Making memories one day at a time.......and then I write about it.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Philippines! Weekly Letter!

So I tried to send you a video but I made it a bit too big so you will need to wait till next week to get it.  I wasted most of my email time trying to get it to you and its so annoying that it didnt work...sorry.

Crazy week you had though haha!  Your sense of humor is just different thats all  nobodies perfect as you right? :)

Tell C----- to get those papers in ASAP and let me know what happens!  I am so so excited to see where he ends up haha, and how far out of his comfort zone.... (Mr. C is putting his papers in soon to serve a mission for our church as well!!  Exciting times!!)

Well I love you too and I am sorry that I wasn't able to send you anything big....dumb video but I know what I have been doing wrong so you will get one tomorrow alright?  Love you tons as well and Cannot wait till mothers day as well.  I don't even know when that is actually.

We had an amazing week this week which should bring many people to the waters of baptism!  We are very excited and we are seeing some good things coming for the future.  To start off we have been failing at finding new investigators.  We talk to people but they aren't very interested most of the time.  So we realized that we needed a new way to find people so we decided to find Less Actives.  We found a Ward Directory and just started going through names of people that lived in the ward but we no longer recognized and then with a few members went out to find them.  Many of the people had moved to other places but many were very accepting of us and many promised to return to church.  As well as that, many of their families were not members and were interested in coming as well and the kids of these less active members.  One of these families was a testimony builder for me.  

We had one more family on the list that we wanted to visit and upon arriving we tagbalayed the house to see if anyone was there.  We could see people looking through the cracks of the bamboo house but it wasn't for a good 5 minutes till the father came out to talk to us.  He was a member and recognized us as missionaries but we could tell he did not really want to talk to us.  I continued to do so anyway and after some basic talking we found out that his son was very sick with a high fever and could barely move.  The father invited us in and we offered to give a blessing to him.  Right after the blessing he was able to stand and the fever was gone.  After a few minutes the father then said they would go back to church even though we had not yet committed him to do so.  The priesthood is a true power and I testify that it is indeed here upon the Earth and it was given to Joseph Smith,  a true prophet of God and it was given to him by the three Apostles Peter, James, and John.  

That was our week really, we do have a baptism this coming Saturday which I am so very excited for and I cannot wait, we still have a lot to do to help with that and the work will continue!  I miss you lots of course but I just love the Philippines and there is no where else I would rather be right now.

Elder Rubow

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza!

The other night, The SM bought our family pizza for dinner.  Horray!  No cooking for me!  I love pizza night!  So does Levi.  Levi absolutely loves, adores, eats, sleeps, dreams about pizza.  Pizza, pasta, donuts, and gum.  He would live solely on pizza if I let him.  Pepperoni and sausage.  None of this just cheese stuff.  Nope!  Gotta have meat on it and lots of meat.

When ever there are enough left overs for another dinner, The Natives are told to leave it alone!  Don't touch!  If you value your life, you won't even THINK about taking those left overs with you to school/work for lunch the next day.  Save them for dinner!  Levi has caught onto this.

He loves to take the left overs from dinner and put them in a Rubbermaid container and put them in the fridge for me.  Levi also delights in left overs.  Especially left over pizza!

So, again, back to the other night.  Sorry, tangent.  It happens.  It's been a long day.  SQUIRREL!

Anyway, we had pizza the other night.  There were some left overs.  Not a ton but enough for Levi to put the pizza in the fridge and more importantly, make an interesting observation and then use it to his advantage.  The next morning, Levi observed his brother, Mr. C getting his lunch ready for the day.  Mr. C was going to take some left over pizza with him.  Levi saw this and figured something out on his own.  He told Mr. C that he needed to put the pizza back in the fridge because Dad said we were saving it for dinner!  (Dad didn't say anything of the sort.)  Mr. C promptly put the pizza back in the fridge and made himself a different lunch and then left for work.

As soon as Levi saw his brother leave for work, he went to the fridge, took out the left over pizza, and ate it all himself!

The End!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Philippines!

Elder C. and Elder Rubow

so the computer crashed and I am out of time.  It took me half an hour to fix it and the time is far spent here.  So this one will be quick and rather boring to be honest. I completely forgot it was valentines day!  Shows how much I pay attention.  Not that it matters here anyway really.  I always shower/deoderant/brush/floss and all that.  You would be proud of me!

So I gave B. a challenge this week so you can talk to him about it if you want.  Rather simple really.  Thanks!


Not much to say this week really.  It was just busy busy busy.  I had a bunch of meetings today which meant no proselyting this week.  Well we worked Friday actually but other than that I have been traveling and mostly alone at that which was so weird!  I had district meeting on Tuesday, left for Iloilo that evening with my companion which took 5 hours to get to the mission home.  The next day was trainer trainees meeting because I was training and then President sent my companion back to our area but I had to stay for District Leader Committee.  I met with a lot of other district leaders and we had a lot of fun going out and talking to people before going out to eat.  I learned that it is not good to go out to eat with a missionary from Tonga and a missionary from Samoa.  I got beat so badly and I was hurting all the next day at the meeting.  After all the meetings (which were pretty fun) we went back to our respective areas.  Friday was so fast and we visited a lot of our recent converts here in the area so that was good!  Saturday morning we had interviews with President and Sister Aquino.  Those were alright but it was mostly just 'I am good and thats how I am." So that was easy.  Later that day we had Stake Conference where they talked about the importance of family and ward council meeting.  That was that!  Really simple week really.  I learned a lot though about how I could do better as a district leader so that will be very nice to put into application.


