Baby Pigs (Week 52)

Sorry it’s late. I’ve been so busy this week. But better late than never, the latest instalment of what Louisa gets up to!

 

Dear everyone,

I hope you had a great week and enjoyed celebrating American mothers day🇬🇧 this week was full of miracles and challenges as normal but we have the wonderful blessing to overcome them through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We are still trying to develop a stronger relationship with the ward leaders and the members to show them that we are here as representatives of Jesus Christ and that we are here to work hard, my companion is the best and she’s so great to work with!

We had some great moments this week, we began to drop a lot of the investigators in the teaching pool because they weren’t willing to keep their commitments or they weren’t showing real interest in our message. And that was hard because it meant we would have to find new people to teach entirely! And so we prayed about it and we’re blessed with miracles, one day a Bulgarian man came and stopped us and asked to have the lessons! We taught the restoration to him this past week and we are so excited to keep teaching him! We also did an activity at the church making brownies with the young women and their friends. We have met some great future investigators through contacting as well and we are excited for the miracles that are going to follow this week.

We had some funny moments as well, we were doing some door knocking and we saw the cutest little dog ever. And so we looked around and couldn’t find an owner and so we picked it up and took some photos with it and then put it down only to find the owner watching us the whole time. He was nice though and didn’t get mad. Probably because we are blondes, they think blonde hair is the best thing since sliced bread here which is so strange…

Today we went to crocodile park and I got to hold a baby PIG! And a boa constrictor and some other reptile type creatures. It was exciting and terrifying because I do not like snakes. You weren’t meant to hold the pigs BUT me and my companion are blonde, and the guy was flirting with me so I contacted him and asked if I could hold the piglet and he said yes. But he only let me and my comp hold it and one of the elders, the other hermanas were mad about that. I told you the islanders love blondes.

We are just having miracles. One of the best miracles of the week was being able to Skype home and talk to my wonderful family! They really are the best and I am so grateful for the support they give me on the mission, it was awesome to ‘meet’ my baby sister for the first time though! I’m so grateful for my mum and for all she has done for me and for the other ‘mums’ who have helped me along the way. It’s great, I hit one year this past week, it’s crazy the mission really isn’t long enough! I love you all, keep looking out for miracles because they’re out there!

Love,
Hermana Liddicott

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Spino (Week 41)

Sorry it is so late everybody, I have had an extremely busy week! Better late than never though!

Dear everyone,

It’s been a good week this week, we found so we new investigators and
they are Chinese! We teach some of them in Spino, Spanish-Chino,
because some have been in Spain for a long time and know Spanish well
as well and so we just teach in a mixture of languages. Chinese is
hard but it’s kind of fun to learn as well, the hardest thing is that
there are four tones and so if we use the wrong tone then you say a
totally different word. I learnt how to share my testimony this week
which was awesome!

We had a ward activity at the church where we ate bocadillos de Jamón
serrano which is this delicious type of ham they have here in Spain.
And when you buy it you buy a big leg of it. It’s basically cured pig
leg… but anyway somebody came and showed us how to cut it
professionally and then we showed two films. Prince of Egypt and the
Zaratov approach. As missionaries we were only allowed to watch the
Saratov approach which was so intense, anyone who knows me knows how
much I hate tense movies! It was really sad as well!

We are going to stop doing English classes because people aren’t
coming enough and we are starting a Chinese class instead! So I need
to brush up on my Chinese! Hermana Tang’s sister got baptised last
Saturday and so we got to Skype them and watch the baptism. In
Malaysia church is done in Chinese so I understood everything and then
we got to chat to her family for a bit afterwards! In Malaysia they
LOVE spicy food. So Hermana tang loves spicy food, even my
acquaintances know I’m too weak for spicy food. But this week we were
making quesadillas and she made hers spicy by adding cayenne peppers
and she convinced me to try some. I genuinely thought I was going to
die. So this week my daughter tried to kill me 😉

Church was so busy this Sunday, we all managed to bring loads of
investigators to church it was packed and lots of less actives came as
well, and so the sacrament room was full as well as the overflow rooms
where you watch it on television! It was a miracle! We are being
belssed with so many miracles here in San Sebastián! We had
intercambios this week which was super cool. Hermana Keller my old STL
from, B9 came to San se and my companion went over to Guadalajara. It
was fun, we’ve done so many intercambios together that it was just
like being with an old companion ahaha!

