Monday, April 21, 2014
Elder Adamson's Letter 4/21/2014
This has been a bit of a Crazy week in Dos Hermanas. It was Semana Santa so all the Catholics (and non-Catholic) were out in the streets watching the processions and not in their houses. So it´s been a pretty slow week here.
Last Monday, we went to Plaza de España again so Elder Enfield could see it. It was really beautiful this week and all spruced up for Semana Santa. When we got there, there was a procession passing right by there so we went and watched a little bit of it. I´ll send pictures.
We also went to a little sandwich shop called Montaditos and had some pretty good 50 cent sandwiches. Later that night, J… and A… invited us over for dinner so we went over there and shared a little message with them as well.
Tuesday we had a special training in Sevilla with President Deere and we talked about a new way to ask for referrals and it was super cool. He did a live practice with the P... family for the training and they gave him like 40 names of Menos activos, part member families, and people with connections to the church. Super cool. We´ve been using that a lot this week. Later that night, we had just about nothing, except we were able to go visit H… and N… for a little bit, but other than that, we had no luck.
Wednesday, we went over to the V… family´s house to help L… and C… paint their room. It was kind of a disaster, but it was lots of fun and we painted a couple walls. After we finished, C… painted himself blue. I have pictures of that too. Later that night we went to visit J... and A..., the P... family to check up on a few of the referrals, M... (father of A..., M..., and P...), and then ended the night off with the Noche de hogar (Home Evening) in the capilla (chapel). Pretty good day.
Thursday, we had our weekly planning in the morning and in the afternoon we went over to see X... and L..., but were surprised to see a Brazilian lady there that we have been trying to contact FOREVER with them as well. We shared a short message with them and she became a new investigator. X... has warned us about her a little before. But she wants us to come over and teach her so we´ll give it a shot. Then we stopped by N... and H..'s house and they gave us some SUPER good Brazilian food.
Friday, we had a pretty normal day. We couldn´t find anybody at home so we ended up at J... and A...´s house for a bit and and visited L... later that day. Not much else to report about that day.
Saturday, we dropped by H... and N...´s house to give H... a white shirt for church and then stopped by X...´s house so we could actually share a good message this time. The last time we were there, M... B... let us talk for like 3 minutes and that´s it. Later, during mediodia, (noon) we went to Utrera to eat with the the C... family for an Easter dinner. We had lots of fun there and they had ALL American food. We were all in heaven. Later that night we went out to try to find some former investigators, but didn´t have any luck because everyone was out watching the processions.
Sunday, after church, N... and R... invited us over and took us to a little get together at their friends house in Morón. It was a lot of military people there that do the same things as N…. While we were there we shared a short little Easter message with everyone and it was a really fun time. We got to talk to a bunch of Americans who weren´t missionaries and share a little bit of the gospel with them as well. Great night. N... and R... also hooked us up with a TON of American food they got from the base. We owe them big time.
This week, I´ve been studying a lot about the resurrection and this scripture really stuck out to me. It´s found in Mosiah 16.
6 And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption.
7 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no lasting, there could have been no resurrection.
8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
Thanks to Christ, the grave has no victory and death has no sting. I remember when we were on our Origination trip last summer, in the Winter Quarters visitors center, there is a window that looks out on the Temple and the cemetery. Right above the window it says "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" Thanks to Christ and this restored gospel, death is not the end. I testify that this is the truth and that Christ lives for us!
Hope everything is going well back at home! Love you guys!
Con amor, (With love)