"Dear Elder Crandall: you are hereby called to serve as a missionary
for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
You are assigned to labor in the Colombia Barranquilla Mission.
It is anticipated that you will serve a period of 24 months...
You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish Language."

FAVORITE SCRIPTURE

FAVORITE SCRIPTURE:
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God,
that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb,
and upon the covenant people of the Lord,
who were scattered upon all the face of the earth;
and they were armed with righteousness
and with the power of God in great glory."
(1 Nephi 14:14)

Friday, February 21, 2014

THE STILL SMALL VOICE

FEBRUARY 21, 2014

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA CCM
Companion:  Elder Nogales

Hey Everyone!

Hope everything is going great!  It's rained here everyday for the last week and I have loved it!  The other American in my room says that I sleep talk sometimes in Spanish which is pretty funny, but a good thing right?!   I'm just beginning to settle into the mission life and I leave next Tuesday and I'm not sure when I'll be able to write next but when I do, I will be in my first official area of my mission!  I can't wait to see the temple (Gilbert, Arizona Temple) when I get back!  And Happy Birthday Dad! 



Elder Crandall & Elder Nogalas
So my companion, Elder Nogalas, is from Santiago Chile.  How cool!  Also he says that he knows Isaac Strong and has gone out teaching with him before which is even cooler! He is a great kid and he will be a great missionary.  He is a great and funny kid and has helped me with my Spanish a lot. I feel like I work a lot better in unity with him in our fake mock lessons too which is cool. I'll add some pictures with him! He is the one wearing the Barcelona jersey, or the blue and red striped one!

Elder Nogalas & Elder Crandall

The fieldtrip thing we went on last week was way cool! So there are these mountains that shoot straight up on the side of Bogota and we got to take a gondola like thing up to the top!




There was an amazing view from up there!




Also on a mountain top right next to us there was a big Jesus the Christ statue which was way neat to see. Anyway, it was nice to be able to go there and experience it!  Bogota is huge!  The city went on for as far as I could see in pretty much all directions.




[Note from Kurt's mom:  I received a nice email from a man from Utah, Paul Savage, who had randomly run into Kurt and the other missionaries on their Pday.  He was nice enough to take a picture and then take the time to send this email to all the missionaries moms!  It was such a treat to get a picture mid week with Kurt!]  

Well I feel like I'm just getting settled in to the mission life.  The Lord is helping and I realize that everything happening will just take time and is a process kind of like life. We get to improve and try to achieve attributes and other Christ-like things.


Okay for the spiritual thought I wanted to talk about a little excerpt I heard in a devotional this last week. I'm taking it a little out of context but I think it is kind of universally applicable. It is by President Eyring and he said "pay close attention and you too can know" A good scripture that goes along with this is in 1 Kings 19:11-12 and it talks about how the spirit talks in a still small voice. I feel like we sometimes forget this and want answers now and don't listen for the answers to come. I can testify that the spirit does indeed speak to us and we all but need to listen for it and we will recieve answers, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Well everyone I'm thinking about you and love you all!

Love, Elder Crandall

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

THE SMALL AND SIMPLE THINGS

FEBRUARY 11, 2014

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA CCM

Hey everyone!


Things here in Colombia are going great!  Another group of Latinos have come and gone, but new ones come tomorrow and I also get a Latino companion tomorrow!  I'm so excited!  Also, we get only one new American guy tomorrow.  I'm so glad that there were eight of us that came at the same time when I came. Oh and also we are going out on a fieldtrip today to somewhere but we don't really know where yet. haha. They have us email before so I won't be able to email pics of where we go until next Friday (another 10 days until my next Pday) but that's okay!
Bogota CCM Hallway 
Another thing i just found out is that they just opened Colombia up to North American elders in May of 2012. Kind of crazy and cool!  There still are no American girls here. Also there are 5 missions in Colombia.
Bogota CCM Bedroom



I don't know if I've mentioned this, but I now play the piano for our sacrament meetings and priesthood and stuff. The Lord truly is blessing me to help bless the rest of the people here because I am able to read notes and play better than I really ever have in my life.

I don't know if I've said anything about my CCM president, but he is a great man.  Every time I am around him I have a sense of security and peace.  He is very intelligent and it is great being in meetings with him on Sundays.


