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Monday, July 27, 2015

Elder Malolo aka Elder Manolo and his District

Elder Malolo (Manolo) and his District in Gijon, Spain. 

Elder Malolo asked for a hard mission and Elder Malolo got a hard mission!

Buenos días everybody!
  This week was a weird one, I don't think I have had so many weirdos
come up to me before in one week! We can begin when I traveled to León
on Monday, it's a completely different area with a lot of tourists and
such, we were approached by all sorts of people wondering why we
aren't drinking (which is a normal thing over here). Lots of people we
stopped would look at our chapas (name tags) for maybe 5 minutes then
look us in the eyes and say "ohhhhh testigos de jehovah!? No lo
quiero, tengo prisa!" ("I don't want that, I have a meeting) -_-.... I
don't think anywhere on our chapas does it say testigos hahaha others
would listen to us say "el evangelio de Jesucristo" (the gospel of
Jesus Christ" and then automatically assume we are evangelists...and
then others were just drunks, and as Mom would say "hoochies" or
whatever trying to get us to their house haha. One day elder Saltzman
and I were just contacting on the street and we met an old man who was
trying to Bible bash with us, and of course me not knowing that much
Spanish didn't know what he was getting at. So my companion got a
little frustrated at him and answered back, after about an hour and a
half we answered all his questions and he started to believe us! But
instead of continuing to listen he walked off and said "tengo prisa".
That's kind of an example of the hard headed people here BUT I love
it!! I asked for a hard mission and right now I'm in the middle of it!
Many of people have testified to me that Spain is arguably the hardest
LDS mission out there so I'm satisfied with where I am! Also to learn
Spanish, learn how to cook, play guitar, sing in Spanish, play soccer,
and most importantly preach the gospel! During my personal study I was
reading in Alma 46-48. I came upon these scriptures

Alma 46: 11-15

11 And now it came to pass that when Moroni, who was the chief
commander of the armies of the Nephites, had heard of these
dissensions, he was angry with Amalickiah.

12 And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece
thereof, and wrote upon it--In memory of our God, our religion, and
freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children--and he fastened
it upon the end of a pole.

13 And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his
shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the
pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it
the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed
mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his
brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to
possess the land--

14 For thus were all the true believers of Christ, who belonged to the
church of God, called by those who did not belong to the church.

15 And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all
those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the
name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their
belief in Christ who should come.

And when later reading came upon this verse in Alma 48: 17

17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were,
and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell
would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power
over the hearts of the children of men.

So another instance this week we ran into a man who flagged us down
from the opposite side of the street. When we went over he began to
tell us that we aren't Christians at all, and that we worship Joseph
Smith yaddah yaddah yaddah. He "SWORE ON HIS LIFE" the Book of Mormon
did not say that we consider ourselves to be Christians! Having just
read this that morning I shared it with him and he hardened his heart
and walked away immediately. We decided to celebrate that victory with
ice cream afterwards haha but it is true. We all have taken upon us
the name of Christ! Like Moroni we should hold our morals true and
live like our savior with Christlike attributes so that Satan will not
even THINK about tempting us. But enough of me being a preacher! This
week was a good one, while not being in Gijón for a majority of the
week we did a lot of work, made a LOT of food. I tried ceviche and it
was pretty good! I learned how to make a monster Spanish tortilla and
so far that's my favorite food here! Me and elder Saltzman are going
to be hanging out at parks while he plays guitar and I sing church
hymns to see what will happen so that will be pretty fun! Saying Elder
Malolo out here is too hard for the spaniards to say so now my name is
Elder Manolo. I can't think of much else so I hope you all have a
great weeeeeeeeeeeek and do some fun stuff! Love you all!!!
Con mucho amor
Elder MaloLo!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Elder Malolo had an awesome week in Gijon, Spain

