"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)

Monday, April 21, 2014


April 21, 2014

Ciudadela Ward, El Carmen Stake
Companion:  Elder Villarreal

Hey Everyone!

Hope all is well and everyone had a fun Easter. I nearly forgot that yesterday was Easter because we had a pretty hectic day, that I'll explain later, but all is well!

This week was pretty difficult but in times like this you have to just keep on keeping on!  Wednesday my companion was pretty sick which wasn't very fun so we couldn't really do that much.  Friday, however, was great.  An area authority, Elder Waddell, came and spoke to us from like 8:30 to 4:00.  We had breaks and stuff and even ate Papa Johns Pizza (I didn't know they had that here).  It was very uplifting and we had awesome discussions.  After he finished with the missionaries he had another meeting with the members of our stake so we got to go to that meeting too.  We were pretty much at the church all day but it was great!  Then on Friday we worked really hard, we had 11 lessons just on that day!  Way cool, but then we went back to our apartment only to find that we didn't have any water for the house.  Luckily we have a big barrel that we keep full of water that we could use.  We didn't get our water back on until last night!  It made me very grateful for running water.

So our baptisms went through this weekend, but they were anything but smooth. Saturday we went to the Church at 6:00 PM to get everything ready for the baptism on Sunday.  We were cleaning the font and all was going well.  Then, when we tried turning the water back on, nothing came out.  So we had no water!  I guess someone didn't refill the church's water supply or something.  I'm not entirely sure, but the whole building didn't have water.  So we searched around outside and found a hose nozzle that had water, but it didn't have good water pressure at all.  We had to fill up buckets of water to fill up the font.  

By this time it was like 8:00PM and we then realized that the water level was kind of going down a little so we went outside and found out that the drain had not been shut all the way and that water was leaking out of it haha!  But from this we found another hose nozzle that was closer to the font so we were able to put the hose kind of directly into the font haha!  I'll include some pics.

The other Elder (left picture) pointing to the hose is one of the other Elders in our ward, Elder Arana, from Paraguay.  But anyway we had to leave the hose like that all night to fill up the font. Crazy.  But the next morning was a little more hectic. So Sunday morning we woke up at like 5:30 because the Bishop said that the baptism needed to be at 7:00.  So we go to the church and set everything up and were waiting for Sister B-------- and her two kids, M-------- and V--------, the two that were going to be baptized, when we get a call from Sister B--------.  She told us that on their way to the church a man with a knife tried to rob them and take their cell phone. The three of them scattered and Sister B-------- and V-------- were together but they didn't know where M-------- was. By this time it was like 7:00, but one of the counselors of the bishopric had come and he is one of the members that has a car so he offered to drive us to go help and pick them up.  We then picked up Sister B-------- and V-------- but we didn't know where M-------- was so we just went to the church building where M-------- shortly arrived.  Haha!  Wow so crazy!  
After that though, everything went smoothly!  

It was way fun and the spirit was awesome.  I guess the lesson here is that we shouldn't give up despite opposition or obstacles, both obvious and not obvious, until we have reached our goal. Such a neat experience though!

The Elder in the picture with me in the baptismal clothes is my companion Elder Villarreal.  

Oh and the food is called salchipapas (I'm not sure if i spelled that right) I'm not quite sure what exactly it is, but it has a lot of stuff like bananas, chicken, sausage, fries, lettuce, and a lot of stuff haha!

Well, love and miss everyone lots! Have a great week! 

Elder Crandall