

-Elder Bondoc

​Me and Elder Valdez!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Big News!


Hello hello hello! It's that time of the week again. How are you all? Good I'm hoping. So this week flew by once again. So I didn't trip down any muddy hills this week nor did I acquire nearly as many mosquito bites as I did in the past weeks. Let me tell you that I'm having a great time here. My trainer has been awesome and everyone that I've met here in Bato is absolutely amazing. So this week I finally began to feel comfortable. Everything is beginning to sink in and become routine. But then this morning we received a call from the zone leaders. Guess what everyone...


That's right! You read that correctly. Right after my training, I will become a trainer and train a missionary fresh out of the MTC for three months. Holy cow holy cow holy cow. I can't tell you how I'm feeling right now because honestly, I don't even know how I'm feeling. I'm excited, anxious, nervous, pumped... and whatever other synonym you can throw in there. 

Something that I am bound to learn from this experience: God knows things about us that we don't even know about ourselves. He knows we're strong even if we don't believe so ourselves. Honestly, that's how I'm feeling right now. I don't know if I can do it. But if Heavenly Father thinks I can, I have absolutely no reason to worry. I'm super excited to meet my trainee and show him the ropes.. like all three. I'm new here but I'll do my best. Time to take this challenge head on. There's no room to get comfortable. That's the nature of God, right? Right when we get comfortable, another challenge comes our way. He's testing us and trying us. He wants us to learn and grow from good and bad experiences. 

Well that's the exciting news for this week everyone. Hope your week was just as good as mine. I'm so thankful for all of you.

-Elder Bondoc

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Recovery and Right Back to Work!

Hello hello hello!

Thank you all so much for all your emails and support! I have all my energy now and am right back to work. Your emails definitely kept my hopes and spirits up. I truly felt the blessings of your prayers. I'm truly blessed! 

So this week was a great week. Yesterday it rained super hard again, so I pulled out my flip flops and tracted again just as I had a couple of weeks ago. Later we went to visit a recent convert family. As we were walking down the muddy path, I tripped and my butt was just covered in mud. It was absolutely hilarious. You should have heard me "wowoahoaogaohaoh." Not a single discernible word came out of my mouth. Just me sliding down this muddy hill on my butt. The best! After not being able to work for a whole week, we were able to go back to all the families that we hadn't visited the past week. It was so nice to see all of them and visit again. As a missionary, it's awful being stuck at home when all you can do is think about the people you're supposed to be visiting. 

So this upcoming week is my last week of my training. For the past three months since July 2, I've been trained by Elder Marquez, a missionary who's been here in the field for a whopping 22 months now! He's such a dedicated missionary, as I've mentioned in other emails. That's the highlight of this week. My trainer. He's shown me the ropes and taught me what it truly means to love the people we meet here on the mission. But that's all for this week. Training flew by and now it's time for another transfer next week. So I'll let you know if I'm transferred or if a new companion arrives in Bato.

 Anyway. Thank you so all so much again for all of your prayers. Getting sick stinks. But I'm glad I got to learn from that experience. But it's so nice to be working again. :) Love you all and I'll catch you again next week! 

So we wore our companionship ties yesterday. I thought it was pretty sweet, but it doesn't really take much to make a missionary happy, so... 

-Elder Bondoc

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dengue It!

So remember last week, how I said I was super lucky that I hadn't gotten sick? Well my words caught up with me this past week and now I too am sick with none other than the viscous dengue fever. It's absolutely dreadful. Pray that you never get this disease because it just takes a huge toll on the body. Let me explain what my experience was and still continues to be. 

Well it all started Monday night. As I was lying in bed, I realized that I couldn't fall asleep. My body ached and I realized that I had a body temperature of 39.9 degrees Celsius, which is about 103 degrees Fahrenheit. So the fever continued for about 5-6 days. Just throw in excruciating joint pain, rashes on the palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet, and loss of appetite to top off the cake. I've drunk about 12 bottles of gatorade in the past 6 days to keep myself hydrated.

It's been awful. Really. I've never experienced something more dreadful in my entire life. But let me say this. President David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave great insight on this sort of matter. He said " and I have the power to choose how we will respond to an offensive or hurtful situation..." Though it may not directly apply, it still has some connection. There are two ways I can react to this sickness. A. I could lie down and give up. I could be angry and frustrated. or B. I could accept that it's happened, learn from it, and wait for it to pass. I would much rather prefer the second. We all have the choice to react to certain stimuli in different ways. So my take on the current situation, why get mad or angry? I mean I can't say that I haven't been frustrated a little bit, but I'm trying to learn and grow from this experience rather than dwell in self-pity. I know that this isn't my fault and I know that the Lord has placed this obstacle in my path for me to learn and grow from. This is probably one of the most trying times of my life and prayers from all of you sure would help. I can't wait to recuperate and get right back to serving the Lord. That's all for now everyone. Take care always :) 

-Elder Bondoc