Monday, April 25, 2016

El Reino Nazarí

In the history of Granada, there is a story. Some say that it's real, others say that it's fake, but regardless, I am going to tell it. It's the story of the last king of Granada, Boabdil. Boabdil reigned in the Moorish kingdom of Granada before the reconquering of Spain by the Christians. Legend has it that as he was fleeing from Granada, he looked back on the burning palace of the Alhambra and began to cry. As he cried, his mother, turned and said, "Weep like a woman for that which you could not defend as a man." It's a pretty sensational story, and a lot of historians actually disagree with it. But, I sympathize with Boabdil. Leaving Granada is difficult. It has been a fantastic time here. It's going to be difficult to leave. But unlike Boabdil, I won't be going south, I will actually be going east, to a place called Elche. I'm really excited. Elche is one of the most talked about places in our mission. Why? Because it's the city with the most amount of palm trees in Europe. It will be amazing. Forests of palm trees. I am very excited to serve in this new area.

Also speaking of the Alhambra, we visited the Mirador de San Nicolas today. Fantastic.

So to continue with the story of Lili. She was talking with us and said that she would prefer to be able to be one hundred percent sure about baptism before committing herself. She is great. She understands the gospel so well. For that reason, she wants to wait. Ah. It's hard, when you know the gospel will change someone's life, and yet, we have to respect other people's agency. But, she did say that she is seriously considering baptism still, and will likely be baptized. Things are going so well in this area. I have loved being here.

I am out of time, but I love you all. It is a great day to be a missionary.

Elder Weenig

The Mirador de San Nicolas

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