Monday, February 3, 2014

Febuary COLD!

Knocking Doors!
Hola Familia!

Sounds like it was a great week with Jakob & Hyrum's baptisms!
Here in barrio 1 we have 12 lined up for the 15th so it should be a good month for our ward.

Two of which are Joy and Tristian! Things with them this week have gone really well. We helped them move a couple days this week and were able to teach right after. It's amazing how prepared they are. One of the days we had to teach the Word of Wisdom. And you will never believe it, as we were walking in the street during the move we talked about it. Tristian is allergic to alcohol, never has drunk coffee or tea, and for no reason at all gave up smoking 6 months ago! Elder Lloyd and I were amazed! His wife only drinks a little coffee every once in a while but was easily willing to give it up. Another miracle of the week with them they have a friend that is a member and is about to move in right next door to them! It's a great way for them to build each other up in the gospel. They had some friends helping with the move and we were able to talk to them and are going to meet with them this week. It is amazing the blessings that are coming from this one family and they are being blessed also. They absolutely love us. This week they feed us. We had menudo some Pilipino dish and some other one but they were super good! Then we also saw them in the metro and their daughter was super happy we have built a good relation. Anyway, that's how they are doing. Still progressing towards their baptism!

Can you see the snow?
We met with Pablo this week also and the 31st was his day to talk to his parents about being baptized but he was still too afraid. We gave him some encouraging words and he is going to try and talk to them this week. We are really only waiting on that. He has been taught it all, he basically teaches us and he has come to church. He just wants his parents to know before he does it. He could be baptized any day if he wanted because he is 19.

We got to meet with Omar also. His wife wasn't there so we couldn't make a marrage plan with them. But he really feels something different with the church and so he wants to join. He has been reading and praying just needs to be married.

Yesterday, we went and gave blessings to the Hermanas' investigators because they got married today and just wanted comfort. It was a very nice spiritual experience and now they are going to be getting baptized! They have been investigators forever and finally can be baptized. It's so tough to get married here in Spain. Very expensive and takes 1-2 years roughly to get all of the paperwork set up.

We also had a Stake Conference yesterday. We're able to hear from Europe Area President Texiera, Elder Maynes, and Elder Ballard. It was a very good one. It was also a broadcast like you had. They talked a lot about missionary work and how to endure 'til the end in the gospel. 

This was pretty much our week. We were with Joy and Tristian a lot and running from appointment to appointment but we kept on getting fired. I don't know what was up with our investigators this week. We did get a lot done though.
Snow! Right on Queue.

This week people have been telling us to bundle up because Febuary is the coldest month in Madrid and it's true! First day of the month: super cold and windy. Second day: warm durring the day but once night hit, even colder then the day before! Then today we woke up and I was cooking crepes and look out the window and snow is plowing down! It wasn't cold enough to stick but there was a lot coming down! We went outside to be in it and there was a Spaniard guy standing there and we started talking and I told him how I was from California and this never happens. He got a kick out of it. Anyways it's COLD!

I hope you all had a great week! Love you all!
-Elder Stevenson

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