"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, April 13, 2015

LEARNING, CHANGING, GROWING

April 13, 2015

Santo Tomas Branch
Hipodromo Stake
Companion:  Elder Conti

Hey guys!

Things are moving along and everything is going well here!  I'm really learning a lot, growing a lot, and changing a lot!  We had a good week this week!  I'll explain a little!

So on Tuesday I basically had one of the best work days on my mission thus far.  None of the lessons were falling through and the members were getting involved and everyone was really feeling the spirit!  One in particular is named D--------.  He is about 23 years old and a really good guy.  A little while ago half his body was paralyzed.  He is rocovering right now but it's a long slow process.  At the beginning of our meetings he felt unsure and depressed about life and would ask why God would let this happen.  It's definitely a tough thing to pass through, and a tougher question to answer.  Now though he is starting to see things brighter and feels as though God allowed this to happen so that he could find God more in his life.  At the beginning he was having a hard time feeling and recognizing the spirit, but on Tuesday we were able to really help him and on Thursday he told us that he received his answer.  So cool!

Another investigator we taught on Tuesday is E--------.  She is a married mom with two young kids.  We were focusing a lot on the Book of Mormon in our lesson and she says "yeah this all makes sense!"   She then read it and prayed about it and feels like she recieved an answer that it's true and commitetted to come to church!  So great!

We also visited D-------- Tuesday and had a powerful lesson about the temples and their sacredness.  D-------- was preparing for his baptism Saturday but things fell through.  We had the font filled and everything but Saturday morning he told us that he didn't feel prepared.  We passed by there to help him resolve his doubts.  He was so ready, he was going 2 weeks clean without drinking and is so smart and knows everything.  We were there like an hour and a half trying to help him but in the end he said "no, not today."  It was a bummer, but it happens. It's definitely a tough thing to overcome an addiction!  But I know that with the gospel he will be able to overcome this and be super strong!

Sunday came around and we were so sure that a ton of people were going to come to church with us but none of them answered their phones Sunday morning and none came. It was the first time in my mission that I didn't have any investigators at church.  I really feel that the discouragements we experienced Saturday and Sunday were lessons that God was trying to teach us.  I felt during the sacrament that this upcoming week we need to be more humble and diligent in our work so we set some goals this morning to accomplish this and really help others come unto Christ.

Really I'm coming to recognize that this work is not mine and the fruits are not mine. They are all from God.  I am just his mouthpiece here and my success is based on how well I listen and follow the spirit.  I'm so grateful to be here serving!

These pictures are from today when we went to a mall.



Elder Conti, Elder Crandall, Elder Barretto & Elder Maldonado 

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

Elder Crandall