Monday, September 18, 2017

Birthday Week

Hello Everyone,

This week was another great week, even though it was a busy week. A lot happened this week and a lot of it surrounded what they call "PenaFrancia Fiesta" here in Naga City so this whole week they had a lot of different events like parades, processions, parties and things like that I would say that is sort of like New Years or the 4th of July back home but this is all Catholic Religion based mostly centered on Mother Mary (The Mother Jesus) so there were a lot of roads closed around Naga City this week so it made it hard to get around in cars but I made it through some pretty tough situations which was nice in the van sometimes it would take me one hour to go not very far distances (distances that would normally take me 15mins or 20mins) the traffic was that bad I had never experiences traffic that bad in my whole life but it was a fun experience nevertheless. There were several parades that went in front of the office that were very loud that had loud marching bands that would assemble at 6am so that was a fun wake-up call as well but overall I am glad to have experienced the PenaFrancia Fiesta here in Naga City.

This week as well I was able to get back to some of my roots here in the Philippines and as far as my roots I mean manual labor. Anyone who knows me pretty well knows that I enjoy working hard and to do manual labor for other people. That is what I was able to do this week for other missionaries because we had 3 areas that moved houses this week they were in Tinambac, Pili and in Canaman and so I was able to help move their things by loading them into the van and then by unloading the van and helping them get situated into their new houses, needless to say I did a lot of lifting this week of various objects and,  I also did a fair amount of driving as well and I went to Del Gallego as well to deliver supplies. 

This week was also my birthday week and I cannot believe that I will not have another birthday in the mission and that a year ago now I was in the Provo MTC it seems like that was much longer ago, but I enjoyed my birthday I actually got up at 5am on my birthday and I went to Del Gallego for a little adventure and made some deliveries and I had cake that Elder Miller made, and I opened my gifts and such so it was a special day in some respects but in all other aspects I was just another day I still went out to work in Cararayan as well and we found some new investigators as well that have potential. The funniest thing was for me at the Mission Home last night I had a special dinner over there for my birthday and there was cake and all that and Zander (The Zapanta's youngest child) just kept asking why there was the number 20 candles in the middle of the cake he did not quite understand that it was birthday but it was still pretty cute. This upcoming week should be pretty busy as well and I cannot believe that September is now half over now time is going by so fast so we need to embrace every moment that we have on this Earth because the various opportunities that we get there is a good chance that they might not becoming around a second time, just live life for all that it is worth and we will receive many great blessings from our Heavenly Father in the many mansions that have been prepared for us.

Love,
Elder Chilson


 



Birthday Dinner at President and Sister Zapanta's      

Monday, September 11, 2017

Another Transfer Week

Hello Everyone,

This week was another whirlwind for me because it was another transfer week but things went pretty smoothly again so that was good there were only 9 of them that went home so they all fit into the van so that was nice and nothing crazy ridiculous happened either which was good even though there plane was late but what else is new. The new missionaries that just came in are pretty cool as well it is so weird for me to think of myself as an older missionary in the Philippines Naga Mission because sometimes I think of myself as still a missionary that has not been out for a very long time but that is not the case especially after I look back at all of the new batches of missionaries that I have picked up from the airport that is what gets me. Other than transfers I have just been keepoing busy with other things that have been going on in the office mostly getting caught up on a few things because of most of last week I was in San Fernando with Elder Gatewood but I got all of those things taken care of, all of my reports in, deliveries and other miscellaneous tasks taken care of. 

I traveled some as well this week some for deliveries and some for emergencies. I went to Tinambac and Goa twice for both places this week once on official business and then another time in place of President Zapanta on emergency missionary business but do not worry everything is taken care of now I was just happy to be in the position where I was able to out in the ways that I did and make President Zapanta's life easier as the Mission President. That is one of the big reasons that I am here in the Mission Office anyways is to help my Mission President and make his life easier because he cannot do everything for the whole mission by himself so that is why I am here as part of his office staff to help out in anyways that I can. 

Sister Zapanta always talks about how service is a great opportunity the Lord and his children but at the same time that it is such a special opportunity to serve those that serve Lord full-time (Missionaries) those kind of opportunities do not come that often to everyone so I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for this opportunity that I had to serve the Missionaries of the Lord this has been an amazing experience and it has opened my eyes as well to how much it really takes to run a mission and it just amazes me how I have seen President Zapanta balance his Mission President responsibilities as well as his family responsibilities as well I already love President Zapanta very much but at the same time he just takes things on to another level that just solidifies my testimony that his is a man called of God to carry the assignment of Mission President here in the Philippines Naga Mission and I cannot deny that.

Also right now in Naga they have what they call the PenaFrancia and it is just like this big festival that they have for the whole month of September here in Naga City so they have lots of carnivals and parades and things like that as sort of a celebration and there are a lot of Catholic traditions incorporated in as well and it has also been raining a lot recently so maybe that means that winter is coming soon for me now here in the Philippines so that is exciting that is will be wet but not as hot so I will see about that as well so that is a little bit of culture as well for you September is well under way now and for anyone that was curious or had forgotten my BIRTHDAY is on THURSDAY and I am turning 20!!!!!!!!! so that is exciting too

Love,
Elder Chilson         

Monday, September 4, 2017

Van Tire

Hello Everyone,

This week did not turn out as I thought that it would have so I got a text from President Zapanta Tuesday night that I was going to be working in San Fernando until Sake Conference and so I was a little surprised but at the same time I was excited fro the opportunity to work in San Fernando with Elder Gatewood so I cleared my schedule because I was going to be about of the office for the week and I took care of a few matters of business over the phone and everything was fine I was just thankful for the opportunity to have a little change of pace and get back to being a proselyting missionary again for a few days and then of course right now I am in the office again and I have continued with all of my responsibilities. While I was in San Fernando me and Elder Gatewood had a lot of fun together because we have a lot in common and we both had a strong desire to do what was best for our investigators in San Fernando. 

