Monday, July 24, 2017

BB Therapy

My watch finally kicked the can this week.......that was sad. So for a solid 8 hours I just had a pale strip of naked skin on my wrist and lots of stress as I tried to look at the time during lessons only to see NADA, before I broke and had to go to the store to buy a new one. Now I know what time it is so we good, WE GOOD!!

Well this week was chock full of milagros. First off, why is that a thing? To say something is "chock full" of something? Doesn't make sense. Anyway, so I have two main miracles for the week. One of them was our investigator who had a fecha bautismal (baptism date) but kind of almost dropped us. We had been trying to get in contact with him but he wasn´t answering our calls or anything and we don´t know where he lives because we always meet with him in a member´s house or in a park. So we went to correlación and talked about it and just asked if the bishop or someone from the ward could give him a call that would be awesome. So right then, one of our ward mission leaders walked out and called him. He came back in explaining what our investigator had said to him and that we could call him. So we were going to call him after correlación but during the meeting, when the elders were talking, we got a phone call from him. So we walked outsde and answered it and talked to him for a bit. The next day he called us asking if he could meet with us. We had a Noche de Hogar that night so instead we invited him to that and he said yes! We had a great Noche de Hogar that night with lots of people. Then we met with him on Friday and we knew from other member friends that his big issue was diezmo (tithing) because he already doesn´t make a lot of money from his job, then he has to pay for his house, his car, his brother´s medications, etc. So we gave him the folleto for Diezmo because those have worked really well with him. He had a lot of questions but we told him to read the folleto that night and that on Saturday we would talk about it. So Saturday comes and we meet and talk about diezmo and the importance of it and asked him to explain what he understood from it and he understood it REALLY well. Then at the end we asked him if he will live the law of tithing after his baptism and without hesitation he said, "Yes." SO COOL! I am not going to lie I expected a little more resitence and questions. It just goes to show that those who are becoming truly converted will accept all the commandments and LIVE them. Really cool.

Another miracle is a joven that has been taught since January and has had countless fechas in the past. Last time we set a fecha, we were serious about it and he knew what he needed to do. His issue has been church attendence. It is so hard to get him to church more than once a transfer. So last time he missed his fecha, instead of setting another one, we gave him some space. So as of late, we haven´t met with him. But after our noche de hogar on Thursday, we set up a cita with him for the next day. We had a good discussion with him. He told us that last week after work, he told his boss he couldn ´t work on Sunday anymore, so now he has Sunday off!! So we invited him to church. Then I had a small prompting to set another fecha bautismal with him. I asked him if he really wants to get baptized and he said yes. So together, we picked out a date. August 12th! Then we showed him on the calendar that he needs to come to all those sundays leading up to his baptism, including the ones after. He accepted. So we invited hm to church the next day and he accepted. And he really came!! It was so awesome. After church, we got off the bus and we were walking back home with him and he pulls out his permission form for Youth Conference!! We didn´t even ask! He just said, "Hey look I´m going to Youth Conference!" We were so excited for him!! So that will be a very good experience for him and I am confident that he will be more than ready for the 12th of August.

Another miracle that we've seen explains the title of this week's email. BANANA BREAD!! We had a hard day on Saturday and after needed some therapy. Here in Cartagena everyone loves banana bread thanks to Hermana Bailey so as of late we've been a banana bread factory. But on Saturday, we decided we needed something to get our spirits up so we made banana bread. Need therapy? Make banana bread. Helps when bajo de animo and makes people happy and if you ever have a hard time visiting less actives.....one dose of banana bread will do the trick.

