Our mission hit our goal of 300 baptisms this week!
That means the rest of the year we just get to see how far past it we
can get! Of course the numbers aren't what is important in missionary
work - it is the people - but it is still nice to have exceeded our goal
and to be able to see how much the church has grown in Spain in just 1
year. The stone has been cut out of the mountain and continues growing
to fill the whole Earth.
Well, I had a weird realization today that describes pretty well how
time flies. As of now I have been in Huércal-Overa as long as I was in
Algeciras. The time just keeps getting faster and faster - Elder
Marchello and I have been together 6 weeks now. I cannot believe it! I'm
hoping to stay here a lot longer still, so no worries about me moving!
Apparently writing that paragraph about food a few weeks ago was all
I needed to start having some interesting food experiences again. On
Friday we had the choice privilege of eating pig foot. There isn't much
preparation involved in making it...just imagine having a pig's foot
sticking out of a bowl of soup and you've got what we had. I can't say
it was very enjoyable, but at least I can say I've tried it. On Saturday
we ate peanut soup which was extremely delicious. I was a little
skeptical at first, but it was honestly the best thing I've eaten for a
while around here.
Good news about the work here in Huércal...we set 4 baptismal fechas
this week!! We met a Romanian family and they are getting baptized on
the 7th of January. Melissa is going to get baptized on Christmas Day!!
We are really excited for that. Since we only have Sacrament meeting on
Christmas we are going to do the baptismal service just after. It will
be very special and we are excited that we have finally been able to
work out a good date. Looks like we'll have a White Christmas!
I would just like to share a quick thought. We have been sharing this passage with a lot of people this week:
verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the light of this people.
A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid...Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
The Savior said this to his Nephite disciples during his ministry to
them as well as to his disciples in Jerusalem during the Sermon on the
Mount. That light that he speaks of is a real, literal, visible light.
The Spirit fills us with light and knowledge that shines forth out of us
when we are faithful. This is one of the greatest blessings we can have
in this life. I'm thankful to have it in my life and even more thankful
to help others find it. We cannot hide what we know nor deny it. There
is nothing more desirable or fulfilling than this light although other
things sometimes seem enticing. I hope we can all strive to be filled
with the Light of Christ and the Spirit.
I love you all so much!!! Have a great week!