Garrett in front of the Guayaquil Temple

Monday, April 18, 2011

Still In Machala, No Transfer For Me! 18 Apr 2011

Hello Family!

It's been a pretty crazy week with transfers and all! I'm happy to report that I'm still in Machala in the Puerto Bolivar ward. Elder Denison, however, was transfered to Guayaquil early Friday morning, 15 April. My new companion is Elder Ruiz, from Escuintla, Guatemala. He has over a year and a half in the mission! He came from a big sector in Guayaquil to one of the smallest in the entire mission, so it was a bit of a shock from him.

Baptism wise, still nothing... We were getting really close with a couple who lived in our sector, but then we found out they moved for pretty much good to Esmeraldas, which is in the north of Ecuador, in the Quito mission. As you can imagine, it was a little frustrating to find that out. But we can contact the missionaries up there and give them the reference. But we are still teaching some great people who have told us that they want the Gospel in their lives, so at least there is something to fall back on.

I'm glad to hear that everything is going well with everyone! Not too much is going on here, except that Elder Marcus B. Nash, of the Seventy, and President of the South America Northwest area will be here in Machala tomorrow, 19 April, giving a Charla Fogonera (Fireside) at the stake center. We get the chance to be there and talk with him tomorrow in the morning about 0900, and then his fireside is at 1930. It should be a good turn out! I actually met Elder Nash while in the Lima MTC, so it will be exciting to see him again!

For Mother's Day, we will get to call sometime during the day and get to talk for about 45 minutes is what I've heard. So that will be a very exciting time! I can't wait for it either!

Well, that's about all for this week! Hopefully there's more to report next week!

Oh yeah, still haven't had any "weird" foods yet. Today's lunch was KFC in Machala Central! A little spoiled? Maybe. :) It was really good!

Take care everyone!

Elder Garrett Cederquist

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