Monday, October 9, 2017

ADVENTURE LAND

Did you know that Spain weather can be about as predictable as Utah
weather? Let me give you an example: Saturday, we were walking home
from a meeting with the missionaries at the church and it was BLAZING
hot. While we were doing studies and just about to leave, we heard a
strange noise and looked outside to see what? RAIN! And lots of it!!
So the rest of the night we were a little wet and a little cold
but.....it's ok.

Ok so this week I honestly can't remember that much what happened but
I'll do my best. So Monday night we had a killer Noche de Hogar and
then after we ate some delish Bolivian food called Majao. SO GOOD!
Then we had to run to our next Noche de Hogar. Literally run. We
arrived red faced and sweaty and just passed a folleto back and forth
between us because we forgot our fans. But it was awesome because we
all just talked about how awesome conference was.

Tuesday was district meeting and then met with our investigator and
set a baptismal date with her!! Such a spiritually powerful lesson and
you could see he light of Christ in her so much!! Then we had
correlación, clases de inglés, and ward Noche de Hogar.

Wednesday was great and had some great Noches de Hogar and received
some delish food. Thursday was weekly planning and we had a really
good, long planning session. Then later that day we taught our
investigator about the word of wisdom and it went really well and we
committed her to live it. On our walk home that night, a guy stopped
us asking about what we believe and soon figured out that he was
actually interested and set a cita with him!! MILAGROS!!

Friday morning we did service for a menos activa and found another
menos activa in the process. MILAGROS!!! Then we had an interesting
lesson with our investigator and we are in the process of bettering
our teaching with her so that she can feel the desire to continue
living God's commandments.  We had some other great lessons with menos
activos, Gregorio, and lots of food. And then our guy who's in charge
of our Piso came to store some stuff and was impressed with our
organization skills.

Saturday like I said started out hot and ended very very wet and cold.
Amongst all of it, we practiced our dance (no worries we got
permission) for our ward activity on Thursday. We also had a run in
with a friend who was having some issues with the word of wisdom so
that was an adventure for sure. After we went and visited with a
member and then went home, showered, and studied.

Sunday we had our friend from Thursday night come to church!!
MILAGRO!! Then we had two menos activos come to church and our recent
convert!! Such an awesome day. And it was fast Sunday and oh man I
just love fast Sunday. So spiritually filling.

So my thought this week comes from some reflecting I did this week.  I
was looking through my old letters to my mission President because I
was curious about what I wrote about at the beginning of my mission.
Wow. I forget how hard those first few months were. But at the same
time, I look back and then look at where I am now and I see A LOT of
growth. Sometimes it's hard to see when you're living in the moment,
but when you look back to see where you were, that's when Heavenly
Father is like, "LOOK!!" It reminds me of the quote from Elder
Holland's talk from just last weekend,

"Leo Tolstoy wrote once of a priest who was criticized by one of his
congregants for not living as resolutely as he should, the critic
concluding that the principles the erring preacher taught must
therefore also be erroneous.
In response to that criticism, the priest says: “Look at my life now
and compare it to my former life. You will see that I am trying to
live out the truth I proclaim.”"

Am I a perfect missionary? No. Am I perfect disciple of Christ? No.
But am I trying, as this priest did, to "live out the truth I
proclaim"? I would say absolutely yes. Are we perfect people? No. But
are we trying to be better everyday? Yes. And that's all the Lord asks
of us. I'm grateful for a Heavenly Father who teaches His children
about eternal progression and encourages us instead of tearing us
down. I love this gospel and for this opportunity to immerse myself in
His work. The gospel is true. I know it. I live it. I love it.

Have a great week. Love you all.

Hermana Twede

Made paella this week....I'm almost a Spainard.

Back scratches still going strong. My roommates prepared me for this life :). 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Look and Live

HEYOOOOO!!!

Wow what an incredible week it has been!! I'll leave the best for last
and jump right in. So Tuesday we went to ELCHE!!! Every transfer we
have the opportunity to go for their district meetings so we did that
this week. It was awesome and we had a good time with Elder Tabilo's
district! After, we ate and then stole Hermana Lake and Hermana Rust
from their area to come do intercambios. I had a really good talk with
Hermana Lake that afternoon and we got to teach English class!! It was
really fun. I've missed teaching English class.

