Almost at the end (Week 76)

Hello!

Well this week was super awesome. Hermana Nelson is incredible. I
remember when I was leaving the islands to train and come to Toledo
and this kid elder Muir was like hey maybe you’ll train my friend
Hermana Nelson, she is a máquina. And then I did, crazy. She’s a great
comp I, super lucky. She’s up there with the Hermana Wihongis and
hermana Jiménez’s of the world.

Our dear friend Any committed to be baptised this week. I won’t be
there for that, but maybe I’ll Skype in to see it. She’s so sweet and
we met her our first week in Toledo. It has been such a blessing to
serve here. We had zone conference and intercambios which were both
pretty chill. We learnt lots about working with the member which is
pretty crucial in Toledo and we learnt about the new..CHRISTMAS
INITIATIVE. Very excited for a new #iluminaelmundo even if I’ll be
doing it all in English this year. It was cool to visit some old
Barrio 9 friends and to say goodbye to people at zone conference.

Said goodbye to Hermana Tang today. It was so sad but something I love
about the gospel is that there are no goodbyes. It’s just an “hasta
luego” I really have been blessed with the best companions on my
mission.

This week I started reading the Book of Mormon again from the
beginning looking for references to Christ, did you know His name or a
reference to him is made every 1.7 verses? Sometimes people doubt that
we are Christians because we have the Book of Mormon. But it’s sole
purpose is to testify of Christ. I know that He lives and that He
loves us. It is such a privilege and an honor to be his representative
in Toledo. I know that through Him we can overcome any challenge and
any weakness and so that one day when He comes again we will see Him
as He is and be like Him.

Have an amazing week!

Hermana Liddicott

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Today is the one year mark of Louisa on her mission woohoo exciting stuff…only six months left to go! That means guys you only have six months to email her, six months to write her a letter and six months to send her a parcel! Quick quick quick!

Here is a little overview of her mission so far:

 

Areas Assigned:

  • Islas Canarias
  • San Sebastian de los Reyes
  • Barrio 9
  • MTC

Companions:

  • Hermana Osborn
  • Hermana Philips
  • Hermana Tang
  • Hermana Tyler
  • Hermana Wihongi
  • Hermana Shaw
  • Hermana Jiminez

 

Positions:

  • Trainer
  • Greenie

 

Notable Events:

  • No stranger to illness
  • Baptisms
  • Learning Chinese

 

Selection of photos from the past year!

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Liddicott & Jimenez
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With her district
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Louisa and her mission president and his wife
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At the Airport

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Goodbye and new beginnings (Week 49)

Slight alteration to the plan of this week. Pday wasn’t going to be until Wednesday but an emergency transfer means she had some time today! If you haven’t emailed her this week yet you still have time as she will have some free time on Wednesday to email to!

Dear everyone,

Today is a sad day in the history of my mission because just like my
first trainer and I got spilt up, Hermana Tang and I will be split up
today. Hermana Tang is being emergency transferred to Carabanchel, my
old area, to serve with the Chinese people. The assistants called this
morning and we are so sad, and so I have split preparation day this
week. I will have the rest of my preparation day on Wednesday.

We had a wonderful miracle this week. A member who had just arrived in
Spain called us and wanted to meet, and then she brought her non
member cousin! She has such a desire to share the gospel with everyone
around her, truly we were blessed this week. We made some other new
friends this week as well.

Mostly this has been a growing experience, we big developed deeper and
more personal testimonies of th Saviour as we began to recognise the
hand of the Lord in all aspects of the missionary work. He really puts
people in our path when we pray and plan effectively. I know that my
Saviour lives and that he died for me, he knows me and loves me and
helps me to be better daily. This week was Semana Santa and we were
celebrating easter here in Spain. We saw the processions that are
typical of the Catholic Church and the floats of the Virgin Mary. It
kind of made me feel a little sad. It made me think of this quote from
Gordon B Hinckley about why we don’t have crossed in the churches:

“I replied that the lives of our people must become the only
meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol
of our worship. …
“… No sign, no work of art, no representation of form is adequate to
express the glory and the wonder of the Living Christ. He told us what
that symbol should be when he said, ‘If ye love me, keep my
commandments.’ (John 14:15.)
“As his followers, we cannot do a mean or shoddy or ungracious thing
without tarnishing his image. Nor can we do a good and gracious and
generous act without burnishing more brightly the symbol of him whose
name we have taken upon ourselves.
“And so our lives must become a meaningful expression, the symbol of
our declaration of our testimony of the Living Christ, the Eternal Son
of the Living God.
“It is that simple, my brethren and sisters, and that profound and
we’d better never forget it.”

