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 8, 2016

Week #80 - Otavalo, Ecuador - February 8, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

This has been an interesting week in Otavalo.

Today and tomorrow are the official days of Carnival! But everyone has been playing around in anticipation of it for weeks and weeks already. All this week, people on the streets, but mostly teenagers, have been spaying each other with water and this foamy stuff and glittery sand stuff in celebration of Carnival. My companion Elder Marron (who is from Peru) has been wanting to get in on the action with everyone. A few days ago, he snuck up behind a member of our ward and sprayed her with water while she was washing the clothes. He didn't spray her with very much water, but then she took a huge bucket of water and splashed it onto him. Luckily, I was out of the way. But he kind of asked for it, although he complained about being wet and cold for a long time afterwards. Sigh.

I've been getting along with Elder Marron fine enough. He's super into video games and computers. I guess we have a lot of different interests and ways of thinking and working. Sometimes he will say something on one day, and then the next day he say the complete opposite. But then I need to remember that it's only his third change in the mission so he still has a lot to learn. And I think the Lord wants me to learn patience and acceptance. It will work out. 

It's been kinda hard here in Otavalo with our investigators. Our sector is like the center of Otavalo, from the plaza de los ponchos (where there is always a billion tourists), and it goes all the way to the farms in the mountains. But our ward is basically just indigenous people. Our sector is practically the entire district. And my sector, along with my district leader's sector, the hermanas sector and the zone leader's sector is almost bigger than the sector I had when I was in Coca! Didn't think that could happen!

There was a lady that was going to get baptized really soon, but then we found out that she wasn't married after all, so we had to cancel her baptism. She felt so bad about lying, and really wants to be baptized, but now it looks like her baptism might take some time because her "husband" isn't interested in getting married. The indigenous people are pretty hard to teach here. So many of them don't like the missionaries or aren't interested because they are already of the Catholic faith. We are hoping and praying that our current investigators can progress...

Have a great week everyone! Enjoy your Valentine's day. Thanks for your prayers!

Elder Dyal

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