It was the week before Christmas…(Week 32)

Dear all,

I am so excited for Christmas! And it’s on a Sunday! As a child I used
to dread the year that Christmas would come on a Sunday, but now I’m
older and wiser, at the ripe old age of 19 😉, I’ve discovered there
isn’t a more fitting way to celebrate the Saviours birth than to be at
church renewing our covenants with him  and promising to be better not
only tomorrow but forever. And the sacrament is available to us
because of the wonderful miracle of the Saviour. And so I am so
grateful that I can attend church this Christmas Day and learn and
sing of my Saviour! Oh how I love him and I am so grateful for his
sacrifice and his infinite love and forgiveness. We are so blessed.

This last week has been interesting. We had some good lessons with our
investigators. Sadly one of our amigas who is getting baptized next
year has to work sundays for the next 3 weeks. She works as an interna
so she looks after an old person 24hrs a day 7 days a week. It’s hard.
Well she gets 4 hours free each Sunday evening which is when she meets
with us! She really taught us how important the gospel is! She only
has 4 hours to leave her employers house a week and she wants to spend
one of those hours with us learning about her Saviour and his gospel!

We had the Madrid zones Christmas conference which was wonderful.
Hermana Pack shared a quote “every time you knock on a door someone in
Brazil gets baptised.” The work is slower here than other missions and
so that made us laugh but also made us realize that we don’t always
see the fruits of our efforts, so keep trying and keep on inspiring
people guys! President and hermana Pack also talked about The Flame of
Faith and how we can become spiritual bonfires 🔥 and how we can unite
the flames of faith we have individually to have a bigger flame as a
mission. And so we are setting goals to be more united as a
companionship, a zone and as a mission. We also gave gifts to the
Saviour, we took a notecard and an envelope and wrote down the ‘bad’
habits or qualities that we have and want to change and also he things
we wanted to improve on for next year and put it in the envelope and
that was our gift to the Saviour that we would use his atoning
sacrifice to become better missionaries and more effective servants in
his hands. I love the Saviour!

We had some great conversations with people in the street sharing the
ilumina el mundo campaign and it was just  awesome to see how much
people love it. Fun fact in Spain the Light up the world campaign is
super popular with Catholics and they are e ones sharing it the most
on the social media sites! Go figure. We had the ward Christmas party
which was really nice, our investigator family came and loved it. We
ate something called ensalada rusa. Which does not exist in Russia
apparently.. and we had chicken. They did an activity where everyone
in the ward got up and said something they were grateful for and then
stuck a sticker ornament on the paper tree, it was a nice spiritual
touch to the night. That morning we went out with the youth of the
stake to visit less actives in the area to invite them to come out to
the activity that night. The youth have such powerful testimonies and
they taught me so much about being more open and loving to the people
we stopped and talked to on the street!

I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Make sure
this year you give a gift to the Saviour, he is our older brother, our
best friend and our loyal defender. He gave his life so that we can be
better and cleaner every day! I love my Saviour and I know he lives. I
know he loves me and that he loves each and everyone of you! Give a
gift to the Saviour this Christmas!

Love,

Hermana Liddicott

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Week 31)

Another Monday, another email! Also now 13 days until Christmas a.k.a 13 days until Louisa gets to skype us! Excited does not cover it at all, I’m very much looking forward to seeing her albeit only on a computer screen.

Glad to hear that she is cheerier and returning to full health!

