Monday, December 28, 2015

A great Christmas week.‏

Family and Friends, 
I hope you've all had an amazing Christmas. I didn't really write that
much last week, but here's a summary of the last two weeks. I've had
some big testimony builders recently. Hermana Maza has been a huge
example to me. Last Wednesday (1 1/2 weeks ago) morning she found out
that her older sister passed away from cancer. Obviously a big trial
to deal with, especially being away from family. We spent a day in the
mission home and by Thursday afternoon were back to work. It was
amazing to see and feel her testimony strengthen even more. I could
feel the Spirit really strong during the lessons we taught the
following days, a few even on the plan of salvation. I know Heavenly
Father gives us trials so we can grow and progress. Sometimes it may
be hard to understand in the moment, but He has a greater plan for us
and knows what we need. 
Another testimony builder happened Christmas Day. I started getting
sick Christmas Eve, and by mid-morning on Christmas I had completely
lost my voice. I was so nervous that I wouldn't be able to talk and
communicate with my family over Skype. One of the elders kindly asked
if I'd like a priesthood blessing. They gave me one, and I was able to
speak with my family. The next day it was gone again besides a faint
whisper. I'm grateful for the tender mercies of my Heavenly Father and
for the restoration of the priesthood on the earth.

As far as Christmas celebrations go, we had a lot of fun. Actually a
small fact first is that people from Spain celebrate 'Día de los Reyes
Magos' - wise men day- the 6th of January more than Christmas. That's
when they open gifts. Christmas is still celebrated, but it's not as
big. We had a Christmas dinner the week before at the church. We ate
and had a talent show. There were a ton of people, many friends and
family of the members. On Christmas Eve, all the missionaries from
Madrid (100+) had an activity. We first had a spiritual devotional
with scriptures and musical numbers and after food, white elephant,
and caroling (singing on the steps of the 'temple square'). That
evening we had Christmas Eve dinner with the Guzmans. Then Christmas
Day we basically visited people and ate with them all day and Skyped
Yesterday we saw a cool miracle. We went to Arganda, one of the
pueblos. On our way back home we past a churrería that a
friend/investigator works at. He called us over and we talked for a
minute. Then his boss came, and the truth is we were a little nervous
because we were not sure if we should be there (we were on the back
side talking while he worked). I looked at Hermana Maza and said,
"should we go?" And she, always in tune with the Spirit, said, "I
think we need to talk to his boss first." So we did. And turns out she
is a member, with almost all her extended family members, but her
immediate family no and has been inactive for over 20 years. She
hasn't owned a Book of Mormon for years and was happy to accept one
and set up a time to meet again. 
I'm really grateful for all the experiences I have. I know our
Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us and we must learn to follow
the Spirit and do what He wants for us. That is what will make us
truly happy and prepare us for the eternities. 
Love you all! Happy New Year! 
Hermana Bingham

With the Guzmáns
With the Martins
Christmas pancake breakfast
Our district
Before Christmas
...and after. Thanks everyone!

Love you all!

Christmas in Arganda

Friday, December 25, 2015


Hola Familia y Amigos! 
Feliz Navidad! Today is my pday instead of this past Monday. The truth
is we have some fun things planned- one Skyping my family soon :) - so
I'm not going to write a whole lot. Just wanted to wish you all a
Merry Christmas and share a quick thought. This week I was reminded of
my Spanglish with the word Christmas. Más in Spanish means more, so
more Christ. :) I've loved focusing even more than normal this
Christmas season on our Savior. I'm grateful for His birth, His life,
His miracles, the establishment of His church, and His Atonement.
Love you all! Hope you have a great Christmas! 
Hermana Bingham 
Christmas selfie with the Guzmáns for Christmas Eve dinner.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Another week has passed‏

Family and friends, 
This week has been a little crazy and stressful. We have a ton of
people to visit, yet we had many lessons fail so didn't meet with many
people. We found many obstacles with the people we actually could meet
with. It's been a week of trials, but sometimes I learn the most
during those weeks. 
We did have a huge blessing this week. We met a lady the other day on
the bus and she gave us her number. When everything Friday morning
failed we called her and she said she could meet right then, and we
were 2 minutes from her house. We taught her The Restoration and she
loved it and asked us to come back the next day to teach her 2 kids.
We did. Her 11-year-old daughter was away living with her aunt for the
summer. Her aunt is a member and the daughter has had almost all the
missionary lessons. They're really cool. 
Even though this week was stressful for me, I've felt the love my
Heavenly Father really strong. I know he knows and loves each one of
us and is aware of our circumstances. I'm looking forward to another
week serving Him here in Madrid. I love you all. Hope your week is
Hermana Bingham 
Pday in Segovia

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas lights!

Dear Family and friends,

This has been another busy week. Hermana Maza and I have been very
blessed in having lots of work, and we love it. We taught a really
cool new guy from Cuba this week. He's visiting Cuba for about a month
and a half so won't teach him for awhile but he is prepared. Had a lot
of good questions. Although we were busy all week, it's hard for me to
remember exactly what we've done. Haha. I know we had lessons with
Yonathan and Gerbert (who's keeping all the commandments :) ), the
kids, Leo, a few menos activos, zone training, choir practice,
intercambios (I went to Barrio 2 with Hermana Barkle), and I'm
probably forgetting a few things. A pretty normal, yet still great

Last night there was a Christmas concert in the capilla and they
turned the Christmas lights at the temple on! It's beautiful. And the
concert was beautiful as well, a lot of talent. I love Christmas time. 

Today we also had transfers. Hermana Maza and I are together another
transfer! Three transfers together. We are excited. And have a lot of
work. They closed the other companionship of Hermanas in our area.
We've already been super busy and now are going to have to be even
more efficient in our work to fit in the people the Hermanas were
teaching as well (some to the elders as well). We are excited to work
hard and stay busy. We are also going to miss the other Hermanas a
lot. The piso is going to feel really empty without them. 

Hope you all have a great week! 
Hermana Bingham

A majority of our zone
Giraffe rice with Daniel
Bye to Hermana Birnbaumer and Hermana Berry
Christmas lights at the temple!