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Monday, August 31, 2015

"Go big on your mission or go home!" Elder Malolo and his experience in Gijon, Spain

Hola Mi Familia!
    Got stuck in a rainstorm, but I'm still alive!  This week was
definitely a change to our workouts and our horario! Just recently our
mission president changed the horario and now this is what we do
everyday: 7:30-wake up/get buff 8:00-prepare for the day and eat (if
you have food) 9:00-estudiar personal 10:00-estudiar idioma 10:30-hit
the streets 2:00-medio dia 3:00-estudiar compañerismo 4:00-la calle
10:30pm-get home 11:30-pass out in your bed because you walked 90miles
in rain. So our horario was changed in order to have an extra hour of
proselyting time and lesson time, which is okay! During all this my
companion and I decided to go on an adventure to parts of Gijón we
have never been to before and we found a really really pijo area so
now we are going there to contact and get pictures with cool stuff, if
it isn't raining! Here in da Norf, we get the best weather, during
summer it doesn't get too hot and in winter it doesn't get too cold so
I'm pretty lucky! Except every day during winter it RAINS! At this
point I was enjoying this blessing of water that we don't get in
Arizona but now it just doesn't stop haha how are we gonna stop people
when it rains so hard we can't hear people next to us!? As for the
change in our workouts, last Monday we hiked the Cristo in Oviedo.
Now...3 days before we hiked it, it seemed like a great idea! Then
waking up on Monday I was just like "Heavenly Father please change
everyone's mind about this hike" but my faith wasn't sufficient! After
the hike we were all thinking if the pictures we got was worth the
pain in our legs haha so this week for working out we have been
running so next time we do a hike we can just rock it! We found out
about a popular game here called Paddle, think of a smaller tennis
court with walls around you and the ball can bounce off those walls.
It's pretty intense! So we are going to be playing that and my
companion played tennis back in the day and tennis is big as well so I
challenged him to a game cause you know...I'm the best at everything! :)
Yesterday we were eating at our Branch Presidents house with the
 group was saying this"Elder Malolo I was watching this video of you the other day and you have
lost a lot of weight since then!" And everyone started agreeing.  my dancing videos and stuff has
spread across this mission like crazy every time I make one people
just know me as Elder Baile, Hangloose Kid, Elder Manolo, and whatever
else the spirit prompts them to say haha. Another funny thing that
happened this week was the first day it started to rain, and we got
caught out in it without a umbrella and so we got soaked and decided
to take refuge in a chuchería which is the worst thing for me cause
all I want is ice cream out here. Oops a chuchería is like a candy/ice
cream place. So after a while it stopped raining so we started walking
again and the rain came back so we took refuge again and the same
thing happened when we started walking again and my companion says
"What the heck is up with this stupid rain!?" And I say "We in da Norf
boy! The Lord only puts the best of the best up here!" And so we got
super animo and just walked out in the rain for the rest of the day
haha. So the other day I think this will make Stacy pretty proud.
Katy, a member, was talking to me about dancing and I mentioned that
my sister teaches Zumba, now I don't know if I said it wrong or
something but she got excited and said "Puedes enseñar clases de
zumba!?" Which is "you can teach zumba classes!?" So I said "yeah
sure, why not?" So she is trying to get a branch activity going where
one day I am going to teach a Zumba class! All I got to do is simple
moves and shake my hips! Sounds like how I dance all the time anyway!
Now I just need to get some Zumba music *cough cough* stace *cough
cough*! So with my little spiritual thought it's more of just a cool
thing that happened, how missionaries have a huge influence on others
around them. A boy named Jesus Lamas gave me a Book of Mormon in
English the other day as a gift from him, he just received the Aaronic
Priesthood and his first day in class me and my companion were
teaching and this is what he wrote to me, this happened in Utah but I
just found the BoM he gave me.

