Sunday, April 16, 2017

Inabanga War

I'm going to update this soon....
No time hahahahahha

Just search this on the news.


Power of Choice

Sorry, I think I have not updated my blog 2 weeks ago. At least I'm back! A lot of things happened tho. I hope I can share/remember it all here haha

We had an experience while eating in a burger place, a guy sat beside us and asked about Mormon Doctrines. So, we thought he was interested and we talked and shared about how families can be together forever. But it turned out he just wanted to disprove what we shared. 

He told us "If you can show me a scripture verse in the bible where God allow the families to be eternal, I will join your church!"

We shared the scripture verse where Jesus Christ gave the Priesthood power to Peter to bind families on Earth and in Heaven (Matthew 16:19)

And then he was shocked and was silent and just stop talking.
I have learned that even if we are given a lot of evidences, answers, or even taught the right doctrine-- we are the one who choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil.

Even if someone can affect our decisions, it is us who will make it. Even if someone hinder you from keeping or following a commandment, it is our choice. And our choices makes our destiny.

Then, we just had our Zone Conference. We got to hear talks and workshops from our leaders. Sister Maughan talked about how to help our investigators to overcome addictions. President Maughan talked about teaching the people their needs and not just to teach the lesson itself. The Assistants to the President talked about adjusting our lessons to the needs of our investigators.

As you can see they are all about improving our teaching skills to make us better missionaries and be a Preach My Gospel missionaries.

We had fun and of course, full of Spirit and motivation to work in our area and help the people there

I don't have any nice conclusion in my post, at the same time I'm running out of time haha.
So I'll just end it with Extras...


All of them just got the Blanco Pose in their bloodstream now:

Elder Cirunay and Elder Crapo

Elder Johnson

Calape Zone Missionaries

Monday, April 3, 2017

Being a Missionary

I will start my blog using this wonderful picture. This is the in our area. We discovered it while looking for new people to visit and teach. This is one of the reason why I love doing missionary work, aside from meeting new people or new family and friends, we got to see the beautiful places in our area. I don't know if this looks nice to you but for me, I really like it!

Elder Thomas just being normal

Anyhow, we had fun tracting and going door-to-door this week. My companion is very kugihan (hardworking) and funny. Because of him, our work becomes easier (
I'm saying this because I know he is going to read this blog sometime. I hope this will give him a big smile hahaha) Don't get me wrong but preaching the gospel is VERY HARD and TIRING. Other people we met asks us, why we are doing this, it is very tiring and requires a lot of sacrifice, why do we do this. The answer is very simple... it is because we love the Lord.

Jesus said to His disciples...
15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Our pain, afflictions, and temptations was/is also felt by Jesus Christ. I know that because of this, He knows our state, He knows what we are feeling, and He knows how to help us. This is the key for us to be able to receive that help. Through keeping the commandments. My previous companion once said "Commandments are not rules that should just be done. Commandments are the solution for us to be happy". As I ponder about this, it is really true. Commandments are not hindrance to our happiness. That's the blessing of being here in the mission. Even if it is very tiring, I still manage to get up and do this because I know that someday, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will be proud of what I have accomplished.

me, Sister Villaroya, Sister Lourdes, Sister Tauiliili, Sister Tamuera

 I also got the chance to Baptize Sister Lourdes, investigator from the Sisters. It was very spiritual to see her testify in front of us. Another blessing of being a missionary haha

With Shen-shen and Elder Thomas' ear
With the most tabian (loud) kid but the most adorable in the branch.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Inabanga Branch

Tubigon Port
This is where we waited our new companions for few minutes. It was a hot day, but seeing the sea makes me want to dive in and swim. "THE WAVES ARE CALLING ME"

I'm with my new companion Elder Thomas. He is a funny guy and he loves to joke. He is still young and very enthusiast. I like how he see things, good perspective on things. We got along immediately. Looking forward for more days with this missionary. By the way, we suddenly became popular because I'm with a 6 foot 3, American, gwapo kuno companion. Boys always call him "Joe" and the girls always say "hi" with kilig faces. Everyone likes him in our area. I can see that we will have a lot of success in the near future.

I got sick yesterday, stomach ache, maybe somewhat like ulcer/gastritis. I thought that with my daily intake of the medicine for it will prevent it from happening again. I WAS WRONG. But I am okay now. It will not prevent me from doing missionary work (sometimes missionary walk. HAHA kidding)

I don't have new pictures because it has been 4 days since my last blog. (Don't worry it is Preparation day today) More pictures to come don't worry

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Transfer day!

I was companion with this guy, but he already transferred. Too bad he didn't see his face in my blog haha. Anyway, this is Elder Tyrell and we had fun in 1 month and a half.

This week was the last week that we are together.