Hermanas Rust and Lake

Wednesday we had a great morning with Hermana Rust as we continued our
hunt for community service (a little more luck but nothing promising).
Then we went and ate with some members and  had a great Noche de Hogar
with our Relief Society President, a menos activa, and a non-member.
It went really well and we got some horchata at the end so that was
cool.

Thursday Hermana Bailey and I had a great weekly planning session and
set some great goals and talked about how we can be better as a
companionship and just be more focused on the work. That afternoon we
did some contacting and saw some miracles with being in the right
place at the right time. Then that night we had a really good Noche de
Hogar with some members and we talked about Plan de Área with them.
Plan de Área is a plan made for Europe to help build self sufficiency,
missionary work, and family history. It's AWESOME!! I've loved
teaching about it because it helps the members actually set goals and
carry them out. So we did that with this family and had them fill out
their cards and make plans on how to share the gospel with their
friends. It was awesome.

Friday we had DISTRICT MEETING and Hermana Bailey and I gave a taller
on contacting and it went really well. Then after, we stole the
Hermanas López and Valdez from their area and did intercambios. I was
with Hermana López for the afternoon and she is such a máquina. Saw
some milagros with members, with eachother, and just had a really good
afternoon. We taught a recent convert who has a lot of struggles but
just loves the gospel so much and every time I teach him I just feel
such a love for him. I love this work. And these people.

Hermanas Lopez and Valdez

Saturday I was with Hermana Valdez and then it was CONFERENCE!! Such
an incredible session Saturday morning!! As well as Sunday. We had 3
sessions of conference on Sunday and it was so great. In between
sessions we made banana bread and then had hot dogs and lots of other
food for lunch/dinner.

Hot dogs vs. Missionaries. If this was the game of BYU vs. USU this last weekend,
hot dogs-USU and missionaries=BYU. Our QB's (Elders) had a rough game too.

But CONFERENCE!! I could go on for DAYYYYYZZZ about how good it was. I
still feel so spiritually filled with it all. There were some themes I
noticed: family, service, and THE BOOK OF MORMON!! All of the
missionaries were commenting on how it wasn't a coincidence that
President Monson talked about it last conference and that multiple
apostles talked about it this conference, mainly President Nelson.
Some may wonder why it's so important to read the Book of Mormon. If
you don't know then I suggest you go read it, then you will feel the
power of that book and how it teaches us about salvation. Something
that Elder Holland said to us in our conference with him a few weeks
ago was, "In the last days it will come down to defending the Book of
Mormon and the prophet Joseph Smith." I don't find it a coincidence AT
ALL that apostles and prophets have been inviting us over and over
again to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. I'm recommitting
myself to read attentively everyday the Book of Mormon and to pray
about its truth. I invite everyone to do the same. Like President
Nelson said, it's not enough to believe it's true. You have to feel it
in the depths of your soul, to the point where you can't  live one day
without it.

Hope you all have a great week. Love you all and be safe.

Hermana Twede

Lemon Bars

Conference Squad

Don't wash your floss with your clothes...not healthy.

Took them to the Pantano de Elx today!! #PdaySuccess


Monday, September 25, 2017

#SENDCARROTS

GOOD AFTERNOON FELLOW BEINGS OF THE EARTH.

We've had a pretty solid week here in Alicante. To start off, we had
ZONE MEETING!! It was soooo awesome. We talked a lot about the Book of
Mormon and the spirit was so strong. We shared miracles that we've
seen together as a Zone and I just couldn't stop smiling. I love
seeing how the Lord blesses each one of His missionaries in their
respective areas. After the meeting, Hna Bailey and I made tacos for
the Zone and everyone left with full bellies so we were happy
Hermanas.

Wednesday we had some fuerte lessons. One with our investigator who is
going through some trials but you can literally see her glowing with
the light of Christ. Our other recent convert is also passing through
hard moments but his testimony is so rock solid it's amazing to
experience. I love seeing people here cling to the Book of Mormon as
their lifeline of hope. Because that's really what it is.

