"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 31, 2015

THE PARABLE OF THE ANT HILL

August 31, 2015

El Parque Branch
Santa Marta District
Companion:  Elder Wooden

Hey everyone!

This week was challenging in a way, but rewarding.  I got a new companion!  His name is Elder Wooden.  He is 19 and from the USA!  From Sandy, Utah to be exact.  My first American companion... that's definitely different!  We are able to relate in different ways than with my past companions because we come from the same culture.  We are getting adjusted and doing some good work!  I actually met him when I was in Turbaco in November last year.  We even have some pics together.  Weird to think that time passes so fast!
My new companion, Elder Wooden

Lemonade at the mall with Elder Wooden
Well to explain the week!  We got so rejected.  By EVERYONE!  It was a change. We thought for a second that we were in a different place other than Colombia because we have a relatively easy time finding new people to teach up until now.  We did though have a really neat experience.  After 2 or 3 hours of talking with everyone and trying different ways to find people to teach, we sat down to catch our breath and think for a minute about what we should do or what we should change to have some success.  We said a prayer and just thought in silence for a couple minutes.  We casually were both staring at an ant hill watching the ants tirelessly dig their hole by taking one grain of sand out at a time.  We broke the silence by sharing a couple ideas and we had the impression to just keep going like the ants did.  The following 4 or 5 people received us and we were then able to find people to teach!  I think God was trying to tell us through the ants that our work and time was not wasted and that we just had to keep going a little bit more and we would see the results.  It was a neat parable that we now call the parable of the ants!

One of the neat people we found is named L---.  We found him the other day just sitting down in his house and we taught him and his family.  They were all so stubborn and didn't want anything to do with us.  L--- was a little receptive to our message and his wife was very loyal to her church.  To be honest we didn't really think they would progress far or fulfill the commitments we had left like to read the Book of Mormon and pray.  Yesterday night we had the impression to go and visit them and something very strange happened!  He let us in and said "Guys, I read your book and it filled me!"   He then went on to explain that he had grown up next to some other big churches but had never really had an interest in religion because they never really clicked with him.  He also gave us his Book or Mormon and said that his wife had read it even more than him and we saw the book mark and supposedly she had read 630 pages... and it had only been 2 days!  That's crazy!  We will have to return and see if it's really true!  Either way it was an answer to our blessings!

A---  has kind of dropped off a little.  She told us that she wants a little break to fix up her life and the problems that she is going through.  It's sad to see because the gospel is really the way that she can fix everything!  It's the best tool we have!  She still said it's okay to visit her, just not so often.  We will see where she goes with everything.
Taking a selfie with my companion, Elder Barriga, and the other missionaries
before the transfer

I'm doing well!  I'm enjoying the mission!  It has really helped me to grow and make great changes!  It's because the gospel is true!  I testify of that everyday here!

Well I love and miss you all!  Have a great week!

Elder Crandall