Monday, May 11, 2015

05-05-15 to 05-11-15 New Elders in Jamundi

Tuesday was CINCO DE MAYO which means nothing in Colombia because i guess its just a Mexican holiday, but whatever.

Wednesday Elder Bautista and Elder Nielsen left Jamundi at the crack of dawn and we switched into their room HAHA.  That's how the cookie crumbles.  At about 10:30 the new elders arrived.  Theyre names are Elder Dalton from Monroe Utah and Elder Bello.  THE SAME BELLO FROM IPIALES.  But that's actually a good thing because he brought lot of great news from Ipiales!  The best being H not only baptized, but his oldest son who was on drugs and didnt want to listen, IS LISTENING!  He read the Book of Mormon, wants to change his life and is BEING BAPTIZED!  I want to cry just thinking about it.  That has to be my biggest blessing in the mission thus far.  I am so happy about it.  But the new elders are way good, i love Elder Dalton.  He's an excellent missionary from what ive seen so far. 

Thursday we let the new Elders go get lost in their new area and we went throughout the day.  It was a decent day, and that night when we were walking home at around 9:15ish from a lesson in a neighborhood about 10 min from the house, a less active and her guy friend passed by and offered to drive us home.  We accepted and when we got to the apartment, everyone was outside, and i guess about 5 min from that time, someone shot and killed someone less than a block away!  God really watched over us, it's nice to know we're protected. 

Friday we had a zone conference and after, Elder Lyle came with us in divisions!  He's now a traveling missionary, and he's the best Elder I know.  It was a fun, productive, spiritual day.  It was also fun to see because my area was his old one so all the members went nuts to see him!  It was a way productive day.  I hope i can be half the missionary Elder Lyle is.

Saturday was normal.  We had plenty of appointments which was nice, and that morning for service, we washed a dog haha.  One of our investigators in the car wash next door has a pet stray dog that lives there, and i thought he smelled like garbage so we washed him.  It was a cute dog and now he always tries to follow us home because he loves us so much! 

Sunday I GOT TO SKYPE HOME!  As usual, it was super great to talk to my fam.  But it felt different than the last time!  I didnt feel anxious before or sad after!  Just normal, talking to the fam!  But i sure love everyone!  Best mothers day ever for me! hahaha. 
Today we just went to McDonalds then played air hockey at an outdoor arcade in Cali and sat in massage chairs.  It was glorious.
I love you all, and hope all goes well!
Elder Welch

 Tayler and I were trying to answer his 
Skype call. His "calling" picture cracks me up :)

Skyping. Doesn't he look great?!? 

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