Ok well this morning I was reading a really cool talk about forgiveness called, "The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness" by Elder Kevin R. Duncan. Oh my it was soooo good. There was a lot of parts I really liked. "Forgiveness is the very reason God sent His Son, so let us rejoice in His offering to heal us all. The Savior’s Atonement is not just for those who need to repent; it is also for those who need to forgive." I had never thought of forgiveness being the reason that God sent His son to the earth. When we think of the Atonement, we think of Christ suffering for our sins but I guess for me, I never think of "forgiveness" right off. But that really is the whole reason Christ was sent here. To carve a path of FORGIVENESS from our sins. We know that the Atonement was for our sins so that GOD can forgive US for our trespasses, but did you realize that it's also for YOU to forgive your NEIGHBOR/FRIEND/FAMILY for their trespasses?? And for THEM to forgive YOU of your trespasses?? Makes one think. I guess my thought for today is: People? Forgive one another!! Stop holding onto your grudges. It's not worth it. A kid asked me once that if you are messed up and your mom is messed up because your dad abused you as a child, what do you do? Do you forgive him? I told him yes. It's not your job to hold onto that. Let God take care of it. My favorite quote ever is, "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison hoping for the other person to die." If Christ went through sooo much to take those grudges from you, save yourself a lot of pain and LET HIM TAKE IT!!

I know Christ is my Savior. I know Heavenly Father loves me. I know that through them I can do anything.

Love you all. Have a great week.

Kia Kaha


Hermana Twede

Sorry we didn't take any pics this week. So enjoy this rare art from the children who like to draw on my iPad on the way to church.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BICICLETA 🚲

It's been quite the day. And week. And month. And year. But
specifically, this week has been filled with police stations, almost
dying, Zone Conf, interviews, banana bread, new investigators, dropped
dates, and waaaay too much of Spanish men than preferred. I'll
explain.

Sooooo Monday we had a KILLER Noche de Hogar with an investigator,
recent convert, menos activos, and strong members. KILLER!! So
awesome!! Hermana Palmer learned that when you don't know what anyone
is saying, just say, "Qué fuerte!!" It was a good night.

Tuesday.......was interesting. It was a very up and down day, but we
made cookies for our Noche de Hogar and ended up having a super great
night. You wanna get close with the members? Chocolate chip cookie
bars may just do the trick;)

Wednesday I turned 1 YEAR OLD in the mission. I'm getting old.....it's
not ok. Soooo to celebrate we met with an investigator in the morning
who I love to pieces. Then we had interviews with Presidente
Andersen!! I love that man. He told me a lot of things I needed to
hear so it was awesome. Then we visited some menos activas and we've
started doing Personal Progress with them!! It's fun going back and
doing it but now and Spanish. I don't know why I never thought about
doing that before with my less actives but I LOVE IT!! Then later that
night we had another really good Noche de Hogar and then I
accomplished my mission goal: bought a barra de pan and ate it.....all
of it. Let's just say 6 Months to Sexy came in with a bang the next
morning. #YIKES

Thursday we had a killer Noche de Hogar AGAIN with a bunch of jóvenes.
We had it about prayer and I don't think I've ever testified so
strongly of the power of prayer. There's something about teaching kids
your age who don't have the testimony you do and you just want them to
believe soooooo bad that God is their Heavenly Father and He wants to
help them with whatever they go through. So it was great.

Friday was ZONE CONF!! Hermana Palmer's first and SHE SAID THE OPENING
PRAYER!!! She was so nervous leading up to it but she NAILED IT!! I
was so proud.

Saturday is where things really started to get interesting. So we had
planned before to make banana bread as an excuse to go meet all of our
neighbors. We also set a goal that day to find 2 new investigators. So
we go to our next door neighbors and they let us in and have us sit
down and we get talking. Then she says, "I always see missionaries
living there. I want to know about your church." Mind you, VERY
catholic. So.....we taught her the first lesson. To her and two of her
daughters and at the end gave her and one of the daughters a Book of
Mormon and invited them to read. At they end, they commented that we
seemed like closed off people because missionaries who have passed
through dont say hi to the neighbors and keep to themselves.
So....MISSIONARIES!! GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS!!! THEY NEED LOVE AND
THE GOSPEL TOO!!
The second neighbor we went to see, her husband was.....not
clothed....so he didn't let us give him banana bread.....not really
mad about that. But then we went and visited our cute Ines, very
catholic future investigator, taught her a lesson, and set a return
appointment. So between our neighbors and Ines, we reached our goal of
2 news and had some great lessons!! It was a good day.

Yesterday was awesome. Started with studies. In the middle church. And
ended with getting home late because we lost our phone and had to go
to the police stations!! Woohoo!!

