Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Easter

Hello everyone! 
How is it going?? Once again, I do not have that much time to write, but I just wanted to write you all and ask you to take advantage of this Easter season to share the gospel with friends and family. Some of you have probably been hearing about or even seeing the new #BecauseHeLives video, but if not, here it is: I encourage you all to watch it and to share it with someone else too. It´s a wonderful thing that we are able to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ this time of year. Also, General Conference!! I´m so excited to listen to our prophets and apostles speak to us and I hope you all are too! It´s not all of the time we get this opportunity and I didn´t really realize it until I was out here on the mission. I hope you all are doing great and I love hearing from everyone and I hope to hear from more people too! I love you all and hope you have a great week!!
Love, Hermana Rowley
P.S. We sometimes get hit on by weird people in the streets, but we heard a pretty funny one the other day from a guy. He said "Oh how beautiful is the word of God." haha Even though he was a weirdo, it´s a pretty good pickup line. ;) Anywho, have a fantastic week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Rain in Spain does not stay mainly on the Plains

Hola everyone!!!
As you can probably tell from the subject line, it poured this week. Almost a whole week of nonstop rain. It was a bit hard to do missionary work in, but besides that I loved it. I love the rain so much!! I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick´s Day on Tuesday. This week was fantastic! 
We had a Zone Conference on Thursday and it was wonderful! It was great to meet other missionaries and to see missionaries that I haven´t seen for a long time. A really cool story is that this guy from our ward actually,F, went on a mini-mission with the Zone Leaders in Sevilla. He´s wanting to serve a mission and decided to do this to see how it is. Anyway, we were all there in Sevilla for Zone Conference and the missionary that baptized him a year ago was there and was about to go home. He gave his "dying" testimony and was talking about F and that when they were teaching him the lessons he told them that he wanted to be just like them. He was able to see F as a missionary. It was such a cool experience to witness. 
Funny story: we went to Palos on Tuesday night and the whole night we were trying to get ahold of this reference there, K, that we got from F (see story above ;)). As we were teaching S and A at this park, one of S´s friends comes up and tells us his name is M---, and S tells us that he´s just bringing his friends to us, which is abosolutely awesome. Anywho, we taught M a lesson and then went to get his contact information and it was the same as K, the reference. M is K and the whole time we were teaching him, we had no was hilarious. Side note: they told me what my name is in Twi (the language in Ghana). It goes off of what day of the week you were born on and your gender. Mine´s Ama. :) 
Every week we have Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening) at the church. Up until this point we haven´t had any of our investigators there and only two of them actually came to church. We decided to try and invite everyone that we talked to to this activity. We figured since they couldn´t make it to church because they had work in the mornings, they´d probably be able to make it to Noche de Hogar in the evenings. We tried it and we got three of our investigators there and with them coming this past week and everything, we plan to get a lot more next week. I´m excited to see them all come to church. I know that right now, that´s all that maybe they can do is come Friday´s for NdH, but eventually they´ll come to church on Sundays and have that desire to have this gospel in their lives. My testimony for Family Home Evening has grown a lot, and if you´re not doing it, I would encourage you to do so and even invite friends that aren´t members and introduce them to the church. It´s scary, but so worth it in the end. 
Another cool story, from yesterday actually. We´ve been meeting with this Bulgarian family for a while and just teaching them, but the haven´t really been progressing at all, so they´ve just kind of been a back up plan sometimes or when we don´t have any set citas we go see them. Anywho, we went yesterday and they have basically all of their family leaving in the same house, neighborhood, etc. Mom, Dad, cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents. A lot of people. When we went yesterday, there was a couple of people that we haven´t seen before, but anyway we were talking about how there´s three really important things we need to do: Orar (Pray), Leer las escrituras (Read the Scriptures), and asistir a la iglesia (attend church). We were talking about the church one and they asked about where it was and what times we meet and such and one of the girl´s asked if it was Spanish, other languages, etc. We told her that it was Spanish and we had English. She then said, "Well now you have Bulgarian." They want to come to church on Sunday!! We also talked about Noche de Hogar with them too and they´re planning on coming! They also asked us when we could come back, which doesn´t normally happen with them. It was a great experience.
We had Ward Conference yesterday and us and the Elders and one of the members of the Bishopric sang I Need Thee Ev´ry Hour a capella. It went really well. I´ve having to improve my sight-reading skills in my piano playing. We sometimes sing songs in Sacrament Meeting that I´ve never heard before in my life, not even in English. I haven´t butchered anything completely yet, so that´s good. 
I cannot wait for General Conference and Easter! This is the most excited I´ve ever been for it I think. We want to try and invite all of our investigators to it too. It´s weird though here because It´s at 6:00 to 8:00 and 10:00 to 12:00 at night. I´m so excited though and hope that all of you take the time out of your Saturday and especially Sunday to watch it. 
I´m excited for the coming week and everything about missionary work. I hope you all have fantastic weeks and I can´t wait to hear from you all. Thank you for all of the support and prayers!
Love you all!
Love, Hermana Rowley