Friday and Saturday we had INTERCAMBIOS with the Hermanas May and
Brinkman and they went so well. I loved working with Hermana Brinkman
and seeing her be so positive about everything. Truly an example.
Saturday we had a missionary activity with the stake so I got to do
splits with Hermana Brinkman and my favorite Natalia from Elche!! So
fun!! Really cool to see return missionaries get so excited to do the
work again. Opens my eyes what an incredible opportunity this is to be
doing the Lords work here in Spain.

I just want to end off with my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I was
reading in Helaman 7 and there's a part where Nephi is lamenting that
he hadn't been born in the time of Nephi and Lehi where the people
were so easily persuaded to do good. But he says that it is his
"commission" that those be the days of his life. I think many times we
think the same. We complain that the world is so wicked and it would
be easier if we were born in a different time. Well people? YOU HAVE
BEEN COMMISSIONED TO LIVE NOW!! It's because the world needs good. God
needs His strongest players on the playing field and WE ARE THOSE
PLAYERS!! WE ARE THE MVP'S!! So get out on that field and play your
heart out. Share the gospel. We're in this together so we it's time we
do as Nephi did and just PREACH!! I'm so grateful for the opportunity
I have to do this full time. It will be a hard day when I am released
from that calling but until then......ITS TIME TO WORK!!

Love you all!! Have a great week!! Also pray for us and our
carrots.....#3MonthsToSexy:)

Hermana Twede

Happy Birthday to Maite

Taco Time

The Cute Zone

Played voleibol today

Chuks Y Nati

Monday, September 18, 2017

REAL LIFE

Hello world!!! I'm running out of cool things to say at the beginning of my emails......today we went and bought food for Taco Tuesday tomorrow so that was fun buying 4.5 Kilos of hamburger meat. IN OUR ZONE WE CELEBRATE TACO TUESDAY!

Ok so this week was super great. Monday we had two Noches de Hogar and they were both soooo awesome!!! I love this ward so much!! Tuesday was also awesome bc we had district meeting that morning and it was super cool. Tuesday's are also kinda hectic here in Alicante because we have correlación then English class then ward NdH. But it was such a good time and a good way to meet a lot of people from both wards. Also found out something very VERY disappointing during the ward NdH. So it was someone's birthday in one of the wards so they asked me to play. When they did, I came to the realization that, I DONT KNOW HOW TO PLAY THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG??? I searched for it in the Children's Songbook, NADA. The words in my head: "REALLY HERMANA TWEDE? REALLY?!? 14 YEARS OF PLAYING PIECES LIKE MOZART AND BACH AND YOU CANT EVEN WHIP OUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY?!?!" So much disappointment. Kind of like that scripture, "6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise." In my case, those things so small and simple were the words Happy Birthday.

Wednesday was super awesome because we had our first set of INTERCAMBIOS!!! We had them with the awesome Hermanas from Crevillente: Hermana Woods and Hermana Lindley. I was with Hermana Woods in the afternoon on Wednesday and she is sooooo fuerte!! I learned a lot about having confidence in my calling and loving the people no matter what. We saw some milagros, had a great Noche de Hogar, drank delicious black berry batidos, and got some really solid futures. Also she's a gem because she put up with me not knowing where to go and getting lost. The next morning with Hna Lindley was so awesome. We got some delish Spanish postres from a Spanish bakery and they were soooo good. Hna Lindley is so stinking cute I just love her.

Thursday we packed up and headed to Málaga and got to ride with our ZL buddies from Cartagena on the way down. Friday we had intercambios with the STLT's Hermanas Moore and Gentry and it was awesome. That morning we went and volunteered among sandwiches at a soup kitchen type of place. I LOVE SERVICE!! Then I contacted and taught a member with Hna Gentry and that afternoon I was with Hna Moore. We saw so many miracles of just being in the right place at the right time and talking to the right people. Teaching with her felt so natural it brought me back to our days in Granada.

