Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Call!!

Merry Christmas friends and family,
We had a great visit with Bryce on Christmas Day. So wonderful to see his happy smiley face. He google chatted with us at a members home. We loved hearing his Spanish. It sounds amazing. It was wonderful getting to visit with the whole family at the same time,even though we were so far apart.
Some highlights: The concert with David Archuleta was a free concert for members and investigators. He also did a fireside for just the missionaries. He shared experiences from his mission. He also talked about the recording of  Glorious for Meet the Mormons. He got a call from his Mission President while he was serving in Chile. His mission President had gotten a call from Church Headquarters in Salt Lake asking for his approval for Elder Archuleta to record the song. Both agreed and a crew was sent to Chile to record and film the song.
Bryce really enjoyed serving in Lugo. He really learned to rely on the Lord. It's a much smaller city than Madrid but they were able to find many people to teach and saw many miracles. There is just a small branch there. He said he has always been a people person but he is even more so after serving there. He learned to love and appreciate all of the members in the branch and is even more comfortable talking with and getting to know others. He loves the people there. He loved that part of Spain especially the coast. He said it's even more beautiful than his pictures show. And is so glad he chose to go on a mission. He has been blessed beyond measure.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Navidad Devotional

Hey Family!!

We had a super good week this week a lot of cool experiences.

We didn't have any investigators and so we were on the search this week. We contacted a lot which was nice. Lugo is such a small town and there are not that many people. Now in Madrid, I have millions of people literally!! So it's pretty cool. We found some cool people. There is one person named Fernando that was super nice. We were able to teach him a couple times. 

We are also teaching someone named Catalina. She is really great and has great potential. 

We got some good references people with a lot of potencial. We're excited to teach them.

One guy came to church on Sunday, his name is Bollivar from Ecuador. He is a really good person. We're excited to work with him.

Not much has happened other than that. This Sunday, we have a devotional with ... DAVID ARCHULETA! It should be pretty cool. I'm planning on doing google chat Thursday at 5 here so 8 there, sound good? Have a great week.

Love you,
-Elder Stevenson


Monday, December 8, 2014


Farewell Elder Hathaway

Hey Family!

Sooo I'm in Madrid right now. We got the transfers Saturday and I pretty much knew I would be leaving. I'm in Madrid ward 2. It's in the east part of Madrid. My new companion is Elder Williams from Las Vegas and we are both... THE ZONE LEADERS! It should be
pretty good work down here together. I'm excited and greatful for this opportunity. 
Elder Williams

This week was pretty good. We had some good lessons and had a really good experience with Alejandro. We had him pray about the Book of Mormon with us and then we just sat there in silence and wait for an answer. He recieved his answer! It was an amazing experience. And the way he described it after it was for sure by the spirit. He is doing really well. So is his brother Leo. We had a branch activity where only the youth attended. It was really good because those two came also. They got to know some of the members really well.

We are helping Wellington a lot. We helped him paint and are teaching him. He tried coming to church, he just came a little late but he is doing really well. He got all of his papers in and he has way more desires to be baptized. I am excited to see his baptism picture some day, hopefully soon.

Mario, Andrea's friend, is also doing well. Apparently he was praying about which path to take in his life and then right after we called to see when we could meet. He wants to get baptized now.

There are some really great people in Lugo and I am excited that Elder Hathaway can continue helping them. It was tough saying goodbye to all the people I've met but I will see them again.

I will let you know more about barrio 2 when I know a little more. All I know is the Plaza de Toros is in our area. Have a great week!!

-Elder Stevenson




Monday, December 1, 2014



Hey everyone!

We did get to celebrate Thanksgiving. We bought turkey legs. just like Disneyland!

This was a pretty interesting week. Wellington almost got deported again. This time they sent him down to Madrid and he was in the airport but then they sent him back to Lugo. The judge in Madrid said there is nothing wrong with his papers and he is doing what he needs to do. They gave him a paper saying he can't be detained for his papers because they don't know why the police in Lugo are doing it. Anyways, he is back again. He is going to start coming to church more even though he is dead tired from work. He says if I have been saved twice, I think God is trying to help me for some reason. And I feel that reason is you guys. So that was pretty cool.

Elder Hathaway falls asleep in cars really fast.

We are also working hard with Leo. He's is reading and praying which is great. He feels like the baptism is really close and that he doesn't really have great desirees to be baptized. We are trying to help him with that. He is for sure growing in testimony. We can already see it.
Our Brazilian investigator, who is moving back to Brazil today   = (

Other than that, we had a really tough week. Lost 9 of our investigators and got CHEWED out by a Peruvian lady. A lot are moving or they weren't progressing or they said they don't want to meet with us anymore. That was pretty tough. We did find a lot of new people in the street though. So hopefully we can meet with them soon. We are going to work really hard on that this week. New investigators because we need it.

Thanksgiving was nice. We do our weekly planning Thursday morning so we threw the turkey legs in the oven durning that. The house still smells like turkey. We made mashed potatoes, salad, and bought some croissants so it was pretty good. We just didn't have any pie!! The next day was Elder Hathaway's birthday so that was pretty nice. Instead of an octopus though we just had left over turkey. Still really good.

Well hope everyone had a great week love you all!

-Elder Stevenson

Andrea decorated me like a Christmas tree.