I also sang in a special choir for Stake Conference and that went well also the music I did not really agree with but it was okay I was not really familiar with the music but I did my best and I learned the music pretty quickly and I actually ended up getting a solo as well which was a little crazy but the conductor knew that I could sing pretty well because most people in the Naga Stake now know that I can sing pretty well so I gave it my best effort and I thought that it went pretty well and overall Stake Conference went pretty well I enjoyed the meeting and the messages that were given.         

I had a special experience on Sunday after Stake Conference and it was regarding one of the tires on the van just like you said kanina that you just got a new tire as well last week yata so when we got back from Stake Conference and I noticed that the time was losing air fast and I was like this is grate I have an appointment at the LTO bukas for some missionaries to get their drivers licenses but then I thought to myself well I guess this is good that I am at least in the Mission Office parking lot and not on the side of the road somewhere so I will just change the tire and throw on the spare and then bukas ng umaga I will just get another tire no problem and so I jacked up the van and got everything set no problem and then it came to the lugnuts and I tried and gave it all that I had for 1 and half hours and I could not budge any of those lugnuts and I had Elder De Silva come out and help me too and we could not budge them at all and I was like great we are going to need some real equipment to get these lugnuts off and it is Sunday so there are not that many options so I suggested to Elder De Silva do you want to go for a walk and he was like sure and so we walked up to the Petron and there was a man by the name of Victor he was the "Service Technician" at the Petron Station and we convinced him to come with us and to help us and he did and within 30 seconds of his time there he had the first lugnut loose and I was like wow it is a miracle and then he got them all off in like under 5 minutes and then I said thank you and then as he headed toward the gate of the Mission Office a voice came into my head just as clear as anything that said "he is an angel sent from on high" and I can only believe that voice was the Holy Ghost and I know that the Lord knew the situation that I was in and due to my humility and my willingness to ask for help the Lord as opposed as me trying on my own in my eyes I tried the best that I had I gave it everything that I had and then I turned the rest over to the Lord and he provided a way for me to accomplish what I needed lalo lalo na I was in the Lord's Service and I remember that words of President Eyring that go something like "when we are in the Lord's Service we are never a lone" and I know that this is true (Sorry for the mixed in Tagalog words) also here in the Naga where I am serving right now "Fiesta" is starting up it is like a big festival that they have here in the Naga for the month of September so that should be exciting as well as I will begin to share what I learn about that along with other Philippines culture here in the Philippines Naga Mission. 

I hope that all of you in New York have a great start to your school year and to everyone that has already started school good luck as well!

Love,
Elder Chilson   

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Elder Miller Elder Golez Elder Gatewood Elder Talabis Elder De Silva

Monday, August 28, 2017

Zone Conference and Travel

Hello Everyone,

This week was a pretty good one this week was all of Zone Conferences and a quick side note for President and Sister Zapanta their whole week was conferences because from Tuesday-Friday they had had Zone Conferences with missionaries and then from Saturday-Sunday they had a District Conference in Iriga so you can imagine what their schedule was like this week. I personally enjoyed my Zone Conference it was a great experience as it always is and I always enjoy learning that things that we can do as missionaries to improve and become more efficient and to move the Lord's Work forward in the way that he wants us to and not the ways of man. I know that my mission president and his wife have been called of God to preside over this mission at this time while I have been assigned to serve here as well I know that Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us and he knows what we need and he knows how to help us and he gives us trials and hard things so we can grow and progress here in our time on Earth. 

I also did some traveling this week as well which all went well, I made a delivery trip to the Iriga this past week, so I went to all of the missionaries apartments except for the Baao Sister's house because they were having a fiesta when I went to the main road that I wanted to go down was closed so I had to go around Baao to get to Iriga City and so then I tried on the way back to go to the Baao Sister's house but there were a lot of people that were in the streets partying and enjoying their fiesta so I just decided to go a different way to avoid Baao on my way back to Naga City. Then I ended up going to Sipocot as well this week so I went to all of the missionaries apartments between Naga City and Sipocot in the Pamplona Zone so I went to Pasacao, Pamplona, Libmanan, and Sipocot and I had plans to go to Del Gallego as well but I received a text from President Zapanta so we came back because President Zapanta needed my van in Iriga City because he was having some problems with his van so I took his van over to the dealership and of course got things taken care of it turns out that some water or something got into the fuel filter so they had to change that out so now the check engine light is off the dash board which is good. 

We spent a lot of time this week contacting referrals which was fun we recently got a lot of referrals and so me and Elder De Silva have been working on contacting referrals so we found this one family and they are pretty cool I think that they have a lot of potential to be baptized and so we had a pretty solid lesson with them and they agreed to come to church yesterday and believe it or not they came to church and the awesome part is that the people that came to church brought a friend as well who was interested in I guess the church so he came to church and we met him and he said that he wants us to teach as well which is awesome so I hope that things will continue and that they will really progress and I hope that they will continue to keep other commitments that we give them.        

