Cactus = Answer to Problems (Week 24)

Week twenty-four or six months since she left England…my how time flies. It is also two months until Christmas, nine weeks until the new year…roll on 2017 there are so many things to look forward to, Louisa coming home in November being one of them!

As always here is her update of life in the field! She has had an interesting week with ups and downs. Read, enjoy, drop her an email/letter.

Also on the off chance the Filipino sister who wrote to Louisa is reading this – send her an email, she can’t write back because you left no address…

Not much happened this week because I wrote you all on Wednesday! It’s been very wet and rainy which is very strange and makes it feel a lot like home. On Thursday we met with some of our investigators. One of them had a birthday so we baked her a cake however we managed to put the oven on the wrong setting and it was just taking forever to cook, then when we took it out to cut it the bottom of the cake was burnt black! So we had to slice that layer off and the rest of it still tasted pretty good!

On Friday we had district meeting. I love district meeting because the message is always exactly what I need to hear! Lately we’ve been struggling to help our investigators make and keep commitments and so we talked about it a lot in district meeting and we’ve got some good plans for improving. We had a NDH with the Barrio and we had an investigator come but by the time they arrived the NDH was over so we just shared a message with them instead. UNO. We really wanted to play uno and use it as a teaching aid and so we went on a hunt. We tried soooo many Chino stores (these are like the pound shop I guess..?) and we couldn’t find any! So we went to the corte ingles outlet store and we found it for €13!!!! We didn’t buy it but had planned to use uno later that day. Then by chance we were buying a companionship cactus at lunch and we found uno in a chino for €2. We’ve played a lot of uno these late few days. Moral of the story? Buying a cactus is the answer to all your problems.

This weekend I’ve been sick, I just have a cold but it’s bad. On Saturday all we managed was correlation with the ward mission leader, a lesson with an investigator which was meant to be at 12:30. They showed at 1pm and was like “oh can’t stay long I have to go to a meeting at 1.” So we had a short lesson with our investigator and watched the video Gracias A Él. It’s one of the Easter videos and it’s so touching, everytime I watch it I feel the spirit! We ate with the elders and one of my favourite families and then our lesson failed so we got permission to go back and rest in piso at like 5. Next thing I know it’s 10 at night and I was super sick. The members told us the clocks went back so we got up as if the clocks had changed, turns out they don’t change til next week ahah! So we were late to church.

The elders gave me a blessing because I was still super sick, I had a fever of 102, no idea what that is in Celsius..? We taught a new investigator who is from Peru and is just so wonderful and open to the gospel. And we found a new investigator who just showed up to church and wants to be baptised and so we are teaching her the charlas and will probably get baptised at the end of this transfer.

We ate papa la guancayena this week which is one of my most favourite foods from Peru it is just super delicous! It’s like potatoes in this yellow creamy sauce and sometimes it has chicken with it. Spanish people and South Americans love chicken, which is good because so do I!

TRANSFERS! We had an emergency transfer in the mission! Something went down or happened or I don’t really know to be honest in another area and so elder Jensen from Barrio 9 left to go to serve in that area. It was super weird to have him leave halfway through a transfer! He has the same time in the mission Hermana Wihongi and I so it was strange to see him go. It was strange to see another person have to leave the ward while I’m getting on for 6 month here! I love this ward so much and feel so blessed to serve here, really hoping I get five transfers here but I don’t know if I will haha 😂

Mystery of the week! I got a letter from somebody who WAS serving in the Philippines. Problem? I don’t know anyone serving in the Philippines. Her name is Sister Kahoalii and on august 30th she has 7 weeks left in the mission and so she’s already gone home now and so I can’t write her back. The thing is maybe I do know her, she served in the Lahug Cebu city mission. Any leads on the mystery? Because I would love to write her back but she has included no return address for her home, only for the mission office at the Philippines temple.

This week I read this quote, Well, just remember the Book of Mormon says that ‘it came to pass,’ not that it came to stay.”

