Family, first things first..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister, Shelby! And HAPPY FATHERS' DAY to my dad! They are my greatest sister and dad. No doubt. By default. And by being the best.
This week Elder Madsen goes home! ...Wow! We've been companions for 6 months now. Do you realize how long that is? ...Half a year! That like, never happens. Usually three months is the max. We doubled it. And it was so great. Just imagine, every great experience I've written about since last December has been with Elder Madsen. So yes, it'll be weird to drop him off at the airport on Wednesday. And as soon as he walks into the airport terminal, the new arriving missionaries walk out - life presses on.
Highlights of the week... 1) We had a special stake conference where it was normal Saturday sessions but then on Sunday the stake president was the first to speak, and after him we tuned into a broadcast for about half the Philippines. Vern was there so this was great because it was general authorities including Elder Cook (apostle) speaking in English. Elder Teh (Filipino, used to be Area President here) talked about the conversion of a homeless guy so that was good with Vern. He said to a member of the stake presidency after the conference "I'm on my way to your baptism!" Just not sure when that'll be... 2) At stake conference, I got to see a bunch of members from Pilar! I was there last year from June-July (seems like yesterday). They are in Legazpi stake as well. 3) I'm giving my all and loving it all the way. I'm really, really happy.
Elder Shane Brown
Yes, the guys on the motorcycle are carrying a pig. Happens all the time.