Sunday, December 20, 2015

c/Clara Campoamor 18, 8ºD
Zaragoza 50018

Buenos Dias!
   We seem to be having a lot of difficulties with the buses this
week, but it has made more interesting. We figured out that the buses
for two months are on strike and do not pass by as frequently. We have
had a lot of luck in showing up just on time to the bus stop right
when it is coming though. One day we we're coming back from getting
groceries and we needed to get off the bus. My companion got off first
and I was right behind her, but the doors slammed shut and the bus
started to move. I tried to get the bus driver's attention, but he
didn't seem to care. I got off at the next stop and quickly ran back
to my companion with the groceries in my hands. Another day the bus
was packed and we were stuck at the very front near the bus driver.
So, I started up a conversation with him, and it was going really well
until he opened up the door to let more people in and the door
squished me. My companion started to laugh thinking it was the
funniest thing. Another day we were in the bus, and still trying to
get to our area when all of the sudden the bus driver stops the bus,
turns off the lights and kicks everyone out. "Strike time" he said.
Noooo... That meant walking another 45 minutes in the cold to get to
our area.That's great!
       Just like all companions of Hermana Schmidt, my companion got
sick and needed to go to the hospital. Luckily we had the relief
society president with us, who is like our other companion, to help us
out. She was so kind as to take us to the hospital and back. Another
day in piso. That was just one day though. My companion is so good and
just keeps working. It's really cold in Zaragoza. We don't really have
a lot of investigators right now, so we do a lot of talking in the
street and knocking doors, but the members are really great and allow
us over sometimes.
     When I first arrived here my companion said that we were going to
have a Christmas concert and I needed to memorize a lot of songs. We
practiced them during our companionship study and also sung  them for
an elderly lady in our ward who lives at a rest home with a lot of
other elderly people. They loved it. We go every Thursday there. By
the time the concert came around I was pretty prepared. Then President
Dayton and his wife came. We did dancing while we were singing and I
just made up some words on some songs, but everyone loved it.
        We had zone conference with our President and learned about
the Atonement and about love. It makes more sense to me now why Christ
would suffer for us, people who sin, who make mistakes, and even
reject him. In Romans 8:38-39 it reads,
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
     It amazes me how much our  Savior loves us. He knows our
heartaches and our happiness. He rejoices with us and mourns with us.
He understands us and shows us his love. He has asked that we have
charity because it is the pure love of him. As we serve, and don't
criticize but instead try to understand, we will be able to more fully
feel of he love Jesus offers us. "wherefore, the Lord God hath given a
commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love.
And except they should have charity they were nothing."(2 Nephi 26:30)
   I hope that we may all remember the true meaning of Christmas and
fill the world with the love of Christ.

¡Os quiero mucho!

Hermana Schmidt
Misión Barcelona España

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