Hey everybody how's it going? Hope your Christmas was awesome, and I hope that
you all have a fun new year tomorrow! New Years here is fun. Tons of drunks, and I've only seen one stabbing so far - doing good... So my Christmas was... Normal.
Haha! So Christmas Eve we visited some people, and had Christmas messages, and we
got invited to eat with the branch president at about 6. We ate dinner and had
typical Christmas food - Popayan style with the president. After that we headed to Parque de Caldas to take a few quick pics on our way to our last appointment.
It was all lit up like a wanna be temple square haha. We ate dinner with Familia
Oime (Hernando my convert and his family). We ate dinner with them and then
shared a Christmas message with a baptismal invitation for Omaira. She said she didn't want to do it, and after a long conversation we found out some fears that
she has... She decided to think about it, and maybe have a date in January. When we looked
at our watched it was 10:10 Aahhhh! We had permission to be out until 10, but our
area is super far away from the house. When we headed out about 10:10, it started
to POUR rain. Never seen it rain so hard. So we waited for a taxi in the pouring
rain until about 10:20, and nothing showed up. We ended up walking/running to the
house in the pouring rain, and got home at like 10:40 soaking wet. We changed
clothes, and then Elder Menendez found a scrabble board in the closet. So I
taught elder Menendez and Mosqueira how to play. I won :) Christmas day was
normal I suppose... We went around and shared Christmas messages with some
inactives, and then talked with the zone leaders and their converts for a while,
and then went home at 9. We got home, planned for a bit, and the I crashed super
tired... Merry Christmas! haha. The 26th - the Skype call at night was SUPER
awesome. Great to see everybody and talk for what seemed like 5 min. Can't wait
to talk for Mothers Day! Anyway, Happy New Year to all - hope it's a good one. I'm
entering my "dead year" 2014. I'll be in Colombia the whole year... Love you all!
I'll send some pics here... Hope you guys are safe and happy to finish up these
holiday seasons. Gotta go. Talk to you more next week!!!
Merry Christmas everybody! Today is Monday the 23rd. Christmas is in 2
days... Crazy! So this week was good... It has been a little hard to stay busy,
but it's all good! Just gotta keep doing your best. So this week we had the
branch Christmas party, and when we showed up, only a few investigators and
members were there... CRAP! Nobody had really organized anything. So Elder
Menendez and I saved the day when all the people showed up with a few games for
everybody. We kept it fun. While we were trying to keep everybody entertained,
Elder Mosqueira made calls and got music and speakers to the church, and so when
we left the party at 9 (when we had to go) there was music, and miraculously food
showed up, too! Party saved. WHEW. Super stressful, buts it's all good. Sunday
night there was a movie in the church, too. We brought some investigators, and the
movie was Ephraim's Rescue again. So I watched it again, and it was just as good
and the first time haha! Other than that the week was pretty normal... I hope
you all enjoy the snow and the Christmas time with everybody. This Christmas I
have homework for you... Christmas Eve or Christmas day, dust off your bible ;) and
open up to Luke 2 and read the chapter. After you're done with that, pick up the Book of Mormon and read Alma 7:10-12. That's your homework! I'm grateful for my Savior and this opportunity I have to be serving a mission here in Colombia. I'm
grateful for Christmas and the opportunity it gives us to remember our blessings,
and remember the birth of our Savior... Also, because I get to call home :)
Thanks for all of your prayers and support, especially during this Christmas
season. Merry Christmas. I love you all!!
Hey there everybody. How's it going!? Hope you all had a good
week. I had a great one... So this Thursday we had a conference in Cali, so we had
to wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning and get on a bus for the 3 hour bus ride
to Cali. Is was cool being back in Cali for the day. Tons of people, hot, Salsa
music blasting, smelling a little funny... good old Cali :) Memories from my first
3 transfers. The conference was good. It was from about 9-5. We listened to
President and Sister Prince talk, and the APs too. We ate an awesome lunch and
had a little talent show. Every zone had a little play. My part in our play was
to sing "White Christmas" with the other gringos in Popayan. It was fun. We also
watched a movie called "Ephraim's Rescue." It's about pioneers, and it's made by the
same people who did 17 Miracles. It was excellent. You should defiantly watch
it. So then we hoped on the bus back to Popayan, and got back in the nighttime.
This Saturday we had a baptism service with Hernando. He's 80 years old and was part
of another church for more than 30 years. After a long process, he decided that
he wanted to be baptized. The baptismal service was excellent. Presidente Lalo
Baptized him. We invited Elder Lameraux and Elder Mancilla to the service
because Elder Mancilla plays a few hymns on the piano haha. Elder Lameraux and I
also did a special number. We sung a hymn- the first two verses in Spanish and
the last one in English. The spirit was super strong. Sunday, Hernando gave me a heart attack. He got to sacrament meeting at 9:15- just in time to be confirmed.
Elder Mosqueira confirmed him. It was a good blessing, too. So transfers came in
last night and Elder Mosqueira and I will be together another transfer, so we'll be
together 3 months. That probably means I'll be here in Popayan 4 and a half
months, but who knows! This morning during personal study, I finished the Book of Mormon. I have been reading it one chapter in English, and then right after the
same chapter in Spanish. After I finished it today, I just want to bear my
testimony that I know it's true. I am without doubts in my mind that the Book of Mormon is true, and that this church is also true. I'm very grateful for the
gospel in my life, and all of you. I'm very blessed. I have to log off and
start the week, but I love you all and I hope you all have a safe and good week.
