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, September 7, 2015

Week #58 - Esmeraldas, Ecuador - September 7, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been a great week! 

So, the girl who came to church 3 weeks ago with her friend and was interested in taking discussions (her name is Diana), now has a baptism date for the third of October. Although I'm not so sure how that will work out... The branch has the temple trip the week before and third is General Conference. Honestly, it might not even work that week and we'll probably have to push it out even farther. She is a cool girl and pilas. Although I don't know if she just doesn't understand the principles we are teaching her or if she feels intimidated to speak because she never asks questions. She is the first person here that I've met that has more of a reserved personality. Most people are super outgoing, and even some, a little too much...Anyway, we will just have to be careful and see if she is ready by then. The last 19 baptisms that were in this branch have all become less active now, so baptizing another person who will also become less active won't help the branch at all.

Next week should be interesting. We have ward conference which means the stake presidency will be coming to the branch. I have only met the stake president briefly but it will be great having him come speak to us.

The biggest problem in the branch right now is that most of the people who come to sacrament meeting are women and children. Almost all of the active priesthood holders are in the Aaronic priesthood. We have so few priesthood holders that we don't even have a Elder quorum president or a High priest group leader. The branch and missionaries are trying hard to fix that but it's difficult. The biggest hope the branch has is when their ward missionaries who are out on their mission come home and stay in the area to help out and be involved in the ward.

Today for P-day, our district went to the lighthouse on "Las Palmas" beach. It was cool. Everyone here says that Las Palmas is the "ugly beach" in Ecuador. I didn't think it was too bad. It seems a little polluted. I believe it comes from the Esmeraldas River that dumps out into the ocean but they have cleaned it up a bit. True it wasn't as pretty as Atacames Beach, but a beach is a beach! Who can complain about beaches? I love the beach! Anyway, I will send pictures of the P-day next week. I forgot my camera cord this week.

Have an amazing week everyone! Thank you for all your prayers. I will be praying for all of you too!

Elder Dyal 

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