SATURDAY WAS THE BEST DAY!! I've failed to talk about this in past emails and for that I apologize. But on Saturday we had a mission wide conference because we got a visit from an Apostle!! And not just my apostle....ELDER JEFFERY R. HOLLAND!! Oh there are not words for how incredible it was being with him. He came early to take a picture with him and so that he could shake our hand (he says those hand shakes are Mini interviews and he looks us in our eyes to see if we're doing ok). One of the things I loved from what he spoke to us about was when he talked to us about home. He was talking about missionaries who go home and just go back to the way they were before the mission. "You can't ask people to make all of these changes in their lives and go home and you not do the same......THERE ARE NO U-TURNS IN THIS CHURCH!!" That really impacted me. When I would imagine myself at home, I would see a stronger testimony, better at studying the gospel, better study habits, but other than that being the same. But that's not what my mission was intended to do. It was supposed to CHANGE ME!! And I believe it has. Now it's just learning how to let it really change me when the time comes to take my chapa off. I love this gospel. I can honestly say that I have built my firm foundation in Christ and it will NEVER fall.

Hermana Twede with Elder Holland

Malaga Mission with Elder Holland


Love you all. Read your scriptures. Say your prayers. Have a great week.

Hermana Twede

Can't cut onions without your onion goggles.

Dulces with Hermana Lindley

I love Hermana Bailey!! Coming home from Holland.

Alicante Bus=Best Bus

I SAW CHUKS ON SUNDAY!! Flashback to Elx dayz.

Typical Spaniards using our grandma cart to do compras.

Sunday phone calls




Monday, September 11, 2017

THE PROMISED LAND

HI FRIENDS!!

Soooooo I've officially arrived to the promised land of Alicante!! I
seriously LOVE it here! It's one of those places where I just think,
"Wow. This is my place. These are my people." I really love it.

But I'll back up.....Monday and Tuesday was saying goodbyes in
Cartagena. Monday we had a great Noche de Hogar/Dinner with Patricio
and fam and it was soooo good!! They are such a fuerte family. Tuesday
was District Meeting, lunch with Mamita, studying, packing, meeting
with JUAN(!!!!!), and a great Noche de Hogar with some of my favorite
ladies in San Pedro. We saw soooo many miracles those few days in the
trio it was awesome. The husband of one of our members joined our NdH
for the first time ever in my 4 months there and he's a nonmember and
because Hna Palmer is a máquina, she got him sharing about how he has
seen blessing of the gospel in his family's life. It was awesome. But
one of the biggest miracles of the two days was me fitting everything
in my suitcases!! S/O to Hna Stringfellow for the master packing
skills.

Wednesday I made the small trek to Alicante vía bus. Since then I've
been WALKING!!! Aw I cannot explain the joy that walking and using my
legs is. On Wednesday I almost died but it felt soooo good. I've just
been meeting the ward members and investigators and EVERYONE IS
SOOOOOO NICE!! Also, MILAGRO OF MY LIFE: PEOPLE HERE CAN PRONOUNCE MY
NAME ON THE FIRST TIME! THEY LOVE IT!! This has never happened.....not
at home, not in the mission, and probably never again. Everyone is
like, "Hermanaaaaa Tweedy?? Oh! Jaja Hermana Tweedy!" It's awesome.

Friday, we hopped on a bus and headed for Málaga for CONSEJO!! I think
in English it's Missionary Leadership Conference or something?? Oh my
it was soooo good. So much spirit and learning and it was soooo good.
At the beginning of the meeting I just looked at everyone and thought,
"Wow. This is a room full of INCREDIBLE missionaries." It was really
cool. That night we got to spend the night with the STLT's AKA Hna
Moore so that was cool. Love her and all the Hermanas.

Sunday was sooo good!! I LOVE THE WARD!! They are so awesome and just
feel like family!! I'm so excited for the opportunity to be here and
serve these people. We're gonna see soooo many miracles, we've already
seen so many.

Well spiritual stuff then we out. Mainly I just have a strong
testimony of God and His plan for us. I know that He had my mission
planned out A LONG time ago. I've gone through my mission asking why
when things don't go my way and why I was being put in certain places.
I've come to the realization over my mission that I am not here for
me. It doesn't matter how I thought my mission would go or how I
wanted it to go, Heavenly Father did His will. And for that I am
grateful. I know that I've been exactly where I've needed to be and
I'm so grateful for the opportunity to do His will. I love the
mission. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I love the gospel.

Love you all. Have a great week!!!

