Wednesday, March 14, 2018


"When ye are in the service of your fellow beings
ye are only in the service of your God"  Mosiah 2:7
Hello Everyone!
Wow another change has flown by. I will be staying in the sector I am at right now (Chillogallo Zone) and will receive a new companion who is another gringo!! haha His name is Elder Mooney. We have known each other throughout the mission and he is the best. We are going to have tons of fun and tons of success.
This change has been an amazing one. In just 3 weeks, the sector went from being dead to being super alive! When you put in work, results will always come. I know that with complete faith. Elder Mansell has taught me so much. He has a superb knowledge of the gospel. Every day I like to write down a quote from one of the Apostles or General Authorities. So I would literally just choose the first Apostle that would come to my mind and Elder Mansell would give me a quote. It was amazing!!haha I am going to miss him a lot but the work goes on!
So just a crazy experience that I am sure would be amusing...I ate CHANTACURRO!! haha or in other words a big worm lol. It was one of the experiences I will not forget. We had a meeting with President Barlow in his house and so we stayed with the assistants and a couple of other Elders in their house. Yeah you already know that things are going to happen! ha But we have a sector in our mission that is in the jungle and obviously there in the jungle the food gets a little bit more interesting and creative. The other Elders brought some "munchies" for us...After a 6-hour bus ride, they arrived! Still alive and well. haha I honestly didn't expect to be eating one of those suckers...but when you with the boys, you gotta go all in. Right as we arrived I already knew...I'm going to be consuming a small live animal. There they were...squirming around. Ahhh just to look at them made my stomach turn. And come to find out, these aren't the ones that you are supposed to eat. I guess they were over ripe or something, like overgrown!! They were massive!! I think the hardest part of the process is picking them up. I know right, there comes the little girl that is inside of me because they are still squirming around and it just feels so disgusting. Man, after holding the chantacurro, fear overcame left...and all there was was me and the chantacurro eye to eye. It's so funny, in the video I can see that fear!! Ahh but finally after bathing it and putting it in my mouth and biting the head off, which by the way is a lot harder than you think, all was said and done. Almost lost it a few times but kept it in! Thank goodness I got that experience over with! Man, the mission is awesome, isn't it?
I love the experiences on the mission. Spiritual or physical. All are unforgettable.
This week in the meeting with President Barlow, I learned so many things. One of the things that I loved was about hypocrisy and how to lead. President felt impressed to share about hypocrisy...such an essential subject to learn about but also a bit awkward I would imagine to actually share it! It is such a privilege we have to all be leaders. As people with the knowledge of our Savior Jesus Christ and by taking on HIS name, we are called. Whether we like it or not! ha We are counted on. I love being counted on. That is one of the favorite things I enjoyed while playing sports. I love when the game is on the line and everyone is looking down at the team and how we are going to react. I just love looking at my teammates with that vigor and faith in each other thinking WE GOT THIS! Ahhh I love that feeling!!! Elder Mansell only has a few months left in his mission so obviously the subject came up about how he is feeling. He said he feels good. He shared a talk with me that I think is by Elder Hales and I love it. One of the quotes in it said something like "I imagine our Heavenly Father, upon leaving home to come to earth, hugged us and said RETURN WITH HONOR...With each one of my missionary kids, I said the exact same thing, hugged them and said RETURN WITH HONOR." Such a powerful statement!! Elder Mansell then talked about how his whole mission he has strived to never lose a second and its not just the fact of enduring these two years so that he may receive the RM title (Return Missionary), rather take advantage of the time that he has allotted to him. I thought a lot about that. Obviously as a missionary, I take that to heart because sometimes I feel like I am working towards that all glorious RM title but behind that title, only one knows if he earned it. I am so grateful for repentance. I am so grateful to be able to be forgiven and strengthened by the atonement of Jesus Christ. Then thinking about how I can apply it in the group email, of course, we are all going to be RM's in the next life--Resurrected Mortals haha but only one will know if we earned it. I love the quote that says "There are two pains in this life, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret." I promise to each one of you that as we live the gospel, with exact obedience, we will never have regrets. Nor here nor in the life to come. I love you all! Press forward and never look back!
Elder Reynolds
Are you waiting for the bus?!
Giving service with a smile :)
Wishing he had a bike on the mission...
Maybe not...
~Quito Ecuador~
Chillogallo Zone

Monday, March 5, 2018

Sowing and Reaping!!

