Well, the big news for this week is that the transfer is over...and I'm leaving Algeciras! I'm headed to a little pueblo called Huércal-Overa right on the Western edge of Andalucía. It'll be a long bus ride and a big change!! I'm sad to leave Algeciras, but excited to get to work somewhere completely different!
This week has been really crazy, as we haven't had a normal day the entire week! On Monday and Tuesday we had the Zone Leaders here to do splits with us, and on Thursday we left here to stay with them, do splits with them and the Elders in Chiclana, and then go to Specialized training and Stake Conference in Cádiz. The weirdest part was being out of Algeciras for 3 whole days. It was a ton of fun and great to be able to work super hard together with all the missionaries in our district.
We are still teaching a lot of Africans here. They speak English pretty well, but they speak "Pidgeon English" even better. It is a dialect based on English...and completely impossible to understand. For example, to say "what time is it?" you would say "what time you talk?", but in the heaviest African accent you can imagine. It is fun learning phrases from our investigators! As for teaching them, we challenged them to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it right before we left on Thursday evening and they said they would study it a lot for the days we were gone so they could know when we got back. We are super excited to go see how they are today!
While I was in San Fernando we focused a lot on talking to people about Christ and baptism. On Saturday night, I felt testified to me countless times that this church is truly the Church of Jesus Christ: He leads us and guides us through his living prophet. The blessings of baptism are incredible and are real. We just have to have faith in him and take the steps - slowly and surely - that he asks us to. If we do that, one day we will have eternal life - either in this life or the next. I can't think of a better promise than that, and it only seems better the more I understand. The Gospel is true! We just have to live it to know.
I love you all! Thank you so much for your support!
Below are photos from a training conference for the San Fernando Zone. The captions are from the Spain Málaga mission blog that is updated weekly by the mission president and his wife.
Presidente told everyone where they were going for transfers. Hmm, I wonder what will happen to Elder Lignell and his companion Elder Mockler. Elder Banbury is there to comfort all.
Come on Presidente, tell us please!
We are singing the mission song all over the mission. San Fernando Zone is ready to go.
Can you find all 14 missionaries in this picture? You'll have to look closely to find Elder Marchello and a few others.
Here's a better picture of all of us. We are on fire in San Fernando. They had 36 investigators in the Stake Conference general session. Great work!