But an experience we had in between all the craziness was really cool.
The Super SHEs (Sister Training Leaders)have been having us do this
thing this month where we try to develop a certain attribute of Christ
during July.

Mine is faith. Yesterday, they challenged us to contact the first 3
people we saw, no matter what they looked like. So......Hna Palmer and
I got off the bus from church and started contacting on our way home. We
contacted two interesting old men who didn't want much. Then we were
coming up on a girl who looked about our age and I wasn't going to
contact her but a thought came to my head, "She is number 3. Contact
her." So we started talking to her and asking if she has ever had a
desire to know that there is a God and she says yes. I just looked at
her and said, "Hey, we're jóvenes like you. We're not weird people.
But I can tell you that this gospel has blessed my life so so much. I
know that I have a purpose here in this life and I know that it's to
become like and later life with my Heavenly Father. We just want to
share this message with you as well. Is there another day this week
when we could do that?" She accepted, we showed her a video, set up a
return appointment, and invited her to pray to feel God's love.
Coolest contacting experience. It's such a cool experience to be able
to look kids in the face who are MY OWN AGE and tell them, "There is
hope. There is happiness. You have a purpose. And we're here to help
you find it." I love he mission. I love the miracles we see when we
have faith. I love everything I've learned and everything I've become.
I'm excited to go the hardest I've ever gone in my last 6 months and
give the Lord my all. I love this gospel. I know it's true.

Love you all. Have a great week.

Kia Kaha.


Hermana Twede

P.S. SORRY IF I DONT WRITE YOU BACK WHEN YOU EMAIL ME. I DONT HATE
YOU. I LOVE YOUR EMAILS.

One Year Celebration. Face masks and Uno!

Oh Spain.

Oh Spain.

Feliz Dia de la Virgen Del Carmen!

DÍA DE 'MÙRICA

🎶MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE, SWEET LAND OF JAMÓN Y CHEESE, OF THEE I SING.
LAND WHERE MY IPAD DIED, LAND OF PAELLA PRIDE, FROM EVERY SPANISH
SIDE, LET FREEDOM RING. 🎶

HAPPY MURICA DAY!!! Hope y'all enjoyed your 4 de Julio like true
Americans. We celebrated with red and blue pancakes for breakfast with
white chocolate chips then took a road trip to Murcia for
intercambios. It was a great day. No we didn't light off fireworks
although that woulda been cool.

Well it's been a week. It's been a crazy great one. We have had some
INCREDIBLE lessons with our investigator. He is seriously so great. We
had a really cool lesson about the Word of Wisdom and committed him to
stop drinking coffee.
Him: "But if I don't then I will be tired!"
Me: "That's exactly why you shouldn't drink it! Because then you
depend on it! You need to take care of your body. Will you go home
tonight and chuck your coffee??"
Him: "Hermana that's money!!"
Me: "But it's also eternal blessings from Heavenly Father!! Will you
keep the Word of Wisdom."
Him: "....yes. I want to be obedient. So I will stop drinking coffee."
WOOHOO!!! And he's still going. He is so strong and so excited to be
baptized next week. We talk about it all the time. "22 de Julio a las
7 por la tarde." He says every time we bring it up. I always feel so
blessed for the opportunity I've had to help him enter into this
covenant of baptism with his Heavenly Father. He has seriously walked
into the font and that's the way it should be. We as missionaries
shouldn't be dragging them in, we should be walking with them, side by
side, as they enter the font and start this new life.

We had some ups and downs but overall it was a great week. I can't
remember all that happened right now but we got some citas set up with
some futures for this week and a Noche de Hogar almost everyday this
week!! Hey you humans, DO FAMILY HOME EVENING!! Not just with your own
family but with everyone and anyone. It's such a good bonding
experience. Also if you guys have cool FHE ideas, like cool fun object
lessons, I'd love to hear your ideas. I'm not creative and we're
trying to come up with more ways to teach gospel principles. SO SEND
IN YOUR IDEAS!! Feel like I'm a commercial but whatever.

