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Monday, June 27, 2016

This week was suck. Elder Taylor Malolo in Barrio 3 Madrid, Spain

Hola fammmmm
    Well as you can see the title to this email is "this week was
suck". Because this week was suck. Well ok, it wasn't super suck, it
just wasn't super awesome so therefore it was suck. But hey some cool
things happened this week, let's talk about thooooooose!!!
    We found a ton of people this week, and one of the, particularly
was a woman whose whole family was baptized instead of her and at one
point in her life she said ok, whoever talks to me first whether it be
Jehovahs Witnesses, Adventists, Catholics, I'll join them. Funny thing
is the Mormons found her MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA but for real, we were
contacting on the street and I got into the "im gonna talk to
everyone" mood and she was in her balcony and I called out to her and
she let us in....there was a man, don't worry...but we taught her and
she agreed to be baptized in August!! Pretty cool miracle especially
cause you know...just someone chillin on a balcony haha.
    This week we had a lot of activities as well, such as a big one in
a park so we went and invited a lot of people who ended up not going
but I ended up doing a standing backflip...yeah, I weight like 240
now, the things you can do when you lose 60lbs in your mission am I
  This week was just filled with contacting and talking to drunk
people in bars and trying to play people at soccer, which was alright
but it could've been better. I'm excited for next week and I hope you
all are too!!!
  Get out there and show the world what it's like to be a member of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

"Que bestia este portero!"

Holaaaaaaa Familia!!
    Every week of this transfer has been so long and we get so much
done, lllllleeeeetttsss get started!!
    Last week we met a lot of people on the street and set up a ton of
lessons which actually went through! (Doesn't happen to often!) long
story short we have put about 5 people on date and maybe I'll be here
for them! We are super excited because this area was "nothing" when I
got here and we are just turning it around. We were told we wouldn't
be able to do it and that President might shut it down cause it was so
bad, which gives us the POWER and the OBLIGATIONS to work that much
harder. We are doing big things out here and seeing miracles as we do
    This week I saw something very very very interesting, something
that's done here in Spain but not in the US. It's called "La despedida
de la vida soltera". Translated to English is "Farewell to the lonely
life" because the person is getting married. The person goes around
town with his or her friends and the friends are dressed up as police
and the one getting married is dressed up as a prisoner. Another long
story short, they basically try to get as many people to kiss the
person who will be married soon as many times as possible......to say
the least!
    Every Saturday we go play futbol with investigators but this week
only one came and all the other missionaries decided to bail out cause
they heard it was going to rain (there was not a cloud in the sky) so
I was like "we are going to find some chavales and we are gonna play!"
After walking around for a while we found a giant group of 30-40
chavales playing futbol on a cement court and I went up to them and
asked if we could join, after a bit of convincing we were allowed to
play. I got picked on a different team than my companion and our
investigator so I didn't know a single person. We started playing the
first game and I was pretty for from the goal. The ball was bouncing
toward me and just being pesado I wanted to shoot it, so I kicked it
off the volley and it went in! Then everyone gained respect for me
haha buuuuuuutttttttttttt later I missed a ton of goals...so I was
like you know what, Ima be keeper! So I trade out with our keeper, and
we started playing again. Another long story short, after playing 11
games, we never left the field and I never got scored on. Theeeeeeen
here comes the blessings from being a beast keeper.
    As I was packing up my stuff the chavales were like "no, please
stay one more game!!". After thinking for a little, I look around at
the 40 chavales all looking at me and I say "if I can share a message
about Christ I will play one more!" They all agreed, so I shared the
Restoration with them. Some were bored and wanted to play, some were
attentive and actually asked questions after Ward. That day we
received 29 references in about 10 minutes haha and we have a lot of
lessons set for this week!

  Now, as for a more spiritual side of my week. I was reading in the
Libro de Mormón. In 3 Nefi 27 and it says this
      33 And it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings
he said unto his disciples: Enter ye in at the strait gate; for strait
is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there
be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad the way which leads
to death, and many there be that travel therein, until the night
cometh, wherein no man can work.
      Something super weird that we were talking about, my companion
and I, is sometimes when it's night time Jesus asks his disciples to
pray so "they don't fall into temptation". Also it says in the Libro
de Mormón in Alma 41
      5 The one raised to happiness according to his desires of
happiness, or good according to his desires of good; and the other to
evil according to his desires of evil; for as he has desired to do
evil all the day long even so shall he have his reward of evil when
the night cometh.
      We thought to ourselves, why do they get their reward at night?
Thinking to ourselves of the scary Polynesian superstitions that
happen at night, all the crazy things that happen to us both at night.
We realized that night time is just dangerous in general! We also
realized something else.
      If we, as Christians, believe in God we have to believe that
Satan exists. If we know what Satans plan is and how he works we know
that there are evil spirits here upon the earth. We have  stories in
the Bible of demons being cast out all the time. I just want to take
this time to warn you all, and to please ask you all not to "fall into
temptation". The Profets have said time and time again "early to bed,
early to rise". Why do you believe they tell us this? For our health?
Yes. Because "People die in beds, and so does ambition"? Yes. But
there is more! It sounds crazy, but it ain't! Haha so there is my
crazy rant on the night. Have a great week and do something good, the
Lord wouldn't give you another day of life for no reason, am I right!?

