Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oct 16 2017 - Me voy a Cádiz

Hello,

We got the transfer calls yesterday and I’m going to Cádiz! Its a little island well sort of its connected by a bridge but yeah its off the southern coast. It should be pretty cool. Rumor has is that as one of the signs of the second coming it will be sunk into the ocean.... still searching for the evidence so I’ll let ya’ll know when I find it haha. Anyways pray that it doesn’t happen for at least the next 6 months just to be safe :) 

Well I guess I’ll just tell ya’ll about this week. Nothing super exciting.. but here ya go. So for district meeting this week my companion and I gave a workshop as a companionship. It was pretty fun. We taught about how training has helped to lay a foundation for his mission and strengthen the foundations of mine. Focused on how training more than just the first 2 transfers, rather its the whole entire mission. There is always something you can work at. If you do it right the mission can be your training ground for the rest of your life. Throughout the mission I’ve been writing down quotes I like from all over. Some from conference talks, some from emails from family and friends emails (thanks mom 😘), companions, etc. Anyways the workshops are always a great place to share them.. so I’ll include the ones I shared here so you can all enjoy them :) 

“No matter if a tree grows to more than 1000 feet in height, each leaf, each day, must return to its roots for nourishment.” 

“Someone has said that courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it. At times, courage is needed to rise from failure, to strive again.” 

“You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you.”

Well hope ya’ll enjoy those..

Other than that some cool things that happened this week.. 
we got to go out to Cerro Gordo and eat at Edisons house. They are the owners of Perrisabor the hot dog shop. Edison is the only active member in his family. His wife made us this really good plate of Columbian/ Mexican food. It was way good! Afterward we got to share a really great little message and she wanted to practice english with us for 10 minutes so we did that. It was really good. 
Later on in the week Elder Nye came back to visit with his family. It was weird seeing him since he’s only been gone for 5 week.. it was cool though Lourdes made us a really good meal and we got to meet his parents. 

We also went out super far to the edge of our area trying to search out some less active members and ended up getting lost haha. So to get back into the city we had to hike up this super steep hill of loose dirt to the castle wall where we walked along for a ways before finding a gate where we could finally enter haha. It turned into a fun little adventure and we were still able to arrive to our cita just in time. 

Yesterday Elder Cobbley gave his first talk in church. He did a really good job. His talk was happiness and he shared a really good personal story about how he was able to find comfort in the scriptures when his best friend passed away this past spring. 
(Pictures below)

Here it is for all you spanish speakers. 
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Hola hermanas y hermanos. Hoy yo quiero hablar sobre el gran plan de felicidad que Dios nos dio. El nos da las enseñanzas del Evangelio, los madamientos, las ordenanzas del sacerdocio, las relaciones familiares, los profetas, los templos, y la oportunidad de experimentar la adversidad. Hoy yo quiero enfocar en la ultima frase- la oportunidad de experimentar la adversidad. 

Ruego la ayuda del espíritu Santo que me ayude a explicar este tema. 

Todo de la gente que vivieron o viviran pasan por pruebas y desafios. Eso es un parte de vida. Eso incluyo el perdido de familia, problemas para encontrar trabajo, culpa con los acciones pasado, o muchas otras luchas en este vida. Presidente Henry B. Eyering dijo, "Muchos de ustedes están pasando por pruebas físicas, mentales y emocionales que podrían hacerlos exclamar “Cuando toda mi vida he tratado de ser bueno, ¿por qué me ha sucedido esto a mí?”. 

Voy a tratar a explicar ese gran pregunta mediante un pequeño parte en mi vida. Para un gran parte de mi vida no tenìa pruebas muy dificiles. Es verdad que tenia problemas y estres con escuela o trabajo pero nada con gran transcendencia. Todo de eso cambio este año. 

Algunos de Ustedes han eschudado esta historia antes pero yo quiero compartir con un poco mas detalle. Tuve un amigo que no fue un miembro de la iglesia pero el tuve alto normas y fue mas como un hermano a mi. Su nombre es Joey. Durante este ano pasado estuve asistiendo la universidad pero yo volvi durante navidad. Jose y yo hablamos mucho durante este tiempo sobre la vida y nuestros futuros. Eventualamente yo tuve que regrasar a la unviersidad y dije adios a mis amigos y Joey. Estuve muy seguro que yo iba ver ellos cuando la universidad termino en cuatro meses. 

