Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bautismos por miles habrá!!!

August 4, 2014

What a crazy good week!!!
So this week just started out crazy!! We changed our last monday to a normal day so we could have p-day on Saturday with the AP´s and office elders. We had intercambios with Fuengirola and Hna. Lionetti came here to Málaga with Hna. Guerrero and I. We were able to teach a few people in the evening so that was good. Michael failed us so it made us a little nervous because he was supposed to be baptized on Wednesday. But we did get to teach Brayan (Edith´s 8 year old son). We also saw a Nigerian man named Aziz and we talked to him about baptism and he said he doesn´t want to make a mistake afterwards. Then after a lesson, we saw him and he told us he was going to buy a cigerette. He is a good guy, he just has to quit a few bad habits. Hna. Lionetti is hillarious. She has such a cool attitude. I just love her.

Tuesday we had district meeting then we ate together with the other district. Hna. Guerrero made a dish called papa de guancallino?? haha I don´t know how to spell it. Or if that is even close. But it was SUPER spicy, but still good. Then we saw Michael and we taught him the rest of the lessons. We had to teach them super simply, but he understood what was going on. Then he had his interview. It went great! 

Wednesday was a CRAZY day. I mean CRAZY. Probably the craziest day on my mission. We didn´t know if we could help get Edith and Brayan ready for their baptism. We saw Edith in the morning and finished the lessons, she said she still wanted to get baptized so we had her run to the church and said we would meet her there for after. We ran to Milagros and Mari and taught them and then ran back to the church.
Filing the Font
After being at the church, we talked to Edith then had to run to an eating cita. It was a little far away, and the food wasn´t prepared when we got there. Then when it was prepared, we ate appetizers first, then two giant lasagnas. It was good, we were just super stressed out because we had to go teach Brayan all of the lessons so that he could get baptized with his mom. We got there in time, taught Brayan and then he had his interview. Then it was the baptism. I had to give a talk in English, and it was so scary because guess who showed up.... PRESIDENT DEERE. We invited his daughter, Annie, because she invited Michael to be baptized. It turned out fine, but when they were baptized Michael had to be baptized 3 times because it was just a little rough. Oh man, I¨m just glad they were baptized and everything went great. 

Thursday we had weekly planning, then we went to Concilio. It was good. Last time was better, but it was still super fun. We were supposed to get kicked out to go sleep somewhere else again, but Hna. Deere asked us if we wanted to sleep on the couches again. We said sure. They were outside on the deck and she just asked if we just wanted to sleep out there. It was just like camping. Or the closest thing we could get to it on a mission. 
Concilio
Friday we had the concilio part and then President told us where we were going. He went around the circle. It was fun.
Concilio???
The only sad part was saying goodbye to everyone. It was really depressing.
My Compies:  Hna. Johnson, Nielsen, Grant
I sat by Hna. Johnson on the train ride back and talked to her. She was super depressed and it made me really sad. I hope she is happy when she gets home. That night, Jhardel accompanied us on a few lessons and we ended up teaching quite a few people. It was a good night. We saw Angelica and she is just the cutest thing ever.

Saturday we played sports with everyone. We played volleyball and I played with Gonzales and we won! It was fun. Then we played soccer and I got to be on the natives´ team. It was awesome! I loved it. That night Elenir invited us over to eat! It was super yummy, like always. The bishop´s family was there again too. IT was bbq and the best rice and salad! YUM!!

Sunday was great! We only had 2 investigators in church... but we had 8 recent converts there. All the ones that have been baptized since I¨ve been here have been coming! It makes me so happy. We taught Michael last night and we asked him how he felt about being confirmed. He said, ´´I felt something different enter my body. I don´t know how to explain it, but I feel different´´ He is the most prepared people I have ever met. He loves God and he just wants to do what God wants him to do. He is the coolest guy ever. He also said that he loves the way he feels when he feels the Holy Ghost. He is such an amazing guy. 

It´s been a good week. I´m super excited for a new transfer. It´s going to be a great one!!!
I love you!

July 28, 2014


This week has been nuts!! We had a ´´mini missionary´´ Annie Deere, President´s daughter.
It was so fun! She is amazing!! Last Monday, I wrote and said what we did for p-day right? Well, our plans were to go to the castle, and we wanted everyone to come. Hna. Samuelson and Morris were at the mall so we went and tried to convice them to come, Hna. Morris didn´t want to... I ended up staying with her while all the rest went to the castle. It wasn´t too bad. It made it worth it to know that Hna. Samuelson could enjoy her time away a little bit. That evening, Hna. Samuelson stayed with the Castillos and Hna. Morris was with us for a while, also Annie Deere came and we had to go on splits. We didn´t end up teaching anyone, but when we all got back together, we had a family home evening with Lucy and Magali. It was super fun. Their little son, who we were teaching to help him get ready for his baptism, is the cutest thing in the world. His name is Elias. I have pictures of him, but it won´t let me upload them. That night, Hna. Morris returned to Hna. Samuelson.

