De Ja Vu (Week 61)

Dear everyone,

Well we did indeed have transfers and well history repeats itself
because hermana wihongi and I have made it to be actual companions
again. We always said we’d serve together in the islands and here we
are. They closed the elders companionship in Vecindario so it’s just
going to be me and hermana wihongi working in Vecindario for the time
being but we are so so excited.

I had a great last week with hermana Osborn! She really is such a
great missionary, if you ever go to highland Utah, look her up! We had
an awesome lesson with Pedro, he is such a great person and we are so
excited to teach him, he loves church so much he comes to all the
activities and all the meetings! We also founds some new friends which
was pretty cool. Our favourite is a YSA from Tenerife! She is just
awesome, she wanted to meet with us because her FRIEND had shared the
gospel with her when they were roommates at university. We never
realise the impact we have on people when we talk to them about the
gospel. Her friend isn’t around now to see the lessons happen but
she’s the reason they are happening!

We ate a lot of food and visited a lot of people yesterday so Hermana
Osborn could say goodbye, I feel like I’ve eaten enough to last me a
year. We had intercambios with the Hermanas from telde o sea hermana
wihongi and I just traded companions for the day, it was incredible.
Hermana Burnham is such a good missionary and I’ve realised the best
miracles do come when we talk to everyone. Everyone. Whether they are
old, a little bit smelly, the most beautiful person ever or just a
regular kid we have to talk to them because they all need and deep
down inside, although they don’t know it yet ahah, want the gospel.

Kind of a gross story to almost finish off with, I went to the
bathroom in our piso and I was washing my hands. Next to the sink we
have a box of cotton buds and there was just a giant cockroach sitting
in it. I think I died and got twinkled back to life. It was pretty
gross but hermana Osborn saved the day! Fact: there are lots of
cockroaches in the islands. That’s the first I’ve seen in the piso
though…hopefully the last.

On a slightly more serious note though, I think about 100% of the
people in the world are often way to hard on themselves, and  as a
missionary I’ve noticed it’s so easy to do. I was studying a talk that
puts grace and the atonement into the context of a mum paying for her
child’s piano lessons. ( the full talk is in the ensign of September
2013) it says
“When a young pianist hits a wrong note, we don’t say he is not worthy
to keep practicing. We don’t expect him to be flawless. We just expect
him to keep trying. Perfection may be his ultimate goal, but for now
we can be content with progress in the right direction. Why is this
perspective so easy to see in the context of learning piano but so
hard to see in the context of learning heaven?…
There should never be just two options: perfection or giving up. When
learning the piano, are the only options performing at Carnegie Hall
or quitting? No. Growth and development take time. Learning takes
time”
You know He knows you aren’t perfect, and He loves you still. He isn’t
asking you to be perfect today, he’s just asking you to do better and
be better. Remember we are all just learning heaven, it’s okay to mess
up! The Saviour will always step in with his divine grace and help us
pay the rest of the debt. I know He live and He loves us!

I love you all too,

Hermana Liddicott

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Zone Conference, Exchanges, The Island (Week 60)

Dear all,

It has been a wonderfully busy and jam packed week. We had preparation day and we went on a tour of the whole island with our ward mission leader and his girlfriend. It really is a beautiful place, we got a little lost but life is like that, sometimes we get a little side tracked and it allows us to smell the flowers.

I spent most of my week without seeing my companion Hermana Osborn which was kind of strange because Hermana Wihongi and I had exchanges and zone conferences all week. We started with the Hermanas from Santa Cruz on Wednesday night, They are both so awesome, although planning them can be stressful I’m grateful for them because I get to see all the cool things they do to be better missionaries. Then we had zone conference, Hermana Wihongi and I taught about applying the scriptures to our investigators to solve their doubts. To start off the session we had Elder Rogers from the matrimony couple come in and dress up as Alma the younger to illustrate how the Book of Mormon speaks to us. It was a great meeting. President Pack spoke about how we need to recognise our identity as children of God, he shared the passages in Moses 1. It’s interesting to note how Satan tempts Moses after he is exhausted from such a spiritual high. He will always hit us when our defences are down.

After zone conference we were back on exchanges again with the Hermanas from La Laguna. It was a pretty sweet experience to spend it with Hermana Barcenas as it’s her last transfer in the mission and she goes home next week. She was one of my first sister training leaders. She always taught me the importance of your attitude. That no matter the situation your attitude determines whether or not it is a positive or a negative experience. We had interviews with president on Saturday as well which was pretty great, he really does give inspired counsel.

We found some awesome new people and had some new friends come to church. Vecindario is as hot and windy as ever and mostly I’m having a wonderful time being a missionary in this beautiful island with such wonderful people! This week we have our final exchange with the hermanas and then we have transfers on Saturday night! I cannot believe how fast the transfer has gone by.

