Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Companion and now a District Leader!

 His new companion, Elder Mamani from Bolivia!!
Hello everyone!
This week was a great week! haha it seems the last week of every change is great because you have something close to look forward too! ha It is kind of bad but it seems every missionary works harder the week before changes because they know it is going to be their last week in the sector. I really enjoyed this last week because we worked hard. Of course we don't see the fruits of our labors right now, but I know they will come.
I am with a new companion. His name is Elder Mamani. He is from Bolivia and he has been in the mission field for 3 months, fresh out of his training. He seems so happy and so willing to work. In this little time I have known him I know we are going to have a great change with a lot of success. Maybe not a lot of success in numbers, but I know Heavenly Father will see our hard work and bless us accordingly in whatever way He may. This work is so great! President Barlow invited us to ponder about the last change and what we can do better. I love the mission because it is similar to football. Its like watching film! haha In order to get better, we have to criticize our own selves. Not too much though. too much of anything is bad we all know that! But I really took his advice to heart and decided to do it..and man do I have sooo much to work on! haha But with the spirit, I feel the motivation to get better. It is interesting to look back on what change (if any) we had. Every change it seems like Heavenly Father is constantly trying to teach me about my pride..... Man... ha Like Elder Holland said, how frustrating it is for Heavenly Father to work with imperfect people! haha

Like I said, this past week was a good one! We passed by Aida and she is doing great. She is progressing just perfectly and wants to get more involved in church. She speaks up in classes now and has desires to go to the temple! She is constantly inviting people to come to church with her too. It is amazing to see the change in her. It is also so cool to reteach all the lessons to her! Because now she has the gift of the Holy Ghost, she can understand so much better! Makes it easier for us! haha We have other investigators that are progressing and are hoping they attend church with us. That is the hardest thing for investigators to do...attend church.
Being a missionary is pretty hard not going to lie but this week was a great experience just to see how little the time we have as missionaries. One missionary went home and before they go home they always give a last testimony in the last zone meeting. I always love listening to them. They are always centered around the Atonement and love of Jesus Christ. I have been studying charity this week and man how deep charity really is! haha I love one of the things Elder Holland said about charity and how it is more than just a feeling, it is un estado de ser (A state of being)...ha hopefully my mom will translate that because I have no idea what that means in English lol But really I love the concept of charity, the ability to see others as Christ and Heavenly Father sees them is so wonderful. I have had a few experiences with that and really how much more easier to is to be patient and work with them when we see them as He sees them. I Love you all! Keep on working in this great work! 
Elder Reynolds
~He doesn't mention it in his mass email, but he was called as a District Leader!! He is definitely humbled. He said being a District Leader is a little intimidating. Those of you that know Elder Reynolds, he's a natural leader!!!

Elder Reynolds is a District Leader!!!

Transfers August 14, 2017

Missionaries in Ambato Ecuador

Elder Reynolds and his past companion, Elder Marquez. He was transferred to Quito.
His home away from home, Ambato Ecuador

Chasing after our investigators hahaha! The people were rejecting us so we decided to contact the ducks!!

Trying Octopus!!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Baptism of Aida!!!

 Elder Reynolds and Aida
Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Ambato Ecuador
Hello everyone!!
This week was an AMAZING week!!!! We had the baptism of Aida and man was it such a blessing to see her enter to the waters of baptism!! And of course...there is always a crazy story that comes with my baptisms!! haha So really the only worry Aida had of getting baptized was that the water would be cold. We kept assuring her throughout the weeks that she need not worry because the water would be nice and warm.... Yeah we already know where this is going! We go to the font to start filling it up and realize there is another baptism going from another ward! So we asked how the water is doing.... There was no gas to warm up the water so it is luke warm they said. We went and felt the water and it truly wasn't that cold but it wasn't hot either. We didn't think too much of it. So we arrive after they do their baptism and we start the ceremony and then its time for the baptism! I enter into the water first and.....holy cow it was freezing!!! It felt like the other ward put ice in the water! But obviously I couldn't make any gesture that it was cold because Aida was already a little worried ha She put her toe in and she DID NOT want to get baptized hahaha She was totally against it. But we had to encourage her and encourage her each step into the water. I felt so bad and guilty for her because if I was freezing......she must be miserable! ha We finally got down into the font and she was shivering like crazy. After the beautiful prayer I dipped her into the water and she resisted and so I had to do a little lovely push into the water and her feet slipped from under her and when she came back up she was bewildered!! haha But her countenance totally changed in that moment. I can't describe it but when she came up she was smiling and laughing and man she was just so beautiful in there. What an experience that was! She got confirmed the next day and you could just see the Light of Christ she had and man.... I can't testify of the power of the spirit. In her testimony, she said the reason she loves this church is because of the unity. She felt so lonely and prayed to God that somehow she could find somewhere where she felt loved. That's when we were introduced to her and ever since she has been so grateful!! I have always prayed to be an answer to a prayer and here it was!! 

