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Monday, April 25, 2016

QUE GRANDIOSO ES SU LLAMAMIENTOS!!!

Hola la familia mía!!!
  Well transfers just came by and guess what, I'm staying in
Coslada!!! That means I would have had 2 areas in 1 year and that's
not many! When I told everyone on Sunday they were all so excited!
During the WARD CONFERENCES a member got up to say the closing prayer
and included "te damos las gracias que Élder Malolo se queda" which
means "we are thankful that Elder Malolo is staying" I was
like.....lets all pretend that didn't happen!! Haha I'm happy I am
staying, this is one of the strongest wards in Spain and they know how
to cook really well so that's a plus. Also, I get the chance to learn
different languages like Portuguese and Romanian and some African
dialect. Cause you never know when you will have to speak to a
Romanian!
  This week went by really slow, we are working with the great
amounts of people we have to teach now and it makes everything go by
slow because you have to pray and fast so much!! This week I wanna
share an encounter with a man we met on the street.
      He is from Argentina and we met him in the
street a week or two ago and we set a lesson up with him. We just
began talking about life and he shared about how when he went through
hard times, the Lord always provided for him, but he also thinks that
we as people need to take care of each other. So I thought it
appropriate to share a scripture from the Book of Mormon about "not
giving to the poor if we have nothing ourselves, but if we do have
something to give then we should!" And this man began to cry and he
looked at me and said that he had heard those same words in a dream
before. We showed him the Book of Mormon and I explained it's story.
When we were done he looked at me and said "I know what you said is
true, I will read this book, and I will be baptized" we didn't explain
anything to him about baptism or even ask him to read the Book of
Mormon yet! Sometimes I think maybe he is actually a me,her just
messing with us...but nahhh!! Haha he is absolutely amazing and I'm
pumped to help him get ready for baptism.
    These past couple weeks o have been studying about the Priesthood
and what our role is and what our responsibilities are. After studying
I came to the conclusion if you would like to learn more about our
priesthood duties you need to read Doctrina y Convenios capítulos 13,
20, 84, 107, 121, and 124. It's a lot, but hey we have a lot of time;)
if you try to study it make sure you pray and understand what you
read. If not, you will not receive revelation from it. I promise you
that!
  Have a great week everyone and do something nice this week to
somebody WHO NEEDS IT!!

Élder Malolo
Misión Madrid, España
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Élder Malolo
Misión Madrid, España
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Monday, April 18, 2016

"Voy a vivir con mis vacas, puros, caballos, y whisky en Arizona"

Bienvenidos a todos!!!
      This week we put a lot of work into a specific area called
Coslada. This is where about 98% of all the Romanians live here in
Spain and they all love talking about Obama, Donald Trump, 9/11,
Women, drugs, Dracula, and God! A majority of them are either
Orthodox, Catholic, or Adventist and every person we talked to goes to
the same church but believes on different things, way to go Preacher!
We had a ton of success this week, finding 7 different families to
teach!! All of them are Romanian ...So we are going to get them all baptized
and start a Romanian Branch here in Spain.  A man that we taught,
wants to come back to Arizona with me because he loves watching
western movies. My heading is a quote from him that I will never
forget .  But in all seriousness we had a lot of fun talking
and teaching them all. I particularly want to talk about a Romanian
Family that is Adventist.
    So there is a man, his wife, and a one year old child in this
family. They are Adventist and he has even
served a 2 year mission for his church, he loves to talk about the
Bible and I love to talk about the Book of Mormon, my companion didn't
know what was going on so he isn't in the picture. We started talking
and he asked a LOT of questions, so I gave a LOT of answers and at one
point he started to get very annoyed that I had answers. He finally
smiled and said "So why is the sabbath day Sunday?" My companion,
understanding, explained that Christ rose on Sunday changing to the
Lords Holy Day. He then read a bunch of scriptures about the Sabbath
day and how it's on Saturday and started to go off on us on how we
aren't a true church so I said "If Moses were on the Earth would you
listen to him?" He said of course. I said "Well, why?" He said because
he is a prophet of God and he helps the people on this journey of
life. So I said "perfect, in 1820 a young boy named Joseph Smith saw
God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, he asked them which church is
true and they said there was not a true church on the Earth, then
called him to be a prophet and restore the same church that was
established by Christ. Through this "modern day Moses", Joseph Smith
restored the true church and established as the Lords Holy day to be
Sunday. You said you would follow the Prophet, and listen to his
words, the reason we believe the Sabbath Day is Sunday is because the
Lord said it is Sunday."
    This man was at a complete loss for words, I read to him Moroni
10:3-5 and invited him to pray and ask if Joseph Smith was a true
Prophet and he and his wife accepted. In the closing prayer he then
referred to us as "servants of the Lord", asked if Joseph Smith was a
true Prophet, and when we opened our eyes he was in tears and so was
his wife. Then we thanked them both and left!
    In Predicad Mi Evangelio, there is a quote that says that we
don't have the answer to everything and eventually we are backed up to
the wall of Faith. I believe the reason why people have so many
questions, why they have so many doubts, is because they are still
doubting that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God. We need to know
for ourselves that he was a true Prophet, and that he restored the
church of Jesus Christ. I have no doubts. I have no questions because
I firmly sustain our Apostles and Prophet as men of God. If only we
could all understand the IMPORTANCE of SUSTAINING our church leaders.
I only ask that you come to an understanding of these things. This is
the true church, do NOT have a doubt about it.
  From, the Elder without mercy,
  Elder Malolo🇼🇸🤓