Ok so I have started reading the Book of Mormon in english again,
focusing on the Christlike Attribute of Faith. I was reading in
chapter 2 verse 16 when Lehi tells his Familia they got make like a
tree and get out of Jerusalem. Laman and Lemuel are over there like,
"WAAAAAAT?!! Dad noooo whyyyyy are you kidding?? But dad I just bought
these sandals they will definitely not work for the wilderness!!" And
on and on. Then you have Nephi in verse 16 that says: "16 And it came
to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being
large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the
mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he
did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words
which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against
him like unto my brothers." Sometimes I think we think, "Aw Nephi look
at that Stud. Doesn't even question it he just goes." WRONG! Sorry but
nope. I love this verse because it goes to show that Nephi DID have a
hard time accepting the vision Lehi had to leave his home. I think the
only person who wouldn't think twice about leaving their home for
unknown reasons would be Jesus Christ. But, because of his faith,
Nephi, instead of murmuring like his brothers and like so many of us
do, turned to the Lord. When the Lord softened his heart, he was all
in because even if he didn't know everything, he know it's what the
Lord needed them to do. I hope to be more like Nephi and have enough
faith to accept and carry out the Lord's will.
We shared this scripture in a member's house and she said something
I'll never forget, "I imagine Nephi as a big strong young man. But boy
is he tiny compared to the faith he has." SO TRUE!! May we all learn
to have faith like Nephi and do what the Lord asks of us. I know that
we are blessed when we do what the Lord asks because He does nothing
save it be for our benefit.

Love you all!! Until next week!!

Hermana Twede

Happy 4th! Sorry, I'm sweating after running.

Intercambios

We love Isabel!

Meet Ines. 92. Very hip. Very Catholic. My favorite.

My home E. Wilding. Because we hit a year this week and we're old.

Monday, July 3, 2017

WHO'S LINE IS IT ANYWAY?

HUMAN BEINGS HOW IS IT ALREADY MONDAY?!?! But really I feel like I
just did this like yesterday.

Ok so this week was awesome and we saw lots of Milagros. So here we do
this thing called PLAN MAMUT and it is a plan of having missionaries
and members working together through Family Home Evenings. The goal is
to take strong member families and have them do Noches de Hogar with
less active families and then have the less active members turn in to
strong members. We also include investigators so that they
automatically have friends in the ward. The elders have seen a lot of
success with it but we have kind of done it half heartedly. Last
Tuesday we had a great district meeting and talked about it and after,
Hna Palmer and I decided we were going to go all in and do it. GUYS WE
SAW MILAGROS!! The first family we went to, we asked if they would be
willing to do a NdH every week and they said, "Of course! We want to
help the families who are a little down spiritually. We also know that
it's going to help us too. So of course. We will do it." WOOHOO!! So
cool. This week we ended up having 4 different Noches de Hogar it was
so awesome.

Another milagro is our awesome investigator. He's honestly like
teaching a child sometimes so we move kinda slow and try to keep him
focused. We met with him on Friday and that day I had been wondering
if he was understanding anything we were teaching or if he remembered
anything....especially the Plan of Salvation. So we sort of planned a
review with him plus another lesson if he was getting everything.
Anyway, so we meet and we start walking to a part and he says to me,
"So I was thinking about something we learned last week.....after we
die when we go to that place with the paradise and the prison, didn't
you say there were missionaries there? Can you explain that again
today?" I was soooo happy when he asked me that bc it showed me that
he really is internalizing everything. Although some things take
longer to understand, he LOVES learning and he is soooo excited to be
baptized in the near future. He used to have really negative thoughts
and was really weighed down, but then we gave him his paper of
assignments and he says his thoughts are much more positive. He told
us the other day, "When I read the Book of Mormon, my mind is focused
and clear during the day. But when I don't, it's not. I feel much
happier because of my little paper of things I need to do." SO COOL.
Nothing compares to watching someone truly becoming converted to Jesus
Christ and His gospel.

