Monday, December 21, 2015


Terrassa Zone Conference, Jared is back row sitting 3rd from right
First thing, family I will by calling by means of Skype this year.  I have an app on the iPad that I can use, which will be easier for me, so do what you need to do so we can talk on Friday at 6 for me in Spain, so like 10am in Utah.  Access your account, or whatever is needed so we can talk and have a joyous Christmas!

Random thoughts:

We contacted a man the other day in the street and he had some really strange ideas about religion, God, and other points of doctrine.  We talked for like 35 minutes but not even the simplest of doctrine was making sense to him.  It made me very frustrated but in the end it
also helped me in my testimony of the restored gospel and how much I have been blessed to have this in my life since birth.

I enjoyed president packer’s last talk and testimony of the savior in the ensign/liahona.  It was amazing.  I felt the spirt from my iPad. It was a powerful testimony from one of the greatest teachers earth has to offer.

We helped a woman carry her groceries as her bags broke.  It was a miracle for me because never in my time on the mission have I ever carried someone's groceries because everyone is a little closed off, but God put her in our path to help and serve.

We pushed a car that was broken to help start the engine.  It was a lot of work because it was very heavy and there were only 3 people pushing.  Do a good turn daily!

We sang Christmas songs as we contacted this week.  A little Christmas spirit.

Again I will be calling at 6 from Spain so 10 am at home for you.  I only have 40 minutes so we can't waste time.

Our bishop said in sacrament meeting that we are Jehovah witnesses.  It sounds better in Spanish " testigos de Jehovah".  Because we testify of him before his birth as the God of the Old Testament and the Christ of the New Testament and the Messiah of the Book of Mormon.
We testify that he lives as the resurrected savior.  Lord of Lord and King of kings.

As I was waiting for my companion during an intercombio, I sat on a bench in a train station and read from Libro de Mormón.  A lady sat next to me and asked if I was reading the bible?  I said no I was reading El Libro de Mormón.  She asked if I was a Mormon and I said yes, and then she asked if we went out two by two and I said yes, but I was waiting for my companion.  So people do notice us and recognize us as different people.

Well family I have to go but I would like to share with you a small quote from something that I learned this week.
"If one believes that all roads lead to heaven or that there are no particular requirements for salvation, he or she will see no need for proclaiming the gospel or for ordinances and covenants in redeeming either the living or the dead. But we speak not just of immortality
but also of eternal life, and for that the gospel path and gospel covenants are essential. And the Savior needs a church to make them available to all of God’s children--both the living and the dead."-Élder Christopherson from this year’s conference.

It is so clear why we have a church of Jesus Christ, so we can perform the ordinances needed to make it back to our Father’s presence and to save our ancestors.  I love this Church and I love the mission too, even if it is hard and people think you are the gum stuck to the bottom of a shoe, but I am learning the road of true discipleship has to go near the garden of gethsemane and we must know that salvation is not a cheap experience.  The refiner’s fire is real and those who pass through it will become someone the Lord can use to get his errands done.  I thank my family who has sacrificed so much for me to be here.  I love you all and hope you have a great Christmas.

Con cariño

Élder Gonzalez

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Short letter, sorry :(

Well family it has been a very interesting week with again ups and downs, but mostly ups.  So yes I am still here in Terrassa but my new companion is named Élder Islas.  He is from Texas.  His dad's parents are from Mexico and his mom is from Nicaragua.  He has 7 months on the mission and one transfer in the Salt Lake City east mission while waiting for a visa.  He is great and knows so much about people skills and teaching.  I am learning a lot from him.

Random thoughts:

Matt 19-20 in the institute manual has great talks from Élder Ballard and holland.  I would invite you to read them because they helped me feel the spirit a lot.  I was having a crummy day on Thursday and that morning was a blowover from the day before, but when I read about Christ's atonement I knew I has hit, but far from out.

"However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.

There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning." - Élder holland.

The savior is happy that we accept him at what every hour of the day as long as we repent and turn unto him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then will his grace be sufficient.

We were asked by the senior missionary in the office to go by an old Hermana piso that had been closed but still belonged to the church because the church got a huge bill for 400€ on heating.  We went in and nothing, but we did get a few things for our piso...all in the service of the Lord.  We'll just give them back when new missionaries come.

A bus was making a turn and some old ladies were walking really slow and the bus driver honked at them because it was a red light for crossing.  Point scored for busses, old ladies still leading by a lot.

We were walking Saturday night and all of a sudden a water balloon fell from the sky and almost hits me.  It was a miracle not getting hit.  Mobutu we saw that there were some people in the apartments above us.  Saved again by missionary protection:)

Well family I love you so much.  This is becoming a great Christmas season.  Work is tough and now we have lots of area to explore and work in, but I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father and how he blesses with miracles.  I know that this work is a sacred calling.  I know that as
we put our part in the Lord will magnify us to fit the role.  That is something I am still learning because I didn't really believe it at first but now I know that it is true.  Christ is at the helm.  This is his church and he has called those to watch over his sheep.  It would
be wise to follow the council of our church leaders and obey the Lord’s commandments to receive those blessing that we so desperately need.  I loving having my chapa on and I love studying his word. I just have to continue finding the elect and bring them to the well of
everlasting life which is Christ the Lord.  I love you all and wish you a wonderful week.

Con cariño
Élder Gonzalez

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Transfers are Crazy as a Missionary

Especially with the holidays.  So yeah I have a new companion named Élder Islas, and he is from Texas but was born in California.  He has Latino roots like I do, but spoke Spanish before the  Anyway he is great.  I'm still here in Terrassa, but they took out a set of missionaries and so I am here with a really big area called Terrassa and Rubí plus the pueblos.   We'll just run around dead every day, but kicking it.

Random thoughts.

Mom I got your package.  THANK YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!  Plus can you, mom, go and do scholarship hunting for me because there might be some that end by the end of the year of stuff like that, but I don’s know, I'm a missionary:)

 first week here in Terrassa we knocked a door of a man named Benjamin.  He is Catalan and lives alone.  He wasn't very interested but accepted a Book of Mormon.  During weekly planning last week he called us and said that he was moving close to Madrid and wants to
find the church in his new town.  It was a miracle.

Well family I have very little time to write because this morning I had to wake up early to go to Barcelona to drop off a companion at the train station and pick up my companion then travel to the mission office and back and I am very tired tonight, and it is only 6:24.

Well family as you can clearly see I will not be home for Christmas, but Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the birth of our savior, but because of modern revelation we know that Christ was born near Easter.  As missionaries, representatives of him, we have the great opportunity to testify and share his message to all the world. This year, like last year, the church has come out with a Christmas video.  I would strongly invite you all to watch and share this video on or  "A savior is born".  Our thanksgiving is always for his atonement that redeemed us from the fall and that he can and will take upon himself the pains and temptations and sins of His people as He lifts us up.  It is my great privilege to wear his name next to my heart with the title "Élder Gonzalez, LA IGLESIA DE JESUCRISTO DE LOS SANTOS DE LOS ÚLTIMOS DÍAS".  I am grateful for our savior Jesus Christ.

I love you all and hope you have a great week.
Con cariño
Élder Gonzalez

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