"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."


"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)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


FEBRUARY 11, 2014


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