Give Me Mountains To Climb (Week 64)

Calling everyone’s attention! Louisa has been out for quite a while now and she comes back in November I think it works out at about another 16 weeks or so. Anyway she misses hearing from everybody on pday so if you haven’t emailed her/haven’t emailed her in a while hit her up! She really would like to hear from someone other than me haha!

Hey,

It was another cracking week in Gran Canaria! Very hot and very
beautiful, this is such a wonderful place to serve! We had so many
miracles this week, Pedro passed his baptismal interview and is
getting baptised this week we are so happy for him! It’s incredible to
see the changes he’s made in his life since we met him a month ago.
The lord really is preparing people everywhere we go.

We also had intercambios with the hermanas from Las Palmas, they are
pretty awesome. I love being able to do exchanges with the hermanas
because they are great! Great missionaries with great senses of
humour. It’s definitely one of the best parts of the week.

In gospel principles we talked about honesty and how a little lie is
still a lie and it can actually do more damage in the long run. To
illustrate this point we told the story of the missionary who didn’t
like chicken. Once there was a missionary who did not like chicken but
not wanting to offend the people of the misión didn’t tell the members
and so said missionary ate chicken for many months until it made them
sick, one day it slipped out to a member who then spontaneously
announced it to the members. The poor missionary felt very bad because
the members felt bad they had been feeding them chicken. Moral of the
story tell them out right if they ask. Now there are other morals to
the story like it’s good to sacrifice and not be rude and eat what the
members give you but for the purpose of the lesson it worked, a fib is
still a fib even if it’s a half fib or done to benefit others I
realised. Grey is just watered down black.

Well it was an awesome week, last week we played volleyball in the
beach and today we are going to hike with our friend Yeray to see some
arches that look like Utah. It’s pretty cool so well keep you all
posted! This week we climbed mountains through the pueblos of
Vecindario and today we did the most interesting hike ever. It was
pretty awesome and super hot. It is inhe middle of the desert by some
industrial waste plant and then you hike up up up into the mountains
and after a few asthma attacks you’re there. It took us a good couple
of yours to get there and back but it was worth it for the view and
the photos!

Have a great week and know that I love you all and I am grateful for
your support, the church is true.

Hermana Liddicott

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Octopus, pigs and sausage dogs (Week 63)

Hello!

We had a great week as always, we had concilio with president and hermana Pack in Madrid which was incredible! There is always such an amazing spirit when we are there and we have a decided as a mission we will have 25 baptisms for the month of August which means we need to make two new friends a week. Did you know statistically we need to find 30 new investigators to have a convert baptism? On average. So the goal is to lower this number and focus on finding the prepared.

We had a really interesting experience this week when we were in a lesson with a new investigator and her family and we were about to open with prayer and then the jehovas witnesses just walk in and sit down and start teaching a lesson! It was crazy. They were actually really disrespectful and rude, every time we spoke or testified they would interrupt an start shouting over. It was kind of awkward. In the end the lady just told them to be quiet and let us speak. They tried to say the Book of Mormon was false because of the scripture in revelation that says not to add to or take away from the bible, so we read Deuteronomy 4:2 where it says the same thing…and put the point across that we still have the whole of the New Testament…by the way they don’t have that verse in their bible…they…took it out… Then they tried to tell us Joseph smith wrote the Book of Mormon and in the end we testified and left and we will go back this week to see the investigator. Don’t worry we were super polite and respectful. It was kind of a mic drop moment.

Well Pedro is doing really well and has his interview this week, he fasted with us yesterday about his baptismal date and all is well. We are so blessed to be able to teach him! We just met some incredibly prepared people this week and the members of the ward are really getting involved in the work. Our convert George even brought a random guy in off the street that he’d just met because he told him about the church and he wants to receive the lessons. Heavenly Father really blesses us so much.

Amongst other things we ate octopus and sausage dog shaped pancakes and had a wonderful work filled week! The gospel really is the best! This week I was reading about Joesph smith and the lost 116 pages and he ensuing revelation from the lord and I liked this quote:

At just 22, he was learning to hear the Lord’s voice, to listen not just for revelation he wanted but for revelation he needed—and not just for revelation he needed personally but for revelation needed to fulfill God’s promises to all His children.”

We must listen to the answers the lord gives, not just for the ones we want! The Lord really does love us and has much for us to do!

