October 3, 2011

All Over Spain

¡Buenos Días!

Well, it has been quite the crazy week! I started out last Tuesday traveling to Cádiz to get my DNI (residency) card. Unfortunately I had to take one of the longest trips possible in our mission to get there because my bus left from Murcia. It was a lot of travel. The only thing worse than sitting in a car for 1,000,000 hours is sitting in a train or a bus. But, it was a good adventure, and I sure have seen a lot of Spain now! I finally got back on Thursday evening and we had a little bit of time to be missionaries before conference started. Once again, it was a really crazy week. Unfortunately Elder Ferguson has to go to Fuengirola until Thursday this week, so it will be another bum couple of days while he is out. I will be in Murcia doing splits, but working outside of your area is just never the same.

The highlight of the week was definitely General Conference. How could it not be? Seeing as there is a little bit of a time zone difference, we watch it a little differently here in Spain. We still managed to see every session except the Sunday afternoon. How about Provo temple #2?? I was so excited when they announced that! It is definitely needed...I can't wait to see what it is like! For the Sunday morning sessions (which we watched at 6:00 in the afternoon), we had a lot of investigators come. One of our recent converts brought her friend...who just happened to be related to the family we brought! Neither of them knew the other was coming. It was funny seeing them walk in and realize they were there together. They all felt the spirit very strongly and we are meeting with them on Thursday and Friday. Woohoo!

We're definitely seeing miracles in the whole mission. I got to talk to a lot of missionaries while I was traveling and there is a ton of success all over the mission right now. We have really focused on buckling down, working hard, and meeting/exceeding the mission goals. It really shows. And when we are working, the Lord blesses us. The other night, after all our appointments had fallen through, we were walking around doing contacts. We had about 15 minutes left and hadn't had a single good contact. All we wanted to do was go in, but we decided to talk to one more person. That's when we found the family we brought to church. It was an awesome contact. As we walked home, but realized we still had a little bit of time, and decided to contact one last family - right outside of our piso. Once again, they stopped to talk to us and were super open and eager to invite us over! Just goes to show that when we are willing to work and do what the Lord says - and endure to the end - we will bless us with miracles. That is when they happen - after we have shown him that we deserve them. 

I love you all so much! In conference they talked a lot about the Atonement. I know the Atonement is something real. Feelings of guilt and impurity can be washed away if we will come unto Christ. He is the center of everything and the door to eternal life. The more we study Him and understand Him, the more real the Atonement can become in our lives. I know the Book of Mormon is true and brings us closer to Him. I'm so grateful for living prophets today to lead and guide us. All we need to do to know they are called of God is listen to their words. 

Again, I love you!!!

Elder Mockler

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