Another milagro was that it rained this week. TWICE. The week before,
Hna Palmer asked me when it rains here in Cartagena. "Approximately
never." I answered. (Why? Bc everyone here told me the same thing.
Really hot, no rain.) Well......I was wrong. We actually went out on
Saturday to find this new American Family who just moved here (they
are wonderful btw) and when we left casa it was a beautiful day and
everyone was at the beach. By the time we got to San Pedro (12
minutesish) it was looking pretty feo up there in the sky. Then when
we went American Family hunting, it started a down pour. So if y'all
saw some crazy girls in sandals standing outside a building across
from a Catholic Church soaking wet....it was us. Note to self: it DOES
rain in CartaG but it's about as predictable as the weather in Utah.

It's been a great week with lots of miracles. This fast Sunday we did
a fast as a mission for the work and I think we are in for some big
miracles down here in the Málaga Spain Mission. I have been reading
lately about Alma and Amulek when they went to go teach the Zoramites.
At one point, Amulek is standing up there and he's preaching straight
fire to these people and he starts in about prayer. Now because I read
my scriptures in Español, he says over and over again,
"Clamad.....Clamad...... Clamad a él en vuestras casas, sí, por todos
los de vuestra casa, tanto por la mañana, como al mediodía y al
atardecer." So I looked up what Clamad means and it means to clamor.
Well....,I'm not an English major so idk what the means so hopped on
over to the dictionary and saw that "to clamor" means "to cry out".
HUMANS! We're not just supposed to do this casual prayer thing like
it's on our To Do list. We are literally supposed "to cry out" to our
Father in Heaven about everything that's going on in our lives. Later,
Amulek says to "derramar vuestra alma". Y'all know what "derramar"
means? It means to spill or shed. When we pray, we should be SPILLING
OUR SOULS out to our Father. Not just a, "Hey how's it going. Today
was great. Hey could you make sure tomorrow is good to? Sweet thanks,
bye." NO! He is your literally Father in Heaven who wants to talk to
you. SO TALK TO HIM! Prayer has taken on a whole new meaning for me in
my life during my mission. Even though I can only talk to my earthly
parents once a week, I have a Heavenly Father who I can talk to at any
minute of every single day of my life. No batteries needed. My
challenge to you all is to stop having a one way voice recording with
God, but to actually TALK to Him. Because He's there and He's
listening. To every single child's prayer.

Love you all. Have a great week!!

Kia Kaha

Hermana Twede

We figured out the key to get fresh hot bread from Mercadona...happy hermanas

Our Favorite Isabel!

Cool graffiti in Los Alcazares

Are we Isabel yet?

Monday, June 26, 2017

HADES

Holy Hannah on a popsicle stick!! It is HOOOOOOT! Hades decided to
unleash his wrath on Cartagena early this summer so we've been sticky,
hot, and stinky these past few weeks.

Besides it being hot it's been a good week. I don't even know what to
write for this week! We had some crazy things happen that is for sure.
We learned a lot and have grown a lot this week.

At one point of the week, I became very frustrated with the work. I
wish it were easier for me to hide my feelings but......I didn't do it
very well that day. Everyone failed us and no one was answering their
phones and it was hot and I was feeling very.....useless. I sometimes
get myself in these ruts where all I want to do is share the gospel,
do what I came here to do; and when we don't have work, I get
frustrated because I can't do that. So this day I was frustrated and
Hna Palmer knew it so, like the great missionary she is, she suggested
we pray. So she said it and then after I looked at her and asked what
she thinks we should do. "Contact." So we did. We took the car to a
different part of San Pedro and I told her to pull over when she felt
like we should. So we end up parking in a spot we usually park in when
we get out to contact and we hop out. We got in a discussion with a
man and his wife and this man was just telling us how faith is just an
excuse that we use when we can't explain something. They weren't
interested so we gave them a card and kept walking. There were three
people walking to their car and I said hello but didn't stop them and
as we kept walking, all of a sudden Hna Palmer whips around and starts
talking to them in Spanish. She looked to me for some help and so she
started talking to them and one says, "Son...? De donde son.....? Oh I
don't remember." And then Hna Palmer goes, "English?" And all three
go, "YES!!" All from the very south of England. So we have a great
conversation with these people and move on. Next people we contact,
Hna Palmer is the one who stops them....again!! She always apologizes
to me for not being able to help me in contacting but here she was
stopping all these people. They said something and Hna Palmer goes,
"English?" This couple answers, "YES!!" From London area. We have a
great conversation with them and move on. Last people we were going to
contact and Hna Palmer stops them too!! She was on fire. The husband
started speaking a little bit and then she asks them again, "English?"
Both answer, "YES!" North of England this time. All three groups of
people she stopped were ALL from England. So she got to share her
testimony in English with all of them. After, as we were walking to
the car, I just said, "Do you realize what you just did? You stopped
every single person we contacted tonight! And almost ALL of them spoke
English!! Do you know how much God loves you?" Cool experience.

