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Monday, February 22, 2016

In case you didn't get them



African friends!

Us in our now brand new African clothes they made for us!



El adversario

Monday, February 15, 2016

Mike and Sylvester

Mike (left) baptized his brother Sylvester a while ago and this is
them haha they are the best



Mike and Sylvester!


Johny

Our friend being baptized Saturday


Our friend Johny being baptized Saturday

"THAT IS NOT MY AIM"

Hola familia!!!!!
    This week just flew by, I feel like I have been around everywhere
in Torrejon De Ardoz!! Our PDay last week we just played Soccer but
that's ok, Elder Phillips and I just roll people when we play.
Tuesday, was just a normal day. We met with our investigator who is
going to get baptized this Saturday and he says this, "I have been
thinking why other churches always say they are true, you guys say you
are true too, but now I know that you are the true church!" I was so
excited to hear that cause he was having a hard time for a while.
Also, something that happened today is that he needed a job and so we
all said a prayer for help and he called us today saying that he has
an interview today and if he passes he will work Thursday. He was so
excited cause he will have a job and be a member of the only true
church!
Wednesday I got to go to the temple for the first time in almost a
year, it's definitely an awesome experience I almost forget what it
felt like! We aren't really allowed to go to the temple here. That's
alright though, just more time to work!
  Friday came around and we had a Family Home Evening at an
investigators house and we invited a couple families to come. We had a
nice message and decided to teach them the game Uno (a game with a
Spanish name that no spaniards know how to play). So I decided to sit
out a round and help people, little did I know the game would last 2
hours!!!!!! I didn't even get to play and then we had to go home so I
was pretty disappointed.
    Last Saturday we had an AMERICAN BARBACUE!!! We are a crap ton of
food and it was also raining but that didn't matter haha. I learned a
couple African words and now all the Africans love me and want to make
me food and stuff but you know...I'm just mobbin it up in mini Africa.
  We had our fast Sunday yesterday and it was interesting...here in
Spain people go up as families and they all awkwardly stand there
until they are all done bearing testimony. Then we went to our super
apostate gospel principles class which was just like wow what the heck
is going on! But yeah that's about it.
Today we went to a place called Parque Europa and we got some good
pictures and I'll send them later but here is a couple!

Elder Osapolo (God is Great in African)

Hola familia!!!!!
    This week just flew by, I feel like I have been around everywhere
in Torrejon De Ardoz!! Our PDay last week we just played Soccer but
that's ok, Elder Phillips and I just roll people when we play.
Tuesday, was just a normal day. We met with our investigator who is
going to get baptized this Saturday and he says this, "I have been
thinking why other churches always say they are true, you guys say you
are true too, but now I know that you are the true church!" I was so
excited to hear that cause he was having a hard time for a while.
Also, something that happened today is that he needed a job and so we
all said a prayer for help and he called us today saying that he has
an interview today and if he passes he will work Thursday. He was so
excited cause he will have a job and be a member of the only true
church!
Wednesday I got to go to the temple for the first time in almost a
year, it's definitely an awesome experience I almost forget what it
felt like! We aren't really allowed to go to the temple here. That's
alright though, just more time to work!
  Friday came around and we had a Family Home Evening at an
investigators house and we invited a couple families to come. We had a
nice message and decided to teach them the game Uno (a game with a
Spanish name that no spaniards know how to play). So I decided to sit
out a round and help people, little did I know the game would last 2
hours!!!!!! I didn't even get to play and then we had to go home so I
was pretty disappointed.
    Last Saturday we had an AMERICAN BARBACUE!!! We are a crap ton of
food and it was also raining but that didn't matter haha. I learned a
couple African words and now all the Africans love me and want to make
me food and stuff but you know...I'm just mobbin it up in mini Africa.
  We had our fast Sunday yesterday and it was interesting...here in
Spain people go up as families and they all awkwardly stand there
until they are all done bearing testimony. Then we went to our super
apostate gospel principles class which was just like wow what the heck
is going on! But yeah that's about it.
Today we went to a place called Parque Europa and we got some good
pictures and I'll send them later but here is a couple!







Monday, February 8, 2016

"I don't know if I'm hungry or horny!!"

Hola familia mía!!!
  Whoa this week just flew by! I actually can't even remember what
happened haha. It's started with Monday, we were going to all go
bowling but then it fell through so we slept for 4 hours and that was
heavenly! The next couple days we taught a butt ton of people, so much
that it put Coslada on the map!! On Wednesday we played soccer with
our ward and know we have nicknames, Elder Phillips is some name I
don't really know yet cause it's some Spanish history guy and mine is
"Bonito" cause when I score I turn around and go "que Bonito!!!" Which
is just like "how good!?".
    This week we got a new Ward Mission Leader and he is the bomb, no
joke he is literally kicking our butts with knowledge. He served a
mission which is something rare to find in Spain. So we had a
correlation with him and he destroyed us then we asked if he could
come with us to a lesson and he was a blessing from the heavens holy
cow he knows his stuff. I reevaluated myself after that and the next
lesson we had was bomb! I'm really excited for this transfer its
looking really good.
      After that we were driving home and our ward mission leader and
the member driving us both speak ok English and so we were talking
about the pros and cons and our ward mission leader tells us "it's so
hard, English has words that are too close and one is bad and one is
good. Sometimes I can't even tell the difference if I'm hungry or
horny!!" And then the other member says "what's the difference??" And
starts doing this evil laugh and I laughed so hard hahaha we have
crazy members over here.
      This week we had stake conference and it was with Elder Moreira
a seventy and first he met with all the missionaries and he shared
with us some crazy doctrine and insight, it was a great experience.
After that he had another meeting we could only go to if we brought an
investigator, so we were able to attend and it was so inspired for our
investigator. After that we had Sunday and he also spoke and it was
amazing, he is such a spiritual guy!!! After that he had a meeting for
only investigators and we were able to go to that, and it was us and
about 4 other people and he spoke directly to us and told us we have
the biggest smiles he has ever seen!!!:) CLIMBING TO THE TOP WOOP
WOOP!! Haha
      Today we played soccer for PDay and there were a ton of
missionaries, so I had to take charge of them all and it was just so
funny. Missionaries I have never met before come up to me and always
tell me that they have seen a funny video from me. One Hermana
actually came up to me and said that I'm the funniest elder to ever
enter the mission so that was a good complement!! As we were playing,
I think I trucked over about 11 people, so now people don't even try
to take the ball from me and my team never lost haha the perks of
being huge!!!!!
    Not too much to share this week, I love you all and have some
missionary experiences, all members a missionary remember?? Haha

