Making memories one day at a time.......and then I write about it.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Elder Rubow Letter August 24, 2014

Well, here is the cool stuff I have been doing as of late!  It has been crazy here still!  I absolutely love it!  The people are so nice here!  I have been struggling expressing my feelings toward others but the people here will kindly correct you and help you through.  My companion is extremely patient with me.  He is a Filipino from a different island.  

The work here is moving along!  This week we gained 12 new investigators.  Hopefully soon they will start moving toward progressing.  One of them has already accepted the invitation to be baptized!  Her name is (name edit for privacy).  I know she has been prepared by the Lord to receive the message we had.  There are so many blessing we receive every day!  The tender mercies of the Lord are just all over if we just take the time to look for them.  
I am finally teaching a lot which has been hard but bit by bit I have been getting better.  The Gift of Tongues has been such a blessing to me already in many cases.

The food here is so good!  I love it so much!  Most of it anyway.  Liver and Chicken neck isnt the best really.  But other then those two its been great!  The fruit here is to die for!  It is so good! 

The people here are so kind!  They will feed you even if they are half starving themselves.  And if you do not eat it they will be extremely offended.  So yeah I feel super bad eating at other peoples homes.  

The weather here is more unpredictable then Utah!  Crazy right? Its true though.

Well, I dont really know what more to say.  The people are so funny!  Haha, they all think they know english (Which some do).  I realized why they always laugh at me when I speak Illongo.  Its just funny. :)

To end this week I just want to say how much the Lord loves us as individuals.  The amount of blessings He gives us and twists it to fit everyones needs is the most spectacular thing.  He knows us individualy and our needs. 

On Sunday I gave a talk on 'Ask in Faith'  which is a talk by Elder David A. Bednar.  I have really come to love his talks in so many ways.  I cannot wait for General Conference in October!

So yeah, thank you for all the prayers and for writing!  I cannot wait to see what challenges and fun activities will be happening this week!  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Elder Rubow Letter August 17, 2014

There's my boy!  Elder Trevor Rubow is in front on the left in his suit holding the corner of the Welcome sign.
He looks so happy!!!!
I seriously do not even know what to talk about right now....ITS CRAZY HERE!!  Ive been here in the Philippines for a bit over a week now and every time I walk out its a new crazy experience.  So I guess I will start at the top.  I arrived in Manila airport at around 1 AM and was taken to the Manila MTC.  Our group stayed for about 5 days except for Elder (editing name for privacy) who got sick and had to stay for a couple more days.  Driving here is a joke!!  There is no real speed limit, no lanes or any laws.  I saw a sign that said 'GET YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE HERE IN ONLY 5 DAYS!'  Crazy people...  Everyone here has a mortercycle though too so those are always whipping by.  Im surprised more people do not get hit.

  After 5 painful days of being in the Manila MTC we flew once again to Iloilo!!  I said goodbye to most of my friends who left to another mission and my Birthday experience had begun.  It was a pretty crazy day.  All of the office missionaries (Assistants to the President) and President Aquino and his wife picked us up from the little airport.  That was also the last real time I have both heard/spoken true English.  We then dodged cars and made it safely to city of Iloilo.  Once there we went through basic training and received resources for our missions.  I then proceeded to go teach my first family of whom I cannot remember their names...Ill find out later.  Elder (editing name for privacy) was my companion for that day and he was awesome!!  Very few people speak english here though so it was pretty hard to communicate effectivly.  The next day we finally split and I met my senior companion, Elder (name edit).  He has been incredibly helpful!  He is a Filipino from another island.  Pretty chill dude he is.  His laugh is so funny!  We get along fairly well, I just wish I could talk to him... Haha, its awesome!  

Before coming on my mission I was told I would learn both Illongo (Hiligaynon) and Tagalog.  I was not told I would be learning three more languages other then those two!  They are all different so I do wish for your prayers in this aspect.  Iloilo has 5 languages spoken here which is the most of any other mission.  I've mostly just been sharing my testimony because it is so hard to listen and follow the languages here.  Thankfully I am in a Illongo area so I can get by.  Um...yeah, its challenging but so worth it.  The people here are so positive!  In all the languages it is such a positive dialect.  There isn't a way to say I hate or dislike.  Its just a up beat positive language.

