I had a great last week with Elder Ward. We met a lot of nice people and some of them are even interested in learning more about Jesus Christ. As Spain Malaga Mission, we set the goal to find 888 people within one week, who are willing to listen to the message of the restored gospel. All the 200 missionaries had been praying, fasting and working hard to achieve this goal but on Saturday evening, we had only found 788. I don't know how many of us still expected us to achieve our goal of 888 new investigator. But within only 3 hours the Lord blessed us with the opportunity to share the gospel with another 109 sons and daughters of God.
As I have said before: My success as a missionary does not depend on numbers! No matter if we had a week with 14 lessons taught and nobody who came to church or a week with 29 lessons and 5 investigators attending church--I know that my Heavenly Father accepts my service and sacrifice as long as I am humble and working diligently. This past week means much more to me than numbers and a good experience—what I really gain from it is a stronger testimony of the power of prayer and fasting.
As Jesus himself teaches us in the Book of Mormon (3. Nephi 14:9-11), a loving father will always be there to listen to his son and help him in any way possible. The same truth applies to God and his children--us. He is literally our Father and he is always, always willing to listen and to comfort us. And even more, he is all powerful and all knowing and is therefore always able to help us.
Knowing there is an almighty God and his greatest desire is to help us: How could we not get on our knees every day and ask for his support and help? What are 24 hours without food and drink if it brings us divine comfort and strength? I am just a 19 year old boy who has not yet finished his education and I have not experienced any of life's challenges. The only way I can be here in Spain, learn a language within 4 months and help people to come closer to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, is because there is a loving God and angels supporting me.
To answer the question my grandma had about my daily life as a missionary: My companion eats whatever you can prepare in the microwave or just heat up in a frying pan. On a special day he will make hamburgers. I spend a little more time and do my best trying to remember the great variety of delicious meals my mother prepared every day and guessing how to prepare them. To all my brothers and my sister back home: you will only come to appreciate that fully once your gone. ;)
Most of the time we walk to get to our next appointment. There is some public transportation, but the time you spend waiting for the bus to come is usually the time it takes to walk there. There is no such thing as a set schedule ("9:40-10:10 ca. every 30 min." = the bus will come about twice an hour = just wait for it). So, there is really no point in traveling by public transport!