Maligayang Pasko O Merry Christmas
The Christmas season in the Philippines begins September 1st. Any month ending in "ber" is a Christmas month. The mall is playing Christmas music and I have heard people say "Merry Christmas". Below are pictures of displays in a couple of stores and also some outdoor Christmas lights for sale. I actually bought and put up a couple of decorations on the outside of the house already. I think we are the first in our neighborhood!!
Elder Swift is getting in the Christmas spirit.
Joyce is a young women in our branch and here she is reading her mission call. She will be serving in the Philippines Naga Mission.
We have been living in the Philippines for just over a year now. I didn't really know what to expect on a mission, but this has been a wonderful experience. Living in another country and being part of the San Ildefonso Branch is great. It is so enjoyable, we feel that we are helping the branch grow stronger and making new friends at the same time. Everything is more fun in the Philippines.
We saw a funeral while we were driving one day. This funeral had a band and a horse drawn hearse. Following the hearse were friends and family members walking along. They walk behind the hearse to the cemetery. It doesn't matter if it is a small street or the main highway.