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).

Monday, May 26, 2014

Singing in a cathedral!

It is almost the end of May! And in Utah it looks like things are hot and dry and all the fun stuff that comes from living in a desert! Jaja, while here, it is raining about every other day, strong winds and blistering cold nights. It is crazy to see the difference between the two! 

So last week, right after we got done emailing, we got a notice from the branch president to sing at a funeral for a woman (non-member) that one of the members took care of. We thought that it wouldn´t be a problem, especially since we had the idea that there would only be 20 or so people. So we walked into the cathedral around 5:00 (yes, a Catholic one) and there were 300 or more people, so jaw-dropping. It was only my companion, the Hermanas (the Sisters), the member, and me that were up there in front of the priest singing "Nearer my God to Thee." The family thanked us for coming over and singing for the beloved family member, while we got some of the craziest looks from people jaja. 

We also had specialized training during the week. We learned about how we can work more with the members and that we can have more success if both the members and the missionaries work together. Really good, and I was able to see a couple of my old MTC friends again! 

Then during the week, I had this realization that we should work with one of our pueblos. The pueblo, Olot, has about 6-8 members that come every week to church, and they show their dedication and faith by doing that. All they need is a couple more active members to start a group there! So that is what we are setting out to do now! We started working with the members that don´t come to often and some of them want to start coming back and when they do, then big things can happen in Olot! 

So that is my week, thanks for tuning in. And please everybody, pray for the members in Olot that they may achieve their goals and that the Lord may be with them! Thank you! 

Elder Sadler


Monday, May 19, 2014

A new week

Hey everybody, so here we are working and still looking for people. We finally have a baptismal date for someone on the 7th of June!! C. is a seventy year old woman from El Salvador who has been waiting quite a while to be baptized.

This past week, my new companion (Elder Biddle) and I went to Barcelona for a special conference with Elders Snow, Nielson, and Dikes. Elder Nielson is the church historian and he talked about how he gets to work with ALL of the church documents, even Joseph Smith´s personal diaries! So cool! Elder Snow talked with us about how we should have a vision for our area; what we want to leave behind for the members to remember us and what we want the future missionaries to do. And Elder Dikes discussed the importance of the work and how we can influence others for the better. Really great talks, I loved Elder Nielson´s talk most of all! 

But in Vic we are working hard. Since it is getting closer to summer, more people are leaving to go on vacation, so it is pretty hard to find people, but we are still trying. So we are thinking about working in some pueblos soon, but we shall see. And congratulations to the Granollers Elders in our district, Davidson and Contreras for having their third baptism in two weeks!!! 

Thanks for reading everybody, and thanks for all your support! We will see you next week!

In this picture I am with Elder Contreras (he is from Argentina). We did an intercambio (splits) and we found our store: Argentina and Spain, with the cute piñata girl, haha!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Calling home for Mother's Day!

 Talking to my family for Mother's Day! (photos taken by my mother)

Hey everybody, so a new traslado (transfer) which means a new area for other people, however I am remaining in Vic for the next six weeks with my new companion, Elder Biddle! He is from Australia, blonde hair, blue eyed and about two meters, but I feel like we are going to get a lot of work done together! 

But anyway, this past week we were just getting ready for my companion to leave and saying goodbye to people, but on Saturday, the Elders from Granollers had two baptisms!! They are doing so well, and all the missionaries from our district went to see it. President Pace came as well and is really proud of the work we are doing in the area. 

And Sunday was a big day as well! I gave my first talk here, about La Obra Misional (missionary work) and everyone said I did a great job getting the members excited about the work again. We were also eating at a member´s house when one of our recent converts, who has been dating a member for a while, proposed to her!!!! WOOOAAA! It was amazing!!!!!!! Everybody was cheering and laughing and congratulating, they are so happy together!!!

And Sunday night, I was able to see my family, Mamá, Papá y Harrison for a short while for Mother's Day! It was so good to see them, it really lifted up my spirits, knowing that they are doing well :) Thank you so much for all the support you give me and the support everybody gives me. If you need anything, let me know! Ciao!!!

Elder Sadler 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Hey everybody! Another week and I would just like to say Happy Mother´s day to the Best mother in the world! Happy Mother´s Day, Mamá! :) 

Last preparation day, there was a festival for Andalucía!!! (Andalucía is the region in the southern part of Spain and where we are from). It was the best!!! I loved it so much, it was like being back home! The other missionaries also enjoyed it and said it was a lot more festive than the other stuff they had seen haha! 

                     These pictures are in the Festival for Andalucía in Barcelona
Here I am with the Alhambra of Granada (where my mother is from) behind me
                                       With my district during the festival
Eating paella, yummy! Although not as good as my mother's paella!

But this week, we have been really working on the branch to try and strengthen them and have them overcome their challenges. It is hard work and doesn´t leave us a lot of time to find people, but the branch is slowly getting stronger every day. 

On Thursday, we had a party of desserts and sweets in which people had to do certain tasks or challenges with desserts and it was so messy and so much fun! We had about 25 people show up so it was really good :) 

Not much is going on! It is warming up, and everyone is sick (except for me haha). But I hope everything is doing well back home and I love you all a lot! :) 

 Some pictures of our visit to Olot, a town about 20 miles away from where we live