Have a great week!
Hermana Liddicott

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Hot Weather (Week 62)

Dear everyone,
This week was hot. H.O.T. Vecindario is famous for wind which makes the heat bearable. This week we didn’t have any and it was up there in the 40s. But we survived to tell the tale ahah x this week was great, it’s so awesome being back with hermana Wihongi again! She’s a great missionary and just a great person in general! She’ll have you laughing for days.
This week we met with Pedro which awesome, he’s learning English as well so we teach him phrases like “what’s up man” We started on the word of wish only to find he already lives it! Heavenly Father really is preparing people everywhere we go! Well mostly that’s all I can think of right now, we learnt how to make taco soup, we found a one eyed cat when we were contacting which was kind of weird. We had to walk home from our new investigators house late at night through the countryside without streetlights which was pretty sketchy but we survived. Today we are in Madrid, we flew out last night and go home on Tuesday after concilio.
This week I have been about the gospel of Jesus Christ a little and whenever we always teach less actives I find it sad when they feel the gospel has stopped working for them and it reminded me of this story:

There is an old Jewish tale about a soap maker who did not believe in God. One day as he was walking with a rabbi, he said, “There is something I cannot understand. We have had religion for thousands of years. But everywhere you look there is evil, corruption, dishonesty, injustice, pain, hunger, and violence. It appears that religion has not improved the world at all. So I ask you, what good is it?”

The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt.

“There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?”

The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose.”

The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.”

For the gospel to take root in and have effect in our lives we must USE it, that doesn’t just mean reading the scriptures once in a while or occasionally going to church. Just like soap, it requieres a liberal and somewhat frequent application for it to bring the benefits in our lives! I know the Saviour lives and that he loves us! I know that he gave us the gospel so that we can have joy an one day return to Him and our Heavenly Father!

Have a great week,
Hermana Liddicott
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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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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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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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She’s Alive… (Week 28)

Well after there wasn’t a group email last week and her having barely revealed anything in my email I was super excited to get her emails this week and hear about what had happened!

Turns out she has had a transfer!!! Her first move since leaving the MTC, so she didn’t have a lot of time to write because she was packing (she has so much stuff and isn’t great at packing – I packed her suitcases for her before she left in May haha).

So transfer to a new area and a new companion! I know she likes her new companion and is excited to be serving with her but I think she is also sad to leave Barrio 9 and Hermana Wihongi they seemed to get on really well! Hermana Wihongi actually reminds me a bit of one of mine and Louisa’s friends Jemima. I think they would all get on like a house on fire!

Anyway her email and news is below!

Hello my wonderful people!

Sorry for the lack of email last week, transfers are always crazy! I am now serving in San Sebastián de Los Reyes, so I am about an hour away from my old area. It was really hard leaving Barrio 9 because I’d been there so long and we had some amazing investigators that are getting baptised this transfer, so I am sad I won’t be able to be there for that. That was one of the hardest things. And leaving Hermana Wihongi! She was such an amazing companion! I learnt so much from her, she has the biggest heart and the best sense of humour ever and she is such an amazing missionary. I honestly feel so blessed to have been able to serve with her for 6 weeks, I learnt so much. Momma&Poppa Wihongi if you’re reading this you have a great daughter!

My last week in Barrio 9 was fuego (fire = the best), our ward mission leader and his wife made me a miniature me out of fondant icing which is super cool. I got a bazillion photos with all the members as well. My new companion here in San Sebastián is Hermana Tyler! She was in the MTC with Hermana Wihongi so we both go home at the same time which is cool. She is from Utah and she is the funniest person ever and such a great missionary, I am so blessed with great companions.

Here in San Sebastián there are 10 missionaries!! The 4 office elders, the two A.Ps, a senior couple and the hermanas obviously ahha! We get driven around a lot here. The ward is fantastic, they are a smaller ward than Barrio 9 but they are just as wonderful. The work here is good, it is not as busy as Barrio 9 and so we are spending a lot of time finding people and serving the members and asking for references. Lots of people in the ward speak in English which is awesome, and they all seem to have cousins or family living in London, so we’ve been bonding over the UK. We have some great new appointments set up this week and we are so exited to work hard together.

We have had some miracles this week as well, there is a lady who’s son has died and the hermanas have been trying to pass by her shop and teach her but they never got to share anything. We felt inspired to show her a 1 minute 30 second plan of salvation video and she loved it! Now we teach her regularly and help her learn English too! Always follow the spirit.

English classes. Wow. One of my new favourite things is teaching English classes. They are all so funny and we have a great class! We do some verb conjugations to start and then we practice some speaking and then we split into two teams. England and the USA, because there is an elder here from England too! (Elder Kirby, from over Manchester way) we pick a topic and spend about 10 minutes learning vocabulary and then it’s a quiz. It gets very heated, so far both teams have one one match each.