We are the example of Christ, we must be examples of the believers in
word, conversation, thought and deed. We are so lucky to have the
gospel. Remember, Christ has asked us to be his hands. I pray that we
can be worthy and faithful and fulfill our callings to share the
gospel!

I’m grateful for this easter week to remember my Saviour and to be
with Hermana Tang. I hope you can all meet her for she is a miracle
worker. I feel blessed to have had her touch my life for these last 10
weeks! But she will live on and keep working miracles in carabanchel I
know! I l or you all!

Hermana Liddicott

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Intercambios (Week 48)

Dear everyone,

I hope you’re all alive and had an excellent week! We had a really
good week, we had intercambios in Guadalajara with Hermana Estrada and
Curtis. It was awesome and I learnt so much about how to be a better
missionary! They really taught me how to work even better with the
members and how to strengthen their testimonies. Also we had a
wonderful zone conference, it was centred around having a better
relationship with the members and using the easter initiative.

If you haven’t seen the easter initiative I would like to invite you
to go and watch it on Mormon.org and then watch the follow up
principles for the eight principles of peace. It has been  such a
wonderful finding tool to use just as we contact people in the street!
The lord really prepares people to hear these messages! I also played
football this week. For he first time my whole mission. It was
surprisingly enjoyable! I got sunburnt though.

All in all the mission is a great experience. I hit eleven months
today and I look back and realise that I’ve changed a lot as a person!
I’ve learnt to trust a lot more in the Lord and believe that He really
is preparing people to be baptised and taught right here in
Alcobendas!

I’m so grateful for my Saviour and for His atoning sacrifice. I know
that through him we can become so much better and be the people and
the servants the Lord needs us to be!

Much love,

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Conference and Chinese (Week 47)

One more week has gone by in the mission field and here is what happened in it!

Hello all you wonderful people!
The mission is simply marvellous, I grow to love it more and more
everyday and it seems so weird to think that it will only last for
18months! This week was great, we taught some lessons and had some
amazing street contacts. One of the people we talked to was a girl
struggling with a load of bags. We felt impressed to go and help her.
As we talked we discovered she already knew abort missionaries because
she would always see them when they got the bus too and from the
presidents house for mission leadership council but she never had the
chance to speak to them until now! The Lord really does prepare people
for us to find! It’s wonderful to see!

Other awesome highlights of the week, we met with some more Chinese
speakers in carabanchel and we are hoping to get a Chinese group up
and running by the end of the transfer. We had such a wonderful time
at general conference! I am so grateful that the Lord gives us
prophets seers and revelators here on the earth to lead and guide us,
I really loved he talk by Valeri V Cordón about how we are all
imperfect beings trying to speak a perfect language! We are all in
this together!

I went to the conference with questions and I came away with answers,
we challenged our investigators to do the same and so this week we are
excited to hear about the miracles and the answers they received!

I know the church is true! I know Thomas.S.Monson is the prophet of
God here on the earth to lead and I guide us. I know my Saviour lives
and that through the grace of His atoning sacrifice we can be saved
and made whole! I am so excited for Easter and the chance we have to
share the wonderful video initiative with the people of Spain! We are
so blessed!

With love,

Hermana Liddicot

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Group email…sorry it’s a lame one – her words not mine (Week 46)

Another week in the mission rolls by and another email rolls forward!

Dear all,

This week was freezing, in fact it snowed!! This was the first time Hermana Tang had ever seen snow in her life, we had district meeting and went to kebaptise my companion and the other new elder in our district and suddenly it was snowing! It was pretty fun while it lasted but it stayed pretty cold for the whole week!

We had a great week finding new investigators, in fact we met a wonderful couple who speak Spanish, English and Italian! They are cool and ready for the gospel. We were travelling a lot to work with the Chinese people and so we are pretty tired but we have been so blessed. We got Chinese name tags which was so exciting! We feel like real missionaries now!

We have seen so many miracles here and the relationship we have with the members is improving very week, they are getting more and more excited to work with us each week!

I hope you keep praying for and witnessing miracles and that you can enjoy general conference and revive the revelation you need!

