Monday, January 20, 2014

Miracle Week in Badajoz!!!​!

Paige Walton
10:39 AM (1 hour ago)
to me, Tyler, Elliot, Whitney, Luke
Man, I wish I had 3 hours to tell you all the cool things that happened this past week. It was an incredible week. And things like this don´t happen in European missions, and most definitely not in Badajoz, haha. So the great part of this week, we set 3 baptismal fechas (dates) this week! And it´s not a family, it´s 3 seperate people! Which yes, getting a family would be awesome, but getting 3 seperate fechas in a week is a big deal. Let´s just say that the hermanas in Badajoz haven´t had a baptism in more than 5 months. So we´re very excited about it! We are also very humbled for this experience. The elders here are having the complete opposite experience, walking the length of their area one day, the width of it the next, and then having to do it again. They aren´t finding anyone to teach or anyone that is home and will let them in. I feel very much like my favorite scripture this week (Alma 26:11-12). We had a lot of success, but we know that none of it is coming from us, it has all been blessings from the Lord. We don´t know why we are the ones to be here for these blessings, but we are so grateful to be a part of these miracles. 

Alright, so investigator #1: His name is Fransisco. He´s a 55+ Spanish man. He´s in rehab and walks with crutches because he had an accident about a year ago and is finally starting to be able to walk again. He has a friend that´s a member in the US and he came to hear about the church through him. He´s just a really funny guy. We love him and he just soaks up everything that we give him. He´s got awesome questions and loves reading the Book of Mormon. He´s got a fecha for the 15th of February for now, but he´s got a big word of wisdom problem we´ve got to work through before that so we might have to push it back a little bit.

Investigator #2: Her name is María. She´s 28 and also spanish (what!?!?! yeah that´s right! no this hardly happens) and she´s been investigating the church for a few months. She´s been waiting for a sure answer as to whether the church is true before she gets baptized and from what we know, she´s doing everthing she can to get an answer and just hasn´t gotten one yet. So we had an awesome lesson on faith and read Alma 32:26-37 and set a fecha with her for the 8th of February.

Investigator #3: Her name is Gladys. She´s from Equador and is 45 ish years old. She´s currently living with a member friend and her son (16 years old, just got his 18 year old girlfriend pregnant. yeah, she´s got some really big family problems going on right now). But yeah, she´s awesome too. We set a fecha with her for the 8th of Feb as well.

Well those are the 3 investigators we have that are progressing right now. We are so grateful for them and for the chance that we have to work with them. They are great and we love them! Keep them and us in your prayers so that things may go through and that everything works out with them.

So funny things that happened this week. Last week for p-day the elders told us they were taking us to a surprise place. We had no idea what to expect, but we said ok and followed them (which can be a dangerous thing with elders). We walked for a while and finally came to this funny little park that has the coolest little toy! It´s a see-saw but instead of just moving up and down, it spins in a circle too! It was super fun! We spent a pretty good amount of time there hanging out, the best part...we were sitting there playing like 5 year olds and our ward mission leader walks past us with a look of "are you really going that?" on his face, it was pretty great.

Today for p-day we had a less active member take us and the elders to a nearby pueblo and we went to a really old castle. We couldn´t go inside it, but we were walking all around it and on the walls and all that cool stuff. It was really pretty and we had a good time. Then we went and got pollo asado (really good chicken) and went back to his house to eat. It was a fun day. It´s nice to be able to see what´s around you. And can I just say that Badajoz is beautiful??? There´s not a whole lot to do from a tourist standpoint, but it´s a beautiful old city. 

Well I wish I could tell you more, but that´s all I have time for this week. I love you all and hope that you can always feel that love. I hope that you can feel how much your Savior loves you too, because I can promise you that he does. He will be there to catch you when you fall, to comfort you when you cry, and to carry you through the fire. This gospel is true, I have no doubt of that. Everything I hold dear I have because of it, and I wouldn´t want my life any other way. Although there have been hard things because of it too, I wouldn´t trade them, for they are forming into the person that I know my Heavenly Father wants and needs me to be. And I hope that who I will be someday. I love you!!!

Hermana Walton

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