Sin embargo, la salud de mi amigo empezo a peorar. En dos semenas mi amigo quien participo en deportes y nunca toco cosas malas en su cuerpo tuvo muchas problemas con su higado. El necesitaba un trasplante pero despues de mas examinaciones medicales los doctores descubieron que Él tuvo cancer. Todovìa los medicos tuvieron mucha esperanza para mi amigo. Me sentì muy solo porque yo fui tres mil kilometros lejos de El. Yo recuerdo un noche casi perfectamente en que yo no pude dormir porque yo tuve un montan de preocupaciones. Fue en este momento que yo senti un sentimiento a leer mis escrituras. Entonces yo abri mi libro de mormon a una pagina al azar. La escritura fue en Alma 14. En este capitulo Alma y Amulek estuve enseñando la gente en Ammoniah porque el pueblo alli fueron malos. 

En versiculo 1 y 2 dice  
1 Y sucedió que después que Alma concluyó de hablar a los del pueblo, muchos de ellos creyeron en sus palabras, y empezaron a arrepentirse y a escudriñar las Escrituras.
2 Pero la mayor parte de ellos deseaban destruir a Alma y a Amulek, porque estaban irritados con Alma a causa de la claridad de sus palabras a Zeezrom; y también decían que Amulek les había mentido, y había vituperado su ley, y también a sus abogados y jueces.

Y versiculo 8 dice, Y juntaron a sus esposas e hijos, y mandaron echar al fuego a todo aquel que creía, o al que se le había enseñado a creer en la palabra de Dios; y también trajeron sus anales, que contenían las Santas Escrituras, y los arrojaron también al fuego para ser quemados y destruidos por fuego.

A mi ese es muy dificl a imaginar. Luego, Alma y Amulek fueron hechados al cárcel donde no les dieron comida ni agua y les golpearon diariamente. Durante todo de eso Alma y Amulek sigieron teniendo fe en que Dios estaba en control y que El tuvo un plan. Los ultimos versiculos dicen, 

26 Y Alma clamó, diciendo: ¿Cuánto tiempo, oh Señor, sufriremos estas grandes aflicciones? ¡Oh Señor!, fortalécenos según nuestra fe que está en Cristo hasta tener el poder para librarnos. Y rompieron las cuerdas con las que estaban atados; y cuando los del pueblo vieron esto, empezaron a huir, porque el temor a la destrucción cayó sobre ellos.
27 Y aconteció que su temor fue tan grande que cayeron al suelo y no llegaron a la puerta que conducía fuera de la prisión; y la tierra se estremeció fuertemente, y los muros de la cárcel se partieron en dos y cayeron al suelo; y al caer mataron al juez superior y a los abogados y sacerdotes y maestros que habían golpeado a Alma y a Amulek.
28 Y Alma y Amulek salieron de la prisión, y no sufrieron daño, porque el Señor les había concedido poder según su fe que estaba en Cristo. Y salieron luego de la cárcel; y fueron soltados de sus ligaduras; y la prisión había caído a tierra, y todos los que estaban dentro de sus paredes murieron, menos Alma y Amulek; y estos se dirigieron luego a la ciudad.

Después de haber leído estas escrituras yo senti paz y consuelo que no puedo describir. Yo estaba preparado por cualquier cosa porque yo sabia que Dios estaba en control. La proxima dia a las siete en la mañana mi padre me llamo con la noticia que mi amigo habia fallecio durante la noche. 

Las proximas semenas despues pasaron muy rapido con la visitacion y funeral de mi amigo. Estuve triste y tuve pesar que yo no habia compartido el evangelio con El antes de su muerte. Fue muy dificil a ver las caras de sus padres y su un hermano. Fue en este momento que yo recorde los sentimientos de paz y consuelo. Ahora soy feliz porque yo sè el gran plan que nuestro Padre Celestial tiene para nosotros. Y con ese plan no necesitamos a ser triste. Ahora mi padre está enseñando los padres de mi amigo poco a un poco y espero que ellos aceptan sus palabras y participan en este increíble plan de felicidad. 

Nada de eso es posible sin el gran sacrificio de Jesucristo y Su Expiación. Élder Bednar dijo, "No hay dolor físico, no hay herida espiritual, no hay angustia de alma, pena, enfermedad ni debilidad que ustedes y yo afrontemos en la vida terrenal que el Salvador no haya experimentado primero. En un momento de debilidad quizá clamemos: “Nadie sabe lo que se siente; nadie entiende”. Pero el Hijo de Dios sabe y entiende perfectamente, ya que Él ha sentido y llevado las cargas de cada uno; y gracias a Su infinito y eterno sacrificio (véase Alma 34:14), tiene perfecta empatía y nos puede extender Su brazo de misericordia. Él puede tendernos la mano, conmovernos, socorrernos, sanarnos y fortalecernos para ser más de lo que podríamos ser y hacer lo que no podríamos si nos valiésemos únicamente de nuestro propio poder. En efecto, Su yugo es fácil y ligera Su carga."