Tuesday we had a normal morning, but then Hna. Grant and I went to Almería (AGAIN) to help with a cosecha. The zone leaders asked us to go and help the hermanas there. It was a great success. Hna. Grant and I were kind of hoping we would be able to stay together and work in the cosecha, but they split us up and put us with Hna Roan and Becerra. I went with Hna. Roan and I think it was a good learning experience. At the first, she didn´t really contact with power and boldness, but with time, we were able to get more information of the people and teach too. Hna. Grant said it was good for Becerra too. As we contacted this one Bulgarian man went to give Hna. Roan besos and he grabbed her and she couldn´t do anything about it, then he came to me and I told him no. He called me rascist. It was funny. Also, another man told me he had heard a few things about ´Mormons´ and he said that Franco was a Mormon. We told him that was absolutely incorrect... haha and we said we would come and explain more about what we believe. Overall, I think they got a good 30 futures, which is pretty good for 2 hours. That night, we were supposed to catch a bus from Granada, but we missed it. We stayed with the Hermanas in Granada that night, and then caught a bus that morning. We were pretty gross, we didn´t bring clothes or a toothbrush, and by the time we got home, we had to go work. We were pretty gross. That morning, I went with Hna. Guerrero to go get her residency stuff done for Spain. We spent most of the morning doing that, but it was fun still. Then for medio-dia we ate with a crazy Argentinian. She talks SO MUCH. I can´t even believe how fast she can change the subject and just talk about whatever. Then, that evening we did splits. I went with Annie and Guerrero and Grant went together. We ended up teaching 8 lessons in total!! It was great! 

Thursday was the 24th of july and my year mark. My 3 companions made such a big deal and it was a great morning.
They decorated the piso and sang and bought a sign that says ´´mission complete´´ then put 2/3 after mission. It was cute! That morning we did weekly planning, with mustaches.
Planning in Mustaches. 
Don´t worry. I have pictures. Then after planning, we dropped Annie off and went to work again. We taught a bunch in English. During one of the lessons with Axis, he told me I have a china face. Then he said that Hna. Grant likes problems and Hna. Guerrero gets mad easily. It was funny. He has a crush on Guerrero and the other black man has a crush on Hna. Grant. I´m just the awkward chinese girl on the side. That night, weirdest thing... Hna. Morris called and Hna. Grant answered, then she asked to talk to me. I answered and she just called to ´´talk´´. It was weird and it really surprised me. I guess we´re alright. Oh... I also burned a shirt that night. It was crazy.

Friday morning we went to teach our muslim friend Terek, and a girl was at his house and she came in to listen. Her name is Erika. She is awesome. We want to teach her more, because she actually is there to learn. That night we did intercambios with Hna Rawle and Anderson. Hna. Rawle came here with Hna. Grant and I. It was good. We taught a lot in English too, but it turned out good. We had such a good lesson with Michael. He is a Nigerian that came to church last week. On Wednesday we asked him to pray to see if the Book of Mormon was true. He came back on Friday and we asked if he had prayed. He said, ´´yes, I did. I felt something really weird. I´ve never felt before. Like ice all over my body´´ We told him that it was the Holy Ghost. He got a huge smile on his face and said, ´´It is??´´ He was so happy and even more because the only thing he wants is to have the gift of the Holy Ghost. He is super prepared and super awesome. He asked us, after teaching the restoration, ´´What are the commandments? Because I want to keep all the commandments of God´´ We ended up teaching all of them in one lesson. He is getting baptized Wednesday! We went to visit Hna Samuelson and we played Uno with her and Hna. Morris. It was fun!

Saturday we taught a girl that moved into a member´s house. She´s cool, she´s pregnant and is from Paraguay. She will be getting baptized soon (: That night was Elias´ baptism.
I think Elias has a crush on someone!
I love that boy. He was super cute in his baptism, of course, at first it was a disaster like always, but it turned out great (:  That night, we went to see Edith. As we walked up to the park, she lit a cigarette, as soon as she saw us, she threw it on the ground. We had a good talk and she said, ´´I haven´t smoked for 3 days and now the only time I went to do it, you girls came´´ It was a cool thing, because we went earlier than we had planned and it helped her know that God is helping her. 

