Monday, December 29, 2014

#21 Best Letter I've Ever Sent! Maybe....




Outline: David Archuleta Concert!! Drunk Merry Christmas, and Milagros!!

      Jolin!! This week has been one of the best weeks of my life!!
Sunday we had a David Archuleta concert!! He preformed for the Madrid
stakes. Usually when a guy singer comes all of the girls go crazy, but
for him all of the girls and all of the male missionaries went
absolutely crazy!! It was way too cool to go there, with some of our
members. Then while we were a lot of Villalba(my old area) was there!
I spent the whole time giving big old hugs, and smiling so much that
my face killed!! It was awesome! Then the next day David came and
preformed for just the missionaries! Everyone was shaking his hand as
the walked out, but I brought him in and gave him a big old Elder
Bailey hug!

      Christmas eve was also great! We went and helped our friend Joni
move his Internet cafe, then ate with him and his family! He's so
ready to go to the temple!! Then we went with some other Ecuadorians
with Joni. Then he was dropping us off, so I wanted to get a pic with
them for Christmas eve. Then this drunk guy came and asked if he could
be in the picture... ( He only had to repeat himself 3 times for me to
understand that) Then we snapped one of him.. I'll send it in the
email. Then he wanted to take one with tati(17 year old daughter) She
then ran in the car! He then asked me for a Euro. I told him I didn't
have money, so he called me a liar. Haha my comp escaped to our flat,
and I tried to get in our building, but then hi tried to get Joni's
car! Ha I had to get out and kick him out of the car! Haha it was too
funny, and made our night memorable!

  Lastly we just had a lot of miracles working during Christmas, and
really feeling the Love that God has for us. The fact that he sent his
son for us. It's really great that I have the opportunity to share
this message with the people of Madrid Spain! Well the church is true!

Love Elder Bailey
Drunk guy and Joni

Love Elder Bailey




Monday, December 15, 2014

#20 I'm still immature... hehe

This week was awesome! We were able to do a ton of service, Speak in tongues, and rain soccer. 

      We had two investigators that are Romanian. One's name is Helmut and the other one is Miguel. Helmut is 15 and Miguel is 27. We play soccer with them, and Miguel asked us to help him paint a couple of rooms in his house. Luckily I had learned a little working for my dad. We helped them paint and then ate with their mom and dad. It was our first time in there house. We are now teaching their whole family, and are so excited for the path they're on! It's awesome to see how service makes the person giving and receiving service love for one another! 
        
                                                             
       This is where we get a little immature... We were on our way back from Toledo from district meeting, and we were behind two Spanish girls who were about 20 years old. My companion and I were speaking in English and we overheard them talking about us. They starting talking, looking back at us, and giggling. They said we were cute or something and then they said... "What if they speak Spanish?" They looked back at us with a little surprised look and asked if we spoke Spanish. I said of course and told them that we enjoyed their conversation. They started freaking out like little girls. Haha it was funny to see what people will say when they think people don't understand them! 

The last thing isn't much of a story we just played soccer in the pouring rain with our investigators, and had a ton of fun! It was way cold, but well worth it! 

      The church is true and I love you guys! The mission is the best, and I'm so happy that I have the opportunity to be here! 
      Love Elder Bailey

Monday, December 8, 2014

#19 Riots, Futbol, Lord of the Rings



Me playing ranchero (don't know how to play)

Buenos dias! 

This week was great! We had a riot in our city, We had to conduct church and we're finding great people! 

 live in Talavera de la Reina. it's the most south that our mission gets, but it's still pretty cold.It's full of Romanians, a few Latins, and obviously Spaniards. Last week there was an Atlitico de Madrid game, and a guy got killed. On Saturday there were a bunch of protesters that came to fight. They were going to be targeting minorities, so everyone was scared. They got together and there was military and police there to stop them, so all they did was break some stuff and graffiti some walls. It was pretty lame. 

