"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, March 2, 2015


March 2, 2015

Turbaco Ward, Los Alpes Stake
Companion:  Elder Montoya

Hey guys!

This was another challenging week, and this upcoming week will be hectic with the marriage of Edelma and also her baptism.  We are praying that everything will go smoothly and well. If so, she will get baptized Sunday morning!  Pray for Edelma!

This week we had our prayers answered in a way different from the way that we thought. So recently we have had this desire to find and teach a family because a lot of our investigators are young adults or incomplete families, meaning we are teaching them but their family doesn't have too much of an interest.  So on Tuesday night we went over to Valeria's house to have a lesson with her, Ricardo, her recently baptized brother, and her mom.  Her mom, Gloria, hasn't been all too open to the gospel but recently she has been listening to us more. So we go there and invited her to be baptized and she said yes!  Ricardo was on his cell phone playing some game when this happened and when she said yes he immediately dropped it and said "serious?"!  Haha, it was too funny!  Leaving from the lesson Elder Montoya and I realized that this was the answer to our prayers, but in a different way!  We are teaching a family, Gloria, Valeria and Ricardo.  Although the process can be slow, and in different ways, God always answers our prayers.  We just sometimes need to be patient and need to be willing to accept the answers in the Lord´s way.

Not too much else happened this week.  On Friday we had an exchange and I was with Elder Paredes again. We decided to buy some pizza and took it home to eat it.  We found some ranch dressing in the fridge so we started using that to eat and when we were halfway through the pizza we realized that the sauce had expired a month ago, haha!  We were freaking out and thought we were going to be super sick, but nothing really happened, thankfully.  

Elder Paredes and Elder Crandall ready to eat pizza
I also made some popcorn last night on the stove!  Elder Baquerizo, one of my old companions, taught me how to do that.  It took me a couple tries to get it right, but it turned out good!    I sometimes cook.  I
 kind of just improvise in cooking and it seems to work out, haha!   Just a lot of random things, like the no-bake cookies, pasta, and other little things!

Popcorn cooking
First batch of popcorn super burnt!
Popcorn cooking success!
Today for P-day we are going into Cartagena to watch a Disney movie, Big Heroes 6, and eat with the zone.  We also ordered shirts as a zone and should be getting them today! I'll let you know how it goes!

Back of new Zone Shirts
Front of new Zone shirts
Showing our new Zone shirts
Zone BBQ 
Elder Soliz cooking the steaks.  He is a recent convert who was a chef
Our Zone ready to chow down
Watching the movie, Big Heroe 6, in my Christmas socks from Rachel
Great day with the zone.  We got new zone shirts.  They're pretty sweet!  We all designed them together!  On the front it says La Costa, which means the coast in spanish.  We all thought it was pretty funny to do since there's a brand called lacoste with its emblem on the front.  We watched the movie Big Heroes 6.  It's a pretty good movie!  It's a great one! Although in spanish it's still hard sometimes to understand movies, but I still liked it!  We ate steaks, bread and potatoe salad.  Elder Soliz really is a chef.  He is 25 years old, a recent convert, and before the mission he was a chef!

Well I'm doing good here.  I'm still keeping on thankfully! Have a great and safe week everyone!

Elder Crandall