Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas & Happy New Year

What is up my friends?!
This has been a great week here! We had a huge conference with all of
the missionaries in the Barcelona area and that was great! The
president of our mission talked to us there and got us super pumped up
to find people ready to be baptized during the Christmas and new year
I got a new companion this week! His name is Elder Muncy and he is
from California. He works super hard and has just ended 6 months as a
missionary leader over the Islands Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza. We are
super excited to get to work together!
Our miracle from this week happened on Christmas Day. One of the older
spainiards we have been teaching here came to church for his first
time! We have been trying very hard to get him to come to church for a
little over 2 months now. The problem is is that his back is hurt
fairly bad. For the past two months he couldn't even walk. It even
hurt him to sit up. We worked super hard teaching him and it's been
great to see his progress. Christmas Day he came to church! He rode
his bike 30 minutes just to come to church! It was super crazy! He is
still in a lot of pain but had a great time at church and said he is
going to come back next week as well! We are super excited for his
This has been a great week and Christmas is a great day out here as a
missionary. You get to go tell people about Christ and his birth and
what his life means for all of humanity. The life of Christ is
amazing. Without Jesus Christ we could not return to heaven. Without
Jesus Christ we we be totally lost as a human race. But we are not. We
have a savior. We have a redeemer. And He is Jesus the Christ, the Son
of the Living God. I love Jesus Christ and I love His gospel.

With Love,
Elder Bristol


How is it going in this Christmas Season?!
Here everything is going super well! Well this entire week was a
miracle. We went into this week with nothing really happening. We had
a couple people progressing in the gospel but we did not really have a
ton of success going on. Then on Tuesday we had a meeting with our
friend from Cuba named Miguel. We taught him about baptism and then in
the end of the lesson we asked him what he thought about baptism. He
said he was ready he was just waiting on us to tell him when he was
prepared! We told him that he was prepared and he was so excited! Then
we asked when he thought he would be ready by to be baptized and he
said whenever we said. Then I told him that we would be having a
baptism this Saturday and that we feel that he is prepared. He said
yes and was so excited the entire week! We baptized him on Saturday
morning and I had the privilege of actually baptizing him. It was such
a great meeting. At the end of the service he bore his testimony about
how he was just starting his journey! He is so amazing! Only 4 weeks
ago we got back in touch with him and now he has been baptized! What a
miracle! And even more, he has plans of bringing his family to church
with him next week and the week after! He is an amazing man and we
were so blessed to meet him!
This is a great time of year! Remember in this Christmas season to
serve others! Christ was a gift to the world! Without Jesus Christ we
would not be able to return to live with God again after this life.
But we do have a Savior. We do and we know it! That is why during this
Christmas season we must show our love for the savior through service!
Go and serve!
Merry Christmas.
Elder Bristol


Wassup family and friends!
This has been a great week here in Badalona! We have a lot of work
going on and still a lot to do! The greatest miracle this week
happened with our great investigator Miguel from Cuba who I talked
about last week. He came to church again this week which was so great
and he had another great week at church. He loves the classes after
sacrament meeting and already has so many friends at church. One older
member of our congregation started talking to him yesterday and they
became quick friends! The older man invited Miguel over to his house
and Miguel was so excited! Miguel told us that he wants us to come
with him as well! Our congregation is being so nice to this Cuban man!
He knows basically everyone in church after two weeks and is super
excited to come next week. He is also going to come to our Christmas
dinner as a ward as well! He is so excited and we are going to try to
help him get baptized really soon! He says he is ready to get baptized
but just wants to be sure!
Elder McNutt and I are really great friends and we have such a great
time. I also worked for a day with elder Maurer who is from Australia.
He has been on his mission for almost two years and is such a great
missionary. I learned so much from him. Elder Orantes who I also live
with from LA is a super good missionary as well. They are our zone
leaders and work really hard!
This week I have learned a ton! The most I learned was about the
importance of service. When we lose ourselves and work once for the
benefit of others we are blessed. We become the people that God knows
we can become. I know that Christ lives and he is our greatest example
for service. He served his entire life. The least we can do is do a
quick act of service every day. Especially in this Christmas season.
Always remember Christ. What Would Jesus Do?

