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, May 18, 2015

Week #42 - Calderón, Ecuador - May 18, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been very interesting to say the least... 

To start out, it's been very different having an American as a companion. I guess I'm still adjusting to that change, especially when people stop and stare at us. When people here see two Americans walking down the street, it attracts a lot of attention. It's basically something you will never find, Americans without someone native with them, especially outside of Quito. Sometimes it brings a lot of unwanted attention, but sometimes it is helpful in our missionary work. It gives us a reason to start talking to people. :p This week especially, we had many people that would come sit next to us on the bus or wherever we are and would just start asking us questions, like where we are from and why we are here sort of thing.

Friday was also interesting because we had a leadership training with our zone, and the ZL's organized a game with water balloons. Of course there was a lesson that we were suppose to learn from the water balloon game, but as everyone knows, the only thing anyone ends up learning is that water balloons are really fun to throw at people to get them wet. In the end, everyone went crazy and began throwing them all over the place. Somehow though, I got the most wet out of everyone! How did that happen? :p

On Saturday morning during our study time, my companion and I got a call from a member in our ward who told us that we should go to a family in our ward because they had an emergency. So without knowing exactly what was going on or what happened, we ran to the conjunto where they live. After we arrived, we sat down and the Sister began to explain the emergency to us, but she was talking super fast and crying at the same time so it was difficult to completely understand what she was telling us. Then the bishop and one of his counselors arrived. She began to tell the same story again to the bishop, and then the bishop called the stake president over the phone. After listening to the story several times, I started understanding what was going on. Her husband is missing and no one knew where he was or if he's even still alive. There are still a lot of unanswered questions and it sounds like there were some shady things going on with his job, but he had been missing since Thursday. The police and other government organizations are now involved, but they don't know where he is or what has happened. It's hard because we don't know how to help them, and he is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I feel very saddened for them and wouldn't know why anyone would want to do something harmful to him...

So as I told you last week, this week we had changes! My companion Elder Higgins kept saying that he felt like he was going to leave...and that's what ended up happening, but not really. We both got assigned new companions, but we are still in the same ward. I didn't go anywhere thankfully! I didn't want to leave still thinking of all these people. It seems like everyone still needs my service in this area....members, investigators, less actives and recent converts. It's hard not knowing how to help everyone and feeling pulled in many different directions, but I suppose there is still work I need to do here. So Elder Higgins is now a zone leader, and Elder Gebs who was my zone leader, is now my companion. That's makes two American companions in a row now!

So overall, this last week was unlike any other! Exciting, tiring, terrifying, and repeat! Although I would like to please ask everyone if you could keep the Tovar family in your prayers this week. They are great members in my ward! It's been hard to see them go through this and not being able to help. Thank you for everything! Your prayers and letters mean so much. Have a great week!

Elder Dyal

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