Tristan's Testimony 4/2014

Well I could tell you a huge testimony and just tell you how much the lord has blessed me on this mission, but something I have learned is that sometimes the most powerful testimonys are the simplest! So I will quickly share that I know without a doubt this is the true church, that there is a God and he loves each and everyone of us! I know that because of the lord I am able to have a strong family in the church and because of his son Jesus Christ I can be forgiven of my sins and make it back to him! One of my favorite quotes that I heard from the conference is from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf its in 1 nephi and it simply states that it is AFTER all we do, that by gods grace we will be saved!

November 30th 2014

Nov. 30 2014-......Ya I got the Baptism and that was awesome!  I heard a story I like, it said there was an old lady, newly convert and really sick she was almost finished with the book of mormon and the missionaries told her she should get a patriarticle blessing, so she got it and she asked the missionaries to read it for her, they said no its sacred but as she explained she said she cant read.. and she said she new the church was true because she could read the Book of mormon and nothing else! so they read her the blessing she got and it said she would have been baptized 20 years earlier if a certain missionary would have went on his mission! and that story just hit me and makes me so grateful I did not wait and went on my mission! ..... I could work on thanking heavenly father as well! Miss you too love you very much and glad everything is well! Love Elder Herrin
 So that little girl by me is Ana and thats her family! her dad isnt a mormon but I like him! and the other one is me falling asleep by Keziah my new little sister I love a ton, she is so fun haha! I was so tired!:)

 thats a pic of a complete family we got her baptized the one in the blue shirt! and the other one is me being gay at my bday party haha!

 my lil sis again Keziah haha! and thats the girl we got her baptized by her father sorry she wasnt wearing blue haha!

November 17th 2014

.....its coming along(deaf investigators)  we have one getting baptized really soon! But I like learning sign language its fun! .....The people here I see are poor or smoking or doing something bad but I don't judge them because they have gone through worse than I ever have! I love it here and love the people! ......So something cool I have seen two cock fights and then two spider fights now haha! I have seen spiders that are almost the size of my palms and its freaking gross, people grab spiders and let them crawl around in their hands haha! Oh so here is a list of what I have eaten that is weird and I know what it was, DOG it tasted good but I could only eat a little because I knew what it was, Balot which is a fertilized duck egg, Chicken feet, Shark there are alot more but I don't know their names! My week has been good we do not get new missionaries until thursday so we get the apartment to ourselves! Its always hott and sweaty here haha! A ton of homeless people always ask me for money everyday here and there are a lot of bugs here like cars! I saw a beautiful area and its by Lucena, it was so beautiful I forgot to take my camera but next time I go I will take pictures! I am getting excited for Anthony and I might ask Mission president if I can call you guys the day before the wedding, if not I will just skype on Christmas! .......Christmas lasts from like September until December of January! People still think I am Super handsome and say I am tall even though I am not and they all stare because I am white haha not like racistly though! Anyways anything else you want to know just let me know! I am sending pics so it will take a minute but Mahal Kita, Love Elder Herrin P.S. Tagalog is coming along:)

a picture of member kids, the shorter one in red is so good at boxing

and that food is called taho its so freaking good but has a weird taste at first!

Nov. 9th 2014

... everything is great oh and I know its coming up my bday on transfer day so we get two new people in our apartment with us I think! but guess what Jerseys here are so cheap I have a Bryant and Anthony and Paul Jersey! they are like 5 US dollars! I am actually gaining a little cause I eat some much chicken rice and noodles and bread haha! and weird meats! ..... I love it here and my comp is huge so we go to the gym or workout and so I am staying in pretty good shape!.....Love Elder Herrin
make sure you guys save all the pics I send please! these are some of the deaf investigators and members

 we made a pyramid haha

 that sign is so funny I had to take a pic

OCT 27 - NOV 2 2014

November 2nd 2014- Ya its going faster but slow haha! I love it though. So the Halloween here is November first but we have to be in by 6 pm because of devil stuff or somethiing like that!
.... something cool we are teaching 4 deaf investigators and so I have learned alot of sign language and tagalog so this is pretty cool, the gift of tongues is real and I am a personal witness in my self and my companion!
.... the wards here are small but I love my ward! Oh yes they speak tagalog in the church and a tiny tiny bit of english but mostly tagalog, and I have just introduced myself and I was going to bear my testimony but I ran out of time! Every Pday we play basketball with our zone and volleyball so it pretty cool! I hang with alot of tongans here but my comp wants me to visit tonga after my mission haha!
Statue in San Pablo

His neighborhood

His apartment

His shower and shower bucket. I asked if they had hot water and he said they do if they heat it up on the stove.

 October 26th 2014-  I share a room with my companion, its small but it works I am not complaining!:) love you and I think I am good here dont really need anything but letters haha
......the people are very nice but some treat us like crap haha! So we are more focused on bringing the inactive members back so we will see! and we have dates set but lets hope they still want to get baptized by then!:) the language is coming but slowly and its hard but it will come! but I saw a bunch of homeless kids sleeping on the sidewalk this morning! its a super poor country and its sad to see but I love the people here! sometimes its hard but "If a mission was easy, everyone would be doing it."
 I met a little girl last night I wanna adopt she is so cute and I hope my kids look like her haha! so there are probably a bunch of kids I would adopt but this one was just like my favorite she was so cute! she is probably 10!
.... all the food that is supposed to be American food here is a cheap knock off haha!
 Something I heard that I really like is "Missionaries leave there families for 2 years so that people can be with there families  forever." I love it here and have really grown to love the book of mormon and its teachings! My favorite story is Nephi! I love that one its amazing to me reading it! Its so simple this gospel and I love it but its so hard sometimes because people ask questions that just drive me insane because we explain it to them but they dont get it! They try to say they already have a religion and say that they have the bible and we show them that the book of mormon isnt an old or new testament of Jesus Christ but ANOTHER testament of Jesus Christ! idk its long stories of people that say stuff like!  people are funny and confusing here but its okay because I know that the holy ghost will guide them! anyways love you guys hope all is well, Love Elder Herrin
...... Oh idk if I told you but all the girls here say I am handsome and love my blue eyes haha! so I might just have a wife I am bringing home haha with my adopted kids haha!