Have a wonderful Week!
Hermana Liddicott

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Driving Around the Islands (Week 59)

Hello!

This week I am writing this for the back of a car driving around the
Canary Islands and seeing the sights, it is so beautiful! This week we
had some awesome miracles, we had an investigator move to our island
right before her baptism, we have Barbara’s baptismal interview this
week, we went to Tenerife on Monday and Tuesday to do intercambios
with the hermana in Los cristianos, they are such great missionaries!
Did lots of missionary work and getting ready for the zone conference
and the two sets of exchanges we have this week.

I’ll send some photos of the island next week but for now here are
some from Tenerife. Have a good week, I will write more next week!

Hermana Liddicott

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Transfers, Exchanges & Daily Life (week 58)

Dear all,
As usual it’s been a wonderful week here in Vecindario. Not too hot but plenty of wind! Things are going well, we are strengthening our relationship further with the members and as we do so they are helping us more with the work. Our mission president asked us to visit all the members by the end of August and teach them the restoration in five minutes. I love doing it and teaching these simple gospel truths because the spirit is so strong as we testify and help these members to remember how they felt when they heard this message for the first time.
Barbara is doing well, although she has a lot of trials right now in her life she is such an example to us because she keeps moving forward with faith and relying on God. She is the best. I feel so blessed to know her! We found some more new investigators this week, one of them is an ex jehovas witness! That means we are teaching two of them now! One of the nicest things to see is people who come to our church for the first time and can feel the difference in the level of spirituality there is there. This really is Christs true church!
Reading the Book of Mormon in five weeks is one of the best challenges I’ve ever been given, reading more thoroughly everyday day has helped me to realise the book speaks to me! One of the parts that impacted me most was in Jacob 5:21-23
“21 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: How comest thou hither to plant this MISSIONARY , or HERMANA LIDDICOTT? For behold, it was the poorest spot in all the land of the mission.
22 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto him: Counsel me not; I knew that it was a poor AREA; wherefore, I said unto thee, I have nourished HER this long time, and thou beholdest that SHE hath brought forth much fruit.
23 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Look hither; behold I have planted another MISSIONARY of the MISSION also; and thou knowest that this AREA was poorer than the first. But, behold the MISSIONARY. I have nourished them this long time, and they hath brought forth much fruit; therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self.”
Sometimes we wonder why the Lord places us in each of our circumstances but he puts us where we can bloom best, despite the surroundings. I liked it because it reminded me the Lord has a plan for each of our lives and we can grown in ways we never knew we needed to if we just grow where He plants us. We had exchanges with the hermanas from las palmas this week. It was great, they are such amazing missionaries and I’m grateful to have been able to serve with them. We didn’t get a new fridge yet but hopefully we will this week or next.
Have a great week,
Hermana Liddicott
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Another week in Vecindario (Week 57)

Dear all,

It’s been another great week here in Vecindario in Gran Canaria. It’s getting hotter day by day, I’ve never really felt heat like this before because it’s so sticky and humid. I guess the only way to describe is is the sensation you have when you open the oven door too fast you get blasted with hot air, except it’s like that all day.

However at the start of last week Hermana Wihongi and I flew to Madrid for concilio with the Packs. It was even hotter there but It was a really uplifting experience and since then President has issued the challenge for the whole mission to read the Book of Mormon in a transfer, o sea, by July 23rd!! I love it! The more Hermana Osborn and I read in the Book of Mormon the more we start to love it and find ways to apply it to each of our investigators.

We also had a goal to get to know our neighbours which came about in a very unusual way. We had ice all over the back of our fridge that was braking the cooling element and so we needed an extension cord to defrost our fridge and had to borrow one from the neighbours. Before we knew it they were all coming over trying to help and offer their personal opinions. They are so sweet and love to serve here in the islands!

Other highlights of the week include Barbara because she is just so prepared! She reads absolutely everything we give her. We found a new friend through a member! She has a lot of experience with lots of religions and so has a great knowledge of the bible, we are looking forward to seeing her more and helping her see the power of the Book of Mormon. The best part however was being able to go back and visit my dear Barrio 9 where I started my mission and had Hermana Wihongi as a companion! We got to see William at his bakery and Maria Battista! I am so grateful to be a missionary and to be able to get to know people and serve them!
Hermana Liddicott

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Sister Training Leader (Week 56)

Hey everyone,

So thanks for all your prayers and it turned out great for transfers after all. I turned 13 last weekend and I found out I am staying in vecindario with hermana Osborn! Plot twist, I am a sister training leader and Hermana Wihongi (you all remember her from when we served together in Barrio 9?) is going to be the other sister training leader, but not together. She will be serving in Telde, the area next door and we will be STLs together that way. It’s a little different but we are super excited! And I’m so happy to be a second transfer with hermana Osborn as well, she is an absolute sweetheart! So it’s kind of like having two companions at the same time but not really. When Hermana Wihongi and I first met right at the start of our missions we both said we were going to be STLs together in the islands, I guess we jinxed it! 😉