First, the Sisters invited us to have Community Service in the their area. We swept the dried leaves under their investigator's trees. I never thought it will be that hard. Especially the leaves were stuck in the floor. Anyway, we did great and it was fun. After that we checked the place and saw these Carabaos resting.

with my look-a-likes
Next is we had our last District Meeting with Inabanga District. The Zone Leaders made a fake transfer list and left it on the table to test the missionaries if they are going to look at it. Good thing no one looked at it and they announced the fake transfer list and everyone was shocked and gone crazy. It was fun to see their faces and their reactions

With the Boys in the District
Lastly, we had last supper last dinner appointment with Elder Tyrell and Sister Robles at Mellanes family. It was so fun and I was on the spot with my jokes. Everyone had happy memories instead of sad memories. Although the members were really close with the missionaries, it will never be prevented that the missionaries who are transferring will be missed. That's why we missionaries take a lot of pictures because, pictures make us closer to the people we met and we spent time with.

Missionaries of Inabanga Branch with Mellanes Family

I just realized how important the time is. How it is precious. I see and meet people everyday. They are making who I am, but I have to realize too that they are going to pass by. I should cherish and appreciate every moment. I'm happy to have struggles and trials because of this I have learned a lot. I know that God really knows what's best for us. The key is to trust him and do what He wants.

The time is really far spent! I only have 7.5 months left #DiliKoTrunky HAHAHA

Months with NO Post

I'm really sorry. I haven't update the blog for a looooooooooong time. It is because of the the Security blah so that your account will be safe. It asked for verification code using my smartphone, and of course, I don't have my smartphone with me for 2 years. So... I can't open my blog account. I tried to look for ways and I found it, remove it and Vioala, I'm back again! :D

Hoping to update you guys every week. I can't guarantee it but I will try.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

22nd Birthday!

First of all, sorry for not having updates weekly. We have been busy looking for Scattered Israel. I will just make this quick because my birthday this year had been special to me.

The day of my birthday was on Saturday. We still had ordinary schedule like studying, proselyting time, teaching people repentance. I feel like it's not really my birthday... until lunch time, when the Zone Leaders called and disturbed our beautiful lunch, which I cooked, and asked me to go to the office. I knew something's fishy was going to happened. Me and my companion found out that someone left a cake for my birthday (of course, it came from my family). The Zone Leaders and the office Couple Missionaries sang a happy birthday song to me, which I find sweet.

<there should be picture here but apparently the Zone Leaders didn't e-mail my picture>

Then at night of my birthday. Sister Abril and Sister Tauiliili surprised me with a birthday cake!!! They got stressed because of this hahaha. Props to them and I didn't really expected it.

Then Monday came, our Preparation day. We played basketball in the morning and then had lunch with our District at Kuya J's. It was nice and happy to celebrate my birthday with Elder Clark and Elder Cirunay (our Assistants to the President), and our office princesses Sister Abril and Sister Tauiliili, and also with my handsome and artistahin companion Elder Reynoso (Jolo Revilla look-a-like. He's the one on my left)

The Office District

the aftermath

Then we e-mailed our families and friends back home. They surprised me with a video that I like to share but it is so long and will take time to upload. Maybe when we I get back or when we meet here in Lilo-an, Cebu then I can show it to you haha. They are so sweet! It almost made me cry that's why I stopped it immediately and downloaded it to watch it back home (of course, I don't want to cry inside the computer shop with plenty of people around)

I felt really special. I felt like I'm the most important person in the world! I really appreciate it and looking forward to see my family and friends soon! I love them so much and missing them so bad.

May God be with you all 'till we meet again.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Elder Reynoso, Me, Elder Mosquera, Elder Carillo
Happy New Year to everyone! -From the F4 (Fogi 4)
How's your New Year? Hopefully no one got hospitalized because of the stray bullets or fireworks. Happy to hear your messages, send it here:

A lot of things happened in 2016 where I learned, struggled, grew, developed faith, made mistakes, fell, and stood up again. I'm happy for where I am right now. I can see what Heavenly Father wants me to become and it is my commitment to do what He wants me to do. I am so blessed to know this. Specially this New Year we all be having New Year's Resolution--which we all know that it will not be followed. HAHA. 

We all welcomed 2017 with a hope that this New Year, we will be committed to do our goals this year and especially what God wants us to do and be. Hoping that 2017 with be nice to us haha

We spent our New Year's Eve (basically it's afternoon because we had curfew) with Consolacion Zone (because Lilo-an Zone dissolved huhu) with Elder and Sister Weatherston. They invited the Consolacion Zone to spend the New Year's Eve in their home. We were lucky to have them in our lives. They provided the venue, the movie, and the SNACKS haha. We watched Errand of Angels, it is all about missionary life. How a new missionary struggled to be the best missionary ever. It's funny yet very inspiring and motivating. It was fun and a privilege to spent this day with these beautiful and fine Elders and Sisters.

Maybe, you all know that being a Missionary is easy and fun. Well, I got to tell you that it is not like that. Missionary work is never easy but it is rewarding. Missionary work is not always fun, we experience struggles and rejections all the time but everything is very joyful-- that's what the Gospel of Jesus Christ promised. Fun and Joy is different :D

Next year, I will be spending my Christmas and New Year back home! :D (Makati City)

That's all for this day.
See you on Monday!

-Elder Blanco

PS: Our happy faces
Consolacion Zone

With Elder and Sister Weatherston

they were fascinated with BUKO haha