I am sure more things happened this week but I don’t remember them
right now. I hope you have an amazing week!

Love,

Hermana Liddicott

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She’s forgotten that #tags should only be used on Twitter or Instagram #socialmediadeprivation(Week 37)

So good to hear from her again, even if she is dying of the flu once more. Poor girl needs a break from being ill and getting stuck inside the flat for a week.

Hermana L is now about 9 months into her mission…soon to be returning in November sometime this year!

Hello!

Well we had a slightly crazy week all in all! On Monday we went to a
place called prosperidad with the barrio 4 hermanas and had churros
and chocolate and claro we went shopping haha! This time of year they
have the best sales so if you want to get anything reduced you to have
uy it in January.

We made a new friend as well by chance! We were working with some
members and they gave us the reference for an inactive YSA. We went to
visit her and her boyfriend was there and so now we have the
opportunity to continue teaching them both we are very excited and
it’s helping us to put into practice what they taught us at zone
conference about finding and teaching young people because although
the goal is to bring families to the gospel when you baptize a young
person you bring a future family into the gospel. It’s so sweet when
you put it like that!

Yesterday I had to give a talk at church, honestly it’s the first talk
I’ve given since the MTC and it was so nerve wracking because I’ve
never given a talk in Spanish before despite having been out on the
mission for nearly 9 months haha! The bishop called in Saturday night
and asked us to do the talk so it was extra last minute haha! It’s
such an awesome ward! It’s super cool as well because there are so
many members they can’t fit in the chapel so it is filmed and
transmitted to the other class rooms via television so The Whole ward
can actually watch it. They are building a new capilla but it won’t be
ready until the end of the year.

I got the flu this week and I was mostly alive and we worked every day
and I more or less made it through but Friday I got super sick, and we
had the two most important events of the weeks and the baptismal
interviews for the family! So we stopped by a pharmacy in the pueblo
we were visiting to ask for some medication. (Here when you’re sick
you don’t really go to the doctors you just go to the pharmacy or
A&E..) and she gave me these sachets that you dissolve in water and
drink. So I took one at the appointment when we arrived and I had an
allergic reaction to the medicine! It was over one half of my face and
so I couldn’t even hide it haha! (Disaster 1) After the appointment
though we had to catch a bus straight to another pueblo for the
baptismal interviews but this bus only have one stop per pueblo and so
we missed the stop in Algete and ended up in cobeña which isn’t even
in our zone never mind our area haha! So we decide to look up how long
it would take us to walk back to he pueblo, 1 hour! It takes 10
minutes on the bus…so we waited 40 minutes for a bus back to Algete
and got there just before our district leaders arrived for the
interviews. (Disaster 2) so we were with the family for about 3 1/2
hours for their interviews which meant we wouldn’t get back for
English class so last minute the elders has to go and teach. And so
the family hop in the car to go to the capilla for noche de hogar and
we run to the bus with the elders from b4 and the youngest son in the
family (there are six of them and only 5 seats in the car you see..)
but we still got there late for NDH so the elders had to do it all
bless them. (Disaster 3) On the other hand they all passed their
baptismal interview and the dad  talked with the bishop and is going
to baptise them all this Friday! We are so excited!!!

So after being sick with the flu all week my companion now has the
stomach flu so we are going to be in piso for a while I think haha.
#PrayForHermanaTyler On Saturday there was a baby shower for the
bishops wife. We teach the bishops sister and when we go there
Saturday morning she had slept in and was super stressed because she
was behind on preparations so when we arrived we helped her make the
photo booth and then taught the lesson. Other things in the week? My
companion got herself Locked in the bathroom at a less actives house,
we made scones and educated the Americans in good food and had churros
twice #FatAndHappy We went and ate Mexican food with a Peruvian family
for her birthday and our Romanian investigator finally came to church
as did the bishops sister! It’s been a crazy week of disasters and
miracles! However with the baptism we lose about a third of our
investigators so we are doing lots of finding when we are healthy
again haha!

Hermana Liddicott

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Hair Cut & Longest Bus Ride (Week 36)

Hello!