We had a really good week, we found some new friends who have been so prepared to hear the gospel. We found them the same day we decided to drop some of our non progressing investigators. Sometimes we have to act in faith before the Lord will bless us.  I love it when our investigators or recent converts have strong testimonies and begin to invite their friends and family to hear the gospel. That’s when missionary work really gets going because every investigator needs a friend at church. Our new friend Barbara is wonderful she is JAS and from Venezuela and so ready to make changes. She told us she was excited for us to come to her house because it was like God was coming to her home. Being a missionary is a big responsibility, it made us think about how we are representatives of the Saviour of the world. We are imperfect representatives of the only perfect person that ever lived. It’s kind of humbling really.

I asked my companion what her favourite part of the week was and she says it was when she discovered all the new emojis including a black Mrs Claus on the keyboard. Solid. Other than that it was a regular week in a regular area, lots of talking to members and people on the street, eating lots of chicken and rice, long walks in the heat trying to find the bus stop and just being a missionary really.

I love serving here in Vecindario and seeing the changes in our investigators and members! George got the priesthood yesterday which was so beautiful to see! I know our Saviour lives and that with His help we can be perfect! We are excited for the changes that we have this transfer and for the chance to learn from the other Hermanas in the zone.

This week I was studying Hannah in the Bible. She had a lot of trials in her life but I really liked this quote from the Ensign:

“She had done all within her power to be worthy of the Lord’s blessings. The Lord honored this commitment, inspiring Eli to say to her, “Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition”

Heavenly Father really will grant every righteous petition of our hearts if we ask in faith having been obedient and having done our part! I’m so grateful we have a Father who loves us so much!

I love you all, have a great week!
Hermana Liddicott

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Intercambios & Other Stuff (Week 55)

Sorry it’s late! It’s been a busy week!

Hello!

Spain is just the best, its full of weird crazy experiences with a
side order of wonderful people. You really have to experience it to
appreciate it. Like today we had some random guy come and talk to us
and he tried to give us besos (kisses) and when we said we couldn’t he
got mad and walked away, that’s just a taster of Spain for you x

We had intercambios (exchanges) this week with the STLs which was
cool. We worked in siete palmas in the north of the islands and it is
way colder than it is here in the south. It’s so windy here though,
genuinely I think I’m going to get blown away sometimes when we walk
in the street. It was a pretty regular week, taught some lessons,
talked to lots of people, worked with the members, ate bread lasagne
and just had lots of miracles.

But my favourite experience of the week was  when we were on
exchanges. I felt like I should sit with a teenager on a bus and it
turned out as the conversation progressed that she had dreamt the
night before that she would meet a British person who would share
something with her that day. And so I taught her the restoration and
gave her a Book of Mormon! The lord really is preparing people all
over!

We have a new friend who is schizophrenic and we might have to drop
our Bulgarian friend because he isn’t all that interested in the
gospel… we taught family home evening in the ward and we shared the
story of the Provo tabernacle. How it was a wonderful building that
burnt down but because it had a sure foundation they were able to turn
it into something even more beautiful. A temple (now the Provo city
centre temple.) God sometimes needs to spiritually refurbish us
through the process of our trials. But he always has a higher purpose
in mind. All of our friends are doing good and progressing towards
their baptismal dates. We have transfers this week but hopefully we
will stay together!

Have a great week!

Hermana Liddicott

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Death can come by palm trees (Week 54)

