2 February 2016
We gotta switch it up this week due to transfers. I’m staying here in Valencia, but every companionship in our whole zone is changing. Basically, it is going to be a whole new zone. My new companion comes in later tonight and his name is Elder House. He’s from Utah and I think that he was in the army before serving a mission. I met him briefly in Vitoria a few times, but other than that I don’t know much about him. Just that he can do an insane amount of push-ups. Should be sick.
I saw the Lord’s hand this week … when we had an experience that was actually kind of funny as well as incredible. We met a kid this week that has moved here to be a nanny for a little while. He’s from America and really doesn’t know much Spanish. We got to know him at church on Sunday. Afterwards, he left to go find his car, that he had parked really far away. He didn’t know where it was. Being new to the area, he had dropped a pin (in the maps on his phone) to mark the location where the car was, but his phone only had about 5% battery left. He called us and told us he was by a park and looking for his car and that his phone was going to die and shortly after he said that the call dropped and his phone died. The four of us set out to go find him. We went to where we thought he was and looked for him. I even stood up on a bench to try and see him, but I couldn’t see him. Then we decided to say a prayer together even though we all had said individual ones. We said the prayer and just after finishing, I stood back up on the bench and miraculously saw him for a split second before he rounded a corner. We booked it over to him, and after a lot of searching, we ended up finding his car. It’s kind of a funny story, but after we found him we all just looked at each other with disbelief. Surely an immediate answer to prayer – which is truly a miracle because answers don’t always come immediately.
This week’s shout outs … go out to Elder Moulton, the Fam, the snakes, and man buns.
Graffiti of the week …
Stoked to be out here serving Jesus Christ, He is the reason I have everything in my life. He is my rock, He is my Redeemer, and He is the Head of this work and this church. The Book of Mormon truly testifies of Him and along with it, the Bible will bring us closer to God and Jesus Christ. Make Christ your partner and you cannot fail. Love you guys – stay sick.
Slippery when wet,
I’ll start with the important stuff. I got transferred. I’m going to Valencia (on the eastern coast of Spain, south of Barcelona). I haven’t met my new companion yet but his name is Elder Moulton and he is from Washington. The area I’ll be serving in just got opened up to missionary work last transfer. So it is a new area and new guys. To put it into perspective, all four guys in my new piso together will have a total of just 8 transfers in the mission. Super exciting. I’ve heard that there’s going to be lots of South Americans there and I’ll probably get fat because they always feed us, apparently. Oh well not much else to say because nothing has happened yet. Last week was just packing, cleaning and goodbyes, so nothing exciting to talk about. I got sick. So that was sick. I wasn’t allowed to go out one day — you feel pretty useless not doing anything honestly.
I met Elder Lieberum’s sister. Remember the missionary who served in the Oak Creek Ward? Haha. Small world. I got my stuff this week – thanks so much for all of it. The jackets are dope and so are the sweaters. Got the books too. Thanks a lot.
I just want you to know that I wash all of my dishes by hand and usually the other guys’ dishes here in the piso so I guess that is karma for never doing them at home. I have to say that it’s not that bad. But I’m still going to have my wife do them. : ) I still don’t make the bed, pretty pointless. Sometimes I fold my blanket in a square.
Anyway, I don’t have much time today but here is something that I liked a lot. So, in my studies this week I read the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 – Mark’s account of it. I love this story because we can totally relate it to our lives. It’s amazing if we look at the details. They obviously didn’t have enough to feed the 5,000 but they gave what they had to the Savior. He gave thanks for it and blessed it, and then a miracle followed. There are two things I love about this:
- We might not always have a lot, but if we give what we can to the Savior, He can make it enough. After we give Him all that we have His grace takes care of the rest.
- Regardless of what we have going on in our lives or what our circumstances are, we always have a reason to give thanks. I love the quote from President Monson when he said: “My brothers and sisters, to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.” I testify of this – that Christ’s grace is enough to help us after we do all we can do. He went through it all so we wouldn’t have to do it alone. When we live a life full of gratitude, we will indeed live happier lives. Of this I’m sure.
(Editor’s note: These pictures are from President and Sister Dayton’s blog. They are from Elder Turner’s first days in Barcelona before heading to Vitoria back in July.)
August 18, 2015
Hey guys – there is like no time but everything is good. It was transfer week this week so we have less time to email. Some things I’ve been thinking about this week though are: 1. How tomorrow’s despair or joy is based on today’s decisions; 2. To be offended is a personal choice. We are the ones who choose to be offended, no one else can’t make us feel offended; 3. Trust in the Lord – and trusting in the Lord means trusting in His timeline. Things will come, things will happen when they are supposed to happen.
Elder Sedgwick and I were walking down the street, I saw this chicken store and I said “hey wanna buy a chicken” and he said “sure” – so we bought two whole chickens. Best man alive. Love him.
The mission is so great, the Church is true, and the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be serving a mission for my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and for the opportunity I get to help my brothers and sisters remember the goodness of God so they can return to him. I love my family and I am grateful for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation that I have, that we can live together forever even after this earthly life. Love you all keep it real. He is the Way.
Picture taken by a family from Utah who were visiting Vitoria. They sent us a Facebook chat with the picture – telling us that Elder Turner was doing well.