Talk to you more next week.
The street where I live here in Popayan
Baptism for Hernando
Getting back with an old pal in Cali, Elder Wilcox and I
Kid's activity last week. Don't worry, I'm not mad- camera caught me before I smiled and I have a sucker in my mouth
Hey everybody. How's it going? Hope you all had an excellent week! So this
week was pretty good... This week we were in the hospitals and clinics Tuesday
and Wednesday, like 6 hours, trying to figure out if we could help Elder Mosqueira
feel a little better. He hasn't been feeling too hot... The medical system isn't
quite the same here as it is in the United States. Not too organized- that's for
sure... But it's all good. Eventually we found out that he's got some parasites. Poor guy. He took a few pills a few days ago, and he seems to be feeling a
little bit better, so that's good. Saturday we had a pretty cool activity with a
few members of the church and all the missionaries here in Popayan for about 100
little kids. They are are super poor, but Saturday morning from about 8-11 we had
an activity. We played a bunch of games with them and gave them candy. Some sisters
combed hair and painted faces, and then they feed them all some rice and chicken.
Happy kids- that's for sure! I took some pictures, but I forgot my camera, so I'll
have to send some pictures next week. So Sunday was good and a little rough at
the same time... The branch here I'm in is pretty weak. We had about 40 people in
church Sunday. Not too hot. It can get a little frustrating at times, not having
much help from the branch and members, but we gotta help everybody we can. That's
why we are here as missionaries. So I watched the Christmas devotional last night
in English with some other gringos here in Popayan. I liked it a lot. Listing to Christmas hymns in English was fantastic. I liked that they really focused the
talks on the Savior, too. We should all be thinking about Jesus this Christmas
season, and the remarkable things he did for us. Through him we can be happy and
find peace, I can testify of that. Thank you for the prayers and thoughts. I love
you all. Even though I miss you all a lot, I'm grateful for the opportunity I have
to be here in Colombia serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This gospel is
remarkable. I'm grateful for it in my life. I love you all and I hope you all
have a good week and enjoy the snow :) Talk to you all next week.
What's up? So I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving! Was just a normal day
here in Popayan for me... But its all good. I'm grateful for a lot of things, and
that's what Thanksgiving's all about. So this past week we had a baptismal
service. We baptized Mauricio, and the other elders in the apartment baptized a
girl named Mabel. It was a good service for sure. Presidente Lalo baptized my
investigator, and Elder Eliason baptized his investigator. Sunday morning I
confirmed Mauricio in sacrament meeting... Always sketchy giving a blessing like
that in front of about 60 people... My first time was worse though! In Cali there
were more people because I'm in a branch here in Popayan. Other than that the
week was pretty normal! Haha Miracle nothing too crazy happened during the week.
Only a few drunks tried bothering me this week, but I think my Spanish might be
getting better because when the drunks ask me where I'm from I tell them,
"Medallin Colombia," and they leave me alone... Haha! I'll send a picture of us
with Mauricio too :) Hey, I hope you all have a good week... And hope everybody
can enjoy the holiday season without getting too stressed out or anything...
Remember what Christmas is all about, and I promise that your Christmas will be
awesome!! I'm in a division right now with Elder Eliason. We are having a good
time... Haha Always quoting Dumb and Dumber and taking about sports... Well I
gotta go cut my hair, so I gotta cut it short... Love you all. Thanks for all the
prayers and support. Have a good week!!!
What's up? So this week was pretty good. Friday I completed 6 months in the
mission.... Cool. Ha It wasn't that big of a deal. But still cool! The same day
was Elder Menendez's birthday. He didn't wanna celebrate or anything, but I ordered
a pizza to celebrate the birthday/6 months. Then I put some candles in the pizza
for his birthday, and we sang happy birthday to him. We ate the pizza and then
went to bed... whooo!!! haha Super exciting. I almost set the house on fire
lighting the candles. I had to use toilet paper and the stove to get a flame
haha. Anyway, p-day today was pretty normal. We got up studied till 10, then went
and bought some groceries. After, we played soccer with the missionaries here in Popayan at a little artificial turf field for an hour or two. The little field
was slippery because of the rain, and I took a ball right off the face. Fun stuff.
Haha. So I am hoping to have some baptisms coming up here soon, so hopefully I'll
have some good news to write y'all here in the future. The guy at the internet
cafe I'm in right now was blasting Guns and Roses, and now hes blasting Dubstep. I
should probably head out haha. It's official- Dubstep has made it to Colombia. Oh
shoot. Haha. Anyway, love you all. Better hop off. But I hope you guys all have a
good Thanksgiving. I'm pretty sure my Thanksgiving will just be a normal day....
Fun! It's all about remembering your blessing though... Read the Book of Mormon
and go to church this Sunday! Haha love you all. Have a good week.
Happy 6 months with my best friend - the electric mosquito killer.
Elder Menendez, the birthday kid, enjoying the pizza.