Hermanos y hermanos si confiamos en Jesucristo y el gran plan de felicidad no hay nada que no podemos superar. 

Un otra vez presidente Eyring dijo, Si tenemos fe en Jesucristo, los tiempos más difíciles de la vida, así como los más fáciles, pueden ser una bendición. En todas las situaciones, podemos elegir lo justo con la guía del Espíritu. Tenemos el evangelio de Jesucristo para dar forma y guía a nuestra vida si así lo decidimos. Y con los profetas que nos revelan nuestro lugar en el plan de salvación podemos vivir con perfecta esperanza y con un sentimiento de paz. Nunca tenemos que sentir que estamos solos ni que no se nos ama cuando estamos al servicio del Señor, porque nunca es así. Podemos sentir el amor de Dios. El Salvador ha prometido ángeles a nuestra diestra y a nuestra siniestra para sostenernos. Él siempre cumple Su palabra.

Yo quiero testificar que el plan de felicidad esta aquí para nosotros. Mediante este evangelio podemos superar las pruebas de la vida. Las escrituras nos dan consuelo y dirección. Presidente Thomas S. Monson es el profeta en la tierra hoy. Digo estas cosas en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amén
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Well thats pretty much it. We had a really good broadcast by Elder Holland from Germany for the Europe Area. The transmission was cutting out for like 75% of the time so that was really annoying but the few little snippets we got to hear were really good! 

Well hasta la proxima, desde Cádiz!




Love ya’ll 💙💙 




Monday, October 9, 2017

¡Viva España! 🇪🇸🇪🇸













Hey everyone, well it was a kind of crazy week. 

We did two sets of intercambios one here in Badajoz and one up in Cáceres. They both turned out pretty well and I got to spend some time with Elder Mamani which was super awesome. He's one of the best missionaries I have ever met. He has such a great desire to share the gospel and is a great leader teaching by example. 
All of the citas for the day failed so we ended up just going out and contacting. We were out for the whole afternoon, contacted over 50 people and only were able to get one future. It was rough. We learned some good things from the intercambio though. Contacting is not a good finding method for the area and we are going to talk to president about getting the areas reorganized because the way they are set up here in Badajoz is very inefficient. 
Watching General Conference

The intercambios up in Cáceres also were good. Our time was a bit short since we bussed up there arriving at 6 then had to leave at 2 but we made the best of the time we had. The first afternoon I worked with Elder Wilson. We taught an awesome English class up there. A group of 8 college students came and three of them spoke perfect English so I just got to talk with them for a while. It was pretty fun hearing all their stories. They are all here on scholarships from the government studying for their masters. One was from Columbia, one from Argentina and the other from Senegal. 
When the Elders from Sevilla bring you Mac and Cheese from Costco!
At first they were worried that we were going to like force religion on them but we assured them that it was just a free service we offer and that if they had questions they could ask but we wouldn't force it at all. As always about halfway through the questions started coming haha. So basically I ended up teaching the restoration and sharing my testimony. The next morning I worked with Elder Rich and we had a crazy miracle happen. So a guy had called and said he wanted to meet with us. He said"Elders" so we just assumed he was like a member or something but didn't really know. When we showed up to the church he was waiting outside. So when we sat down we kind of just asked him like what we could help him with. He goes "well I met with the missionaries about 20 years ago and I want to be baptized now, so what are the requisites for that, I'll do whatever you need me to." I had to put my hand on my chin to keep my jaw from dropping haha. We're just like, well yeah we can do that for you... and explained the process. We prayed together and set a baptismal date for November 4th. 
The other crazy thing that happened yesterday, President Silva got released. So that was super sad but I mean it was time he's been the branch president for almost 9 years straight now! So now Daniel is the new branch president. He'll be good too he's a really young guy, just turned 27. 
Last of all I don't know how big of news this is over there but its crazy here. So Catalonia, Valencia, and País Basco are all trying to declare independence from Spain right now. So recently everyone has been hanging Spanish flags on their balconies there has been tons of Spanish pride parades and lots of military demonstrations. Its pretty cool cause they've been doing these flybys with the fighter jets like every day super low and fast over the city.   

Well thats about it for the week. Love ya'll have a great day :) 

-Elder Childers 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017 Mes de Miedo


Well we made it to October, and another good week.
Started off on tuesday we had Elder Cobbleys birthday so we got some food and ice cream at the Irish Pub right under our piso. Its become a little birthday tradition here in badajoz haha. 

We finally got another cita set up with Godwin the nigerian guy we had been teaching and I talked to him that morning to confirm it but when we showed up he wasn't home again. We are probably going to have to drop him because he lives so far away and we lose a lot of time walking all the way out there when he always fails our appointments. 

