now here in roxas i didnt see anyone nailed to the cross but we did see some crosses being carried. this is not practiced by everyone in the philippines but it is something that everyone knows about and that most people watch on tv. hard to believe that people actually do that isnt it?
other than that things on actual easter it didnt seem any different than any other sunday. people are more focused on the crucifixion than the ressurection i didnt notice any special traditions on the actual day of easter.
it makes me very very grateful for doctrine and covenants section 19 where we learned "i god suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent." we dont have to nail ourselves to the cross to recieve a remission for our sins. we just need to change our lives. we just need to try harder and ask for forgiveness and improve each day.. its sad to think that thats really what people understand and believe about the sacrifice of the savior. thats really what they believe they need to do in order to recieve forgiveness. i remember a talk given in the mtc about repentance i dont remember who gave it but he said that he wants to be in the hall of fame for repenting. it was an interesting statement but i think he just meant that he plans on using the atonement fully in his life and repenting for all things unstead of the other option.. suffering like the savior did if we choose not to repent.
i have a new companion by the way. his name is elder samer. hes from bicol (a province in the southern part of luzon...) this is gonna be an awesome cycle. noones counting but i only have 3 cycles left thats crazy. i cant believe that. anyways im greeat here very happy. i love you all... and i miss you.. elder landeen