First the Questions: (ps please make the questions easier to see for me to read and answer back)
You mentioned before about teaching an English class, is that part of your service time or is an organized class that all missionaries do in your mission? :Well the classes are something that the whole mission does. It´s a way to do service and also to find new investigators. But this last conference this week, president pace might shut it down because it isn´t getting the numbers we are looking for in this program, but I hope it doesn´t get shut down.
Are you feeling more comfortable with the language?: Well I can do A LOT more than I could do at the beginning, but I´m not a language guy and so it´s really hard for me to speak and study languages. I try to speak as much as I can by praying in spanish and thinking in spanish, but it´s really hard to just speak a second language when your primary language is so much easier. I just need more patience and I need to rely on the arm of the Lord for help because "I´m nothing without him".
Do you feel that you are gaining more confidence? : In the mission I have gained more confidence, but not the kind of confidence that makes me prideful or think highly of others. It´s more like a quiet "I can do it now" attitude because I can´t do this work of the Lord without the Lord. He´s key. Talking to people on the street is not as hard as it was when I first started, but talking to people on buses and trains is still really hard and I don´t have the confidence to talk to them yet. In essence it´s just I can do what I can do in my abilities and with the Lord’s help.
With upcoming GC, how will that work for your mission with the time difference?: I´m not sure yet, but will let you know. I´m sure it´ll be like Castellón, watch it at the church, if it works...
Why do you think that so many people in Spain live together without getting married? Gma mentioned something about the high cost of getting married. Any insight?: I´m not sure, but a high cost is a good reason for it, but I believe it´s the hand of the devil making" good look bad and bad look good." Because there are many divorces here. Also there are many people who don´t have that testimony of the humility and charity that we have to know that we need to make sacrifices and there is no "I" in we. The family, a proclamation to the world was written 20 years ago and now we see the effect when men choose not to follow the prophets and live in the consequences of their choices. That would be my guess that they chose not to get married because they are not willing to make such a commitment.
Well anyway, this week has been really fun and long too. We didn´t have district meeting because of the mission tour this past week. We had Elder Olsson from the 3rd quorum of the 70. He and his wife are from sweden and speak english really well. It was really good. It was a mulit-zone conference spanning 3 days because our mission is so big. I really took some good notes and plan on putting them to action for this week. I am very grateful to have a wonderful president and his wife to do so much for us. They are so kind to us and really love us as if they were our parents.
We do lots of running lately because this is our healthy month. We are eating less junk food and doing more exercise. We wake up at 7 to do exercises such as basketball at a park or go running.
I don´t have a lot of time left but I want to share a little of what I know about humility. I have been wondering what humility is this past week because it is something people keep telling me about me, but I just don´t see it, so I have been doing some research and I have come with a conclusion that humility is the ability to accept the correction that the Lord gives us and by the challenges he places in our path (see "the will of God" mormon message also "refiner fire" another mormon message). I know that as we remember that our success is not ours but comes from our father in heaven. I know that some day I´ll be able to speak spanish as well as dad and become bilingual, but at this point I will walk along the path of mistakes and at times I´ll fall but will not stay down. I´ll take the hand of the savior and walk forward step by step and walk his path. We have lots of people who slam doors on us and want not of us, but it´s not by my talents alone that we´ll be able to gain referrals or have baptisms, but it´ll be by the hand of the Lord that will prepare the hearts of his children. I just wanted to share a little with what I know or what I think about humility. We can make a difference in the lives of other people as do service and give them compliments.
Family I love you all and hope you have a great week.