That really is my week.  It was very boring but I got to know my zone a lot better and the missionaries in it.  I love it here and I cannot wait to be able to get back to work this week and go find new people.  Thats really about it so thank you very much for everything and I will catch you next week.

Elder Rubow
 I love you!!

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Monumental Moment in the Life of Levi

Valentine's Day.  How does one explain Valentine's Day to a child like Levi.  You don't.  You help him make his little Valentine cards knowing that the concept means nothing to him.  To Levi, it is another party at school where he will get treats.

I found a site on the Internet that makes bug Valentines.  Perfect for Levi!  He might not grasp the concept of Valentine's Day (what elementary kid does??) but he does grasp bugs and they are cool!

A few days ago we sat down and glued bugs onto what looked like a jar printed on card stock.  I wanted to print on the jar:  Happy Valentine's Day!  Now bug off!  Or, Happy Valentine's Day!  Quit bugging me!  The SM didn't think that was a very good idea so we went with the cutesy "Love Bug" saying that was already printed on the jar.  (If you are needing a visual, here is the link to what we made).

Bugs happily glued onto the jars.  Now time to write names on the tops of the Valentines.  Who do you want to give Valentines to Levi besides your teacher and classmates?  The bus driver and bus driver aid.  Swell!  Not a problem.  We carefully write their names on top of their Valentine's.  Levi talks about his bugs for the rest of the week in anticipation of today.

This morning arrives.  Oh happy day!  It's time to get ready for school!  I put Levi's bug Valentine's into a bag for him but leave out the two for his bus driver and aid.  We look at the Valentine's and carefully go over which one he hands to the bus driver and which one he hands to the aid.  Look Levi!   What is your bus driver's name? Yes, that is correct.  What does (insert name) start with?  We say the letter and sound out the letter.  We go through the same with the aid's name.  We do this several times so Levi can see the first letter in their names, know how it sounds, and hand the Valentine's to the correct person.  Over and over we do this so Levi can be successful.

The bus comes.  I stand on the porch and tell Levi to have a good day.  He hesitates.  He doesn't leave the porch.  I look from him to the bus, and then I notice what Levi has already noticed because anything different/change is always on the radar.  The bus driver is different today.  All of that work practicing who to give the Valentine's to!  Argh!!!

I tell Levi it is okay and to give both Valentine's to the aid.  She'll make sure the bus driver gets hers.  It's too much.  It's not what we practiced.  Levi continues to hesitate.  I give him a little prod.  Finally, he walks to his waiting bus.  He holds onto the Valentine's not sure what to do.  Looking out the window now he looks to me in confusion.  What to do?!  It's all changed!  I motion for him to give the Valentine's to the aid.  He looks from me to the aid and back again.  Go ahead Levi.  Everything is going to be okay!

Eventually Levi gives the Valentine's to the aid.  Both of them.  And then he looks back at me.  We do the usual wave and blow kisses goodbye.  As the bus pulls away I give Levi the thumbs up.  You did it!!  You worked through something really hard!  You worked through the unexpected!  You worked through change!  Something that is no big deal to most, was monumental to Levi!  I wish I worked through the unexpected/change/difficulties as well as Levi did this morning........

Monday, February 9, 2015

Philippines. And Pictures!


Crazy crazy week and the next one is going to be twice as crazy!  And I only have a few minutes to share it.  I am in my new area President Roxas in the jungle/ocean!  Love my new area a ton!  But it has its own challenges though such as distance.  The transportation is very limited and very expensive so we walk most of the time unless we catch the lucky bus going pass.  


We also have boats because we get to travel to a bunch of islands which is way fun!  I love the ocean and the mountains so now I have both!  I am still district leader and I am finishing the last 6 weeks of another missionary. That has been going alright but other than that nothing has changed much in that aspect.

Elder Rubow and Elder Bartolome
So the big thing for this last week.  We have been doing some finding in the islands and we came across a member from the Iglesia ni cristo and he has invited me to talk to his ministers and such so I am super excited to see how that turns out in a week or two.  I still don't know if it will even happen but I told him I would have no problem but I won't be able to visit him till after this coming week.  We have a ton of meetings which means a lot of transportation because I am so far from everyone so that will be fun.  That really wraps up my week and I hope to have something better for next week.      


Keep doing good things and always choose the right!  I love having the Spirit  with me and having the opportunity to follow his guidance.  He will never lead us astray and neither will the Prophets.  Those be some smart people.   Love ya all!  

That is about it!  I love you and I cannot wait to hear from you next week!  Till then love you!!  And I always always wear my deoderant. (I often tease him about wearing deodorant in my letters to him.)