Then on Thursday, we got a call from one of our investigators and he
told us he would be getting off of work early if we wanted to meet.
First: that has NEVER happened. Second: he had told us THE DAY BEFORE
that he could only meet on Fridays for which we set up a Noche de
Hogar for Friday. So we met with him and he first thing he tells us is
he wants to be baptized on the first of July!! WHAT?! Craziness. So we
were freaking out a little bit and then he just kept saying, "I want
the spirit because I know it is going to help me. And I know you guys
are here to help me too." It was a cool lesson. We ended up meeting
with him for the next two nights and we changed his date for the 8 de
Julio so that he's ready in time. But that was really cool to
experience. There's some things he has a hard time understanding, but
he has such a great desire to be baptized so he's doing his best to
keep his commandments and come closer to Christ.

I love the mission. I really do. I've learned so much from training.
We've had some rough days this week but we've learned a lot. I know
that God loves us soooo much and that if we hand everything over to
Him, He will make us better than we could ever imagine. I know that
Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He knows my needs and my struggles.
I know that I can hand my weaknesses over to Him and He will make them
strong. I know that we live in a world that continues to tell us
Satan's lies and tries to make us feel like there is no hope. I was
reading the story about Korihor the past few days in Alma and the last
verse really hit me. It's Alma 30:60 "And thus we see the end of him
who perverteth the ways of the Lord; and thus we see that the devil
will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag
them down to hell." But something I realized is that our Heavenly
Father, when we do His will and keep His commandments, ALWAYS supports
us. He keeps His guiding hand on our shoulder until the end. He walks
by our side through it all and even carries us when we can't walk. We
can hand all of our burdens over to our Savior because His yoke is
easy and His burden is light. I know Christ loves me and my Heavenly
Father is always watching over me. I'm grateful for the opportunity I
have to share that with these people in Spain.

Have a great week!!

Kia Kaha

Hermana Twede

Pday in CartaG

When your comp has a whole bottle of face mask stuff. Aprovechar.

Call me a Spainard bc this is the most beautiful Tortilla de Patata y'all have ever seen.

Sea me Dreamin'

Monday, June 19, 2017

High On A Mountain Top

Hello humans.

It's been an adventurous day to say the least. We woke up, studied,
cleaned, got groceries, then rushed to Cartagena to meet up with
everyone and go to a pueblo of the elders. So we go to this pueblo
called Sierra Minera where (quote Elder Wilding) "There's a cool
mountain we can hike with a castle and stuff." Well.....there was a
mountain, and a castle, and stuff......but what the brochure didn't
tell us is that there is no real path, nor that you can't go exploring
the mines, NOR that there are many nests of hornets if you come down
the Stupid Way #2. Soooo long shory stort, on the way up, we were
attacked by thistles and on the way down, I accidentally stepped on an
unseen hornets nest, got stung three times in the arm, then launched
myself away bc heck no I ain't staying there to be attacked by those
little nasties and skid down a rock and scraped up my leg.....so we
got off the train looking all nice and shiny and got back on looking
like victims of war. Crazy hair, bee stings, scraped legs and arms,
and dirt....everywhere. Quite an adventure.

The hike today. Elder Ngtai was telling me about a video gamecalled sky room or something even though I have no clue what it is buthe felt the need to tell me. This was before I got attacked by beesand rocks.


Now to back up to the rest of the week. Tuesday I woke up in Málaga,
went to Fuengirola, then to the mission home to pick up my new
companion!! Her name is HERMANA PALMER and she is from Arizona and is
super great. She's already working so hard and her Spanish has already
improved. She loves the people here so much just automatically it's
such an example to me that you don't have to speak the same language
to love God's children. I'm learning a lot being her trainer and
hopefully teaching her some. But I know that I'm going to learn more
from her than she will from me during this time together.