Well, my spiritual thought has to do with two scripture stories. The first story is in 2nd Kings chapter 5.   It is the story of Naaman and his leprosy. For those of you who are not familiar with this story, A great man named Naaman contracts leprosy and decides to go see the prophet to have him heal him. He gets his many chariots and things and travels a far distance to see the prophet.  When he gets to the prophet's house the prophet sends a messenger out and tells Naaman to go wash in the river Jordan 7 times and then he will be healed. Naaman, disappointed and mad because the prophet didn't even come out to see him, hardens his heart and doesn't want to do it. His servant then comes to him and says "if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it?  Naaman then decides to wash 7 times and he is healed. 

The other story is during the time of Moses and it is when the people get bitten by poisonous snakes and then they are told to look at the staff if they want to be healed. Yet some do not look because "of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, [so] there were many who perished" (1 Nephi 17 42). I think this can be a great lesson to us all. The truth is so easy yet we sometimes do not follow because it seems too easy to be true. Let us not get so caught up in the complexities of our lives that we neglect the simple truths that the Lord gives us, in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Well, thinking of you guys and miss you!

Love, Elder Crandall


Friday, February 7, 2014

COINS AROUND THE WORLD

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

Bogota, Colombia CCM

Hey everybody!

This week has been filled with so many awesome experiences. First of all, it is raining here in Bogota for pretty much for the first time that I've been here and its great!  Other missionaries here in the CCM from Barranquilla have said that it rains a lot in Barranquilla so I think I will like it there! They also said that it gets really hot! Well on Tuesday we got 2 new English speakers and since there was only 2 of them they got to come into our class. One is from Australia and the other is from San Diego! Both of them are way cool guys. Along with the 2 new English speaking elders we got a bunch of new Latinos that are also way cool! Some we have all grown close to and have become good friends. I am here a total of 6 weeks so I leave 2 weeks from Tuesday.  It's fun making so many friends here in the CCM.  The other night we were all trading coins and stuff as souvenirs and so I got some coins from Brazil and also Venezuela! It neat to see how so many people from so many different backgrounds can come together and bond through our like faith! So cool!  
Bogota CCM Meal
Thanks for the inspiring words and thoughts. I really appreciate reading them.  I am so extremely grateful to the Lord for all the blessings he has given me. Just today in the temple (it was our last time we will be able to go due to renovation and I leave in about two weeks)
I was thinking about eternal families.  I am just so very grateful for our family.  Oh how blessed we are!  I hope that I will be able to show a fraction of my thanks to the Lord while out here on my mission. 


Anyway, my spiritual thought for the week is about sacrifice. I'm not quite sure if I said anything about that in my last email but that's okay because it is something that has been on my mind for a while! So the other night we had a devotional and we were able to watch a short video about the pioneers and the early saints in Salt Lake. The specific video we watched was about a man named John Rowe Moyle.  He lived in Alpine Utah and was called to be a stone cutter on the Salt Lake City Temple. The temple however was 22 miles away from his home. So at the beginning of every week he made the long trek by himself into Salt Lake and at the end of the week would come home to his family and would help with the chores around his property. Weeks, then months, then years passed by as John Moyle made this trek until one day he bought a cow and brought it back to his home. One day while milking, the cow became spooked and she kicked her back leg and broke his leg in multiple parts leaving it needing to be amputated. He was blessed and his leg did not get an infection in the leg. After his leg healed he then made a wood peg and rehabilitated until he was able to walk again. He then continued to make the 22 mile journey into Salt Lake every week on his wooden leg and climbed the tall scaffolding to the spot where he worked until he died. He was not able to see the completion of the temple in this life. 


How great the faith, how great the sacrifice he and many early saints of the church made in order to bring about great things. I am so very grateful for their sacrifices they made, leaving their families or making long journeys across oceans or leaving property, to bring the church to what it is today and to bring about the truthfulness of the restored gospel. I do testify that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has indeed been restored, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Well, love and thinking of you all and hope you all are doing great!
Elder Crandall
Bogota CCM


P.S.:  One of my friends was singing Let it Go from that one movie (Frozen) mom and I saw the morning before I left and I was thinking about that and can't wait to be able to do that again!  Oh I also forgot to say I get a Latino companion on Tuesday! I’m about to go from a little English to no English at all!  haha!  Hopefully, it will be a good transition!