Monday, August 19, 2013

Cow Kidney... mmmmm

I am sorry to report that we missed the running of the bulls... haha but we did get to walk by like a half hour before it started and got to see all the very drunk people ready to watch the run!  Also this week was like a national holiday and there was a full out fair set up in Casa del Reloj (where our chapel is) so our area was very lit up, very loud, and very full of excitement this week...there were probably like 5 firework shows this week. Madrid knows how to party! That also means that a lot of our lessons fell through this week.

Can I just say that God can work miracles even when it appears that everything is falling apart?! There was one day in particular where I think every single lesson we had planned didn´t happen... but we were always able to set something up on the spot with someone who really needed us to stop by! It was incredible! It just is amazing to me how well God knows each of His children, he knows who needs to be taught and what they need to be taught. Some of the most spiritual experiences are the moments that are unplanned and you can completely see God's hand leading his work. Now let´s talk about the lessons that didn´t fall through :)
Kennedy :) He is so great and we can teach him in English which I LOVE!!!!! One day this week we were teaching him about the Word of Wisdom and he went into his kitchen and came out with a chocolate milk mix (like a Nesquick equivalent) and asked if that was ok... haha He is so great.  Also he is on date for baptism!! 
Kendy :) She is also on date for baptism and she is soooo sweet! She is Bolivian, 24ish and she is just like a friend :) I love her so much... I´ll be explaining something in Spanish and be like struggling with the words... haha and she always knows exactly what I´m going to say.  It really is more like she is teaching us than we are teaching her.  During one of our lessons she wanted to see the baptismal font... so we took a little fieldtrip to the font... and it was so great!! :)  She was just all smiles, and just said 'I like this'... (but in Spanish ;)

Cesar... He is hilarious and is just so funny... He always jokes around with us... He loves learning English, so he teaches me Spanish while I teach him English.  Good arrangement.  He loves learning, but is really scared to be baptized... I think we just really  need to focus on helping him feel the spirit when he is reading and recognize that he is feeling the spirit. He loves the gospel... he just needs a little more time.
Maria had a hard go trying to quit smoking cold turkey... so we´re working on waning her down... She is so feisty, it is funny... she´ll get there I know she will!!! She has a testimony! It is amazing what the Savior can do!! He can work miracles... go read Alma 15- about Zeezrom... It is pretty powerful!

We ate cow kidney this week!  Yes, cow kidney!  Want to ask me if it was good?!..... because it was not.  Imagine this: rubber and dog food blended together, smushed into a patty and then grilled with some spices.  Not going to lie... the flavor actually wasn´t that bad... but the texture- dang, it was so gross.  We were dying the rest of the day.  I swear it like expanded in our stomachs..... yikes.

This week we actually ate at a home of a less active member who is blind... so we were really excited to watch her cook, so we were helping her in the kitchen, and it was quite amazing what she could do without her sight. . . We´re meeting with a lot of less active membeers and we have quite a few investigators!! :) It is so great!! People are getting home from vacations, and the festivals are over. I´m hoping it is going to cool down here pretty soon.... it got up to like 115 degrees (assuming our calculations are correct) and aye yi yi it is so hot!!!!  I love it here  and I love these people... even if sometimes I have no clue what in the world they are saying! :)
And HHHHHAHAAAPPPPYYYY BBIIIIRRRTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHDDDAYYYY MADDDDIIIEEE!! (ps you´re my favorite sister :) and I don´t care who knows it!!! )

Much loves...
Hermana Fowers
 This is the fence to contain the bulls during the running of the bulls...

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