WOOHOO CARTAG TWEDE PALMER WOOHOO
A lot of this last half of the week has been meeting people and
contacting. A contacting miracle that happened the other day was after
we had gone through all our back up plans and normal plans and
everything else so I guided her home and we parked the car and started
contacting. But first, we had to make some cards really quick bc we
had none. So we kneel down to pray and it was my turn and I just
really was needing a miracle that day so I said, "Heavenly Father,
please help us to find someone who needs our message, who wants to
listen to us." Well, we got rejected by a girl and her mom, then got
into a 20 minute long convo about the weirdest things and gave a Libro
de Mormon to a drunk man, and this was right before we go in to Piso
but decided to walk a little more and this older guy practically jumps
out and grabs us and says, "Hey, who are you guys? What church are you
from? What is that book?" And right there, on the side of the street,
we taught this man the entire lesson of the Restoration in about 10
minutes, gave him a Book of Mormon and left. He was so happy to get
that book it was awesome. Such a direct answer to our prayer. Then we
saw him yesterday on the way home from church and he waved and said he
had read some of the book we gave him!! Really praying that he decides
to continue with the lessons. If not, I know he will one day. He needs
the gospel.

I love the mission so much. I love this opportunity I have to teach
Hermana Palmer how to love the mission. How to talk to these people
and show them that they are precious children of God. I love my Savior
Jesus Christ. I love my Heavenly Father and I know He is constantly
guiding me. I know that this church is the only true church on the
earth because it has the authority of God. I'm grateful to be a part
of this work here in Spain. I will forever be indebted to my Heavenly
Father for this opportunity He has given me.

Love you all!! Chao!!

Kia Kaha

Hermana Twede

Our fave fam who left for Ecuador for the summer today:(

Manicures on the bus on the way to church

Monday, June 12, 2017

IT'S RAINING IT'S RAINING I'M TRAINING


Hey folks well.......I write you today from the capilla but in about
an hour and a half I'm headed to the bus station to catch a bus to
MÁLAGA!! Why? Well I'll tell y'all in a minute.

So this week has been great. Hna Johnson and I did an English fast
this week and what that means is we speak straight Spanish 24/7. All
of our goals throughout the transfer led up to this last week of full
Spanish. We did it so that poco a poco, we spoke more and more Spanish
every week so it would be less hard to go all the time......we'll it
wasn't. It was hard. But we started and ended it with a fast. So
Sunday after lunch, we started a food fast as well as an English fast
and fasted for the strength to complete our goal. Deciding to do this
goal wasn't easy but during weekly planning we said a comp prayer to
ask if it was a reasonable goal and if it would be good to set it. We
both got the confirmation that it was what we needed to do so our food
fast was to receive the strength to do our English fast. Well.....we
got it and we learned a lot. We were a lot more focused (hah go
figure), improved our grammar, and had fun. We had a really hard day
on Tuesday and we discussed the goal and I asked Hna Johnson if she
wanted to change it and she looked me in the eye and said, "No. I want
to finish it. It's going to be hard but I want to finish it." I was so
proud of her. And we did. We finished it. And it was awesome.

I'm trying to remember what else happened this week and I just can't.
Everyday has just been one day closer to transfer calls so that's
crazy. Really don't even know where this transfer went. Flew by. But
on Saturday, we went to a cita around 4 o'clock with one of our menos
activas who is a straight máquina. So we are sitting in there, sharing
a message, feeling the spirit, when the phone which was in my pocket
starts to vibrate. So I pull it out to silence it and I see caller ID
and it says, "Pdte. Andersen".......and then the freak out began. But
I calmly (on the outside not the inside) silenced it and put it back
in my pocket and kept listening to the lesson all while having a flip
out moment in my mind and body. Then the phone of our member rings and
I look at Hna Johnson and say under my breath, "President Andersen."
And she just smiled and is like, "it's for you! Calm down." So when we
got out of the cita (ended up getting two references in that cita so
that was awesome) I called him back and....,NO ANSWER! But he sent us
a text saying he couldn't talk right then. We told him sorry and that
we were in a cita and he says, "Never apologize for that.....I will
call later tonight. You may want to talk to me!" Well yes that helped
the nerves. So we just left it until later.

