Thursday, January 26, 2017

Glorious Spiritual Victories

Helloooooooo!

Well, this week was SO FAST! TOO FAST! Things are picking up speed, and I don't like it. But that's just cause I'm loving life here in Santander too much! Hermana Nelson and I feel like we're always running, which is the best missionary feeling, to be honest. I love running from visit to visit in el campo del señor!
Just to recap really quick,
I hit 13 months on Monday! Crazy. Crazy crazy crazy. To celebrate, Hermana Nelson and I spent preparation day looking at a few different stores for "rebajas" which is like a couple of weeks of Black Fridays that they have in January and July/August. We didn't find anything super exciting, but it was nice to have a place to go out of the rain. After that we headed to the house of Carolina and Cesar (have I talked about them? She's from Colombia and he's from Peru and they've got two little kids who are super adorable. They got baptized a little over a year ago and now they're getting ready to go through the TEMPLE and be SEALED!!! So exciting!! ) and had a nice family home evening with them.
We also went this week and visited with Lorena, a convert of about 3 years who lives in a pueblo about 20 minutes outside Santander. She's a young española, who didn't believe in God until she got invited to the church by a friend, took the missionary discussions, and now she's ALSO going to the temple this week! Love her. :)





On Wednesday Hermana Nelson got super sick... there's a sickness that's taking out our whole ward and everyone else in Santander... so she got to rest a little bit. (Not without a fight, though. That Hermana is bound and determined to work hard in every second! ;) she's a fantastic example. ) On Thursday we had Interviews with President and Hermana Dayton! I love them so much. There's a change in the mission, so now we'll be having interviews with him every month or two from now on. That's going to be so nice! But also, a lot of traveling for poor President and Hermana Dayton. We then got to meet with Jose and Mercedes, which was fantastic, because Mercedes was still so excited about her Baptism! She said that she felt different, like she could see everything new. :) (How cute is that?) unfortunately, we got bad news on Saturday night. Jose called us and said that he and Mercedes's mom are going through some difficulties, and that he doesn't know when they'll be able to come to church or meet with us, or when she'll be able to get confirmed. Prayers, please, for her and her family!
The GOOD news for this week is that we were finally able to go see the inside of the new chapel!!! It's HUGE!!! Even bigger than the chapel back home. (Though smaller than the stake center) it has an organ and pianos and benches and a parking lot and everything!!!! ITS AMAZING!!! Of course, where you have the meetings are not as important as the building itself, but it's so amazing to be there and to see the progress that is happening here in the north of Spain manifested in the form of a brand new building. Glorious! I'll probably be here for the dedication and open house (which will be at the end of February or beginning of March) but hermana Nelson will probably be leaving Santander in just a couple of weeks. :( The Stake president told us in Sacrament meeting that if we work hard and are obedient and unified in our efforts, that Santander has the potential to become 2 wards in just a couple of years! THATS INCREDIBLE!!! Miracles will happen, I know it.

My favorite quote this week comes from the church's Addiction Recovery Program packet, though I think it applies to everyone who lives here on the earth. :)
"We have known great sorrow, but we have seen the power of the Savior turn our most devastating defeats into glorious Spiritual victories." Remember Ether 12:27!!!

LOVE you all so much and wish the best this week! Talk to you Soon!
Love,
Hermana Larson

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