"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)

Monday, June 30, 2014

WEDDING & BAPTISMS

JUNE 23, 2014

BARRANQUILLA
Ciudadela Ward, El Carmen Stake
Companion:  Elder Villarreal

Hey everyone,

This was a pretty eventful week for us.  To start, Elder Villarreal got sick and we had to go to the hospital.  I guess sometime during the beginning of the week he ate something with milk which he wasn't supposed to do because he is lactose intolerant.  So he was pretty much bed ridden for 3 days and we couldn't do too much.  But I think all is well with him now.  It's crazy to think that he will be in his home in 2 days!

Along with that, I will be getting a new companion this week. I'm not sure who it will be but I find out tonight.  

Also this week our investigators, Y-------- and M-------- got married and baptized!  We got special permission to go to their wedding too which was way cool!  I'll include some pics!  





The wedding was in the public court like building. Very awesome!  It was just us two missionaries, Y-------- and M--------, and P-------- and Y--------, Y--------'s brother and sister in-law who live with them and are already members.  




Very fun though!  They took us to eat afterwards in the mall.  Also in the mall there was a Cinemark movie theater, I didn't know they had that here!

The baptism was great too!  P-------- got to baptize his brother and M--------.  It was his first time performing a baptism!  We also baptized G--------, the mother of C-------- and P-------- whom we baptized 2 weeks ago, and D-------- and S--------, the two youngest kids in the family.  




D-------- is so short that the water nearly came up to his neck when he got in the water.  He was nervous about the water so I carried him from the side to the water!  All went well!  The only bad thing that happened was that when we went to fill up the font the first time the water had worms in it which was pretty gross.  So we cleaned it and filled it again.

Colombia played again this week and they won!  The streets were so crazy and music was blaring all night long!  Parties and parties were everywhere!  Futbol or soccer (nobody lets me call it soccer here) is really big and i would say is part of the culture here.  Everyone talks about it here in the church and out!  Just everyone!  It's fun though.  This morning we went and played a little bit of soccer at the church with some members.

Also I will include pics from our last district meeting!  






Well another eventful week!  Have a great week!  Love and miss you all!

E Crandall

Monday, June 23, 2014

BE COURAGEOUS

JUNE 23, 2014

BARRANQUILLA
Ciudadela Ward, El Carmen Stake
Companion:  Elder Villarreal



Hey!

All is well here and hope all is well there (wherever you, the reader, may be).   Wow, I'm so jealous Dad, Mom and Rachel went to Europe.  That all sounds way amazing and so much fun! Glad to hear that it was a really fun time.  I loved seeing all the pictures!  Also way neat to hear that Kimber had her baby! So exciting!! Cant wait to see her too!

Another week and so many things!  To start, we had a big zone conference with our president of the mission, President Searle, and it was really great.  We had like a little over 100 missionaries there.  Also, before they asked everyone to prepare a 5 minute talk because 3 people were going to give them during the meeting and, of course, I was chosen.  But all went well! 

Another fun and funny thing happened this week.  There is this restaurant fast food type place called McGordos that we like to go to because the food is relatively cheap and it is the only place with air conditioning.  The fun thing is that McGordo himself usually comes and talks to us!  The big man himself!  We usually talk about futbol and other things alike but its still pretty fun!

Also a few weeks back, I don't know if I mentioned this in my email, but we met this more or less famous Champetta singer (I'm not sure really how famous you can be by singing champetta) that is a less active member and we taught him only one lesson and then kind of forgot about him because he didn't come to church or really keep the other commitments.  But anyway this week he came to church!  I honestly forgot his real name but his ¨artistic name¨ or rap name is --------.  So I had to call him Brother -------- for a little until he told us his real name.  We will be looking forward to teaching him a little more this week. 

During this week I read a talk my mom sent me from General Conference in April that kind of had a cool impact on me.  I'm not sure if she really knew why she sent it to me, but now I know! It's from President Monson about Courage, the one from Priesthood meeting I think.  A quote that I really like says that we need ¨courage not only to die manfully, but the courage to live decently.¨  This kind of hit me hard because it kind of goes along with something that I've been thinking about for a while.  Our courage in life won't always be like Abinidi in the Book of Mormon, who gave his life instead of denying the faith, or like Daniel of the Bible, who prayed despite rules against it.  More than not, we hear about the courageous soldier, or the brave firefighter, but our tests of courage need not always be so dramatic or all at once.  All too often, for me at least, my tests of courage are small, correcting a wrong when needed, or pushing harder in life than I would like.  Perhaps these tests of courage go unnoticed to the world, but I know that they never will go unnoticed to our Savior.  Let us all be courageous!

Have a great week! Love and miss you all!

E Crandall

Monday, June 16, 2014

SOCCER

JUNE 16, 2014

BARRANQUILLA
Ciudadela Ward, El Carmen Stake
Companion:  Elder Villarreal

Hey everybody! 


So the power just went out and we had to walk a ways to find some place with power. But other than that everything is going great! We had the baptisms this week of C-------- and P--------. They are the two oldest kids in the S-------- family. The Mom and the two youngest kids are planning on being baptized in two weeks. I'll include some pictures!



So I guess the elections that I talked about earlier were like primaries or something. I'm not exactly sure but the real real presidential elections were yesterday. I don't really know too much about any more of that though!

