Thursday, December 25, 2014

Week 50 - Merry Christmas

December 22, 2014

Hey everyone!  Merry Christmas!!!  I hope you are all doing well, because I sure am.  This last week has been crazy, to start it off I got super sick on Tuesday and it wasn't fun!  But I'm ok now and this last week was a blast.  We also got to see David Archuleta come perform in Barcelona for investigators!  It was so much fun!!!  Above all this Saturday we are hoping to have a baptism and I am so excited!  His name is Alberto. He's 17 and from the Dominican Republic!  Besides that, this Christmas is going to be the best!  I hope you all have a great Christmas and remember the meaning and purpose of CHRISTmas.  Have a great time with your families and know that I love you all!

Photo 1- Us with the member who was going to baptize an investigator of the hermanas(Sisters)

Photo 2-Us with Alberto the guy who is getting baptized this Saturday at the David Archuleta Concert.

Con Amor,

 Elder Jonson
Cheering for the baptism!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Week 49 - David Archuleta & Baptism Challenges

This week has been so great!! I am loving Vilafranca already.  The miracle we had last week was Alberto.  We had our first visit with him on Wednesday, and taught him about the Book of Mormon.  He was accepting everything so well it turned in to more of a lesson about the RestauraciĆ³n (sorry I can't spell that in English anymore) and we invited him to be baptized.  He accepted so willingly and came to church on Sunday.  Throughout my mission, I have always been a little worried when it comes to inviting people to be baptized.  But I am coming to realize, that we just have to follow the spirit and put it out there.  Blessings come from being bold but not overbearing.  

Also found out this week that my companion and I are related!!!  Pretty legit!!  We are distantly related through my mom's side! [Their Great Great Grandpas were half brothers.  Their GGG Grandpa had 6 wives.]

Also in other news, DAVID ARCHULETA is coming to the Spain Barcelona Mission to do a concert for investigators and we get to take some to the show!  It will be this Saturday and I'm pumped!!!!!  Anyway hope all is swell, I'm loving the mission and my district and companion and area are the best!

Con Amor,
Elder Jonson
(Tikal also forgot to mention that he sang with the ward choir to a group of old women and their caretakers who were all nuns - he said it was pretty entertaining)

Photo: Elder Cluff & Map of Tikal's Area of Service

Tikal and Elder Cluff from St. George
Map of Tikal's Mission and his areas

Week 48 - Transfers & a run In with the Police


Well, I got transferred from Sabadell. After setting up Christmas and Christmas Eve visits, I got moved to Vilafranca!  My new companion is Elder Cluff from St. George, UT!  In my 3 months in Sabadell I learned a lot and will miss the people there but, having been here in Vilafranca for a couple hours, I'm already loving it!  Well I had an incident with the Police just barely....they stopped us and asked if we were bothering anyone, and asked for our identification and all that crazy stuff.  Then come to find out, the Police officer was the BISHOP of this ward...I have officially been initiated.  :)  Fun stuff!  We know like half the people here, we've already been stopped by several investigators or members.  Good area and I'm excited for all of the new people I get to meet and help!

Elder Jonson  

Photos - Saying goodbye to Sabadell

La Familia Oscariz

La Familia Ortega

A family from the ward

Ward Members

Tikal and Elder Cifuentes with the Alejandre twins
 Tikal with Isaac and Jordan

Tikal and Elder Loaiza with Walter Denker

Week 47


Hey everybody!  Hope Thanksgiving went well for all of you, it went well for me!!  I got to make pumpkin pie by myself for the first time and it turned out pretty well!!  This week has been a week of straight rain.  It has rained non-stop for a while and when we walked outside today I was rather confused by the sun....Not much to tell this week, fairly normal, we did however get a new investigator named Rosa.  She's from the Dominican Republic and is super great.  She's a single mother of two young boys and she is very open to the gospel!  

Have a great week!

I am sure this rock commemorates something

Photos: Thanksgiving

Tikal Making Pumpkin Pies

The Finished Product

The Apple Pie got a little extra crispy

Thanksgiving Dinner in Sabadell
Tikal with the Thankgibing Dinner turkey