We have been Sowing for quite some time and are beginning to Harvest!!
~Quito Ecuador~
Hello Everyone!
This week went by super fast! I guess all the weeks go by pretty fast when you think about it. This week was full of miracles! Elder Mansell and I are working super hard. I love the promise that when we sow, we will always reap! We have been sowing for quite some time now..haha and we are beginning the harvest! I compare it to working out, whenever we push ourselves and eat right, there is always going to be results. It's easier said than done especially being a missionary lol. I love the scripture in Ether 12:4 that talks about hope..."Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God." When we are following the commandments, we really can have a hope for a better world. We have every right to expect that good things will happen. No matter what may be happening in the moment, we can and should expect good things in the future. Immediately or later, it's all the same.

So one experience that I had this week was we were again doing divisions with a companionship that has been struggling a little bit with finding news to teach. We went into the divisions with the goal of finding news...not really knowing how many just that we need to help them find!! So it was about 3:00 in the afternoon and door after door and appointment after appointment, we were having no success. I felt the impression that we would be able to find 2 news today. So we decided to pray. At the beginning of my mission, it was a bit weird to pray on a public street but I have gotten a little better at that. So we decided to pray and then my companion was like "shall we kneel?" I thought he was kidding but when I looked over, there he was kneeling!! I was like "what are you doing???!"I just looked at him for a second or two and looked around..then followed his example and knelt. It was one of the most heartfelt yet fastest prayers I have ever said! So then we went to work. I love a quote I heard from another missionary..."After a prayer like that, you have to contact EVERYONE that crosses your path." So actually that's what we did! Every movement or creature we contacted haha. It was 7:30 and we still had not found the news that I so sure felt that we would find. We had an appointment with a convert that night so there wasn't much of a chance to find news. So I was kind of losing faith but I still had that feeling of certainty that we would find. We went to the lesson and we started teaching them. Then all of a sudden the dad walks in who has never wanted to listen to the missionaries and we invited him over along with his other son and booom! There was the answer to our prayers. I was amazed to see the hand of God in the work. It makes me realize every time that God has His own ways. Like it says in Isaiah 55 that His ways are not our ways. I love love love how Heavenly Father works. Whenever all the odds are against Him, He always comes out trumphant! He always complir (comply) with His promises. Isn't it great to always be right and always be on the winning side??! I love you all!!!! Have a great week!
Elder Reynolds
The graffiti here is cool!!!
~Chillogallo Zone~
Leadership Conference

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

When We Are Doing the Right Thing, We will be Guided!

~An amazing view of Quito~
Hello Everyone!
We are finally seeing some success in the sector!! Elder Mansell and I are working hard everyday. It sometimes seems overwhelming. We did divisions this week with some other Elders and we both felt SUPER good about how they went but then the next day it was back to work. We were both completely exhausted. I thought about how nice it would be to just have a day to rest and enjoy what we accomplished yesterday...NOPE!! Keep on working, keep on striving. I remember the talk by President Eyring about Jesus Christ and how He didn't have any breaks. After His mortal ministry I am almost positive that he was pretty dang exhausted too! But He went right to work in the spirit world and continues working to this day. When we talked that over, we got that little bit of carry on haha. I think the key to that is all in taking it one day at a time. When I think about having to do this for 2 years....shooooo!! haha But as I take it one day at a time, it seems to be easier. I just have to be my best TODAY, I need to strive to be my best and give it my all TODAY. And if we do that for the rest of our lives, we will never have regrets.

