"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, October 26, 2015

BEACH COMBER

October 26, 2015

Paraiso Ward
Paraiso Stake
Companion:  Elder Tijerino


Hey guys!

We had a pretty good week this week!  We had a bunch of lessons that fell through but that gave us time to find some really neat people!  J--- is progressing a lot actually.  He is the one that contacted us 2 weeks ago.  He is very intrigued about the restoration and everything.  He says he feels somewhat like us because he left his family to come to the coast in Barranquilla to study.  So we are really excited about teaching him.  I'm thinking he will come to church this week!

We also found I--- this week when some of our lesson plans fell through.  She is a cancer survivor.  She changed churches while she was going through her treatments because she couldn't find peace in any of the them.  She now is doing better and is very open to our message.  We will see where things go!

Also this week we had a zone conference with all of Barranquilla.  That was pretty fun!  What made me even happier was that I went and got to talk with the missionaries that are now in Santo Tomas where I lived last spring.  They tell me that D---, the convert that I got to baptize, will be receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood this upcoming week.  That made me so happy!  I'm so very happy that the gospel changes lives.  I'm really just an instrument here because I don't change anyone, the spirit is the one that really does all of the work and changes people!

Today we went to Puerto Colombia, a pueblo close by where the beach is to take some pictures.  Supposedly the temple is going to be built by there and the rumor is that they are going to begin construction in January!  
Street view of Puerto Colombia
Enjoying the view
Broken guitar we found
Puerto Colombia Beach
Ocean view
Elder Tijerino and me
The church website at says: 
 
Temple Site
The Barranquilla Colombia Temple will stand in the picturesque oceanside community of Puerto Colombia across from Colegio Alem├ín, approximately two kilometers west of Barranquilla proper. The elevated property, located on the highway to Cartagena, commands a beautiful view of the Magdalena River—the largest river in Colombia—and of the ocean.


Well I'm very thankful for you all and all your support!  I'm doing great and I hope you all have a great week! 

Elder Crandall

Monday, October 19, 2015

WE WALKED and WALKED and WALKED and WALKED!

October 19, 2015

Paraiso Ward
Paraiso Stake
Companion:  Elder Tijerino


Hey guys!

Well we had a good week!  We were really busy!  Oh man, my area is so big!  We walked so much this week!  I think it's because the last year I've been in areas with motocarros that take us to all places for 50 cents or taxis that took us to whatever place in the city for 2 dollars but in this area the taxis are a lot more expensive so we just walk!  I'm going to leave with huge legs!  Also, we can go to the office in the morning to excercise and there are weights there to do weight lifting.  I feel so spoiled!

Anyway, we had a great week!  Something cool happened this last Thursday. We were walking around looking for a recently baptized member that we didn't know and we ran into a guy named J---.  He is from another part of Colombia but is here in Barranquilla studying in one of the universities.  He just flagged us down and was complimenting us on our dedication and was interested to know more about the gospel and everything.  We actually are going to teach him for the first time tonight!  We are pretty excited about that because we haven't been having too much luck recently finding new people!

Also this week we have been running around trying to get to know some of the members in the ward.  It's been pretty great to get to know them!  We even helped a member move on Saturday for around 4 hours.  It's been pretty fun!

Tell Grandma Johnson Happy Birthday from me.  I hope it was great!  

Well I'm doing great!  We had a really busy week and a busier week coming up!  Sorry I don't have too much more to say and don't have any pics!  Next week I'll try and get a few.  Have a great week!

Elder Crandall

Monday, October 12, 2015

CONCRETE JUNGLE

October 12, 2015

Paraiso Ward
Paraiso Stake
Companion:  Elder Tijerino


Hey guys!

So this last week we had transfers and I got transfered back to Barranquilla!  I am in the Paraiso Stake in the Paraiso Ward!  I oficcially have been in the 3 stakes that exist in Barranquilla.  I live in the more "poopy" (rich in Colombian vocabulary) part of town. I live and proselite in really nice apartment buildings and everything.  To explain my point, today we were leaving our apartment building to go and do some informs when it started to rain super hard.  We had umbrellas and everything but we were still getting soaked.  A car then pulls up behind us and yells ´elders´!  It was a member that invited us in their car and drove us to the mall where we had to go.  I'm loving this area!  In my ward lives a recently released Area Seventy and even President and Sister Searle live in our boundaries.  Also the daughter of Sister Eva from my first area that always gave us free pizza lives here in our ward.  This will be an interesting tranfer!

