Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mission Week 47: Training in Terrasa!!

Just a quick note from Elder Tyson today:

Hey folks.... Just so you know, I am training now... Elder Miller is
opening an area in Valencia.... I can't write... I will be in meetings
the next couple days.... I will write... Just don't know when... I
think thorsday..... Love you lots.... Family baptism with a new
missionary!!!! So happy!!!!!

Elder Tyson

This picture was on the mission blog this week (www.espanabarcelonamission.blogspot.com.es)


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mission Week 46: Terrassa

Hi Everyone-
This week we had stake conference, it was great we got to take our investigators and president was able to meet them!!! And it was very nice to see that EVEN IN SPAIN THE CHURCH IS THE SAME. Ultimately, the Spirit. It's incredible to me that no matter where I am in the world, the Spirit I feel is the same. Even when I am dying of heat because someone felt chilly and turned off the air (yes, that happens in Spain as well) I can know that the church is true, that Christ loves all of his children everywhere and is not going to share a secret with one part of the world and not to the other.

What another fantastic week! We had a great time and saw so many miracles. Elder Miller and I have been trying to focus more on teaching families and this week we saw miracles because of our desires.

We had a goal at the beginning of the week to find 11 new investigators, but as we began the week, we really focused on talking to families and not just individuals. It was incredible. We reached Friday with 15 new investigators! But we knew we could still get more, so we raised our goal to 20! We worked so hard the last two days and ended up with a grand total of 20 new investigators!!!! It felt to rewarding to know that 20 people got hear the Gospel this week and have accepted! What a miracle!

Currently we are teaching J. and V. who have a baptismal date for the fourth of June. They are getting so excited for their baptism. After they made the decision to get baptized we have seen a mighty change in them. They are more open to us and are recognizing the Spirit more. They have been reading the Book of Mormon, and they have accepted all of the commandments! We are so excited for them to be baptized and one day be sealed as a family forever. 

I have been exhausted at the end of each day.... Hitting the bed and then being surprised at the alarm!!!! It has been so great.... I love feeling wiped out at the end of a day!!!!!

Today for preparation day we hiked to a huge plateau. It was very pretty could see so much... I will post the video!!!

Also this week I get to do my first baptismal interview for some elders in my district!!!! So excited!!!!

I had some bomb shrimp this week!!!!! You would've liked it for sure!!!!

All in all, great week.... We have a huge mission conference this week!!!! Can't wait!!!!

Elder Tyson


Monday, May 16, 2016

Mission Week 45: Terrassa

Dear family,

Things have been so great this week, Elder Miller and I have worked so hard and we have seen many miracles.

It rained a ton this week. We were so wet, ruined one of my shirts because we just wore short sleeve shirts on accident and the strap of my bag stained my shirt..... Bad news there....but hey we survived.

Our district meeting this week was super fun, we talked all about the Book of Mormon and in the end we played a scripture chase type game with those cards you gave me!!!! It was a lot of fun, and the district seemed to love it!!! Game time is my favorite time of district meeting!!! This week we are going to play the sock throw into the basket for a district goal I am brewing!!!! Hahaha.... It has been so great!!!!,

Right now we are working with J. and V., a family in our area who have a fecha for the fourth of June. We had such a sweet experience with them as we asked them how the Book of Mormon reading was going. They said they had been reading and praying, and that they had received an answer that it was true. The Spirit filled the room as I could see their doubts melting into faith. V. was sick this week so she could not attend church, but J. and his daughter were able to attend and they both enjoyed it very much.  They are progressing so much and we are so excited for them.

Elder Miller is fantastic. He is a great worker and exactly obedient. He also puts forth a big effort to make sure our companionship is in the best condition possible, he is always finding little ways to serve me helping me in all that I do. I am so grateful for him and his efforts here in Terrassa.

The ward here is thriving and is so centered on missionary work. We receive help daily and even did a member split the entire afternoon during the week.

Hey so I was wondering if I could get some new deodorant from home, I am down to my last stick, and I do not want to buy Spain stuff. Also, more of that BOMB PANCAKE MIX!!!!!!!! That stuff was so good, I would love some more.

Lastly, if you happen to have a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I would love that!!!