This week was a great week. We found some new investigators to teach and some of them attended! We were super stoked. I can say that really there are people prepared in every single part of the world. I was reading in the war chapters of Alma, by the way SOOOO SICK! haha So many things we can apply to our lives from those chapters if we let the spirit guide us. Anyways, in these chapters I found it very interesting how the Lamanites joined the people of Ammon and were a happy and peaceful people after all the wars. There are people that are searching and ready! Even among the vicious Lamanite army.

I had a special experience while we were on divisions. It seems that every time we go on divisions with other Elders, all the appointments fall and you are just left to contact. But as we were contacting, we felt a need to try to find a house that we contacted before. We only had the description that it was 2 floors and white. So we started contacting every 2 floor house that was white. We came to this one house ANNND...didn't find it, but they did say they think this person lives up the street a little. So we go up and we find the house!! We knock on it and this little boy comes out and he comes up to us like he knew us and was super excited to see us! So we ask if his parents were there and so he went and got his dad annnnnd turns out it was the first counselor in the bishopric...I know, what the heck...hahaha. So we talk for a bit and then we asked for referrals. He gave us one! Of course it was another vague description but we are use to that haha. So we went looking for this house and for the first time in my life, I actually felt sure that we should knock this house and this would be the house. Sure enough it was! The feeling that I felt was super weird..ha It wasn't like a screaming voice that this was the house, nor was it a super soft voice that I couldn't hear and doubted. It was just a mild voice that I KNEW it was the house. First time in my life I have felt that!!! So for all those who haven't had an experience like that, don't worry! It took 22 years for me! Just keep at it, diligent covenant keeping and faith. After all, 2 hours of trying to find, we found the one that Heavenly Father was preparing. The point of the story is that when we are trying to do the right thing, we will be guided. Kind of like a Pinball machine. We hit every possible side and think in our way, but we are eventually guided. That's kind of a bad analogy but I hope you get the picture! haha I love you all! I invite you to always keep going even though we may not know where we are going. We know the path, it is laid out in the scriptures. We may not know everything...but we know enough. I love you!
Elder Reynolds
Elder Astin...he says he knows the Allsups!!!
Lisa Allsup is Jason's sister from Herriman, Utah.
Kyle was pretty close to his cousins Quynn, Tean, Taner and Sawyer Allsup
Can't get enough study time!
Elder Reynolds, Elder Smith and Elder Wilson
~Quito Ecuador Mission~
Trying to calm a calm a baby is hard!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Remembering What's Most Important!

Chillogallo Zone, Quito Ecuador
Hello Everyone!
So lots of things happened this week...As you all know my companion, Elder Price, is a little bit handicap and we can't work that much. But we managed to do what we could. Then we got a call on heart dropped when we got this call. So we got emergency changed (transfers) and he went to the offices so he can work on computers and I stayed here in Chillogallo. Another Elder that has been here before is coming back so that we can work the sector for the few weeks we have left in the change. So his name is Elder Mansell. He is a super great missionary. What I love is his diligence in this work. I found out why this week that he is a 4th generation missionary or something like that and man he is sooooo prepared to be a missionary! Its crazy to hear about all his goals he has and how prepared he was coming into the mission. He only has 2 changes left but we were just getting to know each other and its sooo cool how prepared he was and still is! So we have been working super hard this past week. It was funny because he came Wednesday and we started working super hard, just contacting people left and right...And then on Saturday he got super sick and we couldn't go out for the whole day. He felt super bad that we couldn't work and was like man, was this what it's like staying in the house the whole day??! This sucks! haha I was get used to it after a week or so lol. But it's so true that when you have to stay in the house it's the worst! The days go by extremely slow and you can't help but start talking about home and all...

