Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I Give Thee Thanks For...


¿Qué tal? Happy Thanksgiving! It´ll be weird not having Thanksgiving this year. In fact we couldn´t even remember if it was this week or last week. We had to ask other missionaries and people who have lived in the States. haha! Eventhough I won´t be in the States this week, I can still be very grateful for the things I have. I have much to be grateful for. I am wearing a new Spanish suit. (It looks way good. And it makes me look super slim!) I have an amazing family. Supportive friends. An excellent education. Food. Housing. Í´m in Spain. I have a great companion. An awesome mission president. The thing I am most grateful for is the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He suffered and died for us so that we can repent and be cleansed of our sins. Have our troubles and sins washed away. How great is that!?! I am so very grateful to be able to partake of the Sacrament every week and renew my baptismal covenants and start each week fresh. It is a wonderful blessing to be a part of the Lord´s restored church and a privelege to serve Him by inviting others to follow His example. I am so grateful for the priesthood that I hold and for the opportunity to live for time and eternity with my family. I am so grateful for the plan our Father in Heaven has for us to return to live with Him with our families. The Gospel is a wonderful thing! And I am so grateful for it.

I mentioned a new Spanish suit. I caved to temptation. We were in H&M and I just looked too good in the suit. Suits here pretty are well priced, compared to the States (even after converting from euros to dollars). I love it! A picture will be included. It´s amazing how nice it is compared to my super baggy missionary mall suit. ´Now spaniards on the streets will take me seriously! by the way, i do not recommend missionary mall for future missionaries. the only thing i like from it are the socks. I liked the shoes until my shoelaces snapped! i had to tie the lace back together and relace it. it is quite uneven now and very bothersome.

this week we spent a lot of time with president and hermana hinckley. they came down monday and we made paella (the rice dish you keep asking me about, mom). then tuesday through thursday we had a "mini-CCM" in the mornings. president hinckley is so intelligent! i learned so much! in the evenings the missionaries from the other areas either returned to their area or came out with us. it was nice having help. we made a lot of contacts with antiguos (old investigators) but still got lessons in. i can´t think of any stories to tell. i had a few i was going to tell, but as usual i forgot. plus i dont want to take a lot of time so that i can upload pictures.

one story really quick. elder lara and i had to return to piso to grab something on friday. we were walking past the capilla and noticed it was open. we peeked inside and saw hermano mambo waving us inside! it was their turn to clean the chapel. i saw johana and thought "oh no, isabel isnt going to be happy" (the only thing keeping johana from baptism is that isabel thinks johana spends too much time at church activities and is slacking with her home responsibilites. sergio´s mom has complained about the same thing). immediately after thinking that i heard an all too familiar laugh...it was isabel!!! we can´t get her to church but here she is cleaning it! lol. i see that as some progress. haha.

also we´re teaching sergo´s family. they are all as awesome as he is.

well that´s all for now. ¡hasta luego!

im having trouble with the pics. hopefully i can figure it out!

elder buchkovich

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