Date: December 11, 2017 at 11:24 AM
Subject: The weekly update
Hello familia! Well, we spent a long time today riding buses to make it to a Jesus statue. 3 hours in a bus, but by the end, I think it was worth it. So I'm writing from the windy bus which isn't really fun, but it's still a good time.
So I'll try to give a brief update of everything that has happened these past two weeks since I didn't really write last week. It I'm starting with this week because it's fresher on the mind. Monday might we flew to Madrid and Tuesday was spent in a meeting at president pack’s house. But afterwards we ran to the temple and we saw Adrian and Hermana Eckel and her companion (Hna strand). It was awesome. The temple was beautiful and the people are awesome. But it was freezing!!!!
Wednesday we flew back and had district meeting. That not we had a noche de hogar with venezuelan members and Pedro. They made us arepas. Thursday we talked with Peter. He is from England. He has cataracts and can't see. He refused to be baptized until he can see. But he has a really strong testimony of the church and listens consecutively to the book of Mormon. Afterwards we had a lesson with someone we talked to in the street named Lisset. She's from Venezuela. I don't know if you know about the situation there, but it is terrible. Just awful. Last week we talked to her daughter in law (long story, we set up an appointment with her and when we got there only her dinlaw was there so we taught her) and they both express how scary and unliveable it is there. So the people that escape are lucky. The lesson was awesome and she came to church that Sunday with the restoration pamphlet we gave her. We're helping her tonight with English.
Friday and Wednesday were holidays. Spain has a lot of holidays. So we taught Hayro beforehand about the 10 commandments. I really like the 10 commandments. Just good ol' common sense. We also helped Hayro download the gospel library app to listen to the bom. He was like, "you knew about this the whole time and only NOW you're telling me??" Well.. at least now he has it! We played futbol with the ward. Later that night Luis made us arepas. He's from Venezuela. After English we talked about the book of Mormon. He's been reading and trying to apply its teachings. He had some questions like, "why do Laman and Lemuel keep making the same mistake and murmuring and forgetting stuff if they saw angels and everything?" I was thinking "welcome to the club of all of us who are asking that same question". But we gave him a better response. Luis is really great. He is already really Christlike and I'm so excited for him to learn more.
We spent a lot of time calling and texting people this week to set up appointments and get everything organized. It's good to be here.
Well lots of things happened last week, but I just wanted to include that we are teaching a young couple English and they are really cool. Christian and tabata. Last time we shared the light the world with them and they have a few questions about what we believe.
These past few weeks we've gone crazy with magic thumbs dad!!
Something I learned this last week:
We talked about the good Samaritan and a member made the comment about how giving isn't just giving your surplus. But giving is giving what you have. It sounds a lot prettier in spanish, but that struck me. If we give of what we have that is extra that's still nice, but the gift doesn't really have any worth to us. There is no cost or sacrifice involved. So giving from the heart requires giving what you have.
Love you all!
|Skibby & her companion, Hermana Peterson, are on the right|
Skibby posted the following on her Facebook page! Light the World!