March 14, 2022


Trinadad, barrio Villa Corina


Elder Ignacio

The Curse Continues

This week was so crazy I don't even know where to start. The zone leaders and STLs had to go to Santa Cruz for 3 days for a meeting, leaving me alone to lead this place. But what could go wrong, right? Well apart from some fights and problems between almost all of the companionships, the whole city of Trinidad decided it'd be a cool time to flood. The sky fell! That meant no cars or motos, so everyone was stranded where they were. After almost waiting the entire afternoon, we left in water up to our knees to go back home. It was actually pretty fun! Then 2 elders decided to get super sick. Somehow everyone is still living here in Trinidad. Crazy times!

On the bright side, a random old lady taught us how to cut and peel coconuts correctly. We ate sooo much coconut and drank so much fresh coconut milk. Then she gave us coconut oil which supposedly heals just about everything you could imagine. The next day we found some fallen coconuts and brought them to her. We're now teaching her which is cool!

Well I think the craziest thing that happened this week was transfers! I was pretty dang certain I was gonna stay here and finish training Elder Ignacio... BUT my curse of only having 1 transfer with each comp continues. I'm leaving Villa Corina and heading up to the furthest jungle zone in the mission, Riberalta. Everyone I've talked to said they eat lots of monkey, tiger, and turtle eggs up there sooo we'll see if the rumors are true!!

I'm super thankful for all the crazy learning experiences I've had here in Trinidad! I've loved getting to know these wonderful people and their culture. It's been a super humbling and eye opening experience! I have also loved being able to interview lots of people for their baptisms. I'd like to share a scripture that I love to read...

In 3 Nephi 27 Jesus is teaching the people about His church and the power of His gospel. Verse 20 says "Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day." Wearing a white shirt every day has given me a whole new respect for the word "spotless." Whether it be clothes or our personal worthiness, being spotless requires action. It also requires caution. It's impossible to be perfect, but when we repent, are baptized, and keep repenting each day, Christ has the power to make us spotless. What great power!

When we are baptized and every time we improve and repent, there's a party in heaven! There's so much joy and happiness on both sides of the veil. Verse 30 sums it up by saying "behold, my joy is great, even unto fulness, because of you...and even the Father rejoiceth, and also all the holy angels, because of you!!"

Que tengan un día bendecido!
Elder Barker


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