On thursday we went to Sevilla again. Yeah I know always seems like we are going there haha almost every week. Anyways we had interviews with president which was good. He just asked what we learned from the Holland Conference and recommended I start studying the New Testament alongside the Book of Mormon. So now I am splitting my personal study time up studying both with the institute manuals which provide some really great insights. 

After interviews we hadn't had lunch yet and Elder Van Moose has a bus card with a miraculous amount of money on it, and there's a Costco in Seville...🤔...😮...😎. We bussed ourselves on over to that little slice of America in bulk, stormed right up to that food counter, and I ordered myself a chicken basket (Yeah. They have a chicken basket.), and that old familiar Kirtland Signature Brand slice of pizza refillable soft drink included--all costing me about 5€ in a country where 5€ at a restaurant will normally get you a non-refillable, 250 ml bottle of juice and a piece of toast. Gosh I love my country! Probs the most satisfying lunch I've bought here."

Friday was pretty interesting. We decided to leave all of our valuables in piso and go to the kind of sketchy poorer part of our area. It was pretty crazy. We thought that the people would be a little bit more humble and nicer but it was pretty much the same. We also saw some crazy stuff. One thing that was weird was we saw one of those metal x things that they tie horses to and make them walk in circles to exercise them or something. Anyways we saw one of those but with greyhound dogs tied to it and a gypsy man out there cracking a whip to make them go around. I guess thats one way to walk your dogs.....

Last of all General Conference was really good. We had a cool but also disappointing thing happen. A random couple came walking in during it and sat down by us. The guy leaned over and asked if it was the Evangelical church so I explained it wasn't but that it was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I told them they were welcome to stay and watch so they did. It was really awesome because he looked at his wife and said "Phones". They both turned off their phones and watched really attentively. This is the disappointing part. All of the members there were super irreverent and not a single one even said hello to them! They kept taking calls, texting or doing other stuff on their phones. Then on top of that, these visitors were sitting right by the door and multiple people came in looked at them for a second then just walked over and found a seat. I was feeling so frustrated. They ended up leaving about two talks before the end so I chased them out onto the street and tried to give them a Book of Mormon but the guy refused. He said a lot of the conference was good but he just has some contrasting beliefs. I tried my best to at least get their contact info but he just wasn't having it.. 
I was so disappointed about how the members had acted but it was good because I promised myself that I will always be attentive to reach out to visitors at church and not allow technology to be a distraction in church meetings. 

Hope you all enjoyed conference, have a great week! 
Love, 
Elder Childers

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sept 25, 2017 Residency

Hello,

Well this week was really weird because I was gone for like half of it
but here's the main points.

So Tuesday morning we had zone meeting in Sevilla which was really
good except for having to leave piso at 5 to get there on time. It was
really long cause all of the zone leaders and sister training leaders
each gave their own separate workshops. Which were all really good
just took quite a while haha. Afterwards was good though, we got a
little taste of America with Costco pizzas!!

So after the conference I had to hurry on over to the train station to
catch my train to Malaga which I jumped on with like 30 seconds to
spare! Basically as soon as I sat down I was out so I got a nice
little nap for about half the trip. When I got there we still had
about an hour of pros time so we just went out and contacted people in
the city. We met a pretty cool guy who took the Book of Mormon and is
going to meet with them this week. Residency was good all I did was go
sit down in a chair sign one paper scan my left and right pointer
finger then give them a passport picture. Kinda funny we have to make
14 hours of bus trips for that.

The bus ride back was kinda crazy. There were three guys in the back
that were smoking the whole way which was really annoying. Its
technically not allowed but since 95% of the population smokes no one
besides me really cared haha. I did sit next to this girl who was
originally from Korea but had been studying in England for the past 5
years so she spoke pretty good english. It was pretty cool she has
seen missionaries on her campus but hasn't talked to them before so
she promised me next time she sees them she will say hi.
Today there is a national police exhibition thing going on so we got
to go see that. It was pretty cool, got to talk to a police helicopter
pilot and see an Audi R8.

Nothing much else going on, tomorrow is my comps birthday so we are
excited for that haha gonna go get some more ice cream.
Well yeah excited for general conference too!
Have a great week love ya'll!


