Real Madrid

It’s SIMPLE

July 2, 2015

Well people of America . . . I’m going out into the field on Tuesday. Stoked!

This week I have learned a lot about a lot of things as usual. The thing I will talk about today is simplicity. Yeah, I still keep it simple as an elder – you already know it. What I have really learned this week is that the basics are the most important. There are so many things in this life and so many things that we can distort and make complicated. Life is simple until you make it complicated. We all do this, but it’s so unnecessary. Maybe this is just my perspective that I have been blessed with, and that’s why it is easier for me to see it this way, but there’s one main question we need to ask ourselves. “Do I want to be happy, or do I not want to be happy?” I believe it’s that simple. To achieve our happiness we will have to do things we don’t want to do, but we need to do them because it is what opens the gates to our happiness. One way that I have found to feel happiness is to serve others. After all, that is what I’m doing for the next two years of my life.  But I have known this for my whole life because of my parents and how they have raised me in the gospel. This gospel has brought me great joy and comfort. There are so many things that you can get caught up with and hung up on that make life complicated, but there’s no point to that. It’s really simple.

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P-day Trip to the Real Madrid Futbol Stadium

This is the work of Jesus Christ. It brings hope and joy to all those who partake. It’s brought me more joy than anything else, it’s brought me more knowledge than any class or book has. Because of this gospel, I know that I can live with my family after this life. That brings me more joy and comfort than I can even describe. You can think I’m crazy and wrong and say that I have no proof … but I’m sorry that would be incorrect. I have proof, it is The Book of Mormon. If you can prove that it is wrong I will admit you’re right and we can all go on with our days, but you can’t. I know you can’t because I have read it and prayed about it and I have received confirmation from my Father in Heaven that it’s true. I know you can do the same, you don’t have to right now, but at some point in life when you feel like nothing is going right, or like you just need something more, read it.

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Real Madrid Team Bench

Contact me if you want – I’d love nothing more than to share its message with you. If you want to do it on your own, read the introduction page, then read Moroni (the last book in it) chapter 10 verses 3-5 (page 529). Try the words of those verses, if you do what it asks I know you will receive what it talks about. This also goes to people who already know it is true. You can do this to strengthen your testimony of the book as well. Like I said – it’s SIMPLE. All you need to do is ask of God.  James 1:5 “if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God” … He is listening and I know He wants you to talk to Him. He wants to help us all. All you need is a little faith (having hope for things that are not seen), ask God for an answer, and be open to feel the Spirit answer (feelings of love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness). All good things come from God.

Elder Turner

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Madrid

Diez McNuggets por Favor – CCM Week Four

25 June 2015

So I realized I haven’t really talked much about anything other than doctrinal things in these emails … That is simply because that’s all I think about these days.  A little update on what goes on here would be as follows: so I live in this big building called the CCM, basically just a dorm with classrooms and a caf (cafeteria). We spend all our time inside except one hour a day to go play futbol. So that sucks, except I love this place. We are 50 feet from a BEAUTIFUL Temple of The Lord. Outstanding. We have gotten more missionaries every two weeks and lost some as well. Right now we have the most we have ever had since I got here. Right now we have a little over 30 missionaries here, all will be serving in either Spain or Russia. We all speak English except for five of the new Spanish speakers we just got.

I got to go to Real Madrid’s field and stuff. Pretty sick – they’re ballers, but Barca still shreds them. #reppin. Got some sick missionaries here I love them all they’re like a family to me. I hopefully will send pictures of my “adventures” outside of the CCM this week or next week depending on the computer. For now you will just be stuck with my selfies.