Monday, April 11, 2016

"Por favor quitar estos piojos de mi cabeza...amén"

You ever eaten Calamari before? Well don't..
    But!! Hola a todos!!!!
        This week we went HAM!!! The goals we set for this week were
alright but then we ended up smashing them all! Sooooo let me tell you
a little something about my mission so far, I have lost about maybe
20lbs and some people are like wow that's a miracle! It's not really a
miracle when you have an area that is 6 hours and 39 minutes away from
your house! Yup, we decided to walk out to a pueblo that had no
transportation and no members wanted to take us because they were to
busy. We got up, left early in the morning and got there at about 2pm
(which is our medio dia time) and we decided not to have a medio dia.
We worked our butts off and received a lot of success...that was
until...we realized we had to get home. It was about 7pm and we would
get home the next day!! We prayed to find a way back home, and kept on
working. I saw a man who was smoking and drinking by a bar and I said
to myself "you know what, this man needs the gospel!" We talk and
comes to find out he is a LESS ACTIVE MEMBER!?!? He says no one came
to visit him after he was baptized and thought no one cared about him.
He offered to drive us home (don't worry, everyone in Spain drives
after drinking and smoking and nothing ever happens) and we got home
safe and sound!! Que milagro!?
   
      This week we had a Zone Capacitation, and it was pretty funny,
we got to throw cake at a missionary who volunteered. Ok...that was
the coolest part but we learned that as missionaries we have a
wonderful desert and sometimes we just chuck it at our investigators.
We need to learn to feed them these wonderful things so that they
enjoy it and feel satisfied when they are done!
    Alright, I'll end with my miracle this week. So every Wednesday I
play soccer with a big group of chavales (that means like "dudes" or
"bros" in English) and my leaders are always asking me if its a
"sufficient use of my time" because it's not like 4 of them attend
church regularly now...but that's besides the point. A member who is
less active plays and he is a father of a super active family. 3 years
ago he was sealed in the Temple with his family, and that was the last
time he went. Missionaries, members and friends have tried to get him
to come to church and he always says no and he always jokes about
being less active to everyone. Wellllllll I was chosen to be one of
his home teachers. So I set up an appointment with his whole family
during soccer for Friday and we went. When we showed up my home
teacher companion (a member) failed us and forgot. So We went in
without a message cause the member was going to prepare it. We began
and I was just thinking "Well....this is it...lets see what you are
made of Elder Malolo" I began to ask everyone a question about Jesus
Christ, kind of deep questions and it really brought the Spirit. When
it got to the Less Active member I simply asked him "Who is Jesus
Christ" he paused and looked down..after about 3 minutes he looked up
with tears in his eyes and testified the most amazing testimony of
Christ. Afterward I showed the video "Alto Me Eleva" idk what it is in
English. Afterward my companion testified, then I testified and by the
time I was done everyone was literally in tears. We got up, prayed,
invited them to think more of Christ and His mission on earth and
left.
    The following Sunday we were sitting in the sacrament meeting
(always separated, we never sit together as companions here in
Spain...its looked down upon) and right before they closed the doors
for sacrament the Less Active member came in and sat with his family.
His family was in tears and so was everyone else in the room!! When
testimony session started h got up near the end and said these words
"I would have never come back, unless these missionaries Malolo
and.....his companion did not remind me of my Savior. Thank you so
much" and he sat down. I was just like.....and the Elders told me
Soccer was a waste of my time!!!!! Hahaha but I was just absolutely
blown away. By far an amazing moment in my mission.
    I hope everyone understands the importance of Christ. Not only
Him but The Fall as well and why it was so important for us as spirit
children of our Heavenly Father to come here to Earth. Now go, don't
just READ the scriptures but STUDY THEM!!!! We must understand the
things that we read in the holy volume of scripture The Book of
Mormon.

Élder Malolo
Misión Madrid, España
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Monday, April 4, 2016

"¡Me llaman El Matador!"

