Sunday, October 1, 2017

September 25, 2017 ~ Transfer 10 Week 3

Hi all!

This week definitely had it's ups and downs. Today the ups and downs happened to be hills because we literally ran to catch the bus to La Coruña, Tuesday we have our zone conference where we are going to receive a training on how to use the new technology we are going to use. We will be learning about how to use Facebook, WhatsApp and various other apps to help us in the missionary work. So no, we have not began using the new apps yet but you will here about it next Monday.

Pretty normal week. Like I was saying, lots of ups and downs. We had one day this week where it was hard. It was just plain hard. No one wanted to talk to us at all no matter how we approached them. But we kept pushing through and the blessings came. After being rejected all morning, in the afternoon we made some progress. In about a 40min time period we were able to have some really good conversations with some great people. The blessings come but after the trial of faith. We even found some former investigators that we couldn't get a hold of by phone and we got to set up an appointment. And we met a really happy 93 year old who looks like he's 73, if that.

Also the hermanas (sisters) are going to have a baptism this week! And our recent convert Isidoro will get to baptize him! I'm super excited for them both =) I asked Isidoro if he would be willing to do it and he was surprised that it was possible that he could. He's so awesome, so learn so much from him.

A cool experience we had is that we passed by some menos activos (who weren't home because nobody is ever home during pass bys haha) and the thought came that we should visit someone named Guillermo. So we went towards his home and right when we were in front of his home is when we saw him walking up the street. It was crazy because he wasn't going home, he was just passing by and we happened to find him. Super super cool. We got there at just the right time.

Awkward moments: 
-when a old Spanish man asks if we are testigos de Jehova (Johova's Witnesses) and uses his cigarette that he was smoking as an excuse to leave the conversation. He crosses the street and walks away. And that was it...haha

-One person that Elder Gil talked to, she was sitting down with her husband and Elder Gil he literally just asked where a locutorio (ciber cafe) was, and the lady said "no" and shook her head like a 3 year old girl that wouldn't give up a toy, until he walked away. It was super weird why she didn't at least tell us to go away. She just said no and tried to avoid eye contact. But these are pretty normal things that happen to us hahaha. People treat us like aliens sometimes. It can be pretty hilarious.

Funny moments:
When two old men lifted a washer into a small car, the washer didn't fit well and so then they proceeded to use a bungee cord connected from the back windshield wiper to the bottom of the car. If the washer were to fall out...the back of the car would be toast...

Something important that I've been learning this week is about the Holy Ghost and how it works. I've had so many little thoughts come to mind about what I needed to do, guiding me in the work and to find the people who are prepared. It's not easy to follow the spirit but when those little thoughts come to do something to least we can do is do it.  Here are some scriptures to maybe help explain what I cannot about the spirit: 

"Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart." - I definitely was led by feelings in my heart and thoughts that so had this week.

And another scripture I like talks about how when we pray for answers to questions that we have, that Heavenly Father will give us the answer through the Holy Ghost:
 Moroni 10:4-5
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things

I know that Heavenly Father loves us and that we are His children. I know that after centuries of being lost, the same church that Jesus Christ established on the earth has been restored with the same power and truths as before. I know that we have a prophet in today's day who guides us and gives us guidance that we need to follow our Heavenly Father's individual plan for us.

And this weekend (as I'm just remembering) there will be an event that takes place called General Conference. It's where we get to listen and hear counsel and guidance from the prophet and apostles. It's always a wonderful conference and you can even watch it at home =) ask me if you have any questions. Or my mom can do me a favour and post the link to general Conference too =) 


Have a great week!
Elder Openshaw

Pictures (don't get your hopes up):
1)we gathered acorns for a member to feed her pigs =) the member said she would share some of the meat with us when they kill the pigs =)
2) pica pollo - a Dominican dish we are with some investigators, really good
3) my companion and I next to a random statue of a man that we pass basically everyday =)





September 18, 2017 ~ Transfer 10 Week 2

Hi all!