Sorry I am still chubby!!!! Hahahahah 

Love you,

Elder Tyson

Elder Tyson in front of  the Masia Freixa
District in Terrassa (photo from Elder Allen's blog)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mission Week 44-Mother's Day in Terrassa!

Editor's note:

It was amazing to get to Skype with Elder Tyson on Mother's Day! He is doing great! He loves his mission and his companion and is loving the Ward in Terrassa. We feel so blessed to have him serving the Lord. Mother's Day was awesome! We are already looking forward to Christmas!

Here is his letter the day after Mother's Day:

This week was just solid. I got the opportunity to do my first intercambio outside of my area with Elder Woodmansee in my district!!!! He is such a great elder. I learned a lot from him and their area is on fire!!!!! It was fun to get to know him. He is just out of training and a great missionary. An amazing asset to that area for sure!!!!

This was such a spiritual one. I learned a lot in helping bringing the gospel to others. I am so grateful for the book of mormon and the role it plays in our conversion. Right now we are teaching J. and V. They are s wonderful couple and they have been a miracle. They have been really open to the gospel, and they have lots of questions which shows they want to know more!!!! We are teaching them tonight so that we can help them set a baptismal date. Also, in the beginning of the week, they made us food after the lesson, and they said that tonight is our turn..... so, here comes the brownies!!!!!!!! We have the stuff, and we will do it tonight!!!!!

So, that's the week in a nutshell.... busy, busy, busy..... rainy, rainy, rainy. rainy..... we also have a boy in our ward who helps us all the time, and he loves high school musical hahaha.... he loves singing the songs!!!! It has been a blast, he is so full of energy the people love him!!!!!

For preparation day we just watched church movies in piso..... it has been very rainy, and I took some pants in to get skinnied a little bit.... I have just lost a lot of weight!!!!!
Skyping was so great!!!! So good to be with you!!!!! I have learned so much!!!! How was my Spanish, better????? Did you understand it with the lisp!!!!!
So for district leader, I have to hold a district meeting and teach what the assistants assign us to teach, I can set goals and things for the district. I receive all of the numbers for the district and report them to the zone leaders every Sunday, as well I call all of the district and ask them how the week went. I do an intercambio with all of the elders in the district and help in their areas.... Pretty easy, but super stressful!!!
The district is great... Every companionship has lots to teach and we all bettered this week!!!
We teach English every other week with the hermanas for our service.
Well, I have to go!!!!! love you lots!!! you are great!!! it was so great to see your smiling faces yesterday!!!!!!
Elder Tyson and his friend "Austin"


Friday, May 6, 2016

Mission Week 43: Terrassa

To begin, This week was a busy one. This area is very different than my last two areas. The Ward is amazing. They are super focused on missionary work and helping all of their friends come unto Christ. The ward is big and are so willing to help us in the work. There are roughly 120 members in our ward. Our area is huge. We not only have most of Terrassa but we also have Rubi which is like the promised land. We actually spend more time there than in Terrassa.

The week was super busy. No down time, which is great. We did two whole moves, and with all the members wanting to meet the nephew of Mike Tyson, you can imagine it was busy. I just tell them I am adopted, but that we don't invite him to family parties anymore.... They get a kick out of that!

I felt very inadequate this week with my new assignment as District leader. Student Body President was nothing compared to this. Luckily, the Spirit brought to my memory how to conduct meetings and things and our first district meeting went very well, I thought. It's a completely different task trying to inspire a group of missionaries to fulfill their calling of servants of the Lord Jesus Christ then just inspiring a group of high school kids to have school Spirit. I know I have a lot to learn, a lot of repenting to do, a lot of changing to do, but I know the Lord will help me through it all. #PPIWithTheSavior. We have a great district full of very obedient missionaries.

We also had a baptism this week!!!!! X. was baptized. She is from Ecuador. It was a little interesting for me not knowing her super well but she was very prepared for the Gospel and we are so excited to see her journey. I also gained the respect of the members by making those delicious brownies!!!!!!!!! They want more and more baptism just for the brownies they said.


There are many members who served missions here which is really great. Also, there are a lot of people from Argentina who love Mate. That was another building point.

Elder Miller is great. Reminds me exactly of Elder Allen. I can't wait for the experiences we are going to have together seeing many miracles here!!!!!

I love you lots.... Can't wait to talk to you on Mother's Day!!!!!

Elder Tyson