Hermana Twede

Noche de Hogar

Juan

Alicante Zone with our donkey friends

Me and Hna Bailey

Monday, September 4, 2017

THE LAND NORTHWARD


5 And it came to pass that [Hermana Twede], [she] being an exceedingly curious [missionary], therefore [she] went forth and built [her] an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land [Cartagena], by the land [Murcia], and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck [of La Manga] which led into the land northward. [And thus ended the ninth transfer of the mission of Hermana Twede in the mission of Málaga, Spain.]

Good evening lovely people of the earth. I just had lunch with a nice British man so now I'm just thinking in a British accent.

Well this week has been a wild one to say the least!! Yes....we have received transfer calls but I'll get to that later. So last Tuesday was district meeting and Hna Palmer gave a taller (talk/workshop thing) on working with members and did a REALLY good job. She was so nervous but she didn't need to be she did great. We also met with two new investigators and taught them the Restoration!! They were references from a member who called us on Sunday asking us to visit his daughter and we were MORE than obliged to do so. We had a really great lesson with them and set up a return appointment.

Wednesday was awesome. We had a KILLER lesson with a menos activa in the elder's area who they have us visit. We were talking about faith and when I got here, she didn't want to read the scriptures at all but now she's been reading and praying and even had questions about what she had been reading!! I asked if she feels different and she said yes and I asked in what way and this was her answer: "Before, I didn't believe that Heavenly Father even listened to me. But now I know because when I ask Him a question, He gives me an answer!" AAAHHHH HAPPY MISSIONARY HERE!! She has come soooo far since I got here and it's been such a blessing to see her growth. Also we had a really good Noche de Hogar with one of my favorite families ever. Taught a lesson on finding joy in life even when it's hard. It was really great.

Thursday was weekly planning and then we went to La Manga for an eating cita with a member. BEEEEAUTIFUL!!! Really though I could live there. Pics will be attached.


La Manga

But on our way home, I realized I needed to make a call and when I looked at the phone I saw we had a missed call. I looked at from who....it was from Pte. Andersen!! That was a shock. Well I called him back and we got chatting and then he talked about all the things I've learned this transfer and how now the Lord wants me to use that to help other missionaries. He then asked me if I would serve as a Sister Training Leader. Of course I accepted. He then continued to tell me that the new companion of Hna Palmer would be Hna Stringfellow and said she would be coming the next day!! So we got a taste of transfers almost a whole week early. At the end of the call I asked where I was going but he couldn't remember so i had to wait for a few more days.

Friday was crazy as we started getting the piso ready, went to lunch with our favorite Isabel, ran to a cita with our new investigators and had a killer lesson about the spirit and prayer and the boyfriend has been reading the Book of Mormon and had questions!! So happy!! Then we ran home, threw banana bread in the oven, cleaned up Piso, ran to correlación, sat down for 20 minutes to talk about our investigators and menos activos, then ran back out the door to go back to Cartagena and pick up Hna Stringfellow. Turns out she had gotten in an hour earlier but ended up sitting next to a girl on the bus who was going to be staying with Bishop's family so she was hanging with Bishop's wife when we found her. #Milagros God really watches over His missionaries. Then we went to a member's house to bring him banana bread before he heads back home to Madrid. In return he gave us yummy bocadillos and a whole bag of fresh peppers!! It was a crazy day but good.

Saturday was full of milagros. We visited with two investigators in the morning and had a REALLY good lesson on faith. Then later we went to the house of a menos activa and I had a feeling during studies that morning to invite her to have a NdH the next week. We got there and turns out her grandson had been talking about it and she had told him that they would talk to the Hermanas about doing one! It was a testimony to me that God guides His work if we're willing to listen. Then we passed by our investigator in this one pueblo and he wasn't home but instead watched the neighbors kill a snake in their yard. Sweet. Then we passed by an antiguo who the elders gave us and they were home, hadn't been visited for two years, and we set up a cita for Hna Palmer and Stringfellow for next week. Then we passed by another Menos Activa who I've only visited once and she finally let us in!! We had such a good lesson with her and shared a scripture about increasing her faith. We invited her to start reading again and she said, "Hermanas, don't you worry. I promise I will start reading again." So awesome. That night I found out that I will be going to the land northward of....ALICANTE!! I will be comps with the wonderful HERMANA BAILEY!!! I've done intercambios in Alicante and I love it. I've done intercambios with Hermana Bailey and I love her. Now I get to have both full time!! Stoked.