Dear all,

Isn’t Christmas just the most wonderful time of the year? This past
week I was remembering the many traditions my family has for
Christmas, one of our favorites is watching a new Christmas DVD on
Christmas Eve that my mum will surprise us with every year. Mum always
chooses great movies, for me it’s one of my favourite Christmas
miracles. In line with this we also make sure we give service every
Christmas. This is a tradition I am anxious to continue with while I
am here in Spain, Service I have discovered is the best gift of all,
why? Because it blesses those around us and shows our love for our
saviour Jesus Christ.
Every January we hear people talking about what they got for
Christmas, the real question is what did we GIVE at Christmas? Did we
give our time the widowed and the lonely? Did we give compassion to
the sick? Did we give love to the lonely? This week I read “Someone
has appropriately said, “We make a living by what we get, but we build
a life by what we give.” I’d like to invite you all to give of your
time and service this year. It’s the best give we can give or receive
for there is nothing so precious nor infinitely finite as time.
This week has been a week of miracles, firstly the virus didn’t kill
me haha! And I learnt a lot whilst I was sick. I learnt that we have
to accept the service of others and we have to be patient with
ourselves. It’s funny how trials at the time seem so inconvenient but
afterwards we see how perfectly timed they were!
Other miracles, the family came to Noche De Hogar at the capilla! The
week we didn’t come to church they released our ward mission leader and
so we don’t have one right now and the missionaries had to organise
the NDH. It was a really good evening and our investigator Irma came
as well! And then the family came to church on Sunday! They loved it!
Here the ward is so big they have two over flow rooms and people who
were a little later arriving to church watch it via television! We are
waiting for the completion of the new capilla! The work is growing so
much here in San Sebastián! Irma is an amazing example to me. As
missionaries we have to be at church 30 minutes early but Irma was
there before us reading the Book of Mormon in the chapel. It reminded
me how important the gospel is and that I really need to value it
more. We learn from everyone if we let the spirit teach us!

We met some great people street contacting as well. GREAT people, we
are so excited to see the, next week! One of the most spiritual
lessons we had this week was a family home evening with a member
family to which we brought our investigator. We talked about the
atonement and how to get eternal life we need someone else to pay the
price. So we had a bag of chocolates from Mercadona and stuck a label
on saying La Vida Eterna and to earn the chocolate their mum had to do
10 sit ups. And so it went on around the family etc and we shared our
testimonies of the saviour and what he did for us. And still does for
us.

Another amazing lesson was with one of our investigators who is pretty
young. He has a baptismal fecha for the end of December and he shared
his testimony with us and it was beautiful. I love being able to see
how the gospel honestly changes peoples lives and that they can see
this change for the better. I am so grateful for the gospel and the
joy it brings people.
There is the Christmas market this week in the plaza by our piso, it’s
super cool. We are enjoying doing the ilumina el mundo campaign for
Navidad. Some of the members got sealed this week which was really
beautiful and then the ward threw them like a wedding party afterwards, we
were having a lesson during the party at the church so afterwards we
got to have some photos!

I love this gospel and I am so grateful for the blessing I have to
serve a mission and help bless the lives of other people! I know my
Saviour lives and that he loves me. And that he loves each and every
one of you! Keep going and make the saviour and your Heavenly Father
proud!

Love you all,

Hermana Liddicott

So happy, so cheery and looking forward to Christmas it is great to see she is back to herself!

Photos below! Don’t forget to email her and let her know what you have been up to!

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Ill, sick & dying (Week 30)

Ill, sick & dying and it’s not just her…her whole mission…being ill is not fun at all!

Despite being ill she has not had an altogether terrible time, it has been lit up a little with other things.

Hello all you wonderful people,

Unsurprisingly I’m sick again! This time I have a virus that’s been
hitting the whole mission. I’ll survive I hope. I’m sure exciting
things happened last week I just can’t think of them right now…
We found a Family! We are very excited to share the gospel with them
and one of our investigators came to church on Sunday even though we
couldn’t pick her up or go to church ourselves because I was sick!
We had intercambios with the hermanas from Barrio 2 which was awesome
they’re amazing you know! We have stated the #IluminaElMundo campaign
here and it’s wonderful to see how people are going that extra mile to
serve people. Here’s a Christmas picture my companion made. I’ll write
more next week!

Love you all and have a great week!

Hermana Liddicott

Hopefully she feels so much better soon and is able to enjoy herself and her work again!

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