Y cuando nuestros corazones se hallaban desanimados, y estábamos a punto de regresar, he aquí, el Señor nos consoló, y dijo: Id entre vuestros hermanos los lamanitas, y sufrid con paciencia vuestras affliciones, y os daré el éxito (Alma 26:27).

Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success (Alma 26:27).

Thursday, January 16, 2014

My life in the MTC (CCM in Spanish) in Madrid

My schedule is mostly, get up at 6:30, eat breakfast, have classes until 1:00, eat lunch, have more classes until 6:00, then we have dinner, then we have classes until 9:30 then we have to have lights off by 10:30. Not really exciting but we teach practice investigators during the day for our training. And on Saturdays, we go to Madrid´s parque to do contacts and me and my temporary companion Elder Ward gave out three Books of Mormon, two in Spanish and one in English! It was awesome to do that!

I love the food! Toda es comida española! But most of the people here don´t like most of it; mostly being babies about the food tasting weird. But there is me, an Italian girl (who is Spanish speaking) and four Portuguese missionaries (three Elders and one Hermana) who eat all the food because they love it too! We´ve had tortilla, orange pork, cola cao, galletas, just typical Spanish food!

There are five people in the room, including me and we all get along somewhat. It is all really nice and quiet. My companion, Elder Jonson, is from Lehi, so super exciting. I share a room with him and Elders Nickerl, Stapleton and Ward, from California, somewhere in Utah and Arizona.

We just went to the temple today and qué bonito! Since it is right outside our building, we get to walk past it every night!  We get to go every Thursday since it is our P-day. We also have to stay inside the CCM (MTC) the whole time and when we do go outside it is with everybody. All together, we have 16 missionaries, 12 Spanish and 4 Portuguese and we´re getting Russians next week.

I have really connected with the European/Brazilian missionaries even though we can hardly speak the same language! They speak Portuguese and I speak Spanish to them but we can understand each other just fine! We make contacts every Saturday, which means we go out and talk to possible “Future Investigators” and my Spanish is already A LOT better! even though I´m still a little nervous about using it. In my district, is Me, Elder Jonson, and Hermana Costagliola, and we make a pretty good team I think! Since she speaks Italian and learning Spanish, and I speak Spanish, and Elder Jonson, well, he´s learning, we actually know how to communicate with people and talk about the gospel. But this is really fun!

We have four teachers for our district, Hermanas Suarez, Martinez y Gutierrez, y Hermano Arnal. They are really good, since they teach us how to use Spanish more properly, and I know this will sound a little different, but on Saturday, I feel like I could speak Spanish perfectly while talking about the Gospel. So overall, it is amazing here! Since it is a small group, we all connect well and it is easier for us to do things together like go out and teach people.

The CCM (MTC) President and his wife are leaving next week and we are getting a new one.
 I also found out that my mission president is leaving in a year so I will get a new one then too! It seems out of all the missionaries here, the three from Brazil (2) and Cape Verde (1) for Portuguese are going to Portugal while the one from Portugal is going to Cape Verde. Then form here, it seems only about 5 or 6 are going to Madrid or Málaga and the rest are going to Barcelona, and that does not include any from the Provo MTC or native speakers. Today in about ten minutes we are to go downtown and take a tour of it and hopefully I can get some stuff that I want/need. So I´ll talk to all of you later! Love you!

Elder Sadler

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