Élder Malolo
Misión Madrid, España
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Good TImes again In Barrio 3 Madrid Spain Mission with Elder Taylor Malolo

Monday, June 13, 2016

The reason I started in Utah. Elder Taylor Malolo In Barrio 3 Madrid, Spain

I cannot explain to you the amount of miracles that have happened
this week!! Let me just start off by saying this area wasn't much when
I got here. Elder Whiteman is a very misunderstood missionary here and
we talked last week in our companionship inventory that this area just
needs to blow up. IT DID. We went out and we worked our "pompis" off!
The amount of blessings and miracles we have seen gave me a strong
testimony of our mission President. I would follow that man to war!!
This week we had a big zone conference and the presidents wife stands
up and asks "does anybody have any experiences or stories they want to
share about keeping the 50 goal?" The 50 goal is each companion
starting a conversation with 50 people daily which means you
automatically talk with 100 people a day. No one raised their hand. I
raised mine and bore testimony of our Mission President and everyone's
jaw just dropped! It's funny that people think they follow Christ but
don't follow the Mission President called by Him!!
    We have about 4 baptisms coming up soon and we are stoked but I
want to particularly speak of one of them.
    Last week I told you we are learning Chinese to speak with our
Chinese investigator. We were failing at that haha so we were walking
down the street talking about how we can do better with her and I say
"I had a friend in Utah who learned Japanese, Chinese, and
Burmese....maybe he can help?" We think for a sec and go...WE NEED TO
FIND ELDER CHAU (my friend from the Utah mission) we get a member to
find him on Facebook and he emails me one day and says "I am ready
whenever you want!" I was so excited!!!
    So the day comes and we meet with the Chinese girl and to be
completely honest we didn't know a thing about her! As we start the
Skype call Brother Chau is there and he says "I brought a friend!" His
friend comes in and he served his mission in Canada and says to us in
English "I didn't serve in Chinese but I should be able to communicate
with her" he begins speaking to her in Chinese and she starts crying!!
Why?? I'll tell you why.
    This woman, born in China grew up a normal life, not knowing the
gospel. About 3 years ago she found out about God and Jesus Christ and
she wanted to follow the path to eternal life. Her husband didn't
agree with that. Neither did her family, or the government. So she got
an official divorce from her husband, left her 2 year old child and
family. Left China all behind to come to Spain and SEARCH FOR GOD!
    In her search for happiness she went to many churches and didn't
feel they were right. 3 years later she walked into our LDS church
with her google translate and types out "I believe in God, can you
help me?"
    She attends church here for 3 weeks and then tells our Chinese
friends that even though she doesn't understand Spanish. She feels the
spirit and she knows that this is the church of God.

How many of us think we have testimonies? I bet a lot of us do. But
how much of that testimony comes from your heart? Does it come from
your parents? Your friends? Reading quotes from conference and using
them as if you thought of them on your own?
  I can tell you this...testimony, doesn't have the word "test" in it
for no reason. Go out and find your own testimony and strengthen it
each and every day. Your testimony today will not be the same
tomorrow. It will be strengthened or weakened. GET TO WORK!!!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wǒ de míngzì shì Malolo Zhǎnglǎo Elder Taylor Malolo In Madrid Spain

Hola Familia!!!!
    I can't tell you how interesting my mission has been up to this
point. From learning hardcore Spanish in the North, to learning
African Dialects and Romanian in Torrejon. I now have to learn
Mandarin Chinese here in Barrio 3!! Talk about the gift of tongues!!
We have a family of Chinese people who don't speak English or Spanish
but showed up at church, using google translate said "we are looking
for the true church!" So we are now attempting to learn Chinese and
teach them Spanish! Fun stuff over here!
    This week was very interesting. Let's start off by me and my
companion almost getting arrested!!!
    So we are doing service with the other elders and this woman who
is moving a bunk bed. While  Elder Whiteman and I were taking it down
with screwdrivers and stuff the other elders me the woman leave to the
store to grab some more tools. We had no idea..so we are just chilling
taking apart a bed and all of a sudden someone starts banging on the
front door. We look at each other like huh, the others will get it.
The person keeps banging and ringing the bell and eventually breaks
the door down and the police start running in and get us like "GET OUT
OF THE HOUSE NOW!!!!" I'm just like what the heck is going on!? So I
put my iPad away and put the tools away while cops are yelling at us
in Spanish and we go outside and find out we were the only ones in the
house. What turns out is the woman we were helping lives with her
friend and her friend hasn't paid the bills for years! They got
evicted!! The police give us 30min to bring things out of the house
and it's just me and elder Whiteman!! So we start throwing things
outside and long story short we emptied a house in 25minutes. The
police tell us if we would've done something else (I didn't know what
they were trying to say) they would have arrested us and thrown us in
jail. I was kinda bummed. I want a jail story in my mission!!
    Something else that happened is a missionary tried to escape the
mission so we were all on the lookout for him and then we get a call
telling us to go to the most populated Renfe/Metro/Bus station in the
mission to look for him. So we go and we had to take off our chapas
and search for him, but we never found him. They found him later in
the day 8 hours later. Crazy stuff!!
    As for weird stories that's all that happened. But let's go to a
cool story! So we are walking the streets talking to people and there
is this woman that looks at me and I'm like "she's gettin baptized" as
she goes by I try to stop her and she ignores me and rolls on by. So
we keep going. After 10 minutes the woman was running to us and goes.
"I am a member of your church! When you said hello to me I couldn't
handle it knowing that I had done wrong and I am too scared to go to
church. I thought about it and I need to come back. I need help!" So
we invite her and get h r information and she came to church on
Sunday!! Super cool!! Sometimes there are people who feel they aren't
worthy enough to go back to church but we all have a second chance!
Never give up! Never give in, and keep fighting!!
    Also, a ward mission leader saw me throwing some capoeira kicks
and he is a Muay Thai kick boxer. He wants to spar with me some day so
if I get knocked the heck out some time, you know why!
    I love you all have an awesome week!!

Élder Malolo
Misión Madrid, España
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