- Elder Childers

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sept 18, 2017 Elder Holland visits - wonderful



Hello everyone,

Well this past Saturday was the coolest thing ever so I'm just gonna tell y'all about it.
So saturday morning we caught the bus down from sevilla to malaga. The mission just chartered a whole bus for all the missionaries in our zone so that was pretty cool. Anyways yeah so the bus left from Sevilla at like 8ish. We finally arrived in Malaga at about 10:45 where about half the missionaries had already arrived and they were in the courtyard of the chapel arranging everyone to take the big mission picture. We got lined up and were getting ready to take the picture when Elder Hollands car pulled up. Still one of the busses, the one with the missionaries from Cartagena hadn't showed up but we took the picture of us with him anyways. Afterwards we all filed out in rows and one by one were able to shake his hand as he asked us our names and where we were from. We moved through the line of handshakes, his followed by the Europe area president and his wife then President and Hermana Andersen. It was funny because the area president is like a big deal but right after shaking an apostles hand everyone was just in so much shock that we kinda forgot how cool it was that we were meeting the area president too haha. 

So then the conference started, I will just share some of the quotes I wrote down and elaborate on them. 

First off Sister Johnson spoke. She is the wife of the Area president. Her talk was very short and was basically just her testimony, which was very powerful. She spoke alot on the book of mormon and the power that it has. She also spoke of her love for the hymns, especially in spanish because they served as district presidents in Chile some time ago. My favorite quote that she had though was "What greater mission rule is there than love?" It made me think on the scripture in the bible where the lawyer asks Christ- "Which is the greater commandment in the law?" Then Christ replies "Love God with all thy heart soul and mind" then continues- "The second is like unto it, love thy neighbor as thyself." What greater rule is there to live by!?

Second Elder Johnson spoke. First of all he had the microphone passed around and asked everyone what characteristics of good leadership we saw in the Andersens. There were many replies but the majority were based on their love for us and dedication to their calling. Then he had us all turn to 1 Thessalonians chapter 2 we read from verse 3 to verse 13 stopping and examining each verse. 

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3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:
6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
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 So I underlined some of the main parts he mentioned but basically he said it describes our work as missionaries today in a perfect form. How we have been trusted with the gospel and are humbly sacrificing this part of our lives to help others to receive the truth, the word of God. How we go about with love, comforting and charging everyone we meet with the invitation to ask God for themselves because we know that he will answer them if they ask with real intent. 

Elder Holland

"So you all know the song Tengo Gozo right?" 
"Pues yo tengo gozo en mi alma hoy." 
(Translation for those of you who don't speak spanish, tengo gozo means- I'm joyful. In english the hymn is Sunshine in my soul but the spanish translation means- I have joy in my soul today.)
"Well I do know some spanish but its not very good"
"Here lets see, La Hermana Andersen es muy linda. Presidente Andersen es muy inteligente". 
(Sister Andersen is very beautiful, President Andersen is very intelligent.) 
He went off with a few other things but I didn't get them all written down haha but it was super funny cause he was saying them in the most gringo accent but purposefully haha everyone was dying laughing. 
Alright so here's some of the next quotes

"People join the church from what they feel"

"They CAN learn without feeling but CANNOT feel without learning" 

"I pray every night for the return of the Savior- for my sake, yours, our children's and grandchildren's" 

"We know that one of the prerequisites for the second coming of Christ is the spread of the gospel to all nations. I'm not sure if that is literally every nation or if there is a certain limit of how many people we have reached or how many countries. I do not know the quota but that is the main prerequisites." 

"I shake your hands to interview you. I don't know if any of you know this but back in the day a member of the 12 would interview every missionary every year. We no longer are able to do that with the vast number of you. However we are given that gift to be able to interview you as we shake your hand and most of us choose to do so. So when I shook your hand you may have noticed I looked you right in the eyes for anywhere between 5-10 seconds and peered into your soul for that moment. I didn't really care what your name was or where you were from that much because by the time I'm three people down the line I have already forgotten it. I just some excuse to hold your hand and look into your eyes for those few seconds." 

"Now I didn't sense any real problems in this mission, just some minor things like overwhelming homesickness and some slight depression, but nothing too serious or unfixable. If you weren't such a wonderful group of missionaries this would not be a pleasant meeting. I am famous for going CRAZY, pulpit tipped over, lights knocked out etc. Absolutely Bonkers!" 

"I don't know if you realize this but you are Apostolic"
"You have the same commission as I do, 24 hours a day 7 days a week you are engaged in the most important work in the universe."
"Do not miss this one chance. Leave it all on the field."

When he was in college at Yale a champion swimmer came to swim for their high ranking team. He said that when the kid arrived they had a little interview type thing that Elder Holland was able to slip into the back of the room to see. The interviewer asked him a cheesy interviewer question like, "So what does it take to become a champion swimmer?"  The kid replied with a phrase that has stuck with Elder Holland throughout his life. 
"You've got to kick when you don't wanna kick and stroke when you don't wanna stroke."

"You've got to be what a missionary is supposed to be, even when the going gets tough." 

"LOOK, (bang) THIS IS REAL LIFE" - (the bang was from his hand smacking the pulpit.)