Monday, March 16, 2015

another week in Huelva

Well, this week was crazy, but great! There was a lot of traveling that´s for sure. On Wednesday I had to go on a four hour bus ride to Malaga by myself to pick up my residency card. It was great to be able to see some of the missionary´s from the MTC that I haven´t been able to see at all. So the week flew by super fast because of all of the traveling. Sorry, but I don´t really know what to write this week. My thoughts are always scattered all over the place so forgive me please. :) Please just keep praying for us and all of the missionaries in the world. Missionary work is the best and I hope that all of you are being involved in it, even if it´s just in a small way. I´ll probably write more next week but I love getting e-mails from everyone. It´s one of the highlights of my week so please keep it up! Love you all and I hope you have a fantabulous week.
Con amor, Hermana Rowley

Monday, March 9, 2015

Another glorious week in Spain

Sorry I didn´t write much last week. This week´s been great though. We have two new missionaries in our district, one of them being our district leader. It´ll be different than what we´re used to but it´ll still be great!
I´m not sure this letter´s going to me much longer than the other one. It was a good week and we keep teaching and praying for our investigators. The prayers are much appreciated too. We have two investigators, A and S, that I think are progressing really well. S even promised us that he would come to church next week. All of our investigators are so great and all have the desire, they just lose sight in the moment on what´s really important. 
I guess what I´ve learned this week is that the Lord has a plan for each and everyone of us and we need to trust in him and in that plan. This is why I love the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6. Although we may feel lost at times and may feel down, we do have a purpose and a plan here. I´ve learned a lot of things while teaching the people here. The mission is such a great experience and I hope that all of you are involved in the missionary work where you live, because it truly is the best thing to do. Thank you all for all of the e-mails and for the prayers. I really do feel them with all of the amazing experiences that we have here every day. You all are in my prayers and I hope that you all have an absolutely fantastic week. 
Love, Hermana Rowley


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Start of a new transfer

Hello everyone!! How is it going? This e-mail is going to be a little shorter than the others because I don´t have as much time right now. This past week was full of miracles. We have nine investigators with a baptism date now! Their all great people, but the main problem is getting them to come to church. Most of them, especially the ones in Palos have to work on Sundays. They all work in the ¨campo¨ picking strawberries. (and they´re the best Strawberries in the world!!) anywho, if you could keep them all in your prayers, specifically that they can come to church on Sunday. So it´s now, E, C, M, V, M & T, A, J, and F. The work is moving along great here. This little city of Huelva has grown a lot on me and I´ll be sad to leave it when the time comes, but that´s still a while away. :) Thank you all for everything that you do and for the e-mails! Keep them coming! :) Have a fantastic week everyone, I know I will!!!
Love, Hermana Rowley