Spanish is coming along, I definitely speak better than I thought I would, and I’m stoked that I will be able to speak Spanish with my boys in two years. Shout out to my Hale 6 boys #Nubsquad. I guess my Spanish isn’t that good because when I had the chance to order at McDonald’s I didn’t because I don’t know the word for “mcdouble plain” so I left…. Later I realized that I do know how to say that, or I could have said “diez mcnuggets por favor con papas fritas grande” oh well I didn’t want it anyways. Spending Euros is like nothing to me. Euros don’t even seem like real money. Not that I spend money here but just looking at it makes me think they are fake. Don’t worry Mom and Dad I only buy the necessities … like these huge white chocolate bars that are 59 cents. That’s deals. Idk what else there is to say … I’m getting dropped into some place in northern Spain in the next two weeks, so that’s pretty gnarly. I’m stoked though. When I come back you will all see how sick my stache is. Pretty amped on that.

So this week has been amazing. I was getting really down on myself and worrying about certain things and I was really low. Some things that I learned this week are as follows:  The Lord will take us low so that he can lift us higher. Higher than we were before. Though he takes us low he will never leave us. The Lord cannot forget us, He will not forget us, He doesn’t want to forget us. We are graven on His palms. Think about that sentence. He is the Son of God. He could have a perfected body, yet he chose to leave the scars. We are graven on his palms. He suffered for us all. He died for us all. He knows us all – one by one. He knows us personally. This is why He will never leave us alone. In John 14 he talks on this subject. My favorite is in verse 18. It says, “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.”

What will he give us? Verses 16, 17 “another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever… Even the Spirit of truth… dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” Then in verse 26 we get more clarification. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” First of all, I love that it says remembrance because we all indeed used to know, but we have forgotten. Thankfully we can remember. Then in 27 it says “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” This is basically saying that the peace we receive is on a whole other level! I know it is.

Don’t get this all confused though because the Spirit and God don’t physically talk to us. Yes it can happen, but usually it is through feelings. These feelings are explained in Galatians 5:22-23. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance.” It’s these simple feelings of joy, peace, love. All of these feelings come from God and that is what the Holy Spirit feels like. Not necessarily a voice. I know that the Holy Spirit is real. I have seen its influence so much throughout my life and especially during my time out here. It is truly remarkable, and I know you can al receive these same feelings. I know Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. He truly suffered for us and paid the price for our sins so we might be able, through him, return and live with God our Father in Heaven.

Elder Turner

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Shout out to all my haters!  My sweet Barcelona jersey!

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We taked to this lady about music. This Elder kills it at piano and even though he is going to Russia, he is fluent in Spanish

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They’re all trying to take my contact!

I Love It Out Here!

11 June 2015

There is not a lot of time to write – it is so hard to get to respond to everyone!

Well, everything here is great.  I am learning so much it is crazy!  I love it out here and I love everything that I’m doing! … And now my computer just erased everything I wrote … well I guess I will write it again with even less time …

Things are great – but the computers here are awful so my emailing is going to be pretty lame this week!! Spanish is coming along great! The weather has been perfect, SIKE!  It has been very hot and dry – I hate it.  But yesterday, it rained and then we had a thunderstorm last night and then it rained again today. We are going to the Real Madrid soccer stadium later today!

Well if I could tell all of you one thing it would be the God is real and He loves us. I know this to be the truth. I have felt him comforting me and lifting me up so much these past two weeks. I am so grateful for it. He loved us so much that He gave his Son, Jesus Christ, so that he would suffer and die for us. I know that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer and that he and God love us more than any of us could imagine. I know that if any of you are struggling or need help or answers to even what you think might be the smallest thing that if you sincerely ask God, He is listening and He will answer your prayers. I know that if you do not believe in God or Jesus Christ that if you sincerely ask you will receive an answer.

Sorry this was so short this week.  I typed out several emails and they either didn’t send or they got deleted and I had to start over again. Love you all! Miss you guys a lot.

Elder Turner

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My zone – Spanish, Portuguese and Russian speaking missionaries. We are singing outside of the Madrid Temple.

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Teaching my first street contact – three days after arriving in Spain.

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Lizard in the room - I guess I'm still in Hawaii.

Lizard in the room – I guess I’m still in Hawaii.