Monday, February 27, 2012

Carnaval and Miracles

Well this has been just a great week. A lovely week.
I have to tell you that it was Carnaval this week. Cádiz is the "cuna" (cradel) of Carnaval in Spain. It is basically a more vulgar version of Halloween but there's not even any trick or treating!!! WHA-???? The young people just dress up in costumes and because no one knows who you are, everyone loses their judgement and does stupid things and drink and other things. Not good. So we saw people in costumes and empty alcohol bottles ALL weekend. SO fun. We actually went home Saturday night and there were 6 "devils" waiting outside our building. So funny. (as my eyes roll) Thankfully we really weren't bothered much because everyone was SO drunk. Tender Mercies of the Lord. OH!!!! but I have to tell you. We were stoned (in the biblical sense) last week. We were walking home and some kids started throwing ROCKS!!? at us? Wha-? Really? But now I can say that I have been rejected and stoned while on my mission!!!! YES!

In more positive news
We have been planning Rocío´s baptism (who has quit smoking)(YES!!) who will be baptized TOMORROW! President and Hermana Clegg are coming and Hna. Clegg is going to talk. YAY!!!!! Rocío is SO determined to get baptized. We sat in the church and we showed her a picture of Christ being baptized and talked about all the blessings that come and asked her if she would follow Jesus Christ´s example. The Spirit was there and bore witness to all of us the importance of baptism and that it truly was what Heavenly Father wanted for Rocío. After that it wasn´t she was getting baptized because SHE wanted to or WE wanted her to or her SISTERS wanted her to. She was determined to do WHATEVER to follow Jesus Christ. That's what changed in her to quit smoking. This morning we set up the portable baptismal font. I love this family SO SO much.

Yesterday during church a member came to Elder Pearce and gave him the address of someone she works with. She works as a in home Nurse for lack of better word. She helps people with special needs who can't do everything for themselves. She had met a man who had been in a moto accident a few years earlier and started talking about religion and said she had two FRIENDS who could come over and talk more about her church. So after medio dia we headed out. Well the street wasn't even on the map but she said take the highway and walk til you see a sign and turn and...etc. So we started walking a little hesitant to walk SO far to someone´s house who was probably still sleeping, who would tell us to "come back some other day" but we went anyways. We literally were walking and said if we don't see it before that round-about we're going to go back and try another day. Sure thing we saw the sign and turned and found his house. We knocked and a man on crutches answered the door almost immediately. "Do you know María José?" "Yep we're missionaries fro-" "COME IN!!!!"
So we of course go in. We start chatting and he tells us,
"I saw some guys who looked like you helping an old lady throw away a giant garbage bag. Was that you?" We had helped an old lady throw away a giant garbage bag the other day. Probably the only lady in a month that had LET us help them. (Everyone is scared of us) And he told us that because of his accident he NEVER leaves his house (he´s doing rehabilitation from always in a wheelchair to crutches) that day he had decided to leave. It was the first day ALL YEAR he had left his house. He was on a bus that drove by right as he saw us helping a lady with her trash and had thought "What great people. Young men all dressed up who stop to help a little old lady". Tender Mercy.

Putting ALL of us in the same place with a lady with SO MUCH garbage.
Then the city hired María José who just HAPPENED to be a member and returned missionary who wasn't scared to talk about religion and ask for us to come over. This man has had an amazing life, he has been looking for a church his whole life that wasn't just for tradition or culture. He believed there was more. He had studied with every church other than "them crazy Mormons" but God put everyone and everything in its place so we could find him at that point in his life. Truly a miracle and tender mercy of the Lord. This is truly His work and He is working. President Clegg ALWAYS tells us the Angels are all around us preparing and putting people in place.

I have a testimony that God truly loves each one of us and that He has a plan and He wants us to be happy. I know that the gospel is true. The Book of Mormon is true. Joseph Smith was truly indeed a prophet. I know it. And Jesus Christ leads and directs us today. I am so grateful for this blessing in my life. At the end of our lesson this man told us "What an awesome thing that you two were born in this church and your family has it too." A blessing indeed.

I love you all. Keep smiling. Trust in the Lord. Trust that He is mindful of you and He knows you.

Elder Kirkham

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