I guess one more side note that I was approached yesterday by some other people and they asked me to sing in a special choir for stake conference because we have stake conference this upcoming Sunday and of course I agreed so I will be singing in a special choir for stake conference I think that will be fine, I am pretty used to performing with little practice that is what happened when I sang in an all male accapella group we did not really practice all that much and then we would perform so that does not really bother me anymore but I think that it should be good and I love bearing testimony through song so that is always a plus as well and I know in New York that school is starting up now and some of you probably already started school so I wish all of you the best for this new school year.

Love,
Elder Chilson   

Monday, August 21, 2017

Three Fridges

Hello Everyone,

I cannot believe that August is almost over and that this week is another Zone Conference week. This week was a pretty good week for me I had a baptism again this week and that went well we had two young men that were baptized and it was a very nice service and I played the piano again and that went fine and it was just awesome to here in one of the young men got baptized when he bared his testimony he talked about how he wanted to serve a mission and that was just awesome to me that the young men and younger people that are baptized they are the future leaders of the church and the future priesthood holders so they are really important and they are also of the chosen generation of Heavenly Father's children so of course they are important to him as well. 

Also I had a solid follow-up visit with the doctor this week and he said that I do not have anymore symptoms and that the Dengue Fever had now left my body and he said that I did not have any restrictions no more medicine and all that so that is great for me. So I also made a delivery this past week to the Goa Zone and that was a fun trip it is about 2 hours to Goa roughly and I had a special delivery there as well because believe it or not this week I had to take care of 3 broken refrigerators and here in the Philippines it is very hot so missionaries like need to have their refrigerators to keep food cold and such and so I had 2 fridges that were broken in Goa and they were both for Sister Missionaries appts so I went to Goa and took care of them one of them is fixed now because I talked to the Tatay there in Goa and he agreed to fix it and I told the Sisters to just follow up with me if there was any trouble and that one is okay then there was another one in Lagonoy that was broken to so I took a temporary fridge up to them because it is more rural so I am not sure when someone with get up there to fix it I am still working on that because normally I bring everything that is broken back here to Naga and get it fixed because I have connections but Lagonoy/Goa is sort of far so I am trying not to transport as many fridges as I can because it is sort of a pain anyways I got a third one fixed this week for another appt for Sisters that their fridge was broken as well so those are some of the things that I was dealing this week here in the office. 

I also made a special delivery of a couch as well too I dont really have time to explain but me and Elder De Silva teamed up and we got that job done and it was a great feeling. Nothing else really happened here this week that was super exciting. I have just been keeping busy with whatever has been going on. I know that as week continue to give our best efforts to our Heavenly Father he will magnify us to help us arise to the levels that we need to be at for example I played the piano for the first time in a Sacrament Meeting in my life and I had no idea that was going to happen just that 20mins before that Sacrament Meeting started a member of the Bishopric approached me and asked me if I could play and I said okay that is fine and for those of you that know my sisters are much better piano players than I am but I can play several hymns in the hymnal and I can read music pretty well so I ended up playing the piano in Sacrament Meeting and I did fine and I got compliments afterwards from my Bishop and the Bishopric and also from the member of the Stake Presidency that was visiting that particular Sacrament Meeting so that was nice but for me as a missionary that was just me serving the members of the Naga 3rd Ward that being whatever that Bishop asked me to do that was what I was going to do and I see it as an opportunity to serve so of course I accept that with whole heart so bottom line is Service is awesome!!!!!!!! And everyone should be involved in some kind of service and it is a great way to share the gospel as well and I hope that all of you continue to enjoy summer wherever you are.

Love,
Elder Chilson       

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dengue Fever

Hello Everyone,

I hope that all of you are doing well for those of you who were not aware or who did not know I am doing well now as well. For those of you who do not know I was hospitalized for three days this past week for Dengue Fever so last Sunday after church I decided it was time that I had to go to the hospital to get some serious medical attention (I will spare all of you the details) but I saw a doctor and he gave me some medicine and it did not really work so I was admitted to that hospital Sunday night and I had a lot of tests done and to make a long story short the doctor concluded that I had Dengue Fever so I was treated for that Monday and Tuesday and then on Wednesday the doctor said I could go home and just take medicine so that is what I did and then I just rested and worked in the office. Then I just picked up with the work that I was doing in the office my Mission President just said that I could not travel to anywhere outside of Naga City for the rest of the week but other than that I did not have any restrictions and last night my appetite came back fully and that was the best thing for me so now I can eat whatever I want now and not have to worry about me stomach getting sick or things like that so that is great and I do have a follow-up appointment with the doctor on this upcoming Wednesday so I will let you know about that next week but everything is fine now I lost some weight with the Dengue Fever but I feel good now. 

