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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Transfers, Exchanges & Daily Life (week 58)

Dear all,
As usual it’s been a wonderful week here in Vecindario. Not too hot but plenty of wind! Things are going well, we are strengthening our relationship further with the members and as we do so they are helping us more with the work. Our mission president asked us to visit all the members by the end of August and teach them the restoration in five minutes. I love doing it and teaching these simple gospel truths because the spirit is so strong as we testify and help these members to remember how they felt when they heard this message for the first time.
Barbara is doing well, although she has a lot of trials right now in her life she is such an example to us because she keeps moving forward with faith and relying on God. She is the best. I feel so blessed to know her! We found some more new investigators this week, one of them is an ex jehovas witness! That means we are teaching two of them now! One of the nicest things to see is people who come to our church for the first time and can feel the difference in the level of spirituality there is there. This really is Christs true church!
Reading the Book of Mormon in five weeks is one of the best challenges I’ve ever been given, reading more thoroughly everyday day has helped me to realise the book speaks to me! One of the parts that impacted me most was in Jacob 5:21-23
“21 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: How comest thou hither to plant this MISSIONARY , or HERMANA LIDDICOTT? For behold, it was the poorest spot in all the land of the mission.
22 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto him: Counsel me not; I knew that it was a poor AREA; wherefore, I said unto thee, I have nourished HER this long time, and thou beholdest that SHE hath brought forth much fruit.
23 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Look hither; behold I have planted another MISSIONARY of the MISSION also; and thou knowest that this AREA was poorer than the first. But, behold the MISSIONARY. I have nourished them this long time, and they hath brought forth much fruit; therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self.”
Sometimes we wonder why the Lord places us in each of our circumstances but he puts us where we can bloom best, despite the surroundings. I liked it because it reminded me the Lord has a plan for each of our lives and we can grown in ways we never knew we needed to if we just grow where He plants us. We had exchanges with the hermanas from las palmas this week. It was great, they are such amazing missionaries and I’m grateful to have been able to serve with them. We didn’t get a new fridge yet but hopefully we will this week or next.
Have a great 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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Louisa and her mission president and his wife
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Islas Canarias (Week 51)

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!

Hello!

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…!
#sixmonthstobaldness

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!

I hope you all have an amazing week,

Hermana Liddicott

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Temporary or Permanent? (50)

Hello!

This week has been wonderful and so full of miracles! And absolutely
jam packed, it was sad to say goodbye to hermana Tang on Tuesday but I
know that she is serving where the Lord needs her and that her new
companion will help her so much! She is going to do a great work
starting the new Chinese branch in carabanchel! #PrayForTheChinos My
new companion Hermana Phillips is from California and she is
absolutely wonderful! (Photo attached) When we went to the temple on
Wednesday for preparation day they didn’t believe us that there had
really been transfers ahah! We have the same time in the mission and
so things are going swimmingly. She even sang God save the Queen with
me when it was the Queens birthday, I forget how old she is but
nonetheless it was her birthday. This week we have real transfers and
so we will see if we stay together or not.

We had lots of miracles this week. Elder Soares when he came for
mission tour talked a lot about the scripture in 2 Nefi 25:23 which
discusses how after all we do it is by grace we are saved. I can
definitely testify of that. He said we would just look at the miracles
and realise they were falling from the sky and this week that’s
literally what happened! Our new investigators literally just fell
from the sky. Some of them just came to church on Sunday and now we
have started to teach them! The lord really blesses us when we do all
we can do! So Hermana Phillips and I are trying to do all we can do
every day so that we can be saved by grace and really help to be a
blessing and not a burden to this wonderful area of San Sebastián de
los Reyes!

We made lots of new friends whilst we doorknocked this week. We had
some guy come up to us who though we were tax collectors. We explained
who we were and asked if we could stop by another day and share a
message, but he said right now was a good time. The Lord really
prepares people for us to teach when we make plans for the day and
then turn our Labours over to the Lord.

The elders had a baptism this past week as well, we do not have a font
here in San Sebastián so we had to do it in the swimming pool at a
members house. The baptism was for a man from Syria. It has been so
sweet to see the gospel change his life over the last six month. And
our investigator Doris came with us which just made her all the more
excited for her baptism later next month! The gospel is just a
wonderful thing!