My spiritual thought is going to be about Sunday. Since it was fast and testimony meeting, I had the opportunity to bear my testimony. And since I was leaving it was expected that I would give it. Those who know me know I really don't enjoy speaking in front of large crowds but I had already decided to give my testimony. Also those of you who know me know I'm not a crier. I thought the mission would make me one but....nope. Well as soon as I get up there, I get out three words and a wave of emotion comes over me as I felt the love for this ward in full force. Many don't know, but this has been my hardest area yet and has taken longer for me to love it. But through my trials and difficulties in these last four months, I've developed a deep love for this place and for this ward. One of the biggest things I've learned here is that, just like Heavenly Father loves these people, He loves me too. It's taken me a long time to be able to say that and believe it, but bearing my testimony yesterday really solidified that for me. I know Heavenly Father loves me, no matter how imperfect, crazy, I am, He loves me. I know it. And no one can take that away from me.

Love you all. Thanks for the support. I'm excited for this new adventure. HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

Hermana Twede

The Fam

Noche de Hogar with Jessica and family

#MorningExercise #TrioLife

Paella with Isabel

Uliana and Maria

Antonia. Love her!!

Our walk to the beach.

Sunset from the bus yesterday (Sunday).

The goodbye crew with Mamita and fam.

Monday, August 28, 2017

TRAVELOGUE 🚌

🎶We're going on a trip in our favorite autobús, zooming down the street, little missionaries!
Climb aboard, get ready to be bored, zooming down the street, little missionaries!🎶

OK DID ANYONE SEE WHERE AUGUST WENT?? I THINK HE JUST RAN THAT WAY AND HE ROBBED ME OF TIME SO IF YOU SEE HIM CALL THE COPS. But really it's already practically September......HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?! Not ok.

Also warning: this is a long email. Sorry not sorry.

Anyway so this week was quite the adventure. Almost three full days we were out of our area because we were traveling to Málaga. Why? Well.....since about August 12th, Hermana Twede has been living in Spain a wee bit illegally so had to go redo her residency. But now I'm allowed to live here for another year so we good. So even though we were in buses almost all day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we still saw some miracles!!

On Wednesday we left and I asked in the prayer on our way out that we would have the opportunity to share the gospel with someone in camino for Malaga. Well we went the whole day without sharing anything. I knew I needed to do something but I was tired and used it as an excuse. Well, we passed through Granada, got some pizza to go, hopped back on the bus, and headed for Malaga. There were some new people on our bus and we were in the back with some of them. We could hear these two guys in the back speaking English so Hna Palmer looks behind us and asks where they are from. They were from Holland! Then there were also Italians behind us who spoke English as well. Well, we got in a conversation with them and the conversation went from their adventures in Spain, asking us on a date (that is a mission first), and then into the gospel. They asked more about what we believe and we had the opportunity to testify to them. Neither of them are very religious at all. One of them said, "You know I ask to know God is there. I say, "If you will just give me a sign that you are there, then I will believe."" Well that is a topic that has come up a lot in comp study lately and my mind instantly turned to Alma 32:17-18 that says:

17 Yea, there are many who do say: If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven, then we shall know of a surety; then we shall believe.
18 Now I ask, is this faith? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for if a man knoweth a thing he hath no cause to believe, for he knoweth it.

I was about to say something when Hna Palmer just goes, "Well that wouldn't be faith. He asks us to have faith that He exists." I was so proud. Then he asked if we've gotten an answer to our prayers and asked to share an experience. I just told him about the one that was happening right then, that we were having the opportunity to share the gospel with someone. We both had the opportunity to testify of a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for them. It was cool. Don't know if it made a difference or them but it was cool to see how God answers our prayers.