Love y'all!
Elder Bristol

Monday, December 5, 2016

Back to December

What is going on friends and family!
This week we saw a huge miracle. We found a Cuban man in October named
Miguel and taught him a couple of lessons and then we could not get in
touch with him for a couple of weeks. But last Sunday on our way home
from church we ran into him in the metro and rekindled our friendship
with him and then set up another visit with him. We met his entire
family for the first time there as well in the metro. We taught him
this week and it turns out he has not been baptized and is ready to
take that step in his life! He just wants to know which church to do
it in. We invited him to church in that visit and he was so excited to
come with us. We called him saturday night to confirm that he would
come with us and he was still so excited. We show up sunday and he was
dressed in a suit and was carrying the Book of Mormon! He said he even
bought the pants just to come to church. While in church he made a
comment in one of the classes that we were the light in his life that
he has been looking for and that we have been such a blessing for him!
And he also has already made plans to come next week! He also said
that he is going to make the rest of his family come with him when
they don't work as well! He absolutely loved church and is so nice to
us. He is so amazing! And we just ran into him on the metro last
Sunday! He is progressing well and we are super excited for him!
It is getting a little cold here in Badalona haha mostly because all
the buildings hide the sun all the time haha so because of that I have
been having to dress with more clothes every day haha. But everything
is going well here! Elder McNutt and I are having a great time!
The biggest thing I learned this week that the phrase "be of good
cheer" which is quoted many times in the New Testament is more of a
commandment to us that a promise of hope. It does not say be of good
cheer (if you like your job...if you have lots of money...if you are
watching the office). It means be of good cheer all the time!
Everything we have is from God! So be of good cheer! Love y'all a ton!
Be of Good Cheer,
Elder Bristol

Hey Yall

Hey y'all!
Hey! It's been a wonderful week here in Badalona. We have seen a lot
of miracles. The biggest miracle is the story of this man named Jakob.
He is from Kyrgystan and is about 65 years old and speakers seven
languages. He is one of the happiest men I have met here on the
mission so far. He was raised Muslim but has recently converted to be
a Christain. Elder McNutt and I contacted him about 2 weeks ago and
then about a week ago we ran back into him in the street! We set up a
return visit this time with him and it turns out he knows a little
about our church already! He has lived in Sweden before and told us
about how he had Mormon friends there. He has even attended a
baptismal service there! We had a great lesson with him this week and
gave him a Book of Mormon in Arabic. He said he will definitely read
it and pray about it! It was a super experience! He is so happy and
has a lot of potential! The biggest miracle is that he actually knows
a little about our church and even bigger that we gave someone a book
in Arabic and they are actually goi g to read it haha! But he
definitely is ready for the gospel!
I really appreciate how Elder McNutt has trained me. The first week I
told him to correct my Spanish any time I mess up and he has taken me
up on that. He has not relented one bit. And I have truly been blessed
because of his dedication to helping me improve. I have really seen
improvement this week and I am super thankful for him and his
This week I learned most about why we keep the commandments of God. We
keep the commandments not just because God has told us to. We don't
keep them just to check them off. We don't just read the scriptures
and pray because we have been told to everyday. We do this things so
that we grow. Our end goal in life is to truly become a Disciple of
Christ. When we keep the commandments we can feel the influence of God
in our life. But we truly follow commandments so that we become
someone that God knows we can be.
Everything is going well here.
GEORGIA. That's what I'm talking about lol.
Peace and blessings to all y'all!