How's it going? I'm here in Popayan, starting my 3rd
week here... I'm getting a little more comfortable here in the area. So this week
was pretty normal... Me and Elder Mosqueira are working hard trying to find
people to teach. This week we stopped by an inactive old lady's house... She is
super old, and we started talking to her about why she hasn't been going to
church these past few years... She talked forever! While she was telling Elder
Mosqueira her life story, her friend that lives with her, and another inactive
came in and started talking to me... The other old lady was super crazy, and I
tried giving here a pamphlet of the church, but she started crossing herself and
saying the Lord's Prayer... While that was going on the other guy, super
inactive as well, was drunk as a skunk shouting/reading some random part of the Book of Mormon... Elder M and I looked at each other and started busting up
laughing, and to recover I said, "Hermana sorry it's just that Elder Mosqueiras
accent is just too funny." We couldn't stop laughing. It was horrible. I felt so
bad... Maybe it was a stress relief or something haha. Today for p-day we played
soccer with all of the missionaries here in Popayan We we playing normal fun and
all, when somebody had the bright idea to play Gringos vs. Latinos.... I was like,
"Oh gosh, this is going to go well..." And then a miracle happened. Us gringos won 5
games in a row! I have no idea what happened. We played out of our minds haha. And
an even bigger miracle happened. I scored 3 goals. Not gonna lie, I was shocked at
myself, and we can probably bet that it might not happen again haha. But I am
getting better. Anyway fam, love you tons. Hope you all have a good week. Gotta
goooooo. So lame. Writing time flies by so fast. Talk to you all next week. Maybe I'll send a pic :) Love you!!!
How's life in the good old U S of A? Hope you guys are all doing good. So my
first week here in Popayan was good. Last Tuesday I hopped on a bus and drove
through the country sides and got here to Popayan in 2 or 3 hours. So here in
Popayan my area is pretty small, especially because half of the area isn't houses-
it's shops and stores. Here it is pretty sunny in the mornings, and then pretty
much every afternoon it gets real gloomy and rains most days, too. There have
been 2 thunderstorms with thunder SO loud! Haha Crazy loud! That's cool. I had to
buy a sweater here because my first two nights I was used to Cali weather - nice
and hot - so I got pretty cold my first two nights. I'm getting used to it now,
though, so that's good. So the sacrament meeting was pretty interesting. There were
about 60 people in attendance in the branch. Super weird. After that, the second
class was pretty dang interesting, too. The teacher taught some good false
doctrine to investigators and everybody... Haha nice! You always find that here
though - false doctrine like crazy.
I'm living here in the apartment, and sharing
the branch with the zone leaders here in Popayan: Elder Eliason and Elder
Menendez. They are pretty chill guys. They are both new here this transfer, and so
am I, so my comp is the vet here in the branch with 5 or 6 weeks... Haha
stressful! The other Elders had a baptism this week. Awesome. I leaned
over to test the water before the baptism and dropped my agenda and everything
into the baptismal font. Nice goin' Elder Dean! Elder Eliason almost died laughing. I
wasn't the happiest camper, haha but it's all good! Anyway, gotta head out. Didn't
have much time to write this week because we couldn't find internet and we have
to end p-day at 6... Sad :( Anyway, I'll write more next week, and I hope you all
have a good week. Read the scriptures and go to the temple if you can this week!
Love you all. Ciao!
Leaving Cali was tough! Lots of people I'm going to miss.
SO I gotta make it quick. Today is absolutely nuts! I got a call at 9:30 last
night, and I'm getting transferred tomorrow. I have to be in a big bus station
before 7'o'clock tomorrow morning. So I'm headed out of the big city, Cali
Colombia, and headed to a town called Popayan... I don't know much. I know it's
about 2 hours via bus away, and that the climate is cooler. There aren't any wards
there. It's all branches, and they are putting a plan in motion right now to make
it a stake! We'll see what's up! So this week was pretty normal, other than that
big news bomb I got yesterday... Hope you guys all had a good Halloween.
Halloween here in Colombia isn't too pretty! haha. It was a rough day for mission
work, that's for sure... Anyway, 2 days ago we had the ward Halloween party
with all the primary. When we got there, they started and told us missionaries
that we were in charge of the games... Alrighty then! So me and Elder Wilcox
thought real fast, and we started to play musical chairs... Only one problem. We
didn't have any music! So me and Elder Wilcox had to sing together and stop
together for the music... The only songs we could think of on the spot were the
itsy bitsy spider, take me out to the ballgame, and popcorn popping... Haha! It
was good though. Dang - sorry I seriously gotta cut it way short. I gotta do tons
of stuff get ready to head out tomorrow to Popayan! I'm gonna miss it here in
Cali, in Limonar, that's for sure. Rough stuff... Anyway, my companion will be Elder
Mosqeuira. He's from Argentina. I've met him a few times, but I don't know him too
well. We'll see! Love you all tons. I'll write more next week. Ciao!
SO this week was pretty slow going until Saturday hit... Then BOOM. Haha.