This week was quite normal. It had some ups and some downs and some more ups haha. I'll explain what I think was interesting this week and the blessings we recieved:

so for a while we've been searching for the means to ask for permission to do an activity in a plaza here showing the movie "Meet the Mormons". We've had quite the trouble finding where to ask permission because the government buildings here (there's like 10) kept pointing us over to different buildings. We first walked into the city's Seminary (basically a religious school ran by the government I think) and asked there, I felt super stupid going into there because I knew I was wrong haha, but we had no clue where to go after walking into so many buildings haha. Thankfully they sent us to the right building where we asked for a form. After being bounced around within the office we got a form to fill out to ask for permission and it's all in Galego!!! So we understand parts of it but not all of it. Basically get yet another loop we have to jump through if we really want to do this activity...(Thankfully a member translated the form for me at the branch activity that night). Super complicated.

We were definately guided this week. If I was supposed to learn that this week, I did. For example, we had some time and all our plans and backup plans fell through. We weren't sure what to do so we sat down and prayed. And a thought came to mind that we could pass by a certain future investagator. So we did. And he was home! And we hadn't been able to meet with him and we tried quite a few times. He let us pass by and we talked for a little bit and set up another visit. Then another name came to mind and we visited him and he also was home! And we got a phone number so that we don't have to go all the way out to his house to talk to him (because it is far).

More blessings from Saturday: "Heavenly Father works miracles. I'm amazed at how well He has placed people in our path today and how guided we were. Literally, this morning we went to our recent convert's home, taught him a quick lesson (really he taught us...he has so much faith and never complains). And a quick story from the recent convert...basically a member bought eggs from him for 3€. She told him to give it as a fast offering and to try his faith. He thought, "well it's only 3€, I don't have anything else but I'll try it out". His chickens were putting out between 6-8 eggs a day. Now they are putting out 12 eggs. Double. And because of his faith to pay what he had to offer, no matter how little, he has been blessed tremendously. If he weren't been blessed on the farm he wouldn't still be there, he wouldn't survive. But he's making it by. He's learning a ton. He's sharing the gospel with others. He shared the gospel with a señorita by inviting her to church and she's coming tomorrow! Super cool, a really sweet old lady we met today."

"...Then as part of this miracle we got home and followed the schedule exactly to a "T" as with timing for getting back and doing studies. I had the thought to bring a note that a sister missionary wrote to an inactive member from a while ago. I debated bringing it and I brought it in the end. Then we left and we went to their home to see if he was there. He wasn't, nor the wife. And the front door of his building was left open so I was like "do we go up to the door, do we not..." We rang, nobody answered and so we entered (and found out that the front door doesn't close.) Knocked on the actual door, no answer. So we left the note from the sister missionary in the door. Okay, so that worked out well. We then started talking with people within the wall. We get a hold of Octavio and he tells us he will meet us at the plaza de Santo Domingo. We start walking and Jose fails tonight. But as I was talking on the phone I saw a man with a bicycle sitting on a bench. The thought came to mind "go talk to him". And I walked away because I was on the phone. We crossed the street and I felt an unsettling feeling so we went back. The man was still there. What a miracle because they usually leave. But we went up to him and started talking to him about cycling (my companion loves biking). And we talked for 30mins at least. Well the man talked most the time. We gave him a pamphlet of the plan of salvation because he was talking a ton about his family and he was born on the same street we found him on. He was telling us all kinds of stories. We tried so hard to set up a lesson and to get his number but he wouldn't give it to us hahaha. It was so frustrating. Right after that we searched for Octavio. We didn't find him but we found a band of people playing bag pipes. We watched while waiting for Octavio. And then we left, took a wrong turn outside of the wall and we ran into Ester! Literally she hopped off us the bus on the opposite side of the street right when we were passing. It was great hahaha. Then we talked a bit with the people in the street ( and we found the plan of salvation pamphlet in the street that fell out of the cyclist's pocket while riding his bike). Then we went to the church to see if all the songs were programmed in the electric piano for sacrament meeting tomorrow. They were thankfully. We quickly called all the investagators and recent converts to see if they will be coming tomorrow. We walked out of the church and within 1 min Jose (investagator) saw us while he was driving, he picked us up and drove us home. The timing on everything today was amazing. I don't know what it was but I think the Lord was showing me that He really is in charge and that if we pray with enough faith He can really put the people in our path."