January is flying by so fast, we are already half way through it’s crazy! This week has been a good week we’ve done some pretty awesome things! We went to a pueblo that was 50km away and so we spent 5 hours of the day going there and back for a 40 minute charla and then we had to sprint for the bus. It was crazy. We were visiting a less active family, to drive to this pueblo (small town) in the mountains it takes 40 minutes max but on the bus it takes a lot longer. It’s sad when we visit less actives and they tell us about their life in h church beforehand, for instance the mother is an ex missionary and now she is in active. It reminded me that the gospel needs to be a constant everyday thing or the flames of our faith will slowly diminish and die.

We went to visit another less active near us and she forgot we were coming and had gone to fly kites with her children at the park and so she invited us to join them! And so I got to fly a kite this week, in the end we got it stuck in the tree but we managed to get it down in the end. Then we had a really nice message about the creation. 1 Nefi 17:36 is one of my favorite verses because it talks about how the world was made specifically for us and our needs! I’m so grateful our Heavenly Father loves us so much! We have also been working on teaching street lessons, it’s nice and people really share their views with you because we don’t know where they live or what their number is, although I’m not totally sure why that would make such a difference but oh well!

Also hermana Tyler cut my hair. It was getting super long and so unmanageable in the wind and it just needed cutting really, so I sat on a stool in the bathroom and she cut my hair in Wednesday night which was pretty weird. She did a good job but it turned out a lot shorter than we were expecting but it’s cool I like it! We have a blower heater. I don’t know how to describe it to you really except it is a machine on the wall and it can blow hot or cold air. Well ours little by little stopped blowing air in general. So we told our dueño a few months ago and he still hadn’t fixed it so last night we took the front off and all the filters were clogged up with dust. Anyway so we cleaned it and now we have a warm piso!

The family that are getting baptised came to church on Sunday and so they are still going to be baptised on the 28th!! We are so excited for them! And the best part about it is that our capilla doesn’t have a font so we have to go to the stake centre at pavones which is where the temple is so that get to be baptised and be outside the temple which is their goal in a year from now!

We got some new investigators this week and we are hopefully having a wedding here in the ward soon! One of our investigators is not married and her partner is having the lessons back in their country and so when He comes to Spain they are going to get married so they can be baptised! Have any of you watched the district series 2? San Sebastián is literally the district right now. It’s awesome haha! We had zone conference this week which was awesome and we learnt a lot about repentance and making sure we see using it daily because how can we teach  and testify of a principle in the which we have no experience or personal conversion. Also they have put a focus for the mission on contacting young people. Did you know a large portion of the converts that make up the quorum of the seventy were converted to the gospel between 9-25? The best time for people to hear the gospel is when they are young and looking for direction in their lives, during the “decade of decision.” It was a wonderful zone conference. We also had interviews this week with president which was a wonderful experience! It’s such a blessing to see more of president and learn from him!

All in all we had a great week and it really strengthened my testimony. I’ve come to realise that trials really are a blessing and leave us so much stronger than when we started! I love my Saviour and I am so grateful that he loves me and each and everyone of you!

Love,
Hermana Liddicott

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Eight months in the field (Week 35)

Update from Louisa this week! Tomorrow marks her being out for 8 months, only 10 left to go! But who’s counting hey?? Haha!

Seems she has had a good week as always! Lucky her not having rain, it has been pretty miserable today…

Hello!

This week, well actually tomorrow, marks 8 months in the field! It’s
going by way too fast, I kind of wish sister missionaries got to serve
for two years as well! I love the mission so much!  This week has been
awesome, it’s been very cold but I guess that’s to be expected now!
But on the other hand it hasn’t rained, it’s been the driest winter of
my whole entire life. Ever.

We had a crazy busy week finding new investigators, we were blessed to
find and start teaching two new investigator families. One we found
when we offered to help her carry her bags in the street and the other
we found when my companion was sick this week and I was calling though
the old investigators in the area book. The lord really does bless us
in every phase of this work, no matter how hard it is or how tired we
are, when we put in our part he blesses us! (D&C 82:10) we found many
other investigators this week as well.

