Thanks for all your emails and love, you’re all just great. So to summarise. I was transferred from the islands which meant I had to leave my dear Hermana Wihongi behind. To be able to serve with her twice was probably one of the best experiences of my life , she is so wonderful and powerful. And so this week I am in Toledo with my new companion Hermana Nelson. She is from California and super excited to get straight to work! She already speaks Spanish so well after just six weeks of learning it! She really is exactly what Toledo needs! She is a máquina!
So Toledo is beautiful. It’s the ancient capital of Spain and the city of the three religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It’s very old. But our piso is really nice, we had to clean it after the elders left it but it’s big, it even has two bathrooms. It was crazy getting here though, we got lost a lot because our GPS did not and still does not work. So we drive the two hours from Madrid to Toledo using road signs. We got lost, in fact we managed to drive past Toledo so we may or may not, we aren’t really sure, have crossed over to the Malaga mission. But we finally made it, but then we parked in thewrong underground garage. There are six and we didn’t know which was ours. In fact we didn’t even know we had an assigned parking Spot, someone got mad at us for parking in theirs awks, And we didn’t have the keys to get out of this wrong garage obvs so we were stuck for a while but we made lots of friends with the neighbours trying to get out. Other than that we only got lost one other time on the way to the bishops house. We decided to spend the morning contacting in his pueblo before we ate with them, but we got so lost we only just arrived in time for dinner. We asked a lot of petrol station people for directions. But we have driving down to a T now. No se preocupe!
Toledo is a city of miracles. We found some cool new investigators this week and we committed one of them to be baptised in the middle of October. She is super super prepared. She came to church with us yesterday, we all went for the first time ahha, and she loved it! Also the members are so good! And so kind! They bring their friends to church without us even asking. This. Almost. Never. Happens. In the end we had six friends at church yesterday! I think that is a Toledo record. We have been so so blessed.
It’s kind of strange knowing this will be my last area and that I will finish by training again but I am so happy to be here! There is so much work to do, we are just loving it. I can’t express how great it is to be a missionary and be able to dedicate this time to the lord.
This week as I was studying in Acts I came across this quote:
“Be careful how you characterize yourself. Don’t characterize or define yourself by some temporary quality. The only single quality that should characterize us is that we are a son or daughter of God. That fact transcends all other characteristics, including race, occupation, physical characteristics, honors, or even religious affiliation. …
“We have our agency, and we can choose any characteristic to define us. But we need to know that when we choose to define ourselves or to present ourselves by some characteristic that is temporary or trivial in eternal terms, we de-emphasize what is most important about us, and we overemphasize what is relatively unimportant. This can lead us down the wrong path and hinder our eternal progress”
Remember who you are! We are sons and daughters of the most high destined to be like Him should we so desire. Let that be the defining characteristic of our personalities that drives us to act in a way that will forever bring us closer to His side. I love you all, don’t forget how great you really are!
Have an awesome week, go help the missionaries in your ward xoxo