During the week I had a division. I went with Elder Walker in his area in Ciudad Cordova, here in Cali. He has less time than me in the mission, but he only got lost
like 2 times. Haha Poor guy. He's awesome, though. I love teaching with him. Anyway,
normal week until Friday night. Jaison called me and told me he didn't want to get
baptized... So Saturday morning we went to his house and found him and Ingrid,
his girlfriend, there. We sat down talked for a bit, and then started a serious
talk. I talked to him and told him that he was just scared, but it's normal to be
scared before something like this. He told me "No, no, no, I can't." I have been
teaching him since I got here, and there are quite a few reasons why he wouldn't
be baptized. But I was getting tired of being in this cycle with him, so I
straight up told him, "I'm baptizing you today, and Ingrid, if you feel like you
would like to be baptized today, I'll baptize you as well, but I'm baptizing Jaison
today..." They looked at each other, asked for a minute, and then 2 or 3 minutes
after came back and asked me, "What time?" I said, "We will do it at 3'o'clock today" (
in 3 or 4 hours). So Elder Caja and I ran out of the house to go grab the Bishop's
keys, grab baptismal clothes, get to the chapel to fill the baptism font - all in 3
hours. Elder Caja set off the church alarm when we went to fill the baptismal
font - it was such a crazy 3 hours. Anyway, we got the baptismal font going, got
members informed, and went and picked up Jaison and Ingrid.
We picked them up, and
on the way to get in a taxi, Jaison's dad showed up, and I was like "Ohhhh noooo."
Jaison's dad isn't a fan, and is one of the reasons for him not getting baptized, etc.
But Jaison told him, "I'm going to get baptized, "and hopped in the taxi. I was
super proud of him! So we got to the church, got them some baptismal clothes, and
had a really nice baptismal service. There weren't tons of people, but the spirit
was super strong. Jaison gave me a big hug after I pulled him out of the water
with tears in his eyes. I had to baptize Ingrid twice - her hand came out of the
water haha! It's all good though. Super cool. Jaison's mom even showed up for the
baptism. So Sunday morning for the confirmation I was at the sacrament table to
bless the sacrament when the meeting started, and Jaison and Ingrid hadn't shown
up... Man, I was stressin' like nuts - praying my hardest. Right as the bishop
called Jaison and Ingrid names to come up and get confirmed, they walked in...
WHEW. So we started with Ingried. Elder Wilcox confirmed her, and then it was Jaison's turn. The
bishop asked me to do it. So I confirmed Jaison (in front of everybody) a member
of the church with a blessing. My first confirmation. My hands were shaking
pretty bad. Anyway, Saturday and Sunday were great and stressful, too.
Today is Elder Cajas birthday, so we baked some brownies, bought some candles, and sang
happy birthday with Elder Wilcox and Zambrano. It was pretty chill. Sorry I don't
have much time. Gotta cut it short, but all in all a pretty good week. Anyway, I
love you all, and I'll send some pics, too! Have a good week everybody. I'm grateful
for all the prayers and support. Hey, go to the temple this week if you feel
overwhelmed. I felt overwhelmed this week a few times, and I wish I could go to
the temple, but my prayers and scripture study always help as well. I love you
all. Have a good week!
After the baptism: Elder Dean, Ingrid, Jaison, Jaison's Mom, Elder Caja
Hey everyone. Hope you guys all had a good week.
Things are normal here in good old Cali Colombia. You know, drunks trying to punch
me, gun shots, dogs humping my leg... all that good stuff. But seriously, a
stupid dog. I was in a old lady's house with the zone leaders and my companions
eating lunch, and I was calling another old lady to confirm lunch for the next day,
when this big dog straight up attacked and tried to violate me... I was yelling
"PARE PARE Elder Wilcox Ayudame!!! Pare!" (Stop! Stop! Elder Wilcox help me! Stop!) The old lady I was talking on the phone
with was probably super confused, and after, I couldn't talk to her on the phone
because we were all busting up laughing haha. Dang.
Anyway, my week this week
was pretty good. I finished Alma in the Book of Mormon in Spanish and just
truckin' along in Helaman. Good stuff. This week we had interviews with President Prince. That was good. And sister prince gave me banana bread -even better. But the
best thing was President Prince called my mom because I have completed a lot of
mission goals these past few months. He told her I was doing good, and even let
me talk to her for 30 seconds! It was great. I couldn't say much because I was
trying to keep it together sitting there across from President, but it was super
cool. I love it.
Today for p-day we had our soccer tournament with all of the
missionaries here in Cali. Unfortunately we lost 2 and tied 1. Not too hot haha.
We lost to the team that won in our first game in the last 30 seconds. We were
winning with 30 seconds to go, 2-1, and in the last 30 seconds they scored twice.
LAME. Haha but it's all good. Anyway, we had some people show up to church too,
which is awesome. Hopefully we can start to progress here in the next few weeks.
I gotta go- out of time. Sorry about the short email. I'll try to write more next
week! Love you all. Have a good week!
Elders Wilcox and Moran
Elders Mina, Caja, Dean, Lawrence, Viza, S. Walker, Zambrano,
What's new folks? Nothing too new here in Cali
Colombia... This week was pretty normal! We worked hard all week to have good
church attendance, but it wasn't too hot :( A few people showed up though, so that's
good. Elder Caja and I are trying to find new people to teach, and get the people
we are teaching to church! It's hard to progress in the gospel as an investigator
if ya never go to church haha! Also, we have been thinking, and there is a heap of
inactives here in this ward... We are thinking about spending more of our time
trying to find inactives and working with them, even though that's not really the
culture in this mission. Hoping this next week that we will break through and
have some success here and get some people progressing. One night we were in an
investigators house, and a lady walked in and shook elder Caja's hand and tried to
kiss him on the cheek (it's common here to kiss on the cheek when greeting). He
did a good bob a weave and moved out of the way. It was super awkward to watch
haha! I thought for a moment she was gonna come after me too, but she didn't haha.
