Monday, March 24, 2014

Yeah we can paint!

Well we got a call this week from a member asking us if we wanted to help paint a house. Why yes we do!!!!!! :) I´ve always wished someone would ask us to do that...mainly because mom never let me paint ;) It finally happened!! So we arrived with our bag full of painting clothes and big smiles on our faces. Man oh man it was a blast. Giving service, climbing ladders, talking to some awesome members, and listening to the Spanish music that was blasting from downstairs. Big fan, Big fan.  At the end she was really sweet (she´s been less active for a while) and she really expressed her desire to know for herself that this is true and have a desire to gain a testimony and come to church.  It was a really awesome experience to help her around her house but also give her the spiritual support she needed!!

So everyone here loves futball... and when there is a big futball game everyone goes to the bars and watches the games there. So last night it was Madrid playing Barcelona.  We always knew when something big happened.. because we would be walking in the street and the whole city erupted in cheers... haha. except we asked someone today... and Barcelona won.  What a pity.

Oh man we went to the most spiritual baptism this week!! It really was incredible... The spirit was really tangible and soooo powerful. So it was a baptism for someone who has been waiting to be baptized for a while. You could really see the power of the Atonement in his eyes, and his story is incredible. I know that repentance is real, there is hope for each and every one of us because Jesus Christ is our Savior. You could feel the power of that hope as he walked into that font and was baptized. It was different because you could tell that he was truly converted, he has a determination to endure to the end and there is no doubt in my mind that he will. This week I´ve learned a lot about true conversions..we are moving forward the work of Salvation- and their need to be conversions not just baptisms. Our Mission President focuses a lot on the temple and how he wants to see eternal families... and really that is the goal for us all to be truly converted and endure to the end. There is a quote by Elder Holland... something like ´There is nothing in our church that is aimed for the Telestial or Terrestial kingdom... for us it is a Celestial goal every step of the way´. Through the gospel and through Jesus Christ we have the opportunity to return back to God and live in the Celestial kingdom. Anyway I´ve been thinking about that a lot lately, and how a lot of our investigators are in the process being converted- and even though sometimes it takes some time... they need that time and those answers from God to be converted.

We had a really awesome lesson with "A"... who is on the way to gaining a testimony to being converted.  He told us that he thinks the church is true... but he still doesn´t have the testimony that he wants before he is baptized. We testified of prayer and how he can receive the testimony he wants from God. Then at the end of the lesson he prayed... just a month ago didn´t like to pray, said the most sincere prayer I have ever heard. He thanked God for the knowledge he has already received and humbly and sincerely asked God if this was true. Man oh man. He finished and it was silent. then German stood up and gave "A" the biggest hug I´ve ever seen. haha and  I wanted to also! It was incredible.

"P" has stopped smoking!!!! :) We´ve really seen a big change in him also!  That has really been the biggest lesson that I´ve learned over the last few weeks, that people can change. That the power of the Atonement is real, and when people choose to come unto Christ- they can experience all the happiness and blessings that God has to offer. God wants his children to come back to Him, He wants true conversions and people who will endure faithful to the end.

Other than that this week was pretty typical.  In FHE we threw paper balls at people... and we made a cardboard lifesize armor of god. haha It was pretty legit, not going to lie... I make a pretty good cardboard sword. :)

Sending my love from the Canaries! :)
Hna Fowers

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