"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, August 17, 2015


August 17, 2015

El Parque Branch
Santa Marta District
Companion:  Elder Barriga

Hey guys!

What a week!  More like what a day!  We got to go to Parque Tayrona, one of Colombia´s national parks.  Everything was really amazing.  I'll send some pics.  

Parque Tayrona
It's awesome!  So we had to wake up at like 5:30 and we had to be getting on a bus with the 2 zones here in Santa Marta at 6:00.  We got to the park around 8:00 and then walked/hiked for like 2 hours until we got to the beaches and everything.  

We hung out there taking pictures and laying in hammocks until about 4:00ish and then just got back about 30 minutes ago.  

The water looks amazing!  There's a ton of foreigners there and a lot of tourists.  Parque Tayrona is basically a series of beautiful beaches with jungle.  Yes, there were monkeys and I got a picture of them!  

Jungle Monkey
Tayrona, I think, were some ancient indigenous people that lived there and there exists some archaeological ruins but we didn't get to see them (bonus points for the archaeology classes I took!).  The Tayrona people still live there and there's a cool little town where they live.  There also are a ton of huge rocks.  We indeed climbed on them.  

I didn't get too burnt either which was nice.  Overall it was a nice day!

As for the missionary work this week, it was awesome!  A--- is progressing a ton.  She still has some doubts about the Book of Mormon though.  But what is cool is that Saturday we watched a video about the book and bared our testimonies about it and how she too can obtain her testimony.  That night she spent from 9:00 to 1:00 reading the Book of Mormon and came to church!  She is progressing a lot.

M--- is a great person but hasn't come been able to come to church.  She has hip problems and doesn't have too much of an opportunity to leave her house.  She is great though.  She is an older lady and loves when we come over, to the point that she always gives us food. One day she gave us suero costeño from the pueblo where she is from.   It is like a liquid dairy product that you put on bread and other stuff.   I loved it so much that I went to the local store and bought some for myself, but was deceived because it wasn't nearly as good as M---´s.  I told her that and she laughed and she gave me some of her pueblo suero and some cheese.  That was great!

Also we have been teaching the daughter-in-law of one of our recent converts.  She has a lot of family problems in her house and we've been trying for a while to help her fulfil the commitments we give her and this Sunday she was able to come to church which was great.  It's really awesome to see just how the gospel can change our lives!  That's because it is true!

This week I was studying a lot about the Atonement, repentance, and grace.  Sometimes, I know, at least for me, it's frustrating that we as human beings are so imperfect.  Let's face it, we mess up everyday!  Sometimes we say, ¨oh, next time we´ll do it,¨ but then we mess up when the chance arises.  It's like trying to hold water in your hands.  No matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you squeeze, some of it is just going to fall out.  As I was studying I came across Doctorine and Covenants 67:13 which says: 

¨Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected ¨ 

Jesus is so merciful.  He loves us so much and his patience is perfect.  He gives us as many chances as we need until we can finally become perfect.  I know that perfection is not obtained here in this life, but I also know we can obtain it in the next.  The responsibility we have here in this life right now, however, is important but we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus´ Atonement is perfect and infinite.  We can find peace in knowing that right now we are not perfect, but we can continue until we are.
2 Zones today at Parque Tayrona
2 Zones today at Parque Tayrona
Well have a great week everyone!

Elder Crandall