"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, February 16, 2015


February 16, 2015

Turbaco Ward, Los Alpes Stake
Companion:  Elder Montoya

Friends and Family,

This week was pretty good.  It went better than last week, that's for sure!  We also had a baptism this week!  Valeria got baptized!  

Valeria's Baptism with Jorge, The Ward Mission Leader, Elder Crandall & Elder Montoya
We have been fighting for her baptism since I got here in November, but the missionaries before have fought for it too.  The problem mainly was that her dad didn't want to give her permission to get baptized.  But with her birthday on Wednesday she turned 12 and her dad decided to let her.  So we had the baptism!  We really have seen the promise in Malachi be fulfilled that says:

"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children
and the heart of the children to their fathers"
(Malachi 4:6)

So all this started with Sister Socorro, the Grandma of Valeria.  She joined the church back in 2013 and since her conversion, 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren of hers have been baptized!  She is so supportive of her family, it's great.  What's even greater is that after Valeria´s baptism Gloria, Valeria´s mom and Socorro´s daughter, said that she wanted to baptized.  What a great experience to see the spirit touch people's hearts.  It's an amazing experience to be a part of this.

We didn't get the baptism all too easy though!  We went to the church Saturday morning to begin filling up and cleaning the font.  We got there and there was no water.  We were scrambling around the church trying to solve this problem only to find out that there IS water, but the pump is broken.  The Bishop came and he has a little water pump so we put that in the big water tank and used a hose to fill up the font.  It took like 5 hours, but we got it filled in the end.  We found a pool as a back up plan just in case we couldn't get the font filled.  I almost wish we didn't get it filled so that we could have baptized in a pool, how cool would that have been!?   Also about an hour before the baptism Ricardo, Valeria`s brother, got super sick and they all had to go to the hospital so we had to start the baptism a little late!  He had some bad food poisoning or something!  They put an IV in him and after like an hour he was okay.  But everything turned out well in the end.  Why is it that a baptism can never go smoothly??

Well, everything has been going good.  We are having some success and hope that within these next couple weeks we can see the fruits of our labors!  I think I will have a better week this next week. 

Nothing else too exciting happened this week.  We had an oddly high number of drunks come up and argue with us and invite us to drink.  But other than that everything is good!

Well I hope you all have a great week!  Love and miss you all!

Elder Crandall