"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, August 24, 2015

FISHERS OF MEN

August 24, 2015

El Parque Branch
Santa Marta District
Companion:  Elder Barriga

Family and Friends,

This was a great week.  We had a zone conference with President Searle.  That was great! The title of this email has to do with the teachings we learned, but I will talk a little more about that later.

So A---  continues to progress. This week we invited her to a baptism that the sisters were having and she came!  She arrived just after the baptism part... but she was still able to feel the spirit and everything.  After the baptism we were able to have a lesson with her about prophets.  The member that was with us bore a super neat testimony about how he came to know that Thomas Monson is our prophet today.  The spirit was really strong.  A---,  little by little, is coming to know the truth of these things.

L--- is doing ok.  We passed by her house a couple of times this week and we could see her or her husband in the house but they never answered the door.  We were feeling like we should give them a little more time to think about things but then on Saturday we had the thought to pass by again and we got to talk to L---.  She really opened up to us on how she is going through some hard family problems.  We testified about how the gospel really will bless her and her family so much.  She hasn't fully grasped the fact, but I think she will soon.

Nothing too crazy happened this week!  W---, the Mexican dude, moved back to Mexico.  We are kind of sketched out about everything with him, but we definitely are going to miss him.  He´s a real character!

It also has been raining a lot this week which was been nice.  I love the rain!  When it rains here though it just makes everything more humid and hot, but in the night it cools things off a little!

Today we went to the Simon Bolivar Museum/Botanical Gardens. Simon Bolivar was the liberator of the northern part of South America.
 

Beautiful Gardens

Simon Boivar Museum
Elder Crandall & Elder Barriga
He died here in Santa Marta and there's a museum here for him with the bed that he died on and everything.  Unfortunately, the museum was closed today, haha but next time!  The gardens were still pretty cool and the other memorials!

In front of Simon Bolivar Statue
Simon Bolivar Memorial
Another Monument
 The park was also full of iguanas!  They were on the ground and some were climbing on trees.  I couldn't resist a few iguana pictures! 





Ok, so fishers of men!  President Searle, going into this conference, told us to study Luke 5:1-10 and John 21.  The first is when Jesus first calls Peter and others to be his Apostles and the latter is when Jesus is resurrected and finds Peter fishing again.  I´ll try to explain a little about what I learned, but I don't know if I will be able to completely relay my feelings and thoughts.  So in Luke 5, when Jesus calls his disciples, he tells Peter to be a fisher of men.  Peter spent years with Jesus in his earthly ministry, he saw miracles, he personally witnessed and testified of the Son of God.  But when Jesus is crucified and laid in the tomb what does Peter do, he returns to his old life of fishing.  He says ¨I will go a fishing.¨ Now when Jesus returns, he finds his disciples doing the same exact thing as they did before. This was probably the reason that Jesus asked Peter 3 times if he really loved Him.  I imagine the third time that Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him Peter was feeling a little uneasy and confused.  I think it was because Peter did not comprehend.  Peter didn't fully comprehend that the first call to ´be a fisher of men´ or ´feed my sheep´ was not just a call until the end of the ministry of Jesus, but a call for life.  He should be changed after those 3 years following Jesus and feeling His spirit.  It made me reflect on my mission and the many things I've experienced while here.  I too need to be changed.  It made me think about when I get back what things will be changed and what habits and things I want to keep and accomplish.  All this because we really have been saved by God.

I invite you to watch this video if you haven't seen it.  


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

Elder Crandall