Email 10/4/17

Hello everybody,

This week in Spain is the Semana Santa, or in English, The Holy Week. I know that there’s some interesting Catholic traditions here associated with that, but it would probably be better if I were to wait until next week to explain about it. Right now on Mormon.org, in addition to the great #PríncipedePaz video, there’s a calendar that follows the last week of Christ’s ministry in the earth before he was crucified and then resurrected. I’ll be follow it all week, and I invite you all to join me at https://www.mormon.org/easter/easter-week

We had another pretty typical week of missionary work. On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to go out to Castell de Ferro, a little pueblo about 30 minutes outside of Motril to do some service! We were helping Sid, the member from England who’s here for a few months, and his wife put up a fence on a part of their property. Afterwards, they fed us lunch, and asked me to say the prayer, and I realized that it has actually become very hard to do so vocally in English. It was fun to be able to go out to the campo and do some work.

Something I’ve forgotten to mention for a few weeks is that when we changed into daylight savings time here in Spain, our missionary schedule changed slightly as well. Now, we wake up in the mornings at 7:30 AM and go to bed between 10:30-11:30 PM. On Friday, we headed to Málaga for a Zone Conference. That required us to wake up at 5 AM on Friday, which isn’t the funnest thing in the world to do when you’re used to waking up at 7:30 AM haha. It was a really good conference though. A lot of what we talked about is how we can be focusing on the Savior more in our teaching and especially within the context of the restoration. I got lots of good takeaways from it.

Unfortunately we only had one short opportunity to visit with Miguel and Jessica this week. When we had time to meet, they were busy, and when they had time, we were busy. Kind of disappointing, but that’s just reality. Things should be working out better this week, we have a cita planned with them for tonight, and we’ll just keep going forwards, working with them, and hoping for the best!

Two talks from General Conference which I had studied throughout the week were Elder Christofferson’s talk about overcoming the world and Elder Yoon Won Choi’s talk, “Don’t Look Around, Look Up!”. Elder Christofferson talked about how Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Later He added, “I will that ye should overcome the world.” Elder Yoon Won Choi invited us to look up to Christ and keep our focus on Him. Life is hard. We all have our problems. I know that as I have tried to look up to Christ, it has given me hope and strength knowing that he has already overcome the word, and that following Him gives me the chance to do the same.

Love,

Élder Stark 🇪🇸

Photos

1-2: Bus or boat?

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3: The steering wheel is a bit lost

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4: Bus wasn’t there yet

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5: Potato day with Elder Pack and Amparito 

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6: Presidente Izquierdo, Nora, Elder Pack and myself

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7: Root beer is a rare find outside of the United States. We were given some last week by the senior missionary couple who did our piso inspection. This is a Root Beer sundae that I had the privilege of enjoying.

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8: Until next time

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