"I never would have ever used to talk to missionaries about going home. I was afraid it would make them trunky or something. Now this is my message to you. Think about going home, what are you going to tell your future spouse and children, what stories are you going to tell your kids when you cuddle up on the couch with them?" 
"You need to live your mission in anticipation of being home." 
"Think about your younger siblings, the younger children in your ward. You need to be the example for them. They have no idea what you are doing right now they think you are somewhere over Spain with an S on your chest and a cape. (Put his arms out like wings and swayed back in forth like he was flying) - in deep voice- "I see evil, I will go down." Haha 

Then he had a whiteboard brought in and asked someone to give a summary of 1 nephi 1 without looking. He continued on through the first few chapters of the Nephi like that as he wrote words on the board. He wrote them in spanish but I'll just write them in english for your sakes :) 

PROPHET
PRAYER
VISION 
DIVINE BEING 
BOOK
SCRIPTURE
SPIRIT 
REJECTION 
THREATS ON LIFE
600 B.C. 

"What does this look like to you guys?"
Someone in the audience. "I think Joseph Smith"
"YOU THINK JOSEPH SMITH!? YOU THINK?" 
"Of course its Joseph Smith! And every other prophet there ever was! 

1 Nephi chapter 2 

DREAM 
SPEAKING W/ LORD
PRAYER
SPIRIT
RECORDS
DIRECTON


"Turn to 1 Nephi 4"
(Had an Elder read these scriptures)

6 And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do.

10 And it came to pass that I was constrained by the Spirit

12 And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me again

18 Therefore I did obey the voice of the Spirit

Chapter 5 verse 21-22

21 And we had obtained the records which the Lord had commanded us, and searched them and found that they were desirable; yea, even of great worth unto us, insomuch that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our children.

22 Wherefore, it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them with us, as we journeyed in the wilderness towards the land of promise.

"Records- Importance of the scriptures."
"Great worth, wisdom of the lord."

Chapt 6: things of God

Chapt 7: visión tree of life. 

"Only 14 pages in and we already have so much proof of God speaking to man."

Killing of Laban- test of obedience to the spirit.

Be prepared to pay any price to obey the spirit. 

"I have NOT given my life to a fairytale!"
"This IS the TRUTH." 

"If you are able to be close enough to me when I die, right up next to my almost non-functioning lips, you will hear this same testimony."

"May God bless your work, may you remember to love this work without regrets."
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Grateful for the opportunity to be in the presence and shake the hand of an Apostle this week. It was definitely a life changing experience and a great testimony builder. 

Sorry this email is so long. I'm sure you're all bored by now but I hope you got at least some little piece of inspiration from my notes. Love you all, have a great week! :)


- Elder Childers 

Sept 11, 2017 Pedro Passed


This week was crazy. 

Well most weeks in the mission are but this one was super crazy. First of all it was transfer week and since my comp and I aren't moving we were in charge of helping everyone else move. The elders from Cáceres had to come down and stay in our piso for 2 days so that was fun but also not cause they ate every little last bit of food we had. So that was kinda a bummer... but its all good. 

The worst part of the week was Pedro. He was our new investigator we found about three weeks ago. This past week he felt pretty sick again so they decided to take him to the hospital. So a few days ago we decide to just pass by his piso to see how he and his family are doing turns out he died. Yeah so that was a really sad day. Hopefully we were able to prepare him well enough to accept the message in the spirit world. 
Anyways thats about all of the noteworthy stuff that happened this week. Elder Holland comes this Saturday so we are all pretty excited for that!
Well I'll write more next week to let ya'll know how the conference goes. 

Much Love 💙

Sept 4, 2017 Moses




Moses




Hey guys,
Well not a ton of crazy stuff has happened this week. The biggest thing is that the zones in our mission got reorganized because the two wards in Cartagena got combined into one and also the 2 wards in our zone Sevilla they did the same. So to adjust for that they got rid of one zone in Sevilla and one zone in Malaga then combined the leftover parts of each and made a new zone in Córdoba. So that's kinda crazy, but didn't really have an effect on our area since we are still part of Sevilla. 
Since this past Sunday was stake conference we were supposed to get a ride down to Sevilla for it with a member but the night before they called and said they weren't going anymore. So since no other members from the branch were going we had to call the office and try to get bus tickets and everything it was a big mess. Since its the weekend there were no busses that would make it in time. The stake president told the ZLs that they would not broadcast it cause apparently they had given each branch money to rent busses for the members to go down.. so yeah it was weird cause no one in the branch presidency seemed to know anything about it. So I end up Saturday night at 10:30 on the phone with the office and president and they are looking at buying us plane tickets out of Badajoz to Barcelona then down to Sevilla just so we could make it in time for the special missionary meeting in the morning. Finally we just decided it would be best to Skype in on the morning meeting then miss the stake conference. It was crazy thought I was this close --> 👌🏾 to getting to visit Barcelona haha. Anyways yeah this past transfer of training has flown by. Its crazy that at the end of this next transfer I will have been here in Badajoz for 6 months already! The time is starting to fly by.

