Monday, January 20, 2014

Donuts and Soccer Jerseys!


Hola Familia! 

We had a really good week this week. Not as busy as last week but we got a lot of work done and saw a ton of miracles!

Monday, we passed by Joy and Tristian. We went to give them a Book of Mormon and were able to teach them a little bit. It was really great because Tristian had an experiene that day with work. He was about to lose a ton of work hours but he deided to pray about it like we taught him and instead of losing hours he got more! He was telling us that he was super confused and was asking if it was a sign from God. So we taught him that when we put our faith in Him, He blesses us. We went by again yesterday and brought our ward mission leader Ricky, who served in Salt Lake and so he speaks perfect English! We had a great lesson about the Plan of Salvation and extended an invitation to be baptized and they accepted! They are making great progress. We just need them to come to church! Hopefully now that they have a friend in the church they will come. We will be meeting with them on Tuesday so we are really going to emphasize that in the lesson.

New Soccer Jerseys!   Thanks for the Christmas $$$  I  got this one because the stadium was in my last area. Passed by it all the time.  = ) 
Tuesday, we had a huge miracle! I mean HUGE. we had this reference of a guy named Noelio so we were trying to call and pass by his house so much but never got an answer! So on Tuesday, one of our appointments canceled us and so Elder Lloyd asked if we had the faith that he would be there? We both turned to each other and said he will be there with full faith. While we were on the metro on our way there, we get a text from his phone saying he thinks we were confused with the wrong number because he doesn't speak spanish very well. He speaks Portuguese. We get to his house and he was there! We had a great first lesson with him and his wife. It's a great thing the gift of tounges is real because we were able to understand him and he understood us!. It will be really hard to meet with them though because he doesn't know when he will be working and not.

Wednesday, we met with Pablo again. We had a really great lesson and we think he will talk to his parents soon. It was basically a lesson of testimony sharing with all 3 of us and the spirit was really strong.

Thursday morning, we had to go to the city hall type thing to let them know I am living here and Elder Lloyd had to do something with his residency. I see a man with a PWC backpack so of course I talk to him. He just started there this week. It was cool telling him I have a brother that works there too but he was very surprised when I said he works at an office in California. He said it was a little far from here. Too bad he didn't want to hear the message of the gospel. 

Friday, we taught Marlen. She really isn't receptive to new thoughts and so she told us that she didn't want to meet with us anymore. But she said she has friends that may be interested and so she is going to give us those.

Saturday, we had a really good day. In the morning we met with Omar and Ricky helped us there too. We taught about the 10 commandments and tied it in to the law of chastity and that's when we found out they are not married. So we have to work that out before they get baptized. We then met with Alberto and he is doing well. We taught the Plan of Salvacion and he really liked that. Eternal families really touched his heart because his parents died when he was young. He was raised in a Catholic orphanage. We then taught Adrianna, the one here in Madrid and her mother. And they had read a ton of the Book of Mormon! We talked about it and shard a lot of testimony. They told us that Jesus Christ coming to the Americas just seems right and logical and then they pulled out John 10:16 "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."  They were super animated about it. We think things will start picking up with them very soon.

So this was our week. We had tons of great experiences! It has also been cold and rainy. Happy Birthday Mom! have a great week! Love You!
-Elder Stevenson

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