Elder Malolo lo más gracioso!

“Hoy debemos ser mejores de lo que fuimos ayer y mañana mejores de lo
que somos hoy”. ~Élder Larry R. Lawrence

Monday, February 1, 2016

Throwback, and what Pounded Yam is. (Foofoo)





Transfer Masters

Hola familia mía!!!
  Well this week was transfers and guess what, Elder Phillips will be
my first companion to stay more than a transfer! We are staying here
in Torrejon-Coslada for another 5 weeks and then Elder Phillips will
probably get out of here cause this is his first area. Other than that
there were a couple changes to our district and now we are more
athletic haha! We went to Chamartín this morning with our other elders
and we met up with a ton of missionaries who saw a couple ukulele
videos of us and they all got ukuleles! Kind of weird but glad to know
I was one of the first...not really haha.
    Here in Torrejon-Coslada we have a wide variety of people (I being
the only Polynesian) and so I have been trying to learn as many
different languages as I can and learning how to say hello and goodbye
in Hindi, Punjabi, Chinese, Romanian, and also and African dialect
that sounds freaking hilarious!! I went into a Chino (a cheap store
usually owned by Asians or something) and when I was leaving I said
bye in Chinese and she ended up giving us a ton of stuff for free! I
also met 2 kids while playing soccer from India and spoke a tiny tiny
bit of Punjabi to them and now we are teaching them haha. Who knew
learning different languages would help so much?
  Last PDay my companion and I were looking for some futbol Sala
shoes cause we can't find our size in this country and in one store we
asked if there were 48s and the man told us there were only 2 pairs
and he has been trying to get rid of them for a long time! So we got a
sweet discount on that!
  There is a video I want to send to you all about an amazing food
here called Pounded Yam, which is an African food. This is how the
Africans get super big! So it's really like making mashed potatoes but
with less water so it kind of turns into a sticky dough, then you make
a soup that the Nigerians call "Ducky Soup" cause it's duck, and it's
super spicy...literally will burn your tongue off. So you dip a little
ball into the soup and you put it in your mouth and swallow it whole!
You cannot chew it because if you do its disrespect that the Pounded
Yam was not made right, and also if you chew it you are considered a
baby! So the video I want to show you is a contest between me and my a
District Leader seeing who can swallow the biggest ball! So we had
about the same sized Pounded Yam ball and we dipped it and I swallowed
it with ease and my District Leader started chocking on it and had to
cough it back up....ok at the time it was actually really funny but
now that I type it out I seem like a bad person but it's ok hahaha.
    Something else cool is that there was a baptism yesterday for an
investigator named Silvestre, he is African and super funny. His
brother was baptizing him and they got the prayer wrong like 5 times
but as soon as he did it right I was waiting with a towel in the
bathroom and he came in and totally dropped an F bomb....which at the
time was really funny but again It's like oh, he just got baptized!
Afterward we went to their house to eat and he didn't have any drinks
or soda so he was like "hey I'll be back I am going to go buy some
drink" and Hermanas were like "No it's Sunday!!" Then his brother came
over and said "it is ok, bruddah, you can repent after you do it" and
I laughed so hard...wow I laugh at a lot of bad things but hey
whattaya gonna do?
  Oh yeah I forgot, "Transfer Masters" so the day of transfers,
president accidentally sent us the transfer sheet 13 hours before it
was supposed to, so we knew everybody and we were just toying with
everyone about it. People even offered to buy me Kebap and clothes! Do
they not know that these are just worldly things?;) But yeah we knew
for a long time before anyone else and we were getting calls all day
from people asking us!
    Alright so here is my good story for the week, nothing funny but
really cool. So my companion and I and another companionship signed up
to help for the Cruz Roja (Red Cross). We had to go in for interviews
and some of the things that happened was as missionaries we aren't
allowed to wear our name tags if we help, which personally bothers me.
Also no missionaries have actually helped Cruz Roja in Spain. So I
told him (really we had a debate) that there is no difference between
wearing and not wearing the name tag because (as said in the talk be
an example and a light by Preasident Monson I think) we have a light
in our eyes and power in our words that no matter what happens people
will ask us about the church. So now what's happening is we got
permission from Cruz Roja Espanola to wear our name tags and only us 4
missionaries are allowed to help for a trial of 2 months and depending
on how we do and the reactions of those we help, they will either stop
using missionaries OR open up the Cruz Roja Espanola to all
missionaries in Spain! So wish me luck hahaha
  That's all that really happened, no pictures but I'll get those
videos later! Have a great week erbody!

Elder Máquina Malolo