Monday, April 14, 2014

Plaza De Torros

Plaza de Toro (Bull Fighting Ring)
Hey family!

We have had an alright week. We've been working super hard with Marco to get him ready but the baptism didn't happen and he didn't want us to keep wasting our time with him. Even though it's not a waste of time but he was not open to us continuing to visit him. So that's it with Marco for a while we are definitely going to pass by some time in the future. 

We did find some one super prepared though this week. She actually contacted us and has met with missionaries for 7 years! Her name is Gaby and she's 25. She has already read all of the Book of Mormon and said she knows its true. We found her info in the area book later but no missionary has taught her anything! We taught her the restoration as outlined in Preach My Gospel and she said it was the first time she had heard it. So we asked what the other missionaries taught her and she said they would just come by and share scriptures about a subject or watch one of the church movies. We were a little upset because that means missionaries just want the number for a lesson. Super annoying. Well anyways, we set a baptismal date for the 10th of May and she happily accepted. The only problem is she works on Sunday and she talked to her boss to change her schedule and he won't let her not even to go to church for an hour. Super lame. She is going to keep asking and if not hopefully she will do as Tristian did and quit and get a different job. We hope all goes well with her because she really is prepared. 

We worked really hard with a less active named Hestrobel this week. He is a super great man but is having problems with the leadership in the ward. We were with him a lot and it worked! He came to church on Sunday and said he just loved it because every one was super happy to see him. Then after church we went to eat at his house for Elder Anderson's birthday (he makes the best food because he is a chef and he's half Dominican and half Italian, super good mix) but he invited the sister missionaries too. In order for them to enter the house he invited one of his friends who is a woman and now she is going to start meeting with the missionaries. Then later that night, we passed by really quick because there was a surprise he wanted to give us. We get there and he invited a 3 less active people over to his house to meet with us! And he gave us morir soƱando (die dreaming a Dominican drink that is SUPER good! Ask Matt to make it when you go there this week. He probably knows how) So much fruit has come from the less active this week it was awesome!

We met with Patricia and Rosa again this week. Patricia is super golden and accepts everything. But Rosa just can't do it because she is so set on her beliefs. It makes some of the lessons super hard because Rosa will go off about how her belief is right but then she hasn't  been reading the Book of Mormon or been praying. On the other hand Patricia is and is receiving an answer. These two things along with coming to church are soooo fundamental in the conversion process.

It has been super hot here in Madrid lately and since my comp goes home soon its most likely that I stay here during the summer months. In the other parts of Spain it's not that bad. But Madrid gets super hot for some reason.

This has pretty much been our week. Lots of fired appointments which is lame but it's missionary work. And it doesnt help that it is now Semana Santa (Holy Week) which is basicaly like spring break but everyone leaves madrid so we are scared. The Easter traditions here are just like mass and stuff even though only the old Spaniards are the only practicing Catholics here. Everyone will probably go to mass.

Hope everyone has a great week and Easter! LOVE YOU ALL!!
-Elder Stevenson
Plaza de Toros de las Ventas
La entrada de los toros
Matador- Monumental de Toros de las Ventas
Have you read the Book Of Mormon?
The one true King? Can he pull the sword from the stone?

 “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”

“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost”                                                                                                       
(Moro. 10:4).

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