Well I never thought this week would end but yet here we are! Well this week has some big things happening. Mainly the 29th birthday of my beautiful mother and 23rd of my wonderful sister. Wednesday & Friday I'll remember to sing happy birthday in my head or something.
|It was fun to be back in Madrid. The early morning was worth it.|
(Disregard the coca cola truck lol)
|First District Meeting. Who's that little boy in the bottom right? Oh that's my comp lol.|
Okay this week has been interesting. I don't really know where to start so I'll go with Tuesday night. Lol I'm sitting in piso making calls and getting to know the missionaries in my district. At like 10:50, 10 minutes before bed I got a call from the ZLs who were doing the same thing, getting to know the DLs. They were like "we're out of time but we will talk in the temple tomorrow." Uhhh wait what? Hahah nobody knew we had the session in the morning so my whole district had to wake up at 4:30 to catch a bus to be in Madrid by 7 to find a subway to the temple by 7:30 to make the 8 sesh. The Hermanas here live literally 3 minutes from the bus station and of course were late. We had to sprint for twenty minutes to step on as it left. But it was weird being back in the city and actually understanding what was going on. I remembered all the subway stops so nbd. After 5 1/2 without the temple, I finally got to go! It was stressful but the moment I stepped inside it just went away and I was able to have an amazing experience. It filled a little hole in my heart that had been gone for almost six months. Temples are amazing️ Half my district had to catch the later session so we waited around and just had district meeting there in Madrid. First district meeting was a success🏼 I'm super happy with how it went and we talked a lot about repentance in the conversion process. Also Tuesday as I was laying in bed I was looking through pictures of Vigo and had a breakdown again. My little 9 year old won't give my heart back and idk what to do. But it was the only time I cried this week We've been focusing a ton on thinking outside of the box here because contacting just doesn't work in this country. We were walking and I saw this kid playing basketball by himself so what did we do? Went and dunked on him white shirt and tie style. Asian kid in college here, never knew what American basketball was like. Neither did I because I haven't played in six months. But we got his referral and played again the next day with his four friends and taught a lesson after. Super weird teaching people who don't know who Jesus Christ is. Later that night we were going up to the old part of town. This small, super young family walked on the bus and instantly I had this impression to talk to them. It was apparent that they were going through difficulties because they were like 19 with two children and I just wanted to help them. But guess what I did? Nothing. But as we left the bus I looked back and they got off too so I figured it was a sign that I should say something. Guess what I did? Nothing. Just joking I talked to them hahah. Cut to the chase, didn't beat around the bush and straight up told them their family was going to change with what we had and they got super excited. So we wrote down their number and we'll see where this goes. Later we decided to hand out English class cards to teenagers. In the main square is where there's hundreds of teenagers so that's where we went. We were standing when a group of like 7 girls start talking to us. Started asking some...interesting...questions so we left because they were Satan. But more people came and started talking. Soon we had a group of like 20 kids and we were talking about why we are here and stuff and they were super interested. They need the law of chastity and word of wisdom though so we are currently thinning the crop to see who is actually interested hahah. Snakes... Well Toledo isn't Vigo. My comp is truly awesome and is a big help even though he just finished training hahah. Stud. I was talking to the missionaries in Vigo Saturday night and they started getting emotional lol. Then telling me how the branch won't stop talking about me. Right in front of the new missionaries they've been straight up telling them to send me back. I feel bad because they need to love the new missionaries but I feel good at the same time because I know I made a difference in the people's lives in Vigo hahah. After talking on the phone I called Elder Reese and it felt like I was breaking up with him, like it was our last time ever talking lol. After that I hit my knees and had to repent. I know I'm in Toledo for a reason and I need to accept that! The sooner I do the better off I'll be. After a truly sincere prayer I felt I had been forgiven and hit the hay to start this off right with the members. It'll take some getting used to but I'm grateful to be here! Temples, repentance, and trust my friends. We need temples, we need to repent, and we need to trust. Teach me how to Toledo, Elder Gearig Haven't had time to take pics but here's the steeple of the cathedral.
|Steeple of the Cathedral|