Hello Missioners,
My name is Jesus Lamas and I would love to tell me testimony to you.
On the Sunday of June 14, 2015 I got to go to my first young men
class. When I entered the class, I was scared because I didn't know
anyone. And when I heard that the Missioners were going to talk I got
more scared. Until you started talking with your heart, about what
missioners. I felt the Lords and missioners connections and it was
powerful, I could feel the connections between God and missioners. I
know that people come from different back rounds, but I know that and
reach in our heart and led us to eternity of happiness, love, kind,
grateful, caring, and peace. I would love to feel that power someday.
I was inspired when you guys talk and I want to live a life like that.
When our class ended, it was impossible not to tell my parents what I
felt in my heart and in my soul. I know when you finish your mission,
you will be a blessing in the future. I love you brothers. I have no
doubt that I want to be a missionary. I believe in Jesus Christ,
Heavenly Father, Holy Ghost and in the scriptures. If you don't
remember me I am who said, "Do you have a day off on your birthday?".
I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

I don't know about you guys but HOLY COW! It's funny to think that
just 6 months ago I wouldn't have ever considered myself an example.
I'm not exactly the nicest, kindest, or most humble person you'll ever
meet BUT I can be a friend! Now I just take whatever I have in me and
give it to the Lord for 2 years and all of a sudden people look up to
me, they wonder how they can feel the spirit as strongly as I can
bring it and the only thing I can say is that the Gospel is changing
me into someone that can do big things, in the words of my 92 year old
Ward Mission Leader in Utah, "If you aren't going big, then why go on
a mission?". I'm out here trying to do big things, I hope you are all
doing big things too! I love you all and can't wait to hear from you
all! Sorry for the late mail😋
Con Amor
Elder Malolo

Monday, August 24, 2015

Messages of comfort from a loving senior couple. Elder Taylor Malolo In Gijon, Spain

Hi Moms and Dad:

Attached are a couple of pics of your missionaries having dinner (during mediodia) at our place in Gijon.  This week was transfer week.  Thus Sister Santiago and Elder Rodiguez just arrived here.  Sisters Santiago and Seegmiller have been assigned to be senior sisters who will visit and train companion ships while Elder Rodriguez is our new District Leader.  Elder Malolo is my football companion..I just need him to transfer to BYU and play for the Cougs.    Your missionaries are the best!   

Rest assured your sons and daughters are safe, healthy, conquering the language and doing well. 

Thanks for sharing them with the Spanish Saints.

Please disregard the picture titles.  Your missionaries don't have time to dance. They are very busy.

Ta Logo  (Hasta luego) 

Elder Bob and Sister Linda Brown
Senior Couple.
Albany, Oregon 




The Mountain of Christ. Elder Taylor Malolo staying in Gijon after another transfer and his new companion

Buenas!!!!!!
      Another week in the Gijón area! I am staying up here for
another transfer but now I have a different companion! A small white
boy from Colorado named Elder Rodriguez! He's pretty funny so we will
be able to get along this transfer pretty well. So this week was all
about calling members and getting to know them with my new companion
and that was just a little difficult because I can barely understand
people face to face let alone over the phone so it was a struggle BUT
I got the job done jaja! So we met with a cool couple and they took us
out to eat to dominos which is a buffet!? So I basically ate the
equivalent of 3 large pizzas while everyone else ate 1 all together!
It was definitely well worth it if I might say so myself. As I was
talking to the members we got into a discussion of video games! Well
boy oh boy I sure was glad to talk about something I knew about jaja.
He plays exactly the same game I played back at home "League of
Legends" I'm sure my mom can testify that I might have liked that game
just a little bit! We were able to stop by a couple members throughout
the week and really get to know them because missionaries are only as
strong as their members! Missionaries are temporary but members will
always be there for your converts. Also we decided for PDay today to
climb the Cristo, I honestly don't know if there is a name for it but
it's a mountain with a giant statue of Jesus at the top and he is
overlooking Oviedo with open arms so it's a pretty sweet place! I took
some pictures so I will send them sometime today! We decided to stop
by the beach and holy cow there is a breeze over there going about 900
miles per hour! It actually felt super good and it smelled like the
ocean and that's always a good thing! Not much happened this week
because I just got my new comp but I will share with you a lesson I
had. This week we got to meet with an investigator who has been out of
town in a pueblo for a transfer and he finished reading the Book of
Mormon. He believes in everything and has faith BUT because of his
family situation he does not want to come to church or get baptized
basically until his wife passes away because he would feel like he is
betraying her if he gets baptized. So remembering a talk that I heard
from Elder Bednar I decided to share it with him. In this talk Elder
Bednar is speaking about those who feel as if they got offended at
church and now will not return back. Instead of talking about people
who get offended I changed it to people who know the church is true
but will not get baptized or come to church.

