Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Murcia 01/24/12

I am coming home in April despite what the letter you've received said. President talked to me and he wanted me to let you know.
If we wait until May, it will be in the middle of a mid-transfer and it's just not possible to come home at that time.

Elder Melgarejo should leave very soon, he has his visa. He's now waiting for his plane ticket. Elder Cooper will be assigned as my next companion. I don´t know him, but he´s served in Dos Hermanas and in Almería.

We finally had 2 investigators in Church. They both wanna be baptized. They were both invited at a noche hogar in Archena. The previous Bishop name Cachari spoke about the Restoration and the Priesthood authority. It was great, because the 2 investigators were evangelistas. They love the Book of Mormon. We´ll see if we can´t dunk ´em in the water soon. I gave a testimony that the Gospel blesses families at that noche hogar. It was intense, because almost everyone in that room has a messed up family situation. Everyone was crying and looking at the ground. Well, I think they´ll wake up and repent!!

More and more people are talking about Romney.
Hope all is well!

Our district having some fun at Monte Agudo.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Feliz Cumpleanos Elder Bennett! Murcia 01/24/12

We want to wish our son a Happy 21st Birthday. We are glad he was born into our family 21 years ago today. We're proud of him and love him deeply.

I'm having a good Birthday celebration so far. As a District, we went to Monte Agudo again. It was so much fun. We went out to eat at an American-Mexican buffet that served tacos, hamburgers, bbq ribs, bagels, a sundae bar, chinese food, and all sorts of stuff. It was good!!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Murcia 01/16/12

I didn´t know Jon Huntsman was a presidential candidate. I looked at Mitt Romney's history on wikipidia. It's funny, it has a detailed history of his mission - He was an AP, zone leader, Asistant president(because the mission president´s wife died in a car wreck) and he was a Bishop and a Stake President. He also studied Law & Business at Harvard.

I withdrew the money for missionary work. I´m sorry I went over, but all the money was used for emergencies. We moved into a new apartment which was totally empty. There were no plates, no gas, no blankets, no iron.... so we had to buy EVERYTHING. And the funny thing is that my Church credit card got destroyed... and it's the source of money for me and my companion. So as soon as I get a new card, I´ll be able to balance out the money that I've used.

My comp. is going to Madrid today to visit the US Embassy. He´ll get his visa, and probably leave in 10 days.

I am excited for my birthday cake!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Murcia 01/09/12

Un foto de nuestro noche hogar en Archena, en la casa de Elsa y Vincente. Espero que se lo gustan!

My MTC president was a lawyer and judge, President Earl, and he´s a diehard republican.

I´m stoked for Mitt Romney. I´ve seen his face on telivision a lot lately and according to the reporters he´s the favorite. They say he´s gold but has only one flaw - his weird religion, lol. The spaniards don´t understand, but thats ok.

The SD card works with my mp3 player, but its easier with our phone, cause it has a screen and I can view the pictures. I got the picture of me and neil as my background.

I can´t wait for my birthday package, and I can´t wait to read the book of Dallin H. Oaks.

We celebrated 3 kings day this week. There were giant parties, and celebrations in all the houses, and big parades and concerts in public squares. They have this cool cake, called "el roscon de los reyes", and it contains different prizes inside but there will always be an ´haba´ (a bean) and a lil´ King figurine. If you get the little king figurine in your slice of cake, you win the crown and you become king of the party. If you get the bean, you have to pay for the cake!! I ate Roscón cake 5 times this week at seperate occasions. Once, within the missionaries, Elder Melgarejo, got the bean. The 2nd time at an investigators house (this one was home- made and was the best!!), the 3rd time at Elsa and Vincente´s house, the fourth time at the church, at a ward party. I got the bean!!! The fifth time, because a sister in the ward gave us a huge one and we took it to a huge family home evening, and everyone ate it and loved it!!

I bought a long sleeve shirt for 5 Euros, and some new shoes for 39 Euros. It's super sales now. I need some pants as well.

Hope all is well, have a great week!

Un foto con Luis y Kati

Monday, January 2, 2012

Murcia 01/02/12 Happy New-Year!

New Year's Eve (Elder Shaver, Me, Elder Melgarejo, Elder Forrest, Hermana Ross, Hermana Capener, Estephania)

New years was a blast. We had to be in our house by 11:00pm, but we (the district) went to a member´s house where we ate, played card games and the guitar. It was really fun. Then in our apartment, we played a game of Parchisi until Midnight, then we did ´las uvas´ it's what they do in Spain. At the strike of 12, we ate 12 grapes. Then we toasted. It was cool. Elder Forrest wanted to sleep, but we didn´t let him. We watched the fireworks afterward. We also had church at 9 in the morning. But we made it out alright.

Elder Melgarejo will be leaving the US embassy on Jan. 17, and he´ll prolly get his visa 10 days later. Right at the end of the transfer.
President called me and told me that I´ll have to stay another transfer. I was kinda ready to leave, but its ok. It's a hard area, just because we don´t live in our area, and we don´t have a chapel in our area. But, we´re moving very soon to a city called Molina de Segura, thats 15 minutes north of Murcia. They´re gonna split the ward and put a chapel in Molina, but we need more tithing payers!

Murcia 12/26/11 Christmas week-end (Eve & Day)

Christmas Eve (Elder Melgarejo, Hermana Ross, Estephania, Josephina, Hna. Capener, Me, Bruné, Elder Forrest, Elder Shaver)

Christmas night with the family of Hno. Luis Garcia

a friendly game of Parchisi with Luis Garcia, Zara, and Heleman

Singin´ Carols around the piano with Shaver and Estephania

Having a Merry Christmas!

Singin´ a bit of flamenco with Bruné

3. Bowling on P-day

Murcia 02/26/11 Merry Christmas

The Murcia District want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and say, "Share a Book of Mormon with everyone this year."
Hnas Capener and Ross, along with Elders Melgarejo, Bennett, Shaver and Forrest share their love.