      Fútbol! We've been playing every Monday, (that's allowed) and we've found some great people!! A bunch of Romanians, but we are great friends with them, so it lets us more openly talk about the gospel. Plus most of the time they speak in Romanian, so I'm learning a little! It's too cool! 

          This Sunday all of our Branch Presidency was gone, plus basically all of our leaders, so my comp and I were in charge! It was kinda crazy! I was conducing Sacrament meeting and we usually have this apostate guy go up and preach false doctrine. Jaja so I was in charge of kicking him off of the stand! Jaja I wondered why my comp didn't want to conduct. Things turned out okay!! Well the church is true! 


PS this Romanian guy gave me a hair cut.... I still have it, and it's kinda uh.. interesting. I'll take a pic and send it next week! 
Love Elder Bailey



My buddy Elder Weixler




Monday, December 1, 2014

#18 Thanksgiving dinner with a Dominican family!

Me and my best friend from my last area!  

Well goodness gracious! I'm speaking like an old British lady or a guy from California! 


      This week was great! We've been making some great progress and having a lot of fun doing it! We introduced the 21 day plan that requires the members to pray for 5 of their friends to receive the lessons and at least one of the 5 will be ready at the end of that time! We have felt the power of these prayers! We've been focusing on finding families and we met a guy named Javier! He's from Ecuador and is married to a Spanish women. They have a young son. Our lesson went great, and he seems golden! 

       On Thursday we had Thanksgiving dinner with a Dominican family! We had fried chicken, rice and I made sweet potato pie! HahaThanksgiving isn't really celebrated here, so it was cool that we had a family nice enough to have us over. We talked of gratitude after, and it was just way solid! 

       Haha the last thing that we did on Saturday were splits. We took all of our young mens group. (All 2 of them) and did a split! My comp got to go with this Cuban kid who's got ADD like a mad man! He puts his arm around everyone! He also runs around kinda like a gorilla sometimes! He's too funny, but kinda irreverent.. That's why I went with Javi. He's a cool Spanish kid, but hasn't had a lot of desires to be a big part of the gospel. We got some great street lessons, and then he hung out with us for the rest of the day. On Sunday he showed up with a white shirt and tie, and passed the Sacrament! The progress here is slow, but it's sure! 

        The church is true, and God is a God if miracles! Love you!! 
-Elder Bailey
Toledo x capital of Spain



Monday, November 24, 2014

# 17 Progress, Weed & Love


This week was fantastic!! In my area (Talavera) there are a lot of little towns that the last few missionaries hadn't been visiting ever since they took the car out of here. We were looking through the area book and decided that we should set aside 2 days a week to go work in the pueblos. The results have been great!! We are finding some inactive families that really just needed a little push. 

My favorite story is the Fuentes family. They are from Ecuador, and just way cool! They told us that they're been wanting to get sealed with their family for over 14 years, but something always came up. We talked to our Branch Prez, and now we're been assigned Teach the temple prep classes!! I never even finished mine before I went through, so it'll be an awesome learning experience! 
  
    Along with our Town hoppin' we're met some pretty cool people! Given that almost every time we talk to youth they offer us weed. Here's what happened. 
Bulgarian guy, "You guys want some weed?"
Dominican guy, "No! they are people of God... they can't have weed. Wait, can you guys have weed?"
 It's legal here in Spain, but it's still kinda funny. Most of the people we talk to are super respectful, so it's great to see that even though a lot of people here are atheist that they still respect things of God. 
   
     I have come to grow and love this branch that I'm in!! at first I was super sad to be leaving my old area because I loved the people so much, but now I love these people. I have to work extremely hard because there's not alot of leadership or structure, but it makes me love and admire the faithful members we have now! They have good hearts. Even though there are people in the branch that hurt it some members stay faithful, and it just  makes me want to be better!

   Well I get to go give a lesson soon, but i just wanna tell you guys that I love you! I know the church is true, and god has a sincere love for each one of us!! 

  Here are some pics! This is my old comp that I saw at Zone Conference! He's a great friend now!


