Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Exactly two years ago, in March, I had the opportunity to go to Italy for the first time and said, "All Roads Lead to Rome," and well I guess that still holds true today. I'm so excited and humbled to serve these people.
Ovunque mi chiamo verro, Signor.
He sentido tanto amor y apoyo de mi familia y amigos de todas partes. Mis padres, mi hermana, mis maestros, lideres, amigos, la familia Montoya y mi mejor amiga Ana que se despertaron tan temprano para compartir este momento especial conmigo...mi barrio de Castilleja y Sevilla. Siento tanto amor. Me siento tan bendecido por la gente en mi vida y por la gene de Roma que ya tienen mi corazon. He visto la mano del Senor guiando mi vida a este momento. Yo se que es donde tengo que estar y que este llamamiento vino de Nuestro Padre Celestial, disenado para mi.
Hace exactamente dos anos, en Marzo, tuve la oportunidad de ir a Italia por la primera vez y dije, "Todos los caminos llevan a Roma," y bueno..eso todavia es verdad hoy. Estoy tan emocionada y humillada de servir a esta gente.
Ounque mi chiamo verro, Signor.
Monday, March 10, 2014
(I wrote that back in September. I really lament not writing in my blog for such a long time, I get very busy!)
My first impression of the school was, "WHERE IS THE GRASS?" There is no big American football field! In fact football and baseball are very rare sports, when I tell people I played lacrosse last year they don't even know what it is!
Oh baby..but there is Soccer. There is soccer.
9:30-10:30 Hora Libre
12:00-1:00 Cultura Audiovisual
1:00-2:00 Atencion Educativa
My art classes and my Philosphy class are probably my favorites. I used to take English but I decided to drop it to take Math for the ACT next year...
Friday, September 6, 2013
The stake in Sevilla is smaller than any ward in Utah.
At first glance you could already tell that every single person in that building had a testimony, you could see it in their eyes, you could feel the Spirit testifying that truth.
I was surprised by the amount of youth that attended. Some were not members but they were happy to be there! I think that is pretty cool, considering the amount of Mormons in Spain is like 1%.
The stake president showed a video for the seminary opening, this year we will be learning about the Book of Mormon! I could feel the spirit even during the video.
After the video we played a game, kind of like scripture mastery. If you knew the answer you had to stand up doing a signal representing either an elephant, bird, tree, or rabbit, and the people on the right and left next to you had to complete the signal in order to answer the question. Everyone got really into it, which was really fun to see the desire to show their scripture knowledge.
The stake presidency expressed their gratitude for the effort the parents and the youth had made to come to the social on a Friday night, some having to travel more than 2 hours away. To me, it was normal seeing everyone there I didn't think of it, but until the president said that it never occurred to me how much effort some youth had to put into being there.
Another talk was given testifying about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Most of the members in the stake are converts, and they love the gospel very much. It's changed their lives and when I heard one of the presidents talk about the love of the gospel and of The Book of Mormon you could not deny the Holy Ghost was testifying that this was true.
He shared a scripture found in D&C 50:19-25
(It was more meaningful to me in Spanish so that's why I chose Spanish)
19 Y además, el que recibe la palabra de verdad, ¿la recibe por el Espíritu d
This scripture is saying HOW? How does someone who comes to know the gospel not feel that this church is true? It is impossible because the Holy Ghost testifies so strongly whenever someone opens that Book of Mormon. (the stake president referred it as a magic book from where magic opens when you open it.) The Spirit will testify to all who is willing to open their heart and listen and have the desire to.
I have never felt such a sweet and tender yet bold spirit testify to me that this church is true & it has only been one day. I know my testimony will grow much much more from the example of these saints here in Sevilla. I know the Book of Mormon is true and can't wait to study, understand, and love it even more. I know that seminary does make a difference, and what we learn in there and at church will edify and help us become more like Christ. I know we have a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. The members light up when I tell them I'm from Utah, "Where the prophet lives?". We take everything for granted in Utah. How blessed we really are to live in such proximity to the center, Salt Lake City, of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Living in a place far away from home is hard, & even more so when you are the only Latter Day Saint within miles. I am blessed to have a host family, Manuel, Isabel, and Jared that love the gospel.
I cannot wait for the rest of the year I will be spending with these members in Sevilla.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Here's a link to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng
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Carla y yo! Las dos Peruanas! At the stake dance!
I wrote last night but my phone died because I couldn't figure out the electricity converter. That is just one of the many little things that is different here in Spain so far.
I live in a little neighborhood called Mairena del Aljarafe. I feel like I'm living in a postcard! The city is so colorful and beautiful, full of artisan. There is a lot of Arabic influence here in Sevilla. The vibrant ceramic tiles, the red clay rooftops, curtains covering the patio, & narrow streets. Everything is within walking distance. The school and the mall are only 20 minutes away. Everybody walks more, the city is more alive with people laughing, conversing, drinking un café. The lifestyle here is much more relaxed, one of my favorite parts of the day is sitting around the table for El Almuerzo (like lunch time) around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Spaniards care a lot about their food, they take their time. The olives are very strong but delicious, & the melons are the sweetest things I have ever tasted! The grapes and tomatoes are huge! The meat is delicious and you can tell they feed me very well here!
My room is cozy, I have a wardrobe, a desk, a comfy daybed, and lots of shelves. My fan is currently my best friend. I even have an American flag hanging on my wall as a touch of home.
There is something special about my room, it leads out onto the balcony/patio. It's the best part about the house! Because of the Arabic influence the houses are built close together and on the inside courtyard all the neighbors share a pool! I can see it from my balcony. The courtyard is where everyone gathers around to watch a game of soccer (very important here) and cook and visit. My neighbors are very sweet.
My family here is the sweetest kind of people I have ever met, I already feel like a part of their family. We cook, we dance, we sing, we eat, and we laugh all day! Jared is my new little brother, he is 12 years old. He is super mischievous and playful and very guapo! He can also be very sweet. So far we've had a long talk next to the pool, he's saved me from the cat Celeste several times (she hates me because I 'stole' her room) and have had many laughs. He treats me like I'm his sister.
Today I taught him how to play ninja destruction, & now I have a feeling we will be playing that very often.. I also taught him how to wear a snapback correctly.
I could go on, and on but the time difference is 7 hours apart and I am still jetlagged. I have to wake up early tomorrow to go to the beach in Huelva! Wooohoo!
I wanna give a shutout to all my friends back in Utah and especially to my family. Mom, Dad, Cassidy, and Ixchel! I miss you guys so much but I want you to know that I am doing just great over here.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I want to live my everyday like it's a goodbye because I know I am my better self.
Goodbyes mean leaving people you love behind, but everyone you encounter finds a place in your heart and you carry your heart with you everywhere you go so they never leave you! Goodbyes are the hardest part, but with every goodbye there is a new hello. So here is my hello to my new life in España! Let the journey begin.