Called To Serve

Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission. August 2014 ~ August 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016





We have received travel plans from Salt Lake / Ecuador

Elder Roberts returns
July 12th!

He will be reporting on his mission 

Sun July 17th
Alicia Park Ward
1:00 pm

Sun July 31
Altisima Ward
11:00 am

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May 2016

5/2

We're still doing great here in Triunfo. We had a very good week this last week, except for the day that one of our lideres came to do an intercambio with us. That always happens, when the lideres come everything ends up not too good, but that's okay.

I got to know a bit more the mission this week. I had to drop off the lider is his sector (Babahoyo) that is half way across the mission, and we had to pass through two places where I had never been before. Babahoyo and Milagro are big zones in the mission, but I had never been there.

Other than that we had the District Presidency come to our meetings this Sunday. We had good attendance, but not quite as full as last week. 

My companion got his flight itinerary today from the mission so that was an interesting experience for him. Well, I don't have much time today, I'm here in the cyber in Guayaquil, we have a reunion with President tomorrow, so we came down early, and now we have to go. Have a great week!



This is the service project we did a couple of weeks ago.



 Here are the members from Troncal.



 Here are the missionaries together. Good times.



 This is an interesting animal. Every time I go to Bucay I find something like this that makes me think, this is what I thought the entire mission was going to be like.



 A lot of people have these over their doors here, but they're always Catholics. This is a family from the branch... BOOK OF MORMON! Just don"t pay too much attention to the pictures they have on it: a Bible and then the "Paloma Catolica"


 Elder Coleman is in love... with bananas!





5/9

Well, I guess I will start with the information of the week, I have changes. I will be in Vinces with Elder Clarke, that's interesting news. Elder Coleman also had changes, to Naranjito (close- in the same zone). Umm, so thanks to the changes there's not really much else to say. Also thanks to traveling I don't have much time today. 


5/16


Elder Coleman making treats for 
FELIZ DIA DE LA MAMITA!



La Hermana Pincay!



 Hermana Nieves and many many little children, the majority are her grandchildren.



 Familia Ordoñez. 
Carlitos left for his mission in Peru last week, and Olga leaves at the end of this month for Mexico!



This is Domingo, we went to say goodbye to him before we left Triunfo. He was one of the coolest investigadores... a future Branch President!



BUCAY!



I found the culprit! It's the rice that is making me fat!




5/23

 We had a pretty good week this week, even though we weren't working in our sector too much. We had a meeting with President Riggins in Guayquil Wednesday, and we are far enough away that we left pretty early in the day to get there at a reasonable hour, then we got back pretty late on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday were normal, then Saturday we had District Conference. President Riggins came from Guayaquil, so we had to be there early to help him with some things, then we had meetings.

On Sunday we were in the church pretty much all day. We had sessions for the District Conference in the morning, and then we watched a transmission from the area. It had been scheduled for the week the huge earthquake happened, so for most places here in Ecuador it got canceled, and this was the retransmission. I had already seen it because in Triunfo we had meetings normal. After that we had consejo de rama (branch counsel), so I was in the church for about 11 hours on Sunday. 

This week we went through and cleaned out the list of people we are teaching, and we realized we don't have many, so we will be focused a TON on finding new people to teach. 

The earthquake on Wednesday, we definitely felt it. We were in Guayaquil in the meeting with President. He had been talking about the big earthquake from last month, and about putting together 72 hour kits, and then I felt something funny. I started looking around at the people, like do you feel that, but no one said anything, then it got a bit stronger. It was ironic that we had been talking about earthquakes and then another came. But there wasn't any damage in my sector. 



Say hi to Brita. She is the daughter of my new Branch President. 




This is my Book of Mormon in Quichua. The language of the natives.





5/30

 Vinces is also known as Paris Chiquito, small Paris. Apparently the French had something to do with the establishment of this city almost 200 years ago, and there's a small Eiffel Tower here. 

