Monday, January 5, 2015


HAPPY NEW YEARS!!! 2015!!! Wow. I can’t believe this is a new year. 

I invite you to set goals and make plans for what we want to accomplish during 2015. We must plan who we want to become this year. It all starts with a plan.

This past week we had the opportunity to stay up until 12 midnight and run back to our piso (floor) for bed after we ate the grapes. You see, here in Spain they have a tradition to eat 12 grapes for New Year’s Eve. 12 seconds before the New Year you eat the 12 grapes. So, this year was the first time Hermana Volpe and I did it! It was super fun because we went to downtown to do it. (see pictures)

Today and tomorrow (Jan 5 & 6th) is the celebration of “Rosco de Reyes”. They celebrate the three wise men coming to give Jesus gifts and so everyone gives gifts. It’s crazy! These people are ALWAYS celebrating something… Or they like to drag out celebrations. So, at the end of the day is a little difficult to schedule follow-up appointments (fijar citas). Everyone tells us….AFTER the ‘fiesta’--which is the 6th. But, it’s been in “Fiesta’ mode since 25th.. Oh, España! 

On another note. This week we have set goals as a companionship on how we can strengthen our area. We have many good investigators but setting ‘fechas con ellos es muy difícil’. I have studied a lot about humility, and I love Alma 32, specialmente versiculo 16-- About how those who are compelled to be humble and those who hear the words, humble themselves to have an open heart. I love this because when you are humble it is a great opportunity to learn! A veces, it is difficult to be humble during trials but it is during those trials the Lord can teach us and it is only through the trial we can learn what He wants you to learn. Only on condition of humility…’Me encanta la escritura que se encuentra en Eter 12:27-- He has promised that He will make our weaknesses strong. 
I know that when we put our trust in the Lord, He will make our weaknesses become strong. He wants us to change to have us become more like Him. His grace and love is open to whoever will come unto Him with a willing heart and contrite Spirit. I love the Book of Mormon with all my heart!

Also, I have been reading in 3rd Nephi—it’s about Christ coming to the Americas and fulfilling the Fathers’ will. Jesus Christ is truly the Prince of Peace. It is only through His gospel that we find true peace, love, and happiness in this life and in the life to come. 

Have a safe, but most importantly spiritual week! 

Love y´all,

Hermanita Arce

Downtown Malaga..Minutes before 12midnight

Hermana Volpe and I celebrating 2015.

Malaga...Wee in the morning!!