My new companion is Elder Tijerino from Costa Rica! He is the only Costa Rican in the whole mission!  He has been on his mission the same time as I have and is 20 years old. He looks more like an American than I do which is pretty funny!  We get along great.  In our house we also live with 2 other missionaries from the office.  It's always fun living with 4 missionaries in one house!  The two sets of us missionaries have different areas. In my ward there are 8 missionaries currently.  There are so many because 6 of them work in the mission office, so they don't have as much time to go out and proseylite.

The view from my window

The view from my other window

With my new companion, Elder Tijerino.
We were hurrying so our picture quality was bad
So this area, like my last one, is a little bit tougher for proseliting.  It's good, though.  I like having to be more creative and having to think a little more to get people interested in our message.  This week we found some pretty good people to work with.  One of them is R---. He is a reference from a less active member that we are teaching.  He is a great guy and lives alone.  He is very interested in the restoration of the gospel and how God has restored His true church once again on the earth.  It was one of the best lessons we have had and the spirit was very strong testifying of it.  I love teaching this gospel!

Well I'm doing great!  I'm going to end my mission great as well!  Have a great week everyone!

Elder Crandall

Monday, October 5, 2015

LIGHTNING BREAKS CHAIR and BRUNCH FOR LUNCH

October 5, 2015

El Parque Branch
Santa Marta District
Companion:  Elder Wooden

Hey guys!

What a week!  We had a packed week with a lot of things to do!  It was a pretty great!

Our last Zone Meeting
Our last Zone Meeting
Our last Zone Meeting
We also got a HUGE rain on Thursday night.  The power went out so the temperature dropped and made things cool, for once!  Since the power went out we couldn't really do anything because it was so dark so we just made popcorn and sat by the door watching the rain.  Some frogs even came by to say hi.  
 A lot of frogs come out when it rains!  

Friendly Frog (hard to see but trust me it was big!)
I had almost dozed off when all of a sudden a bolt of lightning struck really close to us.  It startled me so bad that I fell back in my chair and broke it!  Now I don't have a chair, haha, but what a funny story!

Also this week we had an awesome brunch lunch!  So every Friday we go eat lunch with the Branch President, President Aguilar, and his wife, Jackie, and their family.  I've bonded a lot with them, they are great people!  This week they gave me the choice of food to eat.  I told them that we wanted breakfast for lunch so she made us pancakes with Nutella and peanut butter! I had previously mentioned to Jackie that I love macaroni and cheese so she made that too!  It was so wonderful!  Some of my favorite comfort foods!  What a lunch!  

Pancakes with Nutella, peanut butter and bananas - Yes, please!
Lunch with the Aguilar family and my favorite foods!  
Notice the big bowl of macaroni and cheese!

Happy Elders ready to dig in!

Delicious!
V--- and his family are progressing a lot.  They sadly couldn't come to General Conference this week because of complications. But Y---, V---´s wife, told us that she has read the Book of Mormon and prayed and feels like its true.  Her family is now following her example.  It's great to see how the gospel changes lives!

It was also a great week with General Conference!  I'm looking forward to getting the magazine and reading all of the talks! We sadly couldn't get any of our investigators to come, but what a great feeling to hear living prophets and apostles address us. It's just like in old time when God commanded Moses or Noah to tell the people His will. What a great feeling that was!  It was also neat to be able sustain 3 new apostles!  It strengthened my testimony that Jesus Christ really is at the head of our church today.

Watching General Conference

All the missionaries in Santa Marta

During the Conference sessions Saturday we went to Pizza Vomito as a zone. That was really fun!

Pizza Vomito
Eating Pizza Vomito
Our Zone eating at Pizza Vomito between conference sessions
Our zone played soccer
This morning we played soccer together.  I'm just enjoying being in the service of the Lord!  I really want to take advantage of my time here and do everything I can even if I only have a few months left!
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Tomorrow we have transfers.  Hopefully I'll stay, but I'll go wherever the Lord commands! Have a great week everyone! 

Elder Crandall