Sunday we walked with Cinthia and Axis (our nigerian friends) to church. Also Michael came and a Jehovah´s Witness and her daughter came!! It was good! (: Another week of miracles. That night we went to see Hna. Samuelson. We played Uno with some of the other Hermanas, then Hna. Samuelson asked if we could share a message with her. I had the idea to share Alma 29:9-10. Wow... it was a really strong spirit there. People were crying and maybe it´s what someone needed to hear. It was super cool!!! That scripture has changed my mission. It´s my favorite and I think if I ever had a doubt of the reason I´m on a mission, that would be the scripture to help me through it. 
I love every second of my mission. How cool it is to be here. I´ve become so much closer to my Savior. I´ve been able to make goals for my future, for the way I want to be. You gotta let the mission change you, if not - you´re not out here for the right reasons.

Love you so much! (:

Monday, July 14, 2014

WHAT A WEEK!!


July 14, 2014 

What a week!! It´s been crazy, and it seems like it took forever too! But it´s been great! 
Monday we played basketball and soccer with the elders. It was a fun time. I already talked about it in my last letter. That afternoon, we went to see a future and decided to knock the doors. We knocked the first one and the man let us in. As we got in and said we were missionaries, he didn´t really want anything to do with us. We asked him and his wife if we could say a prayer with them and then we asked if there was anyone that was passing through bad times and that we could include in our prayer and the woman started crying. Her sister had passed away recently and so after that, we got a return appointment and it was a super cool experience. The rest of the day was filled with finding a lot of people. It was good start to the week!! 

Tuesday we had intercambios with Hna. Samuelson and Hna. Morris. It was good.  Hna. Samuelson came with HnaGrant and me and Hna. Guerrero left and was with Hna. Morris. It was a good intercambio. We went to see a future, a Muslim teenager.  When we got there her mom was super happy to see us young girls preaching the gospel. She was so cute and she fed us. (even though they were fasting) It was super yummy meat. I was really happy!  

Wednesday was a great day. We taught 10 lessons. We had intercambios in the morning, and then in the afternoon, we did splits in our area. WE got a lot done. Then that night, a bunch of the Hermanas came to our house and we had 7 of us there.
It was super fun. I got to talk to Hna. Roan. I just love her so much.  
Thursday was the multizone conference. It was fun. It was super great.
The ´´theme´´ was ´2 times in White´ It´s talking about being in white in baptism and the temple. It was a really amazing conference. We learned a lot of stuff. Then I went on a 5 hour bus ride to Almeria. It stopped in every pueblo and took forever. I got super sick too. We didn´t even get there in time to proselyte, but it was good. Hna. Becerra is awesome, just super quiet.  

Friday was a long morning. All of the citas in Almeria failed, then I rode another long bus ride back. Luckily, Hna. Becerra is awesome and made yummy lunch!!
When I got back to Málaga, we taught Gilbert and Jhannet and played basketball. It was fun. We won. 
Saturday was Hna. Guerrero´s birthday and we had a piñata and saw a few members. It was a good day. 


Sunday we went to Elenir´s and ate yummy food again. She cooks so well! I love it so much, best salad in the world and yummy Brazilian meat!!  I love it.  

It was a good week, lots of things happened, quite a bit of drama, but it all worked out okay!!! 
Love you!!   

Love, Sara

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hot Days in Malaga!

What a week!!! Happy Fourth of July!!
This week has been super super long! It´s been good, just long!
My first TRIO and I love it!  We decided we are a 'SHEO'.

Monday all the SHEs and Zone Leaders came into Málaga and we tried to go bowling, but apparently the alley went out of business. It was sad, but we all just hung out at the train station/mall thing. It was fun! Hna. Johnson was there and Hna. Read too!! We talked for awhile and ate there. Then we all got on the train and went to Fuengirola. Concilio was different this week. We went to the chapel in Fuengirola and had our meeting there. We had good food. We had bbq sandwiches. Then we had the meeting, and another different thing about this time was that other missionaries talked and taught.
There were three companionships that had to give talks and we were one of them. We had to talk about nightly planning. It went pretty well. It was a good concilio. After, we had dessert and were able to go back to President´s house.
We had such a fun time with all of the hermanas. I did the haka and taught them the game ´pukana´ they loved it! Then we all danced some hula and flamenco! It was a blast. Then we sang to Hna. Johnson because it was her birthday on Tuesday.

