No way am I doing spell checked...ha ha. That is part of the fun seeing how things change as they are becoming bi-lingual. She is doing great!
So Mom, I hope that you´re spell checking these emails before you put them on the blog because I´m pretty sure that though I´m attempting to learn spanish, but english is starting to fail in the process. It´s not good. Especially my spelling is starting to go way downhill, so we´ll see how this goes by the time I get finished with my mission. I may just not be able to speak english anymore, or at least write it.
Alright so I have to share with you my most favorite experience from this week which actually just happened last night. So the girls in my room are absolutely some of my favorite people on this planet. I´m so incredibly blessed to know them and to have their strength and their love in my life. There is such a strong bond in a sisterhood and I´m going to miss them all so much when we´re out of the MTC, they´re all going to the Barcelona mission so I won´t see them until we get home, but we´ve already planned reunions, haha. Anyway, one of the girls was really struggling last night with some things that she had left unresolved at home and we just spent an hour and a half (yeah we broke curfew, but it was something we needed and what´s loosing an hour of sleep right?) talking and trying to help her feel our love and comfort and hopefully help her know what to do. Anyway, there have been somethings that I´ve been praying for and needed, like patience and love for a girl in my district and forgivness of her, and it was so crazy to all of us that as we spoke, we learned things that were more for ourselves than they were to help her. We all heard things that were so so needed to us and it is so cool the way that the spirit works through so many ways. Just by her being willing to open up about her problem to us, we all received answers to prayers and we all became so much closer to each other. We didn´t know why we were prompted to say things, but after it was all said and done, we were amazed that we had all said something that someone absolutely needed to hear. Man I love this gospel! Heavenly Father truly does know what´s best for us and exactly how and when and by what means will be the best for us.
Ok so some other things. Last week we went to the Prado museum for p-day, let´s just say that that´s not a place that I´ll be taking you to when we come back to visit. It´s kind of a dark place, there are lots of dark pictures of Christ and it´s not very happy. Plus I´m not a creative person so my mind doesn´t understand why people would paint the kind of stuff they paint. I could see how it could be cool for someone who knows the history and importance of art, but for someone who doesn´t have a lot of interest in art, it´s not something I would suggest going to.
We also got to do a tour of the temple after our session last week which was so cool! That on the other hand is beautiful and I can´t wait to be in the celestial room someday with all of you right there with me. We got to go see the sealing rooms, the baptistry, and the hermanas got to see the bride´s room. It´s so so pretty and the colors are beautiful. I might just have to get married in the Madrid temple and then come back later and have my reception. Haha, maybe not.
So the whole thing that missionaries say about time being the weirdest concept while you´re out is absolutely true! The days aren´t too bad, but they can get pretty long. But the weeks go by like nobody´s business! I feel like I get to wednesday and say ´tomorrow´s p-day´ and then feel like I just said that yesterday. it´s so crazy, but kind of nice at the same time. I hope the time goes by quickly for you at home as well, because I know that it can drag on, but by finding the joy, time really will fly by, and we will be seeing each other again before you know it!
So I don´t know if I told you last week about the woman that we talked to at the park for 45 minutes who only wanted to talk about that Bible and like gave us a quiz on the bible before she would talk to us, but as the park this week we walked by her (she was already talking to elders or else I would´ve gone over to sit down with her again) and she remembered me from the previous week and waved me and my companion over to sit with her and the elders. She did the same thing this week and was just talking and talking and talking the whole time (this time for an hour and a half) and wouldn´t let us say a word. When we finally decided to cut her off and try to get a word in we tried to talk to her about the book of mormon. She wasn´t having any of it. She´s a devout evangelical and wasn´t budging. I bore a heartfelt testimony and I know that she felt the spirit as she did when I tried the same thing las week but she wasn´t going to listen to it. Sometimes as missionaries it´s hard to remember that people have their agency and that they can decide for themselves, but we just don´t want to accept that. It´s hard to see when someone needs the joy this gospel can bring, but they aren´t willing to even put forth an effort to receive it. It´s hard to see, but God knows what´s going to happen. And I can only hope and pray that someday her heart will change and she will remember the sister missionary in the park who loved her and wanted to share her testimony and that she´ll want that spirit with her always. I guess I won´t ever know what happens with her, but I´ll trust in the Lord that things will work out for her.
Well because of the whole strange time thing, I don´t really remember much of what happened this week and What I´ve already told you, haha, but I love you all and I´m praying for you always! I am so grateful for the gospel and for the chance that we have to be an eternal family, I wouldn´t want anything less than eternity with all of you. Thank you for your love and support and examples to me. I love you I love you I love you!