Hola everyone! How are you doing? It was so fun to hear from some of you this week. This week has flown by for me. I am getting closer and closer to being out in the field! I leave for Barcelona by train Tuesday morning. Can you believe it?! Ahhh I´m so so excited. The CCM has been awesome but I´m ready to move on haha to bigger and better things. As I was teaching one of my “investigators” last night I realized that the next person I will be teaching will be real! Ah man so cool but overwhelming. I pray that I will be able to communicate with the people of Barcelona. My Spanish is okay but nowhere near perfect. I can understand when people speak fairly slow and I am concentrating with every fiber of my being haha. This has and will continue to be a very humbling experience. I just really hope I am put with a patient companion that will be helpful! But guess what? I had two Spanish accomplishments this week haha. Numero uno: I memorized the first vision in Español. YAY. Ready…
Vi una columna de luz, mas brilliante que el sol, directamente arriba de me cabeza, y esta luz gradualmente descedio hasta descansar sobre mi… Al reprosar sobre mi la luz, vi en el aire arriba de me a dos personajes, cuyo fulgor y Gloria no admiten descripcion. Uno de ellos me habló, llamándome por mi nombre, y dijo señalando al otro, Este es mi hijo amado, ESCUCHALO!
Proud of me? Haha I am. And just imagine me using some really cool hand signals hahaha just kidding. Now I´m working on Moroni`s promise. Okay accomplishment numero dos: Today at the temple I did the whole session in Español. I actually understood more than I thought I would and it was just great. I love going to the temple each week and I will really miss it once I get to Barcelona!
So basically Spain is the greatest place. The culture here is awesome. It is my second home. This week on the 23 of April was Dia del Libro. Book day! SPAIN has a book day? Are you kidding me? I love it. They celebrate book day on the April 23th because that is the day Miguel Cervantes died. As most of you probably know he wrote the world famous Spanish novel Don Quijote. On book day all of the book stores have really good sales, people trade books, and people give away books. I wish that the 23th would have landed on a proselyting day. We could have given out Books of Mormon like crazy haha. We need to start celebrating book day back home. For real.
Last Saturday proselyting was awesome. One of the best proselyting days I have had so far. This time I was put with a companion who is more on the shy side so I had to do a lot of the talking… In español. It really put me out of my comfort zone and was such great practice. We had many great conversations and people were pretty nice to us. But I want to share with you my favorite experience of the day. We had been walking around the streets of Goya for about 30 minutes with not very much success. So we found a quiet place in a little alley (sounds sketchy but it wasn´t haha) and decided that we needed to say a prayer asking Heavenly Father to put someone in our path who would accept our message and a Book of Mormon. We said the prayer and kept walking. The first few people who we talked with were not interested. But about 10 minutes later we saw this man and we both knew and I think he knew (if that makes sense) that we needed to talk to him. We went right up and introduced ourselves and got to know him a little bit and then we started talking about the gospel and I pulled out a Book of Mormon and before I said anything he said I want to read and study that book. I was shocked!! I had not said anything about it and he already wanted to know more. The Lord had prepared his heart. We then talked a little bit about El Libro de Mormon and we read Mornoni´s promise with him and just bore testimony that if he read and prayed he could find out if it was true. He told us that he would study, read, and pray about it. WOW! We got his contact information and hopefully some of the Madrid missionaries will be contacting him soon! Heavenly Father is aware of us and he does answer our prayers. I´m so grateful to be a missionary in Spain! The Lord is hastening his work and I am so happy to be a small, small part of it.
I forgot to mention in my last email that we got some new missionaries here in the CCM! All of them will be serving in Italy. They are from Italy, Argentina, and England. They all already speak Italian. One of the sisters shares a room with me and it has been so fun to get to know her! She is hilarious and we all love her. Who knows maybe she will be Victoria´s companion.. haha. She knows a little bit of Spanish and a little bit of English haha so we communicate in Spanglish/Sign Language. It is so much fun! I have gotten to know some many awesome people here at the CCM. And I will be so sad to say goodbye.
I hope everyone is doing great! I miss and love you all very much! I look forward to hearing from you! Que tenga un buen dia!
Hermana Brooke Benson
P.S. The new bishopric sounds fantastic! I´m so happy about it.
P.S. I attached some really cheesy photos haha enjoy. Oh and one more thing... Every sunday we sing outside of the temple and one of the temple workers filmed it and put it on youtube. I think it´s called Mardid Missionaries singing infront of temple April 2013.. something like that. Look it up haha.