Hilarious moments:
When walking in the street one day a little kid came up to us and asked if we were from the "FBI". It was quite funny. His mom just kind of laughed at him as he did it haha

The other moment that made my week...on Sunday mornings, walking to church is always interesting. We have to pass through the Roman wall in the middle of the city and there are always drunk people who are so drunk they never made it home. So we never really know what it expect because usually someone says nasty things at us for being missionaries but they are too drunk to do more than say a couple mean things. But yesterday here is how one conversation went:
Se are walking down this small road and we see two girls, one dragging the other by the hand.
The girl being dragged: ¿qué vendéis, chicos? = what are you guys selling?
Me: nada = nothing / we aren't selling anything
The girl: oh, es que yo quería comprarlo. Soy consumista. =oh, because I wanted to buy what you are selling. I'm a consumer.

In English, not quite as funny but you get the point. My companion and I were dying. The great thing is we don't sell anything. We gift it. The gospel is free and we actually get back more in blessings than what we put in. 

And some quick words from Helaman 12:1: "...the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him."

Trust in the Lord and He can help us and bless us so much more than if we try to do everything on our own.


Have a wonderful week!

Today we took some random pictures around Lugo and this is what we got...
1)a Roman horse statue that I tested my weight on hahaha
2)a Roman soldier (missing)
3)the Roman wall

Elder Openshaw

Spain Madrid Mission
Calle Fuerteventura 4, 2, Oficina 8B
28703 San Sebastián de los Reyes
Madrid, España



September 11, 2017 ~ Transfer 10 Week 1 ~ Training

Hi all! 

This week has been crazy. So Monday through Wednesday I was still in La Coruña with the zone leaders. Some crazy days in Coruña. And then finally we got home Wednesday night in Lugo.

So, I'm training =) super excited to help my companion learn how to do things and how to be a missionary. He's really teaching me more than I think I'm teaching him. And my new companion's name is Elder Gil and he's from Colombia. So we are talking 99% of the time in Spanish haha. He does speak a little English and is practicing with me during language study. Also, he already has 2 months in the mission (he was visa waiting). I'm really just training him on how to do things here in Spain as a missionary and finishing off what's left of his training.

Thursday we were so tired. After him traveling for 24+ hours and me waiting in Coruña we were beat. And that's right when a member called us to help her gather her potatoes because she needed help. It was a lot of fun and good hard work. They had a tractor that pulled up the potatoes and then we gathered them in buckets. It was pretty cool. I felt bad for my companion because literally on is first day here he is doing some pretty tough work while he's just exhausted haha. But we survived.

Then we had some issues with were the branch had a meeting or broadcast that was going to be shown and we didn't have any equipment or means to make it work...and so it took a while fixing that issue...thankfully the issue was solved when no one showed up to the meeting haha

Saturday we then went to Isidoro's home to help him out but we didn't get to do much service. We also brought Octavio an investagator along because he wanted to come. It seemed odd to me because I didn't think he knew Isidoro but Isidoro was fine with it and it all went well. We cleaned out one of the super dirty rooms in the back of the barn with all these different gears and parts for a tractor I believe. Isidoro is so awesome, he just has so much faith. Right now he's preparing himself to go to the temple.

Okay well I wasn't originally going to share this story but I feel to share it now so I'm going to. I said in La Coruña there were some pretty crazy days we had. Here's the craziest story we had this week from La Coruña (from my journal):

"After P-day we had a lesson in the park near the bridge where the drunk guy slid down the pole last Thursday with a dominicana. She's in her 20s and is super nice. She asked about like how people treat us and we told her the truth, that they treat us not so well. And she was surprised and felt bad for us. And we went on with the lesson. And another investagator came up to us to say hi (by chance he saw us, we didn't plan it) and Elder Maldonaldo started talking to him and teaching him on another bench. Five minutes pass by. And then all of a sudden we hear a huge shatter, almost like a glass bottle broke and it splattered in between our bench and Elder Maldonaldo's. It was an egg that was thrown at us! A man threw an egg at us from the 4th floor of a building (that was a good distance away). The egg splattered all over, it got elder Maldonaldo the worst. But if he hit one of us it would have hurt. The egg didn't splatter, it shattered, it was thrown from so high up. It went everywhere. And I was quite upset but I smiled my way through it. The man was looking at us from the window with binoculars (and obviously it wasn't the first time he had thrown eggs at people). But he looked at us and put a thumbs up like "did I get you?" And then told us to go away. It was super crazy. It was a little scary. And so we went to a different location. After that it was a really really good lesson and she enjoyed it a ton, the restoration made sense to her (this was a first lesson with her). She wondered why we get treated so poorly and then the egg was thrown haha. Quite crazy."