In some weird way I think that me going to the hospital was a good thing or a blessing because I still have two investigators that are planning to be baptized this upcoming Saturday so hopefully that will go through and I think that it will so that is pretty exciting for me so I will let you know as well on that for next week but I am really excited about that. I guess I have a quick story as well so I got a lot of deliveries while I was in the hospital so of course when I got out of the hospital I had to take care of all the stuff that got delivered so while I was doing that a saying popped into may head and it was "You are a lot stronger than you think you are" and that is what my mom used to always say to me as I was growing up and as I was carrying all of those boxes of Book of Mormons and before I had the Dengue Fever I could carry two or three boxes at a time (of course that is heavy) but now I just carried them one at a time and the thought came into my head that I do not know if is because I am close to turning 20 my strength is starting to run out or I am for sure not as strong anymore as I used to be before I entered the mission field or whatever but I just thought I am the opposite of stronger than I think I am or I thought I was. (Sorry if that was pretty boring was sort of self-centered on me but some of you might think that it is funny, I did)        

Another quick thought is I have been playing piano more as of recently as well a member of the Bishopric in the ward where I am serving now came up to me yesterday and asked me if I could play prelude music for Sacrament mtg and I was like Sigge po (I said okay) I still have yet to play piano in Sacrament mtg but I have played for several baptisms now. Who knows what will happen or what I will be asked to do as it is whenever I go into one members house I have to sing for them and the Mother that lives there loves my rendition of The Star Spangled Banner that I sang so that was fun as well so this week should be a little bit smoother for me and I should not be that crazy but we will see what ends up happening anything can happen and I cannot believe that this transfer is half over now and that I will be officially over one year now on my mission and that is so crazy I refuse to believe that my mission is half over now but that will just make me work a little bit harder because this opportunity is not coming back to me so I need to push harder and live it up while I have my mission in front of me and thank you for all of your prayers and support in my behave.

Love,
Elder Chilson  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hospital

Dear Brother Chilson,

Hello!
This is Sister Zapanta of Philippines Naga Mission, I am writing to inform you that your son Elder Chilson was confined here in the hospital , he was diagnosed to have Dengue fever.
He is closely monitored by the hospital personnel.
His latest Actual Platelet Count is 93.
He wants to say, Don't worry about him, he's doing fine and getting better.
We will update you tomorrow after his repeat Platelet counts.
Thank you!


Hi Sis Chilson This is Sister Hansen a senior missionary here with your son. He is doing much better today and should be out of the hospital soon. He is being well taken care of. From one mom to another don't worry if you can He looks good He's a great missionary




Monday, July 31, 2017

Mud

Hello Everyone,

I cannot believe that today is the last day of July, July went by so fast it is so unfair. There were a lot of different things that happened to me this week for example I went to the airport three times this week for three different sets of missionaries and that was fun it was a little bit different the transfer/travel schedule that we had this transfer because there were a lot of missionaries that went home and if I may a lot of my friends went home which means that there are a lot less American Missionaries here in the Philippines Naga Mission so that means that a lot of my first friends here in the mission went home as well, the bottom line it was really weird that I drove the missionaries to the airport that picked me up at the airport way back when I got here last October it was just a feeling that I never thought would come I never thought they were going to go home but I handled the mixed emotions with no problem. 

In addition to that I got up about 5:30am almost everyday this week because most of the time the flights that these missionaries have are usually in the morning so we have to be up and ready to go which is great for me because I am a morning person and so that is not a problem for me I am really enjoying my time here in the office it has given me many different experiences that most missionaries do not usually have to opportunity to experience. I also took a trip up to Lubigan this ween which is a pretty mountainous and pretty out there and while I was on my way there to the Lubigan Elders House I got really got the van that I use stuck in the mud and I was like "Oh Fudge" then I just remembered what we do in New York if a car is stuck in the mud or stuck in the snow especially the big Uhal truck that brought my families first ever piano to my house when I used to live in Henrietta (my father and Gary Molinari might be the only ones that remember that IDK) so of course I grabbed some cardboard and not much happened so I was like Elder De Silva I need a favor and mind you he does not know how to drive I dont think he had ever got behind the wheel of a vehicle before and I was like sigge po you just have to use the gas ever so slightly  because to was only one tire that was submerged in the mud and then I was like sigge we got this we can do this and I went behind the van and I was like this is not that bad and I tried to push the back of the van and the cardboard was not really holding the mud was pretty deep but then I was like Elder De Silva just wait a sec and then I was like sigge ulit we got this and I got a little bit lower and was like me legs have got to be stronger then this and then I put my back in it and got some momentum rolling and then of course we got the van out of the deep mud and of course I was covered in mud so thanks for all of that experience Rochester New York weather HAHAHA........

Then me and Elder De Silva had some solid appointments this week which was great especially this one lesson we had last night we had a lesson with an elderly lady that had some misunderstandings with the missionaries that used to teach her long ago and we cleared up her questions and the Spirit was very strong in that lesson and I think that there is a lot of potential for her to be baptized just like her daughters were and her husband has passed a way now so that is tough for her as well but I think that if we continue to work with her she will come to know that Joseph Smith is the True Prophet of the Restoration and that the Book of Mormon is really something that we need in our lives to have a stronger companionship of the Holy Ghost and to help us get closer the Jesus Christ our Savior and I know that these things are true and then I still have a long way to go on my mission here in Philippines before my time is over here in the the Philippines Naga Mission 

Love,
Elder Chilson          

Monday, July 24, 2017

"Elder Chilson!"

Hello Everyone,

This week was sort of crazy but it was also really fun at the same time. So this past Saturday we had a big combined mission and stake activity that was entitled an "Art Show" so this was a big activity and Sister Zapanta kept us pretty busy all week getting ready for this event finding investigators to bring and setting up and etc. So the event was essentially a church tour with at the end was an Art Show, we collected artwork from different members and different missionaries made some art pieces as well if they wanted to and it was a pretty good event I think. There were a lot of investigators and members that came and for me since it was a stake activity, I saw a lot of members from some of my last areas and what is a little scary is that they remember sometimes they come up to me and say things like "Elder Chilson! How are you doing? it is good to see you again" and things like that and I am surprised and thankful because to me it means that I made an impression on the lives of the members and other people in my past areas. Even people that live in other wards that I have not been assigned to people know me and I know probably at least one person in almost every congregation in the stake and that is crazy for me to think about. For me I wouldnt say that I make a big splash when I meet people or talk to them but there is usually something that just brings us together it is sort of weird but it jsut goest o show me again that the Lord is mindful of me and he knows that I am still here in the Naga Philippines Stake and he knows that there is still work for me to do here and that gives me hope and excitement for the future the fun never stops and that is for sure. There is always something more or something new that comes up especially here in the office and it is just continuous fun for me and a big reason for that I think is that I am in the service of the Lord and that for me is the most fun that I could be having right now. 

