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

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