Monday, November 17, 2014

#16 THE SWORD OF LABAN AND DRUGGIES

I know you miss the pose...


Cray cray cocaine dood, Fishes and progress!
   
    On Wednesday we were heading over to district meeting, and as we were walking to the bus station this gypsy guy tries to stop us. We were running late, so we had to keep walking. He says in his broken English, "Hey nigga, Nigga, you stop! F!"$% jew" and he repeated that about 3 times. Jaja we looked back and saw some white powder or something in his beard. Jaja crazy gypsies! 
     
     I did exchanges that day. I was with a Colombian guy and an American greeny. They`re both super cool. We were in a lesson with a Nicaraguan women. I had just talked and I looked at Elder Maughn (The greeny) to talk. We had just talked about the atonement and translated he said, "We are all humans... and we all have fishes." Haha we all started laughing and the investigator dropped to the floor laughing! In Spanish pescados is fish and pecados is sins. It was fun!
My companion


     Now for Friday night! We had our Family home evening! We did an atonement lesson and we did the push up thing. We had 9 people to start the Night. We did a lesson where we brought chocolates and I had to do 15 push ups for each person to receive one. Even if they didn´t want it I still did 15. I thought that it wouldn´t be so hard, but then I hit 90 and I hit a wall. It was crazy hard to keep going and then 3 new people walked in. They all told my comp to stop it and the last 5 people said that they wanted a chocolate, but didn´t want me to do any more. We then talked about how that related to the atonement and it was really powerful. I did just 135 push ups, but I felt dead. I can only imagine how much harder it was for Christ. 
     
     Well I just want to end telling you that I know this church is true! God loves us so much and the Book of Mormon contains the word of God. Joseph Smith is a prophet and we are now guided by living prophets! 
       
     Love Elder Bailey


Posing


Monday, November 10, 2014

#15 Gotta Be Quick


Monday, November 3, 2014

#14 Talavera


Me and Javi

Outline: Area, Comp, Interesting testimony, and then mine. 
     
        I'm trying to sound exciting while I write about my new area so I just did a few jumping jacks... I received some interesting looks. eh Well now I'm excited! Talevera is a beautiful city with a ton of culture. There are a lot of old building here, so it's good looking. My SD converter isn't working, so I can't send pics, but when I get them then I will! I came into the area and our branch has 20-30 members. Our Branch Presiency all live about 1 and a half hours away. We have 3 families that live in Talavera and the rest live in Pueblos(towns) outside of Talavera and it's hard for us to go out there. They had just dropped most of their investigators or been dropped by them, so we're in finding mode! It's pretty rough, but I'm excited for the potential that we have here!! 
   
    My comp is Elder Poulson! He's from California, and went to BYU for a year before coming out here. He has a big heart and is very willing to work! He notices that we need to take big steps to progress this area, and he's excited to do it! He's gonna be a solid comp! 

                                                STORY TIME
     Well this story is kinda crazy... but I guess welcome to Talavera. They had me start off testimony meeting, and that was fun. Then when we had about 10 minutes left this guy named (Read with latin accent) Jesus went up to share his testimony. He has some interesting beliefs. So as he was going up this older guys stands up and takes his family outside. Right before he leaves he said, "Sorry President, I just can't let my granddaughter listen to this apostate charlatain!" JAJA so we have some work to do in the branch! I'm excited for what the feauture holds. 
   
 Now for my testimony! I know that this church is true! I know that God loves His children. I have felt this love and that's why I'm here in Spain for the next two years. God transforms lives, and through Christ we can be made Great! 

Elder Terry Bailey

Isma´s model shoot that he always wanted to do!
Good bye mamas! 

Goodbye!



Monday, October 27, 2014

#13 Best of Times and Worst of Times

Where do I start... might as well be with the story. 

