28 December 2015
Well Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Something funny that happened this week … well there was a lot due to the crazy times of Christmas and Christmas Eve. This week we did a lot of caroling. We got together as missionaries and took three nights to carol in all three of our areas. It was super great – especially getting to see a lot of different people and how stoked they got from a bunch of kids singing janky carols in both Spanish and English. We ate at a few members’ houses and each one had their classic moments. I’d say the funniest, well one of the funniest, would for sure be our Christmas Eve dinner. We were eating together as missionaries and we were all trying super hard to eat all of the food and we kept trying to put food on each other’s plates.
This week in my studies … I finished reading the Book of Mormon again. The Book of Mormon is just too good. Highly suggest reading it to everyone. To me it is really cool how the Book of Mormon and the Bible testify of each other and together they are both working for the same result – to bring us closer to Jesus Christ Himself. So to any of you out there who think we believe in a different bible, or a different Jesus, or a different God, or worship Joseph Smith, sorry but you’re mistaken. You’ll know if you just read the Book of Mormon and ask if it is the word of God! Try it!
This week’s shout outs … go to the fam for being so cute on FaceTime, to the hale 6 boys for always keeping it real, and to my ward mission leader for dropping the hammer in one of our lessons this week.
The Elder of the Week … goes to none other than Elder Zac Parker. Weighing in at a solid 12ish stones, this bloke from the outskirts of London is a solid keeper. This Christmas Eve he thought it would be nice to decorate our bathroom. What you aren’t seeing in the picture below is that he put four full-size water-filled balloons in our toilet and flushed it, thus causing it to overflow all throughout our bathroom. He likes puffins, wing tips, and field hockey. In his free time, he likes to eat cucumbers by the kilo. He loves to receive pictures so hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well after a crazy week of fiestas it is time to settle back down into some solid missionary work. Hope you liked the new email format. Until next time, stay chill people.
(videos of the “Christmas Eve Aftermath” and “Eating FuFu” can be found in Mission Videos)
14 December 2015
Well guys sorry I haven’t written for two weeks, but we were short on time last week. Here is pretty much all you need to know:
🙂 We got a new elder here in our piso who is from England and he’s lots of fun.
😦 Apparently I have grey hairs so I’m never getting married now.
🙂 My companion, Elder Moulton, eats all of the nasty yogurt and other foods that members feed us that are super sketch for me. #BEAST
🙂 We bought water balloons, so our piso has been a little wet lately.
Other than that everything’s the same. We are coming up on the Christmas season and we are just hoping for a white Christmas – if you know what I mean.
Something that I really noticed and liked this week are the prayers given by the little children. There is such a special feeling and spirit when a 4 or 5 year-old says a prayer. It is probably super natural for them because not too long ago they were living with our Heavenly Father. Pretty awesome stuff.
Love you all. Serve someone who needs it – and we all need it!
Keep it real and get some buckets!
30 November 2015
So world, we started a new tradition here where we burn our old planners when the month is up. I accidentally forgot to take my notes out of my old planner before we burned them and I totally forgot what I was going to say in this email – so, sorry if this is lame. The key points that I do remember though are as follows:
🙂 We had a boss Thanksgiving dinner. Most of the zone got together and we had real American food prepared by some American couples who are here in Valencia for graduate school. It was not as good as the food that Big Nance would have made, but hey, it was definitely better than nothing.
😦 I had the scariest moment of my mission this week when I was dragged down the street and into the piso of a drunk Romanian gypsy. The dude had the firmest grip I have ever felt in my life. He put his arm around me and grabbed my shoulders then proceeded to pull me into his piso as he stuttered janky Spanish. Well, I scheduled a return visit with the guy for Sunday, needless to say we didn’t go. (Check out Elder Moulton’s blog for more harrowing details)
🙂 We found three great women from Cameroon who are some of our new awesome investigators.
Somehow, I got drafted to sing as a bass in the stake choir because there are only about 11 people in the choir. No one here likes to sing, I guess. I’m definitely not a bass in case you were wondering.
🙂 Sunday night crepes. No words needed.
Well people – READ THE SCRIPTURES – the words written on those pages are literally God’s words to us, that His prophets have written down.
Christmas is coming! #ASaviorIsBorn! #HaNacidoUnSalvador