17 May 2016
Hello everyone! Monday was a huge holiday here so we switched our preparation day so that we could actually do things like get food for the week. Actually, we were basically told we had to. So, here we are on Tuesday.
The week was pretty interesting … filled with a lot of rain, sickness and miracles. It was raining all day Monday and Tuesday and the work was pretty slow because there was almost no one out on the streets. Plus, all of our visits bailed on us. Then on Wednesday we had a pretty good meeting with our Branch President and talked about all the changes we need to make as a branch to improve our missionary work together (i.e. actually do our branch mission plan). The meeting was really good, the only problem was that I ended up leaving the meeting with a fever and a pretty nice flu. Then on Friday the Lord pulled through as He always does. We worked a few hours with Francis in the morning and found a large amount of new people to teach and got to pass by (i.e. meet with) a lot of people.
Another miracle this week was when Bryan, our branch mission leader, came back from the United States – so we got to see his pretty face again as well as talk about the mysteries of God together. Sunday was good – I got a surprise invitation to translate a talk right as Otoo, a Ghanaian, was going up to give his talk. It was actually a pretty good talk about the Church of Jesus Christ today. Should be a crazy week this coming week, we are super excited though. The Lord is forever blessing!
Let’s see what else … advice for the week: just be happy.
28 March 2016
Missionary life: our mission did amazingly good on finding new investigators this week, with almost 90% of our companionships reaching the goal that President Dayton set for us this week. We definitely saw miracles this week as a mission. We had a great zone conference this week and I got to reunite with some of the boys, and it was great. We have another zone meeting this week coming up and it should be good. Other than that, just living the dream and preaching the good word of God.
Normal life: nothing really … there was like a week long holiday here for Easter so things have been shut down a lot, including today when we needed to do our grocery shopping. So, food is looking scarce. The Spaniards really love their holidays let me tell you.
Studies: I didn’t have a ton of time for studies this week because of traveling and all of the time spent setting up activities and what not, but I just wanted to share a scripture, Acts 14:22. This scripture reminds us that it is through trials that we will enter into the kingdom of God. We have trials to test and shape us. We need to continue in faith through whatever gets placed in our path.
Shout outs: El Faro mission for hitting goals, Mom for being awesome, Dad and Nate for buying shirts with pumas on them, Dustin Family for the package, and Elder Dunn for cracking me up with his spelling.
Elder Turner, Elder Dunn, Bryan and the Sisters
graffiti of the week
Elder Turner with Lucky and Hellen
Barc and Badalona Zone Conference
21 March 2016
Missionary life: The work is going great. We’ve got some really good people lining up and we are seeing lots of miracles as a mission. Elder Dunn and I are working hard to try and find new people to teach as well. The members here in Vic are really great and they organize a lot of activities, so we are hoping to be able to find a bunch of people from those activities. We have zone conference this next week and it should be amazing. Lots of good stuff coming up in these next weeks – the branch is coming together to make this branch into a ward. Miracles happen all the time. Church was good. The Branch President gave a really good talk about missionary work. I translated sacrament meeting, then helped set up the computers and stuff for lessons with the t.v. We made it to class for a little and then went to priesthood and helped the Africans.
Normal life: it’s been raining a lot. I found some really sick graffiti – this guy works all day and into the night on a huge mural. It will be really cool when it’s done. We are working on getting a new apartment and it looks like we should be moving in the coming week. We went to go adventure today, but it started pouring so we ended up at Burger King and then just came back home. Dreaming of summer!
Studies: This week I did a lot of studying about self-mastery. From what I found I concluded that the first step to self-mastery is love – to have a love for God and a love for yourself. I think that when we have this love we develop a desire to always be doing the right things in life. We learn how to control our thoughts and actions so that we begin to grow closer and closer towards mastering out very selves. We need to learn to gain control over ourselves so that we can really be the people we want to be – Christ-like people. The mind is a garden, the most fertile garden ever, so whatever we plant in our mind (thoughts and habits) are seeded immediately and begin to grow without hesitation. In order to gain mastery over self we need to have the courage to uproot the plants we don’t want so that we can replace them with the plants we do want. It’s not easy, but we all knew it wouldn’t be. The reward is far greater than the sacrifices we make. It’s never too late to change.
Shout out to Elder Rusick
Cleaning up after the previous elders
Graffiti of the Week
March 9, 2016
Short email this week because of transfers but as far as missionary life goes, I’ve been transferred to a little tiny town called Vic that is just north of Barcelona in the Catalonia region of Spain. I’m with an Elder Dunn out of Orem so the Utah companion streak begins. We spent the first night going around to various members of the branch. The Branch President is super amped on missionary work and it’s amazing. The goal is to get the branch turned into a ward before I leave here, so around August. It’s totally going to happen.
Well I don’t really know much else at the moment due to my lack of time here. It’s going to be a good area and a good transfer.
As far as normal life goes, I’m not really sure what to say. I’m just being all healthy and whatnot. Brush my teeth like there’s no tomorrow and barely eat any meat now – so that’s a change. Yeah, I guess you could say I’m a salad guy now because I’ve eaten like three salads that I actually prepared for myself. Other than that not much to report nor time to report it.
As far as studies go, I’ve been learning a lot. Something that I learned about recently is that this life is all about happiness, and not the kind the world gives, the kind the gospel of Jesus Christ brings. True happiness. We read in 2 Nephi Chapter 5 verses 5, 6, 10, 12, 15 and 17, 16, 19 and 18, and 27. In that order, strange as it might seem, we can find the little things we can use to reach happiness. Among those mentioned would be family, the prophet, scriptures, and making the right choices. Study this section this week to find more. Study the scriptures and pray daily.