       My companion that has become my good friend has been in Villalba (My area) for 3 transfers (4 and a half months) We had developed a solid relationship and were finding success. We had transfers and were expecting changes. Elder Weeks took the call and we found out that he was staying and that I was leaving. We had been gathered at the Ordoñez house, and I almost started crying at hearing the news. All of that week we had been telling people that he was most likely leaving. 
       
 The majority of the day on Sunday I spent saying goodbye to these people who I had grown to love and I felt like I was saying goodbye to my family. We went to the Encalada family and as I was walking out the door I looked back and just started balling like a baby. Then so did Patricio and Cecilia.  
     
    We had another few visits to the Lobaco family, the Bota family, and we finished with the Ordoñez family. Ismael is the young man we baptised a few weeks ago. We had a great time talking and laughing. I came out without shedding a tear, but then they said they would walk us out. As I was walking down the stairs I remembered when we had first obtained permission for Isma to get baptised. Then I lost it. Ismael, Victor (Isma`s dad) and I started balling. I have grown to love these people so much in such little time. 

         I felt like I had been robbed of my time, but then Ismael and I were crying and hugging and he said that after a year of missionaries that I was the one to finally get him baptised... Although I wish I had more time there I feel like I was able to be a good tool in the Lord´s hands. Even if the rest of my mission was garbage it would be worth the years of preparation, and the 2 years away from my family knowing that I was able to meet these great people and feel their love and the love of God. 

     I´m now in Talavera with a new companion... I´m pretending that I don´t speak English, but he seems like a good hard worker. Well the Church is true and I´ll write more about my new area next week. Hopefully get some funny stories in there. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

#12 GOTTA LOVE THE YOUNG GUYS!


Patricio, Javi, Danni, and Isma! We had a Stake conference, so we took a pic in front of the temple... Where are their smiles? I wish I knew... Haha but I love them so much!

 Hmm... Here's the stories... "Young guys" then about my good friend Carmen. Yeah... that should be a good lineup.

                                                     Young Guys Pt. 1 
     On Thursday we had just gotten failed for the 3rd time. We thought it was going to be a lesson packed day, but there were clearly other plans for us. I was feeling a little down, but I still always say hi to everyone. I said hi to this younger (150 year old) man. He stops and asked me who I was. I told him that I was a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ. My name was Elder Bailey. He asked me if I had ever met Jesus. I'm sure my response surprised him. I told him that I had. He said that he was much older than me and surely knew more. He said that he hasn't seen him. Haha he started yelling at me. I think it was just that he didn't hear very well, or at least that's what I like to think. I shared that I hadn't seen God face to face, but I did know if my heart that Christ loves me and that he loves you too, and that's why I'm here. I gave him a smile, and he said that he couldn't be convinced. We left him with our card, and told him to call us if he ever wanted to talk. Although we had been canceled on a lot it was good to just laugh a little, but it was also good to remind me of my testimony. 

                                                      Young Guys Pt. 2 
      The next day we were contacting. We play this game where we pick who the other person has to contact. So I went to go talk to these Jehovah Witnesses. They are a little harder, but most of them are good people with a similar goal that we have. They had just finished talking to this other old guy... uh.. I mean young guy.. Spaniards just live forever! This man told us not to listen to the Testigos and that we should just believe in ourselves. It was funny because he said that we shouldn't talk to the Jehovah Witnesses right in front of them. He wanted to tell us about his philosophy, but we were in a rush to go to a lesson. For me it was interesting to see how these people had lost their faith in God due to adversities. We'll be meeting with this Maximo (Young guy) later, but I'm sure he'll have some interesting things to tell us. 

       The last person I want to talk about is Carmen! She's an Ecuadorian women. She has a great heart and reminds me of my mom! We get along really well, and we had a lesson about eternal families. We brought a member with us to the lesson. He had just done the work for his dad, and is baptising him in the temple this week! His testimony was so powerful, and the Spirit was clearly there. Carmen loves this aspect of the church and is considering baptism for herself. I'm excited to see where she goes, and I know that the Gospel truly blesses families for eternity!

I know the church is true, and that is brings true joy into people's lives! 