Reyes! Here the 5th and 6th of January are big holidays! On the 5th
they have the cabalgata at night which is a huge parade where there
are floats and people though sweets and confetti into the street! The
biggest most important floats each have one of the three kings on
them. And if when you go to bed on the 5th you leave your left shoe on
the windowsill of an open window the three Reyes magos (kings) will
come by and leave you presents and then on the six you open them.
Another tradition they have is eating roscon which is a giant ring
donut shaped cake filled with cream and topped with almonds and
sugared fruit. Inside the slices there is one porcelain king figurine
and also one date. The person who gets the king in their slice is the
winner and gets to wear a crown. He who gets the date thing has to pay
for the roscon next year. It’s pretty cool!

We had an awesome spiritual day yesterday. So for us, and I’m sure for
the most of you, it was fast Sunday. And so first of all, on a side
note I got to translate sacrament meeting over the translation kit
into English, it was kind of fun, I’d like to get better at it though
ahah!
Anyway, it was fast Sunday and we were fasting for our family of
investigators that they would be able to find work and continue coming
to church. And I felt like it was such a privilege to be able to fast
for somebody else, to petition my Heavenly Father for blessings that
they needed. I don’t think I’ll ever look at fasting  as a sacrifice
again. And then in the evening we had a lesson with the parents of the
investigator family and the relief society president and her husband
who have just been sealed in the temple. Together we discussed eternal
marriage and the things we could do as missionaries and members to
support them in their goal of being one day sealed in the temple for
time and all eternity. Today we are going to gays again with them for
the things that they needed and we are so excited for them and for the
wonderful spirit that comes with fasting.

I am so grateful to be a part of the Lords work and to grow in this
wonderful gospel each day! I love you all and hope you have a
wonderful week!

Love,

Hermana Liddicott

I like the little traditions they have about the donut cake and the finding the king, that sounds super fun, I’m sure they enjoyed it!

They seem to be having success with teaching people as well which is great for them!

Looking forward to hearing more next week!

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Two-thousand & seventeen (Week 34)

Happy New Year everybody! Louisa’s first email of 2017!

Dear all,

It has been a wonderful week! We have found a new investigator who is from Romania! We have had the blessing of starting to teach him the gospel and we are so excited to keep pushing forward and working with him! There is nothing more wonderful than seeing people progress and make changes in their lives! One of the investigators we have been working with, who has been taught for a very long time has begun progressing again! They’ve started reading the Book of Mormon from the start and it’s amazing to see the immediate changes that come about as we start keeping the commandments of the lord! Our beautiful family of investigators all came to church yesterday! We taught the word of wisdom this week and they loved it and are already keeping it! We have been so blessed to find a family so prepared, the Lord really does prepare people for us in every area to find and teach if we are faithful. And I’ve realized we really do have to have faith, we have to completely believe that we are going to find those people because if we don’t and we aren’t striving to find them we probably won’t!

One of my favourite things each week is having the ward noche de hogar! It’s awesome and it’s always such an inspiring night and we feel so much closer as a unit here and it helps our investigators to make friendships as well. This week it was our turn to plan the activity so I taught them the chocolate game! You know the one when you go round in a circle rolling the dice and when you roll a six you get to put on hat, scarf and gloves and eat chocolate with a knife and fork until the next person rolls a six? Well we played which was pretty cool.

It’s very cold here, on New Year’s Eve (noche vieja) everyone was partying in the streets and because church was later on yesterday at 12 we had time to go and contact in the streets. In fact it was so cold that the ice left over in people’s drinks on the streets was still frozen! I’m sure it’s a lot colder in England and probably even colder in Utah but after such a hot summer it feels super cold!

On Saturday we went to a service project in Barrio 5. We were working with the same organisation that we did service with last time with the toys except this time we were making up food crates for a HUGE queue of people stood outside who didn’t have anything  to eat. It was actually so fun! We got to know the other missionaries really well and we realised how much work really goes into the humanitarian efforts here, there are a lot of refugees here right now because of the conflicts in Venezuela and so it was nice to be able to help in that way! We were there 9-2 so we were exhausted and then we came back to our area to proselyte. Also in Spain people throw the strangest things away. Like for instance you’ll be walking down the street and De repente you’ll see a double bed by the bin or maybe a big painting or a bike. Anyway it’s kind of like a free for all if you see it by the bin it’s yours. This week we found one of the maybelline makeup stands. Although it would have made a great addition to our furniture we left it there!

