Monday, January 26, 2015


The power goes out here in Goya about 3 times a day!

Hey, so here's the latest that's gone down this week.

My companion and I were pretty busy. We did 2 exchanges durante this semana with other Elders. We only worked in our area for 3 days, haha.

We went on exchanges with the elders in BellaVista; I stayed in my area with Elder Vasco. He is from Ecuador. He has a super cool conversion story. Basically, he was a bad kid that did not do great stuff, but the missionaries found him, and he describes that he felt such joy when they were there that he was willing to do anything to keep that feeling with him, even to the point of leaving his girlfriend so that he could get baptized. His story is so touching ...essentially, everyone was against him. But he followed what he knew to be right, and now look where he is at!

I also went on exchanges with Elder Reynolds who is new to the zone this transfer. He is from Pima, Arizona.  I can't easily explain him. He's just a really big crazy guy that had crazy friends that did fun crazy stuff, but he still stayed a faithful member of the church. He has so much energy, and it is hard to control him haha.  But I have never laughed so hard during my mission. It was just awesome to be with him.

So the work here has kinda slowed down for us, but we still have some potentials for baptisms. We are working with a mom and her 2 twins. The mom's name is Lucia; she's been a member for about 2 years, but is now less-active. We have been reactivating her recently, and she's already gone back to church 3 times! :D Her twins, Valentina y Lucas, are 9 years old. Lucas wants to be baptized, and Valentina is scared of lots of people and water, so she doesn't quite yet. But Lucas is going to be baptized on the 14th, and hopefully Valentina along with her! :D They are both super happy and really intelligent kids. So they are our main focus for the moment. Please pray for this family so that they can continue faithfully to their baptisms and afterwards as well!

But we do need to look for some more people to teach.

Hey, so I got scorched this week!  Like, serious sun burn!!  We did service for some recent converts this week. The sad thing is every time it rains here, the water floods into their house because they basically live in a bowl.  So we decided to literally raise the house a couple of feet so that the water couldn't come in any more; we also cut their lawn.  So, needless to say, it took quite a while (4 hours), and, well, um, I forgot that I'm a white guy who's legs and neck haven't seen sun for months. Oh, they got soooo burned; and it kills super bad. And believe me, wearing this white shirt and tie does NOT help :p

But everything here is good.  And the mission is always great.

Please pray for my investigators :)

Thank you so much for all that you do, for helping get things ready for when I come home, for the genealogy information, for the letters (please write more), and for all the support. I truly love you.


Elder Clemóns