No letter this week because we had a great Skype conversation with him on Christmas. Just lots of pictures. He looked and sounded great! Loved talking to him - the best part of our Christmas!!
Hey, everyone – so this week was okay. It was super busy but we didn't get a whole lot of stuff done which was super disappointing. So, Monday was a cool p-day. We played some sports. Tuesday we had a zone conference where we learned a lot. We talked about obedience and faith, so that was good. On Wednesday we did some solid weekly planning and then in the afternoon I went to Alcala to do an intercambio. We taught some lessons, gave a guy a blessing and got back half an hour late because we forgot the phone at a different appointment. I went with Elder Louder – he's had almost two transfers. This was his first time leading the area which is good for him but he forgot the keys. We had to break into the piso with a card. Very interesting! It was very funny! I was very grateful for my experience in Vila Garcia where I learned how to pop a door. That was fun. That was Thursday morning and then Thursday afternoon we went on another intercambio with the zone leaders. I went with Elder Gonzales and got to practice lots of Spanish. It was pretty good. He really helped me. We were with the zone leaders through Friday morning. Then Friday afternoon we taught the Faz family and then went to the ward party and ate some good food! Then Saturday, we went to visit the Belgium family and ate pieta and a good Belgium lunch – pretty good. I ate some applesauce on potatoes and sausages – kinda strange, but it was good. Then we went to the chapel for a baptism of the sisters – Santi. I found him with Elder Farmer about 5 or 6 months ago. Because he lives in Torrejon, we had to pass him to the sisters and they were finally able to get him baptized. He is doing good. I go to baptize him. Then on Sunday, we thought the bishop was going to give him the gift of the Holy Ghost, but the bishop asked him again. He wanted me to do it and that was fun giving another blessing in Spanish. This time I did a little bit better than I did with Jorge back in my first area. My Spanish has gotten a little bit better, you know, after a couple of months! I'll be talking to the family in a week! Sunday we did some solid lessons with members and today we played some sports. Here are a few photos. You guys are awesome! Bye!
Hey, everyone! So this week's been good. It's been getting pretty cold here. The last couple of days has been quite foggy. I've been walking around feeling like I'm in a cloud. Then at night, its scary and gloomy – walking around Spain with all the fog and the street lights – kinda creepy.
This week has been different. We met with more investigators and fewer less-actives. We met with Juan the recent convert. He is awesome! He has been visiting his family in France but they are all here now so we can visit them. Then in January he will move with them to France. We met with someone new this week. There is a lady named Jenny. She is from Peru and she's been here about a year now. She met with missionaries there and she has met with missionaries here, but they lost contact. It turns out that her phone doesn't really work that well. We called her husband – his number was in the phone register – but he isn't interested even though she is. Things are going well with her. We have met with her twice. We set a date with her for baptism for January 28th, the last Saturday in January – trying to get past all the holidays. We invited her to come to church, and she needed to talk to her husband about it and ended up not coming. Hopefully we can get them to come out to the ward party and I'm sure that will help them. We're going to try to get a member to come with us next time so they feel a little more welcome at the church.
We met with Arturo and Elisabeth and they are doing good. They are putting in their marriage papers this week to be married in January. Once they have a marriage date, then we will set a baptismal date. Its kinda hard because they live in a village that is not close to Torrejon. It's hard for them to come every week – they weren't here this week. I don't know. I feel like they should be coming every week but they aren't able to.
Also, we met with some of our friends from Romania. We hadn't met with them for awhile. We shared with them the Christmas video and also our purpose as missionaries. We wanted to talk about keeping commitments but didn't have time. They shared some homemade grape juice called “mosto” and it is wine in the beginning stages but doesn't have all the alcohol. It was really strong, but it was okay.
We also met with the boys from the Faus family. They are doing well. The oldest boy plays soccer so every once in awhile he doesn't come to church because he's playing. The dad is a referee so he also doesn't come to church sometimes. We are talking to them about there being better things than sports on Sundays. It's their choice on how they want to do Sunday observance, but we will try to help them.
Also, we met with the family from Belgium. They are doing really well. The husband is still been a real stinker as he won't come to church. There may be some anger issue or something so we're still working with him. The wife is doing amazing – she went to tithing settlement and is going to Relief Society stuff. We don't know if we will be able to meet with them this week. We have a baptism of the hermanas – they are baptizing a kid and he's doing really well. He didn't come to church because his mom made him babysit the kids, but other than that he comes every week. Sometimes his mom won't let him but he's doing the best he can to come.
Friday we have our ward Christmas party and we have to do some sort of skit. I have no idea what we are doing but we will come up with something.
Today we played some basketball and soccer. We're also going to play some Settlers of Catan. Other than that, there's not much else going on. This coming week is going to be crazy with the baptism and ward party. Tomorrow we have zone conference and an activity for all the missionaries in Madrid. We are doing a white elephant gift exchange and we're eating so that will be fun. On Wednesday we have an intercambio – I'm going to Alcala. On Thursday I'm doing an intercambio with the zone leaders until Friday morning and then Friday afternoon, we have the ward activity. The week is full and it's going to go by so fast. After that I just have one more week until the transfer is over. I'm assuming I'm going to leave, but you can never quite say. I'll have a little less than six months at the end of December. I've enjoyed my time here. I'd like to go somewhere else, but I could stay here and go for another transfer.
Well, that's all I've got. I hope you guys have a great week. Thanks! Bye!
Here's my weekly email. Today for p-day we are playing some basketball. We are hanging with the “herms” (hermanas – sisters, in Spanish) right now.
Fun stuff for this week – not much happened. We did a lot of home teaching visits. We ate some good food. I really don't feel like writing, but, whatever..
We met with the Belgium family again. It was pretty good – we got some good food. Then we met with the Faz family from Ecuador. We did go to the temple today and that is why p-day was changed. I know it has been a week and a half , but I don't have a lot to say. We finally met with Arturo and Elizabeth. They are going to get baptized some time in January after they get married. Arturo finally got divorced from his Spanish wife and they are working on getting married.
That's everything. Sorry this week's letter is lame and short. Bye!
This blog follows Craig's adventures
in Spain as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- noon or lunchtime
noche de hogar
- family home evening
- dinner appointment
- baptism date
- less actives
- ward council
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