Elder Terry Bailey

The second picture is of a letter opener I bought at a market the other day... I'm not hinting at anything... but my address is in the pic too if you ever get ridiculously bored.

Monday, October 13, 2014

#11 THE HUNT

Throwback to MTC buddy!

Outline: It's gettin' hot in here! THE HUNT! Together forever. 


It's gettin' hot in here!

This week was fantastic! It's gettin' hot in here. There is a recent convert family that we are teaching. Everyone knows I'm Mexican and they always want Mexican food. I'm pretty sure they all pretend to like me just so they can get me to make them food, but it works. I started making burritos! I told them what to buy, and they bought these peppers. We put them in a separate plate, so people could choose to put it in. Come to find out they are a little less hot then habaneros, but they're hotter than jalapeños. Me being a prideful Mexican thought I Could take the heat.... so I put in 10 big pieces in my mouth and ate them up. But just so you understand they lady ate 1, and literally started crying! I ate the ten and the heat come! My face turned bright red and then drank coke, but it wouldn't go away! They made a video and everyone make fun of me! Wow it was rough... even for a 1/2 Mexican... I my half American took over. 

 And burritos! 
NOW for the HUNT! 
That same night we had the ward Family home evening. We had just finished the lesson and we started playing Spanish BIG BOOTY. I had just gotten knocked out of being the boss when I went to the lounge to sit down and cry about my loss when I hear a girl yell RAT!! It ran into the room where we were playing. We then started preparing to get it back outside from where it came. They built a table wall to make sure it didn't get to the other side of the building. Most people went behind the wall, but not me... I'm brave. We pushed the rat out of its hiding place, and then I heard this awful yell... come to find out it was my voice yelling, and I realized that I had then gotten on top of a table... that was embarrassing. I was kicked out of the room... Well I then hid on top of another chair while they hunted and got the rat outside...Success! PS before I start my serious story I ate cow heart with some investigators on Saturday... random, but it was quite an experience. 

Together Forever 

I've had some great times in Spain with some great people, but what really makes it worth it is talking about God and how He blesses families. We got to meet with a recent convert family. Giovanni and Miriam. Giovanni used to smoke and drink a lot before he got baptised, but the Gospel got rid of those addictions which is a true miracle. We knew that they were having relationship troubles, and we always thought is was Giovanni because he's well... you kinda need to know him, but as we talked we found out that their main problem is that Miriam has a hard time forgiving him for what he used to do. A couple of days later we had a lesson with them about forgiveness. The Spirit was obviously there. She started crying, and said she had a change of heart, and will diligently work to become better. Giovanni intends to help as much as he can. They have a great family and I know that the Lord blesses families! the church is true! 

ELDER TERRY BAILEY

And...he has not lost his talent...in capturing really cool photos!




Monday, October 6, 2014

#10 MILAGO DE DIOS (Miracle of God)



PS look at that sky and tell me that there's no God!
I'll be honest this letter isn't gonna be super funny.... Mostly because I can't think of any good lies... uh I mean stories to tell. jk all the stories I tell are true, but this week just had some growing points for me. 1. Milagro 2. Angel 3. Marathon

"When one door closes another door opens." Tuesday we had a great lesson planned for a Romanian lady we're teaching! She lived in the US for 12 years, so we'd give lessons in English. We got to the church and she said that she appreciated what we had done for her, but she was done. BOOM! I felt like I had been dumped by my girlfriend! My comp was kinda mad, but I was just sad. We decided that we had to forget about it, and get back to work! We hit the streets and found a few people with great potential! Then we went to go on another lesson. The guy said that he'd for sure be there, but he wasn't. We then started walking and found Carmen!! She's our investigator that had gone to Ecuador for a month. We saw her bringing back the bags, so we helped her. She informed us that she had given away a Book of Mormon the her cousin! It was exciting! 

