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!

January 25th 2015

Wow that's awesome a baby girl haha two boys two girls that's awesome! (His response to Heather and Russ's new baby) ..... and ya back has been hurting, my lower back I haven't made a big deal out of it but sometimes it bothers me.. I think its stress or something but idk haha!  I will try to take some pics its a nicer apartment but just small! and sometimes my stomach kills like idk but I get the runs haha! the fish we ate there was a couple different kinds but tilapia was one! idk nothing new just taught the kids again in sunday school blessed the sacrament and my talk last week was on the holy ghost or the spirit! Umm some experiences are on Friday we went on exchanges with a new missionary and we got 30 oyms and I realized how good at the language I was so that's awesome but hes an awesome kid hes from Australia and hes Samoan! idk I had fish again yesterday and it wasn't bad but I still am not used to eating it haha! I got a ton of mail and a the package with the candy and CTR rings in it so that's good! and got more good pics so thank you it was awesome to get so much mail in one day and a package haha! I am practicing cooking a little more I still suck but its coming along haha! my comp has been helping with the language and hes a good kid. hes just a little guy haha! anyways Love you send pics soon..  Mahal na Mahal kita, Mahal Si Elder Herrin

this is how big our church is!:)
 well we set up chairs in there, and 40 people come every week! he (his companion) goes home july which seems like a while but its going pretty fast for him!... sounds like everyone is doing good haha I wish I could see everyone growing up but its all good:P And tell taylor when his music video hits I better be in it haha!:)

January 18th 2015

this is beauty and a way nice house!
Me holding The Book of Mormon or Ang Aklat Ni Mormon
Its been a great week, I got to give a talk yesterday in our ward branch! ..... investigators are doing so good except she cannot get baptized until she quits this type of lottery gambling! We have taught her about faith, free agency, everything but idk why she just cant, its okay cause i am sure the spirit will help her. Its true she needs to do this for money but I promised her if she puts her faith in christ she will be fine! the area is hard tho.. awesome story yesterday this older guy saw me and my comp but i did not have an umbrella and it was cold and raining so he came over to me and shared his little bit torn umbrella with me and walked with me until we got to the members house.. I love the people here we talked with the guy and he was a born something and his name was JR, but we talked and just a great guy and idk I just can't believe how great and nice this guy was.. when other members of his church saw him helping me they came and said hi to me and just got a ton of oyms! I love people here even when its hard to speak their language! If I was called on this mission to be humbled by such straight up poverty then its working cause Sometimes I am just heart broken! and yesterday also we ate with branch president and had only fish so my nightmare came true haha but its okay I choked it down like a champ haha! I wanna find more service opportunities here! .... I would also ask you to look up Candle of the Lord by boyd k packer.. its a talk that has great meaning to me about the spirit, its worth reading!:) I have tons of pics I need to send home so Mahal Kita, Mahal Si Elder Herrin

Just some paths that looked like good pic spots!

this is like a little store called a tindahan.. its where I do most of my food shopping haha!:)

banana tree!

Transfer to Colamba

January 4th 2015.... Great week! the area is harder but I love it, we meet in a house for church and there are about 30 to 40 members every sunday! I am only in an apartment with me and my comp Elder Magalasang! He is awesome and fun to chill with! so our area doesn't have anything in it, its pretty boring area but we go play ball at a nicer court so its cool! we have 2 investigators here that are getting baptized soon! and it was hilarious I might get to baptize this bigger lady cause I am bigger and stronger haha but she is an awesome and hilarious lady!:) its still about the same poor but where we are living is actually nicer then where we work!....... I am doing good, enjoying my mission so far even though its hard and I am getting skinny haha jk I am trying to do push ups haha! but Love you I will see what pics I have and try to send some! Mahal na mahal kita, Mahal Si Elder Herrin, oh we have a pool in our area but it sucks cause we can't swim haha and we don't have any of those hot springs by us, but we have beautiful areas out here so I will try to get pics of the scenery!:)
thats me in a little farm area

thats me and the big scary cow haha jk I wasn't scared I just didn't want to get close haha

  thats my comp scared of the cow haha so was I cause it kept trying to come towards us!

thats the beast!
January 11, 2015...So I am doing good and the investigators are great but we had to push back because of lottery type gambling and so we got her to stop so it was a miracle! The areas are hard to explain cause there, in Lucena,  we had a big chunk of a city plus like super poor areas by our house, Colamba's not in the city its hard to explain! its more boring because its such a hard area and they don't have as much stuff like at all as Lucena did, I still love the area its just a hard area!...... I miss the Temple so much it sucks not being able to go but I know it will mean that much more to me:) ,,,,, I am learning more and he (my companion) talks to me but sometimes I am like I have no idea what you just said haha!
 Mahal na Mahal Kita, Mahal Si Elder Herrin aka Tarzan