Thursday, December 26, 2013


Merry christmas family :)
We are going to talk in two days so I jsut have a few things to talk about.
My skype account changed so it is joshpowell555. Can you invite me to chat! :) We are going to call at 830 spanish time which i think is 1230 your time... but I am super excited! Everyone should think of their favorite experiences since the last time we talked. Also I want to hear about your trips and I want to have a tour of the house! I don´t know how the tour will work but definitely think of experiences and questions if you have any.
I just got the other package so that is good. Lots of cereal and mac and cheese and reeses!! I was so happy :)

This past week we had so many things to do and so many miracles were seen! We Set a goal to find 800 new investigators as a mission in one week and we hit 847!! It was amazing :) Normally we hit 250 ish every week and once we hit 558 but this was just crazy. Lots of prayer and lots of faith led to alot of miracles :)
We had an activity on saturday as a ward and that was also really good. This girl came who told us that she needed to be baptized. She had been taught a few times by the hermanas but now we will be teaching her. We told her that we would need to meet with her every day and that she had to come to church every week before she could be baptized on the 4th of january. She just said, "Ok, anything else?" Haha it is great. She came to church on sunday and she loved it. She is twenty years old, Emi se llama ans we are going to teach her tomorrow!! :)

Also we got to dress up as kings this past friday to go to a school. They are like santa clause but they represent the three wisemen that bring gifts on january 6th. So every kid in the school came to us and we asked if they had behaved and done their homework and all that good stuff. It was really fun :) then we asked what they wanted from the three kings. It was pretty interesting what they asked for. Only one out of the 500 said, "I don´t need anything this year but thank you for asking :)" It was a little girl. Super cute.

Talk to you soon. the mission is the greatest! 
Love Elder Powell

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Wedding!!! (Agency)

Hi family! How are you all doing? :) I am missing the snow! But a lot of good things are happening here in alicante. 
First of all, We have been preparing alot because we want to find 800 new investigators this coming week as a mission. We have been passing by a ton of members, investigators and less active people to set up family home evenings or ways that they can invite their friends to meet us. That has been going good and we have a lot planned! Also we are going to have a christmas party for the 2 wards here, so we are also preparing for that! Super Exciting!! i love Christmas time :)

We finally had the wedding for Nancy and Juan Carlos!! Oh it was so great! They seemed so happy and they are doing so good. :) i attached a photo of them. 

Other than that it was a pretty normal week. 
Lately I have been thinking about Agency. I wish everyone could realize how much happier they would be if they just chose to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ! So annoying!
But really. We offer peace happiness and Exaltation. I have talked to people that have realized they are happier when they go to church or read the scriptures but they choose not to. They are literally choosing to not be the happiest they can be. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth for this purpose, "To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." What does eternal life mean? Answer: Living with God forever. That seems pretty good when you think about it.
"Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy." How do we have joy? Answer: Living the gospel!
How can that be!? 
I was then also reading a talk about hunger, And what a gift it is that we feel hunger. We know when to eat when we feel sensations of hunger. He then talks about spiritual hunger and the need to satisy our spiritual hunger.
Have you ever thought about the signs or sensations that show we are spiritually hungry? Unhappiness, impatience, depresion or anger. When we act in ways that are not in accordance with the Lord our spirit is hungry. We do not have strength to overcome the natural man if we are not strong spiritually.
When we are hungry we eat. We know to pray daily and do the simple things but just in the same way we are more hungry when we physically work, there are also days when we need more sustanance spiritually than normal.
I am so scatter brained right now but all in all, we can recognize when we are weak spiritually so that we can choose to follow the gospel. When we choose the gospel we will also be happier and confident.
That´s my two cents of the day :)
I love the mission! It is the best!
Love Elder Powell

"Fetchin Bananas!!!"