Monday, October 19, 2015

Some Good News, Possible Baptisms, District Changes Coming


That is cool with the conference quotes and thanks for those. I understood most of the talks but some parts were harder to understand due to idiomatic phrases or things like that. For our investigators there is some good news. One of our investigators recently found work so he and his wife can get married. They are planning on getting married at the end of November so they will get baptized. I just don't know if I will be here when they get baptized which is sad as the next change ends on November 30th and I don't know when exactly they want to get married. It would be nice to see them married and baptized but I know they will progress magnificently. It just might be that another missionary gets to be there at the end of their process. Still that would mean I played a great role in their progression which is important. And quite honestly the numbers are not what are always important, it's the people that those numbers represent.

Another investigator of ours gave her testimony in the testimony meeting which was awesome as she had a very powerful and heartfelt testimony. She says she wants to get married with her husband in December which is in the change after this coming up one. The changes in the mission are coming this next Sunday so we will see what happens. Most likely Elder Goodfellow will be sent out and I will remain here and receive a Latino companion. That is most of everyone's predictions. I don't know who could be the future district leader but it will most likely be someone in my sector as the other two sets of Elders are in training. It is possible a district leader could be called among them but it might be easier for the district leader to be in a companionship not training as that district leader has many responsibilities if they are training.

We did have a rougher week and we are struggling to get lessons taught with members present. Our ward has members (not lots but still has member) it's just the people we try calling almost never can help us or always have an excuse. Sometimes to me it seems the Ecuadorians are the best at making excuses. Still we do our best. We also have had a lot of our plans fall so it ends up that we sometimes have a hard time finding someone to visit. Also since I have started leading it is a little harder as I am not perfect with the sector and I still have things to learn. Still I hope we can finish the change strong and also I will be finishing my training soon which is really exciting.

We didn't have the opportunity to do anything too exciting today due to the fact that on the last P day in the change missionaries can't have district or zone activities so it is often hard to figure out what to do. Also the first P day in the change can get fried as it is when changes happen so that P day can be hectic. So today we hung out at the house for awhile and just going to a few places and not doing too much. So hopefully we have an exciting week.

I probably will read the talks in English or listen to them in English. That will take me some time but I do look forward to it.  Well I wish you all love.


Elder Throop

Monday, October 12, 2015

Rough week, Conference Dubbed, but Still Good, Meeting with First Missionary in Ecuador


Well I got a soso cyber again. This time the mouse is kind of horrible. We spent some time looking for a cyber because we wanted to be with the other companionship as they wanted some of the photos that Elder Goodfellow had. We had a rough week as conference destroyed our Saturday so we visited no one that day. Sunday we did get some visits. We had a lot of visits fall which was sad but we did work hard this week. We have no one progressing at the moment which is really disappointing as it would be really hard to get anyone baptized right now unless they do what they are supposed to. There is this one couple with a lot of potential and if they get married we could baptize them before the end of this change.

We did some pretty cool things this week. On Saturday we went to a nearby hill called the Panicilo to see the first missionary that served in Ecuador. His name was Elder Robinson and he was really cool and humble. He kept making a point that what he did was really no different then what other missionaries do. He talked with us and the other companionship and seemed interested in us. A lot of people wanted to take photos with him as he was kind of the main interest. It was a special event right before conference and it was in celebration of the church being fifty years in Ecuador. So we got to do that before conference on Saturday which was just awesome. I do have some photos of that so I will see about sending you some as that was really cool.

We listened to conference in Spanish which wasn't the worst as I understood what they were saying. It just wasn't the same to not hear the prophets voice. Still the cool part was when we heard Elder Christofferson as he translated his talk into Spanish and we got a recording of his voice. So I got to hear (and understand) Elder Christofferson in Spanish. His Spanish was amazing and a lot better (in my not so humble opinion) then the other translators. That was cool. I did notice Thomas S Monson looked more tired then normal and his age might be affecting him. Also considering the stress of being a prophet. I just hope he lives for awhile. The three new apostles were cool but again Spanish translations. Hopefully in April we will hear it in English because I don't know what the new ones sound like. I did like that talk from the seventy about memorizing and studying the scriptures. I can't remember what word it was in Spanish but I was like huh? That talk was funny as well. Here are two methods that will help you. One will help financially one spiritually. Then he said can you imagine. So that talk was really cool. It definitely was a great experience. I felt that conference went really fast and I don't know if that was because I was really excited for conference or really ready. I definitely enjoyed it.

There were a lot of talks about day of rest (in Spanish día de reposo, thing is I can't remember what it is in English exactly because I teach it in Spanish so much) and the importance of sanctifying the day of rest. I guess some people don't get it. Elder Holland`s tribute to mothers was awesome and I really enjoyed hearing that. Hearing an apostle talk so much about love and mothers was great. This conference definitely was great. There was one talk from the Priesthood Session (I know it is for men but I recommend it anyways because it was epic) was him talking about obeying the commandments. He said, I am going to make my theme very simple and clear Obey the Commandments (more or less if I remember correctly) and he gave this magnificent talk about obeying the commandments. There was another talk from Carol something that applies to our investigators and can help people. I definitely enjoyed conference.

Today we had a zone activity were we basically played games as a district and played different sports. Then President showed up from no where and everyone was just panicking and acting just a tad better. I think his purpose was to talk to one specific missionary but he greeted us all and talked with different people. It was nice to see him. He could also have been there to encourage us as the zone apparently had a rough week as well. I don't know the reasons but it was nice to see him. The activities were fun. We did a variety of sports including Ultimate Frisbee Ecovolly (a type of volleyball played here. Three on three with a soccer ball and different rules) sharks and minnows and other things. So we had a fun time. We then went over to our pensionistas house and they gave us lunch which was really nice as they don`t have to feed us Monday at all. We then watched our pensionista make brownies (which we ate later) and now I have a recipe for brownies! We did some shopping then came here to write home.

Well that sums up my week and I hope you guys have a good time.

Elder Throop

Here's some pics

Close up of Virgin Statue

Companionships with husband of the Pensionita

Companionships and the ward mission leader (beard) and Elder Robinson

Being silly with the statue