      "And then I would say something like this. “Let me make sure I
understand what has happened to you...you have not been blessed by the
ordinance of the sacrament. You have withdrawn yourself from the
constant companionship of the Holy Ghost...You have cut yourself off
from priesthood ordinances and the holy temple. You have discontinued
your opportunity to serve others and to learn and grow. And you are
leaving barriers that will impede the spiritual progress of your
children, your children’s children, and the generations that will
follow.” Many times people would think for a moment and then respond:
“I have never thought about it that way.”"

After sharing this scripture with him he sat in silence for a little
bit, and I could feel that he knew what he was choosing the wrong
decision. I then told him something that I feel a lot of investigators
around the world need to hear, "If you have as much faith, and belief
in this church as you say you do. If you believe Jesus Christ suffered
for our sins and was a perfect example, and that God has a plan for
us, then you would know you need to be baptized now." He told us that
he will begin to come to church and pray sincerely about it and guess
what, he was there yesterday!! So all is good in the land of Gijón!!!
Not much else that I can remember. I'll send some pictures and videos
and stuff in a little bit...I can't feel my legs right now.
Con mucho amor

Enjoying some good food in Gijon, Spain. Elder Taylor Malolo

video

Elder Malolo's zone


 lentejas pan and bible videos for medio día

Squid in the mouth! LOL

Elder Malolo and his love of food in Gijon, Spain!

Food I made (husband material), frozen yogurt, Poseidon, and vaquita
(cat) means little cow.
Elder Malolo loves cats! lol


Poseidon

frozen yogurt !

Elder Malolo makin' some home cookin' in Spain! Definite husband material for sure!! Nice job son!! 

The Holy Spirit continues to guide. Elder Taylor Malolo in Gijon, Spain

Hola Familia y mis amigos!!
  This week has been insane!! Monday morning I woke up at 4:30 to
catch the train to León since my companion was going to Madrid for
Zone leader training. So I arrive in León with Elder Mower who has
about 1 transfer left, he's super cool and he's from Texas and
everyone I have met from Texas so far has been crazy haha but a good
crazy!! So we ended up going to the piso and they live about 6 stories
up and obviously I did what any other 13 year old would do in that
situation...I made a paper airplane and I threw it out the window!
Which ended up not only going super far (cause my paper airplane
skills are amazing) it went inside another persons window down the
street!  Later that day we were
walking past a big Church in León and a man yells at us "hey
jovenes!!" To come sit with him. Now...little did we know we were
sitting with a drunk man from Wales, he told us this exactly "I am
extremely drunk right now and I need someone to talk to so I don't
keep drinking!" What a coincidence he happened to stop 2 missionaries!
So we talked a little bit and we got to know him and shared some
scriptures with him since he told us he reads the bible every night.
In the end we got hugged by a crazy drunk man and he thanked us for
sharing the scriptures with him aaaaand he's now being taught by the
León elders! By the end of the day we stopped by a mans house who I
had visited before and he wasn't too fond of me since I didn't know
Spanish but now that I'm better I thought it would be a good visit!
Never have I been so spiritually and emotionally drained as I had been
that night. This man, was a recovering addict. Recently he did a lot
of bad stuff and he has nothing, his wife doesn't care for him, he has
no money, no passport to go back to the Dominican Republic, and his
son doesn't care for him, he has no job, and feels like he is
completely alone in this. That day I had a full grown man cry right in
front of me, asking God why this is happening to him, saying that this
life isn't worth living. After a 45min, and Elder Mower trying to help
him, nothing was helping him. Eventually he said "Elder Malolo, Algo
que decir?" Not knowing this man in the slightest, and having such a
little understanding of Spanish, this is the translation of what
happened next. I can't use his real name so he will be Bob.