We have some very good missionaries here in Vinces. About half of us go home really soon actually. For the quality of missionaries we aren't seeing much success, and we're not sure why, but we're trying a ton of different things to make a difference. We have some really cool recent converts, but we don't have investigators who are progressing right now, so we're in find, find, find mode. 

Elder Clarke was in my zone in Triunfo and had cambios just a couple of months before I did. Right now we live with Elder Montenegro, who was with me in Guayaquil, and Elder Nelson, who was with me in Triunfo. Four other missionaries live around the corner from our house and also work in Vinces as there are two branches here.Then there are four more missionaries about two hours away in a branch called Balzar. 

We have a meeting in Guayaquil this week, and then next week we will have the meeting with Elder Rasband.




 We went fishing last week for Pday.

Kissing my fish



 We ate iguana that a member caught. 


Monday, May 16, 2016

April 2016

4/4

My companion and I are doing super well right now. We have a good amount of investigators that are progressing and we had lots of people attend the General Conference this week. We found a Spaniard who called to us from his balcony and asked if we wanted to visit him. Of course we said yes. He came to 2 sessions of conference and is loving everything about the church and the Book of Mormon and all that good stuff. He is super cool. We have a couple of other good families we're working with too, so we'll see how that goes. 


4/11

This week we had a meeting with President Riggins on Monday and Tuesday so we were in Guayaquil again. We went to the temple on Tuesday and we had our meeting in the house of President, which was cool. We had a taco bar that was super delicious! 

We were only in our sector from Wednesday to Sunday, but we had another really good week. We have been working super hard in finding new investigators, and now we have a ton of people to teach, so we were running back and forth from appointment to appointment. We didn't find very many new people this week, but we do have plans to find more investigators. 

The other elders in Triunfo had a baptism of someone who got baptized15 years ago, but her records got lost. That happens quite a bit here in Ecuador, and especially in the pueblitos. 


4/17 Earthquake Update

I'm not sure if you've heard about the earthquake here in Ecuador, but I wanted to let you know everything is fine here in Triunfo. We felt it, but all is good. A family we're teaching actually recently moved here from one of the places that got hit hardest - Manabi. They have family affected by the earthquake, so that's very sad. But don't worry about me, we're fine!


4/18

This week was pretty interesting. Our zone had interviews with President on Tuesday. All the missionaries came in the morning for lunch, and instead of sending them back home between the meeting and interviews, we found them lunch with the members here in El Triunfo. We had to call just about everybody to find lunch for 8 missionaries! 

From there we had intercambios on Friday. I went with Elder Llanque to the other side of Triunfo. We had a pretty good day, we found a couple of new people to teach, which is what they needed most. They had people they were teaching who weren't progressing, so we found them some new people to visit. 

On Saturday we did a service project in La Troncal. I didn't have my camera, but I'm working on getting some pictures. We cleaned up a park that was in pretty bad shape. That was a pretty good service project and we are hoping it will raise the interest of the people to see what these crazy gringos are doing in their country. It's interesting that right now in the mission there are a ton of latinos coming and not many gringos, but in our zone we have a majority gringos. 

The service project was in the morning and in the afternoon we had a reunion in the church. While we were there that's when the earthquake came. Some of the members started to freak out, but I actually crossed the room to look at the baptismal font that was ready for a baptism that night. The earthquake made pretty awesome waves in the font. It was a good sized earthquake and we definitely felt it, but I haven't seen any damage here in El Triunfo. 

The rest of the mission also felt it, and some felt it a lot more than us, but as far as I know we didn't receive much damage in the mission. I do know an old bridge fell down in Guayquil.

On Sunday church reuniones were cancelled in a lot of places in Ecuador, including the majority of the mission, but here in El Triunfo we were far enough away that we still had church. We actually had a District Conference and watched a transmission from the area, so that was interesting. That night we had an activity in the church. That was fun. We're trying to do more activities than we've done in the past. We had a couple of new investigators in church on Sunday and also a couple in the activity that night, so that was good. Have a great week! 


