"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, October 27, 2014


OCTOBER 27, 2014

Ciudadela Ward, El Carmen Stake
Companion:  Elder Arevalo.


Todo bien!  Like they say here!  It means like all is well, or like everything is good! And I hope all is well over there!  Thanks so much for all of the love and support from back home. I really am so very grateful and lucky.  Many missionaries out here don't have family in the church and so they don't have much support and some missionaries families don't even write them.  I am very blessed and hope that I am never ungrateful for you guys.

This week was pretty good. We had a lot of work finding some new people to teach and help, but we also a couple days where literally every plan fell through so we did a lot of walking and a lot of talking with everyone.  Pretty exhausting, but really all is good now!

No we did not go to Pricemart last week.  We ended up going to BuenaVista Mall and walking around buying things.  I bought a little pocket Atlas for like 4 dollars so that is cool. It's in Spanish so a lot of the places have different names, but it's still pretty cool.

Last week in the interviews with President Searle he was asking about you guys (mom and dad) and I told him that you are adjusting to being empty nesters.  He laughed and said yeah it's an adjustment, but just another chapter in life! Too funny. He's a great man and I am very happy and grateful to serve under him.

Also this week we came home one night and found a dragon fly flying around the house. We decided to name him Pancho Pepito.  I'll include some pictures of him.  I think he liked me too because one time he just came and landed on my shoulder! Too funny!  We are not sure where he is now.  I think he probably flew out the window or something, but we had a pet for a day!  I'll send some pictures.

with Pancho Pepito!

Awesome to hear about your new church callings Mom and Dad and that you guys are involved in the community (National Volunteer Day) with the ward and everything.  We don't really have anything big like that here, although I wish we did. I think it would really help a lot of people if we put together a big service project.  I think it would have to be different than cleaning a park or something like that because the government here pays people to clean the streets like 2 or 3 times a week.  Literally they are in the streets with brooms and stuff which is pretty cool.  I'll have to suggest something like that though.

Another pleasant surprise happened yesterday!  So we had a stake conference yesterday and we showed up just thinking it would be a typical usual stake conference, but then after the Stake President spoke they pulled down the projector screen and on the screen were numbers counting down like at conference.  I then remembered that last week President Searle sent us a message saying how great a privelege we have to have our own mini general conference from Salt Lake, and sure enough, after the short countdown, on the screen pops up a couple general authorities including Jeffrey R. Holland from the quorum of the 12 apostles.  So from Salt Lake we had a stake conference broadcasted to us and 30 other stakes in the area.  It was way neat and definitely a pleasant surprise!  The messages were way cool and directed specifically at us here in South America.  It was a way cool experience!

Sunday morning we woke up without running water and electricity which was kind of a bummer.  The water luckily came back shortly after but the electricity didn't come back on until around 6:00 that night.  Buuuut then it started to rain harder than it's ever rained here since I've been here and the power went out again.  Then it came back on, then off again, haha.  It came and went like 5 times yesterday!  But luckily now it's back on!

Well everything is going well here. Next week are transfers and it very well be that my time is up after my nine month reign here in Ciudadela, but we will see! Have a great week everyone! Love and miss you all!

Elder Crandall