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, March 7, 2016

Week #84 - Otavalo, Ecuador - March 7, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was an awesome week!

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 7:00, 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 6:30. Then Vanessa and Evelin and their families got there at 6:45. 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 and emails!

Elder Dyal

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

Vanessa, Evelin and Katherine and their families

Elder Dyal by the Otavalo sign 

 Elder Dyal by the Otavalo sign

Elder Dyal at Oskars Restaurant

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