Email 5/9/15

Last week, I predicted that this would be the craziest and busiest week of my mission thus far, and, well, it was.

On Tuesday, instead of our normal proselyting for the evening, the hermanas in our word organized a cosecha (“harvest”) for the evening where all of the missionaries were paired up with a member to go contacting in their area for a few hours. My companion was Antonio, our ward mission leader. It felt exactly like when we would go proselyting in the park in the CCM, but so much less terrifying this time haha. We actually had a lot of success finding and teaching that evening, and were able to get several good referrals for the hermanas.

At one point during the cosecha, Antonio was talking with someone and I started talking to another woman walking by, using my typical contacting techniques, but she was in a bit of a rush, so our conversation was super short. As it turns out, she was the wife of the stake president hahaha. It was seriously like that one scene in the Best Two Years.

On Wednesday, Elder Pesce had to go to Alicante for a district leader meeting, so Elder Goates and I were together in our area for the morning. I was a bit nervous since I never had to lead an area ever before and our plans for the morning ended up falling through at the last second, but I was able to actually call up a menos activo and arrange for a lesson with him at the last minute. So, Elder Goates and I went over to his piso, and had a really good and really powerful lesson about prayer, and I’m just so glad that the Lord blessed us and that things worked out okay.

Friday was our zone meeting in Alicante! We spent a good part of our day at the chapel and then we went to Domino’s Pizza after. Here, Domino’s has an all you can eat pizza deal for only 7 €, so definitely it’s a good use of our money, I think. After the zone meeting, we had exchanges with the zone leaders, Elder Barnes and Elder Beuchert. These exchanges lasted through the afternoon on Saturday, and I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to work, teach, and find with them and learn from their examples.

So that’s not even everything that happened this week, and it was definitely super busy and crazy, but I learned so much. I don’t think I could share one big takeaway from it all, but let me just share my testimony that I know with all of my heart that we are all children of a Heavenly Father and he loves us. I talked to, worked beside, and interacted with so many different people this week, and I know that He loves them all. I know that what we read in Alma 26:37, that “God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth,” is the truth. I am a child of God, as are all of you, and that knowledge and that identify gives me so much happiness and power in everything that I do.

1: “The Boardroom” – Hermana Gibson, Hermana Højholdt, Hermana Moore, Elder Pesce, Elder Stark, Hermana Prior, Hermana Butler

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2: Elder Goates, Elder Darrington, Hermana Butler, Elder Pesce, Hermana Prior, Elder Stark, Hermana Matsu, Hermana Giraldo, and Elder Fumero and Elder Llavina. The first picture is just our district, and the second is with all of the missionaries in the area, less the trio of hermanas.

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3: Us with the Maricarmen. Maricarmen is one of our investigators, but we always see a truck driving around that says Her name, and we were in the right place at the right time this week to get a picture of it that we can show to her haha.

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4: Alicante Zone of the Spain Málaga Mission

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5: Me, Elder Pesce, and Elder Fumero walking to our chapel. PC to Elder Goates

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6: Elder Pesce and I with Alejendra and Diego, some members from the ward.

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7: Until next time

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