Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Mighty Ton

This was transfer week again. The six weeks from our last transfer feels like three. This was a relatively large transfer too with 14 leaving and 16 coming in. We were able to attend the temple and have dinner with the departing missionaries which was quite a treat. All the missionaries who have worked with us in the office and who leave the mission before we do are now home - except one. Elder Baladad is the only hold out and he departs next week. It is hard to believe that so many are now gone.
October Batch at the Cebu Temple...
and at the airport (most, anyway).
Speaking of Elder Baladad - he has a reputation for the ability to eat large quantities of food. It may not even be possible to cook enough rice to satisfy him. This week, however, Elder Baladad's hollow leg was pitted against The Mighty Ton.

Most everyone, at one time or another, has seen what they thought was a large hamburger. For their departing dinner this time the missionaries chose to go to a restaurant other than Army Navy which has been the traditional go-to restaurant for the final meal together, at least while we've been here. Apparently there is another place named Casa Verde that has also been used in the past. We heard that this was also a nice place and that they had a large specialty burger. We thought it would be fun to go somewhere new.

We ordered a sandwich to share and didn't really look at the burger options so when a large hamburger appeared with a super size milk shake we thought, "This is it. This must be the big one that the missionaries had talked about."
Boy were we wrong. This was only the Big Bang Burger which the menu describes as a "9-inch burger topped with onions, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, American cheese on a sesame-seed bun. Sharing recommended".

It was indeed a big burger, but then...
Elder Baladad VS The Mighty Ton
Now that is a hamburger! We were full just from looking at it.

From the menu:
The Mighty Ton - We take a kilo of our USDA tenderloin patty and stuff it in our homemade 12-inch bun with all the trimmings of 125 grams of bacon, an overload of american cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sauteed onions and mushrooms and paired with your choice of barbecue, cheese or sour cream fries.

That's over 2 pounds of hamburger with about 1/4 lb of bacon.

Although he made a good showing, even Elder Baladad was no match for The Mighty Ton. A take out box was needed.
For any scientists reading, this is an actual picture of what it looked like after the Big Bang.
And for the record, The Mighty Ton did not make it through the night. With the help of an unspecified number of missionaries it was devoured before sunrise the next day.

We have another office couple! Elder and Sister Weatherston are now here. They arrived on Thursday and are from Logan, Utah. We are looking forward to working with them and getting to know them better. They will be a welcome addition to the mission.

And this is an actual unmodified picture of our outside thermometer at 7:30 AM one day last week!
It hasn't been this 'cold' outside, day or night, in over a year. Of course we attribute it to a day of global cooling. Time will tell.

Thought for the week.

"Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow and forever."
Jeffrey R. Holland


  1. Hey, you are up to two office couples and our mission is down to two! Don't have too much fun now!

  2. Hey, you are up to two office couples and our mission is down to two! Don't have too much fun now!