The funny things that happen here in the mission. Sorry I never have time to
write more stuff! Today for p-day we woke up and studied, and then went and played
soccer with people at the church. I scored twice, but I was super pooped out
after. After soccer, we went with some of our zone and bought matching shirts for
our team. There is a mission soccer tournament the next two Mondays - zones against
zones. Anyway, I gotta run everybody, but I will write more next week and
hopefully have some good news and success in the area. Love you all. Have a good
week! Oh, and do your visiting teaching and home teaching, read the scriptures, go to church and the temple, and serve others and be good boys and girls :)
haha Nos Vemos!
evvvverybody. Whats up? So I guess I'll just start off by saying that I
hope you all watched conference! It was awesome! I got to watch in English in a class room in the stake center here. Elder Wilcox, Elder
Welling, Elder Perounoud and I were watching together. Also, Elder
Menendez, the other assistant and a couple elders from the office, Elder Perez and Elder
Flores, watched with us. They speak English pretty good.
My word conference went by sooo fast! I keep glancing at my watch wishing
the time would slow down... It flew! I enjoyed it a lot, that's for sure. I
can't remember everything that I learned, but I know I felt the spirit
super strong. I think my favorite talk was Elder Uchtdorf in the
priesthood session, but it's a hard decision.... So I had my first week
here with my new companion, Elder Caja. He's from Peru, and he's 26
years old. He's a good guy, but most of the responsibility is on me doing
phone calls and planning and everything... A little stressful, but it's
all good. Today for p-day I woke up, studied for a few hours, washed my
clothes and cleaned house for a bit, and then went and ate lunch with the
zone leaders, and we played chess after for a while. We had a little
mini tournament and I took 3rd... I'm not too good at chess. Elder Wilcox
won and Elder Zambrano took 2nd and my companion came in last. He had
to by Elder Wilcox an ice cream haha. Anyway, not too much to tell this
week. I'm grateful for your prayers always. Especially in the next
following weeks as my responsibility is this area now... Anyway, I'll talk
to you all later. Hope you all have a good week, read the Book of
Mormon, go to church, and go to the temple if ya can. Enjoy the fall
weather out there. I'm seriously missing fall time right now :( Love you
ALLL! (Sorry this email is so short) Talk to you next week!
Hey everyone. What's happening? I'm just here in Cali, Colombia - ya know the drill. So this past Saturday we had a baptism service! We
worked and stressed and all that, but we ended up baptizing 6 people! 4 from Elder Cartes and I, and 1 from the zone leaders who we share a ward with, and 1
guy named Carlos that wasn't kinda a joint baptism I guesss haha. We baptized
Octavio and his wife Carmen, and Carlos from Spain had the opportunity to baptize
his wife. That was really cool. We also baptized Sebastian. He's 17. A good kid for
sure. The next day, Sunday, it was raining a lot, but everybody made it to the
chapel, and we confirmed them all. I got to baptize Hermana Carmen, and got to
stand in on a few of the confirmations. Super cool stuff. It's been pretty
stressful lately, but that was great to see. I hope and pray everyone of them
will continue and grow in the church and not fall away. We also received news
last night about transfers. My companion, Elder Cartes, will be leaving tomorrow
morning (Tuesday) at 7 in the morning. We completed a little over 3 months here
together in Limonar. My new companion will be Elder Caja. He is from Peru. He has
about 16 months in the mission. This is somewhat my area now, and the stress that
comes along with it because my comp won't know the area haha. Also we baptized
our investigators, so now we will have to start new and start finding
investigators and try and build up and investigator pool. Prayers accepted :)
Today for p-day we have been doing a few things to get ready for tomorrow. We went
and ate at McDonald's for lunch. I had a big mac and fries. haha I don't ever get to
eat food like that - ever! Now after this, Elder Cartes wants to go say goodbye to
everybody he knows haha - but its all good. Anyway, I love you all and I will be
grateful for your prayers. Until next week- with a little more info about my new
companion and all that jazz! Ciao!
Marian, Carlos, and Baby Carlos
Elder Dean, Carlos, Elder Wilcox
Elder Dean, Sebastian, Elder Cartes
Elder Dean, Octavio, Carmen
Leaving the baptismal font with Hermana Carmen. The water was cold, but never felt warmer!
Hey everybody! How's it going? Hope everything is good. SO -
we didn't have transfers this week. They got delayed until next Tuesday or Wednesday! I will complete more than 3 months in this area with Elder Cartes
here in this week. We had a few baptisms fall through, but I could kinda see it
coming. Bummer. We are going to marry Octavio and Carmen tomorrow, and have their
baptism service the 28th. That's awesome. Prayers for them. So nothing too
special this week. We had a pretty good family home evening with investigators and
members this week. I was the boss of the game we played. It was a miracle I
conducted the game perfectly, and in Spanish! That was a good time for sure. So
this Sunday I had to bless the sacrament in Spanish, too. That was interesting...