And so begins 2017. This year so many things will happen! I’m so excited to make the most of this year. Yesterday in relief society we had a lesson based on the 2011 Liahona talk ‘forget me not’ by dieter f uchtdorf. And one of the things he talks about is making the most of everyday and being happy in the moment. I really want to focus on that this year, on making everyday one of the best days of my life and making the most of the places and the people that surround me! I am so grateful for the inspired leaders we are blessed with in the church and for their wise and divine counsel. I’m grateful that my Heavenly Father loves me and knows my challenges and helps me everyday! I love my Saviour and I know he lives, I know this is the gospel of Jesus Christ! I am so grateful for the blessing to live the gospel everyday, every second of my life! I’m grateful to be serving my mission in Spain and I know that here in San Sebastián de los Reyes with Hermana Tyler is exactly where he wants and needs me to be!

This morning I was reading in 3 Nephi 8 and here we have the signs of the Saviours death. I have been thinking about Christ and how he is the light of our lives, or rather he should be. When Christ was taken from the earth the light was lost for three days, the people could not see anything by natural nor any form of man made light either. Jesus Christ is our light, and I know he lives not because I’ve seen him but because though Him and His gospel I see everything else much more clearly. I love my Saviour!

Have an amazing week, invite the Saviour into all that you do!

Love,
Hermana Liddicott

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Feliz Navidad (Week 33)

Christmas week for Louisa!

Dear everyone,

Today is still pday even though we got to Skype home yesterday because
yesterday was Sunday and so we couldn’t do things like clean or do
compras so we are going to hit the Boxing Day sales today. Although
Boxing Day doesn’t exist here in Spain or in many places in the world
expect Canada and the United Kingdom. Perhaps Australia although I
couldn’t state that with certainty. We had transfers this week and
both Hermana Tyler and I are staying in Alcobendas for another
transfer 🙂

This week has been a wonderful week of experiences! We went and did a
cool service project on Friday at a charity that helps pregnant young
or single mothers. Or mothers in general that need help. They help
find housing and health care and teach them to be self sufficient!
It’s such a cool organisation. So we were there sorting out and
cleaning toys to be given away as Christmas presents to these
families. It was a great service project!

Christmas Day was awesome, we went and opened christmas presents at
the office with the elders and the aps and then we had a sacrament
service at church. President Packs daughter sung an amazing musical
item, it was the one to the tune of greensleeves and it was beautiful
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Two of our investigators came to church which was such a great
Christmas blessing for us to have them there and to celebrate
Christmas with them as well! Afterwards we got the aps to come carol
singing with us to an investigator and then we had Christmas with a
really nice German family in the ward, the elders and the Packs. Then
I got to CALL HOME! It was pretty strange, William and Joel have
gotten so big but it was awesome to talk to them. I went to the call
them and it kind of just hit me that I was a missionary and I was
doing missionary things haha! Then I waited at the office with the
elders whilst all our companions did their respective Skype calls.

In short we had a super good week. We are excited for the progression
that is coming to us as we work and grow in the gospel and we are
excited to see our investigators and their testimonies grow as well!
We got the elders Christmas presents but the best one we got was for
elder Kirby, he’s from Chorley stake so maybe some of you know him?
Anyway he introduced the elders here to the term numpty. The word
being defined as an affectionate term for someone who has done
something silly. Anyway and once Hermana Tyler got a rolling pin in
the post from her mum and so it was dubbed the Numpty stick. So for
Christmas we went to the chino store and bought him a cool wooden
stick and then wrote on it in Sharpy “the numpty stick” and decorated
it with glitter. So when someone is a numpty he will lightly tap them
on the head with it. In hindsight this story is probably more funny
when you know the particulars and when you were there in the moment
but I just typed it all out so merry Christmas!

Other than that we just did the regular missionary life and loved it!
I love my Saviour and I know he lives and loves us! I know that
through his sacrifice we can change for the better and be the
children, spouses and members of the church that He knows we can and
wants us to be! I’m so grateful for this Christmas time to reflect
more deeply on Him his love for us. This truly is his church and his
gospel! His gospel is perfect and will always draw us closer to him
and our heavenly home!

I love you all and Feliz Navidad! 🎁

Hermana Liddicott

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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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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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