So after this, we went to Smöoey which is a FroYo place where our
investigator works. We haven't been able to get ahold of her this week
so, like the creeps we are, we thought we would go to her work. (Keep
in mind this is Saturday.....in the afternoon......and we had just
started our fast a few hours before) So our plan was to casually go
buy some frozen yogurt bc we knew she would be working and that would
give us a chance to talk to her. So we walk by and see her working,
and couldn't commit so we just walked past from a distance. Then far
away, Hermana Johnson turns to me and goes, "Ok, rock-paper-scissors.
You win, you decide if we go or not; I win, I decide." (Because it's
not Not weird to show up to your investigators work) Me: "Soooo the
goal here is to lose?" Hna Johnson: "Yes." So we duel. 1x: Hna
Johnson's paper beats my rock. Hna Johnson: "Best two out of three"
2x: Her paper beats my rock AGAIN!! So.....we went. And we bought ice
cream. And came out with a cita with our investigator. WIN.
But.....then we had a conundrum. We are fasting. And we have a big
thing of ice cream in our hand.
Hna Johnson: "Should we just eat it? Home is 10-15 minute walk."
Me: "No that feels like sinning."
So what do we do? Walk home. And what does the ice cream do? Melt bc
it's hot outside. And who ended up holding it? Me. So we got a lot of
weird looks and I was holding this cup of icrecream that was dripping
all over my hands and leaving, not a trail of breadcrumbs, but of
melted ice cream all the way home. People looked at us like, "Stupid
Americans you're supposed to EAT the ice cream." So that was the
adventure of the night. Advice: Make sure to creep on your ice cream
making investigator when you're NOT fasting. But this just goes to
show the sacrifices we make for the Lord and helping the people we
teach.

So that night, we saw some other miracles. Followed the spirit back to
the house of a menos activa who we had already passed by that day when
she wasn't home and when we went back we got to teach her. But long
shory stort, we waited up until 11:30 (bedtime) for a phone call from
president......and it never came......the Lord has been teaching me a
lot of patience this week.

But the next morning, when all of us (including president) still have
sleep in our voices, we got a call. Hna Johnson is headed off to
Torremolinos and then I will be going to Malaga today to pick up my
new little missionary tomorrow. That's right, IM TRAINING!! I'm
nervous because I don't want to mess up that poor Hermana right off
the bat, but I'm excited to help build the foundation of her mission
with her and see her grow in ways she won't even notice. So the next
three days will be crazy but it'll be an adventure.

I'm incredibly humbled by this calling and so excited really. I was
nervous about it yesterday when I was doing my studies and had a
feeling to read in General Conference talks and I had been reading in
the April 1985 talks so I went back to the list and the first talk I
saw said, "Prepared To Serve" so I read it. It's by M. Russell Ballard
and oh my.....SO FUERTE. It was directed to the priesthood and I
wondered how it would help me as a trainer when I came across this
quote, "Of all the training I have received in my Church assignments,
none has been more important to me than the training I received as a
nineteen-year-old elder serving a full-time mission in the British
Isles. As I look back now, I can see that no training in my life was
more important for what I am now doing in the Church than the training
I received as a full-time missionary." It made me realize the weight
of this calling but I also realized that my entire mission, I've been
in training. Training for my life. I firmly believe, that God has been
putting me in certain areas to learn very different, very specific
things to prepare and TRAIN me for very specific experiences I will
have later in life. I'm grateful for my Heavenly Father for constantly
stretching me further and further so I can reach the potential that He
sees in me. I love this work and this gospel and I'm excited to share
that love with my new companion.

Thanks all for the support!! Have a great week!!

Kia Kaha

Hermana Twede

We have cool graffiti in our area


Daryel......he's crazy

Sunsets here never get old


CHORIZO!!! I made her try it. She didn't like it. SPAIN

Turtle park in our area

We made fried rice. She had been asking for it forever so she was ahappy camper

My little Guapi giving me a manicure