Date: February 15, 2017 at 9:55 AM
Subject: Hello from Carabanchel!!
This week has flown by. It's crazy to be in a different area. I know things are going to be great here, but we haven't had ward meetings yet, so I don't know the ward members very well.
Differences here: It's less pretty, less clean, and there are less cats.
But more people!! So it's great. Lots of Chinese people. Not so great because they can't speak English or Spanish...
I've met a few investigators and we're working on staying in contact with the rest. Not much to report on that front.
We had contact with Tecla in Mostoles before I left. We couldn't see her but we talked on the phone. She left for Guinea the next day. I do not think it was chance that we found and talked to her and gave her a Book of Mormon in the small window that she was here in Spain.
Hna Quispe is working hard in Mostoles and I hope they see a lot of success.
Thursday night we went for a pass by and were rejected. We were in the building so we decided to knock doors. We decided to start from the top. We were in the middle of praying, asking for the help to find the people who are ready, when a door flew open and music filled the stairwell. We finished the prayer quickly and decided to go up and talk to them. A lady was in her doorway telling a man to go get something I think. We started talking to her and she said she had had doubts about God and that she had been praying a lot. She felt like us talking to her was like God knocking on her door. She said she was going through a hard time and started to cry. We told her God loved her and that we were here to help in what she needed. We got her number and said we would visit her soon because she couldn't in that moment. We've tried having contact with her again, unsuccessfully, but we are still trying.
Yesterday was Valentine's day and we decided to make lots of valentines with compliments and give them out. I really feel like we spread the light of Christ. It was great to see so many happy faces. I put the question: ask us what was the biggest demonstration of love in the world... on my backpack. At the bus station, we handed out a bunch of hearts and they eventually asked us about the question. We got to share our testimonies about Jesus Christ and the love of Heavenly Father. One lady said she liked our Valentine better, but it was still awesome to bear testimony to a bunch of people at once in a bus stop in Spain.
Later, we were seated on a bench making calls and organizing things and Ignacio came up to us and started talking. I started to explain his question about the Mormons, and he sat down on the bench and we basically taught him the whole restoration. He thinks it's amazing that we leave our homes to come out here and preach the Gospel. He is Catholic. We got his number and we're going to stay in contact with him.
That's about all folks! I'm glad you're all doing well out there on the home front. I am happy, and trying to dedicate all I can to improving this area.