Monday, May 28, 2012

SENIOR COUPLES





Spainhower (over Young Adults), Massaro (Nurses), Stevens (Pres. Office), Clegg ( Pres. of Malaga Mission), & O'Niel (Pres. Office)



May Events - May 28, 2012

Hola Family and Friends,

Elder Spainhower and I attended our first Three District Zone Meeting on May 17th. We began at 10:00 am and ended at 4:00 pm. with a quick break for some fruits and later in the afternoon, a lunch break. The missionaries from our zone took care of the lunch in which they served us pizza and doughnuts. President Clegg and his wife and eight of us senior missionaries attended, along with approximately 50 of the Elder and Sister missionaries. Many of them are from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, & Arizona areas and then there are many that come from they're home areas here in Spain and other surrounding areas. So we have a lot of translating from English to Spanish and visa versa. These missionaries are such great examples to us. They're so outgoing and anxious to serve anywhere and however they are asked to. The bar has been raised and they are meeting the challenges. They had 300 baptisms last year and the goal for next year is 450. We don't know what the goal for this year is, but as for right now, they have 50 baptisms scheduled for this weekend alone. It's amazing to us to see the work going forward so quickly here. It brings tears to my eyes to witness the baptisms of these new converts and see the changes they are making in their lives. They know the gospel is true because they have already seen great blessings come to them through studying the scriptures and making prayer a part of their daily lives. They have the light of Christ in their lives and you can see it in their faces.

We were able to attend the English speaking branch in Fuengirola again last Sunday and because it is so small, there is always a need for us to do something in helping out. There are only two Deacons to pass the sacrament and a couple of the older High Priests bless the sacrament. A representative from the stake was there who spoke to us in English and had his wife and son speak to us in Spanish while he translated for them. He made a joke about it later in his talk that he gave three talks that day.

On tuesday the 15t,h we road the bullet train to Madrid to get our citizenship cards. The last of the paper work!! Brother Sorreno picked us up and took us to get our cards and then on to the MTC where he gave us more instruction on our duties as Young Adult Leaders. We feel overwhelmed with all that needs to be accomplished to have the program running the way it needs to be, but the young adults we are working with are willing to help with whatever needs to be done. As Doug says, "One thing at a time".  We met with the MTC President, Pres. Sitterud and his wife, Joan, for dinner at the MTC and enjoyed visiting with them and meeting some of the missionaries that have been there now for six weeks and are ready to go to their mission areas next week. Some of them are from Utah and Colorado and a group of about ten were from Russia, so Doug enjoyed using his Russian to visit with them. It is always a surprise to the Russian missionaries when Doug starts talking to them in their language. They don't have to learn Spanish because they will be serving in their own country, so they get the training they need here in the Madrid MTC. Sitterud's invited us to their apartment to visit and play a quick game of Rook. Sister Sitterud says we were their first guests and she has been dying to find someone to play her favorite game. We had a great time getting to know them better.

We spent the night at the MTC and the next morning went to a temple session, which we would like to be able to do more often but the train fare is about $145 round trip. The mission only pays for it when we are going there for mission business. We met with the Sorreno's at 3:00 pm and they took us for some great ice cream and visited more about our responsibilities, which they are willing to help us with. They are such a great couple and full of energy. They dropped us off at the train station at 5:30 pm and we arrived back in Malaga at 9:00 pm. We made a quick stop at Burger King before walking home, which is only about a 10 minute walk from the station.

We had our Joven FHE Thursday and one of the young adults gave the lesson after which, we celebrated a birthday and had their favorite dessert. Rice Krispie Peanut Butter treats. 

Friday we went to the 3rd ward talent show in support of our young adults who were involved. It went from 8:00 to 10:30 and then hot dogs outside afterward. They love to have fun and party together; and some of the talents were crazy, wild, and fun.

We had the Elders for dinner at 2:30 on Sunday. They are being transferred to another area and asked if they could come to dinner before they left. We will miss them. Our missionary sisters are also leaving so we had them over that same day for dinner at 7:00. It's fun getting to know these missionaries but we always miss them when they leave us for another area.
Monday was FHE at our piso with the other three missionary couples and also the President and his wife. So we had ten of us in our little piso. It was a little cramped but we enjoy their friendship. We meet once a month at a different couples home and take turns with food and lesson assignments.
And so, another week begins again!!

We hope all is well with you and your families.
Con amamos. Hasta luego, Elder and Hermana Spainhower
Thought for the day: To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility.
- Thomas S. Monson

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