Today we had a really cool p-day. We took a bus over to Mérida which is about an hour from Badajoz. It used to be the capitol of the Roman Empire so there are some pretty cool ruins there. We got to see first of all the castle at the entrance of he city. That is situated right on the banks of the river. Crossing the river is the longest bridge of its time period in the year 25, yes that is actually 25 haha pretty old. The bridge is 800 meters long! Right after that we headed up to another area were these awesome tile floor murals had been made by laying tons of tiny little pebbles of varying colors. It looked like some seriously tedious work but they were impressive! After that we went and saw the arena were the gladiators used to fight that was pretty cool. Ajoint the arena there is a huge theatre where they still perform shows today! The way they built it has such good acoustics that you can hear everything on the stage clearly from anywhere in the stands with no microphones! Last of all we went up and saw the track were they used to do chariot racing, it wasn't too special because it wasn't preserved too well but it was kinda cool how everything about the races had some type of symbolism to do with time and creation. Then we saw this church that was kinda creepy cause underneath there was a catacomb type crypt where a bunch of tombs used to be of some martyrs but they took out all the bodies it was kinda creepy but yeah I took lots of pictures so enjoy! Afterward since we were all the way out in Merida we passed my this less active guy named Moses. He's from Nigeria and is a super home, we shared a short message with him and it was a good time. He speaks English but it was sooo hard to understand haha the accent was really different from our clear American accent haha. Well yeah that's about it.


Love y'all, the best of weeks! 😘

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017 One Year


Hello family and friends,

Well this week was pretty crazy. Well not really but I did hit my year mark so that was cool! 

Okay so for the week, first off Monday night we had a cool noche de hogar (Family Night). Yeah well it turned out pretty good. They brought like 2 friends to it so that was cool. Later on this week we were able to visit them again and Jose Manuel, the dad was just cracking jokes the whole time. I was dying laughing, my poor comp couldn't understand a thing so I explained it all to him later. He gave Elder Cobbley this super awesome real madrid tie clip though thats more than 40 years old! 

Tuesday we had our district meeting with the missionaries here in Badajoz and Cáceres. Okay so this was hilarious. During district meetings sometimes we do these things called practicas where someone pretends to be an investigator and the other two people teach them while everyone else watches. So my comp and I got selected and we were going to teach elder Stephenson. He is like super humorous person like always joking around. So during the practica it just went super crazy and in the end we asked where he got his utah state tie and turns out he was already a mormon. By this point everyone in the room was laughing so hard they were crying. It was pretty funny im sorry y'all were not able to be there to enjoy it. 

Wednesday I hit my year mark. It was pretty cool because somehow without even realizing I ended up finishing reading the book of mormon again that morning! So that was kind of a cool little thing haha. To celebrate president silva had us over for lunch and we burned a shirt on his roof. For those of you who don't understand this part its just a little tradition missionaries do when they hit their year mark. It was pretty neat cause president told us about when he was on his mission when they burned his shirt. They did it inside their piso 😂😂 

Anyways it feels crazy that I have been here for an entire year, sometimes it feels fast sometimes it feels slow. Looking back it has been good. It has been really hard and I have just wanted to give up a lot of times but I have learned from every one of those hard experiences. I have developed attributes that will help me through the course of the rest of my life and I am thankful for that. 
I love you all and I wish you the best of weeks :) 