4/25

We had a pretty good week this week. President Riggins decided to give a small little visit. He came to do some interviews and see how the branch was doing. We had been visiting pretty much all week, running around from one house to another, and on Sunday we saw awesome results. I saw my attendance most big (that was a super Spanish wording) of all my mission at 175!  That was cool, especially because this is just a rama and my first three sectors were wards. The attendance here in Triunfo is normally around 140 so we were feeling pretty crammed in the church, and they had to bless the sacrament twice because they ran out of water! 

We have a couple of really awesome families that are progressing. La Familia DiLorenzo was one of the first families here in Triunfo. They even have a street named after them. Everyone knows them here, so when they came to church for the first time a couple of weeks ago all the members were like, WHAT! Who brought them? 

We also have a familiy where the dad got baptized in Babahoyo about 27 years ago and then he lost the church. He didn't even know there was one here in Triunfo. When he moved here from Babahoyo the church was in construccion, so when he searched for one he didn't find it. 

This week out of nowhere there was also a ton of rain. We went to La Troncal to visit on Wednesday, and we met a TON of new people there. Oh, and this week there was an announcement that in June we're going to have an apostle visit us, so that's awesome! It will be right before my companion goes home. Cambios passed by this last week without a call from the asistantes, so it is possible that I finish my mission here in El Triunfo! We're not sure yet, but it is possible.



This is Josue. He was serving in his mission in Peru, but had to come back for some knee problems he was having, but he's already got a goal to get back to the mission in about a month. He's a super good kid.



 This is Elder Rydalch. He is going home in about 2 weeks and he will be playing Basketball at U of U so keep your eyes open for him.



This is cake, it was good.



 Elder Veli and Elder Wright. 
The cake was for Veli's birthday and Elder Wright is a new gringito. He speaks Spanish WAY better than I did when I first got to Ecuador.



He's actually been gone for a couple of weeks now, but heres a photo. 
BYE ELDER ACCORDINO


March 2016

3/7

My companion and I are sad this week. I left my camera in the house one day and exactly that day there was a ton of cool stuff to take pictures of. My companion had his camera, so he took all the pictures and we were good, until we got back to the house and we realized he lost his camera... with all the photos from his entire mission. We're pretty sure he left it in the taxi we took that night, and it wasn't an official taxi. We talked to the driver a little bit, but he didn't want us to visit him, so we didn't get any of his informacion... sad story.

Other than that we had an okay week. We went to Guayaquil on Tuesday to have a meeting with President Riggins and I saw my MTC buddy Elder Norris. He recently had changes, and is now an office Elder, so he spends the morning and a good part of the afternoon in an office dealing with all of the administrative parts of the mission. He got sick with parasites for the 3rd time in a couple of months so they sent him there to have him close to the best hospital in the mission and to be able to give him better food. Now whatever package or letter you send me will go through Elder Norris before getting to me.

As far as the work we lost a lot of families this week. They were families that we weren't sure were going to progress, but after this week we realized they weren't progressing. But we also found new families, which is good. Triunfo is definitely the easiest place to find people that I've been in. We always have people to teach.

As far as service projects we're just doing small little things right now, nothing major or super cool. And for P-Day activities, we're in Triunfo and there's not much to do here. We come to write, buy food, and then we don't know what to do with the rest of the day, so we usually just sleep... and that's P-Day. 

Also, with your weather report from California, I have an update on El Triunfo... FLOODED! On Saturday we saw the blackest skies ever and that night it rained super hard ALL NIGHT, and it almost got cold... almost. There was a crazy lightning storm, very intense. We woke up in the morning and it wasn't too badly flooded, just some really big puddles, but by the time we left church on Sunday the streets had flooded completely. We had to cross rivers to go anywhere. Only the main street of Triunfo didn't flood. Everyone says the last time Triunfo flooded was like 15 years ago, so it was pretty interesting. Not many people came to church on Sunday and there were a lot of people who had water enter their houses. 


