Monday, October 7, 2013
Elder Adamson's Letter 10/7/2013
¡Hola Familia! ¿Qué tal la semana? This week was pretty different from others because of conference and all, but here it is.
On Tuesday, I left to go to Fuengirola to pick up my DNI card, which shows that I´m a legal resident of Spain for now. We took a 3 or 4 hour bus ride there. The first day we were there, we just got to hang out at the mission home with the
Deere´s and a few pals from the MTC (Elder Allsop and Rasmussen). There were about 15 of us in all. When we got there, Hermana Deere already had a Cafe Rio style meal prepared for us, and there was much rejoicing among the missionaries. I ate so much I thought I was going to kill over. After that we just hung out for a little while with the Deere´s son Cameron who just got home from his mission in Arizona. We´re awesome and it was fun to talk to an RM while we are on our own missions. Later we had a little Q and A Session with President and Hermana Deere and talked about how our first few weeks have gone. They are such nice people. They made us feel right at home and made sure we were all doing well. Presidente also gave us a little counsel on finding people as well, which is really what we need in Murcia right now. After that Hermana Deere whipped out some brownies and, once again, there was much rejoicing. Way better than the ones we made for Super Noche de Brownies. We talked some more that night and went to bed in a little dorm room they have for missionaries.
On Wednesday, we woke up and had a breakfast of cold cereal and chocolate filled croussants. ( I spelled that so wrong). That was a good time. Not too long after that the Deere´s took us to the police office where we picked up our cards with the office Elders and Elder Castillo. Not too long after that, we hopped back on a bus to Murcia. That trip was tons longer because the bus stopped at stations about 4095345 times. We were on the bus for about 6 hours that day. When I got home, Elder Galarza and Elder Flores ( The elder he was on splits with) picked me up from the station and we went home. While I was gone, they set a fecha with J..., the son of .... Wooooooo! I forgot to tell you last time that our Fecha with ... isn´t going to happen any more because he hasn´t come to church yet, but we´re going to set a new one and work with him more.
On Thursday, we had our weekly planning session and afterwards, I cooked up some chicken fingers that I bought at Día (our supermercado) and they tasted EXACTLY like Wendy´s chicken nuggets. I was very pleased. Later that day we went to go teach J... the Plan of Salvation. He brought a friend to the lesson named ... (who is Evangelist and his abuelo is a pastor). They we´re both very attentive and the lesson went really well. Half way through the lesson, our good ol pal ... showed up with ... because he was helping her take her groceries up to her piso. He lives in the same building and gave the missionaries the reference of ... like 5 years ago. He sat in on the lesson and even bore his testimony at the end. ... is super nice and has a good testimony, he just needs to go to church. In the pueblo El Palmar, he is the member reference on almost every Antiguo Investigator progress record. He´s a maquina. We want to focus on him and help him get back to the capilla.
Friday, We ate with a member named .... She is the only active member in her family right now, but she is VERY humble and receptive to the gospel. We taught a short lesson about the Libro de Mormón and it went well. Her husband was there as well, and we need to work with him too. He´s been menos activo for quite some time and he told us he´s never really had a testimony of the LDM. We´ll work on him too. Later that day, we went to another puelbo called La Alberca, which was not a fruitful trip. We tried visiting just about every member and antiguo we had with no luck. Afterwards we were kind of put out. Hermana Deere says that when we have a bad day to just go get some helado. So that we did. We stopped by a heladería before going home and it was a good decision for sure. haha.
Saturday, we played soccer in the morning at the capilla and hoped to have some investigators come, but no one came except for members. After lunch and studying, we went to the capilla to watch the first session of conference. it was sooooo awesome to be able to watch something about the gospel in ENGLISH. I loved it so much. We all watched it together as missionaries in a room in the capilla. Lots of fun. I almost felt like I was in SLC for a minute.
Sunday was even better. We got to watch all the sessions of Conference except for the Sunday afternoon session, but
I´m hoping we´ll get to watch that some time soon. Maybe we can track down a copy of it for a P day activity. We were at the capilla pretty much the entire day and in between sessions, Josefina brought some paella for us to eat so we didn´t have to go back to our pisos and make food. Gooood deal.
My two favorite talks ( I think...) Were the one by Pres Uchtdorf in priesthood session about keeping our faith in the Gospel and Pres Monson´s address about holding on at the end of the Sunday morning session. Pres Uchtdorf said " Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith". WOW. That really taught me that we always need to remain true to the faith we have if we want to have a firm foundation in this life. If at one point we´ve had a stronger testimony than we have right now, we need to do what ever it takes to get it back and keep working on it. Christ is the ONLY true and sure foundation that we have in this life and in order to endure to the end, we need Him and His gospel. Second I loved Pres. Monson's counsel of never dwelling on what we lack but delighting in the blessings we have. " Whether it is the best of times, or the worst of times, He is always there". I know that is true. When I have worked to see God´s hand in my life I have always found it. Testimony doesn´t come by praying and waiting but praying and acting. We have to look if we´re going to find anything. Christ is always there and He never has and never Will leave us. We are the ones that distance ourselves from Him. When we draw nearer to Him, He will draw nearer to us. I love that principle.
This week has been great. I can´t wait to be able to read the words of our leaders again soon when the Liahona comes out. It´s such a blessing to be able to hear from the servants of God.
Hope all is well, thanks for the letter!
Love you all and have a great week!