So. Crazy crazy crazy week. I ended up being transferred out of Catarman on Tuesday and when I found out on Monday, I was heart broken. We thought for sure that my trainer would be the one transferred because usually the trainee stays and is followed up in their area.
So my Zone Leader called me Monday evening and told me that my new companion was Sister Davis. Since he has an accent and since Sister Davis was my MTC companion just 12 weeks ago, I had him repeat her name three times and then spell it three times because I didn’t believe him. But sure enough my new companion is Sister Davis, my MTC companion and I was transferred to her first area, Borongan. But I will tell more about that later in the email. So that Monday night, it was pouring rain and we went and said bye to as many people as we could. We stopped by the Stake President’s house because I got really close with him and the whole family and President Pedrola as soon as we got there and told him said “diri pwede, we won’t allow it” and told me to make sure to request going back to Catarman for my last area because apparently that has happened before and President Maurer allowed him to. Then we went to Nay Mila who is so so so close to getting married and then baptized. She gave us presents and cried and cried which made me hysterical and I couldn’t stop crying. When I tried saying bye to David(the cute little boy) he wouldn’t say bye and Nay told us that the night before that he was crying cause he didn’t want us to leave. I didn’t sleep much that night thinking about everything that was about to change in my life in the mission.
So Tuesday morning we got up at 6 because I had to be at the van station thing at 7:30. They got rid of transfer meeting(for those who have been on missions) so now we go directly to our new area. So I traveled 6 hours alone to my new area, which was weird since it was the first time I had been alone without any other missionaries in 5 months. But the drive was BEAUTIFUL talaga. If I didn’t know better I could have been driving through the Amazon Rain Forest or the Puerto Rico rain forest. Such a beautiful drive.
So now I am in Borongan and it is very different than Catarman. Catarman has a very strong stake and ward. Borongan is the first Branch I have ever been a member of and the contrast is stark. But everyone is still so nice and they are still humble and happy Filipinos and the branch has been so welcoming. It is gorgeous here as well and I will send pretty pictures next week, I promise.