Hola mis amigos, I hope all is well and love is all around. This week has been a good one. We had stake conference up in Valencia this past sunday. We stayed at some elders piso in valencia, it was super fun, I wanna live in a four man piso. I think it would be more entertaining. But ya stake conference went really well, President Pace, our mission president talked and had all the missionaries from the stake get up and there are so many, 34! thats crazy. last year there was only 14 in the valencia stake. The work is really getting started here. HE kept talking about how the missionaries and the members really need to be working together and that the missioanries are only here to help the members teach. Thats something i never really knew haha. So thats good though, I could have been better at that before my mission.
ya other than taht, we are really trying to work with cesar and find news. We really only have cesar and felicia and rodrigo who cant be baptized until they are married anyway. Such a bummer right now. We have been contacting a lot of people and knocking a lot of doors, which really isnt the most efficient way to do missionary work. And its annoying, and being here in spain, we get denied in so many different languages, i can probably say no no no, i dont ahve time or im not interested in like 6or 7 new languages haha. Just because a lot of other europoean immigrants have come here and what not.
But ya, its been good. im trying to stay focused and learn this language already, but its hard work ill tell you. IM always tired and always hot and sweaty, hopefully winter comes soon.
I feel good though, the work is good and i go to sleep smiling. So thats a good sign haha, just harder work than i imagined haha, im not used to it.
I love you all and no matter what happens in this life there is always hope, always gods love around us. Its so true. just look around and the good always outweighs the bad, even though sometimens the bad outnumbers the good. There is more to this life, I am happy to be here and hope to always have this feeling in my heart, no matter the bad that may come with life
I love you all you all, thank you so much for your support!
welcome to my email, i hope you find yourself comfortable. this week has been quite swell. we didnt do much but we did work. cesar wont be getting baptixed this week, still hasnt received his answer, but we know he has!! answers to prayers dont come through huge visions, it comes as you live the gospel and turn back and look at the change in your life and can see the beautiful difference thats there. He loves coming to church and to all the other activities so thats good, he will join, becauase he loves it, i have no doubt.
Im starting to get back into yoga and stretching, thats always a good thing. it helpes me feel really good throughout the day.
there is a recent convert here who doesnt come to church anymore because he plays baseball on sunday, well we went to his practice on saturday and we got to practice a little. it was awful, i havent thrown a baseball in like 3 years i think or a little less but we didnt even warm up and i was at short stop just blowing it haha, i was so embarrased, they thought i was gonna be this estados unidos star, i made some good plays but whoa, i need to practice next time haha.
ya below are some pics from a family in the ward, they are the best, we go there every saturday, they are from ecuador, super funny and always a good time. the people here are great. Im meeting so many different cultures its insane.
well i love you all, read the book of mormon, and pray about it. You will receive an answer. its true
thanks for the support and the love!
con mucho amor
Ok so im staying in gandia with elder marques. I thought thats what would happen so im not too emotional about it. Lets see, Cesar has a fecha for the next week!!!! we are sooo stoked! he is the best, we get aong great. i dont understand everything he says but its all good because he is just a chiller. But he is super happy about being baptized, wanted a change in his life and finally figured out that this was for him. We are so happy.
Today we went with the livingstons, couple missionaries, to some caves very south in the mission. they were unreal, just caves dug into the wall by really really old people, not like elderly hahaha like ancient. super legit!!! some pics below for all the curious folks!!
The mission is good, my spanish not so much. I have been avoiding using the lisp because when i do i sound way different. Teh spaniards make it sound so much better and when i try i just sound like a straight fool. so every one thinks im from south america because i dont have their lisp thing. but its all good, at least they cant tell im some gringo from california, or maybe they do and they are just confused as why i look like i should speak spanish. anyways, i just know i have a lot of work to do haha.
I feel happy, happier than ever in my life. I feel full, like my life finally is making sense and i can just look forward in one direction rather than turning in circles looking for the right one to pick. Its a good feeling. I know my prays are answered and i know that this is the most important work. i am a terrible missionary compared to others but im trying to get better. and with that effort i feel great peace and love. I really am enjoying. although some days are really really hard annoying and just make me want to go home, the good days make me forget about those ones. if that makes sense. Im just happy ok, i cant really describe it better than that
I love you all!! thanks for the support and the love! i know i got here because of all of you! your prayers keep me going!! im so happy for that!
Love your favorite missionary!
Such an amazing week!! i mean wow. Conference just blew me away, we still havent been able to see sunday afternoon because of the time difference but i think we are going to watch it this week. But wow the other sessions. What a loving loving weekedn, i just felt so blessed the whole time. so many talks were just bringing me to tears, I just cant believe how happy this gospel makes me. The talk by Elder Holland, and Uchtdorf!! oh my so amazing. We watched it in english upstairs in the church on the church computer! so lucky haha, so much better in english!
Lets see, we taught the romanians a lot this week, they still are having trouble getting married so we have to figure that out. and lets see we had exchanges! that was super fun, our district leader came down and stayed with me and elder marques went up to valencia. It was super fun. His name is Elder Moreno he is from southern Spain, and doesnt speak much english, super fun and nice elder. We had a blast and my spanish got a lot better. we had a huge busy day though, just were teaching lesson after lesson, super tiring but at the end of the day we were just so filled with love, it was amazing.
Well, im excited to see what happens this week, we have transfers again, its always an exciting feeling. But thank you all for the love and prayers that i feel everyday! I couldnt do it without you!
I thoughht i would leave this with people as well. I know this church is true, I know that Jesus Christ lives and suffered all of our sins and sadnesses and everything. I have no idea how he did it, but i know he did. this knowledge hasnt come in one night or just being on my mission. But night after night as i pray i feel something, I feel a love that isnt just my mind playing games on me. its real, it makes me cry and it makes me smile, I want everyone to feel it and i want everyone to know that there isnt anything that he hasnt felt anything that he cant help us with.
I love being here, its not easy but i know that this is what i need to be doing.
I love you all!