Monday, June 03, 2013

June 3, 2013 - San Fernando, Espana

Yet another week on the mission! This week was a bit of a a good way of course. We had a lot of great lessons set up, but most of them fired on us and we ended up doing a lot of tracting. One thing I am grateful for however is that I am in a hard area to start with. This way, if I go to another area like Malaga or Sevilla where they are running from lesson to lesson and have baptisms every weekend, it will be awesome. But we met a lot of great people and taught a lot of great truths. One thing that is a little sketchy tracting and being a girl is that it is hard to decide who to talk to. Many of the guys we talk to will just invite us to come home with them. One guy practically proposed to me saying we could get married. Oh boy. Definitely have some good stories from experiences like that, haha.

Yesterday, we were coming home from a lesson of an inactive member and we soon found out that it was a very big holiday here for the Catholic church. We were literally stuck in a mob of Catholics. It was crazy. There were so many people, we could barely move. And there was a parade going on where they were carrying big statues of Mary so we couldn´t get through. We were trying all sorts of different streets but there were too many people. Haha you should have seen the looks we were getting as missionaries. Whew! Quite an experience.

Also last night, we were walking down the street and found a box of 3 baby kittens just laying in the middle of the street. They were the size of little rats. I picked them up and they couldn´t even open their eyes yet they were so little. What was I suppose to do, leave them?!?! My comp said we had to go and had to leave them, but I couldn´t! I agreed to leave them until we were done with our lesson with the next person, but that we had to come back to see if they were still there. After, they were gone. Not sure if I´m happy or sad about it. They were super cute though.

My birthday was great. My comp got sick, so she slept the whole morning which left me, my music, and some good studying. I couldn´t have asked for a better morning. I got some studying done that I had been wanting to do for a long time. It was perfect. Then we went to a lesson and taught the mother of a new member, and guess what she had??? Hampsters...which are very close to rats. That was one of the best birthday presents of all. To be able to hold them. It was so awesome. I also had a lot of phone calls from everyone throughout the day which was great. My zone leader, who doesn´t speak any English, sang to me in English. Haha best thing ever. The bishop invited us over for lunch and then he told us to come back later for churros and chocolate. It is something very typical of Spain and oh boy was it delicious. Then at the end of the night, we went home, and opened up presents. Just so everyone knows, my parents are the absolute best. They got me a Lord of the Rings keychain. I wanted to cry. I got some other awesome stuff and thank everyone for the gifts and cards I recieved. I am so lucky to have all of you. Also the day after, my district decided to take me out to lunch and my district leader made me a cake and they all sang to me. It was so awesome. Good birthday!

We have the best Bishop ever. My comp said that he only had them over every couple weeks before, but I don´t know what she is talking about because we have gone over at least once a week for lunch...sometimes two. And like I said before, he had us come over twice on my birthday. He and his family are just over the top. They own a bakery and every Sunday, he brings fresh bread for the whole ward! Crazy right! Oh man he is just the best. We are so lucky.

Well, I think that is it for this week. It was a great week. This is the last week before transfers. I will be staying here for sure. President said he is going to have people stay in their areas for at least 6 months so that members can get to know us and trust us. But I´m ok with that because I love the ward here and from what I hear, there aren´t wards quite like this in Spain.

Thanks again for all the birthday love this past week! Love you all and appreciate everything! Hope all is well and talk to you next week! Hermana Kunz