I'm writing this from the seat of our car. We are on our way back from Gibraltar. We took a trip there today. It was crazy. This will very likely be very short, but I just wanted to let you know about some things that have happened this last week.
The first big thing: the office has now changed addresses. We moved! It's been a crazy process of trying to get everything ready, but we were fortunate enough to have the help of the zone leaders who were in Fuengirola helping. Anyway, any mail should now be sent to the same address with the exception of the floor. Instead of being 3D-E, it will now be 1C. And the new office is very, very nice. It's odd to have air conditioning in the office that makes it so cool that you want to turn it off. Anyway, we are really excited.
In terms of residency, I think this story is definitely worthy of note. President Andersen needed to do his residency. We went to the police station in Fuengirola, and as the police went over his passport,they ask where his entrance stamp to Spain was. Now, this is something extremely odd. You almost never find someone that does not get an entrance stamp, and especially among those, your mission president. Anyway, the police weren't willing to let him get residency without the stamp. What do you do? Look up the cheapest flights to get him to Italy, France or even Morocco, but then finally decide to fly him to the UK. I learned a lot about how to get someone to and from a foreign country in one day so as to minimize loss of proselyting time. It turns out the air fare here in Spain is relatively cheap so it turned out well. Anyway, he was now able to come in and get residency this last week. Which was a huge relief. Wouldn't want to lose our president overseas. Well, all is well that ends well, right?
Martins and his family are progressing well. We're still working on helping them gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and we had a really cool lesson with them. While we were teaching them, we had planned to teach them a about eternal family and temple marriage. While the lesson progressed they expressed some concerns about baptism and then we started to focus the lesson on the Book of Mormon instead. As we started sharing about how we can resolve problems with the Book of Mormon, the atmosphere of the lesson started to change. You could tell that Martins and his family could feel the truth of what we were teaching. We recommitted them to reading the Book of Mormon and are going to continue praying for them. They are great.
What a week. I was able to come and visit some awesome friends down in Gibraltar today. I miss that place a lot.
It is a great day to be a missionary.
Love you all,