Monday, July 13, 2015

The Joys of the Mission

hello everyone!!! How is everything going???? I am doing just absolutely fantastic here in Elche! This week was really really great. 
Yesterday we had two of our investigators at church! One of them was a young man that´s been investigating the church for about 3 months and this was the first time he came to church. We´ve been asking him every week if he could come, but the thing is that his parents work every day except for Sundays and on Sundays they most the time do little family vacations and just go somewhere and do something for the day, but he was able to come this week. We´ve been asking him to meet with his parents too, but not much has happened with that at this point. We did go with him to the church on Friday to start his Family History and he´s filling out the papers with his parents so that´s super exciting and maybe we´ll be able to meet with them this week! Our other investigator at church was a lady from Romania that we´ve been meeting with for a couple of weeks. She´s super sweet and she hasn´t been able to make it to church the past couple of weeks, but she did this week and everyone was really welcoming to her and she kind of just fit right in to everything. 
We has transfers this past week, and everyone´s companionships changed but ours, so we have a completely new district and as a companionship, we´ve been doing a lot of changing in everything to improve the area and the work here. Especially now that we have a phone, we can start new and fresh. I´m really excited for what this new transfer is going to bring. I can feel that it´s going to be a really awesome transfer and just from this week it already has been.
Yesterday we had an amazing experience while contacting. We were on our way to the church for choir and on the way we saw this cute little old man that always stops and talks to us and gives us candy, so we talked to him for about a minute or so and then continued on our way. While we were walking there was this lady walking right next to us at about our same pace and we both new that we needed to talk to her, but we were trying to figure out how to start the conversation, then by divine intervention, my companion dropped her candy while trying to open it, and this lady commented on now she has to continue without candy, and that was the start of the conversation. We ended up walking and talking with her for about 10-15 minutes. She´s really nice and she was really curious as to what the mission is, so we explained it to her a little bit and we shared a brief version of the Restoration with her and she didn´t object to anything we said she just commented that it was really interesting. She was really impressed that we were so young and that´s what striked her the most about us, because she´s a strong believer in Jesus Christ and God and she said something about how she wished that she found what we had before she got confused or mistaken about everything. It was a really cool experience, the only down side about it is that she lives in the area of the other Hermanas, so they´d be the ones teaching her, but that really doesn´t matter. What matters is that were helping others come unto Christ and to take the steps necessary to return back to the presence of our Father in Heaven one day. We got her contact information though and passed it on to the other Hermanas right away and they´re going to call her today and set up an appointment to meet with her. I´m really excited to see how it goes though. 
Right now in the summer is the time for vacations and that´s exactly what´s happening here in Elche and Spain. We meet so many people all the time from different places around the world. Yesterday at church there was a family visiting from France and the dad is from England so we were able to talk English with them a little bit and it´s really cool to meet such a variety of people everyday and every week. It´s definitely not something that you experience everyday in Idaho. 
Ohhhhh...I just don´t have enough words to tell everything and to describe the joy that I have to be out here in Spain serving a mission for my Heavenly Father. This really is the best two years/1 1/2 years of the life, up until this point. I hope and pray that you all are sharing the gospel in your own way and that you´re experiencing the joy that it brings into our lives when we really do put others needs before our own. I love you all and hope that you all have a fantastic week, and don´t forget to write me!!! :) 
Love, Hermana Rowley

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