Now for the people, I can now see how everyone has different challenges in life.  The people here are so stinking humble you cannot help but love them!  I seriously love being here even though it is so different.  You can talk to anyone here and have a good discussion (if you can understand them).  The hard part is keeping their interest.  The people here are sadly very lazy and are very short sighted.  I have yet to see a strong minded person.  Its super easy to get someone to come to church but to keep them in church is near impossible.  To put this in perspective: Lapaz city has about 400 members of the church.  Strong right?  Sadly not, about 330 are less active and no longer come to church.  It is the same everywhere here.  Its so hard for them to think about the future and to see how the gospel blesses their lives.  Yes they will try but once the missionaries stop visiting they vanish.  There are very very few leaders here in the Philippines.  And finding them is even harder.  Before leaving on the Manila MTC I was charged to 'find the Amuleks' or people willing to lead the church here.  The next hardest thing is not offending people here.  They can have such a strong testimony here but if they are offended by some stupid reason they will leave.  And they feel quite reasonable in doing so.  Our Elder's Quorem leader left recently because the bishop 'offended' him.  Its pretty sad.  So, it is our job to "Rescue" the Philippines.  To go out and find the people who have left and bring them back.  It's a challenge I am willing to take.
As many of you probably know, the Philippines are not known for being clean, thats for sure.  Its a dung heap here and it smells pretty bad.  All over the sides of the roads you can see burning trash piles.  Its really sad.

So good news!!  On my second day I was able invite Sister (edit name) to be baptized and she said yes!!  It was such a good feeling to be able to do something like that already.  Apparently it happens a lot actually, the hardest part is retention.  This Saturday was supposed to be two baptisms but sady after 3 weeks of going to church, Sister (name edit) and Brother (name edit) did not come to church.  So hopefully they will come next week and will be baptized on Aught 30.  We will be having 3 baptisms on that day.

So now I am in the area of Lapaz, Iloilo.  It is the city center of the island and is also the hardest of all the missions here.  Its awesome to be here doing the work of the Lord.  The blessings I see every day are just so amazing!  Its incredible to be a part of this work.  As in 2 Nephi 10, we are bringing in the lost tribes on the isles of the sea.  Thank you so much for the prayers in my behalf.  God truly does answer them, the Philippines truly are proof of that. I cannot wait to go home and tell you all the adventures I have been having but at the same time I do not want to leave.  Thank you and may God be with you till we meet again!

So how is everyone doing at home?  I can see it has changed a lot!!  Sorry about leaving the big mess!!  I had a work to do! :)  I knew there was a few things I was missing...
Thank you so much for the happy birthday wishes and such!  It was a fantastic day. :)Thank you for the pictures!  they were pretty great!  Levi looks just like a Levi should. :)  Henny Penny's room though!  Thats a big change.  Keep me posted on everything!
And no I have not received any letters yet but I hope they are coming soon!

I love you nanay (mom)!

Friday, July 25, 2014

July 25, letter from Elder Trevor Rubow!

Nice to see that my son is very serious and studious at all times.

Here is whats been going down.  

The language is coming!  I am actually now able to have a decent conversation with people.  The vocabulary is growing and the grammar is clicking.  Just yesterday I taught an awesome lesson using pretty well 95% Hiligaynon.  I cannot thank the Lord enough for this blessing.  I know it is through him I am able to do this. It is amazing how the Lord has prepared me to serve.  A lot of missionaries here are having difficulties because of problems they either did not resolve them or could not leave them.  I really believe this is going to be the best two years!!  Glory be to God forever!  I put my trust in Him forever!  

I've also had the opportunity to have a lot of bonding time with the other missionaries.  I hope we are friends for life!  They are super cool!

Other then that it hasnt really changed much here.  soooooo yay!  Two more weeks till I leave! (mom note:  leave the Missionary Training Center for the Philippines)

The scripture of the week is Mosiah 4.  I love that one!

Finally I end with my Hiligaynon
Kabalo ako nga matuod ang ebanghelyo ni JesuKristo.  Naga polangga ako ang Libro Ni Mormon.  Nagapasalamat kami para sa mga pamilya.  Kabalo ako nga pwede pagtuo maghatagan kalipay kita.  Sa ngalan ni JesuKristo, amen!

So I am trying to send you pictures and its not working right now.  ill try again later!  I miss you so much!  Seriously I do!  Do take care and know that God loves you!  I cannot wait for next week!