Elder Bristol

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Daisy's Baptism

Yee yee!! What a week!
This week was a great week! We had a wonderful baptism! Daisy who has
been investigating the church for over 8 months finally got baptized!
She was so ready to get baptized; it was great. If you met her you
could probably tell she could be the nervous or shy type. Well that is
exactly what she is. The entire week leading up to her baptism she was
so nervous. She would tell us every time we talked to her how nervous
she was. But then she would tell us that she knew baptism was the
right thing for her. Well it all built up for a week and then came the
baptismal service which was saturday night and she was visibly
nervous. She became so nervous that she became emotional before the
baptism. But she just kept going forward and kept moving towards
baptism. Then the baptism actually occurred. She was so nervous to
come down into the water but she took that step of faith and walked on
into the water and was baptized. It was amazing. Then after the
baptism she was all smiles. Nothing could stop her after that. She
knew that baptism was the right step for her at that point and she was
beaming after the baptism! The service was very spiritual! It bore
testimony to me that baptism is the right step and when we take a step
of faith we are blessed. It is not always going to be easy. It
definitely is not easy making decisions like baptism. But all we have
to do is show our faith and God will bless us more than we could ever
That was great! The other elders who live with us brought someone to
the baptism who it was their first time meeting with the missionaries
and after the service he told them that he wanted to get baptized.
Miracles exist. God lives.
I love my companion so much. He is so great! He is so funny and we get
along really well. He has been throwing me into the deep end a bunch
lately just making me speak a whole lot of Spanish which is kind of
scary but it is really good for me. Every Sunday we speak only on
Spanish all day and it is a great way to learn. By the end of the day
I find that I'm just naturally speaking in Spanish instead of having
to choose to speak in Spanish. But Elder McNutt is amazing. He is
always smiling and around people at church he is so good! We work
great together. I love this work.
I learned most this week that the Lord blesses those that act in
faith. This is one of my favorite topics because I think it is one of
the things so many people struggle with. Everyone has faith, whether
the think they do or not, but not everyone recognizes their faith. But
when we act on our faith and when we try our hardest to follow God and
Jesus Christ then we are truly blessed. Always remember that Jesus
Christ lives. He is our savior. He is the Christ. I know that with all
of my heart.
Peace out Georgia. Y'all the best

Elder Bristol

Monday, October 31, 2016

Just Keep Walking the Hills

Hello friends and family!
How is everything going back there in Georgia and the United States!
If there is one thing I have truly learned this week it is that I am
definitely not in the United States right now haha. But Spain is
great! If there is any place I would want to be serving the Lord it is
Spain! I love it here and I love the people!
Our week started out pretty rough last Monday. We ended preparation
day early to go talk with the man that was supposed to get baptized
that Saturday and he said that he was not ready for baptism and he
wanted a couple weeks to think on his own! So that was definitely not
the way I wanted to start our week. But I can testify that it got
better haha. We went straight from talking with him and taught this
man that is so ready to hear about Christ and His gospel! Then as the
week kept going we kept seeing miracles! We have a great baptism set
up for this weekend for a 23 year old girl named Daisy who has been
thinking about getting baptized for 8 months and now is finally ready
and we are so excited for her to take this great step in her life! She
is going to be such a solid and faithful member and will love God with
all of her heart. She already loves God and Christ but we are super
excited for her! Go Daisy! Another man we have committed to get
baptized in 3 weeks is a man named Manuel from Spain. He is 67 and is
super humble. His back is hurt really badly and is super humble and
open to hearing about the gospel! I know he will get baptized and will
dedicate his life to Christ.
The thing I learned most from this week is that whenever adversity
comes you just have to keep your head up and keep going. There is
nothing in this life that we cannot face if we have God on our side.
And that is the amazing thing! God will always be on our side if we
seek Him! My week started off pretty rough but we just kept our heads
up and kept trying our hardest and testifying that Christ lives and we
were blessed for our faith! Just like here in Badalona we always need
to keep walking up the hill because sometime it will level out. I know
Christ lives and he loves us! I know we can always talk to God through
I love all y'all!
Peace out.

Elder Bristol

Hilly Badalona

Hey everyone!

Badalona is still full of hills of anyone was wondering. Literally it
is one of the hilliest places that I have ever been in my life! The
hills are absolutely huge and steep too! But we are doing well right
now! Elder McNutt and us are really killing it here in Badalona!

This 22 year old lady named Daisy decided to get baptized with us and
she said November 5th is when she wants to be baptized so we are super
excited about that! She has a ton of support and she is so excited.
Well actually better said she has a lot of support from friends. Her
father and mother are both devout Catholics and they aren't super
excited about the change but she is super excited and so prepared to
be baptized! Our other investigator who has a baptismal date for this
weekend is also doing well! He is having a little struggle with
smoking so we are going today to his apartment to help him out and
give him some extra encouragement. But he is doing well and we are
super excited for him!

We are having so much fun though! Elder McNutt and I really get along.
He is super funny but most of all he is a work horse! That's perfect
for me! I love to work hard and for my first companion to be such a
hard worker is really good for me! But we get along really well and we
are becoming really good friends.

