Hello from the other side (of the world)

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I know that my subject title is from an Adele song and that I am not supposed to know the new Adele song, but I still have ears and we will leave it at that. 

It was a GOOD week. Lots of New people. Lots of Lesson 1: The Restoration. and lots of workshops. We are finding a lot this week and every week, because we gotta find the elect. Its fun to meet new people especially when you get to learn about their lives and their situations. I am constantly thankful for the example of the people here. 

Highlights for this week:
A few of our new investigators asked QUESTIONS. I love when people ask questions after the lesson. Good questions that apply to the lesson, and then when they say, "yeah that makes sense. Joseph smith is probably no different that moses or abraham." THANK YOU. 

Our ward had a mini-MTC where we taught PMG principles to future and ward missionaries. we had white nametags and pretended to be investigators and stuff as we helped them learn how to share the gospel. Now when the members work with us, they are teaching principles, asking good questions, sharing scriptures. ITs the best. Definitely has made a difference in our teaching. 

Zone Conference was also this week. IT WAS SO GOOD. President Deyro brought back some of the people he taught and baptized in his mission. Now fully active families, with returned missionaries. the workshop was on about your fruits as a missionary remaining. Lots of good inspiration from Heavenly Father on how better to do the work. 

Learning a lot about things that truly matter in the mission. Things that really need focus and lots of new techniques that can be used. I kinda wish I had known this stuff a year ago, but it doesnt mean that I can't make the remaining months my best months. 
I love and am grateful for every single one of you. especially for rachel for writing me and sending pictures. Also, congrats to walker on the drivers license before you at least turned 18. 

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU GUYS. praying for you and I am reading and loving the letters even though I struggle at replying:)

Me and my housemates
The District 
Me and Sister Stromberg

A few of the loveliest people on earth

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So happy here.

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This was a long week with lots of meetings, lots of different companions and lots of traveling, whoa...It started out with "BES" Sister Bomediano going home:( It was hard because we had a good time this last transfer but that's life on the mission. So now I officially only have one previous companion still in the mission. All my friends leave me. haha 

I have a new comp and we are in the batch going home, so we are both leaving at the same time. Her name is Sister Derecho she's from Manila.

After Nanay Loreta got baptized, we had run out of Investigators. so we have been doing a lot of finding lately and it is really fun. We have taught a lot of different people, and I mean "different." One lesson we realized the man was REALLY drunk about half way through the lesson because he all of a sudden just fell out of his chair onto the floor.  Nothing really happened he just tipped over. So it was kind of awkward and he was embarrassed so we just closed immediately and left with a prayer. The next day he saw us and introduced himself again like we had never met so he obviously doesnt remember a thing.

One afternoon we stopped by a certain house. They were outside cooking in the front so we started talking to them about their pigs, trying not to be intimidating.  After discussing the difference between native pigs and unnative pigs and the size of their babies and what they eat, we offered to give a blessing on their home and a happy message. They agreed and had ALL their kids join. There is a total of 8 of them and they all listened, including dad. The mom said, "white madam says come listen. COME." so all of them listened. It was a good lesson. they were attentive and as we were talking about Jesus Christ the mom was touched and started to tear up. I AM PRAYING that this family makes some progress. Their problem is that they are FAR from the church so the travel to church is expensive but of course nothing is impossible with Faith. we will keep trying with them and continue to teach families.

I am so HAPPY here and everything is going good. Little stressed, but stress is healthy and I know that its all in good hands. I am happy to hear about everyone back at home. Although I want to be there with you, enjoying with you, I wouldn't switch this for anything.

I will attach some pictures so that dad is happy. 
Sister Gentry

Sister Bomediano

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This is a sweet email we received from Sam's companion Sister Bomediano who just returned home:

Hi! Gentry Family! Im safe at home now :) the adjustment is hard. The schedule, going out with no one by my side is scary and the music is loud. But I know i'll be able to get through this. 

I miss Sister Gentry! Ha! My emails for her was long . I miss my areas and people there too, I wish I can be a full time missionary forever . 

How are you guys? I wanna know more about your family because i've hears alot from Sister Gentry and your family is inspiring ;) especially you brother Kurt and Sister cathy :) 

Hopefully I can meet you personally someday ;) 
Take care ;)

Nancy Loreta's Baptism

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