Monday, July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 - Jaén, Espana

Hello all!

This week went way too fast. It was a great and a busy one. To start things off, I ate snails!!!! It was interesting. They weren´t too bad though. The family gave us a cup full of them in their shells and you just had to slurp them out of there!  The secret to eating them was not looking at their little face before slurping. 

Boubou unfortunately can´t get baptized right now. Because of his family and him being Muslim, he can´t do it. But he said he wants to in the future when there aren´t problems. He will definitely be baptized some day. He is progressing a lot and is gaining a testimony of Christ. It´s cool to see him progress through it all.

We had an awesome lesson with Dani this week. We talked about the need for the Atonement in everyone´s life and he asked the perfect question. ¨How can I use the Atonement right now in my life?¨ Ding ding ding!!!! After that question, the Spirit was strong and it took us through the whole lesson. It´s so crazy to think of him when we first started meeting with him and looking at him now. I will be honest, the first couple times we met with him, I gave up hope, but he is doing so stinking well now. Just shows that you never know and we can never give up with these people. It´s a slow process with Dani, but he is moving forward.

We also had a good lesson with the Cruz family. They are inactive in the Ward and the dad never listens to us. This time, we taught the 10 commandments to the kids with fun hand signals and we made the dad read the commandments. Well, afterwards when we were just talking, he kept the Book of Mormon and was reading from it the whole time we were talking. Hermana Volpe and I were just smiling at each other the whole time. It was awesome.

Let´s see what else...two of the new investigators we found this week are named Alejandra and Celia. They have lost just about every member of their family possible. Alejandra is Celia´s grandaughter and their story would have just about anybody in tears. They explained how they have lost all faith they ever had before, but that they would love to have it back again. We are excited to go back to them and teach them to help regain their faith. They are prepared.

One of the families in our ward got sealed on Saturday. The parents and five kids. Plus, another couple just had a baby! Great week in the ward of Jaén. 

Well, that´s all folks. I´m going to try to get some pics this week cause it hasn´t worked the last few weeks. Hope all is well there at home and thanks for all your support and prayers. Love you all!

Hermana Kunz

PHOTOS! For the months of June and July - Jaén, Espana

Sara´s birthday!

What us sister missionaries do ('novios' means 'grooms')

Helping painting a house...impossible to stay clean

4th of July!

A HUGE sandwich

Results of a successful talent show

Dora the Explorer with her parents (Bishop and Bishop´s wife)

Dora with the chillens

Ice cream with´s 89 degrees here at 10 at night. Yikes!

That right - there is straight up what we ate

Yesterday we forgot that we had to wear our choir uniforms (white shirt, black skirt, and a blue scarf) so we went into the closet of the baptismal clothes in the church and threw on some man clothes and asked two guys if we could use their blue ties for scarves. The choir director wasn´t too happy, but it worked, haha.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 - Jáen, Espana

What a crazy week!!! It´s gone way too fast. We went to Málaga for a zone conference and it was awesome. Fun to see a ton of missionaries. Plus I got to see Hermana Folsum! Way too long. President focused a lot on ¨Two times white.¨ Baptism and temple. It was good to hear him talk about how the temple was important too because many times, it seems like we talk only about baptism which is just the beginning.
We also had our ward talent show on Friday. Whew! I have to say, I´m not sure that I have been more stressed in my whole mission than I was for it. I think I mentioned last time that the Bishop asked me to choreograph a dance for the ward choir. I know that all you who know me and my insane skills for dancing are thinking what the heck was he thinking. I was too, but I did my best to teach them something out of this world awesome and they did a pretty dang good job. They also asked me to be Dora the Explorer for this skit. It came from a video on Youtube with Dora eating with her parents. The Bishop and his wife were my parents and I put on a wig and all sorts of songs and dances. It was kind of embarrassing, haha. Then after, all the kids wanted to take pics with ¨Dora.¨ I felt like a Disney princess. Us missionaries did a funny skit as well and ended up with ice cream and shaving cream all over us which is always fun. It was a great night. 

