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!
Finally she has made it to the Canary Islands where she has wanted to be since day one haha! Don’t forget to email her and let her know what you have been getting up to!
The islands are wonderful! In fact it doesn’t make a difference doing
missionary works on the islands to Madrid. In fact sometimes I forget
I’m on the islands it’s kind of strange. When I arrived on Monday it
was just so hot! But I’ve got used to it now, it’s around 30 degrees
every day and that’s okay, except it’s really humid! But it’s so nice!
There’s lots or palm trees as expected but it’s not that lush and
green here, apparently that’s on Tenerife.
We have a wonderful ward here that is so willing to support the
missionary work! I think the biggest task ahead of us this transfer is
helping the members to trust us as representatives of the church who
want to and do work hard every day, but my companion is amazing! She
is such a hard worker and is so ready to do whatever the Lord requires
of us to see the miracles! We’ve already found some great new
investigators this week and committed some people to baptism. It’s a
really great place to be serving and Hermana Osborn is such a great
companion to have!
The first half of the week I had the flu which was kind of rough but
we still got out and worked and met the majority of the members. They
are a really wonderful group of people. We have people from all over
the world here including Norway! It reminded me of my old ward back in
Alcobendas. It was hard to leave the wonderful members there but I
know this is where the Lord needs me!
Side note. You can’t drink the water from the taps here or even use it
for Cooking because of a huge problem with the pipes and so instead of
fixing the pipes everyone just buys lots and lots of bottle water each
week, dragging that home from Mercadona is not fun ahha! And so that
means it damages your hair and makes it break off. So the hermanas
rinse their hair two or three times a week in apple cider vinegar
because that is meant to help. I haven’t list any hair yet so I think
we are on to a winner. And the don’t sell dry shampoo here…!
We did some door knocking this week and got to meet all sorts of
people, the best thing is that some people just recognise us as
representatives of Jesus Christ and let us into their homes and listen
to the restoration, it really does give you a sense of the weight of
your calling. This week I was studying in Romans 12. As a
companionship we had been praying to know how to change to earn the
trust of the members more and I came across romans 12 which lists the
wonderful qualities we need to develop. It talks about the importance
of each and everyone of the members and how they need to feel their
importance in the ward. I love how last verse which says, “21 Be not
overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” We are surrounded by
difficult trials and situations but as long as we strive to do good
and be good the Lord will bless us with a strength beyond our own to
overcome the challenges of the world!
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!
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!
FINALLY she has new companion, and I am so glad for her! She has had a tough time despite trying her hardest to get along and make things work so I am glad her new companion and her get along!
Not a very long email this week, she had a busy day but as always good to hear from here! And as always some wonderful photos!
Not much time to write this w peek as we’ve been doing dance practice
at the chapel for the “dia de las naciones” ward activity on the 15th!
We dance to Napoleon Dynamite, Beyoncé and Taylor swift!
We had transfers! I’m still in Barrio 9 and just killed my last companion,
Hermana shaw. She served a great mission and has gone back to Arizona
now! So next transfer is Christmas! That’s still like 12 weeks
away but it’s coming round fast guys!
I am greenie breaking Hermana Wihongi from Utah! She is famous as
well, she is in some Mormon messages and she’s playing volleyball in
the for strength of youth pamphlet! She’s going home at the same time
as me so we’re super excited to work together and set Barrio 9 on
fire, spiritually haha!
This week we had general conference which was amazing! We had one of
our investigators, pedro, come to pavones and watch it at the temple
with us which was such a wonderful experience! We committed Miguel
Angel to be baptised in January, you see he goes to Peru on the 15th
of this month for 3 months so we are excited to work with him when he
In conference my favourite talk was by Dieter F Uchtdorf in the women’s session!
He says, about two missionaries following a prompting to tract an
“No one on the first floor would listen to them. How easy it would
have been to say, “We tried. Let’s stop right here. Let’s go and try
another building.” But these two missionaries had faith and they were
willing to work, and so they knocked on every door on the second
floor. Again, no one would listen. The third floor was the same. And
so was the fourth–that is, until they knocked on the last door of the fourth floor. When that door opened, a young girl smiled at them and
asked them to wait while she spoke with her mother.” This mother and family eventually became baptised and Dieter F
Uchtdorf married the young girl. We never know the blessings of endurance, we just need to be fourth floor last door kinds of people and endure to the end!
