Monday, June 25, 2018

Week 78!

Hey, Mom! Good stuff. . .firstly. . .TRANSFERS!  I got pulled out from Villavicencio and sent to Ibagué (E-bag-gay) which is super cool.  I was told that there are 3 "paradise" areas in the mission: Leticia, Villavicencio, and Ibagué.  And now I've hit all 3. :)  Super pumped to be here.  My comp's name is Elder Araujo, from Brazil.  He's real chill and even likes the same music as me (the metal kind).  It's a super cool zone, and my man Elder Hancock (my beloved son) is here too.  So it's gonna be great.

I was pretty sad to say by to Villao though.  I had a ton of fun there and a bit of success.  I had to leave the week that we had 4 possible baptisms planned...and I had to leave.  But its okay, I'm super excited to get workin' here and make Ibagué the best zone in the best zone in the world.  WOO!

Things have been pretty crazy because of the world cup.  And, if you didn't know, Colombia is in it.  So everyone is going nuts.  Yesterday they played and our whole apartment complex (except for us, haha) watched it together.  Everyone was going nuts.  Gotta love it. 

Also, super dang sad to say goodbye to President and Hermana Baquerizo.  Super great people heading home this week.  Gonna miss them like crazy, we got  some good pictures together to say bye. :)  

So yeah, I don't have a lot to talk about because I just got here.  But I look forward to diving into the work here and having more to talk about in the future. :) Love you guys talk to you next weekski.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Week 77!

Hey, Mom!  Not a lot going on here either.  It was a pretty boring week.  I'm pretty exhausted these days too.  Just trying to work hard and take advantage of the little time I've got.  
We have some really cool investigators right now.  About 2 or 3 weeks ago we found a family that also lived in the amazons.  Well, we're preparing a baptismal service for the mom and the son this weekend.  The daughter isn't quite ready to get baptized yet, but she's coming around, haha.  They've just been awesome ever since the first day we found them.  We've just been trying to fill their lives with the gospel, to try and help them progress, and it seemed to work.  We've been inviting Giovanny to lessons and stuff and have been doing family home evenings with them and some other member families and they are really excited to get baptized.  

Also, our recent convert Alexander that got baptized like 2  weeks ago is still loving being a member.  He even goes and gets the other members to go to institute with them.  He waits for people to be able to walk to church with them so he's been doing really well.  We just love seeing how excited he was to become a member of the church and he just digs in and participates in class and stuff.  Haha, I know it sounds so little, but I was just happy to see it.  

And that's really about it.  Missionary work is really just doing the same thing every week and praying for miracles and tender mercies.  Gotta love it.

Love you, Mom.  Thanks for being number 1.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Week 76!

This week was pretty cool.  We had a pretty successful time finding news.  We found 9 even new investigators.  It's been rad.  And...we don't even have to knock doors! Knocking doors is kind of what you do when you literally have nothing else to do, and you need new investigators, but we've just been planning better, and life's good.  We've been finding like crazy.  We even found this awesome family last week that's from the amazons, and they all came to church!  We are all trying to baptize like crazy so President Baquerizo can have a killer last month before he goes...and also because, that's what we do as missionaries, haha.  So we're hoping to get them baptized this month! They are really awesome and they love the Book of Mormon, so we are hoping that their faith will grow quick so they can get baptized! 

Also, we had to run to this place called "Puerto Lopez" this week to grab some marriage papers for a couple wanting to get married so they can get baptized.  It was pretty cool.  Its considered the center point of all of Colombia.  They call it the "Bellybutton" of Colombia because its the center.  There is a cool obelisk thing there that you can see that is the exact center point, but sadly it was closed.  The whole place was covered in water too.  There has been a ton of rain so they've just been living in a ton of water like it was normal.  People are just getting around it little boats, haha.  I have a video of it...but I kind of forgot my camera so I can't send it...sorry. 

So yeah, Mom, I'm kind of on the home stretch.  They still haven't told me when I get home yet, but that day isn't too far off.  They'll be calling me in the next few months to ask me when I want to get home and stuff like that. It's gonna be pretty crazy. We've been doing really well lately so I'm glad that I'm entering my last 6 months with something good.  It's been a long...but very short year and a half.

Love you like crazy, Mom! You guys are the best, thanks for everything.  Have a killer week.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Week 75!

Dang you guys had a killer week! JEALOUS! But not too jealous, I had a good week too.  Hamilton and Pie Hole is hard to beat though. :) 

Dang that's wack a kid is coming to my mission is September.  Who knows, maybe I'll train him :) Give him my email so I can help him out with prep stuff. :)

GOOD WEEK THOUGH!  We got a baptism. :) His name is Alexander.  I'm not going to lie, when I first met him, I thought, "he seems like a nice kid, but I don't think hell ever come to church." But hey, here we are a few weeks later, and he's baptized! He was really nervous, but after he got interviewed he was real pumped.  He was even talking to some members about how he wants to go on a mission.

