Talok in the Bukid

Friday, January 14, 2005

We did service with Bro Andales today out in his bukid. We helped him talok. Talok is planting rice. They take individual plants that are already pretty big and they pull them out where they were seeded really think. Then each plant is planted individually. It’s really hard because you’re always bent over pulling out plants or putting them in. Just to top it off, I think I have an allergic reaction to the rice. My hands have little red spots all over and they are tingly. It feels like they’ve fallen asleep and are just waking up except that the tingling never stops. Anyways it was fun. I am really lucky to get to do that. It’s not every missionary in the world that gets to plant rice for service.

"Nagtatalok sa bukid" Planting rice in the field. Yep, that's me.

“Nagtatalok sa bukid” Planting rice in the field. Yep, that’s me.

Bro Andales working the fields

Bro Andales working the fields


After lunch we had another good discussion with Bro Dioso. He said that he really knew that the Book of Mormon was true but he only doesn’t understand why we go to church on Sunday. We again told him to pray about it and he said he would. If he can just overcome this one obstacle he’ll be a really strong investigator. Our last appointment tonight was with Bro Ray Villadares. It was a strange experience. We sat down and then about 30 seconds later a whole bunch of people came in carrying a girl/young woman. He told us that she was his sister. She didn’t look in good shape at all and the first thing that went through my mind was that she’d been raped. They took her into the next room and she started to scream and cry. Brother came back and told us to come back another day. We offered to help but he declined so we left. Elder Cox also thought that she’d been raped. People are so evil. I just wanted to find the man and beat him to pieces. I feel really bad for Ray and his family. I hope we can do something to help him.

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