Well this week was pretty cool.
First of all we are like really on the hunt in our area right now. So one afternoon this week when all of our citas failed us we decided to walk the entire coastline of the island and contact everyone. It was just a little over 10 miles. We talked to tons and tons of people! Met some pretty interesting people but didn’t find many who live here. That was mostly because this week is carnival here in Cadiz. Oh my goodness this carnival is nuts. Well to start we had exchanges in Jerez on Friday and Saturday. They were super good and I’ll talk about them later. Anyways before we left the members were warning us like be super careful on the train back and stuff. So we were thinking it might be a little crazy but we underestimated it! Instead of the normal train they had attached 2 trains together to accommodate all the extra people headed to Cádiz. It was super super full, like hard to even move, and all just drunk people in costumes. Really interesting people watching experience. Anyways the past few days the island has just been packed with people from all over the place. Carnival is basically just a huge drinking fest so people have been really crazy. There aren’t very many restrooms available so the sidewalks have been covered in urine and puke its gross. Luckily it doesn’t get too crazy late at night and we live in the more tranquilo part of the city so it’s safe.
Well anyway so yeah we went to Jerez and did exchanges this week and they were really fun. I got to work with Elder Wood. He served near me back in Elche so it was fun to be together again. We taught a really powerful lesson on the gospel of Jesus Christ to a younger girl and her family. The rest of the appointments we had set failed so we contacted the rest of the day and found some pretty promising futures.
Last of all I just want to share a little miracle that happened this week. So José Antonio our 19 year old investigator’s grandma was in the hospital. His Mom called and asked if we would come give her a blessing because she was apparently in bad shape. So we hurried over when we got back to Cádiz. When we got there she looked like she was in pretty bad condition. She was bleeding from some kind of infection she had on her lip, wasn’t breathing properly and apparently hadn’t been able to eat anything for the past 2 days. We tried talking to her but she wasn’t responsive. After talking with the family for a bit we decided to say a prayer together. As I finished the prayer she started to smile and started trying to signal something with her hands but didn’t have the strength to lift her arms up. So the next morning as we were walking to church we get a call from José Antonio’s Mom. She thanked us for coming and praying for the grandma. She said that the grandma was back to normal again and that José Antonio had told her that the improvement started right when we finished the prayer. Within the hour she was back to normal and responsive again. It was really a tender mercy for their family and we were grateful to be apart of the experience.
Yeah so that’s basically it for the week. Love you guys :)
- Élder Alex M. Childers