- Elder Childers 

August 21, 2017 Raw fish, chicken feet, heart attacks & cookies

Hey ya'll, well this week has been off the wall!
First off Mom and Dad you're gonna be proud of me for this one, and all the rest of you should be too haha. This week I ate ceviche, for those of you who don't know what this is.. It is raw fish that they soak in lemon juice and apparently the acids in the lemon juice somehow "cook" the meat so its okay to eat. It surprisingly was pretty good. The texture and idea of it was a little weird but I ended up liking it and my stomach didn't freak out at me for eating it so that was a plus! Then after that I ate chicken feet. Okay now these on the other hand were pretty gross. How you have to eat it is you put the entire foot in your mouth then kinda pick it apart with your tongue until all the little bones separate from the meat. The bones you spit out on your plate and you swallow whats left. I didn't like that much haha the meat was like pastey and left a bad aftertaste. Anyways though I never thought I would eat two foods that weird in the same sitting. The members we were eating with loved it. They were pounding those feet down like they they were popcorn chicken!
Second crazy thing that happened this week has to do with our investigator Pedro. So he's the guy that was having those weird health problems that he said were from the mosquito disease he got in the army. Well we passed by his house on tuesday and his sister answered the timbre and told us he was in the hospital because he had almost had a heart attack! Yep everyone's having heart attacks lately, but we will get to that later.. so the next day we stopped by with some cookies and were able to get to know his family a bit which was cool. 
Wednesday morning we got to play soccer with our old group of fútbol homies again and we surprised them haha. They split the teams up all us missionaries against their team of all spaniard teenagers which everyone thought would be super unfair. They thought they were gonna destroy us. Well.. we completely wrecked them, it was hilarious. We had scored over 10 goals and they hadn't even scored one when they finally admitted defeat and decided we should mix up the teams. So yeah we have improved a ton with our soccer skills 😏 Now its actually pretty fun to play haha 
Thursday morning a family moved out of the branch here. They live out in a little pueblo about 20 minutes away and they wanted to pack up the furgoneta at 5:30 before the sun came up and got hot so we got up at 5am and the branch president came and picked us up to go help out. Oh yeah and a furgoneta is like basically just a big van, thats what they use to move here. It literally took us only like 30 minutes to load it haha. 
Alright here for the coolest part of the week. So about a week or two ago our brach president asked us to try to track down an old menos activo family. So we had been going around to all the members trying to see if anyone had any way of contacting them. Finally we found an address this week so we decided to head out there Friday morning to visit them. So we walk way out there and ring the timbre. The dad comes out to meet us. He's this short older guy and he has this massive scar all the way down the inner side of his leg. He explained to us that he had suffered two heart attacks this past month and that they had to take veins from is leg to put into his heart. He lifted up his shirt and showed us the huge scars he had there too. It was pretty crazy. So they invited us in and we sit down and he talks to us for about an hour just telling us his entire life story. It was absolutely crazy but also really awesome. He was a journalist for 35 years and lived in 22 different countries mostly throughout south and central america! He has 7 children so thats a family of 9 which is a ridiculous thing for any Spaniard since the average family has 1-2 kids. Anyways so he did all that for years and years then he finally gets back to spain to retire and they give him a pension of 366 euros a month! For a family of 9. That is completely ridiculous. So he has basically written big articles and been interviewed by the news for the past couple of years about it. (For those of you who are spanish speakers I will post the one he gave me on the icloud.) Anyways just saying how unjust it is and stuff because there are literally criminals who have recently been released from prison that they give 800 euro pensions to for just one single person. So yeah its just really crazy his whole situation trying to support that huge family with so little money. So we talked to them for a while then the next day we took them some cookies since we still had quite a bit left over. When we were talking to him he said that night after they left he and his wife were talking and she said "I think its time we start going to church again." So now in a couple more weeks once he feels a bit better they are coming to church, and tonight we are going over to their house to have a noche de hogar! So that is super awesome and exciting. We'll see how it goes :) 
Well cool yeah so thats the coolest thing that happened but besides that I have another talk in church yesterday. My topic was Sostengamos a los Profetas. It was a good one I really enjoyed the preparation part, the talking part not quite as much but only like the first minute was a struggle then I felt pretty comfortable up there. I was able to share a little bit about how great of an effect my goal to read and listen to 2-3 conference talks every day has had on me. How it has helped me to receive personal revelation and inspiration on how I can be a better missionary and as a person in general. 
Here is a short little cita out of the Gospel Principles book that I really liked-
"Many people live in darkness, unsure of God’s will. They believe that the heavens are closed and that people must face the world’s perils alone. How fortunate are the Latter-day Saints! We know that God communicates to the Church through His prophet. With grateful hearts, Saints the world over sing the hymn, “We thank thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us in these latter days” (Hymns, no. 19).

Preparing and giving the talk made me feel so much more grateful to have a prophets and apostles guiding us today. It is a huge sign to me that God still loves all of his children. Knowing that the living prophet Thomas S. Monson and all of the apostles lead the church today under the direction of Jesus Christ is a great blessing and comfort. Once again I invite all of you to take the time to study the words of the prophets and apostles, they truly receive revelation for those living in the world today. I invite you to set a goal maybe just one a week on sunday afternoons. However big or small your goal is I can promise that you will see the blessings. I have had so many days this past year where I am trying to figure out some problem of my own or of someone we are working with and I read the conference talk and my answer is right there! Anyways so I invite you to do it and I promise you will see the same results! 

Hope you all enjoyed the letter, sorry its so long haha. Have a wonderful week! 
LOVE YA 💙💙



- Elder Childers