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LDS Missionary - Cali Colombia May 2013 - May 2015

Sunday, August 31, 2014

First Transfer In Colon Cali Down.

Hey all.

How's it going?? This week has been good. We've been working in 3 this whole week. Kinda interesting.... Transfers came in annnndd.... I'm not going anywhere. Surprise! haha. Me and Elder Morales are staying put. Elder Cervantes is leaving us.  He's going to Popayan, and we'll be back to normal Wednesday. So this week we had zone conferences. We were together with another zone here in Cali and we listened to President Pricoli and the APs.  We learned and practiced. It was good. I enjoyed the conference. Best part was they ordered Domino's pizza for lunch... Nice! We are doing good here in the area. Just working along. Feeling ready to get this transfer going. First transfer in Colon Cali down... A few more to come I'm sure! Today for pday we made the trip to Burger King to eat lunch, and I went out of the way to a store where they sell imported stuff. I found a can of Doctor Pepper and a can of planters peanuts roasted. Nice haha. After, we went to the chapel and played ping pong for a while, and that's all folks! Sorry I got cut short on time this week a bit. Transfers in a zone of 26 are never fun. Yikes! Better get going.... Love you all! I hope you have a good week. Keep up the good work reading the scriptures, going to church, helping others, and praying. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. Talk more next week!

Elder Dean.

 Little ping pong tournament for pday. (Winner: yours truly haha)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Small and Simple Things.

Hey everybody! What's happening? So here we are. Another week gone and another week starting up. This is the last week of this transfer.  We'll have transfers come in this Sunday! Not gonna lie, this transfer has gone by pretty dang quick... But I'm pretty sure neither I nor my companion are going anywhere. He's been here 2 transfers now, and I've only been here 1. But I'll let you guys know for sure. Anyway, this week was good. We're working along. Yesterday, Sunday night, we took an Elder to the offices. He's going home. It's so weird to send missionaries home. I hate it! Weird feeling seeing people end, but oh well. Today, for pday, we were getting ready to start our pday at 10, when we got a call from the APs telling us that we had to go to the offices to pick up an Elder, and that he was going to be in a trio with us this week for some situations. We went to the office and waited there a hour or two for him, and then picked him up. We didn't have time to do much with the pday, but it's all good. It happens sometimes. We had enough time to go to the grocery store and clean the house a bit. So we'll be in a trio this week until transfers come in. Anyway, this Sunday was cool. We had the opportunity to help a sister we are teaching to come to church. She has cancer, and her mom is in a wheel chair, but she really had a desire to make it to church this week because she's starting more chemo therapy this Tuesday, and wanted to go to church before starting. We woke up early and went to her house because she lives pretty far from the chapel. I carried her mom from her wheelchair to the taxi, and she made it to church and stayed all 3 hours. She was a happy camper. Small and simple thing. Scripture for the week: D&C 64 verse 33 "Wherefore be not weary in well doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of that which is small procedeeth that which is great" Que tengan una semana excelente. Los quiero muchísimo.

Elder Dean

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tres Cruzes.

What's cracka lackin'?
Haha! Hey everybody. What's cracka lackin'? (That's the phrase of the day I taught my companion in English haha).  This week was good, and busy, and also slow at the same time haha. Kinda weird but it's all good. This week we had leadership conference with all the zone leaders. It was good. We learned a lot, and I had to say goodbye to Elder Wilcox. He's headed home. All the homies are dying off haha. Gotta make some new ones. This Saturday we had a baptismal service. Natalia and Paula were baptized. It was a nice baptismal service. President and Sister Pricoli made a surprise drop in and attended the service, which was cool. I confirmed Paula on Sunday. Today for pday we did a pretty long hike. We went to Tres Cruzes, three crosses that are up on the mountain overlooking Cali. On the way up we took a wrong path and ended up rock climbing up. Haha It was sketchy. But it was all worth it up on the top. I'm super tired from the hike ha. I'll make sure and send some pictures. Anyway, that's about all that went down this week. I finished the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. Super cool. Just more evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet. When it comes down to it, I think every one of us has to ask the question if he was a prophet or no. I know that if we do our part and ask with faith, we can always feel that he was. When doubts and questions come after we have gained a testimony, you can say to those doubting thoughts, like I heard once, "Sorry doubting and strange thoughts, I am going to stick with my hope and faith and you can just hit the road." Haha Something like that. I have a weird way of thinking sometimes. Anyway, I hope you all have a happy week by doing the things that make one happy. Real happiness. Love you all. Have a good week. Thanks for your prayers and thoughts.

Elder Dean


Happy baptismal service

Tres Cruzes

Tres Cruzes

On the way up

Nice View

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cali Zoo.

Hey everybody!

Hey all. What's happening? Well another week has come and gone, and ready to start another one. Bang! I'm doing good here in Cali - trucking along just fine. This past week was good. This week we had a cool appointment with Natalia and Paula and their dad. Natalia and Paula have been going to church for about 4 years now with their aunt and uncle. They aren't members because their dad has never let them get baptized. Wednesday Elder Morales and I went to the appointment and taught the dad and them. In the leccion we explained, taught, and asked for permission for them to get baptized. Hey just looked at us and said "Yep. I don't see any problems with it now. When's it going to be?" WHEW. Haha. Super cool. The baptismal service is planned for this Saturday. Vamos bien. Other than that, it's been a pretty normal week. Today for p-day we went to the Cali zoo with some of the missionaries from the zone. It was super cool. There were tons of animals. Unfortunately my camera battery went out about halfway through the zoo, but I still got quite a few pics. I'll send 1 or 2. The zoo is a little bigger than the Salt Lake zoo and has more exotic animals. Tons of different birds, tons of different monkeys, tigers, bears, lions OH MY. Haha. I gotta cut it short this week, but I just wanna share my testimony about the patience the Lord has for us. I love the Lord, and I know that he definitely loves me more than I love myself. He has everlasting attributes; one of them divine patience. He has more patience with us than we have for ourselves. He loves us. We are preparing to live with him. To be like him. Sometimes we get focused on little things. Sometimes we forget the big picture. Anyway. Love you all. Have patience. Especially with yourselves. "Continue forward with patience until you are perfected. " Have a good week!

Elder Dean
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