Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Dream

This was taken from an email to me...

I became DL on Saturday. Apparently my teachers have been speaking very well of me to President Trask so they changed the DL position to put me in haha which I guess doesn't happen that often here.  Later that day we were watching some devotionals by David a Bednar, which are always cool to watch now that I've met him haha. Afterwards we got up to bare our testimonies.  I always try to be the first one to get up because I think it's easier that way haha.  He talked about the importance of women in the church so I got up and bore my testimony about you.  I testified that I  wouldn't be here without you, literally because you packed all of my stuff and woke me up to leave haha, and because without your constant love I surely would not have a testimony and I would not be able to serve these people in the Philippines.  After I sat down with tears in my eyes.  The next like 15 testimonies were all about their moms and how much they loved and missed them it was amazing! I'm so glad that I have you in my life and I cant wait to see you again.

Nov 16 I saw two cockroaches today, making it three for my entire life hahaha they were huge! I also had a really good talk with Peterson on how we are examples to our families, it all started because of my crazy dream.  I dreamed that I was in a movie theater and I sat down to watch a movie.  The theater was empty except for me.  When it started, the screen was split exactly in half, one side was playing my future if I had gone on a mission and simultaneously on the right side, was my life if I hadn't gone.  It stayed normal on both sides for a bit.  I was actually happier on the side where I  hadn't served for awhile but then something crazy happened.  On the side where I hadn't served, I eventually fell away from the church. And because they didn't have the example they needed, Shelby, Caden and Coby didn't serve missions either and they all fell away, by the end of the dream, our family was torn apart.  On the serving side, I had a great mission and when I returned home there was unexplainable  happiness.  Caden, Shelby, and Coby all served very successful missions around the world and our family was closer than ever. I talked to Peterson about it and he said that if his brother hadn't served he doesn't think that he would have.  I am really glad that I get to be the first and oldest.

Nov 18 We went proselytizing today!  We all loaded up into a van, and drove for an hour deep into Quezon City.
 I don't think that I understood poverty until that drive.  As I looked out the window and as the air burnt my throat to breathe, I looked out at houses that could barely be classified as houses.  Imagine a building was just demolished, and then people just like picked up the garbage and made cities out of it! That is what it was like.  Their towns literally looked like a dump, with little holes everywhere with people inside.  When we arrived at the chapel, we all split up and went with some infield missionaries to help them teach and to learn how it really is out there.  I was with Elder Salo, he is really cool but doesn't speak much English so we mainly spoke Tagalog.  To get the the less actives house that we were teaching, we first had to ride in a tricycle.  Look them up on google, they are pretty much just metal versions of those baby carriers that go on the back of bicycles except a little bit smaller!  We had to like get into a little ball just to fit in hahah.  We then road a Jeepne, 
which are old WW2 Jeeps that have been stretched and then painted all crazy and they kind of act as taxi bus things.  Once we got near to her house, we walked down this dirt road, which was infested by at least 30 or 40 stray rabies dogs, not even exaggerating on the number. And a ton of little kids were like squatting in circles holding sticks and just like hitting the ground it was soooo weird!  We walked down this alley way and then up a lot of old crumbling concrete steps to this less active's house.  One was of her house was a chicken coop, the other three were a bamboo frame wrapped in an old ripped up tarp.  Her floor was dirt and rocks, she had one old gross lawn chair and a log.  We sat down and taught her about obedience, with chickens and dogs walking around our feet hahaha.  She was really cool but it was pretty hard to understand her, I prayed and bore  my testimony, Tagalog-lang.  After we taught her we just walked around looking for someone to teach,  I felt like a rock star because everyone, especially the kids, almost with out exception are like :"Hi, what's you name?" "Are you from the US?"  "Do you want to play with us?"  And its so cool because if you answer them and ask for their name and stuff, like an expression of pure joy comes over their faces! It's amazing.
We kept walking down this jungle path thing and through like all of these old ruins that people lived in until we came upon a guy with no shirt carving wood infront of his house.  I guess his job was to sell eggs from his chickens and to carve these flowers out of wood and sell them.  We introduced ourselves and asked if we could share a message.  He said Sure! So we all sat down on these logs and his like 8 children came out.  We taught him the restoration.  It was awesome I was able to teach some of the lesson, testify and pray all in Tagalog, because the adults don't really speak English only the kids.  He asked if I was getting paid to be here and I said I was here to teach because I loved the people, he couldn't understand that.  We got a return appointment and Elder Salo is going back to teach him in a couple days.

It was a crazy experience and I can't wait to do it every day!! hahahaha

Cole leaves the MTC on December 2nd. 

If you'd like to send him a Christmas card send it to....

Philippines Manila Mission
Elder Cole Zesiger
PO Box 1997
1200 Makati City, Metro Manila

Monday, November 16, 2015

I bore my testimony in pure Tagalog!

Cole had been emailing me pictures of his journal and then I was summarizing them on the blog.  Apparently, they are not allowed to send photos from the computers that they email from. :( So this is from his email to me...

At the beginning of my mission I promised myself that I would volunteer at every opportunity and I got noticed today.  I answer a question like usual and the teacher was like.  Elder Zesiger will know a lot and be a great missionary when the MTC is over  It was awesome haha. We had a big testimony meeting with everyone I bore mine in pure Tagalog which was cool!    Peterson also bore his testimony which was my favorite part because he is very introverted and doesn't like to talk much but he did and it was awesome! On Nov 9 we were in class and the teacher called me up to do a demonstration with her. I had to testify concerning Joseph Smith in all Tagalog and I did.   

I started and finished 30 Ways to Love Your Mission,  it was awesome it reminded me of my success books a lot. I really miss seeing cool watches around everyone here just has Timex and G Shocks.

 I had everyone in the MTC sing happy birthday for my mom. 

