Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Murcia 08/22/11

Yeah, murcia is "tres bien". I´m learning French with my companion little by little. We are gonna teach some Muslim-french speaking people pretty soon. My comp has almost forgotten how to speak french. Its crazy!!! I´m liking this new area. We had a lot of old investigators when I got here. There are people who the missionaries were just passing by, people who weren´t ready or didn´t want to be baptized. Its been hard on my comp, but we just about dropped all the investigators, like 20 people in 3 different cities. But, we´re becoming better organized and we´re gonna be baptizing in a couple of weeks. :) nobody specific yet, but we´re getting many new people to teach. We´re gonna be doing a lot of member work. Having a car is sooooooooo nice. A lot of these members in different cities want to help the missionary work, but they lived too far away for missionaries to visit them. Now a 3 hour ordeal is a 15 minute ordeal. Its awesome. Its a 2010 Opel.

How is uncle Gilles doing? Auntie Lina is right, the standard of living here is very nice. Its quite comfortable. But, America is 20x better from what I´ve heard.
My comp made me give besitos (the little kisses) to an old lady. She was super insistant. We gave her a book of mormon and she was super insistent to give us 10 Euros. We said no and explained why like7 times, but she said she would rip up the money and never invite us over again. So she stuffed it in my companions pocket. We decided to buy her flowers next time we see her with the money she gave us.

Murcia 08//15/11

Murcia is good. I´m excited. Elder Basurto is from this city and he might return home from his mission while I am here. I´ll try to use him for like every lesson every day. I still have yet to meet his mom and his brother. Murcia is pretty big. We have the car to work in the neighboring cities. My license has been copied and it's ready to be sent, but I keep forgetting to do it. I´ll do it as soon as I remember. The 2 wards are pretty nice. Almost everyone is from Bolivia. We had a baptism on Sunday of a lady named Dacia. I forgot my camera in the car, so I´ll have to send it another day. The area is good, but its really disorganized, we´ll be doing some work. We had 4 mini missionaries helping out for 10 days, 2 young men and 2 young women. Andres and Luis worked with us and Ruth and Kiara worked with the Hermanas.
I live with other elders, and they´re very nice.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Almeria 008/08/11

ZONE CONFERENCE: LaMancha, Granada and Malaga Zones

Almeria 008/08/11

Yeah, I´m leaving Alméría. I´m sad, but I think I´ve done my work here, and I´m ready to move on. It's been fun being with Elder Pallas as my comp, but its time for us to split and progress. I don´t really care where I serve, or in what capacity. I trust the Lord knows where he needs me, and I trust that it will be for my benefit.

Sofia and David Alverez(argentina)

Miguel(espana) and Jesi Cavero(peru)

I'm going to a city called Murcia. Its a really big city. I know almost nothing about it, but everyone tells me that it's exactly like Almería. The way people act, the way they talk, and the food is almost the same too. Murcia is a state outside of Andalucia, which is different.This city has 6 missionaries, 4 elders and 2 sisters. It has 2 wards and one of them is so big, it will split soon. The wards have a really good reputation.

Noche Hogar, with José Miguel and Janet, and José´s Mother, Gracia. Also the family of Carmen, Paqui, Gema and Juan. (de España)

Hna. Norma

Mari and her sobrino, Juan Miguel. And Jeni Peña (de Ecuador) and Ilda (de Bolivia even though she looks asian)

I´ll be living in a 4 man piso. I´m excited for that. My companion will be an European! A member told me to be careful with the Europeans, cuz they think differently... especially the frenchman!! Yep, my new companion is from France. He speaks good English and Spanish. So that's exciting.

I´ll be getting a car in my new assigned area. So I´ll need you guys to please go to the DMV with a copy of my License (which I will send you soon) and take care of the international driver´s license for me? Thank you!

By the way, I am in this week local pages of the Liahona with Elder Waite. What do you think?

A family from Peru. This is their first time to church in over 2 years. I told them that it was my last day and i wanted to see them there to take a picture.

Francis (espáña) and Lucia(Brasil) and Pablo. Francis and Lucia will be getting married this Friday!! I´m so bummed i won´t be there.

Almeria 08/08/11

The church of Almería at dusk.

Elder Sean Hurley´s family visiting Almería

Burger King

My English Class!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Almeria 08/01/11

It's been 15 months as a missionary, which is pretty crazy. Only 9 months left!!!. I´m having fun here in Almería. I think I will be leaving soon. I´ve completed almost 6 months here. Lola didn´t get baptized. She´s a special case. Mari didn´t get baptized either. Miguel, will have to wait another 1-6 months to get baptized. (dang paper work for his marriage!!)

We had an English bishop visit our ward this week with his family. They were here on vacation. Many Brittish people come down here for summer. We also had an RM, elder Hurley come for a visit. I met him once, about a year ago. Also 2 sisters, Earnshaw and Olsen came to visit last week. Their names are in our area book a lot. Everyone just loves Almería and wants to come back.

I finally finished this really long church book. ´A marvelous work and a wonder.´ I´m gonna focus on finishing El Libro de Mormon. I´ve been reading it out loud and sometimes reading a verse in english and one in spanish. I´m only on mosiah 15. But I will finish it!!

Thats cool that Neil is still swimming and starting 1st grade. He´ll do awesome.