Monthly Archives: January 2015

E-mail on 1/12/15 – Tha-tha-tha-That’s All, Folks!

Unless I write next week, but I doubt that’ll happen.  Just bein’ realistic here.

Well hey!  So this last week was pretty bomb.  We did some hard core work with members.  Kaoma is a champion of champions and just hung out with us all day for two days.  One of those days we had an intercambio and my buddy Hermana Hassett came to play in Terrassa.  We saw huge miracles!  And we talked a little about how weird it’ll be to be home.  And well, our homecomings are the same day so that’s a bummer.  At least we’re friends and we know that.  She told me to just keep up the good work and make the week great.  So… we just got down to business.  To defeat the huns. (Disney Mulan reference . . . sing along)

Juana has a fecha for this week… it’s looking a little shaky because she hasn’t wanted to meet with us.  We’re praying for a miracle on this little lady.  Adrian just threw a hissy fit today because I told him we were too busy to pass by Tuesday or Wednesday and he said he was busy too and then hung up.  Children.  Victor has been working too much but got in contact with us to tell us he’s still excited about progressing.  Esther came to church on Sunday and we had a cita until an hour ago when she fired…. awkward.

BUT, we’ve been finding a lot of people lately.  Lots of great potentials!  We got quite a bit of help from a recently returned missionary, Juan Peroni.  He’s pretty great too!  He helps us out a lot with visits (for example he’ll be coming with us tonight and tomorrow night).  He comes from a fantastic Argentine family here.  I’ve decided I’m in love with his nephew… OH! I need to take a picture so you can see the little guy.  He’s like 2 and he’s beautiful and so cute!

Yesterday the missionaries taught the last two hours of church.  We focused on the Work of Salvation.  Elder Pisciotta/Johnson taught about sharing the gospel and the Book of Mormon with others.  Elder Johnson/Weight talked about retention and family history.  We taught about reactivation by doing your visits every month and about converting yourself.  It was really fun and I hope that it helps the ward see how great doing all this can be, how much progress can be made.  We were able to see immediate progress when an hermana drove us to visit one of the sisters on her list and another hermana gave us a reference to visit one of her friends.  Kinda incredible.

This week we are basically booked.  It’ll be stressful but all will go well!  We have a lot of people to baptize and to help progress in this beautiful gospel.  It’ll help me keep my mind of the inevitable.  Lots of “lasts” this week… last district meeting tomorrow, last noche del barrio, last English class, last coordination meeting, last Sunday… Woah.  But, I’m definitely suckering people into coming to all these things by using that as an excuse.  No shame.

The mission is incredible.  There are no words to describe it.  It’s an experience worth every pain and every penny.  If I went back in time and someone asked me to go on a mission, I would choose to do it again and again and again in a heartbeat.  Anyone who is considering going, go.  Anyone who has come back, remember what you learned and live it.  Don’t become the people you had to reactivate when you were a missionary.  Convert yourself to the only true gospel and enjoy the blessings the Lord wants to dote you with.  The path is set before us, we just need to look and live.

Hasta ver,

Hermana Durham

E-Mail from 1/5/15 – The Final Countdown . . . Fo’ Realsies.

Can you believe it´s 2015?!  Wow! That whole 2014 year went by pretty fast to me.  It was fun to spend the night in our study room on the floor, listening to our gitana sing songs in Spanish and then at 12 we cracked open a couple cans of grapes and ate those puppies!  Weird Spanish traditions… they’re wonderful.

Well, as hard as I tried to keep my death a secret, the secret is out.  People know.  There are the very few kind people who don’t mention it at all and then there are the less kind (very cruel) people who straight up say “So when do you leave?” or telling you you have 15 days left.  Who’s counting anyway?  It can sometimes create problems… like the mental breakdown I had on Sunday where I cried through the first two hours of church.  No big deal.  I freaked out my poor companion and the poor Elders.  Oh well.

We had interviews with President Pace and he is just wonderful.  He has a great way of just making you feel special and loved even when everything seems gloomy and sad.  We’ve just decided to keep on working hard, even as the end draws near.

Today is my birthday.  I woke up and the front room was decorated.  We ate lunch with the Elders and the Sabadell Hermanas at the Viking burger restaurant that I love so very much, then we went to the church where the Elders had decorated and had a Reyes cake and everything.  I was put in charge of cutting and distributing the pieces.  I got the king!  They said I cheated but I didn’t,  I promise!  Later we’re going to see the parade where the kings come in.  YAY!  Birthday parades and cakes and things!  I have a pretty sweet set up here in Spain, not going to lie.  My companion is doing her best to make my day the best.  Sweet thing, she is.  I also broke out into hives.  Yay, birthday hives!

This week the work will hopefully get back to the normal swing (just in time for me to get going…) and I hope to add as much as possible to the area.  Victor wasn’t able to come to church but we still maintain contact and he’s still working towards baptism.  Juana set a fecha with us for the 17th and DID come to church! YAY!  Adrian told me he’d be baptized as a gift for my birthday after telling me I looked beautiful… so I told him no thanks on the birthday baptism.  But he came to another baptism on Saturday and liked it.  Hopefully we see some more progress from him too.  Adrian just called and said hello to you all.

It’s been another slower week because of illness.  The last little bit I’ve not taught much with my actual companion.  A couple times with Hermana Reid, a couple times with Hermana Foncubierta, a couple times with members… the time I did actually leave with my companion she couldn’t speak so I taught by myself… things like that.  Hopefully we all get healthy so that I can do some real work soon.  That’d be nice.

I was reading Helaman and 3rd Nephi this week and one verse stuck out to me this time that I had never really noticed before about Samuel the Lamanite.  Helaman 16:7 says: “And as they went forth to lay their hands on him, behold, he did cast himself down from the wall, and did flee out of their lands,yea, even unto his own country, and began to preach and to prophesy among his own people.”

And I thought to myself… that’s interesting.  The Lord really does prepare people for the next steps in life.  Samuel went back home and helped out his own people and well… I have to too.  It’s part of life.

Anyway… so I hope you have a really wonderful week and that you do good things with yourselves.  I love you all!  Be good!

Hermana Durham.