Monday, June 1, 2015

Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,

Date: June 1, 2015
Week: 49 Lago Agrio, Ecuador
Companion: Elder Lares/Peru
Colton's Address: Quito Ecuador North Mission
Francisco Robles E-4 151 Av Amazonas
Edificio Iglesia de Jesucristo
Quito, Ecuador
Email Address:
The river that runs through the middle of the city.
Lago Agrio, Ecuador June 2015
Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,
What a blessing it is to be able to write this letter to you all today. My week went well. Imelda was not able to be baptized because she was still selling tea and alcohol and she can't be baptized if she's doing that. We changed her date of baptism to the 20th of June. I know its seems a little far away but as a district we all have a bunch investigators set for that date.

Elder Rubisch and Elder Castillo
They have Katy and Ricardo who have been investigating for a while. They got married so that they could be baptized. They also have some kids that have not been baptized yet.
Elder Lares with napkins that say Dolly. Dolly is a term in the mission that means girls who like missionaries.
Lago Agrio, Ecuador June 2015

Us being obedient missionaries and eating outside if there is not a man in the house of our mamita.
Lago Agrio, Ecuador June 2015
Elder Ramirez and Elder Aliaga
They have Elizabeth who only speaks a language called Pinecoca but the daugher of Elizabeth translates the lessons so she can understand. They are planning to have some others to baptize as well.
Elder Lares and I
We have Imelda who should be completely ready by then and we also have the sister of Isamar, Melissa. Melissa wasn't able to come to church because she had to take a test in school. She is studying to become a lawyer. Isamar gave a sacrament talk this Sunday and it was really good. Her Dad even showed up for the talk which is a great sign. He may not get baptized while I am still here but I am planting seeds and I know God has a plan for him.
                                                Elder Aliago y Elder Lares and out district where we serve.
                                             Lago Agrio, Ecuador June 2015

Who would have thought I'd be hanging out with three Peruvians?
Lago Agrio, Ecudor June 2015

We also had a gift from God this week. We found Pablo Mamallacta. He is a less active but he decided to come to church. His younger sister, Jasmine, and younger brother, Tily, are not members and accepted to be baptized June 20th. We are trying to prepare Pablo so that he can baptize his family. Pablo just recieved the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday!

In other news
Richard also recieved the Priesthood yesterday! So that was neat. We are calling the June 20th baptism a Tarde Blanca. We are planning to go to a cool river that has waterfalls. We are only allowed to baptize over there if we get enough people that will be baptized. I am excited to be able to be there for that.

The district is doing well! I am well. None of the Latin missionaries made any progress in English this week which is sad, but they are all a bunch of missionaries leaving soon... Hard to get them at least to do the work of the Lord, let alone study English.
Can't ground me from Chocolate milk now...
Editors Note: Yes I grounded Colton from chocolate milk once after taking his phone and car away didn't seem to make any difference.
Lago Agrio, Ecuador June 2015
My outfit today I've got BYU fever.....
Lago Agrio, Ecuador June 2015

We had interviews with President Richardson on Saturday. We had to go in a suit so we traveled two hours to Coca in suits so it was hot. My suit had some fungus on it but I just brushed it off. It was cool to see President again. He asked me if this was my favorite sector and I said of course! President trained us three months worth of training that we had missed because we are so far out here.   It was fast like 5 hours or so and he started on the interviews. I was happy to be able to talk to my mission president. It was a reassuring feeling that we are guided by leaders under the Lord's direction.

President shared some cool statistics with us which I find intresting to share since today marks my first day on my second year in the mission:
" The mission is two years long. Thats 17,520 hours. You have 5,840 hours to sleep. you have 2,190 hours to study. You have 2,190 hours to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. You have 1,303 hours to plan. You have 864 hours in the MTC. You have 520 hours of P-Day. 416 hours of church. That adds to 13,323 hours of your own perosnal use. That means you have 4,197 hours of preaching the gospel.

We know from Doctrine and Covenants that 1000 years is 1 day for God. So 175 days of preaching is 0.0005 days for God. Which would mean for God we only for 41 seconds. How extremly short is your mission?!"

I am pround to be a misisonary and I am excited for this next year year and for what God has in store. I wish you all a great summer and until next time,
Elder Kimball

Bailey- Stop being a brat and enjoy Powell
Clay- Be good at scout camp.
Lexi- Hope all is well for you and Congrats on finishing school.
Leah- The same goes for you
Bella- The same for you too.
Collins- I love you!
Mother- I love you and sorry for spending so much money.
Dad- Love you too and it was great talking to you!

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