"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, July 20, 2015

SANTA MARTA: MINCA & INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 20, 2015

El Parque 
Branch
Santa Marta District
Companion:  Elder Barriga


Hey guys!

Whoa, was this a packed week!  I got transfered to Santa Marta, a small city a little northeast of Barranquilla, where I previously was.  It's way beautiful here!  I honestly feel as though it's a little cooler here temperature wise because I don't really sweat as much!  I mean it's still hot, but not too hot!  The best part is that there are mountains here!  We went up to them today as a zone which was awesome.  I will write a little more about that later in the letter. 

So Santa Marta!  This city is a district.  It hasn't grown enough to be a stake yet, so I'm in a branch again.  About 40ish people attend, but they are all super supportive and everything. We don't really have too many investigators, but this week we found some pretty solid ones. We set a goal as a zone to have a baptism on the 22nd of August so we will see where we can go with that!  It's great here!

Santa Marta is bigger than my last area.  It's a pretty big city.  It's really touristy.  I've seen a ton of Americans and Europeans here.  Our place is in a more affluent part of town now.  My house is awesome!  It's a 2 story house!  There aren't really mosquitoes here which is nice.  To answer our emails on P-day we go to a mall in town.  We get around on foot mostly but sometimes taxis because we have to do some rounds for the zone sometimes. It's nice though because taxis here are always 5000 or 6000 pesos to all destinations.  That's only 3 dollars!

Today we went up the mountains in a van up to a place called Minca.  It was a district activity, but the two districts in the zone went so we were together for a little while.  There are 12 missionaries in our zone, 6 in each district.  Whoa was that awesome! I'll send a lot of pics.  It was about a 45 minute ride up the mountain and then about a 45 minute hike up to a big river.  The Sierra Nevada mountains here in Santa Marta are the tallest mountains in Colombia.  They also have snow, but you can't see the snow from where I am.  The river is made of snow melt I think, and it was super cold!  There are a lot of tourists there swimming and everything, but as missionarries we can't swim but we had a great time enjoying the cooler weather.  We also brought up lunches and everything and had a fun time. It was way awesome!

My new companion is Elder Barriga.  He has about 3 months more than I do, and is a way great guy.  He is 24 and is from Bolivia.  We get along really great and I'm looking forward to this transfer with him!  With him I've had a companion from just about every country in South America except Uruguay and Brazil.

Oh and Today is Colombia's Independance Day!  They don't celebrate their Independance Day like we do in the U.S. but the people do put flags out and everything!

Well the rest of the week was a blur!  Hopefully next week I will have my feet a little more on the ground!  Have a great week everyone!

Elder Crandall
Beach view from bus ride to Santa Marta

Riding up in the van

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

View from the van riding up




Elder Barriga & Elder Crandall

Elder Barriga & Elder Crandall

Mountain views

Elder Crandall & painting

The bridge we had to cross.  It was broken and a little sketchy

Big pools that people were swimming in

Big pools

More mountain views

Hiking up the steep mountian

Pure jungle

Me crossing the river.  I slipped and fell after this, ha ha!

Preparing the burgers we brought up

Butterfly we found

By the river


Crossing the bridge again

A little farm.  In these mountains they grow a lot of coffee beans.

Elder Barriga & Elder Crandall

Elder Barriga & Elder Crandall

More jungles

Our zone

The butterfly we found