Elder Rubow

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Philippines!

January 25, 2014

Transfers is this Thursday now. So I have three more days to work here! This week was very interesting for missionary work. A couple of things happened this last week to make things a lot of fun. For one, the Pope came to the Philippines, and two we had the Degagyan Festival both of which are of Catholic origin. So we pretty well lost all of our investigators this last week and they won't get back until tomorrow. Made for a lot of getting punted and trying to find investigators who are interested. Not very many were with us. But I have no worries. This week will be tons better. I am super curious where I will be going next week. I have heard almost everyday for a week now I will be leaving the area and so I am now very curious.

Two big things happened this week though. Ill start with the change of Bishopric. We got a new Bishop! It was incredibly unexpected and even the old Bishop didn't know until earlier that Sunday morning. Even better was I had just met with him last Friday and we made a bunch of new plans for the year of 2015-2016. Now we have a new one and I know he will be a very good Bishop for La Paz Ward.
Two. I hate spiders...I don't mind little ones here, they are super fun to play with and hold. And they like to fight eachother which I find super awesome! They don't have any real pokemon here so how kids play is they will go out and find spiders in the trees,bushes, etc. and then place two of them on opposite sides of a stick and let them at it. Its way cool and way fun! The loser then has to find a new spider because his is now dead. But those aren't the ones I am talking about.....I hate the big ones the size of my hands. But good things for all of us, they die very easiliy with fire. Got an awesome flame thrower here. Lighter and an arsenal can full of bug spray. Works so well.

Other then that it has been a lot of teaching and preparing the area for a new missionary to take over. My companion has decided to stay though he really doesn't want to 100% but I am very glad that he has decided to stick to it. He has so much to learn and I know he will learn a lot of things from his mission that will keep him active. I can sorta understand Cebuano so we can talk pretty well but he is just so shy its hard to get him to say anything. I really hope his next companion can help him with that.

For my spiritual experiance I have been learning a lot about sacrafices. From Adam till now we have been commanded to sacrifice. No, I did not sacrifice anyone other then that big spider.
When one hears sacrifice what are the first things we think of? For me it is like the kind Moses gave to the Isrealites, or giving up something important for something even more important to us. In 3 Nephi Chapter 9 verses 19 and 20 we learn we are to no longer give blood sacrifices. But instead we are to sacrifice ourselves through a broken heart and contrite spirit. If we truly want the blessings of repentance and forgiveness, we need to mean it. It must be sincere. And above all it must be for the Lord. These steps here from lds.org I think are the best way to accomplish this.

1. All of us in our natural, carnal, and fallen state on earth have sinned and transgressed the laws of God, for which a punishment is designated by the law of justice.
2. Jesus Christ is holy and pure. He lived a perfect life and was therefore the person least deserving of punishment for sin.
3. Because of his great love for us, Jesus Christ paid the price for all our sins. He suffered the punishment for the sins of all people.
Jesus Christ did not need to pay for our sins. He was perfect and thus forth was entitled to eternal glory. We on the other hand are, from the words of King Benjamin, lower then the dust of the Earth. Why? Because even the dust will obey the voice of the Lord with exactness. Thus the need for a Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit.
So that is about it for this week. I am so thankful for this time that I have had here in my area and I am very excited to see what happens next. Next week I will have a brand new companion with a brand new area.



Elder Rubow

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Toilet Talk

When I was little, the toilet was the perfect step stool to reach things in the bathroom.  I'd stand on it to reach the sink to wash my hands.  I'd stand on it to look at myself in the mirror examining my lack of bangs after taking scissors  to them.  Sorry mom.  I get it now.  The toilet was also where apparently my brother on his way to bed, would find me fast asleep and carry me back to bed.  Often.  Why??  I don't know!!  Why the fall asleep while using the toilet.  Not why my brother carried me back to bed.

As I've watched The Natives grow up and also use the toilet as a stepping stool to reach objects they shouldn't or more appropriately, to wash their hands after using the facilities, it never crossed my mind that someday, I would again, be using the toilet as a stepping stool.  What adult does???  Well, unless you are painting your bathroom and refuse to move the ladder all over so you walk from ladder to toilet to bathroom counter and try to perch on anything else you can find only to find that you are still too short so disgruntled you climb down and get the ladder.

Fast forward to the future where Levi is almost as tall as me.  Have you ever tried to shower and wash the hair of someone who is taller than you?  As I type/write this, the thought does occur to me that I could just have Levi sit down in the shower so I could reach the top of his head but where is the fun in that?  Much funner to once again stand next to the shower, nozzle in hand, precariously (I don't have the balance I once did as a kid) standing on the toilet lathering shampoo on Levi's head telling him not to open his eyes or it will sting!!!

This morning I got the giggles,  I had this vision of me as an elderly old shrivel standing on the toilet trying to reach up (despite standing on the toilet) to wash Levi's hair juggling both the nozzle and my walker with the tennis balls.  I'm going to need to invest in a really really big toilet.............