Technology Update (Week 69)

Dear all,

As you may have noticed our misión is now authorised for the use of online proselyting. We are so excited for these changes, it was kind of weird at zone conference to get a smart phone and then start posting on Facebook and whatsapping people again but it has so many blessings. Firstly we can have better daily contact with the people we teach. Secondly we can Skype our friends and have mini online lessons with them and better still the members can Skype or Facebook messenger call in and join the lesson too! We are so excited and we are already seeing the huge blessings. Don’t be afraid to contact me or my companion if you have any questions!

This week was wonderful, we met so many prepared people here in Toledo,we just worked our hearts out! Some of the hermanas that I came in the mission with did their farewell testimonies which was really weird. Time flies. But we enjoy it whilst we can. The members are so wonderful here, they have such great testimonies and such a strong desire to share the gospel and be missionaries, and with the online proselyting aspect of the work we are excited to flood the network with the gospel!

This week I was asked to speak in church about the topic, putting the Lord first in our lives. And as I thought about why I realised that it was and still is today the first and great commandment. I really liked this quote from Ezra Taft Benson:

“Why did God put the first commandment first? Because He knew that if we truly loved Him we would want to keep all of His other commandments. “For this is the love of God,” says John, “that we keep his commandments” (1 Jn. 5:3; see also 2 Jn. 1:6).

We must put God in the forefront of everything else in our lives. He must come first, just as He declares in the first of His Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3).

When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.

We should put God ahead of everyone else in our lives.”

I love it because it’s so true! We love such busy lives with so many responsibilities that pull us in all sorts of directions, we wonder how we will ever have time for the Lord. But remember, God IS our loving Heavenly Father and He will bless us as we put Him first, He will bless us with the knowledge to fulfil our tasks or we will simply realise that they were unimportant. I pray that we can follow the admonition of Paul to the Hebrews when he invites them to “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” Trust in the Lord. Put Him first, lean not unto your own understanding. He lives and loves us and knows what’s best for us

I love you all, have a marvellous week,
Hermana Liddicott

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First Week in her Final Transfer (Week 68)

Dear everyone,

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
Hermana Liddicott

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Toledo (Week 67)

Dear everyone,

How wonderful you all are, thankyou for your prayers and your support. This week we had so many miracles, things are going well for Edus baptism this Saturday! We are so excited for her. We are now teaching an Elton John and a Christopher Columbus! We had double intercambios again. We got to see the wonderful hermanas from las palmas and Los cristianos. They are so powerful and I feel blessed to have served with them for that short period of time.

Also our mission has now been authorised to use smart phones and through the month of September we will begin to use Facebook, Instagram and whatsapp! Crazy right but pretty cool.

Also. Transfers. It breaks my heart but I will be leaving my beloved Vecindario and my dear friend Hermana Wihongi. I will be going back to the peninsula to the city of Toledo, look it up because it is beautiful. I will be pinkwashing! So Elders out and Hermanas in and my new companion is going to be, well I don’t know because I am training again! I am really excited and a little bit nervous. It’s a special situation and I will be driving a car again to be able to reach more of our area!

I have loved each of my areas but Vecindario will always be very special to me I think. Someone once told me that spiritual experiences build friendships. And I think that’s why I feel so close to the ward. We have all helped each other to grow spiritually over here last four months.

Sorry this has been kind of short but know that I love you all and you are the best!

Con amor
Hermana Liddicott

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Intercambios (week 66)

Dear all,

This week was just incredible! Incredibly hot and incredibly wonderful
as well. We saw plenty of miracles and had a lot of fun. Hermana
Wihongi is just the best companion ever! She is so funny and such a
hard worker, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed missionary work as much
as I have this transfer. This week was kind of crazy, we had
intercambios with the hermanas from La Laguna and the ones from Santa
Cruz. They are incredible, i had the luck to be with Hermana Warner
who is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met and then with Hermana
Christensen, who is Hermana Wihongis mission daughter! They both
taught me so much!

One of the cool moments of the week was meeting with Christopher. He
is a 70+ year old man from Ghana and honestly the first time we met I
didn’t see much potential. But we went back this week and he kept
thanking us for showing him the true church! He explained the whole
restoration and the priesthood. It was awesome. We were so surprised.
Yesterday Christopher came to church for the first time and we are so
excited to see where his progression goes. Moral: never judge a person
on the first lesson.

Sunday was great, as a ward for member attendance we finally got up to
76% it was amazing! We were just so excited every time one of our less
actives or friends walked through the door! The best part of Sunday
was Sammy though. For years missionaries have been working with Sammy,
he is from Sweden and he finally came to church. He has one the
strongest testimonies I’ve heard and we feel blessed to know him, but
more blessed to have seen him come to church.

Other great highlights to the week, was doing the Jesus poster on the
street, with the members! Contacting with the members is so much more
effective than contacting just as missionaries. It was so powerful and
we found so many more people through the testimonies of the members.
So. Go share your testimony!

This week I finished the four gospels in the bible and I love the
final chapter of John when the Lord tells peter to not worry about
Johns destiny or calling but to simply “feed my sheep.” We read in
john 21:

21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is
that to thee? follow thou me.

And so it is in our own lives. We don’t need to worry about what
brother jones is doing in his calling or what the Lords plan for
sister so and so is. We just need to focus on fulfilling what he Lord
has planned for us and follow him. That’s my invitation for you all,
to follow the Saviour!

You are all great and I hope you have an awesome week!

Love,

Hermana Liddicott

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Pedro (Week 65)

Hello!

This week was incredible. We had zone conference which was an
interesting experience, we did it on polycom which is like Skype but
it just didn’t quite work you know..? But we talked about Christlike
attributes and keeping commitments which is always good. Hermana
Wihongi and I made the food for zone conference so we spent Thursday
night making Mexican enchiladas. Recipe courtesy of the one and only
Monica Wihongi. They were delicious. It made aspire to one day be like
Monica.

Also this week we had PEDROS BAPTISM. It was pretty incredible, and
really spiritual, the ward has done a total 180 since I arrived. We
didn’t have to do anything for the baptism except teach the
restoration in the middle. The ward did everything else, and the best
part? Now they are super excited to do missionary work, they even
signed up to come contacting with us this week. The Packs came to The
baptism as well and then they did our piso inspection and interviews,
afterwards they got us to practice teaching the five minute
restoration to them. It was a wonderful experience to be able to
practice teaching and get feed back from our mission president and
wife.

This week is going to be crazy because we have back to back
intercambios with the Hermanas in la Laguna and Santa Cruz, but also
really awesome at the same time! My auntie had a baby and my cousin
got engaged, just in case you hadn’t already heard.

This week I want to share the story of how we found Pedro, you know in
our mission we have the goal to talk to 25 people each day, and so for
four months we did just that and didn’t see any success in it, until
one day we talked to Pedro, who after a really brief conversation
didn’t want to know anything. We testified of Christ and gave him a
pass a long card and we thought that would be the end of Pedro, but he
called us later that same night. Five weeks later he was baptised. And
so be diligent, the lord always puts people in our path! There’s
always Pedros waiting for you out there!

It’s like it says in the Book of Mormon
23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and
also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God;
for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can
do.
And so this transfer we were saved by diligence and grace! I love you
all, the church is true!

Love,

Hermana Liddicott

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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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