This blog is where family members will collect and share Elder Spencer Dyal's letters and photos with family, friends, and anyone interested in his missionary progression these next two years. We invite you to check here often to get updates on Spencer's missionary adventures!
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.
Definitely the highlight of the week was our baptisms.
Saturday is feria in Otavalo, so we had our baptisms on Friday
instead because we wanted the ward to attend and support the converts. We planned
the baptism with our mission leader Hno. Perugachi and with the ward council to
try to get everyone there and supporting the baptism. After planning and
talking with the ward council, I had high hopes for the baptism of the 3 girls.
So on Friday, my companion and I got to the church
early to clean up and fill up the font. The baptism started at , and we told the 3 girls to come early
with their families. We were very happy when we saw Katherine and her family
there at . Then Vanessa and
Evelin and their families got there at .
So glad they came before it started. Many times, the main issue is
making sure that the people who are getting baptized don't show
up late. I mean sometimes it's as much as 30-60 minutes late. So when we
saw they came early we thought we were home free. But the rest of the ward
showed up late! The bishop showed up late and admitted that he forgot
about the baptism. The mission leader didn't show up at all and told us on
Sunday that he had to pick up his brother-in-law at the airport. The people
assigned to be witnesses showed up late and even the people assigned to
give talks showed up late! We had to wait a while for everyone to get
there. We worked with Hno. Perugachi who had the agenda
and quickly made a new one with the bishop before the baptism started. Hopefully
the next time we can get everything running smoother, but we did
everything we could in advance so not sure what else we could have done. But
all in all, it was a really spiritual experience for Katherine, Vanessa,
and Evelin. So I guess that's all that really matters. I attached some
pictures of the baptism.
This week sure flew by. It seems like just yesterday
it was P-day and now it's P-day again. Today was changes and my
companion, Elder Marron got changed to the coast. So now I'm going to be
here with Elder Vail, my new companion. He still hasn't arrived yet and I
haven't met him before or don't even know who he is. The only thing I know
is that he is American and he's from Utah.
I'll tell you more about him next week.
Anyway, have a great week everyone! Thanks for your prayers
A group shot of Jeffery R. Holland and the area seventies
with the Ecuador North Quito missionaries
(Spencer is towards the middle back)
Elder Marron and Elder Dyal with Vanessa, Evelin and Katherine
Vanessa, Evelin and Katherine ready for their baptism