Also, miracle of the week.  Yesterday, we needed to find 3 new investigators to be able to reach our new goal, and we had made plans to reach it, but suddenly the plans fell through.  We got a little nervous but we trusted that the Lord would bless us.  We went and visited a less active sister who loves sharing the gospel with everyone that comes by, and we just shared a little scripture, and one of her friends sat down where we were talking.  We said hi and the member sister goes, "yeah she goes to a church, but I told her that our church is better!" Haha, kind of an interesting way to share the gospel, but in the end, she invited us in to teach her and her 2 kids.  They are from Mitu Vaupez in the Amazons so we got to talk a little bit about the Amazons because I lived in the forest for a bit too, haha.  It was really cool.  They really loved hearing the message of the restoration.  They were happy to hear that God still loves us and still calls prophets in these days. They were also happy to hear about the Book of Mormon, because it was pretty much written by their ancestors.  I'm hoping we can keep teaching them and that they can come to church.

We also had our last interview with Presidente Baquerizo.  It was pretty rough.  He started off the interview explaining the importance of our work here in the mission.  He said "You can never appreciate how important you're work is here, you'll get home, and be able to say, I baptized X number of people, or I taughtt X number of people, but they might go on missions, or their kids might, and the amount of people who come to know the gospel grows every time, so you really cant ever know how much of a difference you really are making."  That really impacted me.  It's true though, we never really know how much we are helping here.  It was  a pretty intense interview.  I'm going to miss Presidente and Hermana Baquerizo a ton. They have been some really great examples to me for the last 17 months.

But yeah, that's pretty much my week. :) It's been a good one for sure. Love you guys, peace.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Week 74!

Hey, Mom I'm sorry, I don't really have time to write because I'm in the offices and just have a little bit of time.  But I wanted to let you guys know that I'm workin' hard, and doin' what I can.  We saw some good miracles this week. :) We've had some really cool lessons with an investigator named Alexander who should hopefully get baptized soon. :) I'm glad to hear that you guys are on vacation, I hope you have (or had) a killer anniversary. Love you tons.  You're the best parents anyone could ever have.  I'm glad you guys got married.  Thanks.  LOVE. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Week 73!


I totally feel you on the now much to write about mom...laundry, clean, work, repeat. Legit the same dang thang.

But I guess I can write about some interesting experiences about this week.  To start off, we were running short on new investigators this month to be able to reach our goal, so we set our goal a little higher this week to be able to make up for the last 2 weeks we were short on.  So we decided to set a goal of 8 to make up for it, and we freaking got 10!  Haha, it felt pretty good because we didn't have to freak out about getting news, we just made good plans and followed them.  The president has been on a pretty big kick about planning well and reaching goals lately so it's helped quite a bit.  We even found a family that just got back from living in the USA for a few years.  They  lived in Florida, New York, and New Jersey, but it was hard for them to get work and a visa so they came back.  But they want me to help them with English so that they can head back.  They also really understand the message we shared too.  I know our purpose is to teach the gospel, but I get nervous when people want me to teach them English because I'm not a dang teacher, haha. I just choke and go, "Well, what do you want me to teach?" So we'll see how that goes in the future.  So that was a pretty good experience.  

Today's Pday has been pretty uninteresting.  We wanted to go to a Rodizio that there is here, but they decided to not open today for some reason so that failed and other than that nothing at all has happened, hahaha.   I did buy a pineapple though, which is the best.  Cost me 2000 pesos which is like 70 cents and it's heccin delishus.  Nothin' beats the heat like chompin' down on a pineapple that's super sweet and costs less than a dolla.  #dreamlyfe

Oh yeah and I ran into this couple visiting from Provo.  Real nice people and it was cool to talk to them.  They wanna meet up after the mish and make Colombian food.  I left them with your name so if they add you on fayboo you know who it is.

And yeah that's my dang lyfe.  It's been real good.  This week I hit 17 months.  Enduring to the end.  WOO.  Much love.  You're the best.  Chaoitos.

P.S.  Sorry, not a lot of pics this week. Not much interestingness happened...although I did buy 3 dollar cologne and it smells pretty good.  I guess that's kind of interesting.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Week 72!

Hey, Mom! Sorry, this is going to be a short letter because we had to go hunting for an internet cafe to write in because they are all closed for Mother's Day, and the one we found has the worst keyboard ever, so it's a little hard to write.  Well, I kind of already told you guys about this week when I talked to you yesterday anyway.  Everything has been pretty good in my area, and I'm pretty happy to stay another transfer.
So, funny story, we were pretty sure that I was heading out, so I said by to everyone at church at took photos and everything, because I just thought I was now I have a bunch of goodbye pics with everyone and I didn't even leave.  Gotta love it.  I do love my area though, so I'm happy that I will be able to work here a little longer.

Today we went and made lunch with Elder Christensen and Elder Vargas.  It was pretty fun, we made "arroz chaufa" which is the Peruvian version of chinee rice [Tanner lingo for "Chinese"].  We also made stir fry from the little packets you guys sent. SUPER GOOD.  Haha, it was a ton of fun.  Then we went and hit the downtown and pretty much walked around and died of heat for an hour. WOO! So that's been my week, sorry its so literally hurts to type on this keyboard.  MUCH LOVE see you guys!

P.S.. good Skype chat yesterdee