I loved his response to a question in my email to him about the Jet Bars so I'll post it here:
Mom: I read on another missionary's blog that the tie trading isn't a thing anymore but I wondered if that will come back now that the Jet Bars are banned :) Speaking of which, did you eat all 17 that you bought? If you did, you may need to be spanked ;)
Jake: Hahaha okay so I may or may not have eaten half of the jet bars that night. Okay all of them. DON'T SPANK ME! hahaha!
Thanks to everyone who's been writing! I know it means a lot to him.
I LEAVE FOR THE FIELD IN 3 DAYS! Our flight out is at 3 in the morning, and I honestly couldnt be more ready to get out of this place. Okay I'll start with Nov 5. My latino comp came! His name was Elder F--- from
Colombia! He started out shy, but eventually I broke
him in. I don't have any pictures with
us because they never give us our cameras, but just picture a kid with buzzed
head and huge hipster glasses. We got
our new districts and to be honest I hated it.
I didn't really know the kids and class in Spanish 24'7 is pretty
difficult. I miss Hermano Polo and
Barragan but it's chill because I love my new teachers and district now
haha! In my district (District Moroni) there's
me and F---, Elder V. from Venezuela and Elder L. from Utah, Elder G.
from Venezuela and Elder H. from Utah, Elder S. from Pueblo Mexico and Elder C. from Wyoming, Hermana G. from mexico and Hermana M. from Peru,
and Hermanas V. from Venezuela and Z. from Peru! I love everyone of them! The next day, the 6th was honestly probably
the worst day of my mission so far. I
was NOT used to Spanish 24'7 and it lasted forrrever. The day was filled with classes and orientation
for the Latinos. They were the exact
lessons I got day 2! 7th was a TON
better. I can definitely attribute that
to the temple. But what was sad is Elder
F--- couldnt go through the temple (he hasnt recieved his endowments yet) I wondered why but obviously didnt find it in
my place to interview or speculate. That
night, Elder S. asked if I could give him a blessing because he was
having such an awful time at the CCM he wanted to go home. It was really cool and I could definitely
feel the spirit talking through me. The
next day was just classes and literally nothing different happened from
normal. But no fear, the 9th was Sunday
aka the best day of the week! The first
half was a literal different because I got all Spanish but my Spanish is
already SO MUCH better because of having a Latino comp. I also realized something that day for all my
buddies in North American missions ( and Mike) It would
be SO EASY to teach in English! Holy
Cow! But I also realized I'll have the
last laugh in 2 years when I roll in the Job offers! the 10th was AWESOME! We had another member of the 70 talk to us
and the whole CCM was put in the act that it was a paradise there. NO SINGING BEFORE LUNCH! DON'T DRINK FROM WATER BOTTLES DURING HIS TALK! but it was totally worth it because we picked
apart D&C 4 and it was way cool. Also we
decided to do 2 musical numbers this Sunday!
I'm playing piano for all 21 missionaries in my group singing Joseph
Smiths first prayer but to the tune of Come Thou Fount! And me and the 4 elders that sang are doing
Nearer My God To Thee in Spanish! It's
gonna be a spiritual power house this sunday!
11th was really interesting. The
day started out normal, Elder F--- and I taught our investigator for the first time
and it went way well! We teach well
together! also, the manager here that
takes away all the fun decided to be our "member missionary"for our
investigator but it actually went really well.
but around 4:30 F--- said "yo necesito organizar mi moleta"
which means he needs to organize his suit case.
I thought it was interesting but I didn't think much about it until i
noticed his closet was empty. I asked
why and his chin hit his chest. 30
minutes later Elder F--- went home. I
had no clue it was a huge shock! I felt
so bad because he had tears in his eyes and said he was nervous. But i also knew why he didnt go through the
temple. It was hard to see him go but I
was also proud of him for wanting to be worthy first. He said he'd come back
and I told him Id pray for him. That
night i was in a trio until I was assigned to Elder R---! Elder R--- is from Brayden
Lake Venezuela and he was wayyy shy at
first. But the next day, the 12th he
loosened up! The day was spent
practicing for yesterday the 13th which was PROSELYTING AGAIN! Turns out he's a way good teacher! We got 4 references, gave out 2 book of
mormons, and one lady even said she'd be baptized if she learned it was
true! That's right. We invited someone to baptism first contact
no big deal. So they drove us out to a
small ghetto village outside of Bogota,
and this time it felt like the real South American experience. Our first contacts were an older couple. They did NOT seem interested but when Elder R--- mentioned eternal families, we got their attention. They gave us their reference and we headed
down the street! Next Elder R--- wanted me
to practice commensing the convo so we talked to a man in a green Motorcycle
jump suit leaning against a wall next to his moto. I just started talking, and I can testify
that the spirit helped me talk to him clearly and correctly because I talked
for the first bit for a long time! He
said he's Catholic but interested in our church so we gave him a Book of Mormon
and he accepted the invitation to read it and pray about it and gave us his
reference! After that point we got shot
down again and again for the next 3 hours.
On our way back we had our meeting place in sight, but Elder R--- said
"Uno Más?" (Translation=One More?) so I said sure and
we just started walking and talking to a young mom with her 2 kids. She did NOT seem interested but Elder R--- just
kept going! After he taught a bit about
eternal families, she gave us her reference!
Families down here are so so important! so with our last 3 references
and out of time we took them to our district leader, Elder G---. While waiting, Elder R--- said, Uno mas? again
and I said yeah sure! So we talked with
the next lady walking by and she said she had to keep walking to work so we
walked with her! out of time, and after
walking with her for a couple blocks, she gave us a reference, we gave her a
BofM and she accepted our invitation to read it, pray about it and BE BAPTIZED
IF IT;S TRUE! Feeling on top of the
world we sprinted back to the bus! I
cannot wait to do that for 2 years. The
feeling is undescribable. Today was my
last trip to the temple for 2 years.
Definitely bittersweet. It's also
our last pday in the CCM! Next time I
write I'll be in the field! Let everyone
know I love them and pray for them every day!
Chao! Elder Welch
ps sorry no photos today, next time for sure :)