So this week was mainly about a lot of diligence. No missionaries have really been here for 2 months or so. Yeah it's pretty dead but luckily we are here! We are having a zone meeting this week and we are preparing something in order to train the missionaries in the zone. We were thinking about the needs of the zone and actually this past week it came to us that it's not enough to be diligent. We have to have effective diligence! I think as missionaries we just get caught up in the routine of things and just start contacting like crazy and yes that does work, but there is a better way. Maybe we can go to members houses and ask for references, maybe we can call around to see if investigators are there in their house...there are a ton of things! We like the scripture in Doctrine & Covenants that says "serve with all your heart, might, MIND, and strength." Our mind is a God-given object that sometimes we fail to use! Then obviously I was thinking about what to write for this email and I was thinking about the same thing in life...We get caught up in the world and we begin to forget what our purpose is. Thank goodness for INDICADORES CLAVE (key indicators)!! haha all the RMs are going to laugh at that but these are numbers that help us reach our goal. Kind of like what actually matters or what is most important among the many things we have to do as missionaries. I thought about in life what the indicadores claves (key indicators) are and they are ordenanzas (ordinances)! They are absolutely necessary to get back to Heavenly Father. You can't go to Him without these special promises! What is the purpose in life? What is the objective of being here? In Alma 34:32 "For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors." This is time to prepare!! So everything we do should help us reach that goal. Being diligent in life but remembering what's most important. I hope that we can all remember what is most important and won't have death bed confessions or regrets. I know that if we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we will never have regrets in this life. It's a promise! I love you all.
Elder Reynolds
~We are as the army of Helaman.
We have been taught in our youth.
And we will be the Lord's missionaries
To bring the world his truth~
Spreading Love in Ecuador!
That's alot of eggs...protein!!!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Diligence in Work

Elder Price and Elder Reynolds
Hello Everyone!
This week was pretty much the same as last week haha We are still in the recovery phase. We only leave for citas fijas (fixed appointments) because other than that the foot of Elder Price hurts and he can't sleep that good. It's crazy that Heavenly Father, knowing that Elder Price would have this problem, still put him in this sector that we are in. It was funny because Santo Domingo had a flat terrain and barely saw any hills. When we received the calls for changes, I asked if the new sector was hilly...haha The response was "no, not really." I wouldn't consider it hilly. I would say its hill..not going to lie, I was pretty confused but when I got here, I understood very clearly. Literally our sector is on the side of the mountain. Either you go up, or you go down! And then when there is a flat part, that is the other Elder's sector haha So it makes sense that he said it was hill hahahaha.

Another funny story that happened was it was pretty cold on Sunday. I commented to my comp that I don't like when it is just cold with no snow. It seems like without snow its just biting cold climate that chills you to the bone. But as we walked a little further there was snow!! A little patch of snow that was about 1 foot by 1 foot. I was so stoked! Wow tender mercies of the Lord! And then as I was celebrating we walked a bit further and there was another patch of snow! Wow how blessed I am! And then up ahead we saw a whole bunch of baby diapers...without the inside part. Turns out that snow here consists of the inside part of the diaper as stray dogs tear them apart and with a little spoonful of rain...snow! How lucky....

This week we had a little meeting with President Barlow and it was a very uplifting meeting. The main topic of the meeting was about diligence in work. I loved how he and his wife stressed the importance of developing a love of work. I think that I came on the mission with a different perspective of missionary work...eating til you are stuffed and it hurts to walk, visiting investigators that are super heard-hearted but one day by a miracle choose to accept the gospel, running from dogs, always getting along with your companion...a whole 2 years of pure joy that will be a base for you to propel you into the eternities with your family and although it does consist of that, it takes work! From that reason it's called Missionary WORK! It's hard! It's suppose to be hard. President Barlow compared it to a field a roses. You look from the outside and you see the beautiful roses, but as you come closer you see the thorns and the weeds and all that accompanies the roses. And when you are actually working in the rose field you get cut, you sweat, you WORK! But then as you finish your work, you walk away and then once again you only see the beautiful field of roses. I love that comparison! It gave me so much motivation to continue to work a little bit harder than the day before. I love the example of the Savior as He was the best human being this world has seen and no doubt had the hardest work known to man. It comforts me to know that Heavenly Father doesn't compare me to others. He has a work for each one of us. We specialize in something that only we can do and entrusts us with that duty. Because we are so different and capable of different things, only Him knowing us better than ourselves can judge us perfectly. What a blessing we have! I hope that each one of us can find that duty that each of us are entrusted with. I know that we are all so precious to our Father in Heaven and each has value. I love each one of you and thank you so much for your prayers. Siga adelante!
Elder Reynolds

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New Companion--Elder Price!