I’m coming up to a year in the mission and I was thinking about what
I’ve learnt. Really I think I’ve come to recognise that Heavenly
Father loves and knows each and everyone if His precious, beloved
children. He knows our struggles and He knows how to help us if we
will only turn to Him. I am grateful for the trials I’ve had through
my life, in Romans it teaches us to glory in trials because trials
bring experience which in turn bring us patience and hope! I’m
grateful for this gospel and I know that it’s true!

Much love,

Hermana Liddicott

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Watch Out – Louisa’s About (week 40)

She has access to cars…everyone watch out. One thing I remember about Louisa’s driving is that she does not enjoy it and that makes her a stressful person to be next to. Hopefully this will improve her driving and make her more confident…in the meantime prayers to her companion!

Asides from that – new compaion! New language! And she seems pretty happy!

Dear everyone,

What a crazy week. So I am training and my companion is called Hermana Tang. She is from Malaysia 🇲🇾 and she speaks Cantonese, Malay, Mandarin and English fluently and is now learning Spanish, she’s amazing! So our responsibilities include teaching any Chinese speaking investigators in Madrid and running a Spanish class for Chinese people. The only catch is that I do not speak Chinese and so now I am learning, just without the benefit of 6 weeks in the MTC it’s pretty fun though. And I get access to the mission cars, however I have to have driving lessons because they drive on the other side of the road here! So it’s very exciting all the new changes that are happening for us.

During the trainers meeting an elder shared his testimony that he had had a spiritual confirmation when reading the 12 weeks training program that if he allowed the new missionary to invite their investigators to be baptised he would see miracles, as he said it I too had that same spiritual witness and so this week between my companion and I we have challenged 5 people to be baptised and they all said yes! I am so grateful for the spiritual confirmations that the Holy Ghost brings us and for the wonderful blessings that come as we follow those promptings.

We found some new investigators this week, one of them lives in the same piso as one of our old investigators who said she didn’t live there anymore and CLARO when we turned up to the house she was still living there so that was kind of awkward. One of our other new investigators is from the Philippines. I love the Philippine people because they are so open and ready to listen to the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we found another Colombian! Woohoo!

Also a dog peed on Hermana tang in the opening prayer of the lesson with our recent convert family, it was one of those funny awkward moments you know?

It has been such a spiritually enriching week and I feel so blessed to have Hermana tang as my companion! She works so hard and together we are seeing so many miracles here in San Sebastián de los Reyes. We are seeing the gospel touch and change hearts and bring families together. Next week we are teaching three new Chinese families so I will have to learn Chinese pretty fast 😉

I love the gospel! I love the Saviour and I know he lives and loves us! I testify that the gift of tongues is real because there have been moments when my companion has been testifying in Chinese and I’ve understood, I love watching people’s hearts soften and their minds change as they accept this wonderful gospel into their lives. Keep being awesome!
Hermana Liddicott  🇬🇧🇪🇸

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In her words “And so it took nine months but..!” (Week 39)

So transfers have happened and she is now training a greenie. Her first time training (poor greenie…)  jokes I’m sure she will do a good job!

Hello,

It’s been a crazy week. We helped someone move house to a piso across
the street, it was the quickest move of my life. Then they fed us huge
sandwiches. We had an English tea time at a British members house and
we had scones and sandwiches and cadburys hot chocolate. It was good
fun. It was a pretty normal week we did a lot of contacting and
teaching of lessons.
We had some intense conversations about women and the priesthood and
why people can and can’t enter the temple, that’s always a fun chat to
have.
We had stake conference over the weekend and the mission. President
invited all the missionaries to attend the afternoon session of the
conference as well as the Sunday session. We had a visiting area
seventy from Italy come and talk to us, he spoke a lot about
strengthening the country through member missionary work and giving
references to the missionaries. And so we are focusing on that.
Right now we are sat in the big train station called chamartin in
Madrid waiting for the hermanas for the islands to come in. We got
transfers and I’m training! I’m pretty excited! There are 5 hermanas
coming into the mission and 12 elders. And so Hermana Davis, Pitcher,
Robinson and I are all from the same group and we’re all training
together and then the other baby is going to the Canary Islands!
I got given loads more clothes from the hermanas going home and one of
the items was

Have a great week and pray for my baby!

LOVE

Hermana Liddicott

Alas it seems we were not destined to know what one of the items was…oh well! Until next week!

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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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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Week 21)

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!

Hey everyone!

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
comes home!

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
apartment building:


“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
Hermana Liddicott
Xx

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!

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