We got to Malaga and got to spend the night with HERMANA PICKETT AND HERMANA MCKEOWN!! Hermana Pickett is my former comp from Elche so it was good to reminisce about the good old days in Palm Tree Ville. Hermana Mckeown is from my group and we haven't seen each other since our very first Zone Conference almost a year ago so it was good to see and talk to her. The next day we headed for Fuengirola and talked to a nice old man on the train, then some British people who were very kind and called us "lovely girls". Then I got to see my buddies in my group!! So good.

Another great thing that happened during traveling was we missed our bus from Malaga to Granada, meaning we would miss our bus from Granada to Murcia as well that night. Residency took longer than expected so Elder Moore changed our tickets and we got to stay in Granada for a night!! I had been wishing that that would get to happen when it was my turn to do residency. But when I found out that we'd be staying in Murcia instead I was ok. A little disappointed but it was fine. So when Elder Moore told us we wouldn't make our bus and we would be staying in Granada, I was soooo excited. I didn't expect to be able to see any of the people I visited there because we'd be getting in around 9:30 but it was enough for me to just be there. Well, another miracle happened and we got in at 8:30 to the bus station and to the Hnas piso by 9. When we got there, Hna Matsu opened the door and said, "Ok put your stuff down in the room and then let's go. We're going to go see Maria Guzman. I told her we had a surprise for her." Maria Guzman is like my little Spanish abuela of Granada. We went to her house every single Sunday and taught her and a menos activa. I was sooo excited. I didn't know if she would recognize me because it had been so much time, but she opened the door and gasps and says, "Oh hermana!! No lo puedo creer!! ¿Cómo?" She was so happy and so was I. I remember being at her house my very first Sunday in the field and having the worst stomachache and her just telling me to go home and rest. She always helped me with my Spanish and always made me feel loved. It was such a blessing to be able to see her. And she was leaving for the temple the next day!! So good to see her doing those things. Such a miracle and helped me to really realize that Heavenly Father cares about the little things we care about. I had a desire to go but wasn't expecting it and He gave me that opportunity. I was sooooo grateful. So lots of answers to prayers were seen on that trip.

Maria Guzman! Mi Abuela de Granada!
By the time we finally got home on Friday, we were zombies. Did studying, went to correlación then visited a menos activa and ate until we died (almost literally). Saturday was weekly planning and visiting some peeps. Sunday was so good. I LOVE THIS WARD!! I love who I'm serving with and the people we are serving. It's been such a blessing to have had this opportunity to serve here in Cartagena these past four months.

Ok so I know this email is already really long and most have stopped reading by now but I just want to share something I learned this week from a talk that the wonderful Hermana Clark sent me last week. It's called The Perfect Lie and it's about how Satan tells us that in order to become like Christ, or to feel satisfaction in our lives, we need to do more and to be more. LIES!! This lady explains it like this: "In my efforts to be like Christ, I lived by this math equation: Me + More = Christlike. If I’m more patient, more forgiving, more loving, more charitable, more prayerful (and the list could go on and on), I can be like Christ. Christlike is the goal. Sounds good, right? Except it’s not. It’s the perfect lie. It’s Satan’s equation that he dupes us into living...Nowhere in the scriptures does Christ say that our efforts are inadequate. Never does He say, “If you don’t work hard enough, you’ll never be enough.”
No. His truth and His invitation is “Come unto me, for my grace is sufficient.”
Christ’s truth, I discovered, is more like this equation:
 Me +  Christ = More."

I've started living by this equation. When Satan gets into my head (he does it a lot....rude) and tells me that for me to be successful, for me to go home with no regrets, to feel satisfied with myself, my life, everything.....I need to BE MORE....I've begun thinking of this equation. Instead of telling myself to do/be more, I instead strive to add Christ to my equation. I strive to work as a team with my Savior because I know without Him, I can't do it.

I know my Savior lives and loves me. And know that there is a simple way to walk through this life and it's along side our Savior Jesus Christ. I encourage you all to put Christ back into His proper place in your life. It will change your life. I know because He has changed mine.
Me + Christ = More.

Love you all, have a great week.

Kia Kaha.

Hermana Twede

It's too bad when your comp locks you out of the house....jejejejejeje.

La Manga at night...looked cooler in person.

This is what happens when you pass by a reference that the elders gave you from their area annnnndddd.....
if you look in the distance, you can see two goons in white shirts.