Elder Coleman & Elder Roberts



Here is our pueblito church. It's actually a lot bigger than it looks, we have a hidden chapel. It has to be one of the nicest capillas I've had. It's always super clean and it's really new as well, so that's cool.




3/14

We're in a small pueblito, maybe 40,000 people in total that live here, and missionaries have been here for 20 years with 4 missionaries currently in this town. So the majority of people have at least seen missionaries around before, a pretty large number have talked with missionaries in the street, and a decent number have conversed with missionaries in their house at some time, but there's always new people to meet and teach. Just this week we were looking for a reference in a fairly unsearched area and we found a family of 11 who had never seen missionaries before. That was interesting. 

This week I had an intercambio with Elder Llanque. I went to his sector so I was pretty much just following him around the entire time. We had an okay day. We found some new investigators, which was our goal for the day, so that was good. 

As for my sector, we're doing good. Working hard, working hard. We had a really big number of people at church this week, which was cool. the number went from 92 last week to 160 this week. I think the flood last week had a good amount to do with that though. I don't know what we'll do when the ward grows more because with 160 we had a FULL sacrament meeting, but we have a goal to get the attendance higher in El Triunfo this year. I don't know where we'll put the other people, but we'll find the space!


3/24

Well, before I knew it my hour was up. I'm not really sure where my time went. Whoops... I'LL WRITE DOUBLE NEXT WEEK!


3/28

Well, no double letter this week after all. I spent my time researching all the college information and options you sent.  WATCH GENERAL CONFERENCE!


This guy might look cuddly, but he bites really hard!



Lunch is served. ;)



 So many little animals running around...



 BUCAY IS TOO GREEN! 
Elder Coleman freaked out, and got super homesick for the mountains the first time he saw it. 




The temple... 'nuff said.

February 2016

2/1

This is Bucay.
I will never get used to how green it is. Also I was almost cold when we went there this week. I'm sure it's only because I haven't actually felt cold in a year and a half, but still... 




 It's been kind of crazy in our sector because a missionary that was supposed to come here from the MTC went home instead, so that left someone without a companion. Elder Suarez hopped between sectors for awhile, but he spent most of last month in our house. He's off to serve as Assistant to President now, and we're back to normal here in Triunfo.

 Triunfo is a small city with one branch that is split down the middle for the missionaries. We're only an hour away from Guayaquil, a lot closer than when I was in Quevedo, which was 3 hours away. 

As far as mosquitos I'm doing okay. They really eat my companion alive, but I pretty much never get bothered by them. We have seen some pretty scary big bugs lately though. But it's all good, we have repellent and all that good stuff.

So this week on Wednesday we went to Guayaquil and we will be there tonight and tomorrow as well... It's almost like I never left. We had a reunion with half of the mission. I saw Elder Silupu and Elder Lafuente and Elder Lund. I saw my uncle Elder Whalen (was trained but the same elder that trained Elder Ulloque) and my brother Elder Nock. It was pretty fun to see all my old mission buddies! We talked about how we're going to change with what we learned two weeks ago from the worldwide mission conference.

On Saturday we went to Bucay to meet references from a family that lives there. It was a super cool reference, a young couple with a son who are searching for a good church to raise him in. Little do they know that thanks to their uncle they are going to find the one true church in the world! 

We almost  got locked out of our house today, we left the house without thinking about our keys, got to the cyber and started writing, then all of a sudden I ask my companion if he has the keys... ummm no! So we call Elder Accordino and Llanque and they were just about to get on the bus to go to Guayaquil when we called, so we got saved there.That would have been really bad! So yeah... I think that's all.


We made cinnamon doughnuts, and they were super delicious!



Elder Carlisle... model status. When we are just walking around town the teenage girls go crazy for the two gringos guapos. Last week when we were on the bus to go to Bucay a group of high school girls got on the bus. They asked us if they could take a picture with them, and we said no. But they were just like U.S. teenage girls, taking a ton of selfies and all those shenanigins, and we just "happen" to be in the background. I did get in a pretty solid Book of Mormon photo bomb!