I had to do a chicken dance at a NDH with familia Paz which was entertaining yet totally mortifying at the same time you know? The ward reminds me of my ward back home, they are just such a loving wonderful mix of people! We had a really powerful lesson with an investigator where we mostly listened to her and her feelings. Let me feel you a secret that I’ve learned so far on the mission, teaching is all about listening with your heart, if you listen with love you will ALWAYS know what to teach or what doctrine will help them in their life. My mum often said, you have two ears and one mouth, you should use them in that ratio. And that is so important! Give people the chance to talk.

The saviour loves us very much, this week I have seen his hand in my life everyday. In fact all day everyday and I feel so very blessed to know how much he loves and cares for me. I testify that he lives and that he is anxious for the day we return home so we can be an eternal family. He loves us and because he loves us he is here for us in every moment, the highs and the lows. I love you all and I am so grateful for everything you do for me!

Love
Hermana Liddicot

So she is settling down well into her new area and with her new companion! She should be there Christmastime I think new transfers will be around the new year.

I can’t believe how long she has been out, but I’m super excited that it is getting closer and closer to Christmas I am so looking forward to skyping her! I can’t wait to see her and more importantly laugh at her ever increasingly American accent…(no offence to American accents, it’s just funny because hers is a weird mix of American and English yet she is in Spain).

Don’t forget to email her! Write her a letter! Send her a Christmas card! A Christmas present/package! If you need her email/address let me know and I will pass it on to you! Record a little video of yourself and your friends/family and send it to her!

If you are wanting to send her something for Christmas she would love anything along the lines of…chocolate, sweets, fluffy socks, lip balms, jewellery, stationary…stuff like that.

Until next week!

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Woahh she’s a third of the way there (Week 26)

She might not be counting, but I sure am, week 26 marks a pretty big milestone she has completed 1/3 of her mission. One year, 2/3rds of her mission left…it has both gone very quickly and also very slowly…

Sorry that the post is delayed this week, I was in hospital but better late than never and here is what she has to day!

Hello everyone!

This week has been relatively quiet in comparison to other weeks. Sadly we had a lot of people fail us this week which is always hard but it’s okay because I’ve learnt when the Lord gives us trials it’s for a reason. There is always something to learn from the situation. Never complain because there is always, always someone having a harder time than you. It rained so very much this Saturday, I’ve rarely seen such heavy rain, and I’m from England! It was impresionante!

We got the area book app! So for those of you who don’t know as missionaries every night we fill in the carpeta, this is a big folder of teaching records for our investigators. And so as time goes on the carpeta fills up and so the missionaries start a new one for the area. Over time the old records are destroyed, but you can go through the carpeta and contact old investigators to help find people to teach. Anyway, our companionship has 3!!! And so they have launched an app for the iPad, so now we fill in the carpeta on our iPads and that’s where we do our daily and weekly planning and everything now really. BUT it won’t download on my iPad, we have tried everything and so a week later my companion still has to do most of the area book app. (Utah are on the job, don’t worry 🇺🇸)

Also, crazy lesson of the week. We received a reference from the church a while back for a Russian lady but she was too busy to meet. And so a few weeks back out of the blue she called us to meet and we had the weirdest lesson ever. Like her friend told us that in English Domingo means Sunday and therefore we worship the sun and not God. The whole lesson with her friend was along those lines. Anyway she wanted us to meet with her and her family this week. So we did and it was her, her son and her brother. The son speaks Russian, Germans and a bit of English. The brother German and some Russia and the lady speaks Russian and Spanish. At first they were trying to bible bash us but in the end they just shared their beliefs and we shared ours. We taught the lesson in English and translated into Spanish and the son translated it to German. It was a really cool experience, the Lord really does bless us with a wide variety of opportunities to grow and learn!

We had stake conference this weekend which was actually a very spiritual experience. We had two investigators come! One was our new friend from Mexico and he loved it! They had a mini string orchestra that played with the choir and it was the most beautiful musical item I’ve heard for a while. Music invites the spirit in a way nothing else can! Also there is an amazing mix of “if you could hie to Kolob” and “come thou font of every blessing” on YouTube that you should listen too, it just is amazing!

Also I met a really nice girl at stake conference, turns out she served her mission in FRANCE LYON🇫🇷 she is called Miriam and not only that but she was one of JEMIMA MCKENNAS MISSION COMPANIONS. The world is so so small sometimes and it gets smaller every day, especially in the church. Like in this stake there is a lady from Sheffield! And her children are kind of related to the Arnold family? Which are from the south of England perhaps? Anyway it’s super strange how small the world is in the church.

We ate some pretty great food this week, we ate with the stake presidents family again  and their daughter Laura is coming to the Leeds mission after Christmas so you should all keep your eyes pealed for her because she’s awesome! We ate fried yuca which I kid you not is the best thing ever.

