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Monday, January 25, 2016

Me with the crew

I'm kind of big compared to people here in Spain




Elder Malolo aka Elder Manolo!  down in front

"We had a treasure in our house and we didn't know it!?"

Hola familia mía!!!!
      This week was one well needed and deserved! Soooo, Monday started out we were with our mission president the whole day, they asked if we could all come over as a district and have a barbecue. We decided to have an eating contest cause an Hermana that came told me she could eat more than me and you don't just challenge Elder Malolo to anything cause you know I'll win! So she ended up eating 4 hot dogs and 2 burgers within an allotted time. I finished with 6 hamburgers and 8 hot dogs! Don't worry everybody, somehow I'm still losing weight!! So yeah, showed her what's up and after played tennis and paddle (which is a European sport kind of like a full court racquet ball), and played against our mission president in basketball. Fun fun day, I miss playing sports whenever I want to. 
     Next big thing that happened is we had a world wide capacitation? I don't know what the word "capacitación" means in English anymore. It was with Elders Bednar, Oaks, and Clayton with a couple of Hermanas in there and it was great!! It made my companion and I feel great cause they taught us how to teach repentance and baptize converts which is exactly what we did with one of our investigators! His name is Johny, he is in a bad situation right now but he feels good when we are with him. On the day we hung out with mission president he told me that I should focus on repentance with my investigators, so I did. We taught him the importance of repentance and the reality of Satan and the next day he called us saying "I have never felt so relieved in my life, I actually feel as if God accepts me!" 

GOD ACCEPTS EVERYBODY

Repentance and the power of the atonement are real!! It's as simple as that!
     The same day of the capacitation, was my birthday! Thank you all for the birthday wishes! And because we were gathered together as a zone they decided to throw a party for me and made me a cake that had a quote from when I first arrived in this area. I was talking to the Hermanas when I said this,

"Yup, you are right! I'm slowly killing you all off one by one so I can finally be a sister training leader!!"

So it was a good day, as Ice Cube would put it.
       Saturday was also a good day, so we taught a couple of our investigators and later we were at the church building, and a member of the bishopric came up to me and pulled me aside and said "Elder Malolo we need you to give a talk tomorrow about missionary work" so I said of course but this is what he said next "We don't want just any ordinary talk, we want something that will get the members attention and teach them to do something" so that challenge was on!!
     Yesterday was the day I gave my talk and the night before and the morning of I prayed to receive inspiration and revelation for what to say. I don't think I have ever been so strong in a talk!!! It was literally fire, and the best part was that in my talk I said this, obviously in Spanish but I'll translate,

"As missionaries there is a question we hold near and dear to our heart for our members, it is, "Do you know anyone who would benefit from listening to the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ" but the answer we get is usually not one that we like, and go a little like this "Elders, all my friends are members of the church, I have nothing to give you guys, I'm sorry!" Well...we can only add that answer to our list of excuses! You are either baptizing all of your friends to the church or you are not doing missionary work and you are not a member-missionary!"

As I said that all the returned missionaries in the ward little had a face of excitement knowing how true it is!! One literally raised his fist to the air in the middle of the congregation in agreement!  If you wanna give a bomb talk, just call everyone to repentance haha. 
       So yesterday we taught a new family that we found and we met with them before but it takes 3 hours by bus to get to their house so we ran out of time and left them with a Book of Mormon. But this last time we went over The husband asked how we learn our Spanish so well and I told him "well we have to teach you a little bit and it starts off with our Heavenly Father!" So it was a perfect intro into the restoration of the church and about half way through teaching the Book of Mormon he stands up and runs and gets his Book of Mormon and says "WE HAD A TREASURE IN OUR HOUSE AND WE NEVER KNEW ABOUT IT!?" He was so happy to learn about the Book of Mormon and his family was too!
       This makes me think, are we as members of our own church taking for granted the blessing of the Book of Mormon? How many times do we see it just sitting at home and just walk by it not thinking that prophets sacrificed, suffered, and performed miracles just so WE can have the blessing of knowing it's true? I have only been on the mission for 10 months but I have developed a love for reading everything, I have learned so much about the Book of Mormon, The Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I have realized the reality of the blessings and the teachings that they give. God is our Heavenly Father, and he sent his Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die for us. I know that our Savior was resurrected and lives and guides us through prophets in these days. And thanks to the Holy Ghost, that I am able to know these things.
     Have a good week, Ima go play soccer with a bunch of Spaniards. Then eat...I don't know what to do on PDays anymore haha. I love you all!!

From the best in the game,
    Elder Manolo  
     

Monday, January 18, 2016

Lemons and Water.....

Hola familia
      This was an interesting week, we met a lot of new people and
the area we opened is changing super fast! I'll tell you about those
people later. Sooo we were visiting with some members for lunch and a
woman was telling us about this cleanse that she had done and you
know, me having a mom and sister that have done every cleanse in the
book so I said "oh yeah we can do that, that's easy!" Aaaaaand that's
when we made a mistake. So it's just warm water and lemons so we have
been drinking that for a couple days and it sure is cleansing my body!
Every time someone mentions the cleanse to me I get a cramp haha. I
feel a lot better though after eating so many kebabs and cocido!
      Every Wednesday our ward plays futbol and LOTS of people come,
non members and all. We decided to play with them and Elder Phillips
and I are definitely the biggest people in the ward. We finally got
into the game and I scored 3 goals in our first game so everyone was
literally chanting "Malolo!". So the next game we got in and I played
Defense and there were kids who were non members that we're getting
mad because they couldn't push me by so whenever they would get to me
that knew they were losing the ball:) Maybe I'll just come home and
play futbol!?
        Alright I'll tell you about some people we met. We met a man
on the street that seemed pretty nice and we stopped him, then he
immediately started crying and talking to us telling us about his
situation and then this "my wife in the Dominican Republic told me
about Mormons and how nice they are, I would like to come to church!"
So we taught him 4 times before Sunday came and he loved it!! He is
our best friend and grateful for the church!:) which is why we are
here!!:) another family we met on the street, we went to visit them
and they were from Peru and the wife talked to us asking us a lot of
doctrinal questions so I shut her down letting her know that those
questions weren't going to help her know anything more about the
church than before. Eventually her husband came in and he looked at me
and said "if anyone can walk out in the cold just wearing that and
still live must have an important message!" I was wearing a white
short sleeve shirt and it was a little less than freezing outside.
They listened to our message and when we got to Joseph Smith the
husband jumped up and said "SOIS MORMONES!!" And he told us that his
aunt was a member of this church and that he has been looking for it
for a couple months (they live 3 hours away from the church). Now they
are willing to come out to church next week! Our Bishop is happy about
the work we are doing and so is our Mish Pres! Next week will be a
good one comin up, other than the cleanse but yeah...:)
      That was all I did this week, hope you all have a good one
coming!:) Os Quiero!!
Con cariño
  Élder Malolo!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Os Quiero

Hola familia mía
So I don't have any time anymore cause we got lost in Madrid and we
didn't have a phone....so here are a couple pics to show you how I've
been doing! I love you all, Wish I had more time but I don't wanna
waste your time with my milagros!
The Machine
Elder Malolo!