     My friend Angel came to a lesson with us. He's a member that used to be gay. He's repented and he talked about how God was able to help him be better. He is still attracted to men, but he knows that acting upon it would be against the will of God. That hit me really hard because I know that sometimes we judge people like that. He taught me that God can help us overcome any trial, and can make us strong. 

    Now for marathon! Right outside of our flat there were people gathered together to run a marathon. I saw them and reflected my fair well talk. I was having a hard week, and I was feeling sick, but I saw the determination those people had to do something hard. This gave me the strength to do the same, and just lose myself in the work. 

     I know that God lives and loves us. I know he knows us. He works in mysterious ways, but that's because he knows more than us. As we follow Him we can be made Strong. 

Terry Bailey
PS look at that sky and tell me that there's no God! 


Another pic of when our table mysteriously broke

Monday, September 29, 2014

#9 1st BAPTISM

Ismael got baptized!

For those of you who are tuning in for the first time to the Elder Bailey email, we have a beginning paragraph so you can pick your favorite stories. Wow! Where do I start? Vale.. I got it! "Muslim leader" story, followed by BAPTISM! and finished with musical genius! 

I went to Segovia for exchanges again. Elder Brewer and I played a contacting game. We would have to talk to whoever we picked. I picked a group of 4 Muslim women. He said no, so I went anyway! We started talking to then like good ole' friends. I used the 5 Arabic words that I knew, and then we talked. They sure a heck didn't give us their numbers, but they did accept a card. Their children came and one of them smacked my bum.. that was weird. Well then we were leaving, but one of them told us to go talk to his dad who was on the other side of the park. We went over and the first thing he asked was why we were talking to the group of women..... I thought that we were dead for sure. We told him, and then talked to him for about 30 minutes. We showed respect as he did. He's the leader of the Muslim mosque there, so it was a big deal. We got his number and address! I'm so happy that we put aside the perceived thoughts we had and just talked and learned. It was awesome! 

Well now the baptism! We baptised Ismael! I'll send a picture, but it was so cool! It was great to see how God had been preparing him! He had 80 people there in a ward of 140! The support in this ward is truly incredible! The Spirit was really strong, and his testimony was powerful. Something crazy about it is that he was born in Guayaquil Ecuador. One of my good friends Toff is serving there! His mum always said we were connected because we had a lot in common... well there's one more! 

The last item on today's show was the music program we had at our stake center in Madrid! It's incredible the Spirit that music brings into the world. I had ideas that I knew were not my own! I know the church is true! It blesses families, and transforms lives. Jesus loves us more than we can comprehend! 

Elder Terry Bailey

"Ismael was born in Guayaquil Ecuador. One of my good friends Toff is serving there! "

Monday, September 22, 2014

#8 Drug Dealers--3rd Nephites--AND Much More

At the Fair...

Outline.. I know you guys just want something you can make fun of me for later, so I'll let you know where those points are. 1. Story time! 2. Ghosts, 3. Prepared. I like to finish with the best. 

STORY TIME!! 
This was always my favorite when I was in second grade... Things haven't changed much since then. Well the story starts when me and our DL were contacting here in the promise land we call Villalba. We had just gotten yelled at, but this French guy when we get stopped by this kinda drunk guy. He asked if we were Mormons? We Told him that some people called us that... He said that he knew Mormons and he liked them.. then it happened... well nothing realy happened. I just though this would be a good place to insert drama. Well he'd get really close to our faces. He told us that he was in Columbia selling drugs. He had $300,000 worth of cocaine... " I had 20 kilos of that stuff... I was going to be set for life... but then those !"!"$%& locked me up! I did 9 years of hard time. That boys, is my story" Haha the funniest thing was his face! He started shouting right in Elder Weixler's face. Haha but he had just finished drinking so that was solid. 

