"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, May 5, 2014


May 5, 2014
Ciudadela Ward, El Carmen Stake
Companion:  Elder Villarreal

Hey friends and family!

Hoping all is well and everyone had a great week!  All is well here.  It rained yesterday for about an hour, actually poured, haha, and the streets became like a river!  Luckily we were inside in a lesson!  I thought that the rain would cool things off but I just found myself sweating just the same, if not more because of the humidity!  Also with the rain came a ton of bugs which was a little annoying, but all is well now!

Also this week I had an interchange with our district leader.  It was cool getting that different perspective in our lessons and other things we did, but it was nice when my companion came back.  We've gotten into a good niche in teaching and everything that seems to be working good. 

So we moved the baptism of J-------- and K-------- to this upcoming week because they weren't really talking so we didn't quite know if they were really ready (hence the name of the email - Enjoy the Silence). I think they are ready and we are going to focus more on them this week.

Another thing that was neat this week was that G-------- and his whole family were able to attend church again. They are really progressing and want to be baptized and the kids in the ward have really befriended the kids of G-------- and his wife!  How neat!

Well this week I heard a cool analogy that I wanted to share in this letter.  The analogy came from a talk by President Uchtdorf and it was about the Golden Tickets from the story Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory. He said that once the news concerning the golden tickets was released, everyone went in a frenzy to find the golden ticket.  They began to be unamused and uninterested in the chocolate bar because they were now only interested in the tickets.  They were unable to find satisfaction in the simplicity of the chocolate that they once enjoyed very much because they were to busy looking for the golden tickets.  For me, I need to not be always looking for the ´perfect thing´, in whatever aspect it may be because perfection almost never exists.  Let us find the joy in the chocolate of life instead of always being disappointed that we don't have a Golden Ticket!  How cool!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone, especially Mom, Grandma Johnson and MaRu!  Well, have a great week everyone!

Elder Crandall