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Elder Ritter - 6/5/2023

Hola a todos!

Hope you've all had a great week! This week has definitely been a little crazy and full of weird changes to my schedule that I was not ready for, but I'm trying to embrace it with enthusiasm and pick up things quickly. 

On Monday we had our last pday as a zone in Cadiz, which was very sad, but at the same time everybody was going to cool different places, some people were going home, it was all very very exciting. We all wrote each other goodbye messages in our journals, played sports, and mostly just talked. It was really a great day, and afterword me and Elder Stafford got to have a quick lesson with our friends Alex and Brixton, our two Americans. They also left around the same time that I did, but they went back to the states. Elder Stafford for sure is going to try and keep contact with them when he goes home. 

Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday were mostly just filled with visiting people, such as our branch president and his family (we had a delicious barbecue) Jimmy and Zulmas family, Yazmín's family and a lot in between . Wednesday in particular we visited the families that lived in Ceuta, and had a great time. It was sad to say goodbye to all those families, and we had some really tender moments with them. They will be definitely missed. There were also some seeds planted with the branch presidents brother-in-law, who is a member. We think he wants to come back to church, and the elders that are in Algeciras right now are going to try and start teaching his family! Hopefully something will come out of that. 

On Friday, I started my traveling to Madrid, which was really exciting (not). I just sat on a train for about 8 hours and had to lug around my suitcases all over the place. I took a taxi to the temple, which is where I am going to be living for the foreseeable future. I met up with my new companion, Elder Hawkshaw and we immediately got down to work preparing tech stuff for the new greenies that were coming in. Right off the bat, I'm completely lost with all the tech things. There are so many things that Elder Hawkshaw just cranks out so fast and I just watch him super confused. I feel like I'm a greenie again, but, hey, it's all part of the process. In about 3 weeks I'm going to be cranking out tech things like no problem! To be honest, I still don't really know what my duties are, but eventually I'll let you all know!

We do have one woman on date for baptism for this next Friday, so this week is going to be very busy preparing for that. She's a very sweet older woman, about 90 years old. All her family are members except for her, and she finally changed her mind about the church and became open to the idea of baptism. She's also practically deaf and blind, so that's funny too. We have a meeting with her tonight, so we'll see how that goes!

Other than that, not much. There are so many things that I don't understand at all. It's been an incredibly confusing week.  Hopefully next week I'll have a more coherent and well-worded email for all of you! 

¡Cristo vive! ¡El Libro de Mormón es verdadero!

¡Os amo! 

Elder Ritter


Us playing parchezi

Jimmy + Zulma + fam

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