Hello!
It’s been an absolutely wonderful week we have had so many miracles! Some people, say it’s because the zone does a miracle prayer at 11pm each night but honestly we’ve discovered the real key to miracles is faith+works=miracles. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing! So this week we have developed our capacity to make goals and go out and reach them!
One of the biggest miracles we saw was the baptism of our friend George! He is a 72 year old man from Ghana who we teach in English. He is the funniest, sweetest person you’ll ever meet and he always wears his shirts mostly unbuttoned haha! So to start with we filled the font a little to high and so we had to empty it with buckets because we couldn’t make the suction pipe work. Then after the baptism the emptying mechanism just wasn’t working at all and so we spent a good two hours emptying the font with mop buckets. Definitely would have been easier in the sea but in spite of the font disasters it was a wonderful experience and George was so thrilled to be baptised and be a member of the true church of Jesus Christ here on her earth!
We made lots of new friends on the street, the ones that hang out in the bars. One is called Santiago and he’s pretty cool. After speaking to us the next day he found a Book of Mormon on a bench and has started to read it! The gospel of Jesus Christ has no boundaries my friends, we’ll save him a seat this Sunday. Another friend is our sweet uncle Mario! He always watches out for us and buys us clipper or coke and gets us pork at a little restaurant near our house. He is the sweetest, and not creepy I promise! We made another ‘friend’ although he is kind of sketchy though…he always sings songs in English to us when he sees us..
Okay, I am pretty sure the islands has a pretty high death rate for natural causes. Being that palm tree branches will randomly fall off in the street and hit people on the head. They are big hefty things as well. And it’s totally normal!! Crazy.
We got a new investigator who is a dentist! He’s so prepared to listen to the gospel and we go to his surgery and he takes us to the room downstairs where all his cute assistants hang out and make the dentures and we teach them all together. It’s so fun and they give us free dental products as well which we like very much.
Last night we were walking home over the creepy bridge where the street lights don’t work at the side of the main road and we both felt in danger. And so we grabbed hands and sped up, as we looked behind us this creepy man came out of the dark at the edge where we had just been and started following us! It was so weird because before we got there I was looking closely because  it’s a good place to hide! Regardless, we felt like we should cross, speed up and then cross back and so we did and bumped into one of our investigators! He’s like our dad here in the mission, we told him what was happening and he watched from a distance as we went home to make sure nobody followed us! The Holy Ghost really does protect us if we listen to him!
I know my Saviour lives and loves us, He has a plan for each and every one of us and I’m grateful that He knows me personally! I cannot wait for the day when I will return to their presence! In the ensign I read a wonderful talk about the purpose of our life here on the earth from September 1991,
“A divine thought and impression came to my soul,” he recalls. “It was: ‘The main goal of your life is to become my son.’” He later realized that this admonition is given repeatedly in the scriptures. But at the time he simply knew it was to be his individual goal; to achieve it, he would have to take the Savior as his model, choosing the goals and the methods of reaching them that the Savior would choose.”
Our goal is to reach our divine potential as children of God through the help and grace of the Saviour. I’m grateful for the church, I know it’s true!
I love you all, have a great week!
Hermana Liddicott
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November it is (Week 53)

Dear all,

It’s been a wonderful week full of inspiration and miracles. As I continue serving my mission I’ve come to learn that the more faith we give to the Lord, the more miracles he is able to bless us with. Isn’t that wonderful? I’m grateful for all the Lord teaches me every day.

One of the biggest highlights this week was having interviews with president Pack. He really is an inspired man and we are so lucky to have him here as our mission president. We talked about my release date and the possibility of going home in October but we both felt that it was the right decision for me to stay until the end of November. Time is flying by way too fast though! On the same day our investigator George had his baptismal interview and everything went perfectly well and so our friend will be getting baptised this week! It’s so exciting to see our brothers and sisters make these important covenants with the Lord. George is from Ghana and he is 72 and the biggest sweetheart you’ll ever meet! Were the lucky ones to know him and to learn from his testimony.

It’s very, very hot here! At the weekend we had a ward activity in the mountains and later we went proselyting in the south of the island near, kind of, the ocean. It’s such a beautiful island but I always forget to take photos! We had zone conference as well! It was really uplifting to have the focus on making all experiences spiritual experiences. The sister training leaders talked about asking inspired questions not only in lessons but during street conversations as well. Having out it into practice we have really been able to improve the quality of our contacting and find more prepared people. We’ve also focused on teach when you find, find when you teach section in predicad mi evangelio. And we’ve had lessons in pretty interesting places, through a ground floor window, the back of the bus, in an open garage, In a supermarket and the best we had was with our new Bulgarian investigar outside his apartment building on a concrete block eating a salad of red onions and cheese.

And so in our rather unconventional manners we have been able to find new investigators and we are so excited! The work is hard here but we are loving the challenge and it helps us to stay focused and really see the bigger picture of how we want to leave this area. We got rid of a load of insects in our piso which was kind of gross but hermana Osborn in the best and not at all scared of them so she was a pro at that! The lord really has blessed me with wonderful companions!

This week in the Book of Mormon I’ve been reading about Jacob 5 again. I used to hate reading that chapter in family scripture study because it was soooo long but I’ve realised that as a I plead with the Lord for greater understanding I am able to see that it’s not so much a story about trees and gardening but rather an example to the Saviours tireless service and unending love for us. I’m so grateful for a loving Saviour who does not give up on us and pushes us forward week after week. More than that I’m grateful for the priesthood! There are hard moments and I’m so grateful to be able to turn to worthy priesthood holders and hear the words my Heavenly Father has to say to me through priesthood blessings. The Lord has organised a perfect church, the people are far from perfection but He is loving and patient. I know He lives and loves us!

With love,
Hermana Liddicott

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