Spencer is from Canton, Michigan and is called to serve in the Ecuador Quito North Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from July 2014 - July 2016.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week #28 - East Quito, Ecuador - February 9, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Well this week has flown by with a lot of changes and interesting things that have happened.

One of the guys in our ward left on his mission this week to Honduras, which my companion was really excited about because that is where he is from. For his farewell, we gathered in the church and had a testimony meeting. The bishop asked if my companion and I would say a few things. It was kinda cool being part of the program. And then he was set apart as a missionary.

Another girl in the ward received her mission call this week as well. She was called to Perù in an area that was really close to where my companion was serving before he was transfered to the Quito North mission because of Visa problems. So he was really excited yet again. After all the mission calls this week, I was thinking about how cool it would be if someone in this ward got a call to serve in Michigan. Although, from what I have heard and seen, it is unlikely for Latinos to get called to the United States. It doesn't happen very often. Most missionaries in Ecuador stay in South or Latin America

Also, the missionaries in our area had interviews and a meeting with the president this week. He told us that the months of February and March are unique in this mission. Apparently in the past, there has been lots of success in February and March, so now they call these months Fe de Febrero (Faith of February) and Milagro de Marzo (Miracle of March). Also we will have different rules in February and March. For instance, in February we won't have any activities as a zone for P-day, and in March we will only be able to have these activities if we get a certain amount of confirmations during the week. We've also been asked to choose something to sacrifice during these months. Not sure what I'm going to do yet. We also are to read a talk that was given to us at least 4 times during these months. The zones that get the highest number of reactivations for less actives and confirmations will be able to have a breakfast and lunch with the President in the mission home.

On top of all that, we also have "Carnival" that will be starting on Valentines Day and lasts all the way up until the 17th of February. From what I understand about Carnival, it's basically a festival that lasts for 3 days. There are parades and celebrations everywhere. People throw water balloons at each other, spray each other with shaving cream, throw eggs or flour or whatever. Because of this, this mission president gave us strict rules to follow. For these 3 days, we can't leave the house except for appointments only. On P-day, we are only allowed to buy our food, write our emails, and go back to our house. Needless to say, we will have an interesting week and a couple months here. And transfers are coming up soon!  I don't want to leave La Luz! There are a lot of people that I have been teaching and are finally progressing, and others who have been showing more interest in the church! I guess we will see what happens but goodness the time is flying! 2 weeks more of this transfer...and then 12 more transfers left until my mission is over. 
Have a good week everyone! Enjoy your Valentine's Day and a week without Carnival! :p

Elder Dyal

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