I think the computer shop we are in is run by a member. They are playing EFY music and have New Era posters on the wall.Here is what President Monahan told me about transfers. "Your new area will present challenges and blessings. You will find that your new companion is surprisingly talented and humble. You will be able to help and learn from other. The branch needs a lot of help and that is where the Lord needs your talent in working with members!"I am now in Mapandan branch in Mapandan district. I am in Mangaldan zone and Elder De Jesus is in the zone as well. I am follow up training again and my companion is Elder Marafina. I suspect I might train again next transfer because I've trained a lot and there are over 40 missionaries coming in next transfer. (all the 18 year old Elders and 19 year old Sisters.) So I am back down to a branch and I am also in a very small zone.Back in Lingayen, to finish this week before I transfered we had another baptism. Reymon got baptized and he has expressed desire to serve a mission. He was baptized by one of his good friends in the ward it was great. I won't see his confirmation though. I had a good last week in Lingayen we got a lot of lessons right up to the end. We also had a dinner appointment with the Relief Society President where we talked about all the needs of the ward. The Relief Society in Lingayen is great.Here in Mapandan we had a baptism interview right away. I got there Friday and we had a candidate interviewed on Saturday. This is the first time I've come into an area and had a baptism right away. This will also be the 2nd baptism of someone I didn't find. Mapandan is my biggest area. There isn't much besides fields. It is only a branch but covers a larger area than I've had before. It also seems to have the least transportation. We don't see as many Tricycles going by. On Saturday we took a 'shortcut' that my companion said takes about a kilometer off of our walk, then we proceeded to walk for about 40 minutes. There is a lot of walking. It is a good little branch though. The Elder I replaced has been really sick though. He had a parasite and they didn't work for the last 2 weeks. Everyone we go to seems to ask "Why haven't you come by for so long?" which is a little tough. Because of that we don't have very many solid appointments. We do have some great investigators though. We have one 'eternal' investigator. She has been an investigator for 4 years but now she actually has a baptismal date and is doing very very well. We also have one as I mentioned being baptized on Saturday.My companion is also very good as well. Elder Marafina is only in his first area but I am very impressed with him. Every companion I've had for 9 months has been in their first area. I don't know the entire area yet or all the members and investigators but it does look to be a very good next few months here.--
Have a good week, keep your head up, and smile.
Elder Nathaniel J. Merrill