So the biggest emphasis I want to make with this story is that there is opposition to all things. We were doing something good and someone didn't want us to succeed - opposition. But the truth is that in the end good always will win, even if it doesn't seem like it might. Even with the opposition we faced we still taught the lesson and we had the opportunity to help this lady come closer to God.

1 Timothy 4: 10 -For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
11 These things command and teach.
12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.


Well, besides being super tired and trying to fit in all our studies for training there isn't a whole lot that is new. I guess that's what happens when you are out of your area for the whole week haha.

Have a great week!

1) my companion and I at Isidoro's
2) us and the hermanas after gathering all the potatoes

Elder Openshaw

Spain Madrid Mission
Calle Fuerteventura 4, 2, Oficina 8B
28703 San Sebastián de los Reyes
Madrid, España



September 4, 2017 ~ Transfer 9 Week 6 ~ TRANSFERS and Surprises Galore

What a week.

This week went by extremely fast and we had quite the miracles/blessings happen. And this week was my one year mark of having been on my mission, having entered the MTC (Missionary Training Center) on August 23, 2016. To celebrate the one year mark we had ice cream in district meeting with a ton of toppings (snickers, chopped up pecans, white chocolate (all chopped)) and whipped cream...it was a lot of sugar haha. And then we went to go eat at the same restaurant where Elder Jeffers and I went on Monday (after looking for a different restaurant and not finding any as well priced). We got pulpo again and I got Mejillones (mussels) and Zorza. The Mejillones were really good but the Zorza was too greasy (it was basically grounded chorizo(sausage) on top of fried potatoes). Elder Jeffers bought callos- which translated it means "calluses" like on your hands or feet - and it's a soup of garbanzo beans and some meat (tripe of some sort). Thankfully the callos aren't actually calluses =)

So for miracles:
Last monday my companion and I fasted for a member from this branch that got stuck in a refugee camp on his way back from vacation. He went to Russia and then the Czech Republic and then when crossing the borders of two European countries in a bus, the driver called the police saying that the man didn't have papers (which he did). His papers were taken from him and he was sent to a refugee camp to await the mercy of them. He was stuck there for the past month or so. And so we held a fast to soften the hearts of those at the refugee camp to allow him to return here to Spain. They did the day after our fast! And he returned here this week!

This week we did a ton of service. We helped Isidoro clean up his farm (we cleaned up some gnarly spider webs and picked weeds on his plot of potatoes). And we also did some haybaling (which was quite new for me). I took some videos to share the experience. And then we also tried gathering the chickens at one point and they are hard to catch! As soon as we chased after the chickens the dogs thought it was okay too so you can imagine the fright those animals had! The best thing I've seen with service this week is that it opens hearts. We helped haybale for a member but her husband isn't a member and is quite against religions. Basically what happened is that he was so impressed by the amount of work we did and how fast we did it that he still hasn't stopped talking about us to his wife! We will see if he opens up to letting us talk to him soon. Quite the miracle. He wants to invite us back next year to help him haha. He wa sad when he realized we won't be here.

And this past Saturday we held the Baptism of Isidoro! He's super awesome. The service went really well and about 20 people showed up, most of them being investagators and less active members! And besides the set up taking so long (we did a time lapse, it probably shows our frusturation) and one of the sides breaking during the baptism, everything went wonderful =) It was so cool to see the changes that Isidoro has been through.
So this past month we had a goal as a mission to reach 25 baptisms for the month. We were trying to be realistic but also to stretch ourselves. And the President Pack prayed about the goal and felt it was right. So we held a mission-wide fast at the start of August so that people would be prepared and that we could reach that goal. Last week we were at 15 baptisms with a week left to go. I wasn't sure how it would finish. And this Sunday we reached that mission goal! We actually got 26 baptisms for the month. 10 people were baptized this past weekend and then on Sunday/Saturday there was a man who showed up in Madrid (B3) from Bolivia and he had recieved all the missionary disscussions and asked to be baptized that day. He was interviewed, baptized and conferred this past weekend. Talk about miracles.
And at the baptism, on the phone of one of our investagators, I saw the contact "Testigos de Jehová" (Jehovah's witnesses) and I saw the number and it was our number 😅 hahahaha we have had 2 lessons already with him and he apparently doesn't understand who we are or what our purpose is haha Elder Jeffers and I got a good laugh out of that one =)

And something else I learned is that if we just kind of try to get on answer, we will just kind of get an answer. If we just kind of go to church or just kind of read the result - something of "just kinda" quality. Something to think about.