Me: Bob...do you believe in God?
Bob: of course! He's the reason why this is happening!
Me: Do you believe God gave you agency?
Bob: Well yes...
Me: What is agency?
Bob: The ability God gave us to choose right from wrong.
Me: Exactly, do you believe God did this to you, or did you really do
this to yourself?
Bob: *silence*
Me: How bad so you want all of this to go away? You believe in repentance right?
Bob: I do, I want everything back to normal, I want my family, my job,
everything!
Me: Do you understand what it means to have a broken heart and a
contrite spirit?
Bob: No..
Me: *I bring up a conference talk* can you read this please?
Bob: (Talk by ElderBruce D Porter, Oct 2007) "When we sin and desire
forgiveness, a broken heart and a contrite spirit mean to experience
“godly sorrow [that] worketh repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:10). This
comes when our desire to be cleansed from sin is so consuming that our
hearts ache with sorrow and we yearn to feel at peace with our Father
in Heaven. Those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit are
willing to do anything and everything that God asks of them, without
resistance or resentment. We cease doing things our way and learn to
do them God’s way instead. In such a condition of submissiveness, the
Atonement can take effect and true repentance can occur. The penitent
will then experience the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost, which
will fill them with peace of conscience and the joy of reconciliation
with God. In a wondrous union of divine attributes, the same God who
teaches us to walk with a broken heart invites us to rejoice and to be
of good cheer."
Me: do you have a broken heart and a contrite spirit?
Bob: Yes.
Me: Then you have to stop right now. I know God does not put us
through a trial that you cannot complete. I understand that it can get
so hard that you feel that you are alone, that you can't do it, that
the easiest option is to quit. You are never alone. You have us, and
most importantly God and Jesus Christ with you. I don't know you that
well, but the spirit has testified to me that your heart is strong,
that you understand the Atonement, you can do this. It has to start
now.

After this happened he was sitting straight up, full attention, and
Elder Mower was just staring at me with his mouth wide open haha. Bob
sincerely thanked me, and committed to starting now. We left and on
the walk home Elder Mower was completely silent. When we finally got
home he just sat down and looked at me and said "Did you really not
know Spanish before the mission or are you just fooling everyone?"
Hahahaha he was so in shock in what I said, I just told him "No dude,
all you have to do is have the Spirit with you and you will never have
to actually think about what you need to say, it just comes!"
Afterwards he said "You are going to be AP!" I can honestly testify
that the Spirit brings insane blessings! The next day we stopped by
him again and he was cooking for his wife before she got home, he was
happier than ever!! When she got home she cried because she was so
happy that he has started to change! This week has been literally
centered on the topic of Full Repentance, and becoming sanctified and
consecrated. Sooo because of that Elder Saltzman and I came up with
this little saying "Y más!" Which means "..and more". We returned to
Gijón Friday night and Saturday we decided to literally stop every
single person that passes by us. In doing so we only received 3
referrals and taught 3 street lessons but since we did our best we
know we will be blessed! And this week transfers have come to an end
and I am going to be staying in Gijón! Elder Saltzman is leaving which
means I am yet again taking an area over after 1 transfer and getting
someone who has been out for 2 months longer than I have and he will
be our District Leader. President Pack called yesterday and told me
that even though he is a little older, knows more Spanish, I'm still
getting trained, and he is District Leader, he asked me to teach him
instead of having him teach me! I don't know what it means but it's
gonna be a hard interesting 6 weeks with this guy! Apparently he's
really short, and lightweight. I could bench this guy in the mornings!
He is getting here in a couple hours, until then I am with Elder Weiss
a Swiss elder. Not much else I remember about the week bit I will send
pictures and videos if I have any! Love you all and can't wait to hear
back from you guys!
Con muchísimo amor
Élder Malolo!