Hola familia!!
  Had an awesome week here in Gijón! Today I am in León because my
companion has a meeting in Madrid. But this week was really fun!!
Started out on Monday by going to Semana Negra (Black Week) has
nothing to do with black people haha but it is a giant carnival! With
a lot of rides and Spanish music, and little tents like the flea
market in Hawaii. So I bought a cheap soccer jersey for my favorite
team! My companion elder Saltzman bought 4 basketball jerseys, he went
a little jersey crazy but he didn't know they were obviously not the
real ones but pretty close. Tuesday we decided to hit the streets
super hard, and realized after about 3 hours of walking and contacting
nobody wants to listen to us, apparently not believing in religion is
the "hipster" thing to do here. People are tired of what the catholic
and evangelist churches are doing. So they automatically assume we are
the same way. But we were able to talk to a lot of people and get lots
of numbers. Wednesday we had District meeting which was pretty fun and
so for medio día we were talking about dances that we knew so it was
pretty funny to see everyone try dancing and see everyone here not be
able to move their hips like I do hahaha. Thursday was another day to
hit the streets hard, we got a lot of referrals that day so it was
pretty successful in our case! At night we go hard on our workouts,
elder Saltzman wants me to turn him into a Tight End. He has to gain
quite a bit of weight if he wants to go there haha. I'm still at 20lbs
lost so far on my mission and I'm starting to look a little smaller as
well! Friday every week is noche de hogar (FHE) with most of the
younger people in the ward. So for that we gave a demonstration of the
atonement by having people jump a ridiculous range, and after everyone
did that he said now since you couldn't make it to the other side that
means something held you back, and he related it to sin and so he
pointed to me and said but luckily we have a savior who felt all of
our pain for us, and so for each person that jumped and didn't make it
I had to do 10 push ups and so I had 110 push-ups and did them all in
one set! That was pretty hard but at least I know that I'm getting
stronger out here! We walk so much that my feet have blisters and I'm
starting to get an in grown toe nail but it's healing! On Saturday we
had our cultural event, which was a lot of food from different
countries and a couple people dancing so I decided to do a little
dance since I was there and I stole the show! Now if only I could
speak Spanish back to the people haha. We had a lesson with an 11year
old and his brother came in and said if we beat him in basketball
sometime he will listen to us, so I better start practicing but elder
Saltzman was able to dunk since 8th grade! Sunday I blessed the
sacrament in Spanish which was pretty cool considering I didn't bless
the sacrament much back home! There is a kid here named Danny who
wants to go on a mission so bad when he's older, he's about 13 and he
comes with us and teaches lessons, he's a stud! At the cultural event
I ate a lot of food and a man from Ethiopia came up to me and said "I
love the way you eat man!" Hahaha not much else I can remember but
I'll send some videos and pictures in a sec. Can't wait to hear back!
Les amo muchisimo!
Con mucho amor
Su misionero
Élder "Manolo"

Elder Malolo on the shores of Gijon, Spain

Elder Malolo's first area is Gijon, Spain,  It certainly looks beautiful!!! Elder Malolo looks fantastic too!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Elder Taylor Malolo enjoying his first area, Gijon, Spain

Elder Malolo with his district and two investigators

Hola familia!!
  So I finally flew in to Spain last Wednesday, and it's not much of a
culture shock! Just really good tasting food! Haha it really looks
like the US just bigger buildings and everyone only speaks Spanish. My
Spanish is coming along well, it's easier to talk to missionaries in
Spanish than it is to speak to natives because they obviously have the
lisp with the C's and Z's. They also kind of make a "sh" sound with
their S's, and their G's and J's have a hock a loogie sound to it. So
the Spanish sounds different but it's exactly the same anywhere else.
Every morning we get up and either workout or we walk to the panadería
which is a fresh bread store down the street for breakfast. Breakfast
is kinda big here, then lunch is huge and dinner is probably an apple
or something haha. I feel like I'm losing so much weight here! From
2-4 is our medio Día, or siesta. We just go home and sleep or eat or
something! We have a couple investigators, and all of them are awesome
and love that I'm learning Spanish so quickly!

breakfast at the panaderia

 But most of our day is
spent talking to people on the street and NOBODY wants to talk to you
up here, people don't even say hola to each other. But sometimes we
will get people to stop and they will listen, it's usually the Latin
Americans. Oh I don't know if I told you but it was an 8 hour train
ride to get here! It was cool but felt longer than a plane ride haha.
On Friday we had a zone meeting to meet the new mission president and
he is great, he really likes me and said he will take me to a Chinese
Buffett whenever I get to Madrid!:) we had to give a special musical
number with me and my companion elder Saltzman who is 6'6, and pretty
funny! Along with 2 other elders. Everybody here is fascinated that
I'm from Arizona and that I'm Polynesian which reminds me that they
are having a cultural night and I'm dancing in it on Tuesday! That
will be fun! I had Jamón which is curated ham that is thinly sliced
and delicious!! I had some different breads which were awesome! Some
of our investigators are teaching me how to do some dances here and
it's even funnier that my companion and the sisters can't move their
hips to save their life! I don't know if there is anything else to say
so far! If I remember anything I'll make sure to tell you guys! Can't
wait to hear back, I'm loving Spain!
Con mucho amor
Elder Malolo (Manolo)

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Elder Malolo Arrives in Spain

Dear Brother and Sister Malolo,

We had the great pleasure today of welcoming your son to the Spain Madrid Mission.  We spent the day together at the mission home receiving training and orientation on his
missionary assignment.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time together and felt a wonderful spirit present.  We appreciate all that you have done to prepare your son to serve the Lord and for the sacrifice you are making in giving her to the Lord for a time

Elder Malolo has been assigned to labor in Gijon with Elder Saltzman.

We thought you might enjoy this picture that we took in the back yard during our lunch break.

May the Lord bless you and your family in all of your endeavors.


President and Hermana Pack