I also had a lot of fun with all of my travels I went to Goa this week twice which is about 2 hours one way and I went to Tinambac which is like 1&1/2 hours one way and then I went through the whole Iriga Zone and Pasacao as well so in short I did a lot of traveling this week and I spent a lot of time in the van but it was all good fun for me and I enjoyed it I took a very large order to Iriga Zone and then for some other reasons I ended up going to those places and hopefully this upcoming transfer goes a little bit smoother so I wont have so many travels all at once but this past week was the last week of the transfer so there were just a few things I had to do before the end of the transfer and I have happy to get them done and everything worked out, I can honestly say that the Lord has his hand in the work regardless of what anyone says, I cannot deny that, I know that to be true. 

So I cannot believe it now but I am going to start another transfer here in the office time is really going by fast it seems like have been here for a long time now and now with Elder Go leaving I am feeling older because my companion, Elder De Silva is new but he is catching on and he will do fine, it will just take some time to get settled in like it did for me as well it took me about one week and then I was on the ground running and it has been awesome and I know that only good things will come because the Lord is at the center of all of the missionary work and I know that this is his work and right now I am his full time servant and I am so blessed to have this opportunity and I hope that all of you continue to fund opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone that you can find in any situation big or small the Holy Ghost will tell the people what they need to do, they will know with clarity what they will have to do to keep the Holy Ghost with them and I know that they will want that because they will notice a difference in their lives that they will never want to go back to how their live used to be and I hope that everyone is still enjoying their summer.

Love,
Elder Chilson   

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Companion

Hello Everyone, 

This week was a pretty good week it was a zone conference week so I was pretty busy coordinating things and I also got a lot of deliveries this week which was awesome for me because I really needed them so now it is good that I have a lot of supplies for all of the missionaries. I also was able to go and check out some other suppliers this week with Elder Miller and we went and compared some numbers and such so now we just sort of have to negotiate and such to make sure that everything is to terms with how we want it and how our process works here in the Philippines Naga Mission because we cannot really just agree to anything but it has to meet our requirements so we will follow up on that and we will see what happens. I also really enjoyed my zone conference this week because President Zapanta gave some great workshops but at the same time the Philippines Area Doctor was here as well he came with his wife from Manila to be here for our zone conferences as well which was nice they are really cool as well and it was cool to meet them. 

So I filled a lot of orders this week as well so that means that I will have a lot of travels this week and that is true I have a lot of deliveries scheduled this week before the end of the transfer and it is nice that I do not really have any life or death deadlines to meet but I have some person deadlines so I will do my best to keep those and get supplies out to the missionaries as fast and as efficient as possible. I also have a new companion this week as well Elder De Silva is here now and he is going to be my new companion because Elder Go is on his way out now of the office or at least his time is up so he will be training Elder De Silva and then when the transfer is over it will be just me and Elder De Silva and I do not really know him that well right now but I am sure that we will get to know each other very well here in the office but he seems pretty nice.

Also I had my first baptism this week in Cararayan which was really cool we had two actually and they were both part member families so it is awesome now that the part member families are now becoming full member families and then are now on their way to the temple and becoming a sealed family for time and all eternity and to be able enjoy and receive eternal happiness and that is one of the best feelings for me is just knowing that because of the decisions that these people have made to be baptized then I know the blessings and opportunities now that they have because of the companionship that they have now with the Holy Ghost that is one gift that is indescribable to me, it is so priceless and that is something that I wish everyone could receive or at least have the opportunity to receive and that is another reason why I am here in the Philippines to help God's children prepare to receive the Holy Ghost one of his priceless gifts that he gives to us freely. I know that I am a part of the Lord's work right now and that he is cheering me on along with all of you I know that he wants to do well and be successful just like all of you do and I know that as we do our best to share the gospel with everyone that we meet we will be blessed for that and we will see miracles and receive blessings more that we could have ever expected.

Love,
Elder Chilson     

Monday, July 10, 2017

Food Pictures

Here are some picture of food that I am eating here in the Philippines the one is a hearty breakfast that I made myself and yes that is real bacon and then one is another mashed potatoes and meat meal that Elder Miller made and then the other one is called "Bicol Express" it is a signature dish that is famous here in the Bicol Region of the Philippines because it is very spicy that is probably the spiciest thing that I have eaten on my mission and I can take the heat it is actually really good (I had that at a members house)  
Love,
Elder Chilson 




Office job vs. Working in the Community

Hello Everyone,

I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer, I am doing well and my week was pretty uneventful I didnt have any travels and nothing really that big happened, I spent a lot of time in the office and on the phone actually which is a little strange you might be thinking but that is what ended up happening. So I spent a lot of time this week contacting missionaries that had gone home already because what happens is that the Filipino's only have so much weight in their suitcase that they can take with them on the plane so they usually end up with too much stuff and they go over their 20kg limit and so they leave their other things with me and then I will ship it to them the trouble is before I can ship their stuff to them is that I have to have the money to do so they have to send me the money so I ship to them so to keep a long story short I spent a lot of time tracking down these now RM's and they did not leave any contact information so I have been talking to friends that I have here in Naga that met these missionaries when they were here I have been calling Mission Offices, Branch Presidents, Bishops, etc from where ever they live to try to track down these RM's but I managed to track down most of them and of course I filled orders and helped out with different activities that we have coming soon.

