Monday, February 2, 2015


Riding on to of the bus with my companion
Elder Ballesteros
Well my new area is Sagasa. I love it, my apartment is not the best though but it is still cool. Actually we have been told that we need to find a new apartment or we are getting pulled out. There are no apartments so I guess we will see.

The weather is still hot I feel kinda sorry for you guys and all the snow! Hopefully the schools close!

Something awesome happened this week I got to ride on top of a bus! It was so scary but definitely worth it! I hope I get to do it again. Our area is huge a lot of walking and I mean A LOT. My legs are killing ME!!!

Church at our apartment
We are in Bago 1st ward and there are 4 elders and 2 sisters. But all of the missionaries do not attend the sacrament meeting,they all hold special sacraments in other parts of their areas that are far. Including us, we actually hold sacrament in our apartment. We teach the lesson, conduct and bless the sacrament. So all in all it is a busy day.

I work hard, Play hard, and SLEEP SO HARD!!!

Elder Rivera

President and Sister Ferrin
Interim Mission President

Sister Ferrin and I are so pleased to introduce ourselves to you and thank you for your missionary's consecrated service in the great Philippines Bacolod Mission!

We are thrilled to serve with your missionaries here and we look forward to their miracles.

We add our faith and testimonies to yours as we pray for the recovery and health of President and Sister Lopez. They are our dear friends and we have served with them here in the Philippines for the past two years. We spoken with them several times this week. He is out of the hospital and they have been given an apartment in Salt Lake near the Church headquarters. His body is weak but his soul is full of faith. They feel your prayers and express their gratitude. He will begin his full time employment with the headquarters CES department in March. She will return to Bacolod the last week of February to retrieve their things. They are optimistic and hopeful. Please keep them in you prayers. They are marvelous saints!

When we arrived here in Bacolod on January 28th we bid farewell to the departing batch. Elder and Sister Echo Hawk of our Area Presidency conducted the departing missionaries final interviews and blessed them with their testimonies.  Your  missionaries will long be remembered and appreciated. Their experience and success will inspire us all.

Also on January 28th we welcomed the 20 newly arrived replacement missionaries. Sister Ferrin and I had the blessing of traveling from Manila with these wonderful new missionaries. She and I had been serving in Manila for the past two years as the Missionary Department's In-Field Representative for the 32 missions in the Asia and the Philippines Areas. Traveling with these new arrivals reminded us of our days as the Mission President and wife in the Philippines Naga Mission in 2007.  What a treat it is to be with your missionaries! We look forward to loving them all!

We seek your support and prayers as we go forward. We know this is His work! Our prayers are with you in this great Hastening of the Work. Your support for your missionaries is essential to their happiness.

With sincere love and appreciation,

President and Sister Ferrin, Philippines Bacolod Mission

Onward ever onward!

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