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, January 18, 2016

Week #77 - Coca, Ecuador - January 18, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

This weekend there was a plan for one of our investigators to get baptized. His name is Santos and we unfortunately had to postpone since he was still having problems with dropping coffee. So we are going to try for January 30th. Santos was a huge miracle! I still don't really understand his transformation so we just call it a miracle. Everyone in his family is basically all members. His kids go to church every week with his mother-in-law. They got baptized 4 years ago but Santos never showed progress and ended up telling the elders he wasn't interested in the church. Elder Perez told me that the missionaries stopped visiting him after awhile, but then we started feeling like we should check in on him. Elder Perez and I started going there to visit him again and were surprised he was interested in having us teach him again. We prayed about our approach with him so he would feel the spirit and know what we were teaching him was true. Instead of just telling him to "do this!" and "do that!" we tried a different approach. He came with us to a few family home evenings with members so he became a costumbre kinda to have family home evenings with powerful lessons about gospel principals. Nothing was directly directed at him, but it happened every Monday. Then just out of the blue he started attending church with his family and accepted a baptismal date. This was all definitely the Lord's hand!

Then on Wednesday through Friday, all the missionaries traveled to Quito for a missionary conference. It was with Elder Godoy, a member of the first quorum of the seventy. He came to visit before when I was in the Calderón stake while I was in Quito. He gives very powerful talks but has a Brazilian accent so it's sometimes hard to understand. I also recognized him as one of the first general authorities to give a talk during General conference in his own language in October 2014. He spoke to us about being missionaries to his own family members who aren't members of the church. We also heard that Jeffrey R. Holland is coming to the mision in February. It is so awesome to have general authorities come to this mision!

On Sunday, my companion and I got to church early and found a huge hive of honey bees in the podium. It took us a while to get them all out and kill them all. President Merizalde broke a stick and lit it on fire to drive them away and someone else used some type of poison to spray at them. The poison spray made the sacrament room smell awful because the fumes were everywhere, so to let it air out, we changed the order of the church meetings and put the sacrament meeting last and Gospel Principles first.

And that was my week! Thanks for your prayers! Have a great week everyone! 

Elder Dyal

 Elder Jeffery and I at a rest stop as we are riding the bus to Quito for the missionary conference

 Quito North missionaries with Elder Godoy and his wife
(Spencer at the very top on the right)

 Eating a Subway lunch during the conference

Goofing off!

Bees outside the church!

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