Monday, December 13, 2010



Well not too much happened this week that is worth reporting. It was nice and warm early in the week. It felt the way I imagined Spain. Then like in Ohio, it all changed over night! The only way I know the temperature is from thermometers displayed outside farmacias. This week it got down to 2 degrees Celsius! That may not be cold compared to home. But here I don´t have a car and I´m not wearing a bunch of layers of sweaters and hoodies, etc. Also we spend ALL day outside! Thus it is really cold!!! On the bright side, we are a lot less late to our citas (from walking quickly). haha! I kept waiting for it to drop 2 degrees and snow! Especially since it was super foggy and already seemed like it was snowing.

Remember that story I told last week about that guy who was yelling at us and wouldn´t listen to us, but we gave him a Book of Mormon anyway? And I said that I didn´t think anything would come of it......Well it is with great humility that I now admit that I was wrong. He called and set up a cita. He´s technically in the other elders´ area, so we won´t get to teach him. Hopefully though, he doesn´t yell at them the entire time.

Also we set to baptismal fechas for Christmas!!! Daisy and Tracy (12 yrs old) are the wife and daughter of a man, Ramon, who hasn´t been to church in about 10 years. Daisy has a friend who is a member. Recently Daisy told her friend that she wanted the missionaries to start coming by to teach her children so that her husband will get reactived. Apparently the only time her husband has not been drinking is when he was active in the Church and she wants him to stop drinking again. So Elder Plaskett and I started teaching them. And now Daisy and Tracy are getting baptized and Ramon is coming to church again! A Christmas miracle! Also a friend of the family, also named Ramon, and his family used to go to church with Daisy and Tracy at their old church. When Daisy and Tracy started attending our church, Ramon and his family decided to check it out. We´ve started teaching Ramon, his wife, daughter, and two of his sons. Ramon and the two sons came to church and enjoyed it! It was a great week!

Aside from that is was a bit of a hard week. We got dropped by one family and found out another investigator is moving. Hopefully he continues receiving the lessons where he is moving to. Also we had a lot of citas cancelled over and over again. And it was freezing cold. Also we keep having problems with poaching (teaching in other elders´ areas). Apparently the way Lleida used to be is that they just shared everyone. Well I don´t like that. We are called by God to specific areas for a reason. Also it´s hard for us to set up citas with our people when the other elders are already setting up citas with them. Our zone leaders specifically told us to stop sharing and switch people to the correct elders. The other elders in Lleida aren´t doin this and keep teaching in our area. I keep complaining to Elder Plaskett but he doesn´t really care. And I started to realize this week why he won´t really say anything to the other. I´m starting to grasp a sense of direction in Lleida and where our area is. And I´ve discovered that several people we teach are in the other elders´ area!!! As frustrating as it is, I just need to be patient. We´re slowly dividing everything correctly so in due time it will be normal.

I haven´t really mentioned what my day is like. So I´ve decided to summarize and average day really quick.

7:30 am Wake up and excercise
8:00 am Get ready
9:00 am - 11:30 Personal Study, Companionship Study, and Castellano study
12:00 pm- 2:00 pm Proselyting (citas, contacting, etc)
2:00- 4:00 Medio dia (back to piso for lunch and more study or to member´s home for lunch)
4:00- 10:00 pm (10:30 if have cita) More proselyting, teach English class, correlation meeting, etc.
11:30 pm Bed

Well that´s all for this week. ¡Hasta luego! ¡Bon Nadal! (catalan)

ps. The Bishopric wants us to sing in the ward choir. Several songs that we are singing are in Catalan!

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