OK so where to begin......
This last week has been a breakthrough!!!!! I am getting the language more and more!!! Everyday is like an up and down experience. Bakit (why?) hindi ko alam!!! (i dont know!) Its frustraighting at times but, it is interesting that when ever I am about to teach someone both my companion and I have been able to speak Tagalog better than we thought it was gonna be. We are having wonderful experiences here together. I love my companion so much! He is so hilarious its great!
Anyways, the update for this next weekend is that next Saturday or Sunday we get our flight plans so we know where and when we leave for the Philippines!!!!!!! :O Isn't that insane!!!! Its crazy to think I only have 2 weeks!!! Also the 23!!!!!! This next Sunday we are going to be singing at the Marriott center for the First Presidency. They said on LDS.org that President Thomas S. Monson and Boyd K. Packer PLUS other Apostles are going to speak!!! If you look at the announcement online it says it will be a Historical Event!!!!!!! We all think that it may be a announcement the First Presidency is gonna make!!! Its CRAZY!!!! We are all excited that we have this opportunity to be able to be in this experience!
Another thing thats weird to think is that I am hosting this next Wednesday!! I am so happy I get to do that!! Also to Fathers out there HAPPY Fathers day!! To all my leaders when i was a Priest, Teacher, and Deacon thank you for helping me get set to be able to serve a mission. It is so amazing to be here. I love it so much!!
Alam ko po na totoo po ang Simbahan ni jesucristo. (I know that the church of Jesus Christ is true!!!) its because of my leaders, friends, and bishops that kept me on the path to have the ability to be able to go on a mission. i miss you all very much but, I love my Mission more!
Talk to you later!!!! -ELDER SARMIENTO :)
For those a bit confused a "Host" is a Missionary who has been at the MTC for a few weeks and is able to greet new Missionaries at the Drop Off zone and walk them into the MTC to help get them processed. When we approached the Drop Off Zone, we noticed so many elders but I didn't want to say goodbye just yet so we drove down as far as we could. As we pulled into our spot we see it was a Sister Missionary. We all laughed an said "Oh J, you get a girl to Escort you in". As we were all crying and saying our goodbyes we look up and this 19 year old girl was crying herself. Such a sweet moment. They were all tears of joy but bitter sweet none the less. Now Elder Sarmiento is able to do the same for some amazing family.
As for the Broadcast next Sunday June 23rd, this is going to be a Historical Event. They have asked 1,100 of the 2,400 missionaries at the MTC to sing at this event. Elder Sarmiento will be one of 1,100, we will be glued to the TV watching for him. You can view this on BYU Channel or online at lds.org. For more information please log onto: http://www.lds.org/church/events/the-work-of-salvation-missionary-broadcast?cid=HPL2P05W01025&lang=eng