Much love!
Hermana Liddicott

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An Encounter with the floor and much more (Week 45)

Seems like she has had a pretty tough week! Keep emailing her and updating her and checking up on how she is doing!
Queridos amigos y familia!
Son los mejores! I am so grateful for all of your lovely emails and the support you’ve been to me throughout my missions and before the mission! I’m grateful to have each of you in my life, I know Heavenly Father puts us with certain people at certain times to teach us things! Just like hermana Tang teaches me everyday through her hard work and example each one of you has taught me and helped me become better through my life! So thankyou!
This past week was the last week of the transfer. Hermana Tang and I stayed together so this is now my fourth transfer in San Sebastián de los Reyes! I’ve been so blessed to come to such wonderful areas and spend so much time in them. We started putting more of a focus on the Chinese people here in Spain which means on Fridays and Saturdays we teach Spanish classes to Chinese people! We will be starting this week and we are so excited!
We had the hermanas going home stay with us last night! I love having them because they share so much of their experiences with us which helps us to grow and improve! Hermana Jiménez, my mission mum, came to stay and it was so nice! She is one of the best missionaries I know and I am so sad she is going home but I’m grateful for all she taught me! We had hermana Campillo stay as well who was also companions with Hermana Wihongi, she told me how they were killing things in Santiago and I believe it! She’s an awesome missionary and I hope we get to be companions again one day! #IslandsHereWeCome 😉
As with tradition I got sick, it seems like I can never go a transfer without getting sick haha, on Thursday I was just in a lot of pain and we went to have a lesson in a Chinese store with a Chinese investigator and I felt so sick like I was going to throw up and I turned to ask Hermana Tang where the bathroom was and then I passed out! It was crazy! Then hermana Tang called Hermana Pack and she and President Pack came and picked me up and took us home! I’ve been to the doctors and they gave me loads of medicine to take and so I’m doing better! We find out more this week! Chinese floors are seemingly the same as all other floors para que sepan 😉
We had so many miracles this week! We met so many great people and we are so excited to start teaching them this transfer! Heavenly Father blesses us so much when we do the best we can. We as humans will never be able to do quite enough but He promises us that “after all we can do it is by grace we are saved.” How grateful I am for the saving grace of my Saviour! I am so grateful He loves me and wants me to return home! But yes other than that we had a party normal missionary week!
Here’s a quote from one of my all time heroes BISMARCK that I found in the ensign
“To youth I have but three words of counsel: work, work, work.”
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It’s getting Hot in Spain (Week 44)

Sunshine for Louisa and Spain! Here is the latest instalment on her mission!

Dear all,
The sun is out and so are the sandals here in Madrid! We are reaching
a beautiful 25 degrees and it’s only going to get hotter! Today we had
the wonderful blessing to go to the temple and feel the love our
Heavenly Father has for each one of us. I am so grateful to have the
temple here in my mission and I am even more grateful to be serving in
the Madrid zones still so that I can attend every transfer!

This week with the Chinese people we had some cool lessons. A lot of
them listen to be polite but don’t actually want to learn or receive a
testimony of these things. That makes us sad but at least they get to
hear a little slice of the message we share about the Saviour! We had
one lesson and the guy was a little bit sketchy on the phone and we
prayed and felt like we should still go to the lesson in B3 so we went
but we were still low key scared we were going to get kidnapped and he
wanted to have the lesson in a bar. We convinced him to sit outside
the metro and it all turned out okay. Don’t get kidnapped. Our Chinese
investigator who lives in Barrio 4 went to church on Sunday and he
loved it! We are waiting on the final go ahead but it looks like
Hermana tang and I will be able to travel to different sacrament
meetings to be with our Chinese investigators there!

Other cool things, or rather not so cool, all the people we get as
future investigators turn out to be creepy men. We had some kind of
sketchy appointments this week, always a good sign! We are praying to
find more investigators and we are trying to open our mouths and speak
to everyone. So basically it’s been a week of missionary work! And I
love it!

Keep being awesome! You should all go and read the talk by Hartman
Rector junior from the April 1979 conference called following Christ
to victory, it’s very good.

Stay awesome and stay out of jail!

Hermana Liddicott

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A Quiet Week (week 43)

Well it’s a miracle I actually managed to send out the group email and do the blog post on the right day! Rather than it take me until Friday to sort it all out!

Hello everyone,

This was a quiet week. We lost some Chinese investigators and then we
invited one of our Chinese investigators to be baptised and he said
yes! So hopefully on the 22nd of April our first Chinese investigator
will be baptised, we are so thrilled! Keep praying for us ahah!

We ate a lot of food and contacted a lot of people. We went door
knocking for like the first time my whole mission in the Moraleja
which is a very rich area of Madrid where they have actual houses and
not just pisos. We made Chinese soup but we didn’t have a recipe so we
just guessed really, we ate sushi also. Other than that it was a
normal missionary week full of miracles talking to people on the
street and learning Chinese.

I finished reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish for the first time
yesterday! It was one of the best experiences ever and it has
strengthened my testimony so much. I know that the Book of Mormon is
the word of God. I know without a doubt that it was translated by
Joseph Smith and was written by ancient prophets to guide us in these
latter days. I am so grateful for the Modern prophets who continue to
provide us with direct revelation for our days. I know the Saviour
lives, that he loves me and that he loves each one of you!

Keep being awesome guys!

Hermana Liddicott

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