Also this week Colombia played in their first World Cup game and they won! We were in the streets when they made the first goal and everything changed in an instant. So chaotic and loud! People were blowing air horns and screaming and honking their horns and other loud things! But everyone was happy because they won which was cool!

So this week we were over at Y-------- and P--------´s house about to teach a lesson but it was just so dang hot.  So they said something like I can't stand this and so about the seven of us went into the side room that had air conditioning and we shared a little movie and sat in air conditioning.  That was definitely a highlight of this week.

Another fun thing happened this week when we went over to the S--------'s house. Just before we were leaving D-------- (the youngest of the family, he is 8 years old) and some of the neighborhood kids were playing soccer in the street so my companion and I challenged them to a game. So it was my companion and I versus all the neighborhood 8 year olds, haha. It was way fun! Also today after this we are going to play soccer again as a zone and M--------, one of our recent converts, is going to come play with us too.

Well that was basically my week and Im looking forward to working hard this next week! Have a great week!

Elder Crandall

Monday, June 9, 2014

THE CAT BURGLAR

JUNE 9, 2014

BARRANQUILLA
Ciudadela Ward, El Carmen Stake
Companion:  Elder Villarreal


Hey everyone,

Hope all is well. Another week here in Barranquilla, Colombia has gone by fast and all is well here. The missionary work of spreading the gospel is speeding up! Way neat!

Well a funny thing happened last Monday. So about an hour into my sleep Elder Villarreal wakes me up and tells me to look at the window. I looked and a cat was creeping in through the open window and onto the sill inside our house, haha!   I started laughing and got up to scare him away. I think he has been hanging around our house for a while and finally tried to come in! Too funny.

So this week we did have the baptisms of J-------- and K--------. It was really sweet and nothing really went bad happened like the last time! The only thing was that we had a bunch of scheduling conflicts and meetings and an English class to teach but it really all worked out in the end. I'll include some pictures. The lady in the middle is a recent convert named E-------- and she gave us the referral and helped us teach. She owns a pizzaria and sometimes gives us free pizza. Way cool!




Also this week we started teaching the parents of a missionary in our ward that just left for his mission in Santa Cruz Bolivia. They are really nice and sweet. So it will be cool to help them come unto the gospel. Also this upcoming week we are planning on having the baptisms of G--------'s family but we´re not entirely sure what will happen. I guess we´ll just have to wait and see!

Well something this week i was thinking about is faith. Wow, how faith is really prevelant in nearly every aspect of our lives! Like faith is so much more than just believing, faith is acting, faith is obedience, faith is hope, faith is calmness, faith is happiness, and so much more! If we just work on our faith and on the important things in life then i promise we can be so much happier and at ease.

Well I love you all and hope you have a great week! 

E Crandall

Monday, June 2, 2014

CHAMPETA & COOKIES

JUNE 2, 2014

BARRANQUILLA
Ciudadela Ward, El Carmen Stake
Companion:  Elder Villarreal

Hey everyone,

Hope all is well.  I think today is the start of my 5th month out here in the mission.  It's crazy to think too that some of my friends will be having their one year mark this month!  Time flies!  This was a good week.  We taught a lot and found some new people to teach and some less actives to work with.  Problems are different down here than they are back at home and it's neat to be able to help and problem solve with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Wow, how great to hear everything from you guys.  I love reading and hearing about everything. Thanks for the update.  I also really love reading all of the letters from my friends and cousins in the mission.  It's way cool and I can literally hear their voice saying the things.  I laugh so hard because I can like read their personalities haha!  It definitely brightens my day.  Way cool! Rachel's life sounds crazy too as she begins to do so many activities.  And good to hear about Nug.  I don't think I'll be able to see him, sadly, but that's okay.  I was able to email him and stuff which was fun.  Oh yeah, sister Acosta did write me this week. How fun. I'm not too fluent yet in Spanish, especially in writing, but I did my best in writing her back.  

No I don't get to hear the news much.  But I know that the presidential elections were last Sunday. It was pretty hectic but from what I heard, not too many people vote here because there is a lot of corruption, but to be honest, I don't know.  That's just a blurb that I heard.  We do not have air conditioning.  All the houses have 2 big fans. Mine stays going like the entire time I am in the house!  Luckily our church has air conditioning!  That's one of the main reasons I love Sundays haha! 

Other good news, Kimberly and Jacqueline got their parents' permission to be baptized, so we will be having a baptism this next Saturday!  We just hope that we won't have as many difficulties as last time haha, but I know that all is in the Lords hands.  Also this week, a little girl that always comes to our English class left a hat that says I heart Champetta.  Champetta is the popular music down here, and it's kind of terrible haha!  You can look it up if you are curious.  Anyway, we thought it was really funny so we took turns taking pictures with the hat on this morning so I'll add some of them.  I think I want to buy one of those, haha.



Also this week we went to the mission home so that Elder Villarreal could take an English test to see how his English is.  He has really learned a lot and we can talk English to each other fluently.  Another cool thing was that in the mission home Sister Searle, President Searle¨s wife, made cookies.  I don't think I've had cookies in about 6 months.  Wow!  It was also nice to talk to her for a little bit. She and Presidente Searle are way awesome and way nice to everyone.  They have such kind souls.

Also this afternoon we are going to play futbol so I might try to snatch some pictures there too!  It was really fun! 
Elder Crandall & Elder Villarreal

P-day Futbol
Well, I hope that everyone has a great week. Love and miss you guys!

E Crandall