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