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