Tuesday morning we ran in where all the hnas were sleeping and woke hna. Johnson up and sang to her. Then I gave her the letter I wrote to her, and she LOVED the pictures. Thank you so much for doing that!! (: She wouldn´t stop looking at them! I went upstairs with her and we talked as she ironed her shirt. I really am so lucky I´ve been with her for most of my mission! (: She is my best friend and I think she is a big reason why I don´t get home sick (or more like mom-sick) because she´s like my mom out here and she´s always around.
It´s nice, I just don´t know what I´m gonna do when she goes home! After reminiscing about our good times in Huelva, we got ready for the day and had concilio. We all gave our numbers and we were the last hermanas to give them. We were able to say that we had 2 baptisms and got standards 5 out of 5 times. It was pretty cool. After concilio, we went to the train station and ate and then Hna. Johnson left. We had a few lessons. We taught Elias and it was super cute. He is 8 and we were teaching the 10 commandments and he remembered all of them. Then we taught Milagros and Mari and Milagros is so excited to go to the temple! I just love them!

Wednesday was a good day, we had a lot of lessons, and none of them really failed us. That night, we went and visited Alicia and her family. Her son is a little monster. We broke the ice a little with him and played ninja. He loved it. Cheated a little, but loved it. 

Thursday we had intercambios and Hna. Guerrero went to Granada because her mom is there. Hna. Clark came here with us.
It worked out pretty well because it was the fourth and we were all Americans.
We celebrated in every way we could! We sang every song we could think of and took lots of pictures, and we planned a party for all the missionaries during medio dia! It was fun! You saw the pictures. A lot of our plans failed with Hna. Clark, but it was still okay.

Friday was the Fourth of July and on Thursday night I had a dream and I saw all of you at the parade. I woke up really sad, but it was all okay! It was a really fun day!
I´m glad I wasn´t homesick, and I think we made it fun so no one else was either. 
Our American Food-pancakes!

What's more American than hamburgers!!
Saturday was such a great day!!! (: Elenir called us and said that we needed to come eat at her house. We had to catch the train, so before that we were about to knock a door and a bomb of bird poop hit Hna. Grant and Guerrero. It was disgusting. It was EVERYWHERE on them. I felt bad, I tried to help them clean it up, but I started dry heaving. Then we had to go home and hurry and clean up. It was disgusting, poor girls. Then we went to Elenir´s and ate super yummy bbq. The bishop´s family was there again. The bishop and his wife like me a lot because I´m a good eater. Haha the bishop´s wife acts like she doesn't like the others, but she just comes up to me and kisses and hugs me. Haha and says that she loves me because I´m a good eater!! (: I like her. 

Sunday was a rough day. We didn´t have three in the church ): but after church the American family finally invited us to eat. It was SO fun. I have not had that my entire mission. It was crazy being with Americans. I loved it so much. We had yummy taco salads. They are actually from Mexico but have lived in US all their lives.

Monday we played sports with the elders. We played basketball and soccer. It was a lot of fun! I love playing with Hna. Guerrero because she likes sports! It´s fun!
Rocking my fanny pack!!  I can't use my shoulder bag because
it's been hurting my shoulders!!
It´s been a great week! Long, but great! I love the mission. Best decision I´ve ever made. I´m super happy. Very, very happy. I´m going to keep working until the very end, no matter how tired I am or no matter what happens! It´s my goal and I¨m going to do it!!
I love you so much!!!

Love,
Sara

Friday, July 4, 2014

Another Awesome Week! (June 30, 2014)

