This week has been great! As many of you have probably heard, people in the Philippines celebrate Easter differently than people in America. First of all, no commercialization. I actually forgot completely that it was Easter, until the Friday before last. I was talking to Sister Agawin about the easter bunny, and she said, "Who is the easter bunny?" There is no easter bunny, no easter egg hunts, no baskets, etc. The biggest celebration was Friday, and it reminded me of Christmas in America because all of the stores were closed and Toledo was like a ghost town. People re-enacted the crucifixion of Christ and from what I've heard from my friends in other missions, it is pretty much the same all over the Philippines. How thankful we should be as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to know that Christ lives! That His life and His ministry didn't stop at his death, but even today, he continues to lead us and guide us. I'm thankful for Him, He is my older brother and best friend.Sister Wechsler was sick on Friday (during the Holy Week celebrations) and I felt so bad for her! I am not sure what she was sick with, but I let her sleep all day and I made her soup and wrote about 10 letters, so if you've written me and I haven't written back (life of a missionary, I am SO BUSY)...keep an eye out in the mailbox for a letter from yours truly :)
This will tell you how much I've changed.
I sat there at this cafe feeling really guilty that I was spending so much on food (over 200 pesos). I sat there looking at my alfredo in disgust with myself for spending so much money, and I was really confused on how to eat with a knife. :) But, I couldn't get the picture of the children with the flowers out of my head. Did they have food to eat that night? Were they going to go to bed hungry, like so many people here do? I ended up getting the alfredo for take-out and giving my leftovers away. I wanted something unnecessary, and as soon as I got it, I wanted to get rid of it. It was a great lesson I learned this week about just one more thing that I don't need.
Washing Keyboards with Rico
This one is for you Mom I'd like to teach the world
to sing in perfect harmony
Crystal and her Dad
Sam is like my own child