Monday, May 18, 2015

The Lord Guides

Ferry to the Illas Cies

Light house, Illas Cies
Sun, heat, and sunburns. On Monday this week we got to go the Illas Cíes, an island just off the coast of Vigo. It was probably one of the best P-days I´ve had so far. We  hiked up to the top of the island where there is a super cool looking light house, and then went and played beach soccer and waited for our ferry to pick us up. It was a great day! The great sunburns are definitely worth it. We went to a member´s house last night and they told me I was looking tan which is the first time that has ever happened in my life.
Ferry ride with zone missionaries and President and Sister Jackson

On Tuesday we had Zone conference with the APs and President and Hermana Jackson. It was an amazing experience. We were taught about covenants by the APs, especially the importance of the sacrament. Pres Jackson told us that the sacrament is not the renewal of a covenant but a new covenant that we make each week to take upon us the name of Christ and to be willing to follow His commandments. There is a clear and distinct difference between renewing and making a covenant. Renewing would be like getting an extension on the time you can keep a library book but to make a covenant each week is like going to the bookstore and buying a new copy of the same book that you had marked up and written on the last week. This was impactful to me because it really shows that we get to start fresh every week at the sacrament. When we sin or cross out parts of the book it becomes of less value but I know that every week at the sacrament I can make a new book and try better not to cross parts out and always keep it clean.

Vigo Zone Conference May 2015

I have a testimony that when we are in the right place at the right time doing the right things the Lord always puts people in our paths. We were out contacting and we were looking for our Romanian family Los Stefan, when we found them. They were talking with a girl named Tania. She is in a wheel chair and we had passed her earlier that day on our way to an appointment and only had time to say hello but now we had the opportunity again and we got to know her a little better. We didn´t get her number because our focus still was more on Los Stefan but we left peaceably and went on to our next appointment. Later that night we saw Tania again stopped and talked with her and she told us she was interested in listening to our message. It was great. We had a cita with her and she is great, willing to read and pray to find out if it is true. Tonight we have our next cita with her and I´m super excited. I know that God  has to hit us over the head repeatedly sometimes before we can see the blessings that He is trying to give to us but He blesses us as we try to do what is right.

Richard is doing well. He is busy with work but he is coming to the great YSA events they have at the church and He´s just a great guy and friend. We are praying for him that he´ll be able to get work off on Sunday so that he can attend church and receive the Aaronic Priesthood which is going to be great!

Raquel is also doing well. She was going to come to church on Sunday with the kids that she babysits but their parents didn´t want that to happen. So she had to stay with them. She did tell us though that she wanted to start looking for a new job so that she can come to church! I am grateful that she is looking to make changes in her life so that she can get baptized on her baptismal date. I appreciate your prayers on behalf of our investigators and us here in Pontevedra.
Beautiful view on the Illas Cies.

I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ and that He is a part of this work.

Elder Gustafson

1 comment:

  1. Elder...if you get a chance, please check on La Famila Morón, Calle de Caldes 1, 8 A and La Señora Tanta, Avenida Castelao 65, 2 B. If by chance they are there, please give them saludos.

    Thank you,

    Jason Spendlove
    Bilbao Mission 1991-1993