Love you all
I love the photos of her in a bear hat haha so funny she looks adorable!
More from her next week! And as always drop her an email, send her a letter she would like to hear from all of you!
Louisa has been gone 16 days already. It’s weird because that’s not really very long but it feels like it. It was great to hear from her this week and get a proper group email and PHOTOS which I can now share with everyone!
Apologies in advance for the strange spelling, I thought about changing it but then it wouldn’t quite be her, you will all no doubt be able to get the gist of it and note how her ever increasing submersion into Spanish is destroying her English brain cells 😉
The group email reads as follows:
Okay guys I hope you are all alive and not too jealous of
the rather kush weather we have been blessed with in spain. When I
finally got to Madrid they forgot to pick me up at the airport which
was awkward and instead of ringing the CCM president I accidentally
phoned the temple president and although he was sympathetic he
transeferred my call to the CCM hahaa! My companion is called Hermana
Lopez and she is ace, she is from california. I have been ill twice, I
got sick with headaches for like 8 days so spent saturday am in bed
but have recovered now and we went proselyting in the park staurday
afternoon which was amazing. On Sunday I gave a talk about Ether 12:27
but based it on the atonement and the story of Derrick Redmond. The
CCM president even quoted me on my talk later and I feel like I am a
celebrity now. I am the only english person here, the rest are american
or spanish or from new zealand and so my accent is a source of great
amusement and so they often get me to say words like “aluminum” and
“yoghurt” and “Mounatin” and “Love” they also do not use the word
bizarre or know what a prawn is…which was weird. My grandma sent me
a parcel and the hermanas loved the english treats and Hermana Stahl
is Swiss and speaks 5 languages, her parents sent her swiss chocoalte
and it is so good! I met Victor and Carlos, for those of you who have
not heard me and Soeur Mckenna talk about them they are some people we
met last year on holiday so it was cool to see them again and I also
met the family who we had dinner with in Murcia as well. We had a
devotional with Elder bednar and it was like a q and a, and let me
tell you. Listen. to. the, spirit, he is your personal teacher, and
study the atonement beacuse it is so key. I love you and but now I am
going to try figure out how to send photos in my remaining 11 minutes,
I will visit a chocolate factory today and did an art gallery last
week. Goodbye and I will write again on Monday x
It was sad to hear that she had been so ill, but I am glad she is feeling better now and was able to go out. She’s had a talk already haha they keep them busy!
Here’s a little extra for you all cropped from our family emails from her:
This week I have been sick
twice, I have had super bad headaches and so I had to sleep all
saturday AM and then I am allergic to tomething here and presidents
wife who is a nurse cannot figure out whta it is because it is
isolated to my face on my jawline, the CCM is great I love love love
to be here and wikl be sad to keave. i keep forgeetting english and we
commintted our 2 investigators to baptism on June 29th!!! They were
such powerful lessons and it was really the spirit that was
testuifying not us! I love you and nit much happened her either, you
could not take photos in the gallery last week but today we are going
to a chocolate factory!!!
It’s great to hear that she already has investigators and baptisms even though she has only been there just over two weeks!
I’m not entirely sure what the CCM is, I’ll try and find out for next week!
I miss talking to my sister constantly, I used to ring her/she me regularly to talk about anything and everything and it is weird that I cannot do that anymore. But I am very grateful for the few minutes I can spend with her each week via email.
A little bit from the email she sent to me was this:
My mission president told me this, testimnoy is a gift and one cannot “lose” a testimony. But God can take it away. we have to work for it and it will be hard
but you can do it!
I had certainly never thought of a testimony that way. That it can be taken from us and isn’t simply lost.
I miss her a lot. But, apart from being ill, she is having a wonderful time and I’m sure blessing many people’s lives.
And now, photo time! She didn’t send too many captions so I’m going to hazard a guess at most of them!
She said in her email she would be emailing Monday, I’m guessing this is because her 3 weeks in the MTC run up on Tuesday so she’ll be transferring to her first area. It’ll be nice to hear from her sooner! So if you want to be in touch with her this week, do it before Monday!!!!