Buenos Días a todas!!!!!
   This week I think I about traveled every square inch of my Rhode Island sized area, ran into every Testigo de Jehovah possible, and spoke with every crazy old lady there is here in Spain! Other than that, successful week haha:) Let me begin with our journeyings to a new land called Ambite. Ambite is a pueblo outside of Torrejon that takes a 3 hour bus ride and a 1 and a half our Metro ride. We were asked to go there and visit a less active family (which now I know why they are less active) and share with them the Gospel. During the ride in the bus I decided to whip out the ukulele and start jamming cause you know, I'm Poly. After singing a couple hymns a woman comes and sits next to me and she says, in Spanish, "how do you know that song?" I told her it was a hymn from church, she freaked out and said "oh my gosh you are missionaries!!!!??" I was so confused I didn't say anything and she says "I'm sorry, I'm a member! I live in Ambite!" This woman was who we were going to visit all the way in this far pueblo. She was heading to work and she wouldn't have been home if we stopped by. The reason she freaked was cause the last missionaries she knew were tone deaf, skinny, white boys from Utah. Which is literally what she told me haha. So I would say to everyone after this experience to read Chapter 18 of The Teachings of the Prophet Heber J Grant "The Song of the Heart". She ended up coming to all the conference sessions and promising she will come to church no matter the distance!
    So we wanted to explore our gigantic area here and one day it was raining. Nobody was stopping on the street cause nobody does here if it's raining. I looked ahead and saw a big hill, that overlooked the City of Coslada and San Fernando. Then I said "we are going to the top of that mountain!" My companion literally thought I was crazy and I told him "well of course I'm crazy, I came out on a mission didn't I?!" He agreed and we hiked the mountain. At the top we looked at our area in the dark and rain and I saw some lights off in the distance, it was a city in our area we have never seen and I pointed to it and said "we are going to those lights". After looking up how far it was, it was an almost 2 hour walk to that city. My companion didn't want to go but I told him to suck it up and we headed out. Arriving in the city, it was a broken down and ghetto looking place and my companion was literally scared for his life (Utah kids, am I right?) we contacted and received the most referrals in one day than I had ever received in my whole mission!! We later knelt and prayed and thanked the Lord for the blessing he gave us and then my companion never doubted me ever again muahahahaha!!!!!>:) 
     So the title of this email is probably the best sports story I have to share in the mission. During a correlation meeting with the Ward Mission Leader, he said that a less active that comes and plays soccer every Wednesday needs to be reactivated. I have already tried to do everything to get him to come but he just won't. The WML said someone needs to challenge him at soccer, some sort of challenge and if we win he has to come to church. He immediately turned to me and said "Elder Malolo, the Spirit has told me that you will take this challenge" I almost pooped a brick when I heard that!!!! Alejandro is literally the best chaval that plays every Wednesday. So I accepted the invitation. Later that night was soccer so I was pretty nervous, and I don't get nervous with sports! When we were about to start playing I told everyone to wait, I turned toward Alejandro (the less active) and said "I want to make a challenge, any game we play against each other we have to defend each other. No one else can help play defense. The first person to Olé (to meg, or panna, or get the ball between the other persons legs and then regain control of the ball) the other person wins. If I win then you come to conference this week. He then chose his reward, which was if he wins then none of the missionaries that are serving in the ward right now can ever bother him about coming to church. We agreed and we began. Everyone (about 40 people) were there and said they were witnesses to this event. The first game we played against each other no one was able to Olé the other so it was kind of boring. The next game was sooooooooooooooo good!! At the beginning I just wasn't prepared and he got me once, so I got a little discouraged. Then someone passed the ball to me and I saw Alejandro behind me coming up pretty quick so I faked that I was going to pass the ball and just lightly tapped it through his legs and got one, and everyone yelled out "OLÉ!!". I cannot tell you how awesome it sounds to hear people say that in unison!! Then later in the same game I got the ball and he came up and we squared off. My pride kicked in and I started doing some fancy footwork around the ball and he came in to attack. I don't know what I did, but I did some crazy looking 5 star FIFA skill move and got him again and then shot the ball and scored. So it's 2-1 and I'm winning and I'm literally flipando inside my head!! The next game starts and he starts going hard and gets me again so it's 2-2. Then the craziest miracle happens...the keeper threw the ball high and it was going to go out of bounds but I wanted to go for it. I got the most beautiful touch on the ball, sweeper it behind me and got Alejandro for the third and last time and I WON!!!!!!!!! He could not believe it at all. He literally came up to me and said "there has to b be something special with missionaries if you were able to beat me at that!" And I told him yeah but here is! Haha. He then later came to conference all the sessions, and shared his testimony at the end with everyone.
    This week was full of "rescuing" to use the common word used in conference today. Full of miracles, and blessings from above! La amo a esta iglesia. Bendecidos estamos cuando guardamos los mandamientos de Dios. Tenemos un profeta viviente hoy día, con lo mismo poder que tuvo Jesucristo para dirigir esta iglesia en el camino recto. Ruego que tengamos el nombre de Jesus siempre en nuestros labios. Estar preparados a testificar de la verdad, arrepentirse, mejorarse. Somos miembros de la iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los ÚLTIMOS DÍAS. El tiempo llega, os preparáis para que no tengáis miedo en vuestro juzgado. Digo yo, con amor, en el nombre del Buen Pastor, La Raíz de David y El Leon de la tribu de Judá, a saber, Jesucristo, amén.
    Tengáis una buena semana chavales!!

OLÉ,
Élder Malolo


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