But I did it the fist time perfect! WHEW. I was defiantly sweating! Haha. Today
for p-day was interesting... We woke up, and first thing went to help Carlos (he
is from Spain and is a member, but his wife isn't) work on his wife's haircutting
shop. We fixed holes in walls, and tore out carpet, and all sorts of stuff. When
it came time to eat lunch, Elder Zambrano and Elder Cartes didn't wanna go because
the lunch was with a member way up the mountain side - a long hard walk. So me and Elder Wilcox thought it would be rude to just not show up, so we went ahead and
hiked the mountain. After 40 minutes we got up there (ugh!) and then ate lunch. Pigs
feet and tendons. YUCK! It even had pig hair on it. We walked an hour and a half
up a huge hill side to eat pigs feet and tendons! hahaha We choked it down, and
then started the long walk back laughing, saying, "Well at least we have a story
to tell!" Ha! Then I walked back to the apartment with Elder Cartes, showered
real quick, and now I'm writing! Quite the p-day, huh? Anyway, so for sure this next
week I will have news about transfers, and maybe even some baptism photos :)
Prayers for the investigators! Talk to you all later. Caio.
So bad news - no baptisms this past week...
But don't worry, I will continue to work and I'm certain that I will
have good news
in the future sometime soon :) Anyway, I sent some pictures from the
when me and Elder Wilcox bought stuff and Price Mart (Ghiradellis
Nature valley granola bars, Marshmallow Mateys, Pringles, Old Spice
Today for p-day we went and ate lunch at Pricemart again but couldn't
because we didn't have a member or a card with us to buy stuff.... lame.
But it's OK. I had a chicken bake and soda and french fries. Yum.
After, we played chess
for 20 min or so and then hopped on the bus back to the areas. I got my
and now I'm writing the quick letter! Not too eventful of a p-day, but
it was good.
So this past week we had a division, and I went with Elder Walker here
in my area
the whole day. Elder Walker has one transfer less in the mission than
me, and Elder Cartes and I didn't really have any set plans that day,
did pretty good for a couple of new gringos! haha. I complete 3 months
here in Limonar, 2 here in Cali this week, and we have transfers coming
up. This will be
my last week with Elder Cartes, and I am done with training this week
though there wasn't too much training) haha. Anyway, everybody - hope
to have some
good news this next week maybe some baptisms, and I will fill you all in
transfers! Oh, we plan on marrying our investigators Octavio and Carmen
next Tuesday, and have a baptism service with them. Prayers for that!
Love you all. Short email this week, but enjoy the few pics from last
Fam. Friends. How's it going? Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers about
the situation with Elder Encarnacion. We are starting to get rolling again here
in Colombia Cali. This week was pretty good. We had a conference with Elder
Waddell of the 70 earlier this week. That was cool. We talked about not just
having baptisms, but having actual conversion. We have a lot of baptisms here in
this mission, but there is a lot of inactivity. We have a few baptism dates for
this Saturday. One is Jaison. He is kinda having a hard time right now though,
and prayers would be appreciated on his behalf. So this Saturday we had a
activity at the church in the afternoon. We played basketball, volleyball, and
soccer. We didn't have as much people at the activity though, so that was kinda
lame. My team in basketball lost. Yep. Sad. But I had 4 kids on my team and
didn't ball hog it :). Today for pday we played soccer with another zone for a
while on a artificial field again. That was cool. I scored again. It's a miracle. I
can actually play soccer. We had a few investigators come with us too, so that's
cool. After that, me and Elder Wilcox dragged our companions to Price Mart with a
member who has a membership there. OHHH my goodness! So cool! Me and Elder Wilcox
were practically crying - it was awesome. We bought stuff like brownie mix, pancake
mix, syrup, nature valley granola bars, and doughnuts. All that good stuff you can't
find here. Our companions weren't too excited, but we were defiantly happy
campers. Anyway I gotta get movin here, but thanks for all your prayers, and I
hope to have good news this next week! Love you all.
So another week in the mission field has come and gone. This week we had a
little earthquake for like 4 seconds. That was pretty interesting. I was in the
house of my recent convert, Monica, and bang- earthquake for a few seconds. It
wasn't too bad. It was a pretty little one I think. So this week we had a service
project with an investigator named Octavio. Octavio is from Buena Ventura and
has one of the coolest accents I've ever heard... Unfortunately I can't really
understand him, his accent is sooo different. But it sounds cool though :) So he
works on TVs, and electronics, and all sorts of stuff, and we cleaned out his
shop/house. We took out probably 30 or 40 old tvs and reorganized everything and
cleaned for probably 4 hours. It was hard work, but it was acutally kinda nice to
work like that for a while. Anyway, we had an activity at the church Saturday, too.
We played a little basketball, and volleyball, and of course soccer with members
and investigators. That was fun, and I actually scored in soccer. I got the
chance to not play goalie, and I took advantage of it hahaha. Belive it or not, my
soccer skills might be improving a little bit. So everything was good until Saturday night when we recieved a phone call, and we learned that Elder
Encarnacion was shot and killed. SO sad. We sat in silence, not saying much, for a
long time. I had the oportunity to meet him a few weeks ago we played soccer one
pday together. He seemed really nice and was a really good missionary.
