Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June 30, 2014


Well another Monday, another week. Son pocos los que quedan. Things are going great here! We had a good week, lots of walking. But I really like it here compared to Madrid. I´ve gotten to know most of the members and they are all pretty excited about the work, so that´s super cool. Our ward mission leader is the coolest! I really like him and I´m really excited to keep working with him. (And he invited us to come eat octopus galacian style on Tuesday. Super stoked!) 

We´ve spent a good amount of time out in the street this week, but have also had some good lessons. We taught a new woman for the first time. Her name is Sara, she´s from Ecuador. Her son was a missionary a long time ago so she was really curious. She also told us that her mom passed away not too long ago, so we decided to teach the plan of salvation. At the end she said that she was comforted to know where her mother is and that she will see her again. That was really cool. 

We had one guy come to church on Sunday, Ramses. He had been taught by missionaries before. We called him during the week and he said he didn´t want to meet with us, but then we ran into him on the street and were able to teach a little lesson, and then he showed up to church, so we´ll see how it goes with him. We have a few other people we´ve met on the street that seem to have a lot of potential and a lot of interest. I´m excited to get a lot going on here. 

It is a lot like Oregon and Washington here, but luckily we´ve had a lot of sunshine (and now I sound like Grandma). And some rain, of course. All this week there´s been parties (it´s some sort of holiday). My first day was San Juan, which involves making bonfires all over the city and then jumping over them for good luck. So everyone was outside, and there were fires all over the place. It looked like the whole city was on fire. Then on Saturday one of the main streets was lined with little stands of all the shops in town, like an outdoor market. It was way cool! You mentioned having heard of the pilgrimage. We see tons of pilgrims everyday who have just finished the camino. In fact a couple Americans came to church on Sunday and I translated for them. They were doing the camino as part of their honeymoon. I definitely want to go on the camino one day. Oh this is great! We ran into this old Scottish guy the other day (also a pilgrim) who was telling us about how great the camino is. My companion said that he loved hiking and the guy said "then you´d love the camino. And if you like Spain then you´ll like it even more." I said it sounded like the perfect combination and he said "It is." :) It was great. 

Well, here are some pictures (sorry the computers are really slow here, I´ll send as many as I can.) Thanks for the email, and for your love and prayers. Have an amazing week! I love you all!


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