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Heading Home!

25 April 2017

Well, it’s that time. I’m so very grateful for your support and prayers on my behalf.  I’m super excited to see everyone.  Hopefully, everyone can make it out to the airport, and if not, since my arrival will be late and it will be a school night, I hope to see you all sometime soon.  – Elder Turner

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Elder Turner’s missionary service in Spain is coming to an end and he will be heading home on Tuesday, May 2nd – arriving at the Orange County Airport around 10:30 p.m.  He will be speaking in the Oak Creek Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Sunday, May 14th at 12:30 p.m.  The address for the church building is 5353 Bryan Ave., Irvine, CA  92620.

Reincarnation – Gerona 2016

21 November 2016

Well hello world. It’s been a while I guess so I thought I would throw a quick email out so I guess a little update is in order.  I finished up in Pamplona and arrived to a city called Gerona last week.

Gerona:
🙂  It’s really close to another city I served in called Vic.
🙂  It’s about 30 minutes from the French border.
🙂  The Church here is a branch (a smaller group of members that meet together).
🙂  Parts of my area touch the beach and, apparently, we sometimes go to other smaller cities that are on the beach.
🙂  It’s cold here, but it is warmer than Pamplona so that’s good.
🙂  Super pretty with a lot of nature and a decent sized city.
🙂  Catalan . . .
🙂  70% of the city is from Honduras.
🙂  My new companion is from St. George, Utah . . . back on the streak.

We were driving back from a city that was kind of far from Gerona with President Theilke (our branch president) on Saturday night around 9 o’clock and he asked me if I had spoken in Church last week. I told him no because this was my first week here. He then replied, “You’re giving a talk tomorrow.” I just chuckled a bit and asked him about what and how long. “You have to ask the other sister who is talking so you don’t talk on the same thing, and 15 minutes.” So, it was a warm welcome in Gerona when President announced from the pulpit, “our next talk will be given by Elder . . . what is your name again Elder?” Classic. He’s not the most organized guy but he’s a hoot.

Another super weird story . . . there was a family from San Clemente visiting here and it reminded me just how small our world is. After talking with them, I figured out who they were and I realized that I had been in their house once or twice. Pretty interesting. Never a dull moment on the mission.

Mosiah 2:41
“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal andspiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”

This scripture has been on my mind a lot lately. I bolded and underlined the keywords that stick out to me most. It’s super true though, when we do good we feel good. When we are obedient to God we receive blessings. Some happiness is temporary, and some happiness can last forever. The happiness we all are looking for, whether we know it or not (the kind that never runs out and reaches the highest heights) is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

John 6:67-69
“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”

This scripture has also been on my mind lately. Look at this response the Senior Apostle Peter gave – surely with little to no hesitation. It’s a pretty simple scripture. I add my testimony to that of Peter, that Jesus is the Christ, He is the Son of the living God, and it is only through and by him we can attain eternal life.

Shout-outs:
😮  Thanks for the memories Pamplona.
😮 My brother Nate for having a birthday on the 22nd.
😮 My Grandma and Mamas for always writing me (they’re the reason why I’m writing this one).
😮 Big Nance for getting an iPhone 7.
😮 Elder Chase Kimball – Kimballs never quit – what do we do now?
👌🏼👁

Elder Turner

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Zone Conference in Bilbao

8 August 2016

Not much to write about this week cuz it was mostly a lot of traveling and meetings and what not. But here is what I wrote down …

Specialized Training – We had a meeting with our zone and the zone of Bilbao, another zone up here in the north.  I have a lot of good friends in that zone, so it was great. We needed to be there pretty early and there was no way to make it from Pamplona to Bilbao on Monday, so we had to go up on Sunday and sleep in the apartment of the zone leader in Bilbao. Their piso is super huge and set up to sleep a bunch of elders because anyone going through the north usually sleeps there before transfers and for meetings like this. So, there were about 16 elders in this piso.  It’s not big enough for that many though. It was super fun though because we were all just in the same room basically and we were talking about everything that has happened since the last time we had seen each other. Then we had a very inspiring zone meeting, as always.

Maté with the Michel – The Michel are a family from Bolivia, but the wife lived in Argentina for three years so she learned how to make maté during her time there. The husband grew up in the south where they drink maté normally.  We went over to eat at their house (some incredible and healthy food so it was SICK!) and it was super fun.  After dinner, they just whip out the maté and I got as giddy as a child on Christmas morning. We had a great experience, talking about life and the gospel. Pretty hard to explain if you have never really had the experience. Spain is so cool because there are people from lots of different countries here and we get the chance to learn about so many different cultures.

To anyone out there going through hard times, don’t let yourself get discouraged. Hard times are inevitable, but discouragement isn’t. Discouragement is like the irritant in the clam’s mouth that brings a pearl.

CREATE YOUR OWN WEATHER.

Lovies

Elder Turner

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