Another week has come and passed! This might have been one of the more difficult weeks of the mission, but it just made all the hard moments more sweet.
Hard moment. Monday night we planned to go see Leni, a member, and her boyfriend we’re teaching, Manuel. Leni was in tears and made it seem like the past 4 months of him investigating the church has all just been pity to please his girlfriend.
Sweet moment. Having our first lesson with just him and he had brought his marked up copy of the scriptures with questions so he could understand better. Then Sunday he came to church because HE wanted to.
Hard moment(s). No one wanted to talk to us this week. Since President has extended the invitation for us to talk to more people a day, we have been pushing ourselves to always be in “finding mode”. So I think it’s fair to say we have tried harder more this week in all our finding efforts, and have still came out with our lowest number out of our 3 transfers together.
Sweet moment. Every Friday night we teach English classes and have an FHE activity right after. This week, 4 of our English students stayed for the activity and all loved it.
Hard/ funny moment. When an investigator named Boye from Synogal tells you in his broken Spanish that he loves you on the phone so you respond politely by telling that we think it’s better for the elders to teach him.
Hard moment. Silvestre not showing up to church yesterday.
Sweet moment. Him calling us afterward to apologize a thousand times that he was on his way, and then was called into work for an emergency. But that after a week of teaching him all the commandments, he is doing his best to keep them all!
Sweet moment. Visiting with the sisters in the branch about the blessings of visiting teaching and getting them pumped to do their visits for the month of May. Which does not just include a note or phone call or a quick visit at the end of the month, but becoming one of their best friends!
Really hard moment. Visiting Maria and seeing she still isn’t keeping the commitments we’ve extended and you have to tell her we can’t keep visiting with her. Then giving her little son David the last hug for a little while.
Sweet moment. Gaining a deeper appreciation for the love of our Savior. Experiencing just a tiny bit of how He must feel when we don’t put Him first, and promising to always show Him how much I love him even in the toughest moments.
Hard moment. We had another lesson with the other miracle Maria that I talked about last week that we found in the area book. About 5 minutes into the lesson, her father comes out, and in a not so polite way, tells us to get out of his house and never come back to confuse his daughter more. Keep in mind, she’s a 35 year old woman.
Really sweet moment. Since the lesson failed, we had some time to talk to the member that came with us to help. A couple weeks ago, we had talked with her about tithing. She is from Paraguay and has been saving up to be able to go visit her family there after many years for Christmas and expressed to us how difficult it is to pay tithing when she knew that many could be going to her Paraguay fund. We bore our testimony of the power and blessings of tithing and promised her that we didn’t know how she would save up or find the money, but if she paid her tithing, she would be able to buy her ticket without any problems. That afternoon, she was so happy to show us the plane ticket she had just bought with money she had just randomly received from her boss. Both our testimonies of tithing were strengthened.
Hard/ heart dropping moment. Counting the number of women in relief society and with all the visitors and investigators that were there, you realize you don’t have enough handouts that you made for Mother’s Day.
Sweet/ miracle moment. You pass them out and somehow every woman received one and even have an extra to send home to a mom that was sick. Either I don’t know how to count, or the story about Jesus and feeding the thousand with just a couple loaves of bread and fish is real.
Adding to sweet Mother’s Day moments (btw- it’s Mother’s Day in Spain the 1st Sunday of the month instead of the 2nd) when you stop by to visit one of the strongest members in the ward to find out none of her kids were there with her on Mother’s Day and she was feeling a little less than loved. Feeling like a real representative of Christ and happily being her daughter for an afternoon.
Hard moment. Going to catch the bus this morning at 6 am, to catch our train to Madrid and remembering that it’s a holiday which means the bus schedule changes. Waiting and waiting for the next bus, then running across town with your suitcase behind you to make it on time.
Sweet, exhilarating moment. Sitting down on the train with 2 minutes to spare before it took off. Now sitting here relaxed on another trip to Madrid for leadership council.
Alright, sorry for such a long email. But it really does just amaze me how much God is truly looking out for us! And then Him loving us so much, He still lets some trials pass so that we can learn from them and grow.
In 2 Nephi 2 it says:
“And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter. And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end. And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin. But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.”
Love you all, thanks for all your support.
Here are a few pictures from this week 🙂