October 20, 2014:
My Week: This week was fabulous! (Hey Mom look at how long this email is;) Do you love me?;)) First, lemme start at last PDay...it was awesome. We made Mom´s oatmeal cake and then watched a chick flick (aka Legacy...look what I have become...). We also had a really great lesson this week with a menos activo young woman and we´re going to do the young women´s program all together!!! Ahhh!!! I can´t even tell you how pumped I am to do the young woman´s program again, but in Spanish! We also got to go to the temple this week - YAY - and right after we had intercambios. I got to go to Azuqueca with Hna Crandall again. I just adore her! She is one of the best funnest people alive! We also have an investigator who has a four year old daughter. She reminded me soo much of Leighton! Needless to say we talked about Frozen and Disney princesses and sang songs almost the whole time. So adorable!
Investigator: D. - So my old companion, Hna Coburn, and her companion before me actually found D., but at the end of their transfer together he stopped answering their calls. Then, when Hna Coburn and I were together we found him on the street and were able to sit down and have a lesson with him and talk about what had happened. He said that he had prayed about the BoM and didn't believe that he should continue learning about the church or meeting with the missionaries. We would see him in the streets after and visit with him, but he always remained distant. Yesterday Hna Fowers and I saw him and we just had enough time to teach one lesson before heading over to the chapel for a baptism, but our intended lesson had failed us. So we sat down and talked to him for a while about different things, the church, his schooling, his life, and his doubts. (He´s also super intelligent and had researched the church before the other hnas had taught him - golden, right?)
We invited him to the baptism with us, but he really didn't want to go, because he felt like if he went in the chapel that would be committing to return and that he was showing more interest than he felt. So we visited for a little while more, but we needed to start walking to the chapel (it´s about a 30-40 minute walk from where we found him) so in a very sneaky manner we invited him to walk with us. Then once we got to the chapel, we were like "Are you sure you don´t want to come in?" and he said since he was there - why not! So we gave him a church tour and he had some more questions about the life of Joseph Smith so we set up another appointment to meet with him this week! Yay!!!!!
After the baptism he said he loved it! And I swear one of the talks was just for him! Hna Coburn said his biggest challenge was that he did not want to come to the church para nada, but now he´s entered! He overcame that! I´m so excited for him! Prayers that he will feel a yearning for the gospel in his life!
CPdE: Sooo this week for Crazy People de España we were talking to a menos activo in front of a roasted chestnuts and corn stand (Isn't that just the cutest? Also the ice cream stands went away and now there´s a whole bunch of these stands everywhere since it´s getting colder). (Another side note - the menos activo is pretty interesting as well. He´s got one ear ring with a dangly cross hanging from it!) Anyways so we´re chatting with him and the man in the chestnut stand motions to the pass along cards my companion is holding and tell us that he wants one. So we try to talk to him and invite him to hear the lessons, but I think he was just a little confused about life. He then proceeded to hang up the pass along card on the wall of his shack, and then make the symbol of the cross with his hands. Hahaha! So now there is an LDS pass along card in the chestnut shack of a very catholic little man!
McKenna's Mom here: I found these pictures while rolling through my Facebook feed one day! Love finding random pictures of our missionary! Awesome! It looks like she is making some beautiful friends!
Now back to McKenna's email!
Guess what time we go to the temple? Well we woke up at to get ready, to leave, to get there on time...bleh! Guess what time I went to bed that night? Well it was intercambios, I love Hna Crandall, and we both love to talk....too late! Hahaha! Great times!
This is my dessert at one of the members houses! It was seriously the Spanish version of Grandma Schmutz! I was dying! She made us the Spanish version of chocolate chips cookies and rice con leche! Yuuuuum!!!!
Us with the members and their garden! Yeah that´s right they have a garden!!!! Guess how far we had to travel to find a garden?! ONE HOUR! So messed up! The yellow fruit is called membrillo and it is welll....kinda interesting, but I just had the best fruit roll up of it yesterday with the L.´s! They also had figs from their garden so I have now had my first figs! Yum!
The little playground that we played at while waiting for the bus!
L. and his daughter E.! He was baptized when he was 8 in Columbia, but has lived in Spain for 17 years and has never really been back to church. We just barely found them this week, but I´m so excited to teach them!!!! He didn´t remember much about the church and didn't really want us to come over and teach them, but he did remember the FHE's they would have in Columbia, and all the treats! Sooo we wiggled our way into his heart and we´re gonna have an FHE with him and his wife and E. at their house this week! Hoop hoop holla holla!
Puerta de Madrid! My city! It is beautiful!!!!
The other sisters´ convert! Woop woop for baptisms!!! G. (their convert) is bomb! The other man is A. and 1st counselor in the bishopric. He´s from Argentina and we´re super tight with their family! We had the president of the Madrid temple come and give his talk in sacrament and he served in Argentina AND guess who one of his converts were?! A´s mom!!! How wonderful to see the fruits of you´re labors like that!
I LOVE MY COMP!!!