Guys, Whatever trial you are going through, whatever illness you a suffering, whatever difficulty you feel you cannot overcome. Remember, it came to pass. Trials are not forever they are just a short term opportunity to develop spiritual roots that will fortify you your whole life!

Love you all and stay strong


Hermana Liddicott

Who knew UNO was in such high demand…the is clearly a market for it, at 13€ a box you’d make a decent profit!

She makes a good point about bad times though, they don’t stay forever, good times are always there to follow and we shouldn’t give up!

Until next week! Adios!

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Investigators…Investigators Everywhere… (Week 23)

One busy week for Louisa! By the sounds of it they are not doing too badly for investigators or baptism dates, which is great.

Email day was today this week so that is why the blog post wasn’t up on Monday! Enjoy reading and as always – don’t forget to email her and let her know about your week!

Hey everyone

It’s been a crazy great week again! So many crazy things have
happened! So first of all we have an investigator called Karen who is
the partner of one of our less actives. During the week the elders
rang us and asked us if we wanted the registro of Giovanna who was
their old investigator whom they called but said she was meeting with
us. We were so confused because we have NOBODY called Giovanna. So all
week we were wondering about it. Then we went to see Jorge and Karen.
In the prayer Hermana Wihongi forgot Karen’s name and so she was like
“please bless Jorge and Jorge junior and La Hermana….” And then
Jorge said she was called Joanna! Then Joanna explained that the
elders had called her in the week! Long story short, Karen is actually
Joanna!

We have met so many Nuevo amigos this week! One of them was called
Antonio, he is about 50 from the Dominican Republic and we contacted
him on the metro. Turns out he has already had the lessons in the
Dominican Republic but just isn’t baptised yet. Every time we teach
him a gospel principle he just says “claaaaro” (which means of course)
he has a fecha to be baptised on the 12th of November! We are so
excited!
Another new investigator we have is called Escarleth, she is from
Venezuela. We go and teach her English every week and then we share a
gospel message! This week we taught plan of salvation and she made us
arepas. If you don’t know what they are you should try them because
they are DELICOUS! Another new investigator is Ciro. Again we
contacted him on the metro and less than an hour later he called us
and asked to meet the next day, it was festivo the next day so he was
off work. He is great and has soooo much potential! Our final new
investigator for the week was Andres. He is 19 and from Ecuador, both
me and Hermana Wihongi felt like we should contact him when we passed
him in the street. He has loads of questions which is great been
reading the folleto of the restoration and writing down his questions
about that too! We are so excited! We have had soooo many miracles
this week in finding people!

We had zone capacitation (conference) this week which was pretty cool. We learnt a
lot about going outside our comfort zones to find people which means
we need to go to all parts of our area to find people not just stay in
the same parts where we always contact. So that is one of our
companionship goals this transfer. Also Madrid is getting the Area
book app. This means when we fill in carpeta on an evening it will all
be on the iPad as will our agendas! We won’t have paper ones anymore
which is kind of weird…!

We contacted a lot a lot a lot a lot a lot of Muslims this week in the
street, we aren’t allowed to teach them without presidents permission
you see. This one guy Ibrahim, he said we could call him Barry,
contacted US in the street. This rarely happens you see, and we set up
a cita for the Saturday evening of that week. He came like all dressed
up and we went to like a cute bar place and he thought it was like a
DATE and we were just sat there teaching the word of wisdom and the
Book of Mormon and then he told us he was a Muslim, awks. Anyway and
then he said he wanted to take us shopping on Sunday and that he’d
call us again…we left after that. Man crazy stuff.