1) Isidoro's baptism! 
2) a machete that Isidoro had at his farm
3)haybaling for days! This took us about 2-3 hours of work.

Have a wonderful week!

Elder Openshaw

Spain Madrid Mission
Calle Fuerteventura 4, 2, Oficina 8B
28703 San Sebastián de los Reyes
Madrid, España







August 28, 2017 ~ Transfer 9 Week 5 ~ THE YEAR MARK!

What a week.

This week went by extremely fast and we had quite the miracles/blessings happen. And this week was my one year mark of having been on my mission, having entered the MTC (Missionary Training Center) on August 23, 2016. To celebrate the one year mark we had ice cream in district meeting with a ton of toppings (snickers, chopped up pecans, white chocolate (all chopped)) and whipped cream...it was a lot of sugar haha. And then we went to go eat at the same restaurant where Elder Jeffers and I went on Monday (after looking for a different restaurant and not finding any as well priced). We got pulpo again and I got Mejillones (mussels) and Zorza. The Mejillones were really good but the Zorza was too greasy (it was basically grounded chorizo(sausage) on top of fried potatoes). Elder Jeffers bought callos- which translated it means "calluses" like on your hands or feet - and it's a soup of garbanzo beans and some meat (tripe of some sort). Thankfully the callos aren't actually calluses =)

So for miracles:
Last monday my companion and I fasted for a member from this branch that got stuck in a refugee camp on his way back from vacation. He went to Russia and then the Czech Republic and then when crossing the borders of two European countries in a bus, the driver called the police saying that the man didn't have papers (which he did). His papers were taken from him and he was sent to a refugee camp to await the mercy of them. He was stuck there for the past month or so. And so we held a fast to soften the hearts of those at the refugee camp to allow him to return here to Spain. They did the day after our fast! And he returned here this week!

This week we did a ton of service. We helped Isidoro clean up his farm (we cleaned up some gnarly spider webs and picked weeds on his plot of potatoes). And we also did some haybaling (which was quite new for me). I took some videos to share the experience. And then we also tried gathering the chickens at one point and they are hard to catch! As soon as we chased after the chickens the dogs thought it was okay too so you can imagine the fright those animals had! The best thing I've seen with service this week is that it opens hearts. We helped haybale for a member but her husband isn't a member and is quite against religions. Basically what happened is that he was so impressed by the amount of work we did and how fast we did it that he still hasn't stopped talking about us to his wife! We will see if he opens up to letting us talk to him soon. Quite the miracle. He wants to invite us back next year to help him haha. He wa sad when he realized we won't be here.

And this past Saturday we held the Baptism of Isidoro! He's super awesome. The service went really well and about 20 people showed up, most of them being investagators and less active members! And besides the set up taking so long (we did a time lapse, it probably shows our frusturation) and one of the sides breaking during the baptism, everything went wonderful =) It was so cool to see the changes that Isidoro has been through.
So this past month we had a goal as a mission to reach 25 baptisms for the month. We were trying to be realistic but also to stretch ourselves. And the President Pack prayed about the goal and felt it was right. So we held a mission-wide fast at the start of August so that people would be prepared and that we could reach that goal. Last week we were at 15 baptisms with a week left to go. I wasn't sure how it would finish. And this Sunday we reached that mission goal! We actually got 26 baptisms for the month. 10 people were baptized this past weekend and then on Sunday/Saturday there was a man who showed up in Madrid (B3) from Bolivia and he had recieved all the missionary disscussions and asked to be baptized that day. He was interviewed, baptized and conferred this past weekend. Talk about miracles.
And at the baptism, on the phone of one of our investagators, I saw the contact "Testigos de Jehová" (Jehovah's witnesses) and I saw the number and it was our number 😅 hahahaha we have had 2 lessons already with him and he apparently doesn't understand who we are or what our purpose is haha Elder Jeffers and I got a good laugh out of that one =)

And something else I learned is that if we just kind of try to get on answer, we will just kind of get an answer. If we just kind of go to church or just kind of read the result - something of "just kinda" quality. Something to think about.

