I am serving a mission as a sister missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for a period of 18 months. I am serving in the Spain Barcelona Mission and I am speaking Spanish. I reported to the Madrid Missionary Training Center on May 13th, 2014, and I will return home November of 2015. I love each of you with all my heart and I hope to hear from you throughout this life-changing experience and journey.

Friday, August 21, 2015

It Is Then That He Carries Us

Hola como están? ¿Como va todo? Espero que su verano hace mucho calor como mío, porque de verdad, aquí en España … hace muchísimo calor y es muy húmedo. Estamos muriendo! Pero, es lo que hay. Jaja

Haha, okay, don't worry, I will speak to you all in English. Oh how I just LOVE Hospitalet! The people are amazing. The members, the ward, our friends, the other missionaries … and, of course, my incredible companion, Hermana Steinfeldt. She and I have become the best of friends over these past 3 months, and I have been so blessed to be with her and learn from her every single day. We just have a blast! We definitely find joy in the work and in the journey!

Lunes (20 de Julio): Today for preparation day, we went to a place called Tibidabo! It is a huge cathedral in the mountains that look over all of Barcelona and is breathtaking! Tonight we also had a Family Home Evening with Kati, Kelvin and Joshua, our recent convert. It was fun, and he is really starting to create great friendships! He is just happy.

Miércoles (22 de Julio): Once again this morning I was able to wake up at 5:15am, to catch my flight to the Islands of Palma de Mallorca for intercambios (exchanges). Woohoo! Palma intercambios, with Hermana Fenn and … Hermana Arauco! It was so fun and nice to be able to work with her again. Both of these hermanas are just machines! We did a lot of door knocking! It was quite the experience, haha, I loved it!

Jueves (23 de Julio): We went to visit our friend Kennedy today. He is about 30 years old, and is a fútbol player from Nigeria. He used to live in the Canary Islands and was being taught by missionaries there. He has a lot of questions and is awesome. One question he asked was why everyone knows about the Bible and not as many know about The Book of Mormon. In my opinion, I think it is because the Bible has been around a lot longer. Even though the Book of Mormon contains records that start in the year 600 BC, these scriptures were not brought forth and translated until the 1820´s. That is why we are here. As missionaries, we tell people all about this great news, and give them the opportunity to learn about how much God loves His children.

Remember Dary? We had a lesson with her and Monica, a member in our ward, and she has a baptismal date for the 15th of August! It’s a miracle; keep her in your prayers … I love this lady so much!!

Viernes (24 de Julio): We went to visit Victor this morning. We talked a lot about the Atonement, and Christ. He was so very touched, and then we asked if we could sing a hymn for him. Halfway through the hymn, he was in tears. He said that he felt the Spirit so powerfully and he couldn´t help but be emotional. He knows he needs this, and we are excited for him!

Sábado (25 de Julio): On Saturday mornings we always play sports with our friends and members. It is so fun and wonderful to see people have a great time and create friendships! We also met a man named Luigi today. He said he had heard a lot about the church and that he actually has a lot of family who are members, and he has always had questions about it. We gave him a Book of Mormon, and he was so grateful for it! We will see how that goes …

Domingo (26 de Julio): Jerry came to church! He has a baptismal date for the 8th of August! Pray for him. He is such a sweetheart. We also visited incredible members, Ana and Manuel. We thought they were return missionaries and have been members their whole lives, but we found out that they are recent converts of only a few years! They have amazing testimonies. Manuel shared one of his favorite poems with us, "Footprints in the Sand".

“One night I dreamed a dream.
I dreamed that I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed various different scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at the very lowest and saddest times, along the course of my life, there was only one set of footprints.
This troubled me deeply, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me. All the time and all the way.
But I noticed that during the hardest, most painful and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why. Why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me?"
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you. I would
never, ever, abandon you during your trials or sorrows.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was THEN that I carried you."

This is one of my favorite poems as well … I really love it! The only reason we make it through the trials or problems in our lives is because the Lord is with us and carries us through those times. He is there always; after we have done all that we possibly can, we ask for His help and He lifts us. He is always with us in this crazy and amazing journey called life. He loves us. We are the ones who have to be humble and pray to our Father in Heaven, asking Him to give us an extra hand, and send some help.

Trust in the Lord. Have faith and press on! He knows what He is doing.

With all my heart,

Hermana Vance

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