What an awesome week!!! (: We got a new companion and it´s been fantastic!!
Monday was a lot of fun!! I already talked about our trip to Ronda!! It was awesome! I loved it! We´re probably going to go again with Elder Gonzales and Shieble in a few weeks. After p-day, we went and visited Milagros. There was a little miscommunication and she said she wasn´t home. We went to our noche de hogar with Lucy, Magali, Alan and Milagros and her husband. They are all less active members from Paraguay and it was probably the best noche de hogar I´ve ever had. Everyone participated and had so much fun together. We played some games, ate empanadas, and had a super cool lesson. It was great. We´re working with all of them and they should be rescued soon!! Then we went back and saw Milagros. We taught a bunch of things to her, especially because we had to prepare her for her baptism. It went well, she pretty much accepts everything super fast!
Tuesday we had our last district meeting and signed journals and stuff. That afternoon, we saw Jenni and Alberta. Alberta is an 10 year old daughter of a less-active. She wants to be baptized, so we are going to work with her. It will be fun! We also taught Milagros that night too. 
Wednesday was a crazy day. Everyone was leaving and coming through Málaga! It was fun, we got to see so many people pass through. All my favorite missionaries are in my zone now!!! Hna. Rawle is here in Málaga, Hna. Read is here!!!! (: Hna. Hubbard is also in Málaga. Then there is Hna. Roan in Almería, and Hna. Folsom in Fuengirola! They are so awesome and I´m super excited to work with them!! It was so fun to see Hna. Read! While we were waiting for everyone to get here, we went and played games like Ninja, and Psychiatrist in the park. It was super fun and then we ate at dominoes. We had to baby-sit some girls so we just hung out around the station.
WE are special!! 
Hna. Guerrero came and we just gave her the biggest hug. It was fun!! Then we went and dropped her stuff off and then headed to the church. We taught Blanca and she is really sad. She is always working, and really wants to come to church, but can´t. We also taught Sergio. He is a less-active that knows what he should be doing, but isn´t doing it. He also read my palms. It was weird. Before he read them, he told me - you´re nervous aren´t you? You´re worried about something going on at home, or you´re worried about what is going to happen when you get home. I don´t think I am nervous at all. Then he said, do you have someone writing you? I said, yes. Then he said, ´´he doesn´t love you.´´ I tried not to laugh, and I explained that actually I´m the one who doesn´t really have any interest. It was awkward. Then he read my palm and told me how many kids I was going to have... you want to know what he told me???  3... only 3. That is not going to happen, I told him if that ends up happening, I´m going to adopt. He thinks I should finish my education and get a job before I even start thinking of getting married. It was just a weird conversation. Anyway.. .then we saw Angelica and she is just the cutest. I wish she didn´t have to work on Sundays so that she could come to church.
Thursday we had weekly planning. It was SOOOOO long. But oh well.. at least it´s only once a week. Our eating appointment failed us, so hna Grant cut my hair. Just trimmed the ends, it feels and looks so much healthier now. Then we taught Jenni and found a new investigator Joy. She is super cute. She is nigerian and wants to come to church. Then we saw Jacki and she pretty much dropped us. ): it was sad. Then we taught Milagros about tithing. She didn´t really understand the object lesson we did. But it all worked out. 
Friday morning we saw Mari and finished up the lessons. She is ready for her baptism. We ate with our Dueña and she fed us Paella. It was FILLED with seafood. It was pretty good, there were octopus and it had a super weird texture, but still good. Then we saw a less active named Milagros. She is doing great, all she needs is a calling. Then we went to the church for the interviews of Milagros and Mari. Everything went fine. Then we taught someone named Mamaru. He is muslim, kind of like everyone we find outside of our house because there is a big mass thing where they all go to pray. It´s super beautiful though.
Saturday morning was a struggle. We did teach a few lessons, but it was a long morning of walking. But saturday night was great... except a few bad things that happened. First as we were walking out of the piso, we forgot paper. We ran back up the stairs and grabbed it. Then... when we got all the way to the church, and forgot the clothes back at the house. We ran back and then got back to the church. We finished the program and went to check on the font (which should have been about filled) It wasn´t. We didn´t know how to plug it. We figured it out, and Milagros and Mari were super nervous. A lot of people showed up. During the talks, Mari turns to us and asks if she can leave because she was super nervous. She went into the hall and Milagros was baptized first. Mari, the daughter, was freaking out. She finally asked if we could ask everyone to leave the room. We did it, the important thing is, is that she is baptized. The members all left and she was baptized. They all came back in and we passed papers around and had them write testimonies and advice on them. It was good. The best part is is that they are baptized. What a struggle though. And some of the members were SUPER mad. I felt bad, but what can ya do.
Milagros and Mari's baptism.  They are awesome.
Sunday was a great day. Milagros and Mari were confirmed and no one had to leave the room! It was great!! We also met a really cool less active guy. He wants to come back to church. Hopefully we can help him!
Today is going to be super fun! All of the zone leaders and SHEs are coming in for concilio so we are all going bowling! It is going to be a blast! I´m super excited to see Hna. Johnson. I miss her so much. I think when I get sad here, I miss you - but I also really miss hna. johnson. She is pretty much my mom here and has been with me or at least close for almost all of my mission. I can´t believe she goes home so soon!!! It´s crazy!
I love you so much!! I hope everything is going great there! I got the cutest email from Rachel today! It was even longer than yours. I cannot believe how big she is. She went to youth conference?!? no way! She speaks so grown up too! Wow.. it´s crazy! 
I´m doing great! to an answer to your letter.. i´m not homesick at all! I love my mission, and I never want it to end. I´m trying my hardest every day to do the best I can do!
TE QUIERO!!
Love,
Sara