Date

December 31, 2018

Area

Ibarra, Ecuador

Companion

Elder Camacho

#21 Año Nuevo (New Year)

So for my spiritual thought I'm just gonna share a quote from “Preach My Gospel” about goals:“I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.”President M. Russell BallardSo We ate a ton of food for Christmas Eve cause we live by a bunch of members so they brought us a ton. Christmas day was kinda weird. This was the first year in a while that it was safe enough for us to leave the House (usually there is lots of drinking and its dangerous) So it was weird and we weren't allowed to knock doors or talk to big groups of people. We ate some Chinese food just like in the movie “A Christmas Story” Then just before dark we gave gift wrapped Books of Mormon, Sandwiches, and Hot Chocolate to Homeless people in the park. It was a really awesome experience seeing them all light up. Especially because almost all of them were people from other struggling countries that immigrated here in hopes of a better life for their family. So Enrique had a date to be baptized but this week we found out why he didn't get baptised 2 years ago with other missionaries…he's a kinda stubborn old man that has a problem with smoking tobacco and drinking coffee. He loves going to Church and having visits with us but he basically told us 10 different times he cant/doesnt want to change. He knows it will help him but he doesn't want to try. Part of it is for tradition with his family he said. Tradition here is so strong, especially with Catholics. People have told us they think the Church is true, received an answer that the Book of Mormon is true, but cant change. They have family pressure, and Tradition. I Probably hear this once a day- “I cant change, I was Born Catholic. Raised Catholic. I HAVE CATHOLIC IN MY BLOOD SO I WILL DIE CATHOLIC”Today we played paintball with 10 missionaries cause we found a cheap place and it is a ton of fun! It was my first time and this place had a bunch of games and jumpsuits to keep the paint off. Also I woke up with a BUNCH of bites so whatever Elder Camacho had spread to me😢. AND THEY LOVE GRINGO BLOOD.So stay tuned till next week.-Elder Hallsted




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