Garrett in front of the Guayaquil Temple

Thursday, August 18, 2011

15 August

Before I start... You guys are having way too much fun with those Kayaks! The photos you've sent me are awesome! Good to know that Kru can swim as well! Sounds like your week was pretty busy, and without fail, mine was too!

Alright, to use my journalist skills, last week's report starts as such: HOT! It was a very hot week here in the province of Guayas. I'd say we had temperatures of 90ºF (32ºC) just about every day. Sunscreen was my best friend! I think we'll see about the same in terms of weather this week as well.

We had a really slow week in teaching people, mostly because we were still searching for people to give our program a little bit more of a boost. We found some really cool families who are accepting of the message and the commitments we left with them (reading the Book of Mormon, praying about it, coming to church, being baptized, etc.). Unfortunately, as it stands now, I won't be having a birthday baptism... The family we visited and invited every day couldn't attend due to some things with their house. It was a little frustrating to have things fall through literally at the last second, but it's something I've seen time and time again, and I've learned to just keep going. Sure we'll keep visiting them, but it's of great importance that they attend with us this next Sunday. However, we could have a baptism this Saturday, as the cousin of a member has attended church several times and wants to be baptized. We've just got to make sure of a few things so that she is ready for Saturday. It's sure to be yet another wild week in Guayaquil!

We've not done anything too interesting for service, just helping out some members and investigators pull weeds (we've done this A LOT!) and clean up around their houses. They're always very grateful for the service, and for us it's gratifying to help out.

Yesterday was yet another match between Emelec and Barcelona, this time in the Capwell, home of Emelec. Guayaquil was basically a ghost town as everyone was watching the game, I don't know how we managed to get a couple lessons in during the game, it was luck! The game ended 1-1, Emelec tied things up very late in the 2nd half, I think I heard people saying in the 90th minute was when the equalizer was scored.

Well, glad to hear everything is going well! Keep up the good work Ky! It'll be a great season for the Lady Royals! Enjoy your week! I'll enjoy mine as well, because it'll go by fast! Can't believe school is just about to start again! Seems like it ended yesterday!

Love you all! Another Monday will be here before we know it!

Elder Garrett Cederquist
Misión Ecuador Guayaquil Sur

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