Elder Price and Elder Reynolds
Zone Leaders
Hello Everyone!
This week was a bit of a different week as I went to pretty hot to pretty cold haha I am back in Quito to a sector called Chillogallo. It is up on a mountain! Literally my sector is the whole mountain side so there isn't really flat parts. To be honest, I do not like Quito haha I loved Santo Domingo and the nice nights where it wasn't too hot. Its so weird saying this because I used to be a sucker for the cold! And now that I am in the cold it doesn't please me the same way haha But its all good. I am with my new companion and his name is Elder Price. He is so cool and from Utah. My 2nd gringo companion! haha It does scare me a little though because we always talk in English and sometimes I feel like my Spanish isn't getting any better...But we are working on that lol. So here in Quito the work is a bit different. For one, the people in the sierra are a bit more closed off. Don't get me wrong, they are still so humble and so accepting. They kind of just say the truth from the get go...So I guess its a bit of a good thing so that we don't waste too much time on people that are just wanting to be nice. And the other reason its a bit different is because my comp is a bit handicap lol He has tendonitis in his foot so we can only go to set citas (appointments). It's a bit different not working the whole day...But it gives us a ton of time to just study the scriptures!! Man every time I read the scriptures it is like I am reading a book sent from God.. Oh wait that's exactly what they are!!! 

This week we had a special zone activity called an invasion. Its where almost all the missionaries in the zone go to a certain sector that is struggling and contact as many people as possible in like an hour or so. It was a great turn out! At first it caught me off guard because of how different it was to contact people here than in Santo Domingo..But by a miracle, we actually found a person! So usually in these activities we just contact and take out citas (appointments) so the actual missionaries can teach them. But by a tender mercy, one of the contacts we had let us in and we started talking to him. He proceeded to tell us how he just had a baby 15 days ago and how he was super happy but super scared! Then randomly he was like "are you guys from Utah?" hahahaha We told him that Elder Price is from Utah but then he told us that he lived in Utah for 4 months and how you can just tell that the people there are...different.. And when he saw us he saw that difference. It was cool to hear that people can actually see the light of Christ in us! Across the world that light is the same. We were so glad to be able to find him and teach him a little bit about the Book of Mormon. Just in the 15 minutes that we found him, it seems we made a bond that will last beyond the mission. It is so awesome how things just work together for our good when we are doing what the Lord commands. 
I love this work. it is such a privilege to be apart of it. Especially when you have a good companion! haha Thank goodness Elder Price is into workouts because I have been getting pretty chubby! But now we are on a workout routine and a bit of a diet.. as much as you can be on one in the mission lol... Man life is great. Things are bad, but circumstances don't determine our happiness. I love the tender mercies of the Lord. We are in the truth! I promise! 
Elder Reynolds 

A few pictures of us! We didn't go out to work much so it was a little awkward to just take buddy pics lol

We are on a diet...but we made Chicken Alfredo!
Sooooo weird because it's not how I remember it in the states lol

Santo Domingo Zone
Notice there are no sisters...because this zone is a dangerous area :o
I love my companion!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Transferred and Called to be a Zone Leader!

Elder Reynolds and Elder Fillmore
Santo Domingo, Ecuador

Elder Reynolds didn't have time to email this week because he was being transferred to Chillogallo-Quito, Ecuador! He was also called to be a Zone Leader. His companion is Elder Price, another gringo!
"Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God" D&C 18:10
~Baptism of Katy~
W O W Z A ! ! ! !
M E M O R I E S that will last a lifetime!!
with Elder Fillmore
Elder Reynolds has learned much from Elder Fillmore. He is the most kind, happy, caring, humble, calm, loving missionary. He was an answer to Elder Reynolds prayers and came into his life when he needed him most. They will miss each other but continue to serve the Lord in different places there in Ecuador with all their heart, might, mind and strength!
Elder Reynolds called to be a ZONE LEADER
Matching socks and ties!
Their famous J E L L O ! ! ! !