"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, December 14, 2015

DREAMS: A MISSION COMPLETE

December 14, 2015

Paraiso Ward
Paraiso Stake
Companions:  Elder Cardenas


Hey guys,

I had probably the busiest week of my whole mission!  On Thursday my 2 companions left me and had to go home so I got a new companion for my last week.  His name is Elder Cardenas.  He is from Chile.  He's a really great guy.





Also, President changed our area.  We are opening up a completely new area.  We first get on a bus and then go to our new area.  When we get off we look at a map and just start talking with people and looking for members.  It is an area of the mission's secretaries but they divided it in 2 and now we have part of it.  In the mission there are secretaries. They are in charge of baptismal papers, flight plans, hospital and medical things and all that jazz. They work more in the office but they have some time in the streets preaching. So they divided an area of a companionship of secretaries and gave us that area. This week we also had the privilege of having a little chat with an Area Seventy.  He announced that the ground breaking of the Barranquilla Temple will take place on February 20, 2016.  That's very exciting! 

Lets see... we also had interviews so my companion and I had to be at the mission office all day helping with things. We Helped with the interviews with Sister Searle and the meetings with the asistants.  Something fun about that was that Sister Searle made the funfetti cake my mom had sent me for my birthday!  That was awesome!  

Funfetti birthday cake Sister Seale made
On Wednesday I participated, with the rest of the missionaries that are leaving, in a day long self reliance meeting.  That was pretty fun.  

Missionaries enjoying Funfetti cake
Then, as is custom, President and Sister Searle took us out to dinner at a fancy restaurant.  They take all of the missionaries that are leaving out to eat and there was a group of missionaries that left last week so I went with that group.  

Departing missionaries with President and Sister Searle
Many more things happened as well!  It was a very busy week and this one coming up will be busy as well.

On Saturday we had our ward Christmas party.  Elder Clark, one of the missionaries, and I were the angels in the nativity.  I'll include some pics!

Angels bringing "glad tidings of great joy!"
Well, as you know, I go home this Friday.  I complete my full time mission as a missionary in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I have so many thoughts and feelings right now. I cannot come to fully express my appreciation and testimony of Christ in this e-mail. These 2 years started out tough.  I have passed through some challenging times.  But hard is not bad.  I know those experiences made me grow so very much.  I have truly matured a lot spiritually.  In my time here I came to learn how to leave my own will for God´s will.  I have come to really use and help others use the Atonement in their lives.  I know that because of Christ, we have second chances; Christ can clean whatever mess we have made.  God really does have a plan for us and it's not by coincidence that we are here. There is satisfaction and real, true peace in making the covenant of baptism by the only existing authority on this earth.  I know Jesus Christ restored his gospel on this earth through the prophet Joseph Smith to bless us and our families.  The proof is the Book of Mormon.  I did nothing here, but it was the spirit that touched the hearts of these wonderful people.  Their humility is heart touching.  I will forever be grateful to God for the opportunity to be a part of and to lend a hand to all the people I have come in contact with.  I know the spirit can touch the heart of anyone.  The good and the bad.  It may seem crazy to put my studies, life, and opportunities on hold and even forego some of the prior to come here for 2 years, but every second was worth it.  I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I know that anyone can come to feel what I have felt if they but ask of God in prayer if it is true.  I know God hears and answers our prayers and they are important to him.  We are important to him. I really want to testify to all who read this, as a last testimony while still a missionary, in the name of Jesus Christ amen.
President and Sister Searle
I'll see you on Friday!
Elder Crandall

Monday, December 7, 2015

MOM, I'M IN THE CHURCH MAGAZINE!

December 7, 2015

Paraiso Ward
Paraiso Stake
Companions:  Elder Tijerino & Elder Godfrey

Hey guys!

Things are crazy right now.  So this morning President advised us that tomorrow my companion from Arizona goes home due to sickness and my other companion from Costa Rica goes home Thursday also due to sickness.  So as for now, I'm stuck without a companion for a week until I get back home!  Still not sure what's going down with all that but I'll keep you updated!  We also have a pretty busy week so we aren't sure what's going to happen!

Things are going great though!  It was nice skyping with the family on Sunday on my birthday.   I also enjoyed going to the First Presidency Christmas devotional.  We were going to bring 2 investigators with us but they both cancelled last minute.  They missed out!  I really felt the spirit and really liked the music.  It was very spiritual. 

J--- D--- is also progressing a lot.  He gets along super well with the members and they are always asking us about him.  He currently lives here in Barranquilla with his aunt while he is studying.  His aunt doesn't really like ¨the mormons´ so there's been a little conflict there. We just want to show her that we are nice people too!  We are going to try and pass by to see what happens.

Alright so to explain the title!  This last week we had a meeting with President Searle and the stake president to talk about the wards and their progress.  When we got there President Sealre asks me ¨did you see your picture in the Liahona (one of the church magazines)?¨  That confused me because I didn't remember anyone taking a picture of me or anything.  So the next day I got a hold of a Liahona magazine and looked for my pictures.  Sure enough in the local section there was a picture of me with a convert that I got to baptize in Santo Tomas, Erick Ramos.  He was the one that was 14 that was literally the golden investigator!  Oh that made me feel so good.  Erick submitted the story of his conversion and sent in a picture.  He is such a good guy.  He will have an influence in the church here in the furture!  I'll include some pics.  I'm so happy!



Well I'm so grateful for my mission!  I've learned and grown so very much.  Well have a great week everyone!

Elder Crandall