Hey everyone! what's going on? This week was a good one. This week was full of different experiences, from barrachos, drunk guys contacting us in the street, to a golden contact, to summiting a mountain with grass over our head the whole the time- oh ya we forgot our machete. . . So a week or so ago this guy contacted us in the street and wanted us to come and visit him. We new he was kinda interesting, but we were not prepared for what he told us during the lesson. . . the lesson he gave us. He was evangelical beyond belief. In fact, he told us that there were two angels sitting by him and we couldn't see them because we didn't believe. Furthermore he told us he had been called by as a prophet of God. Me and Elder Nogales just kinda looked at each other like " what did we get ourselves into?" Needless to say we wont be passing by that house again. So Saturday night was a way interesting day as far as contacting. Walking through the street two guys that were hammered wanted to talk to us. One of them kept hitting shot after shot while we were talking to him. He was interesting. He read my nametag l like 15 times and that's no exaggeration. The other was a returned missionary but not like a complete two year mission. Idk exactly what it was but he told us about his name tag and his area, and how he needed serious help with this alcohol problem. I actually want to help him. The other just kept asking me what I would do if I got robbed; ya thats not weird at all. Then we had a lady come sprinting out of house to tell us her brother needed a visit, and that she had been talking a lot to him about the gospel and that he might be ready. Also a guy in a taxi asked us what we believe. We were able to teach him a lot right there, and we think that the missionaries in the other sector will have a solid reference with him. The story I'm most excited about is this. We were walking down a street and from the third story of an apartment building when a young kid, like 15 yrs old yelled at us to get our attention. He then proceeded to come down and tell us about his problem with drugs, and how he knew we could help him overcome this problem and that he wanted to be baptized. Well we were surprised and pretty excited, but to verify that he really wanted to change we gave him a pamphlet and told him that if he did his part we could help him overcome this. Well we returned and he had read the pamphlet, prayed about it, and felt that this is what he needed in his life. He has family that are members, but nonetheless he's the man. It was pretty cool how it all happened, so we hope to be able to help him overcome this problem. Today I had a cool experience. We went and climbed up the side of this mountain to a lightehouse. The only thing was the grass was taller than we were and we didn't have a machete. So we had the guy in the front just lay down and we created a path up. It was horrible, but the view was awesome. The problem was, we couldn't find the path we had created coming up so we had to find a new one going down. Well Elder Mazzerelli basically rolled down the whole hill. I found all the holes, no not intentionally, and the rest slid down the trail like a slide. It was actually really fun, but it could have been bad if someone got hurt haha. I carved my name into the inside of the lighthouse. It's like a missionary thing. There were lots of names. It was cool. The ocean and coast was sweet though. The only downside is that we all had enough grass cuts that I think between all of us we lost a pint of blood. We're all gonna be on the DL tomorow but that's alright. I have became the zone champion at Uno. I'm now the one to beat because I'm pretty much the best. We play it a different way here in the missiona and it's sweet. I'll have to teach you guys when I get home. We're already starting week four in this change which is nuts! SO fast, I have two months here in Esmeraldas. Time is going by quite a bit faster now. I'll tell you what though, I don't know what it takes to get somebody to attend church. All throughout the week they're excited to go and planning on it and always sure they're going, but on Sunday nobody is there. It's the most frustrating thing of all time. They have to come to church to progress. There are always Saturday night parties, so they tell us that 9 am is too early. There was a party right above and below our room this last Saturday, and I could have sworn the music was in our room. I got a whole lot of no sleep because the party lasted until 7 am in the morning. It sucked. This month was a really hard month for our whole zone. we didn't get a whole lot. You know I had thought before my mission that baptisms would come fairly easy in this mission, but man was I wrong, Just becasue our mission produces a lot doesnt mean anything. They are hard to get in this area for sure. Nobody wants to go to church. Por eso there are about 900 menos activos in our area too. I'm excited for General Conference, that's for sure. It's still hotter than heck here. The ocean is cool! I'll send pics. I love you guys, Hasta Luego.
This blog is dedicated to Easton Nielson's mission to Ecuador Quito North Mission.