I do not really have that any fun stories to tell and anything to share like that right now so I thought that I would share a question with all of you that was asked to me by one of my friends and I think that it is applicable to all of you if you have any questions like this or anything at all you can always ask me so this person asked me. "Would you say that you prefer your office job or working in the community?" I thought that was a great and fair question so this was my response, "I would say that I love both of them they both have pros and cons because in the office I help all of the missionaries that are here in the Philippines Naga Mission and if I work in the community then I am helping all of the people that live in the community so for me it is a win-win because regardless of the outcome I am helping people in various ways and that is what I want to accomplish while I am here serving my mission for 2 years just nonstop helping people because I know that when I am helping people I am pleasing God at that same time and that is what makes me the most happy and I am so thankful for this opportunity I have been given to do just that in the Philippines."

I hope that gives a little bit more perspective to my work here in the Philippines, this week we got a lot of work done as well in Cararayan which was awesome. Hopefully we will have a baptism this Saturday if everything goes through last time we had some trouble with parental consent but now things should be okay you will all fine out next week. We had a great lesson this week where we went to a house of an investigator and then we brought some members with us and we met up at the house of the investigator and we had a great lesson the power of members is so real and it is awesome and we also had some other great visits with members that live in our area and we had 6 investigators which was awesome but honestly I thought that we were going to have more than 10 so we will try again next week and see what happens but I think that there are some big things that are going to be happening in Cararayan and I am excited about that. I know that this church is true and I know that this the work of the Lord and I am so blessed to be a part of it in more ways than I can count. 

With Love,
Elder Chilson    

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Early July 4th

Hello Everyone,

First off I would like to wish everyone a happy early July 4th I hope that all of you stay safe and enjoy some family time if that is possible. This week went by really fast I did a lot of traveling and delivery of supplies so different missionaries and that was fun I went to Goa twice and I went to Pamplona as well and that was all pretty smooth and I was supposed to go to Iriga as well but somethings came up and I was needed in the mission office so I wasnt able to go but it was fine everything worked out so this week was not as much work inside the office for me but more work outside of the office which was fine with me and that is how the office is something different all the time. The rest of the time that I had in the office was just spent filling orders and reporting the mileage on the mission vehicles here in the Philippines Naga Mission because June is over now but no problem I got everything done and this week I will be in the office most of the week I do not have any travels planned right now and I probably wont have any maybe one. 

Aside from the office, me and Elder Go worked a lot in our newish area in Cararayan we have found a lot of new investigators which has been good granted they have all been 14 years of age and below which is a little tough because we have to talk to their parents and get consent but that is just an example of how the families work here in the Philippines sometimes it is hard because for some of them their parents have already made it on beyond the veil and they have passed away which is very hard and some of the other ones the parents are just so busy with work they dont really have time to become close as a family because they have to use all the time they have to make money so they can have food to eat for tomorrow an example of that we also found a family and we have been focusing on the oldest who's name is Erika and she is about 14 years old and she really has a desire to learn but it is tough because here other siblings are always there and they are so rambunctious and loud but it is okay it is just hard to see what happens because when her siblings around it is hard to teach but when it is just her in the lesson then she is a different person she is so intent and wanting to learn. Yesterday when she came to church, we thought it was just her that was going to come to church but it ended up being all four of them it was Erika and her two younger sisters who are like 9 and 6 and then her little brother who is like 4 or 5 years old and they all came to church because their mother was gone at work Sunday morning and their father was not really capable of watching the children so since Erika was in charge they all came which was fine. 

It just took me back to when I was little and we used to bring "church bags" to church when me and my siblings were younger inside the church bags were a snack and different church related activities to do during sacrament meeting and then I just thought back and said to myself I wasnt prepared for these little children I dont have any "church bags" what are these little children going to do during sacrament meeting but no worries we made it through and they went to nursery as well so we made it through and next week we will see what happens. I had 9 investigators come to church yesterday so that was great I thought hopefully they will come again next Sunday

I dont really have any other stories to share right now but I also did help Elder Miller clean out any old apartment this week that we are in the process of getting rid of so that was a dirty job but it was a fun job as well we cleaned and took out some of the supplies that they had left in the apartment and by the end of the week that should be done as well. But above all I know that this church is true and that anyone who will take the time to read the Book of Mormon they will come to know that it is true in every form and from every angle it is the most perfect book upon the face of this Earth and I encourage everyone to read it and if you do not have a copy that is not a problem all you have to do is find some missionaries they will have some and they will give them to you and for sure there are a set of missionaries either elders or sisters where ever you live and I promise that they will be more than happy to talk to you and I know that Joseph Smith is a true Prophet of God regardless of what anyone says about him and I hope that all of you have a great first full week of July.