Me and Sister Holzworth convinced this baby batch guy that Sister Barton sacrificed a lot to come on her mission.  She had a scholarship to BYU for pole vaulting and was on track for the Olympics ahahahaha. Our teachers told us our strengths and weaknesses mine were that I could listen better and that because the language came so easily to me they fear I might get lazy.  My strength was that I talk a lot.   

I keep singing songs with Coby's name in them to bug him but then I remember that he's not here haha. 

I love my mission, this week was good!

Cole will be in the MTC until December 2nd.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

October 30, 2015

Today was way cool, but really sad.  First we woke up ad we went to the Manila Temple.  When we went to the Celestial Room , I saw Sister Barton and Sister Fangu FAngu crying and I started to think about my family.  When I thought about how Coby said that he didn't know what he was going to do without me because I am his best friend, I burst into tears.  I miss him like crazy!  When we left the temple and went outside to take pictures, I found a smooth, black rock on the ground and put it into my pocket to remind me of my family and also to remind me why I am here, to help the people of the Philippines come unto Jesus Christ, and to be a good example to my siblings and to my cousins.
After that we finally got to email our families! I got on the computer and immediately started to cry! Caden is being ME for Halloween! He is wearing my dad's mission tag, my suit, my watch, and my Philippines pin!  (By the way Caden looked so cute and everyone LOVED seeing "Cole" at the ward trunk or treat!)  it was awesome to see how much my family loves and misses me!  I love and miss my family and I keep telling myself that when this is over; I will be with them forever and it will be that happiest I have been! If I go home, it won't be happy and I will regret it forever! IT'S NOT EVEN A CHOICE!  "This too shall pass"

After we emailed our families we went to the store.  I spent 600 pesos on food and 400 on a personalized mission ring.  1000 pesos is less than $20! When we got back we taught Marvin for the first time.  It was awesome!  I was able to speak about 60% of our lesson in Tagalog and I talk a lot! haha At the end of the lesson Elder Peterson said the closing prayer and was a lot better!

When we went to gym we went into the bathroom and there was a huge spider like the size of my hand! It scared the crap out of me! hahaha

I got to open my second package from my family today, and it was amazing to see the words on the paper!  It said, "BOO" We love you! Happy Halloween 2015.  I love them so much and wish with all my heart that I could see them right now, especially Caden dressed up like me! haha  All I can do is write them right now but in two years when I return, as it says in 1 Nephi 5, "my joy will be full"

November 1, 2015

I forgot to write about when I met Elder Bednar at the airport.  I had just entered the airport with my family and we walked up to the ticket desk.  My mom said, "That's Elder Bednar!"  He was standing right next to me so I said Hi and he started talking.  He could see that I had been crying a little bit and that I was scared so he told me that all of the feelings that I was feeling were normal and that he hadn't met a missionary that wasn't scared and sad.  He then told me to remember that I couldn't do it.  But, through pananampalataga (sp?) in Jesucristo at lakas ningo, I can (ok hopefully he doesn't start writing more and more in Tagalog haha!!)  He then told me that he loved me and that he was proud of my decision to serve.  I gave him and his wife a hug and then I left.
I met this Elder from the Provo batch today names Elder Maloy who is in my Uncle Harold's ward and knows my grandpa and grandma!!  He said Harold is helping him build a bike haha!

Elder Maloy

Elder Shaw

November 2, 2015

Today we had a lot of language study.  We memorized Moroni 10:5.  I kind of miss setting up competitions between Caden and Coby so I set up one in our district.  Two people would say the scripture and whoever made the most mistakes would have to be the other person's slave for the next day.  Except Peterson and Valentine, they played for Peterson's sister haha!!
We finally got to go outside today!  We played basketball and it was awesome! I am always thinking of my family and I frequently check my watch to guess what my family is doing.  (Then he said some more sad stuff about missing us...poor kid! We miss him too!)

November 3, 2015

Today was Awesome!  Our lesson with Sister Ana was amazing!  We went into it just planning on teaching the plan of salvation, but at the very beginning, she told us how her parents might have cancer.  We just spoke by the spirit the entire time and our Tagalog was amazing!  Elder Peterson bore his testimony and it helped her a ton and it was awesome!
We also had pizza and spaghetti today because everyone is leaving.  It was really bitter-sweet, because they are like my brothers.  It's like saying paalam to my family again almost!  I really miss music and Tagalog is getting easier to remember than band names haha!  And I don't know how I feel about that!! I really love my mission though and I am going to miss the senior batch but I know that they will do great and I can't wait to join them!
P.S  Elder Peterson really looks up to you Dad haha!So do I, I can't wait to come home and know that we are both returned missionaries!

November 4, 2015

We said goodbye to the senior batch today, so that sucked.  We had tacos so that was (insert Filipino word that I can't read) We read scriptures today as a district and talked about our problems.  I shared about how I miss my family but I know that when I return with honor it will be the happiest day in my life thus far.  I have some jalapeno Cheetos, so that is awesome! I decided to read my dad's letter again.  It is still my most valuable possession and it helps me immensely.   I also decided to write my family's names on my rock and the scripture 1 Nephi 5:7.  My family is my rock litetally lol.  I am going to carry it with me everywhere for the rest of my mission.
I also got a letter from Grandma Hill and it was amazing.  Getting letters is the best thing ever!!
I was rereading my journal and I can't believe how fast these two weeks have gone by haha, only 102 more to go!

Not ready...

Still not ready...


Poor Elder Fawson is too tall for the pic!

Manila Temple

View from MTC

Some Tagalog for Coby and anyone else...

Paalam - Goodbye
Luntiam - Green
Espiritu Santo - Holy Ghost
Pating - Shark
Bola - Ball
Unggoy - Monkey
Pamilya - Family