Hola! WOW wow wow. It's been a crazy week! So many things i want to share. FIRST OF ALL: big shout out to my lil sis HODOE...she turned 16 yesterday, so make sure you take her on a nice little date boys!
Okay Sunday: Sunday was amazing. I think that is my favorite day of the week by far, besides getting to email home like today. For devotional, we sang in the choir WITH the "Nashville Tribute Band"...no clue who they were before but they sing a bunch of church songs in their "country" style. The devotional was basically a musical devotional and they told the story of Joseph Smith through all of their songs. My testimony grew so much from this and the spirit was so so so so strong. At the end they sang a song about a missionary saying goodbye to their family and about his journey and then coming home to his family at the airport. After they sang that, they had everyone sing it with them again and i don't think there was one dry eye in there haha made me miss home a lot BUT also so excited for this adventure ahead of me.
Monday, my companion and I taught a lesson to our "investigator", Antonio, who is actually our teacher haha. It wasn't really a good day for me--the language wasn't coming and I felt very inadequate. I would start to say something and then I got a little lost and would stop mid-sentence and look at my companion to take over haha. HOWEVER, yesterday (Tuesday) we taught 4 lessons and wow. Let me just tell you. El Don de Lenguas es muy real (The gift of tongues very real). I was on a spiritual high yesterday. I just felt like there was so much unity between my companion and i, and we were able to work together. In our lessons, I was able to formulate sentences and felt like I was able to contribute a lot more than I had been able to. My Espanol is still very broken up and probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but the spirit was definitely present. Our teacher showed us a video about the importance of "Opening our Mouths". It's definitely way freaky talking in a foreign language and hoping you say soemthing right...but the promise that is made to us is that when we open our mouths, we are showing our faith in Heavenly Father that he will fill our mouths with the words he wants us to share. We will mess up 1,0000 times before we can get any better, but that is what will help us learn. We also had another devotional last night from Spencer J. Condie of the Seventy and something that i actually really loved that his wife said was "The spirit cannot be restrained when pure testimony of Christ is born". It's SO TRUE. Bear your testimony often, it is one of the most powerful tools we have!!!
In the CCM we have a lot of time to study AKA "CICLO". I love being able to read and study my scriptures and my patriarchal blessing. It is just so amazing how many more new things you can learn when you really study and dig deep. I have found a lot of comfort from reading those things, and we are so lucky to have those amazing tools. LOVE THEM and they are such a blessing.
As I have already said in my last email, I LOVE my district. We get the chance to bear our testimonies often and I learn so much from all of them. We've talked a lot on the topic of our missions and how we can make the best of them. Something I shared with them was a quote from I think Zane Smith's farewell and it goes "Do something your future self will thank you for". We all want to be able to look back on our missions years from now and have no regrets and know we put in everything we had. My teacher shared his motto he had which is "Su actitud determina sus resultados" ("Your attitude determines your results" Jeremiah 17:10). Being on a mission is one of the greatest blessings we have and we need to enjoy it!!!! We are spreading this happy word, so we need to be happy and embrace everything that comes our way. Another motto he gave us was "Esperar Milagros" (Expect Miracles). That's also apart of having a happy attitude. When we are hopeful, hard-working, and positive, others will notice a difference in us. Ahhh there's just so many inspirational things going on here haha sorry this is so long.
My distrcit is all Espana missionaries except two that are going to Texas. We got notified last week that we were getting our visas today and our teacher said that usually when we get it this early it means we will be moved back to the Madrid MTC hahahaha so we took our "last" district pic yesterday with our teachers and we found out today we're still staying here for the rest of the 4 weeks hahahaha BUT we got our visas so that was exciting! BTW our zone had a cereal eat-a-thon thing for dinner last week cuz they wanted to break the record of how many bowls of cereal could be eaten...and the total number of bowls of cereal eaten was 300!!!!! HAHA everyone was not feelin too great after.
hmmm I don't know what else to say... too many things! I love it here!!!! And I'm so excited for my girls Maddy and Haley to get here in the next TWO WEEKS! I know this is where I need to be! The Lord really knows what he's doing and I know he qualifies the called, he doesn't call the qualified. otherwise I'd be soooooo lost here haha. I can definitely see the Lord's hand in my life and this is all his work. Everything I have been able to do so far is only because of him and the spirit. Thank you so much for all of your prayers, I can definitely feel them! I miss you all and I think of you all the time!
Til next week!!! XOXO