2/8

I had already heard about the Super Bowl. We had a reunion with President Riggins this morning and he gave us the results. His Son-in-Law called to gloat because he is from Denver. 

The reunion was for changes. We thought Elder Carlisle would have changes because he already had 6 months in Triunfo. My new companion is Elder Coleman from Utah. He has 6 weeks more in the mission than I do, and we're going to tear it up here in Triunfo, if I don't get lost. 

 My last week with Elder Carlisle was pretty good. On Monday we went to Guayaquil at night and on Tuesday we started in the temple bright and early. We talked a lot about planning, something I didn't do very well at home, and we talked again about what we learned in the worldwide conference for missionaries.

We came back Tuesday night and we found a super awesome family to teach this week, the Figueroa Family. They are a family of 6 and are totally prepared to change their lives! 

On Saturday we went to Guayaquil again and went to the temple with the branch. We had a couple of recent converts there, and it was a pretty cool experience. In the bus coming back to Triunfo we talked to a super cool guy from Venezuela. His name is Gustavo and we talked pretty much all the way to Triunfo. He was awesome and we're going to send the missionaries there to visit him.

At church there weren't very many people this week because Carnival started. A lot of people went to Guayaquil or the beach or the sierra and the people who didn't leave were busy having a huge water/paint/mud/everything else that gets you dirty war. We tried to avoid it by visiting members, but we got hit anyway, so that was pretty "fun". They tell me the stains come out of the shirt super easy, we'll see if that's true.
Well, that's the story and I'm stickin' to it.

Here are the carnival assassins, Matias and Jack.



 They told us on Friday who had changes, so the Branch President invited us to pizza and fro-yo to say goodbye to Elder Carlisle.



 A birthday/carnival/farewell cake of my companion.



 This is my new companion, Elder Coleman, or how all the latinos are going to say it here, coal-eh-mawn. He's tall. 




2/15

El Triunfo is a nice little pueblito, and it's super cool here. Well, it's still hot, just not as bad, but it's a great place. We got a little lost this week, but not too bad. We had super good days Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, some pretty rough days Thursday and Friday, but overall we worked well. 

We found a TON of new investigators this week. We already had quite a few, but we found 4 or 5 new families, so that was pretty awesome. We're working with a couple of super awesome families who want to get baptized, but they aren't ready to get married yet.That's common here, but we're trying to help them get ready to get married and baptized. 

Elder Silupú is here in the zone, which is nice. Actually we have a ton of new missionaries in the zone, and as a zone we had such a better week than the week before, it was a breath of fresh air.  I LOVE EL TRIUNFO. 


2/22

The rain isn't really coming like it did last year. We're almost in Marzo, and it's really only rained a dozen times or so, that's weird! 

We had a really hard working week this week. We found a ton of new investigators again. It's easy to be excited when we find so many new investigators like we have the past 2 weeks. People here in Triunfo are so awesome, now it's just our job to help them get ready for baptism! 

We found a new investigator yesterday named Raul, he was so prepared it's ridiculous. We have to help him overcome some problems, but he is so ready to change his life. Also I heard one of the investigators I was working with in Guayaquil got baptized. His name is Jose. He is a really old guy and is really funny. Apparently the week after his baptism was fast and testimony meeting, and he got up and shared his testimony, and out of nowhere started singing  a song. He's really interesting, but really awesome. 

We had to go to Guayaquil this week... AGAIN! I've been there a ton since I left. We had a doctor (psychiatrist) visit us from the area because we're crazy, or going crazy. He talked about stress and how we can deal with it. It was super fun because he and his wife are from Australia, and even in Spanish some of their accent carried over. This week that is coming we DON'T have to go to Guayaquil. We'll be here in Triunfo. YES! 

