Monday, December 30, 2013

Elder Adamson's Letter 12/30/2013

Hope you had a great Christmas!!

Here´s the week.

Tuesday was Nochebuena. (Christmas Eve) We couldn´t proselyte on that day so we just visited some members and what not.  We had a little gift exchange with our district and it was super fun. We all had a super good time and then later headed over to Dominos for the 6.20 buffet.  After we had eaten enough, Elder Johnson and I left to go visit the Obispo (bishop) and he had a bunch of Biscocho (biscuits) and turón ready for us.  We sang some Christmas hymns with their family for a little while and then we were on our way.  Later that night we met at the  capilla (chapel) with the other missionaries and J... brought us a TON of food, and we ate with the Russians again and also played some basketball in our church clothes.  Then right after that, we went to the Gran Vía and took some cool pictures with the lights and all. Then we headed home and crashed in bed because we
were super tired.

CHRISTMAS it rained buckets.  We went everywhere with an umbrella that day, but it was still lots of fun.  We hung out with the other missionaries for a while in the capilla and then went to eat with the A... family.  We had some good food there and they gave us those 2 little Finn and Jake dolls that J... made. 

Super nice of them and Elder Johnson and I are enjoying them for sure.  Right after that we headed over to the locutorio to skype with you guys.  It was super weird to see your faces and everything, but you guys looked pretty good. :)  Right after that we headed home and made some churros and Spanish chocolate with Elder Peters and Baker.  They weren't that great, but pretty good for newbies.

Thursday, the highlight of the day was visiting L... and L... M....  We met at their house and shared a mensajito (message) with them and then we ate some turkey together. We had a great time over there.  They are seriously my best friends here in Murcia.  That was all the exciting news from that day.

Friday, we had an eating cita with J... P... and she invited her cousin C....  Super crazy cita.  C... just kept telling us how beautiful we were and that she wanted to marry us after her husband died.  Also, she wanted us to marry her daughter.  By the way, this lady is like 60 years old.  ANYWAY, after that, all our other citas failed us and we headed over to English class and Noche de Hogar (FHE), and had a fun time.  L... M... came and so did A....  That was a bit of a surprise, but a pleasant one! She had a lot of fun playing games with us.

Saturday, we had some good clean fun playing fútbol.  We didn´t have too much luck teaching wise that day, but we got to go to the baptism of C....  She´s just nine years old and her parents would be getting baptized, but they have to get married first.  She´s great and the baptism went really well.  Later we headed over to visit L... and L... and we taught them about the priesthood and it was a good little lesson.

Sunday, L... M... showed up at the capilla without his dad because he had to stay home for something.  We talked to them both and the baptism is for SURE going down this Saturday.  Now we´re just making arrangements.  I´m so excited for them.  I wish you could just hear them talk about their testimonies and see them in a lesson.  Good guys.  Later that night we visited the M... family and G.... and both of them fed us.     I´ve eaten way too much this week.  But, it´s been a good week nonetheless!!

This Christmas has been super different, but I´ve loved it.  I miss everyone from back home, but              I´ve had a good time here with the mission family as well.  Christmas is always Christmas if we really remember what we are celebrating.  This week I was reading in 3 Nephi 11 when the Savior comes to visit the people in the Americas.  The first thing He does is invites the people to come and feel the marks in His hands and side.  That´s one of my favorite parts of the Book of Mormon because it shows how the Savior asks us to "Come and see" for ourselves. I read a cool quote from Elder Holland that went something like "Christ chose to keep His scars to remind us that we don´t have to keep ours"  I Love that.  Thanks to Him, we can become perfect spiritually and physically.  That was His mission.  The price has already been paid, and all we have to do is accept Him as our Savior and follow Him.

That´s all for this week, Have a great New Year!!  Love you!!

Elder Adamson

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