E-Mail on 10/20/14 – Blood, Sweat, and Tears

We’ve had a weird heat wave this week.  The Elders were given the okay to not have to wear their jackets until tomorrow.  They enjoyed that.  It’s nothing like Castellón hot but it got close.

We tried to celebrate Hna. Masters birthday but her companion was sick so we had to just spend the day writing letters in piso…which was depressing.  We bought fake champagne though and I made a cheesecake and we had that the next night to celebrate.  We also made pancakes in the morning to celebrate.  Then we took them out to eat at this really cool Viking Burger joint to celebrate.  Um… Viking burgers?!  Can it get any cooler?!?! No.  It can’t. So that’s how we tried to patch up the birthday thing.

We met with Adrian this week!  It was an awesome lesson.  He told us why he had disappeared (girl problems…ugh we’re the worst) and said he was really glad to spend time with us again because we help him feel better.  He told us he probably wouldn’t come to church on Sunday because he wasn’t sure about his schedule.  On Sunday we got a call during the Sacrament (super embarrassing… I was mortified) and it was him!  He showed up at the church!  He stayed, seemed to enjoy himself, we confirmed a cita for Tuesday and he left.  He said he might not be home though because he’s mad he doesn’t know my name…I hope he was kidding.

It’s Hermana Rackham’s last week.  We’re not going to talk about it too much but we are trying to slowly make it more real so that she can feel…normal… so that she doesn’t burst into tears when it is mentioned… things like that.  She’s taking it like a champ.  We’re going to work our tails off this week though!  She’s really quite incredible, this gal.

This Saturday we sang for a blood drive.  Then we donated blood.  I tried to but here’s the thing… I have tiny veins that are hard to find.  I had to get stabbed in both arms.  They finally got a vein BUT because it was so small I couldn’t fill up the bag in the time frame and therefore, it was all for nothing!  BOO!  I get to join the “I’m special and can’t donate even though I want to” club.

Kim and Julian finally set up a cita with us.  Julian gets it!  His korean wife…not so much.  It’s amazing to see how they want to change.  Julian chose not to drink wine or coffee in front of us.  That’s a cute little change.  He also prayed.  Kim prays too.  They’re getting there!

Juana let us in (we’re cleaning her house tonight… yay service!) and had us share the message.  She closed with a prayer that was super powerful!  She asked for help to understand the Book of Mormon because she knew it was true and that the church was true.  Baptism, anyone?  She’s older…so it’s harder for her to retain information.  Little by little with her.  BUT WOW!

It’s been a really good week.  We’re going to Barcelona to go bowling with a TON of missionaries because it’s the last preparation day of the transfer (Meaning next week I’ll write you on Tuesday) so it’s a party.  We’re dropping of Hna. Reid to sleep at a members house so that Hna. Masters can actually have fun for once.  Poor dear.

Do good things, read your scriptures (should be starting Alma 7 today), share the gospel, be happy!

Hermana Durham

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