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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Week #57 - Esmeraldas, Ecuador - August 31, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

These 2 weeks have been fun and interesting.

Last week, I had to go to Quito again to renew my visa. All of the elders on the coast came with me as well. My companion, Elder Neeley, is actually a zone leader in the zona San Rafael (the other zone in the coast). And we also went with Elder Vellinga and Elder Nielson who is in Atacames. Anyway, for that reason I didn't have anytime to write last week, so sorry for that. :/

Other than that, there have been lots of things going on. There is a part in our sector called "La Isla" (The Island) which has 2 bridges. One to get to the island and another to go further into the island. Many of the members have told us that the island is super dangerous and that we should only go there with a member who knows the area well. But they also say that if you cross the second bridge, you don't ever come back...

Well, two weeks ago, one of the gangs on the island killed someone and cut off his head and limbs. The police came and apparently the gang also killed one of the police men. It was a good thing that someone told us this a few days after it happened because we were planning on going there to look around the next Monday. About a week after that, we went back and to visit a family we have been teaching there. Elder Huber always tells me every time we pass the second bridge that he wants to go there before he goes home. So, when we had divisions, Elder Huber took the District leader past the second bridge to meet a contact and get an appointment. For the appointment a few days later, he took me to the second bridge. Before crossing over, I just looked at it for a few seconds like Elder Huber was crazy! It was literally like 3 boards of wood that were all at the point of crumbling. It needed some major repair! But we did end up crossing it and unfortunately the lección with our contact was terrible because the guy was totally drunk. We could smell the alcohol on him. But now I feel totally cool because I can say I crossed the second bridge! :p Not very many missionaries attempt it. 

Also Cotapaxi, a volcano in the Quito Mission has been exploding. When we went to Quito I wanted so bad to see it but it didn't look like anything was happening plus I didn't really get a good view of it :/

And yesterday in church, there was an girl who came to church with a friend that invited her to come that day. The YW president introduced us and she told us she wants to get baptized! We will be teaching her this week and see how it works out...

Today for P day, we went to Atacames! One of the prettiest beaches in Ecuador! Elder Huber wanted to buy some stuff for his family since he'll be going home in a few weeks. Everyone told us to go there because it's a good place to buy souvenirs. We also took some guys for our branch with us.. Their names were Aron Gerson (who is a recently returned missionary) and Kevin (who will be a missionary in like 2 months). It was cool to go with them. They helped us so we didn't get ripped off when we tried to buy stuff. Elder Huber bought a bunch of different things because he said if he goes to his house without anything for his family, they won't let him in! Hahaha! ;p I just bought a taca taca, a little toy that everyone likes to play with.

Then today on the bus going home, we saw this lady with a bible in her hand and she was talking to everyone around her about God and Jesus. I have seen people with Herias asking for money, and I have seen people singing and selling stuff on buses, but I have never seen this on a bus before. A few minutes after we got on the bus, she came and sat by us and began shouting and screaming at the top of her lungs about how Jesus can help us. It was for like 20 minutes! Then she came up to me and said "Jesus has a plan for you" and left the bus.

Guess what? Jesus does has a plan for me. And for all of you. It's called the plan of salvation. And salvation does not come by screaming prayers to try to make people to repent, it comes when we choose to repent and follow Christ. 

Well, that was a few of my experiences in a couple paragraphs. Have a great week everyone!

Elder Dyal

In the North Quito Mission Office to renew visas

 Atacames Beach

 Atacames Beach with Elder Huber and friends from the branch

 Atacames Beach with Elder Huber and friends from the branch

 In Atacames Beach to buy souvenirs

 In Atacames Beach to buy souvenirs

In Atacames Beach to buy souvenirs with our friends from the branch

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