So on Saturday like all our lessons were failing and then out of the
blue someone called Luz calls and wanted to meet right then! I got
excited because I thought it was an Antiguo investigador who was
awesome. So we went to the cita and it’s actually this crazy Russian
lady who was a self referral that we received through the church and
she brings her friend along called Wilma who is from Ecuador. They are
Adventists del septimo dia. No idea how you translate that to English
but they worship on a Saturday and aren’t jehovas witnesses and there
are loads of them in Spain! And they start preaching to us everytime
we start sharing a message and basically tell us we are heathens for
having church on a Sunday, because it’s sun-day in English so
OBVIOUSLY that means we worship the sun right? Wrong. She was crazy
and she kept telling us how we can’t say Jesus and we should say Jehua
or something like that because it’s the Hebrew way? She was crazy and
then half way through they start recording our testimonies and taking
selfies with us, it was so weird man. We are never meeting with them
again ahhaa! Hermana Wihongi was super chill about it though and was
really patient and didn’t even freak out when Wilma started kissing
her hand. It was weird like I said…

Also pedro our investigator is progressing so well and keeping the
word of Wisdom so will hopefully be baptised soon! It’s a 9 chicken
nuggets for €1.49 deal at Burger King so my companion and I are very
happy, it’s getting cold and rainy so Hermana Wihongi and I have both
been a bit sick, we went for a walk to find this persons piso because
we had a cita with them and we started half way down this street at
house 157 and needed to be at number 45. It was the longest street
ever and in fact the last piso we could find was number 53 and after
that there weren’t any. So we tried calling her but she didn’t answer
and so after getting lost we just couldn’t go to the Cita. Also I am
scared of spiders and every night I’ll check under the duvet. So
Hermana Wihongi cut out a paper spider and left it in my bed haha!
Essentially it has been a great few weeks and we are witnessing so
many miracles! When we do our part with the Lord he will always bless
us ten fold!

Love you all!
Hermana Liddicott

A few translations:

  • Zone Capacitation = Zone Conference
  • Adventists del Septimo Dia = Seventh Day Adventists
  • Fecha = Date
  • Folleta = Brochure
  • Cita = City

There is such a change in her emails since she had her new companion which is lovely to see. It seems she is feeling more confident and is able to really enjoy being out on her mission and put more effort into her work which is clearly bringing back results for them!

She emailed some pictures separately with an accompanying story which I shall now relate! She entitled it: Death to the Fire Alarm

So our fire alarm would beep every 3 minutes mass o menos and so we
told the office and they told us to destroy it and then email it to
them so they could put it in the bulletin and they would send us a new
fire alarm.

Cue pictures of them destroying it:

She is so funny haha.

And photos from the week!

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Adios until next week y’all!

Trip to the Zoo (Week 22)

She said not much time but she still had quite a lot to say which was nice 🙂 Five months out in the mission field this week (+ two weeks in mtc hence week 22). Finally she seems to really be able to enjoy what she is doing now she has a companion who is on the same page as her.

I suspect she will get transferred next time, she has been in Barrio 9 for a very long time, but it would be nice if she could spend Christmas there as she has made such good friends with everybody it would be a shame to be moved just before!

Hey all,

Not much time to write this week! I turned 5 months today and we went
to the zoo and it was super cool and we saw jelly fish and walked
through a butterfly house. My companion Hermana Wihongi is super cool
and we are having a blast. It’s kind of sad because this is probably
our only transfer together because this is my 4th transfer in Barrio
9!

For example we went to go talk with one of our investigators. They
however were not home so we decided to try knocking. We had recently
heard the talk from the conference that President Uctdorf gave about
not giving up and sometimes the one thing we need to find is on the
fourth floor at the last door. So we knocked this whole building and
no one answered us. Not a single person. When finally we reached the
last door we were hoping for the best and then…. someone answered!!
He was incredibly friendly and he told us to come back at 5 that same
day! It was really amazing and nothing like we had been expecting!
Then we came back at 5 and guess what happened…. He wasn’t there. We
were so sad. But we tried the investigators door from before and
waited and a girl answered and said, “Are you the mormon
missionaries?” You will not believe this but it was totally in
English! We said yes and she said please come in!! So she let us in
and shes this 14 year old girl from the Philippines. She said she has
been wanting to talk to the missionaries for a long time and her mom
told her if the missionaries ever came by to entertain them. Haha it
was so cute. We taught her the first lesson and it went great! We just
felt really right so we asked her if she would like to be baptized as
she learns about its truth and she said yes! It was really cool so the
miracle is that even though they didn’t answer the first time around,
we had a reason to go back the same day. Because we were able to do
that we got to meet an amazing young girl who is just such a light you
can see it for miles. I am excited to see how this transfer will be!