The Spanish is really coming along. This week was a great week for it.
I saw a lot of improvement this week in it. Yesterday I knew basically
all of what everyone was talking about in all of our lessons and
conversations! It definitely is a gift of tongues that I am even able
to to this! We have met many Chinese people on the streets who speak
worse Spanish than I do and have been in Spain for 5 or more years!
It's a gift from God that kids 18-20 years old have the ability to
learn a new language fully in 6 months!

This week was great though. What I really learned throughout the week
is that God truly does love all of his children! He knows us all
individually. He even knows us by name. He loves us so much. He loves
us so much that He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ to suffer for each
one of us. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know if we ask for
anything in prayer we will get an answer from God. I know Jesus
suffered for more than just our sins. He suffered for our infirmities
and for our sadness and for our injuries. Christ lives. I love y'all
so much! Keep doing such great things in Georgia! Peace out y'all

Elder Bristol

Monday, October 17, 2016


How's it going back there in Georgia everyone!? Everything is going so
well here in Santa Caloma and I love it! The people out here are super
great. About a third of the people are Spaniards. Then the next third
are Muslims from Pakistan. Then the next third and Chinese who know 0
Spanish and 0 English. And then there are two American LDS
missionaries talking to everyone about God.
Everything is going great here though! One of the men we are teaching
is a Spaniards and he is so great! He is down to 2 cigarettes a day
and it is great! He is truly changing his life to come closer to
Christ! It's amazing to see the blessings of the Gospel in all of
these people's lives. We are really working hard. It is really fun. We
go out and just talk to everyone on the street and for the most part
everyone is pretty rude to us but then we just think back to the man
who is stopping smoking and that makes it all worth it! When we come
closer to Christ our lives truly are blessed.
What I have learned so much this week but what I have learned the most
about is patience. For the first part of the week I was getting pretty
frustrated with my Spanish and I was really upset. But then one
morning I was thinking and then it hit me. The thought was
like...Elder Bristol you idiot what are you doing, you know the
Spanish will come. Just be patient. So from then forth I have been
studying a lot about patience. In the scriptures there are so many
promises promised to those who are patient. If we trust in the Lord
and we are patient, then we will get what we seek for. Patience is
waiting or enduring a hardship without getting upset or frustrated.
That is what we need more of in this technology age. A lot of times we
want things and we want them now! But the Lord always knows what's
best for us. We just need to trust in Him and know that he knows us
and he loves us.
I know Jesus Christ lives and he loves us.
Peace out y'all! Keep doing great things
Elder Bristol

Monday, October 10, 2016


Peace up from BADalona!!!
Wassup my friends and family!? I'm here in the mission field finally!
It great I got here Tuesday and got right down to work haha! I got my
companion and his name is Elder Mcnutt and he is from San Francisco!
He is a great man and super funny! We are already getting along really
well! How are you all doing?! How is Georgia Tech doing lol
But yeah I am here in Badalona. This place is nothing but a ton of
hills! I'm gonna walk out of this town with some rock hard calves lol.
But this town Badalona is great! it's great cause we actually have an opportunity to really change
some lives! I'm so excited! Badalona is basically the ghetto of
Barcelona so that is also really fun. Don't get me wrong though the
ghetto of Barcelona is still super nice haha but yes Badalona is
My Spanish is coming along little by little haha. My companion is
really nice about it though. He has been put on his mission for a year
and he has a really good grasp on Spanish. So he does a lot of the
conversing until we start teaching lessons right now because most of
the words I know have to do with the Gospel haha. But yeah he
compliments it a lot which helps my confidence. Saturday was a tough
day for me. I was struggling with wanting to be fluent in Spanish
right now! But then yesterday I took a step back and was reminded that
this is the Lords work and the Lords mission so that really helped me
We have a man who is scheduled to get baptized soon. My companion
found this man in A few weeks ago. He has made an absolute turn he has made
in his life. He committed to us that he wants to and is going to give
up smoking and be baptized! This is what I learned this week. I truly
learned how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can change people's lives.
Knowing that God exists and He sent His son Jesus Christ to live and
die for us does change lives! I know Jesus Christ lives! I know that
he loves all of us!
I love all of you! Thanks to all y'all for your love!
Peace out all!
Elder Bristol