Cameron answered a few of our questions: Here is the summary:
1) He had food poisoning from eating cows stomach
2) We asked him about his living conditions: "Our apartment is normal for the most part. We live with two other elders. Sometimes there are a couple of crickets and cockroaches in the apartment but not a lot. The most shocking part is that we have an office ceiling for our ceiling and just above that live bats. They screech all night."
3) His new ward: "We have 600 people on the directory but only around 80 are attending. The members are great."
4) There are 4 elders living together in the same apartment. It is a small town surrounded by farmland.
5) These 4 elders have been entrusted by the Mission President to revive the area and work mighty some miracles so this area can have success.
Elder Smith's letter:
Wednesday I got to know more of Vinces. It is a town that appears advanced but once you get out of the center it is rural. Today we had a district meeting where we practiced as a zone on how to commit someone to set a baptismal date. I had the spirit with me so strongly and I could ask questions through the guidance of the spirit that were so perfectly crafted. Later we taught a lady named Gloria . She is an old investigator who was very uptight. We tried just about every approach but nothing worked. At the end she finally opened her heart, when we bore our testimonies. She then lightened up and accepted another visit.
Thursday we had interviews with President. I told him that the work here is slow. He said he hopes with this lineup of missionaries that we make start to turn things around. He gave me certain council to help us find and baptize more. We are starting to put them in practice.
Friday we taught a man named Luis Felipe. He hadn't been attending church but we wanted to know why. With the spirit of discernment we found out why. We testified to him of the gospel and the help our Savior offers us if we obey as he commands or we strive to. We promised a change would occur in him.
Saturday we found a man named Jaime. He was great. We put a baptismal date for him. He told us he would attend church . We also worked and spoke with Rolando who will be baptized next month. I don't know why he wants to delay his baptism but we will see.
Sunday. I gave a talk in church on missionary work. It was a lot better than my talk my second week in Ecuador. We only had Rolando come to church.We invited many to come but it is difficult to get them to come. Today we also had Branch Council. It was very different from my other area. I am hopeful and I am trying to exercise my faith that here we will have miracles. We are just starting but I am trusting that with the guidance of what my mission president has said, we will baptize lots of people here.