Elder Sanders

Elder Sanders

Monday, March 25, 2013

99 days left to live ! week 86 - 18 left

A great greeting to family, friends, and all those who also will be reading these writings! And for a fine introduction to this letter, as of Today, I have only 99 days left in Ecuador! Incredible how time passes, isn´t it?

 This has been a rather fine week, actually, a VERY BUSY week!  It seems we´ve been more focused on helping our zone out then our own at times!  This week, we were priviliged to serve our fellow missionaries with some baptismal interviews, 2 divisions, and this morning. We arose at 5:00 AM, traveled to a house of missionaries in our zone, and at 6:30 sharp, rapped upon thier windows!  We made breakfast for them, spent some building up time together, and studied with them for the morning. It did go well! I beleive they are now superbly strengthened.

AND SO!!! The world is doing crazy things without me! Lauren is engaged? Chantel´s papers are in? It snowed! New callings! What a great time you all are having there in Utah! It makes me all the more excited to come up and see you all!  But, all in due time!
And Madison! Thank you for loving me just as much as I did for you!  You are a binding link in the Sanders Family, so keep being fun and happy and joyful!  And congrats in color guard, keep it up!

And so, let´s see what is new for the week: hm. not too much!  We´ve definitely been contacting plenty, but it seems that at the moment our little zone is having a hard time just finding new people!  It seems as if we need to try a few new tactics, and one of the president´s assistants today just advised that we should try to talk to at least 20 people every day.  That´s about 140 new people known for one week!  So we´re going to try to get our whole zone to help us out with that.

And this Saturday, is the baptism of Jovita! She passed her interview, and all shall go incredibly well for this weekend.

As for other side-bits, me and my companion just started to do P-90X workouts this week too!  And for those who know not what that is, just imagine the most manly exercize program conceived!  And my! We were as sore as professional grizzly-bear wrestlers! we tried to go to the store and buy some protien to help us out, but unfortunately, here in Ecuador things can be really cheap or really expensive, and the smallest container we could find cost a whopping $75!  So, could you guys see how much it costs over there?  We may ask you to send some if it´s not too huge....

but aside from that, we are really striving to make ourselves better missionaries spiritually also, and have found that we have really been focusing on the concept of Daily Repentance.  That whenever we make a big mistake, such as breaking a Mission Manuel rule or something, we stop, and say a sincere pray of forgiveness before we keep working, and strive never to do it again!  And we have found that all is going well! So we hope that this week we have plenty of success! 

AND TOMORROW!!! We have a massive training meeting with all the leaders in the mission here, and it goes from 9 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon!  So it will be a big day!

Well, until then, until next week my loved ones!

-Elder Sanders

Photos: Well, it seems that the ONLY times I have my camera is when we are cooking or doing something with food! So, here is us after a delicious homemade pasta, me making pancakes at 7:00 Am earlier today, and a box of make it yourself GNOCCHIS imported from ITALY!!!! I WILL EAT THEM WELL!  Until Next week!  May our heavenly father bless you all!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Week 85 ( 19 left ) Man vs Ecuador

A mighty fine greeting to one and all from The Eternal Spring!

 This week has been tough!  Well, actually, I think  this whole first half of the change has been tough!  Never have we been so dedicated to contacting people in the street!  And so far, it´s going partially well, it seems as if as of now Jovita is the only one with a baptismal date!  But we´ll keep searching.

SO! We´ve had some good and adventurous times this week! I´d say the greatest was this last Saturday, so I will do my best to dramatize it although I´m not quite a scholar, but oh well!:

¨Noon! Twas week´s end, and my companion and I did have a morsel of time to spare. Looking axiously at our watches, we saw that we had only an hour to find a new family before the week ended, and we did so dearly wish to find a new family!  We strapped on our packs and headed out to the world, without plans nor strategy, we began to eagerly knock upon doors, hoping that some soul would have compassion enough to let us in. And why would they have more compassion on us than in any other moment? For the elements of nature could no longer contain thier fury, and a monstrous hurracane had unleashed itself onto Carcelen Alto!  Rain poured off our backpacks, and chilled knuckles wrapped earnestly on many homes, but none would accept us!  Floods of water rushed to our ankles, our pants began to soak, but we strode on!  Nature would not stop the work of the lord! Lightning flashed furiously about us, and the thunder rocked the small city, even unto setting car alarms off by it´s furious power!  And in the midst of the tempest, we were softly tapped by an impression to look for an old investigator, the one named Victor who had attended church so often, but was never found between Sunday to Sunday. He used to work all the week long, even on Sundays, violating the Sabbath, but near a week ago we had committed him to keep the Sabbath day holy, and he promised to us to do so. And there we were, swimming through the storm, where we at last made it to his workshop, cold and soaking, but burning with spiritual eminence.  We only had 15 minutes, but 15 minutes is enough to testify!  We did sit down, and before we began he told us that he had been keeping the Sabbath day holy, and what we had promised him had came true.  We had told him, that if he would stop working on Sundays, then the Lord would provide for him far more pay and work during the week than would provide any Sunday of work. And what had happened?  He had so much work and business during the week, that he did not even have room in his schedule to let us come and teach him!  So, through rain and patience, we had seen the gospel begin to work miracles in this man´s life, what a blessing! And we were thus satisfied.´

Well, so that was the great story of the week!  So we hope that he progresses!  But I fear that my little story robbed too much time, so just for a recap of the letter:
-Hooray for Ashylne, Madison, and Meikayla for Extracurricular success
-I´m super jealous of Chantel for her amazing trip to Hawaii !

-YES! I would love a copy of the Lamb of God CD,

-Elder Sanders


-Elder Bloxham and I being Epic in the most futuristic chapel hallway ever conceived in Ecuador
-Us at the sister Missionary´s baptismal service, and since none of the sisters have the priesthood to baptize, I was chosen to do it for them! What a special treat!
-And this morning, we woke up at 5am and went to some missionary´s in our zone´s house to see how they are doing, to study with them and show how much we support them.  And what´s the best way to share love? BON-BONS!! They did turn our rather delicious!