Well, I think that's it... I'm going to get my hair cut today.... wish me luck. 


Elder LLanque... working hard or hardly working? Answer: Working hard. The poor guy collapsed on his bed like this Sunday night after a long hard week.



2/29

I don't remember if I told you or not, but Elder Silupu has followed me here to the zone. We had an intercambio this week, so the father and son were united again. 

We had a pretty good week this week. We have a ton of investigators to visit and have been running all over the place doing that.

We had a pretty interesting experience yesterday. We were on our way to visit a family and we passed by the house of another family we just started teaching. We decided to stick our heads in and say hi. When we did we found the husband laying on the coach pretty hung over and with a pack of cigarettes in his hands. We starting talking to him, and then he told us he thought God had sent us to him to help him drop that stuff and save his marriage, so that was pretty cool! We took out his cigarettes and alcohol, the alcohol he was drinking was ridiculously strong. When we poured it in the street you could smell it a block away, that was pretty insane. They're a super good family and we really want to help them.

We're teaching another family that is really Catholic. They even have a daughter getting ready to be a Franciscan Nun or something like that, but they're willing to listen and read the Book of Mormon, so we'll see how that goes. He sells rice, an important thing here in Ecuador, so they're pretty rich by standards here. They gave us a super delicious dinner and their house makes me remember a nice apartment from the United States.


I just about walked out of these shoes the other day. We were walking and all of a sudden I heard a sound and I looked down and saw a flopping shoe... dang it!



After a year and a half of wear and tear what finally put an end to my Eccos is mold.  This pair might not look that bad, but trust me, they are done for. On the inside... well, it's not pretty.
#ecuador #humid

These shoes got me through the first year and a half of my mission and they have seen SO many miles! THANK YOU SO MUCH SISTER FARRELL! You are the best!




I'm sure that seeing 2 pairs of shoes shredded in one week you're worried I don't have  shoes, but it's OK, I still have 2 pair. Remember those war boots we bought? Yeah, those things are perfect for all the rain and mud I have going on in my sector right now. 
If my last shoes break down just a little bit of time before I go home I can always buy a pair here, they might not be the best quality, but they should last me at least a month or two! 

My clothes are fine. I had saved a couple of new shirts for the last part of my mission, so I've thrown out the worst looking ones and starting using the newish ones. The other day I was looking in my bag for a book I knew I had tucked away somewhere and I found socks I hadn't used before, so I even got to put on new socks last week.

Monday, April 25, 2016

January 2016


1/4
 I'm still getting used to my new sector, but my companion and I get along really well, and I'm excited to work here. It's my first sector that isn't really in a city. Now I'm walking in dirt and mud... something new for me in the mission. The sector is super big, but only a few places where people live, and less places where there are members. We focus the majority of our time in the city of Triunfo, but we also visit Bucay and Cumanda, both about 40 minutes away.  My new zone is only 12 missionaries, 4 in each branch in the district.  Our Branch has an attendance of 150 (more than any of the wards I've been in) but this week very few members because of the holiday. I think all of Ecuador goes to the beach during this time. I played the role of the new gringo who had just arrived from the US with some members this week and it was pretty funny to see their reactions when we got to church on Sunday and they realized I wasn't a new missionary.


This where I am now. It's what I thought the whole mission was going to look like... Good stuff.



This is what New Years looks like here. pretty interesting.

 


 BURN BABY BURN! 
Fireworks and music woke us up about 1130 pm and things didn't finally calm down until almost 2:00 am




 1/11

The only person in the mission with a car is President Riggins. Cars really aren’t necessary here. There are buses that only cost $1.50 to go to Guayaquil (90 minutes) and a taxi to wherever you want to go in the city is $1.00. We don’t go to the other cities in our sector too often since it’s not very efficient, but when we do go, we go in bus. We just wait on the main street and the bus passes by quick. My companion Elder Carlisle got here in Ecuador at about the same time as I did. We’re getting along well.
This week I ate something called Cuyi, you can look that up to see what I ate. It was kind of weird because I knew what I was eating, but it really tasted pretty good, maybe like a small chicken.
There are a ton of people here that are willing to listen, so we’re always busy. There are some challenges that didn’t exist in Guayaquil, but it’s a really good sector. This week we went to Guayaquil for a meeting with President Riggins so we lost 2 days of work, but we still had a good week.