Monday, August 10, 2015

This week was harder than any other week. Elder Taylor Malolo serving in Gijon Spain

Hooooooola familia!
  This week has definitely been harder than any other. We spend 9
hours street contacting, only to maybe get 5 contacts and have 4 of
them be fake numbers. All of our investigators are on vacation and
apparently when Spaniards go on vacation it's not for a week or a
couple days, it's for 3 months!! So we have 1 investigator in town and
we had to pass 4 of our newer investigators to the Hermanas because
it's difficult for Elders to teach single women. Elder Saltzman and I
have come to our only conclusion on how to contact...and it's through
basketball and soccer! He is really good at basketball and I am
alright at soccer so we decided lets just go play some kids and get
there number! It actually worked! Saltzman and I would play 2v2
basketball and just demolish and from that day alone we got 12
contacts. The next day we decided to play soccer and since Saltzman
can't play cause his toe I had to do it myself, so I wore my
Diego-Costa Chelsea jersey and we found a court that would let me join
and as soon as I get in I smashed a goal upper V!! Christian Would be
proud haha. That day we received 14 contacts and this week ultimately
ended up better than most! We were also able to build up enough street
cred that a guy from our ward heard about it and called us saying "a
friend called me saying they need help beating a tall white kid and a
Samoan at basketball!" Since I tell people I'm from Samoa because if
you are both from the US nobody will give you the time of day here. So
I'll be getting videos and pictures of me playing soccer soon to send
to you guys!
  Another thing that happened was Elder Brown (Senior Elder) called
us and said "Elders I have a problem, are you busy right now?" We
weren't busy so we hurried to his house hoping everything was alright.
He comes up to me and says "Elder Malolo...the BYU Runningback just
announced he is not playing this year...we need to send you home so
you can take his place or we won't be able to beat the U this year!"
Elder Brown is a BYU fan and Elder Saltzman is a U fan so they go back
and forth all the time about it. At the rate I'm losing weight and
gaining muscle I'm going to end up being a Runningback! The other day
as we walked along the beach for contacting we saw a team playing
American football! Every bone in my body wanted to just run over and
hit someone but you know...I'm a missionary👼🏽
  I read a book this week called "Day of Defense" it's about a
missionary who has interviews with other denominations of Christians
and answers their questions and accusations. In the end the
missionaries ended up on top and able to defend every question thrown
at them. I can't say this any better than Elder Holland

"For 179 years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and
deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in
modern religious history--perhaps like no other book in any religious
history. And still it stands. Failed theories about its origins have
been born and parroted and have died--from Ethan Smith to Solomon
Spaulding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. None of these
frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination
because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young
unlearned translator. In this I stand with my own great-grandfather,
who said simply enough, “No wicked man could write such a book as
this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were
commanded of God to do so.” "

  It's amazing when people try to bash with me and Elder Saltzman and
we are able to stand all of their questions because El Libro de Mormón
es verdadero, es la palabra de Dios, y puede ayudarnos con cualquiera
cosa. Necesitamos leer este libro para qué recibamos todas bendiciones
Dios tiene para nosotros. No es importante cuánto se lee pero es muy
importante que aprendemos y crecer en nuestro fe, y fortalecer
nuestros testimonios porque esta iglesia es una iglesia del
crecimiento.
  I hope you are all alive and well!! I never thought I'd miss America
as I do now! Haha can't wait to hear back from you all. Love you all
so much!!
Con Amor,
  Elder Malolo!

Elder Malolo 

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