Monday, January 4, 2016

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! and happy Kings Day on the sixth. In Spain, Christmas lasts until January 6, because of the celebration of Kings Day, who are the Spanish equivalent of Santa Claus. Supposedly the three wise men came to give presents the night before. I like it a lot. It gives us an excuse to keep celebrating all the way into January. Also, interesting fact, the Day of the Taking (Día de la Toma) is celebrated just after New Years here in Granada. It's a celebration of when the Catholic Kings defeated the Moors and took Granada. It's a really interesting holiday. I know I say this a lot, but it's one of the reasons why I love Granada. It's so full of history.

This last week, we were asked to help with a wedding proposal for one of the members. There is an incredible view of the Alhambra from a place called the Albaicín. My companion plays the violin and was going to be playing during the proposal. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication, and we went up to the Albaicín thinking it was a rehearsal for the proposal, and we forgot the violin. It turns out he wanted to propose to her that very night. Whoops. Well, at least we got to see the Alhambra from the Albaicín. 

This last week was busy. Very crazy. We did exchanges with the other elders in Granada, celebrated New Years, and are actually on our way down to the Leadership Council right now. Although we had a lot to do, we've been able to see a lot of success in our area. We met with Eduardo, Jhizel's brother, this last week. It was one of the best starts to an appointment that I've ever had. We sit down at a table with Jhizel and Eduardo. Eduardo looks at us and says, "I am very interested in becoming a Mormon. How do we go about this?" We were taken off guard, but the lesson went really well. He felt something very special at the baptism of Jhizel, and wants to feel that special something all the time. Really great. We are working really hard for him to get baptized. He accepted a date to be baptized on the first lesson, which is always a good sign. Keep him in your prayers.

Another blessing that we saw this last week came in a pretty different way. We got a referral from our bishop of a lady who just moved here from Chile and who has a boyfriend that she would like to introduce to the church. We called her (her name is Sandra) and she explained the situation a little bit more. Apparently, she and her boyfriend met over the internet. She introduced him to the church. Now he's an interest in becoming a member. We're really hoping to meet with him this week along with our bishop. We were able to meet him briefly after church when he came to pick up Sandra.

It's been a great week. I hope you've all been able to set some goals. I hope that this year has started well for you all.

It really is a great day to be a missionary.

I love you all.
Elder Weenig

Alhambra from the Albaicín

(Email sent on December 28, 2015)

Disclaimer: this email will be a little bit shorter, but this week has been amazing.

Christmas in the mission is always fun. Different, but very fun. We had a packed week, and our apartment became temporarily a four man apartment because the Elders from Motril came and stayed with us (mostly for the need for transport to and from Murcia.) Murcia is where we had our big half mission Christmas conference. It was really good fun. My companion and I sang for part of the talent show, and I was asked to translate the entire conference. Which is great, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to remember much of what was said. My companion took good notes and later gave them to me.

Really, this last week has been full of eating with members, talking to people about Christmas, and the skype call that we were able to make. I guess I should explain why the connection was so bad. We were in a small town called Quentar up in the Sierra Nevada, and because of that, the reception was so bad. I'm sorry about that, we learned our
lesson though, the next time, we will try and stay away from secluded mountain towns to skype home. In terms of the rest of the week things have gone very well.

Jhizel is doing very well, we're working hard and doing our best togrow this area. We are actually about to go and visit Jhizel's brother right now. I'm sorry this is so short.

But it really is a great day to be a missionary.

Elder Weenig

Inside a cathedral in Granada

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