 My Christmas package got here. Thanks Santa Claus! He got a little lost, but he finally made it to El Triunfo! Good stuff



I also got a late Christmas Present from Duran... Thanks Hna Piedad!



1/18
This week I didn’t work in my sector much at all, which was weird. I only worked with my companion Elder Carlisle on Monday. On Tuesday the assistants to the President came and we did divisions, on Wednesday the same, on Thursday my companion went to Guayaquil with another missionary and I stayed and worked with Elder Accordino and Elder Llanque, on Friday we had an intercambio with Naranjito, on Saturday more than anything we were in meetings, and on Sunday we did divisiones with the ward leaders. It was a strange week.
Even with all that we found a ton of new investigators and it was a really good week. We didn’t have many at church, but next week we should have more. We got blessed with a free baptism. It is a 10 year old who comes to church every week, but who never got baptized, so he talked with President Henry and said he really wants to get baptized... good stuff!
I think I just about burst on food this week. On Saturday people fed us 4 times, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner, and 3 of those meals were rice and chicken, once for breakfast (first time I’ve eaten rice and chicken for breakfast). Then on Sunday we ate 3 dinners because everywhere we went people wanted to give us food. 

 This is real lasagna... It was the first time I had eaten it in a long time... It was super good!



Dinner 



1/25
We had a mission conference on Wed. There was nothing ground-breaking, but it was still a good conference. We were reminded of things Preach My Gospel teaches, and as I applied those things during the week I had some cool experiences.
I had intercambios once this week, and on the intercambio I did 3 baptism interviews. The people live super far away from the chapel, so I just did the interviews in their house, which was weird because it was the first time that I had done baptism interviews outside of the church. It was a family where the mom has been a member since she was 8 (her parents were some of the first Ecuadorian members) but her husband and kids aren’t members. They were really well prepared for baptism! The whole family has been coming to the church for a while, but they were just recently able to get married. That’s something that is seen a lot here in the zone. We’re working to marry a couple of families so that they can get baptized.
We have an investigator who says she is 80% sure she wants to get baptized and we have really only taught her about repentance, baptism, and a little of the restoration. Now we just need to help her get a testimony, but with her desire to get baptized that shouldn’t be hard.
We also went to Bucay this week. We visited an old investigator who was going to get baptized a couple months ago, but something happened and he got discouraged. We talked to him and invited him to church, and he said he couldn’t come this week but he would be there next week, so we’ll see if he gets excited again.
When I was on the intercambio in Troncal we went to the gym in the morning during our exercise time and that killed me, hasta el día de hoy (until this day) I’m still sore... and the intercambio was on Thursday.  Also the rain is finally started, it’s cooler here in Triunfo, and when it rains its almost cold... almost.
We’ve been in a trio with Elder Suarez for the past couple weeks, but this week he is leaving. Elder Suarez is a really good missionary and he´ll be missed.
This week we made cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and cinnamon dougnuts in the house and it was all pretty good. But this branch definitely keeps us well fed, so we don’t have to cook much. It’s a good little branch! It’s actually bigger than the 3 wards I’ve been in, but the district isn’t big enough to be a stake, so we cant have wards. That would be the long term goal of the district, but we need to open up 2 more branches and we have to baptize and rescue a ton of sacerdocio (priesthood).


 Noche de hogar with the family Nieves! 
There's lots of kids, and those kids also have kids, so they're a huge family. 



 This is Bucay. It's part of my sector that doesn't look like any other area of the mission. It's getting toward the mountains, so it's really different. Sadly it's about 45 minutes from where we live and go to church.