Hello family from sunny Guayaquil on this first day of August!!! Can you believe that?!?! It seems just like last week I was writing about it being the first week of July, it's really incredible how fast the time flies by when you're having fun and staying busy! The last week we had was really busy, finding and teaching people, and trying to get them to commit to being baptized, attending church, all that good stuff we do as missionaries! In this sector it's a little bit tougher to get them to commit to those kind of things, but I know with work and a lot of prayer, we can help them out and better their lives.
Yesterday was rather interesting, Elder Reynoso was feeling pretty sick, so after calling President and Sister Montalti, and the Nurses, Sister Mairena and Sister Salmon, it was off to the Kennedy Clinic in the center of Guayaquil to have a look at what might be the problem. Luckily for us, Dr. Villacis, who is a member of the Church, was waiting for us to do the check-ups and all the good stuff that we know all too well thanks to me! They took some blood and Dr./Brother Villacis wrote out a prescription, and actually right now we're waiting for the results, so I've got to be quick! It shouldn't be anything too bad because Elder Reynoso has been feeling better today, so that's good news!
We're strengthening our really strong relationship with the members, so we're planning on having some activities in the near future to boost up the missionary work here. Our branch is multi-cultural it seems, we have members from Colombia, Spain, and Peru who attend our ward, so it makes for a good time when we can talk to them about what it's like in those countries. One of the missionaries in my district, Elder Ochoa, who will finish his mission this month, is from Colombia, and we were talking the other night while Elder Reynoso was interviewing an investigator for baptism, and we managed to arrive at the subject of Formula 1 and Juan Pablo Montoya, who is in NASCAR now, but was F1 a few years back. I think he was a little surprised to hear that I knew about him and followed those two sports! I've also talked to the member from Colombia about Montoya, he was even more surprised to hear me talk about him! It made for a good time!
The activities we're going to try and have should be pretty fun, showing the movie "The Testaments" and having Karaoke and other fun activities we think will help us gain more referrals from the members, something all missionaries need, because it's pretty tough to find every single person on your own! "Every Member a Missionary," the famous words of President David O. McKay.
Here's something I liked: President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “My brethren and sisters, we can let the missionaries try to do it alone, or we can help them. If they do it alone, they will knock on doors day after day and the harvest will be meager. Or as members we can assist them in finding and teaching investigators” (“Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep,” Ensign, May 1999, 107).
Well, other than that, not much else is going on, just keeping up the work and staying busy, the best and only thing to do while on the mission! And as I said in the beginning, it makes the time fly by!
Sounds like it was a great time a Bear Lake! Send pictures next week, as will I!
Love you all! Enjoy the week! Good luck Ky with soccer try-outs!
Elder Garrett Cederquist
Misión Ecuador Guayaquil Sur