Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Eagle Has Landed

Date: February 16, 2016
Week: 85 Cangahua, Ecuador
Companion: Elder Moreira/ Quevedo Ecuador
Colton's Address:
Quito Ecuador North Mission
Francisco Robles E-4 151 Av Amazonas
Edificio Iglesia de Jesucristo
Quito Ecuador
Elder Moreira's first Baptism!
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016

1. Service Time! 2. Elder Moreira at work, 3. Us Elders before our sunburns 4. My model pose
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016 

With the Hermana Edita Porozo planting her garden
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016 

Well this week, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve of Apostles is here in Ecuador!!!! The whole mission is pretty stoked and I am too. 

This past week we spent most of our days serving. It started with our mamita on Sunday, Edita Porozo, asking us for help in her garden. We said we would, but someone fogot the sunscreen (not like I would of used it anyways). We worked really hard and were able to clear out all the weeds and got the seeds the church gave her all planted. I'm not going to lie. I got a little sunburned but the lobster color made me feel at home. 

Carnaval was well spent!!!! (in the house....). WE helped the Yepez  familia prepare by filling up balloons but unfortunately Elder Moreira and I had to go to the house( Mission Rules). But a couple photos were taken to catch the fun. 

1. In case you thought I didn't work 2. Elder Perry ruining my shirt 3. Los Tres Amigos & Elder Moreira wearing his Spurs shirt with pride!
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016
Dinner with the Yepez Familia and getting the balloons ready for Carnaval with them.
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016
The Yepez Familia!
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016

I was telling the Yepez family how we helped the Hermana Edita plant some seeds and I said that we could help them make a little garden. They decided that we rip up the whole back patio and see if we could get a field back there. I mean I guess if they wanted to we were ready to help. After tearing up most of the back patio, I thought that it was a good thing they weren't renting this place....until I found out they were renting this place. William (Lider Misional) said that we would just keep the dirt just in case the owner came back. I thought about how mad my mom would have been if she was the owner. So we are getting the garden down and hopeing to start planting this week! 

1.Doing service, 2.Kissing the bicep, 3.Elder Moreira when he almost fell 4, My face when they told me they were just renting the property.
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016

1.Batter up,  2.All in uniform,  3.Elder Moreira playing in the dirt, &still working!
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016

1. The return of chuckie (my stomach) 2. Elder Moreira and William our Ward Mission Leader 3. Doing Squats, 4. Those cement tiles are heavier than they look!
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016
Wiliam, Elder Moreira and I getting the work done!
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016

Speaking of the Yepez, don't know if you remember the dad that was drunk and wouldn't give them money to eat. Well we started teaching him and he is planning to be baptized in March. I think celebrating his birthday really showed him that we care about him. Even his daughter is planning to be baptized in March. President promised that we would see miracles in March and who knew that we actually would. With sacrifices, there are blessings. 
Elder Moreira and his first baptism, Ricardo.  The Elders from the other side of our area asked him to baptize.
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016
Well the Elders of the other side of the ward have been working with an investigator named Ricardo. He was able to be baptized this Saturday and Elder Moreira was able to baptize him. The poor guy didn't have white clothes so I had to lend him mine,  but he didn't care they were too large and was so happy to get his first baptism in. Elder Moreira has been progressing really well. I feel like he is becoming the msisonary he wants to be! And what the Lords wants him to be.

My classic "Kimball" face
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016
So on Wednesday, Elder Holland will be visiting our mission and we will have a couple hours to hear from him. I am really excited because I remember the Spirit I felt when he visited us in San Antonio. We have to fast today to prepare for the meeting and we have to contact five people while on the way to the meeting. Of all the apostles that I get to see during my mission of course it's going to be Jeffrey R. Holland! I hope to receive a lot of revelation because I know that he is an apostle of God. 
Watch this video:
Stay Within the Lines

President Richardson shared with us the mormon message to help prepare us for the visit of Elder Holland. Althought the message does not apply to all of us, I know it can still help us all. Repentance is key. I know it is hard. I have done it and more than once. It is something that has helped me become the person God wants me to be. Even though we make mistakes, God still loves us but He does not accept even the littlelest bit of sin. Let us try to be more spiritually clean. It is something that I know that I have struggled with, am struggling with, and will struggle with, but as long as I remember whose side I am on that is what matters.

18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Let us be clean, and I know that we will be blessed!

Elder Kimball
1.Pig Intestines with cabbage and rice 2. At least we tried it! 3. With the Hermana Marcia making pig intestines
Cangahua, Ecuador February 2016

Bailey- Heard you broke the sabbath. Exodus 31:14-15
Clay- Heard you feeling weak these days Ether 12:27
Lexi- How's school? You making alot of friends?
Leah- You're still in soccer right? Keep working hard!
Bella- Try to help Grandma and Grandpa out this week! Mosiah 2:17
Collins- Mom and Dad will be back before you know it! Don't cry too much!
Capri- Keep eating fatty!
Mom- Enjoy Antartica or as Lexi says Aunt Artica! Take pictures and don't play Rook too much!
Dad- Thanks for writing me something other than sports! Love you Dad and enjoy the trip!

Elder Kimball

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