Sunday, October 27, 2013


DID YOU KNOW THAT On the first Thursday of February every year, Bogotá has a "Day without Cars" where no private cars are allowed on the streets of the city between 6.30am and 7.30pm. Public transport and taxis are still available on that day.
This week we found a few families and got a few baptismal dates so I´m not going to complain about this week.  Also, this week has been an experience for all of us.  We did a lot of contacting this week and we tried to get the members more involved with the investigators that we have.  The biggest thing right now that we are working on is to have more lessons with members.  It's the biggest disappointment for us when we talk to members about investigators that have been attending Sundays and they don´t know who our investigators are.  So we´re going to work on getting them more engaged with them as they attend.   Its hard to find opportunities to perform service. But we keep on looking for ways to help everyone.

Message to my Papa:  Oh papa, what are we going to do with you.  I can't drive either and I know it's frustrating but you will get to drive before I will.  Be patient.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Tracking with my comp
 Today we had a super personal day (P-day) with over 100 missionaries.  I got to play football and volleyball.  We then had a devotional from President Andelin. That was pretty great.  The week has been difficult but we have had success with our ability to find people.  We have been knocking 20 or more doors every day and with that it helps us to find more people.  The people here are ready but it's a matter of introducing them to the gospel in a way that makes them want to learn about it.

The weather in this part of Colombia is the same year  round. They golf whenever they want.  But it is expensive.   I saw someone practicing in the park next to our apartment and I wanted to steal the wedge from her but that wouldn't be very missionary like so I didn't but I feel like whenever I see a club or a course I go through the withdrawals all over again.

There is a food called Mazamorra, don't know if I spelled it right but its made with corn, milk and you can add cheese and sugar.  Its super delicious.  But otherwise nothing new for the week.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

OVER 3,000 HITS!!!!

Yummy Dinner!

 Wow!  I’ve had over 3,000 hits on my blog!!!!  Thanks for reading about my journey and all of your support and prayers.  On Sundays we have meetings at 7 in the morning.  So every Sunday we take a taxi from the house to the church because otherwise we wouldn’t arrive there in time for the meetings.  It’s probably about 3-4 miles from the house so on days that we don’t take a taxi we have a bus that we can use or we walk.   Isabel (the lady that said “Yes, to the dress) is doing great, she enjoyed her first conference and we are going to have a visit with her tonight to talk about her time at conference.
There were a lot of good speakers this conference (conference is where our Prophet speaks to all the members of our church via internet, satellite, T.V….) but I particularly enjoyed the talk given by Elder Perry about the mission work, it was a scolding for both members and missionaries but it was also a great promise to all of us that if we are willing to put the Lord first we will be blessed to have many missionary experiences as well as many memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.  Remember that sharing the gospel isn’t like me or any other missionary for members, it’s finding the God-given openings to share a brief testimony or story about something in the church, it doesn’t have to be a full blown invitation to meet missionaries or be baptized but simply over time helping others to see the joy and blessings of the gospel in the lives of those who live it.  I was also deeply impressed with the talk given by Elders Oaks and Cook. They both spoke about very similar but diverse topics and it was a great strength for us missionaries as I’m sure it was an answered prayer for many others. 

Me and the Gringos

The Lord is blessing me to be better at sharing the gospel.  Because I truly believe that if a missionary can learn or develop the love for the people he serves and be an excellent contactor he/she will be a super successful missionary because as PMG (preach my gospel) says, if we don’t have anyone to teach, the work cannot and will not progress.  So we found about 6-8 people to visit this week, which is great.  Have a great week!!!!
My companions!

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Plantanos and Grenadines are two of the fruits that I love here!

Soccer is most definitely the most played sport here and I do not play it very often.  First because  I still hate running and second because the field that we play at with the other missionaries is super far away.   

As for this week we had our zone conference which was great.  We found a new family Edison and his kids are the nephew of one of our members and he is wanting to change his life. He saw the change in his uncle and so he wants the same.  Also really cool was that Sunday a member from another zone came to visit some friends and brought them to church and they were like we love this church, can you come visit us this week so we can learn more.  I was silent for a good 15-20 seconds because I had to wrap my head around what they said.  I almost didn't understand since Elder Coronel was talking with another investigator so it was me by my lonesome  but I heard right and we have a cita (visit) this week with them.  I'm hoping that we have greater success this week and that we can soften the hearts of the people here so that they can recognize us and this gospel as being sent from our  loving Heavenly Father.  

I finally got a whole lot of letters when we had our Zone conference,  So I got to feel all the love from the letters you all sent back in July and August.  All the letters that I received I opened only 1 every night so that they would last for more than minutes.  But still they are all opened now.

I love being a missionary.  I love what I teach! 

Some of our basic beliefs.