Dani came to the talent show and then he came to church. He seems like he is progressing so much. It´s amazing. It definitely goes up and down with him, but this week was an up week. He told people at church that he was going to continue coming every week so we are praying real hard for that.

Boubou is good too. He told us that he was going to pray about baptism which is a huge step for a Muslim. He is really feeling the Spirit though. He says that he knows that Christ died for us and that he wants to follow him.  He is so humble!

Well, that´s all I got for this week. A cool thought that I read in a talk was that no matter what religion we are, be it Mormon, Catholic, Buddist, whatever, when we see Christ on the other side after this life, we will all be simply children of God and nothing else. I love the sound of that. 

Have an awesome week everyone and thanks for everything.

Hermana Kunz

Monday, July 07, 2014

July 7, 2014 - Jáen, Espana

Hello everyone!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Here it was awesome. Hermana Volpe and I dressed in all red, white, and blue and celebrated to the max. We made real American cheeseburgers and at night since we couldn´t see fireworks, we burnt a few things on the roof. I had to give her somewhat of an American holiday. It was awesome. We had a great 4th.

The new investigator Boubou from last Sunday is doing awesome. He is already doing missionary work. He brought one of his friends with him to our lesson and told us that he wanted other people to hear us. It complicates things a lot, the fact that he is Muslim, and it is quite dangerous for him to be learning from us, but we are trying to figure it all out. He really has such great desires to learn about Christ. He came to church and met more people so he is feeling comfortable. We are really excited. He just keeps telling us that he wants to learn more about Christ. We´re doing our best! His friend Dani is really awesome too. He didn´t come to church but we had a good lesson on the Plan of Salvation with him. Hopefully we can get him next Sunday.

This week will be busy. We have to go to Málaga on Wednesday and Thursday for a zone conference and then on Friday we have a ward talent show. We are helping a lot with it. Our ward choir wanted help with the dance because they don´t know what the songs are saying in English, so it´s been fun working with them. I´m telling you, we have the greatest ward in the world here. Hermana Volpe and I are always so grateful to be with them.

Well that´s about all this week. Hope everyone is doing great and I´m so grateful for this time I have out here. It truly is life changing. Thanks for everything and we´ll talk to you next week!

Hermana Kunz

Monday, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014 - Jaén, Espana

Hola todos!!!

Well we had a miracle this week! Well lots of them of course, but two really good ones. We were struggling this week. Lot´s of walking and little success in trying to find people. We went and saw Dani with a guy named Santi who is 25, just about Dani´s age and it went super well. Santi invited Dani to come to church and he came!!!! It was so stinking good to see him there. Everyone was freaking out because they have all heard about him. And the stake president came to visit and during his talk, he said that he wanted to talk specifically to those who have not been baptized. He said that he invites them all to go home that day and pray to know if they need to be baptized and he promised they would get an answer. Then he bore a really powerful testimony on prayer. It was so good!!!! So we were really excited for Dani. I know he felt the Spirit. It was impossible not to feel it in the room. We will see him again tomorrow and I can´t wait to ask him about his experience.

Plus later that night, we went to the church and a member told us that her friend was coming to see the church and he wanted to know more. He showed up and his name is Boubou. We sat down with him and he told us that he sees us almost everyday and has always wanted to ask us about ourselves because he sees something different about us but has always been too nervous to do so. So when he found out that this member was from our church, he took action so he could meet us. He is Muslim but is so open to everything. He said he really wants to know more and wants to meet with us. It was so cool!!!! So God really did bless us yesterday after a hard week. Testimony definitely grew about enduring through the hard times because we will be blessed for all of our efforts.

The ward here is just amazing. I wish you all could meet them. We feel a part of them. And they feel comfortable with us. We are so lucky really. I´m so grateful to be here in Spain on a mission. The Lord is blessing us and will continue to do so. Thank you everyone for all your support and love while I´m out here. Hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July!!!! 

Hermana Kunz