Love,
Elder Chilson      

Monday, June 26, 2017

Senior Missionary Couple

Hello Everyone,

So this week was a pretty busy one because the new Senior Couple Missionaries came this week so a lot of my time was spent getting their house ready and their car as well. So I got their car fixed up and that was already which was sort of a miracle all in itself because what I was waiting for were some parts that had to come from Manila and luckily they came and the car was finished the day before they arrived here in Naga so I am pretty sure that the Lord's hand was in that and he made it so that those parts that the Senior Couple's car needed got here in time. That goes as well for their house coming together as well we had some struggles with the air conditioning and some other minor details but in the end their house was ready by the time that they arrived, I was there all day last Thursday helping President and Sister Zapanta putting things together then I was there again on Friday to make sure that everything was in place for their arrival. Elder and Sister Hansen are their names and they are so nice they are from Southern UT in the desert and they are very excited about the missionary work here in the Philippines Naga Mission and they are so willing to serve which is awesome as well. 

Other than that I went to Daet on Saturday on a delivery run and I went to the furthest area in the Philippines Naga Mission again it is about 3 hours it is nothing like driving from TN and back so I can handle it no problem most people think it is pretty far but I have a lot of experience driving/riding in cars so it is not that far for me and it was a pretty nice trip and I will be doing some more delivery runs this week as well so hopefully that will all go smoothly as well. We have been working as best as we can as well in Cararayan our new area outside of the office and we have a baptism that is scheduled for this Saturday we had one of our investigators make it through the baptismal interview no problem yesterday after church so that is very exciting as well. We have been working really hard with members that live there in Cararayan so that we can continue to get familiar with the area and I have an example that I would like to share with all of you that shows just how important members are to missionary work and this applies to everyone and anywhere, where ever you live. 

So last night me and Elder Go went and worked in Cararayan and it was the first time that we worked without a member with us and we thought that we were going to be able to find the house of one of our Recent Converts from the past missionaries that served in Cararayan (and of course I am pretty good with directions like my Dad I thought to myself no problem we can find it) what ended up happening was we tried to find the Recent Convert's house and we ended up going to a pretty rough part of our area that we did not really know about so we got into a little bit of a tough situation and for the first time in my mission I got a feeling that we shouldnt be here (and most people know about me that I am not afraid of anyone or anything) and I just got this feeling that straight up said we shouldnt be there so I turned to Elder Go and said "hindi siya maganda dito po" and then he agreed and we both said to each other "pangit dito po talaga po" and then we left and then we continue to find the house but we never ended up finding him but maybe another time we will find that Recent Convert. I do not know what might of happened if we had stayed there but I am glad that we left when we did I am sure that there was a reason for us leaving that place when we did but that just goes to show me and hopefully all of you that members are so important to missionary work and missionaries anywhere whether you think so or not they need members help regardless of circumstances or place. I know that if we had a member with us to guide us last night me and Elder Go would not have found ourselves in that tough situation and we would have found the house of the Recent Convert but I know that everything happens for a reason because while we were looking for that Recent Convert we found a new family to teach and they are really interested in our message so hopefully they will continue to listen to us and to accept the gospel in their lives and continue on the path to eternal life. I know that this work is the work of the Lord and that as we continue to find missionary opportunities we will find them and with the Lord's help we will know what they need and how we can help Heavenly Father's children get back to him. I hope that you all have a great week! 

Love,
Elder Chilson

A Cool Mountain 
 Elder Chilson standing on top of the Senior Missionary Couple's House.
    Jose Panganiban the furthest area in the Philippines Naga Mission.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Baptisms

Hello Everyone,

First off Happy Father's Day to of course my father and all the other father figures in my life (you know who you are) Thank you for your patience and love that you have expressed to me over the years and of course all of the advice and wisdom you have given me as well to help me get to this point in my life has been much appreciated and will never be forgotten. This was a pretty busy week for me but it was very rewarding for me at the same time. So this week I was able to baptize one of my real investigators that I actually taught a substantial amount to for the first time which was awesome for me it was a great feeling and I hope that I get another opportunity to experience that feeling again (All of you who have served missions before know what I am talking about) I dont really have any other way to describe it. 

So this week in all I had 3 baptisms which was the most I had ever had in a week on my mission so it was really exciting and the fact that it was while I was in the office as well only made it that much more special but like I said that things were a little crazy this week one reason was that we changed area this week. So to no complicate things to much I will just give a simplified version of what happened so last week was transfer week and surprisingly enough me and Elder GO got transferred but we did not get transferred out of the office but out of our area of the Naga 2nd Ward so we got transferred to Cararayan which is an area in the Naga 3rd Ward surprisingly enough so that was kind of surprising to us but of course no problem for me and Elder Go the only problem was that we had these baptisms this week so we got permission from President Zapanta to follow through on these baptisms that is what we did this past week we finished these baptisms and confirmations in the Naga 2nd Ward and now we are on to the Naga 3rd Ward and Cararayan and we are pretty excited about that. 

For me it is just kind of weird all around because all of you who live in Rochester, NY know what I am talking about for me it was just like me moving from the Roch 3rd Ward to the Roch 4th Ward it is just like that here with the Naga 2nd and 3rd Wards one is in the morning and one in the afternoon and they meet in the same building and all that so it just brings back a lot of feelings and experiences from back home which is cool because I have experienced that and it just strengthens my testimony that I know that I know this church is perfect anywhere in the world and that it will fill all the nations even the whole Earth because this church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for all of God's children not just one particular group. 

