October 2, 2018


Ibarra, Ecuador


Elder Ellsworth

#8 -First Full Week!

Scripture of the week. 1 Nephi 15:11 11 Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing thatye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments,surely these things shall be made known unto you.Food: So they really only use spoons here. The only time I have eaten with a fork was in my appartment. Every meal I have had has had rice fried plantain, and chicken. Its like an over heaping amount of plain white rice usually with some sort of veggie salad or maybe noodles or something else. Sometimes they give us a large soup before that. The bread here is amazing. People laugh at me when I say it is my favorite thing. One day I waseating with a family and I was struggling to cut my chicken with a spoon and they all started laughing and just told me to use my hand like most people do.The portions are insane. I dont know why they think I could eat that much or why I would ever want seconds. One day I was praying that I would be able to finish it. Then the next day werhad lunch at a members house with another companionship and one of the guys is as new as me. He is a little bigger than me and I thought he would have no problem but after the soup he was not looking good. He ate 30 percent of his plate and then whispered in english that he wasnt doing too well and was too full to finish but his comp said he had to so we didnt offend them. He kept slowly going and and got it finished 50 percent and then he covered his hands with his mouth and ran out the door to go throw up because of how full he was. We heard coughing and thought it came out and after 2 minuets he came back in and said he was able to keep it down but couldnt finish his plate. We told them he was just kinda sick so they didnt make him finish it. They keep asking him if hes okay every time we see them haha.Dogs here are crazy. They are all over the streets and one day I was in another area with zone leaders and 6 giant dogs charged us and I though I was gonna die. My Zone leader leaned down to get a rock and then they kept their distance but were barking like crazy. He knows what streets we need to carry rocks so we dont get eaten.People: The people are super nice in this town and will prety much always tell us they are busy if they dont want to hear our message but that they would love for us to come back another day. Then we ask for there number to call them and they say they don’t have a phone even though everyone here has one. One guy said he didnt have a phone and I could see it in his pocket. Some missionaries will call them out on It and ask what is in there pocket and they just say that it doesnt work hahaha. It kinda stinks sometimes that they just lie and I'd rather the truth but I think it is funny. They are so nice about it. Also, I have a sweet Nokia phone. Some Elders got robbed once and the guy yelled at them for having a stupid phone and then he gave it back to them and took off. So it has its perks.So me and my comp are opening a new sector and finding so many wonderful people who are ready for the gospel.-Elder Hallsted
Part of the group of new missionariesMissionary weight set, at the apartment in Ibarra, Ecuador.View from the apartment in Ibarra. I have no idea what they are doing, but Bentley’s companion is the dark haired elder in the back. Elder Ellsworth from Chandler, AZ. This is his District in Ibarra.


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