Monday, September 19, 2016

Gandía week 10

Hola Familia!!!!!
This week, surprise surprise, went by in a blink. Monday we spent
preparation day in Gandía with a couple of the missionaries from
Cataroja, (a Pueblo about an hour away) playing basketball, singing
along to Elder Garner's guitar, and eating Chinese food. Super
relaxing, and super fun! (Up until email time, to which we were super
late, which is why last week was such a poor email) That night, we had
an appointment which ended up firing on us, BUT THEN. A miracle

Pause. I just realized that I need to give a little bit of background,
cause I was such a slacker last week.
Scene: plaza eliptica, one of the hot spots of our area, where we can
usually find people to talk to, on a super hot and sweaty, sleepy
Sunday afternoon.
We were contacting with one of our YSA members all afternoon, and we
come to plaza eliptica to meet with an investigator, who ends up not
showing up. But this member who we're with recognizes someone there,
who she goes over to greet and brings over to meet us! His name was
Cristian, and immediately he starts asking us questions and discussing
gospel principles with us (In a good way.) we set up a future visit
with him, and we walk away happy.

As we're going contacting after preparation day, we walk down a
street, and who do we see? Cristian! He asks us if we want to sit down
right then and there on a bench and explain the church to him.
Obviously, we were totally available to do that. We ended up having a
really great discussion about Agency and the love of our Father in
Heaven and the plan that He has for us, to which Cristian was super
receptive! He asked a lot of great questions, and told us about how he
had gained his already considerable faith. He and his family have
passed through a lot of really difficult things, but he has learned
for himself that the happiest he ever is is when he is in line with
the will of God. He's so prepared! He ended up reading the passage we
asked him to read for "homework" right then and there on the bench,
which made Hermana McBride and I giggle a little bit. (For some
reason, everyone else finds it pretty hard to ever read the paragraphs
we ask them to. It was refreshing to actually watch somebody do it!)
We set up another visit with him, which didn't end up working out due
to travel, but we're hoping to meet with him again soon! He's
definitely a miracle.

Tuesday was a pretty normal day, contacting and teaching!

Wednesday, we got the opportunity to do some service (which is another
miracle- usually people here are very independent, so it's difficult
to do real service projects!) which was so fun! We helped our relief
society president clean her house top to bottom (for the wedding of
one of her friends,) which was so fun!!! (Thanks for the weekly
practice, mom and dad! ;) Plus, at the end she made us a tomato
tostada, so it was totally a win-win! That night we had English class,
which is always entertaining, and we bought a slice of cake from a
bakery down the street from the church to top off the night. ( they're
just one euro and they're SOOO GOOD)

Thursday morning we studied and then headed over to the church, where
a member brought us some really good homemade paella for lunch! Then
we headed over to the train station, and started our looooong train
ride to Barcelona for the Mission tour. We got there late that night,
and that was our day!

Friday was AMAZING. Remember how way back when I told y'all about a
bakery in Badalona/Barcelona called Maxci Pa? Where they have the most
amazing Napolitanas? Well, they had one on our way to the stake center
for the conference, so I was able to buy one for Hermana McBride and
continue the tradition that my trainer started with my own trainee!
Napolitanas for breakfast. (🎼traditioooooon.... Tradition!) We got to
the stake center in Barce at like 9:10 in the morning and read our
scriptures until about 9:30. There were 5 zones there of the 8 we have
in the mission Barcelona, Spain, so there were TONS of missionaries.
Including my other trainee, Hermana Stahl! Didn't get a family picture
there.... But we got one the week before at women's conference, so
it's all good.) THEN the real fun began! Elder and Hermana Zwick
are... Amazing.  So so so amazing. They talked to us about our
companions and how we are with them for a reason, and how our mission
call and our assignments all came by inspiration. We learned how to
teach more effectively and with more power and authority through the
spirit. And even though it wasn't exactly talked about, we all learned
of the power of personal revelation. Each of us received instruction
from the spirit regarding our own personal areas, investigators and
circumstances. Right from the get go, the spirit was so strong!!! It
was almost tangible in that room full of missionaries. Aggghhh it was
soooo amazing. One thing in particular that I loved was what they said
about preparation, and how it' the preparation for a
lesson/conference/experience that makes the difference. That's what
brings the miracle of conversion and testimony. It was amazing!
All of that was about until 5 in the afternoon, and we all came out of
there on a spiritual high! 

THEN Hermana McBride and Were blessed
enough to get to have an interview with Elder Zwick, where we received
even more counsel for our Area and our investigators! It was
fantastic. We had the rest of the afternoon to spend in Barce, so
Hermana McBride and I decided to go spend a bit of time in my last
area, Badalona. Gracious how time flies! But nothing had changed,
hahaha. Everyone was still in the same place where I left them! All
our little friends on the street and in their shops and everything. I
didn't really get to say hi to anyone, cause they were all working and
stuff, but it was nice to be back, anyway.

Also, I hit my nine month mark..... But that's alright, we don't have
to talk about that. ;)

Pues I'm out of time, but I'll catch y'all next week! Spiritual
thought for the week:
D&C 46:7-9

I know this gospel is true and that personal revelation is real! I
know that Heavenly Father knows and loves us, and that through the
sacrifices of His son, we can return to live with Him again, with our
families. I'm here because I love my Savior!

El Reino de Dios o NADA!!!!

Hermana Larson

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