Family and friends!
It's been kinda a crazy week. Let's start at the beginning. Monday night Hermana Hill and I met with a member I didn't know too well. She is great and even has ideas of some youth we can meet with and help out. It will be great. She's also big into outdoorsy stuff so will hopefully be able to take us hiking on a pday soon! Tuesday morning we also met with another lady from the ward with Hermana Bake. We talked about Easter and the role of Christ in our personal lives. The Spirit was definitely guiding the lesson and it went great (normally does when we let the Spirit teach :) ). Tuesday afternoon we had an adventure taking a 'shortcut' to our lesson that our maps app told us which ended up basically going over a mini mountain. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but it was crazy steep and long, not shorter. Unfortunately we made it to be failed, but ran into a different investigator soon after and we think finally got the importance of praying from our heart not a recitation. Fun fact that a lady on the street told us (so not sure if it's actually true..) is that Santiago is the second largest Catholic city in Europe, next to Rome.
Wednesday another adventure of the week started. The morning was normal. Had a good lesson with a progressing investigator then district meeting. Both went well. Then I headed off in train to Madrid to renew my residency card. Got there around 9 and stayed with Hermanas Olsen and Spencer, who I love. Thursday morning we went to renew the card but the office elders were missing a paper they though they had so I went to a different government building then back to the other. It took longer and I missed my train to go home. My options were wait until Monday (next available train) or a 9 hour bus ride to Vigo on Friday then another two hours to Santiago. I chose the bus. It was kinda sad because I felt like I missed out on real missionary work for basically half the week, but it was important to take care of.
On Saturday we were back to work. We met with one of our investigator's mom and had a great conversation about our role in her daughter's life. We keep praying that one day the mom will be open to hearing this wonderful message as well. It would be a huge blessing for the whole family.
We have met with more members this week and it is helping he attitude of missionary work here and our relationships with them. Yesterday at church we had 43 members! A record in quite a while.
This week is semana Santa in Spain, basically like Easter week. There will probably be some fun celebrations. It's also been great having an emphasis in my studies of Christ's life and His resurrection. I know He lives. And I know we can all find peace through His atonement. Hope you all have a great week!
Didn't take photos this week... But here's one of my view while emailing on the Bake's porch.
Awkward Santiago family photo
Sugar cookie contest pday