Monday, November 24, 2014

A visit from an Area Presidency....

Hola Familia & Friends,
We had a wonderfully memorable week in the Spain Malaga Mission.  Each year we receive a visit from a member of our Area Presidency, and this week Elder Patrick Kearson visited our mission. Our session was held in Malaga with approx. 110 missionaries from Malaga, Sevilla and San Fernando Zones. Elder Kearson thanked us over and over again for our service, and encouraged us to stretch beyond where we are now, to decide to change and give the mission our all. Personally, I am so grateful to Elder Kearson, his family and our leaders who so selflessly serve for years. While our missionaries have sacrificed our time and money for 18-24 months, they sacrifice their freedom, time, entire career, and in the case of Elder Kearson move their families frequently, all to answer a call to serve the Lord. 
Elder Kearson spoke to us all day on Tuesday. It was such a good conference. We learned so much as missionaries. For instance, he taught us about "Attacking our mornings" like having diligent and fervent prayer the moment you wake up. Followed by good exercise and diligently studying for your investigators. One of my favorite quotes that he quoted to us as missionaries was by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "You tell me how a missionary starts her day at 6:00 am, how her studies went and how her prayers were, I will tell you what kind of day she will have, what kind of week she will have and what kind of mission and life she will have." Que Fuerte no?! but so good. So, I am now “Attacking my morning”....           
We have Yoana´s baptism this Saturday, and we are so excited for her. She is truly the best. And we have also Nicolas who went to a baptism last night with us and he as well loved every bit of it. He is getting baptized as well. This Thursday we are having a little thanksgiving with a couple of missionaries for lunch and BACK to work we go.   
Speaking of Thanksgiving, since this Thursday is Thanksgiving, I would to share with you my top 10 list on what I am thankful for:
1.   Mi Salvador (My Savior) for everything he has done for me and everyone,
2.   Las Escrituras (The scriptures), 
3.   My Family, Dad, Mom, Darren, David & Ella, 
4.   Templos to be sealed with my family,
5.   To have a prophet to lead & guide us today, Thomas S Monson,
6.   For all my friends and the York Ward,
7.   To be a missionary here in Spain!,
8.   Music.. I love good music that invites the Spirit,
9.   Our Food. I love good food, 
10. I am so grateful for this knowledge that I have del evangelio de Jesucristo. 
I hope you like the pictures!! 
Have a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hermana Arce

A relaxing P-day at Castillo de Gibralfaro

Mi Capilla en Malaga
Our Investigator, Hermana Crockett and I
Hermana Crockett & I at the top of Castillo de Gibralfaro in Malaga
Investigator, Hermana Crockett and I
Fun P-day playing Softball with my zone