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, April 4, 2016

Week #88 - Otavalo, Ecuador - April 4, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

This will be a short letter. Sorry I didn't get to write a lot of individual emails today because of time. Our p-day went longer than expected and we have little time left. 

Our week was like a roller coaster! We had ups and downs and twists and loops. We spent the whole week preparing people to attend General Conference. We visited all our investigators, spoke to the less-actives, and even prepared a lot of the active members to attend conference. We were making sure to tell them the place and the session times. But my companion and I realized that conference isn't taken very seriously by a lot of people here. Many of the members we spoke to told us they were only planning to watch the Sunday morning session. We did our best to encourage people to watch all the sessions, but didn't have high hopes.

We knew of course it would be harder for investigators and the less actives to come, so we made plans to pick some of them up on our way. Every one of them promised to come with us, but when it came time for us to come get them, they had an excuse not to come. One family wasn't home. We talked to their and neighbors, cousins and aunts and they had no idea where they were. We came early to one of the less-active members before Priesthood session and talked with him for awhile, but by the time we needed to go, he disappeared! On Sunday, we went to one of our investigator families and found that the husband went to work and the wife didn't feel well so she didn't want to come. So I was definitely tested this week with patience. We decided to print some of the conference talks for each of them.

I was grateful to attend conference though and really enjoyed listening to the general authorities. Unfortunately we had a lot of problems with the internet connection though. We weren't able to listen to Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk on the Sunday morning session. And the connection interrupted a lot of the talks. The computer would freeze or just shut down completely and we'd have to restart. I can't wait until the Liahona comes out so I can read all the talks without any technical errors or interruptions! :p

We were also super excited to hear them announce that a temple will be built in Quito! Everyone erupted in cheers when they announced it! I'm so grateful the people here will have a temple in this area. The only other temple in Ecuador is in Guayaquil which is quite the drive for anyone living in my mission. So exciting! And now that I think of it, that may be the reason Elder Holland came to Ecuador in the first place. To find a place to build the temple.

I don't have pics today. Next week I will be sure to send some! Have a great week everyone!

Elder Dyal

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