Love Elder Rubow

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I think vegetables are funny.  I get a kick out of the funny shapes they grow into that you don't see in the grocery store.  The 'misfits'.  I do NOT how so ever get a kick out of certain disgusting slithery things that I am told are taken far far away only to find evidence that they have not in fact, been taken far far away... shudder.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Warm Fuzzies in a Box

Mr. T wrote home and asked if I could send some forgotten items to him while he is in the Missionary Training Center.  I suppose I could have shoved the items he asked for in a box and shipped them to him but I had to go all Pinterest crazy and look for some cute way to send some love warm fuzzies in a box (aka:  didn't feel like cleaning my house so look for and find any excuse to put it off) and saw an idea similar to this.  I thought it was pretty cute and appropriate.  The SM wondered why in the world I was going to so much effort to send our son underwear.  Duh!!  Because I can't just send our son floss, underwear, and photos of our family!!  I have to make him some home made cookies too!!

"So, you're sending our son underwear and cookies together......."

Pfffft.  The cookies need SOMETHING to keep them from moving around and breaking!

(Side note:  Our son didn't forget his undies..... he just needs some more.  He's gonna be gone for two years ya know and clothes are hand washed over in the Philippines.  That's a lot of undies!!)

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Request

Last night I came home late after the natives were in bed.  I got something to eat and then moseyed on over to my laptop to see if anything earth shattering had happened while I'd been gone and found this:

Mr. J apparently would like a 'tablit'.  He said pleas...........

And yes.... that would be duct tape holding my lap top together.  I am married to an engineer after all.....

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mr. T's 2nd Letter!!!

Mr. T sent me some photos he's taken.  This is the top of the Provo, Utah LDS Temple with the mountains in the background.  So pretty!

Mr. T's classroom where he is learning the language he'll be speaking when he gets to the Philippines.

Apparently, some things don't change......  Mr. T climbing the walls.  Literally.

Mr. T and another missionary in front of the Provo LDS Temple.  Isn't he just handsome!!!?????

          July 11, 2014
Hey mom!!

I just want to say I love you so much! You would not believe how happy I get when I get a letter from my mom! Seriously I jump around and do a few heel clicks. Please keep them coming and get others to send as well!
I just wanted to also let you know I am indeed in good hands! After reading 2 Nephi 31:2-3 I realized that the work does not need to be hard and it really has allowed me to see the goodness and greatness of the Lord! I love this work so much but man I want out the MTC so I can really do some serving! Haha, I was a bit surprised to see how you write letters and emails and it really makes me smile! (Mom insert here.  What in Samhill is he talking about???  What is so funny about my letters and emails I'd like to know???)  I hope you are doing well! The firepit looks amazing and Zoe looks hideous!!! (Mom insert:  We just built a new fire pit -yes, after he left of course.... and Zoe, Levi's dog had some hair issues..... aka matted hair..... don't we had to shave her.....  )Heres a few pictures that shows a few things in another email. I need to take more...
I did get the Cinninum rolls! They were delicious and made me a happy missionary so thank you so much!! (Mom insert:  Okay, I admit it.  His first day at the MTC and I sent cinnamon rolls.  I'm pathetic.  I know.)

The first week is over! Though its been busy I have been blessed so much these last few days so the work has become easy! Sleep is still hard to get but again thanks to the Lord I have been able to get up every morning ready to do the work that has been placed before me. Every day is pretty much the same sadly though. Wake up, breakfast, personal study, companion study, language study, lunch, GYM, then its back to class to stuff more information into our little heads. Thank goodness for the Lord and the gift of tongues otherwise I would still be learning how to say hello (Kamusta!). I am also teaching in Hiligaynon! Our teachers act like investigators and my companion and I try our best to speak hiligaynon. Its super fun! I cannot wait to really get out to the Philippines to really teach, serve, and help the people! 

I have really been bonding with the other missionaries in our zone and they are the coolest people ever! I hope we stay in touch forever! I cannot wait to get back and tell all the great things I have experienced and I cannot thank my God enough.

Also just a quick thank you for the letters and emails! It really is the best part of the day each night to look through them to see how you are all doing! Even though I may not be able to reply till Friday it really does make this mission a lot easier to know that I am still loved back at home. ;)

Well, in ending I just wanted to say I am doing super well and I have no worries that this will be the best two years!