3rd nephite.  PS We found this guy by a garbage pulling out bread from a big bag

The next story came when I was walking back from a lesson... I'll write out the conversation. 
Me, "Hola!" 
3rd Nephite. " Hi," (Handing Elder Weeks bread)
Elder Weeks, "Amigo, where are you from?" 
3rd, "Heaven" 
Elder weeks, "Where were you born?" 
3rd, "The heavens" 
Elder Weeks, "Where do you live" 
3rd, "Here" I reside in the world now. 
Elder Weeks, "What's your name?" 
3rd, "Child of God"
Me, "Great! Us too! 
3rd, "you should take your bread... I will take mine... I must depart now"
Haha This guy looked like a hun! He had that Asian looking beard that you see in Mulan! It was too funny! So we assumed he was a thirdNephite or something. 

Crazy stuff
Well on Saturday we left to go work. We hard locked our flat. When we came back be saw glass everywhere. I thought we had been robbed, but the lock was still there? So what happened? All of our items were still there, and there wasn't anything that someone threw through our window. It was odd. We cleaned it up for an hour... Well we still don't know how it broke... Yeah... it's still a mystery. 

The Best for Last!

Our investigator Ismael is finally getting baptised this Saturday! I'm crazy excited! He bore his testimony the other day, and the Spirit was quite obvious! I'm so pumped for him. I've learned that God has people prepared for us, and we just have to demonstrate that we are willing to do what it takes to find them and they will appear. We found two people who went to church in South America, but stopped when they got here. We are planning on meeting with them this week! I'm ecstatic for what we have planned! The Gospel is so great, and I'm grateful that I can be out here sharing it!! The Church is true! 

Elder Terry Bailey

PS This is the pic of what we saw when we got into the flat.
The Bota family and I drinking our mate! They're a great Less active family that just needs a little direction! 

Other pic is of me in my Gypsy pants! They're the bomb!! It's like a skirt with legs.

Monday, September 15, 2014

#7 Next Thing I know...it was gone


Well this week was great! I don't really remember what I did, but wow I feel awesome. I have gained a lot of confidence in what I do. There are hard times and chill time, but we can decide to make it the best 2 years, or the longest 2 years. I choose best! 
Quick outline: Soccer Dreams, People, Uruguay! 

Soccer dreams?  What the heck does that mean? Well Sit tight, and I'll tell you! So we had a great last District meeting where the Spirit was there. The Zone leaders were there, so I knew trouble was coming... Right before they left, they annouced that we could only play soccer on Pdays now. I was heart broken.. but seriously. We played every Saturday at 10-12. I thought it was a great way to obtain a better realtionship with members, bring investiagtors to meet members, and a way to show them that we were normal humans too. Back to the story. They dropped the news and then speedily left. I was kind of upset as were the other elders in my area. I was down for most of the day, but then I was comforted by words I remember from Tarzan. "Come stop your crying it will be alright" Jaja I realized that I didn't agree with that decision, but I knew that President Jackson was called of God, so it was the right choice. I was here to serve the people of Spain, so soccer isn't that important. 

People!  Always one of my favorite subjects! I made my list! In 6 weeks of being in Spain O have met people from 28 different counties! I'll send the list next week because I forgot my agenda. But it's awesome! On Thursday we taught Mimon and Saaid. They are the Arabic guys I talked about! They brought 2 friends, and one of them really likes what we have to say, but he's affraid his dad will kill him if he comes to church. The guys are 22-25, but it's crazy to see how passionate some people can be about their religion. It's good and bad. It's bad because it's harder for us, but it's great that people can have a strong conviction! So We're progressing! 

Uruguay!  We are teaching those Uruguayans who drink a lot of mate. They are great! I could sit and chat with them for hours! They are members, but they have some problems with Joseph Smith and the BOM. In theory it sounds really easy, but they used to be Jehova Witnesses, so they know the bible like nobody's business. They also stuggle with the hymn Praise to the Man. They feel like we should only be praising God. Haha so it's some hard stuff, but they motivate me to work hard! You can find good in everything! 

Well the church is true and love you all! Thanks to all those who wrote and sorry if I didn't get to write you back! I love you all and wish you the best! 

Elder Terry Bailey