Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015

Dear mom,

Well, the big news. Next week the Spain Madrid mission will be receiving iPads!!!!  We are super excited!!!  The 7th we have a training with Elder Dyches of the Seventy.  It's going to be awesome!! 

Well, it was just another amazing week.  A lot of our investigators are starting off, but we are working hard and it is amazing to have a companion who has the same desires as you and wants to do things the way of preach my gospel!! 

We are working with a girl named Milagros from the Dominican Republic and she's doing well.  She is still waiting on a spiritual confirmation but she has received all the lessons and understands everything really well.  We just need her to feel it in her heart. 

We also have a recent convert named David.  I forgot to say this last week but as we went to go meet him Elder Cahoon said, "David, this is my new comp", and we looked at each other and we were like yeah we already know each other.  He was my investigator in B9 and then he moved out of the area.  I put him on baptismal date the day I called Elder Gentry to give him the reference (Elder Gentry was serving in B5 at the time) so that was the coolest thing ever to see an old investigator as a member with the priesthood and doing amazingly well.  What a tender mercy from the Lord. 

We are helping a man who is struggling because his wife died a year ago.  The ward has asked us to go by and help and uplift him spiritually every once in a while and he is just a sweet old man.  His name is Francisco. He sat by us yesterday at church and said, "Elder, Friday I got sealed to my wife in the temple" with the biggest smile on his face. It was a special moment.  He was so excited to tell me and was so happy.  His eyes were beaming and he kept saying "she's waiting for me there and I'll get to be with her for forever."  It was so cool!!  I'm super happy for him.

We are also teaching this 13-year-old kid named Brian and he said he wants to get baptized.  So we will be meeting with him tonight and setting a Fecha and will start to work with him.  Keep him in your prayers as well!!!

Things are okay in regards to work with the members but the focus of this transfer in the zone but specifically in B5 is to work well with the members.  Yesterday was amazing.  We got there early to greet members and it seemed to change the whole dynamic of the members attitudes.  It was awesome.  We also went to to the bishop's house after church and talked with him about what we could do for the work.  It was great and we gained his confidence.  We are super excited to be able to work here and things are starting to turn around. 

I was also able to go on an exchange with the district leader from another ward and share some experiences I have had that have to do with sacrifice and how we will be blessed for what we do here and for the sacrifices we make.  I have enjoyed serving in leadership because you get to make an impact In the lives of the missionaries as well.  It has been a super good experience!!!! 

It was an absolutely amazing week and will be another one this week.  We're working hard and loving life.  Today for p-day we basically have walked around downtown and played guitars and sang at a store it was super fun!!  We also went and gave a blessing to a member who's is the hospital.  

FOR MOTHERS DAY: we are thinking to do it at 3:30 Spain time so that would be 7:30 Utah so think it out and we will confirm it next Monday. We will call on the 10th. 

I love you all!!  The biggest thing I am learning here is that as you do things in the Lord's way and everyone is on board everything goes well.  And I mean everything.  Life is amazing.  Yeah, sometimes things are tough but I'm too happy to notice those times.  So when the Lord says we should do something a certain way, do it.  He knows best and it will bring a peace and a happiness that cannot be counterfeited.  This has just been an amazing 2 weeks and will be an amazing transfer!! 

Love you all!!! Have an amazing week!!

Elder Jarrett Anderson 

¡hurah por Israel!