FELIZ DIA DE ACCIÓN DE GRACIAS!!!!! (Kinda...)
Ok.. so I´m a little late. But Happy Thanksgiving anyway! And HAPPY BEGINNING OF CHRISTMAS SEASON!!!! This last week Hermana Nelson and I discovered the new Church initiative #lighttheworld or, in spanish, #IluminaelMundo! We. LOVE. It. It's been so much fun to get into the christmas spirit by spreading the news to serve others! We can't wait to start the 25 day challenge. This week has been FULL to bursting of visits with investigators, members, activities, and just in-betweens. Some highlights...
We've been eating. A lot. It's not even funny. We've been really blessed with a lot of really amazing members who want to feed us a lot of really amazing food. For Thanksgiving, for example, we got to spend it with a member family that we have here from Colombia. With the two of us, the mom, her two daughters and their one son (their dad couldn't make it) it actually felt a lot like Thanksgiving at home! (You know... with all those girls.) It's so weird to think about how quickly the time passes!
Wait. I'm getting distracted. Back to food. So we had Thanksgiving with this amazing family, with Potato purée, Gravy, Chicken disguised as turkey, pumpkin soup, stuffing (kind of), and flan. That's about as Espamerican as you can get! It was super super tasty. :) We also had a visit where we were given Paella de Marisco (serious shellfish stuff) and Ceviche, which is basically chunks of raw fish with lemon and raw onion. This was really good quality stuff, but anyone who knows me knows that seafood is... a personal difficulty. So that was a little trial of faith for me. Haha really though, it was tasty, but won't be going on my top 10 favorite foods anytime soon.
Kinda going along on that theme, we had a noche de Culturas this week as a ward activity, which was REALLY fun! We have people from at least 10 different countries in our ward, so each family brought something to share and we all just kinda laughed and talked and watched people sing and dance and everything. We, Hermana Nelson and Elder Nelson and I, sang the National Anthem for everyone, which was an adventure. I just have fallen in love with this ward already!
Jaime was doing pretty well in his goal of quitting smoking, but he had a bit of a relapse this last week that kinda got him down. We've had some really fantastic visits with him, though, and he's seguiring adelante! He has a fecha for the 10th, and we're working with him almost every day with different members and everything. He's so fantastic, and he wants to get baptized so badly! Prayers for him, please. We have been seeing so many miracles over the last little while, with people just walking up to us and asking us if they can meet with us, and getting references with the members, that we actually haven't had time to contact... THIS IS THE STRANGEST AND KIND OF BEST THING EVER. This is what every missionary dreams of. So Hermana Nelson and I have just been running to and from and back and forth and up and down and we're LOVING it. More adventures to come!
I love you all! Illuminate the world and serve and enjoy this Christmas Season! I know that He was born and that He lived and that He died and was resurrected for us. I know that He lives now. And I know that we are here on this Earth to learn to follow His footsteps and make it back to the Father with our Families! I'm grateful for this Gospel and for all of you and for the Mission de Barcelona, España. I love being a missionary!