So everything went well with transfers this week as well if you were wondering I got to do a little traveling as well I went to Ragay which is in the Pamplona Zone about 1 and a half hours from the Mission Office and of course I drove the missionaries that went home to the airport and I drove the new batch of missionaries to the Mission Office and Mission Home. Other than that I did some miscellaneous things with mission vehicles and orders that different missionaries have. Also we have a set of Senior Couple Missionaries coming to my mission on Friday so we are very excited for that as well they are Americans from UT so as an Office Elder I will be ready and willing to help them with whatever they need to make their transition from their regular lives and the MTC to the Mission Field as smooth as possible so I am excited for that responsibility as well. I hope that all of you are enjoying summer wherever you and that you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Chilson      




     

Monday, June 12, 2017

Vehicle Coordinator

Hello Everyone,

I am sure that wherever you are summer is either starting now or it has started or it will be starting soon right now is a great time of the year. I am pretty used to summer weather because it has been summer here in the Philippines ever since I got off the plane in Manila. I hope that everyone enjoys a fun filled and safe summer. This week was a pretty solid week for me I did a little bit of everything this week, supply orders, traveling, car stuff, missionary stuff etc. this week as well was all about preparing for the upcoming transfer week and that was good as well things went pretty smooth. 

Also, I had an appointment with the Vehicle Coordinator from The Philippines Area Presidency's Office in Manila this past week he came to give me (as the Vehicle Coordinator of the Philippines Naga Mission) some training about somethings and it turns out that I had a lot of the answers to his questions and he said that the Philippines Naga Mission is one of the few missions the whole Philippines that is doing things correctly when it comes to vehicle related things, I have the correct paperwork filled out and I use the church program CARS correctly so it was really nice that I was able to impress him while he was here, I wasnt really sure how things were going to go but he was a very nice man who came and things went really well.

So I was able to travel as well some this week as well I went to Tigaon and San Jose those are both places in the Goa Zones and they are not that far both between 1hr to 1hr and a half away from the Mission Office when there is not that much traffic. I also traveled to Iriga with Sister Zapanta (The Mission Presidents Wife) and that was an enjoyable trip as well I was happy that I was able to help her out. I really enjoy traveling sometimes it is a hassle with the traffic but I enjoy it a lot going and helping out other missionaries in their areas and with their houses with things that they need. 

Then we had 3 investigators that had baptismal interviews this week as well and they all did well in their interview so if everything goes well I will have 3 baptisms this week so that is exciting as well they are all investigators from the previous office elders but I helped teach them some as well so I am very happy to help these investigators become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and help them get into a good position to be able to return to their Father in Heaven and we had some other solid lessons this week as well, along with some adversity as well with some parents of one of the investigators that is supposed to be baptized this week but it is okay all that means for me is it shows that Satan is trying to stop people from returning to their Father in Heaven and he is trying to use peoples families to do that but I know that we can overcome that our faith will be tried while we are here on Earth but I know that as well stick to the things that we know to be true like the Gospel of Jesus Christ then we cannot go wrong and if we are struggling with our testimonies all we have to do is pray to our Father in Heaven and he will give us confirmation through the Holy Ghost of what is true and what is not true. I know that this church is true and that this work that we are all a part of and that I am a part right now full-time as well is true as well and I hope that all of you have a great week.

Love,
Elder Chilson     

 Elder Chilson's District
 Elder Chilson and Elder Golez (an office missionary)
The closest thing Elder Chilson can find to pot roast and mashed potatoes.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Zone Conferences

Hello Everyone,

This week was a pretty good one even though I traveled a lot this week and spent a lot of time in Zone Conferences this week. So for those of you who are not familiar with Zone Conferences it is like General or Stake Conference or any kind of conference for that matter where a lot of missionaries get together for one meeting and they listen to their Mission President and his wife give training and workshops about how missionaries can improve their skills/work and become better missionaries and of course since I love my Mission President I enjoy Zone Conferences a lot and since I am in the office this time I got to go to 3 of the 4 Zone Conferences for the whole Philippines Naga Mission because President called upon some assistance from his office staff so I got to go and help and of course I enjoyed that. During the Zone Conferences President Zapanta shared some experiences and journal entries from his own personal mission with us which I thought was cool it is cool to see how the Philippines has changed over the years and especially how the church has grown here in the Philippines. 

Aside from working on Zone Conference stuff, I took a trip to the furthest area in the Pamplona Zone it took about 2hrs ish to get there and it is pretty wildernessy which is cool there is really no much there so that was a pretty fun trip because there was not much traffic on that road which was nice so that was a plus factor as well, but that is also probably because there are not that many people that live there that have cars as well. So that can sort of paint a picture of how the lives of the people are their there are a lot of bamboo houses but if you have a cement house you are pretty well off for that part of the mission in which I serve.     

Also, the AC is so nice I love it so much right now I am doing a lot of work with the vehicles and I like traveling to different parts of the mission and seeing what they are like because I have just been around Naga for the most part of my mission. As far as the work in our area we have one investigator that is really progressing but her parents do not want her to get baptized so that is kind of the only trouble there because her father has a strong opinion about the religion that he is a part of but I think that we can still work through it. We have some other investigators that are doing fine we had 5 investigators that came to church last week so that was pretty good as well. I know that as we continue to do our best to be the best examples that we can be to the other people that are around us, they will recognize us as disciples of Jesus Christ and nothing could get better than that than Heavenly Father's children learning about how they can get back to his presence than through his disciples so let us embrace that calling that we have as disciples of Jesus Christ and do his fathers work while we are here on Earth and I know that if we do so there will be more blessing that we can even imagine waiting in heaven for us when we get there. 

Love,
Elder Chilson