Monday, March 20, 2017

Almost Ready for Baptism, Cold and Snow?, Amazing Race


Well this last week went pretty well. One of the investigators  that we have been teaching had his baptism interview and passed so he is ready for baptism on the 25th. We are really happy about that and I hope he gets there fine. His name is Tomas so please pray for him as well if you can so he can progress to baptism and keep going afterwards. So that was really cool. 

This last week it has been rather cold and rainy and it has snowed on some nearby mountains which almost never happens. That was cool to see here and we are happy. The last Sunday we saw the snow and it was weird as it almost never snows on one particular mountain. We did have some success finding news this week. one person that came to church last week with her ¨husband¨(they aren't married) showed up as well. She isn't a member but he is. She actually seems pretty animated about getting married to have an eternal family. He seems a little hesitant so we hope to help them out as she could have great progress. That was also great for us. We had another great experience were there were two elders that came to our sector because they had to wait for a visa. Thanks to that visit we could have a great day and we found some new investigators that Elder Powell contacted with the other Elder that we might not have found any other way. So that was really cool and that was a great experience. Sometimes there are great trials here but as we rely on the Lord and Christs atonement we can overcome all things and when we overcome that can make us happier and have more peace in our lives and we can feel the spirit more abundantly in our lives.

Today we had a rather fun activity. The zone leaders called it the amazing race were we went around Quito (mainly just parts in La Colon the stake that we are in) visiting different cites and taking photos there which was pretty cool. We went pretty fast and I was hurting a bit from all the running but it was a fun experience. We went by the presidencial palace, basilica, ejido. We took a photo with president in a food place and a few other places. That was pretty cool. The objective was to learn how to plan well in your day and to diligently study the scriptures. I haven't received my itinerary yet but they were talking about that to me. What time do I arrive? It just feels very weird for me to end my mission. Sometimes I have had hard times but there have also been very great times being here and experiencing life and helping and serving people here so it is a great experience. I hope you have a great week.  I do look forward to conference as well and I hope it is great. 

Stay safe!
Elder Throop

Pics from the Amazing Race Competition

Looking at the Panacillo (one of the requirements)

Presidential Palace

Ecuadorian Presidential Palace

metal ball structure

Arch in the Ejido

With President Christensen

Ecuadorial flea market

popular eating spot for missionaries

With Zone Leaders

Catching his breath in the "Q"

End of challenge!

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