A lot has happened this week.
First off, since Friday we now have a new mission president, President and Hermana Bussey, and all the new Malaga missionaries. So that's cool.
Second off, Spain got eliminated from the World Cup this week so hopefully proselyting might go a little better now haha.
Third off, I can't think of a third really important thing haha. But we have zone conference this week and get to meet the Busseys. It will be good. Things are going well here on the islands. It's still perfect weather and we are enjoying ourselves. My companion Elder Medeiros and I have a lot of fun so we are doing well. An overview of this week:
Monday-Wednesday - intercambio with Elder Rogers and waiting for my companion
The rest of the week was fairly normal work and our friends that we are teaching answered so that was nice.
Monday: We went to la oratava (my second time there). We passed by a less active who totally blew us off haha. And we also passed by some Russians that the missionaries there met the other day and the Russians were impressed with my Russian words hahaha. And one American that lives with them too haha. My 6-ish words in Russian really helped us hit it off right away haha. And we talked to people in the street about the Spain game because literally everyone was watching the game and so that makes things super unproductive haha.
Tuesday: we hiked 30mins up a steeeeep hill to get to a lesson. Had the lesson and because they had arrived about an hour late, we were an hour behind. We were late getting back to where the matrimony couple from gran canaria were going to pick us up and take us out to eat. We were supposed to meet at 1pm but we finished the lesson at 12:50pm. We ran down the hill and got down in 10mins. So we were good on time. But then when we were 2 mins away elder rogers feels the need to stop a guy resting on his bike. He moved here from the Czech republic. He starts out by saying, "I was testigo but now I'm evangelist. If you want, you can sit down and we can talk". And I said "tenemos prisa" ("were in a hurry", which was not an exaggeration). But he proceeded to share some miracles with us and answers he got from God. And wow. That's the first person that believing that I have met in a very long time here. We invited him to read the Book of Mormon, and shared quickly about the restoration and it all worked out (although we had some real prisa haha). That contact gave me hope that there really are people out there (on this island) that want the gospel. A ton who don't want it but there are a few who do want it. And we made it to go eat right when the matrimony couple found the place.) :)
Wednesday-Friday, Sunday - all great days but I can't think of really funny/entertaining things to share right now.
Saturday: we ate with our favorite Peruvian family here in Los Cristianos (and only but besides the point haha). We ate cheviche and anticuchos. They were really, really good. I'll send a picture.
Funny rejection 1:
Me:"what happened in the soccer game today?"
Them: "do you live here?"
Me:"we live in Los Cristianos"
Them: "oh well I don't care"
He runs away haha
-Funny rejection 2: knocked a door, got rejected by a woman. Right after, we see another woman walking down the street with bird cage and we talk to her. 20 min later we see them walking together, and the one that rejected us is staring at a wall to reject us again.
-Funny rejection 3: talking to two ladies on the bus on the way back home... they are from a different faith and they didn't like us although we were nice to them. And they talked poorly about my companion under their breath the whole rest of the ride home. We thought it was pretty funny
Here are some quotes I enjoyed from a talk from general conference this week:
"Pure love is the true sign of every true disciple of Jesus Christ."
"Wherever they go, they bring the love of the Lord and peace to the hearts of others. True disciples love to obey the Lord’s commandments, and they obey because they love the Lord."
"True disciples know that the real blessings are not always what they want but rather what the Lord wants for them."
"“May we begin now, this very day, to express love to all of God’s children, whether they be our family members, our friends, mere acquaintances, or total strangers. As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way.”'
"The love of those who serve silently and are not known to most of us but are well known to the Lord. The love of those who forgive all and always. The love of the ones who give more than they receive."
Christ's gospel is a gospel of love. Everything about it is about love. The commandments, the plan of salvation, the atonement. All was done because our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us. 1 John 4:8 - "...God is love"
1 john 4:11 "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
I love that the Lord love us and He really does want the best for us. Sometimes it's hard to believe but we must trust in Him and His plan for us. May we love one another more and truely love the Lord.
Have a great week!
1) compy and I
2) cool pic
3&4) Peruvian food