I read an amazing talk by Boyd k packer this week called Do Not Fear. It’s from the April 2004 conference, he talks about how faith is the opposite of fear and how with the Hoy Ghost we are always protected!

He says, ” With the proper serum, the physical body is protected against disease. We can also protect our children from moral and spiritual diseases.

The word inoculate has two parts: in–“to be within”–and oculate means “eye to see.”

When children are baptized and confirmed (see D&C 20:41, 43; D&C 33:15), we place an eye within them–the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost (see D&C 121:26). With the Restoration of the gospel came authority to confer this gift.

The Book of Mormon gives us the key:

“Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. … Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you [and your children as well] all things what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32:3).       If you will accept it in your mind and cradle it in your feelings, a knowledge of the restored gospel and a testimony of Jesus Christ can spiritually immunize your children.

The gospel is the best protection we have in this troubled world! Keep going and keep the faith!

Love you guys!

It’s good that they both seem to be back on their feet now after being ill. I often wonder what missionaries do when they are ill….when I’m ill, I sleep, put music on, binge Netflix and movies…they don’t quite have the same freedoms.

Stake conference with the String Orchestra sounds pretty cool.

She has got on so well in Barrio 9 and made so many friends and memories, I think she will find it tough to move on…but for her to have spent a third of her mission there already I think she’ll change at next transfer.

Hopefully she is having a good week! Don’t forget to drop her an email, get in contact!

Louisa is a Linguist “Kebaptised” (Week 25)

Not a brilliant week for her and her companion who both ended up still sick! Being ill is just the worst. Still though they managed to get out and have some fun experiences “kebaptising” being amongst them.

Dear all,

I hope you all are well and doing good! This week I was still sick and I lost my voice which made things rather interesting… on Tuesday my companion got sick as well so we had to spend the day in our piso. Wednesday we took my companion to be Kebaptised because she had never had a kebab before! It’s a big tradition here in the Spain Madrid mission!

On Wednesday I got sick again but we still went out to work, my poor companion had to do like all of the teaching because I couldn’t speak. We met with one of my favourite investigator families and they fed us some some super nice food as well. But they gave me some medicine which turned out to be antibiotics so I had to finish taking the whole course if these antibiotics, in the end my voice came back so it’s not all bad..anyway we are going to the doctors today because we are still sick, my companion is sick sick, I’m more just flat out exhausted and congested. We’ll see what he says anyway. The elders were super cool and came and brought us soup yesterday which was super nice of them.

We started teaching a new investigator who really wants to be baptised, she’s from Honduras and she is so sweet! So we teach her a few times a week and all is going well with her.

We are teaching a wonderful new investigator from Mexico! There are not many Mexicans here in Spain. We met him street contacting and he is taking the lessons. In the first lesson he asked us what he needed to do to be baptised! We had a lot of people fail us this week and we were sick so it was a bit of a strange week yet we saw miracles all over it was amazing! Like we finally got to  meet with some of our less actives and we found some amazing people who contacted us on the metro!

We had our ward activity this week and it was ace. It was día de la hispanidad so there are lots of food and dances from all over South America and Spain! It was really something. We were not allowed to do a dance so we sang this song instead but it turned out kind of lame because both me and my Companion had lost our voices but she played the ukelele and it all turned out okay in the end. We found some new investigators through the activity which was so much fun!

Yesterday we were both super sick again and so we got sent back to our piso to rest and today we are going to the doctors. However it has been a really great week. We have had some amazing lessons with people who truly want to progress which is such a blessing. We are blessed with members who love and care for us as much as our investigators do. This is week 5 of the transfer now and I’m a little worried my time in Barrio 9 is coming to an end but it’s been some of the best five and a half months I’ve had in my whole entire life.

Something spiritual for you all, Sister Stephens said in the April 2015 conference,

“I don’t completely understand your challenges. But through my personal tests and trials–the ones that have brought me to my knees–I have become well acquainted with the One who does understand, He who was “acquainted with grief,” who experienced all and understands all.”

Christ understands, he understands what it is like to serve a mission and get sick. He understands what it’s like to lose your job, your dog, your left index finger and everything. He has felt all the pain you have ever felt and is always there to pick you up. I testify that you have a loving saviour and he knows YOU perfectly. He cares for you and wants to be there with you every step of the way. This is part of what the saviour means to me.

What does he mean to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Take care and live close to the Saviour,

Love
Hermana Liddicott

Not sure taking antibiotics from someone was a particularly great idea but it seemed to work so I suppose it was useful. Hopefully they’ll get to the doctors and get sorted and feel much better soon!

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

Until next week!

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