Monday, March 6, 2017

Sweet Home Badalona

Hello to all,

Things are going super well out here in Badalona! Elder Simon and I

are working super hard and we are seeing miracles left and right!
Can't beat that Melbourne-Atlanta combo out here in Barcelona, Spain!

The miracle from this week is a woman named Elizabeth. She is from

Nicaragua and just arrived here in Spain six months ago. She is the
sister of a member in our congregation out here in Badalona. The
sister who is a member is struggling right now with her faith so we
have been working closely with her trying to help her stay loyal to
God for the past month or so. This last week she invited us over for
dinner and told us that she was inviting her sister who is not a
member to come hear from us as well. We had the lesson with Elizabeth
and after the lesson she said she would definitely get baptized and
that she was so happy to hear our message. She told us that these six
months have been tough for her because there are not a lot of people
who believe in God and that her faith has been tried lately as well.
She said about a week ago she was thinking that something was missing
in her life. When her sister invited her to hear a message from us she
said she could not say no. She told us this was the answer to her
prayers and ended the lesson with us thanking us for everything and
crying of joy. It was a wonderful moment. It is so humbling to see the
Lord work through you in ways like this.

Elder Simon is amazing. He has truly taught me how to work smart. Most

missionaries know how to work really hard but Elder Simon knows how to
be the most effective and how to most effectively bring souls unto
Christ.

In Spain basically everyone uses public transportation. We do not get

anywhere if we don't walk, ride a bus, or ride the metro or subway.
It's a bit different having to rely on others to take you everywhere
but now I'm used to it and I love it!

Here's to another great week,

Elder Bristol

We have karaoke and they made me sing this song. I found out I do not

know this song lol. Like at all. But it was fun.



video

"Come unto me"

Hello Georgia!

We had such a great week this week! Elder Simon and I are having a
great time together and learning a lot.

We had three wonderful baptisms this last week. Two of the children
were children from the Peruvian family that are so great. We found
this family in the street about a month ago and then we couldn't get
in touch with them for about two weeks. Then after two weeks Elder
Simon and I passed by their house and they were there. They invited us
in and we invited them to church for the next day! They said yes and
all came to church. And then we set up a visit with them for that
Tuesday and right then we set a baptismal date for the children for
this past Saturday. To make the baptism even better it was the
mother's birthday. It was a great service. Madeline also got baptized
this past Saturday and her story is a bit different. For a long time
we have been trying to help her get baptized but her mom was impeding
her daughter from being baptized for personal reasons. When Elder
Simon got here we decided to be bold and have a lesson only about the
baptism of the daughter. We did that and came out with a miracle. She
was baptized a week later! This Saturday was wonderful! Baptism is a
great way to spend a Saturday here in Spain.

Elder Simon and I get along really well. He is a great missionary. We
are on the same page as a companionship in our desires to baptize and
in our desires to push the work along here so we work well together. I
really admire how smart he works. I'm learning a lot from him this
transfer from how smart he works.

In Spain they eat yogurt or a fruit after every meal and it is
amazing. I absolutely love it. There's your Spanish fact for the week.

Elder Bristol