October 17, 2016


Los Vergeles, Ecuador


Elder Arenas

Week 5!!!

The following are questions I asked him and his answers:
1. What is your area like? (Poor, rich, middle class)
Poor, and the economy here is not good.
2. Do you walk everywhere or do you ride the bus?
We walk a lot and also ride in a tercimoto which is a motorcycle with an added back to it to allow people to ride in it. I will send a picture
3. Do you eat with the members or do you cook your meals at home?
Lunch is with members of the church.
4. What do you cook/eat at home beside empanadas and banana milkshakes?
Eggs, toast, and sometimes ramen
5. Do you sleep in a hammock (he had sent a pic of a hammock in their apartment)?
No it is just when we are doing paperwork or reading that one of us sits in it
6. Are you able to get your stomach medicine ok?
Yes, I have not run out yet but they will reimburse my account when I buy it.
7. Are you able to get your shampoo, deodorant, haircuts, etc ok there?

Cameron's Letter:
Hi Everyone!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for me and the people of Ecuador.

Tuesday. We were able to teach one of our investigators who is really interested named Brian. We went in planning to teach Lesson 2 but he hadn't read. We read the Book of Mormon with him and helped him understand what he was reading. I taught almost the whole time. I was blessed with the gift of tongues and was able to share with him what he needed to hear - all in Spanish!
We also found 3 new investigators. One of them approached us in the street asking what time church starts. I was shocked. We told her and wrote down her address. I think she really has potential. We are working hard and the Lord is blessing us.

Wednesday. We found another family. We had met them in a tercimoto two weeks ago but we could not find their house. My companion told me if God wants us to find them again, He will put them in our path. Sure enough we found them in the same tercimoto again. We also received a reference just shortly after that to their house. I think God wanted them to be found :). They are very receptive to our message and I hope they will enter into the waters of baptism.
Later we taught an 18 year old named Jorge. He is Evangelical. I asked him if he would commit to being baptized if the things we told him were true. Immediately afterwards he told us yes. I think he is prepared by God. Our biggest challenge right now is that we don´t have any book of Mormons to give out. They have not been able to be shipped here for quite some time and we don´t know when they will come.

Thursday we did service. We cleaned a park in Condor. It was a great opportunity to serve. It was also exchanges. It was great to see how other missionaries teach and different things they have learned as they have progressed in the work. I learned a lot from them.

Friday. We talked to an another investigator and he seems to have been progressing. Before I tried to commit him to baptism but he refused. Now he knows the Book of Mormon is true and he knows that Joseph Smith is a prophet but he still is not sure if he should be baptized.

Saturday we did our weekly planning session. It feels like we have a lot more direction now. We have a better plan for helping and teaching. We later taught Brian Cedeño and he has lots of excitement to learn but he hasn't been reading. I hope he starts again to read. Later we talked to a part member family whose kids where members but inactive. When the time was right the young men´s president asked me to bear my testimony. I shared my experience when I was 9. I prayed to know if the church was true. A week later the spirit testified to me that it was true. It was not always easy to live as God wants. Sure I have the answer but the choice was still mine if I live what I believe. Life is hard and God knows that, but it is up to us on what we will do. The spirit testified with power. The power of testimony is real.

Sunday was a Miracle. When we attended church there were 15 investigators at church!! That was incredible. Not all that we invited came, but many did. Many came and they enjoyed their time at church. The Lord has been preparing them and I hope they choose to be baptized. In the second hour the teacher didn't show up so my companion and I had to teach the second hour for 45 minutes on obedience without any preparation. Luckily the spirit directed us. I was able to bear testimony of the Atonement and how we can be made perfect through the Atonement of Christ. As we strive to become better and keep the commandments of God we will change and we can return to live with him again.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I love and miss you!


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