Definantly a bummer situation, but I'm ok. The whole mission is kinda in shock
right now, but we will need to get going again, and not dwell on it too much. He
gave his life in service to the Lord, and that's something very special. Prayers
for his family would be good. Anyway, today for pday everybody was kinda low and
not wanting to do anything, but a few of us got the motivation to go and rent an
artificial grass soccer field and play soccer for an hour. It was nice to run
and get our minds off the matter for a while. Anyway, I'm ok though, and I'm
grateful for all your support. I hope you all have a good week and remember to
pray, read the scriptures, attend church, and go to the temple, etc.. This life is so
much better with the gospel, and I'm grateful for the hope it brings us. I'll talk
to you all later. Love you all.
So this week was pretty darn normal I suppose! We had a
conference with zone Farallones, Agua Blanca, San Fernando, and maybe one other I
can't remember. It was Wednesday with President Prince and the assistants. It was
good to hear some motivation from President Prince. He's awesome. I'll miss him
when we have a change of mission presidents next May. So this week we were in a
leccion when the sun went down. We were in an area called Los Chorros. Anyway, long
story short, this area is sketchy during the day time, and we ended the leccion
after dark, and then there was a power outage in the area. Dang! All dark in Los
Chorros. Sketchy to the max, but don't worry, I got out alive. So here in Cali, I'm
not sure why, but people love to drink hot hot chocolate, even when it's blazing
hot outside. Every time I'm dying of heat, people always give me hot choc....
Haha. This Sunday we also had stake conference, so our church attendance wasn't
too hot, but it wasn't too bad. We had about 6 investigators show up, so that's
pretty good for a stake conference. I hope they heard something good during the
conference. So today for p-day we actually did something different. Me and Elder Cartes went with an investigator and saw some more of Cali. We went to an old
catholic church, which was cool, and then we went to a church/museo called La Merced. That was pretty sweet, too. Then we went to the Parque de Gatos. It's a
big statue of a cat. Kinda random, but cool I suppose. Ahh! I have no time to
write this week, but I'll send some pictures! Hope you all have a good week. Talk
to you later.
So this week was pretty normal. Nothing too exciting. I had my first haircut here in Cali on Tuesday, I think. YIKES. Somebody call Brooke and tell her to hop on a plane for Colombia. Haha just kidding. It
actually wasn't too bad. I paid like 6000 pesos (about 3 dollars). So for my first
week here in Zona Farallones I was the only gringo, but now we have a new zone
leader- Elder Wilcox. He's a pretty nice guy. He's from Alaska. He's been out about a
year. It was weird talking in English a little bit the past few days. So now we
have 3 or 4 gringos in the zone. In the zone meeting we had this week, Elder
Lawrence, a new missionary in this zone, wanted to arm wrestle me... Not sure why,
but I said ok, and we arm wrestled. Haha! We were arm wresting and we totally
broke the table in the church! My elbow totally went through the table haha!
Saturday we had a activity at the church for investigators and members. We played
soccer, of course. My team won all the games, not sure why (maybe it's because we
have an awesome goalie.) It was good. Even the bishop played. Anyway, we had 10
investigators attend church this Sunday, so that's awesome. We will try to keep
working with them, and then get them baptism dates soon. Nothing too exciting this
week, but it's all good! We have stake conference this Sunday too, so not sure what
will go down with that, but we'll see! Today for p-day we played soccer against Zone Agua Blance for a few hours and then rode the bus with the zone leaders to
burger king and ate lunch. One of these p-days I might get a chance to rest, but I
doubt it! So fam, friends.. until next week. I'm outta time. Hope you all have a good
How's it going all? So this week in Cali we had rain! For,
like, the first time since I got here! It was nice. It cooled off quite a bit, which
was awesome. The problem now is, it's going to heat up again and probably be even
more humid than normal, but it's all good. It was nice to have some cool weather
for once. So this week we did splits again, earlier in the week. I went to
another area called Israel with a elder from Peru, named Elder Viza. We ran into
some Jehovah Witnesses and had and interesting talk. Ha! Funny stuff. This week
they cut the water in Cali for a day or two. That wasn't too fun, but you do what
ya gotta do, ya know! So Elder Cartes told me that I sometimes speak Spanish in
my sleep. He says I say funny things- whatever that means! Hope it's not bad... Oh,
this Saturday we had an activity at the church for a few hours. We played soccer
for a few hours, and invited some investigators. It was good. I had to walk 30 minutes
to the church with an 8 year old named Julian on my shoulders. Haha! Dang kid
wouldn't walk! I was pretty pooped out, that's for sure. We didn't have any baptisms
this week, and looks like we won't have any for a few more weeks in the future due
to church attendance problems, but we have people in mind for the first or second
week in September, so pray for those weeks! We had transfers today, but me and Elder Cartes both didn't get transferred, so we have another 6 weeks together. Not
anything too exciting the week other than some dude on a motorcycle smacked me
as he drove by... What a jerk! Ha! It's all good though. Hope you all have a good
week. We´ll talk later! Ciao.
