Monday, July 29, 2013

Hola familia! Que tal? How is everyone doing? I hope you all had a great week! Haha we are here emailing and I am laughing super hard because this cute boy Samuel (18 yrs old from Columbia) that we contacted yesterday walked in and just tried to give besos to my companion and her reaction was hilarious. Instead of saying oh sorry we can´t give besos because we are missionaries she just let out like ahhh noooooo and dodged. Super funny. I could tell the poor guy was really confused.

But anyways, I am in San Sebastián now and I am loving it so far! ! It is the most beautiful city on the beach I have ever seen. I have really enjoyed running on the boardwalk every morning for exercise. So great! And yesterday was my first day at the ward here. It is a really small ward but I can tell they are all really strong members. I am excited to get to know them and work with them more! It was so nice to actually be able to understand and talk to people my first Sunday here. Haha because I remember my first day in Bilbao I really had no idea what people were saying. We had a few people come to church so that was great! We picked up a girl named Jessy, she is a menos activo. It was a miracle that we found her! The other week the hermanas knocked the building that she was living in and she found our card and called us to see if she could come to church with us! Really cool! And then one of our investigators and her cute little son came to church. And she, Angelica, has a baptismal date for the 17 of August! I am excited for her. And then guy from Nigeria who was baptized a while ago called us to see when church was because he wanted to come back! And we have a cita with him and his wife who is not a member tomorrow. So anyways I tell you these things because we have already been blessed with so many miracles! And I know that as we continue to work hard and exercise faith we will continue to see these miracles. 

I am really happy to be here serving here with hermana Tyler. I will send some pictures of us and San Sebastian next week. I don´t really feel like I am training. Hermana Tyler is already a great missionary who is willing to work hard and be obedient, so I am loving it! She is from California and her mother is from Mexico. So she understands and speaks spanish pretty well! Yay. And right now we have another hermana with us for a couple days because her companion had to go down to Barcelona for a meeting. Her name is Hermana Findlay and this is her like 5th day in the mission haha so it´s really fun to be with her! All the new missionaries that are coming in are super great. They all have such a strong desire to work hard and be obedient. It is wonderful. We will have about 45 new missionaries coming in this September... 22 new hermanas! The Lord is hastening his work and I am grateful to be a missionary at this exciting time! 

Did you all here about the awful train wreck that happened here in Madrid, Spain this last week? From what I have heard from the members about 80 people died and many are seriously injured. There were some missionaries on the train. Elder Ward was traveling to his first area on the mission when the accident happened. And he was traveling with a senor missionary couple. None of them were killed but they did recieve some serious injuries. I know that is a miracle that they were saved from this accident and that Heavenly Father was watching out for them. Pray with me for these families who have been affected in this tragedy. 

It is so good to here from all of you! It sounds like you are all doing well and it´s hard to believe we are almost in our last month of summer. I hope you enjoy your last few weeks! Here is my address if you would like to send me a letter :) 

Hermana Brooke Benson 
C/ San Martín 15, 2D
20005 San Sebastián

I just want you to all know how much I love you and I am grateful for you! Thanks for all your love and support. I miss you all but I know that this is where I am supposed to be. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve as a missionary here in Spain. I wouldn´t trade it for anything in the world! I hope you have a great week! 


Hermana Benson 

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