1) Isidoro's baptism! 
2) a machete that Isidoro had at his farm
3)haybaling for days! This took us about 2-3 hours of work.

Have a wonderful week!

Elder Openshaw

Spain Madrid Mission
Calle Fuerteventura 4, 2, Oficina 8B
28703 San Sebastián de los Reyes
Madrid, España





August 21, 2017 ~ Transfer 9 Week 4

Things went well this week. 

Lots of cool experiences. Isidoro is doing good and we have a miracle investigator who walked in with his wife who was menos activa this past Sunday. He's super willing to change and Spaniards usually aren't as willing to change as he is. It was cool to have the spiritual experience we had with him, some powerful priesthood blessings and promises. He has a baptismal date for the 2nd of September.


Elder Openshaw

Spain Madrid Mission
Calle Fuerteventura 4, 2, Oficina 8B
28703 San Sebastián de los Reyes
Madrid, España

August 14, 2017 ~ Transfer 9 Week 3

Hi all!

This week was super busy and went by really fast but at the same time, last Monday seems like a month ago. Last Monday we went to the Tower of Hercules, apparently the oldest light house in the world...I didn't actually know that at the time so I thought it was cool and all but now I understand why there was a long line to go and see it hahaha. Perspective changes everything.

Tuesday we had a zone conference or a large missionary training meeting. It went really well. I enjoyed it a lot. We focus on making realistic goals and focused a bit on the statistics of the work in our mission (for every 26 people we meet with 1 person gets baptized). Pretty interesting. I really enjoyed the conference and of course the great American meal we had prepared by some senior missionaries serving in A Coruña (the Bitton's). They made some really really good home made bread and made sandwiches out of it with a pasta salad on the side. And then strawberry shortcake for dessert. Probably sounds like nothing out of the ordinary but it was amazingly good. Also that night we find two more people to teach in only an hour of time that we had to talk to people. One of them is a man who right now is homeless due to a bad situation with his family and so he's living on the street for a week. He's taking it pretty optimistically which is good.

On Tuesday night someone brought us a ton of extra food that they didn't need and so on Wednesday we went to look for the homeless man. We called him and he didnt pick up. And so we thought...well, I guess we will find out what happened later. That same morning we saw a old man who was having trouble getting a stroller over the sidewalk and so we tried to help him but got there too late. Oh well. But then we saw the homeless man and we were super surprised! And so we went home and got the food to bring to him. It was a miracle that we found him. And this week we actually have been doing a lot of service. We found a couple of coins on the ground and so we bought some crackers to give to the homeless people. It feels great to serve them. You can see the difference between those who really need it or don't - gratitude is more than just words. And I can't explain everything we did to help people out this week but we served a lot of different people.

We also had a lesson with Isidoro who is preparing to be baptized on August 26. We went to his home and cut his hair and had a great lesson. And this past Sunday we had 4 investagators in church! It was a miracle. And a less active member even brought her husband who isnt a member, as well as some other less active families coming back. It was so great to see all the changes that happened this week.

I just want to share a quick story from the life of Jesus...so lately we have been reading the 4 gospels in the new testament as a mission and I was reading about when John the Baptist was killed. Jesus went off to be alone and probably to mourn the death of his cousin and friend but a crowd followed him out of the city. I put myself in his shoes...if this happened to me, what would I have done? I just want to be alone and a crowd is following me. I probably would have been pretty angry and frustrated. But here is what Christ does:

"Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."

What does Jesus do? He serves the people! He asks them to bring their sick to him to be healed. What does this tell us about what we should do when we are sad or "mourning"? To serve! How amazing is that. It doesn't seem logical to focus on helping others to feel better when you don't feel happy. But when you turn outward you are happier as you bring smiles to other people.

I hope you have a great week! Try serving someone and I promise that as you do a self-less act of service you will be given more strength to confront your trials. =) 

Photos:
1)the cool Roman wall in Lugo. I finally got some pictures.
2)and the waves in A Coruña.

Elder Openshaw

Spain Madrid Mission
Calle Fuerteventura 4, 2, Oficina 8B
28703 San Sebastián de los Reyes
Madrid, España