March 24, 2014
This week was super great, and we saw so many miracles. And the best part is, WE HAD A BAPTISM!!! John got baptized Saturday:) It was a really nice, small service, but it was super spiritual. Unfortunately, he got locked inside his house and so he came to church too late to be confirmed, which was a really dirty trick of satan's, but he did talk to the bishop and the bishop has already assigned him home teachers!!!! He is really great. It really has been a great time being able to see the change in John leading up to his baptism. It was amazing. And on the topic of baptism, we have another baptismal date set up for this Saturday for a man named Jonas, who is from Cameroon, and therefore only speaks French. So, we have interpreters come help us, usually just people from the ward who speak French and Spanish. Lessons are super fun with lots of hand gestures, and when I don't know a word in Spanish it goes from me in English, to Elder West, in Spanish, to the interpreter to Jonas.
Other than that, this week was a real adventure, because we have been having way too many visits to handle. It's been incredible. It really seems that because of the 2 weeks we were sick, the Lord is giving us all the people we were supposed to teach all at once, and it is incredible. Actually though, that has led us to find something we need to repent of, and that is better managing our time. The reason we found this out was because on Tuesday, we found out that we had scheduled by accident two visits at 8 for that night, with two different menos activo families. Well, we figured we could just do splits, no problem, and we got it all set up with people Monday, and then, Monday night, we got a reference from the other elders, and they told us they set up a visit for us.....that was at 8:30, which also, coincidentally, overlapped our other visit we had set at nine. So, we ended up scrambling trying to make it work, in the end only one of the members showed up to do the splits, and so as we ran around to our visits, it ended up we got to piso at 10:35, and so we had to repent of that. But we had some really good visits, and we learned a lot, or at least I did.
One other thing we did this week that was amazing, is that for the last preparation day, we went into the Sagrada Familia. It is absolutely beautiful. I have been in a few cathedrals before, such as the Basilica de Pilar in Zaragoza, but nothing compares to the Sagrada Familia. It was so BRIGHT! and absolutely beautiful. It's all nature themed, and inside it looks like a forest, and it is really really really pretty. It really impressed me.
So, to finish this week off, two things happened, number one, Barcelona won against Madrid last night, 4-3, so that's really great. We had a party in piso, because the three of us Americans are all for Barce, but Elder Ferrer was super mad and went to bed early cause he is for Madrid. It was a close game...no we didn't watch it, but we could tell when Barce scored because everybody would start screaming and letting off fireworks, and at Camp Nou (the Barce home field) they would fire off a cannon.
Number two, this morning we went to help somebody move stuff, and when we came back, we realized that all four of us had lost our keys, and so we are doing e-mail right now because the dueño (landlord) is coming to let us in in about 15 minutes. But that was my week!! crazy right?!
Also....I had to give a talk in church.....they told me about it about an hour before, so I had some time to prepare, but.....it was really crazy.
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