Finally we decided we should probably just spend some time contacting
people on the street. Hahahahahahha oh my goodness. We ran into this
really tall, really big, Chinese man on the street. His name is
Alejandro. He told us he wasn’t really interested and as we were
walking away he says “I am a singer!” (In spanish) and we were like
what?! He said, “You speak English?” (In Spanish) and we said yes! And
he said, “I sing backstreet boys” and again we were like What?!! AND
THEN HE STARTS SINGING! (IN ENLGISH!) He actually wasn’t even bad at
singing or drunk either he was really just being himself! Hahaha it
was hilarious. We grabbed a video. Man that was a really fun surprise
and then he kissed us both, without consent, on the cheek it was soooo
gross because ew! Haha we ran away and handsanitized my face after
haha sooo bad. Ew. Lol well yeah so that happened but I guess that’s
what I get for being in the Ghetto of Madrid!
also we had a picnic in the piso!

Love you guys!
Hermana Liddicott

Fun week of activities for them, I’m glad they had success in their ventures and found some people who wanted to listen. Meeting Alejandro sounds hilarious haha wish I could have seen him sing Backstreet Boys!

Pictures below as always! Don’t forget to drop her an email! Next post, next week!

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Week 21)

FINALLY she has new companion, and I am so glad for her! She has had a tough time despite trying her hardest to get along and make things work so I am glad her new companion and her get along!

Not a very long email this week, she had a busy day but as always good to hear from here! And as always some wonderful photos!

Hey everyone!

Not much time to write this w peek as we’ve been doing dance practice
at the chapel for the “dia de las naciones” ward activity on the 15th!
We dance to Napoleon Dynamite, Beyoncé and Taylor swift!

We had transfers! I’m still in Barrio 9 and just killed my last companion,
Hermana shaw. She served a great mission and has gone back to Arizona
now! So next transfer is Christmas! That’s still like 12 weeks
away but it’s coming round fast guys!
I am greenie breaking Hermana Wihongi from Utah! She is famous as
well, she is in some Mormon messages and she’s playing volleyball in
the for strength of youth pamphlet! She’s going home at the same time
as me so we’re super excited to work together and set Barrio 9 on
fire, spiritually haha!

This week we had general conference which was amazing! We had one of
our investigators, pedro, come to pavones and watch it at the temple
with us which was such a wonderful experience! We committed Miguel
Angel to be baptised in January, you see he goes to Peru on the 15th
of this month for 3 months so we are excited to work with him when he
comes home!

In conference my favourite talk was by Dieter F Uchtdorf in the women’s session!
He says, about two missionaries following a prompting to tract an
apartment building:


“No one on the first floor would listen to them. How easy it would
have been to say, “We tried. Let’s stop right here. Let’s go and try
another building.”  But these two missionaries had faith and they were
willing to work, and so they knocked on every door on the second
floor.  Again, no one would listen.     The third floor was the same. And
so was the fourth–that is, until they knocked on the last door of the
fourth floor. When that door opened, a young girl smiled at them and
asked them to wait while she spoke with her mother.”
This mother and family eventually became baptised and Dieter F
Uchtdorf married the young girl. We never know the blessings of endurance, we just need to be fourth floor last door kinds of people and endure to the end!
Love you all
Hermana Liddicott
Xx

I love the photos of her in a bear hat haha so funny she looks adorable!

More from her next week! And as always drop her an email, send her a letter she would like to hear from all of you!

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