What's up everybody? Hope all's good. Had a pretty good week this week. So
this week we started off the week by doing splits. I went with Elder Zambrano,
one of the zone leaders. We worked in his area, and the other zone leader with my
companion in our area. Elder Zambrano is a good guy. Hes' pretty serious all the
time, but a good missionary. I was playing soccer with a kid at the bus station
with a coke bottle the other day. People were lookin at me like I was crazy. Like,
what's this gringo doin... Haha. So I finished Mosiah in the Book of Mormon, and
started Alma. I only read 2 or 3 chapters everyday because I read pretty slow in Spanish, but it's all good! So this week we fasted Friday afternoon to Saturday
afternoon. I thought I was gonna die haha! Seriously never been so thirsty in my
life! It's all good though. Fasting is a great way to feel the spirit a little
stronger. Not gonna lie, I don't have any time this week, but good news- I had another
baptism! Early Sunday before church. Sister Monica. I'll attach a picture. Anyway,
love you all. I'll write more next week. This computer is slooooow. Didn't have much
time to write. CHAO.
Ok, I'll start with some good news... I had my first baptism this Saturday!
It was great. We had planned on having more than 1 baptism, but it didn't work
out. It's all good though. We´ll keep working with the others and get some more
baptisms in August! So this week we had splits. I went with Elder Pizarro. He's
from Chile. We were in my area, so it was my job to find all the places and not
get us lost! I did all right though, wasn't too bad haha. I ate my first hamburger
here in Colombia at a little shack with an investigator. Sketchy! It actually
wasn't too bad! So this week, Elder Cartes was in the dentists office in Cali
almost every moring from 8 to 12 because he had some problems with cavities and
stuff. He wasn't able to talk on the phone much because his mouth hurt pretty
bad! Soo that means that the talking on the cell phone dutys went to me.
Stressful! Talking in spanish in person is hard, but on the phone it's even harder!
It's all good though. I survived haha. Me and Elder Cartes have a game of slug bug
going. I taught him how to play. Mistake. Haha I'm defiantly losing. I'm too busy
always thinking about Spanish and words to pay attention to the cars, so I always
get punched! I get him occasionaly though. Oh some crazy guy was talking to me
at the bus station. He asked me all sorts of weird questions and then scribbled
out a note for me to go get a urine sample and blood test. haha Alright... thank
you sir. I'm out of time, but I hope you all have a good week. Nos vemos!
I ran out of black socks. Had to wear white ones . I probably looked like a goof!
Shoot! I really don't have any time to write this week! Bummer. Anyway, I'll make it short. So this week was pretty good. We have a baptism service this Saturday, so pray all goes well with that. I have a funny story to tell. So I was talking with a member family, and we were talking about the color of my skin! White, of course. Anyway, long story short, the sister asked me if I was a big racist in my country? I thought she asked if there are different types of races in my country. So I answered, " Yes of course, Sister. " Embarrasing. She thinks I'm a racist. Haha. Plenty of embarrasing storys with the Spanish every day. Good stuff. I cooked french toast for a investigator because she wanted me to cook the food of my country. Haha! So I cooked french toast, cause that's like one of the only things I know how, and it's easy :) Played soccer today for p-day. I'm horrible. Haha. It's all good though, I'm sure I'll get better at soccer. We play like every p-day. Heard my first gun shots! Sweet! Haha. About 30 or 40 feet away. BANG. BANG. BANG. Yikes! Saw a drug deal, too. I've never seen so much money.... Sketchy!! HA It's all good though, just a normal day in Colombia no? I'll try to send some pics next week. Sorry this email stinks. I don't have much time. Anyway, love you all. Talk to you later.
So this week was pretty good. Earlier this week a member in the ward
acutually took me and Elder Cartes out to lunch. She's the wife of the bishop, and
they are pretty well off with money. She drove us to the nice part of our area.
(Our area has a nice part and a realllly ghetto part. I do 90 percent of my
teaching and time in the ghetto part.) She took us to Pricemart. Like What???
I felt like I was in the U.S again. Just like Costco. We ate at the food court
there. I was in heavan. Pizza. Hot dogs. Ice Cream. Sprite. Oh my goodness, just
like somewhere at home. Anyway, that was great. So our area is one of the biggest
areas in the mission. And guess what. It's just me and Elder Cartes in the area.
We walk toooonnnns. I'm also the only gringo in my zone. We have like 10
missionaries in the zone, I think, and we had a zone meeting this week, and I'm the
So me and Elder Cartes are trying hard to have a baptismal service
the 27th of July. Working hard for that date. Hope everything goes as planned,
which doesn't happen much here in Colombia. Haha. Anyway, this Sunday I was called
up to talk...Without preparation! Just randomly, "Ahora vamos a escuchar a Elder
Dean" What!? Crap. Haha I got up there and rambled on for like 5 or 10 minutes,
probably just sounding like an idiot. Hope somebody understood something.
Hahaha. Elder Cartes said he understood everything, but he's probably just being
nice. Anyway, met a guy from Provo at church. He was just visiting with his wife,
cause his wife is from Colombia. I think his last name was Starling. It was nice to
speak in English for 10 min. Anyway, love you all and I hope you all have a good
week. Probably sweating in that heat in Provo, but don't worry I'm dying of heat
here in Colombia, too! Haha. Talk to you all next week.