The rest of the week doesn't seem to compare to the baptism we had haha. But we worked hard this week and have another investigator on baptism. He has had a rough past and wants to move on but doesn't know how... And that's when we came in again! The thing I love about the gospel is it can be applied to every situation in every life here on earth. I love one of the quotes from "Life is a football game" that we don't have to bribe people to come to the church! We don't have to lie or anything, it is all for our benefit. Everything God does is for our benefit. The trials, the deaths in the family, the heartaches...everything is a blessing to make us stronger. 

The mission is going absolutely great. We had another zone conference with President and it was so amazing. The spirit was so strong. We talked a lot about our purpose as missionaries and really as members of the church to invite people to Christ. When we stand before Him at judgement day, He isn't going to ask us how many baptisms we had or how many contacts or references... He is going to want to know how much we love Him... how much we INVITED others to come to Christ. How we fed His sheep. That brought so much comfort.
So this is the last week with Elder Marquez! Well maybe.... but changes are this Monday so we will see what happens! I love you all! Keep helping the missionaries find people! 
Elder Reynolds
Miracles happen!!

~Ministering to Families one day at a time~

 Armor of God!

Missionaries in Ambato Ecuador

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Baptism this Weekend!!!

 Elder Reynolds and his ward family! ~Ambato Ecuador
They gather together as a ward to do Family Home Evening.
The missionaries sometimes teach the lessons and plan the activity. They are a competitive bunch!!

Hello everyone!! 
This week was a great week to be a missionary.... Aida is going to be baptized this weekend!!!!!!!!!! What a miracle!! In consejo de barrio (ward council) we were talking about all the details and the Bishop stopped and said this is a miracle. Remember when we first were introduced to Aida and she was a little hesitant but let us in and really all she wanted to do was talk and contend.... Now look at her. Giving up coffee, giving up anything the Lord asks to be baptized. This just shows that the gospel knows no age. It can change anyone. That really hit me because I was just thinking of how she is so ready to be baptized and I didn't really even think of how far she has come! It is true, the power of the Spirit changes lives. No matter how old or how long the traditions of your parents. We are so excited! We were actually really nervous because Friday the day before her interview we had a rough lesson where she didn't want to be baptized because of health issues. We had a long discussion of how faith is going to play a big role in this next week and how Satan is going to try everything to stop her from making this great covenant. By the end of the lesson we didn't know whether to call off the baptism or let it be. We said a prayer with her and after we felt we should let it be.. The next day we came to her house and she was so excited!! For some reason, as she said, "for some reason I am so excited for today! I feel so much better!" Wow the power of prayer is real. When we are willing to show our faith first, the miracles will come.
Not only Aida but we have lots other investigators that are progressing! We had a conference a while back with President Christensen...yes may he rest in peace.. haha No he's not dead its just a saying we have in the mission when someone goes home lol But he said something really interesting, that the reason people don't keep commandments is because they really don't understand them. We have lots of investigators not keeping commitments and commandments.....because they don't understand them!!! Although its our fault, we are having to retrace our steps and basically go over all the lessons again so that they understand the "why" of everything. I love that in the Book of Mormon the difference we see in Laman and Lemuel and then Nephi. Basically the only difference is Nephi had a desire to know the" why"! It wasn't that he was any better than Laman or Lemuel... It was just he asked! He was the one acting not the one being acted upon. Just like in football, you hit or you get hit! haha man I miss it.
We watched "Meet the Mormons" with an investigator to show that Mormons are normal! ha There is a part in there where it shows a football coach... man can you spell TRUNKY... haha my comp leaned over to me and was like "are you trunky??" I want to tell everyone that yes football is my passion. My love for the game is unreal. Do I regret the decision of coming on a mission? Not one bit. This work is so much more important There is not possibly one thing I could be doing that would please our Heavenly Father more than serving him in Ambato Ecuador. I testify this is the work of the Almighty God. He needs every single one of us with everything we got to give. Once we are in, NEVER LOOK BACK. I love you all!! Blessings to everyone!!
Elder Reynolds

One of his mom's birthdays!! Happy Birthday :)
Thanks for taking care of Elder Reynolds!!!

Elder Reynolds loves the people in Ecuador!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nourish Your Testimony Daily!

Hello everyone!!
What a great week this was. Another week in the mission...another week of blessings. Our investigator Aida still has a baptismal date for the 5th of August and we are so stoked!!! It is so awesome to see the change in her. We had a lesson about the word of wisdom this week and she has a problem with drinking coffee. She would give up her whole house before she gives up her coffee!! haha But we had such a powerful lesson and she truly is the epitome of Mosiah 3 verse 19. We told her this commandment was revealed through a prophet of God. And then we asked her to define for herself what a commandment is. Simply she said something for us to obey for the love we have for our God. How simple and powerful that is!! When she said that it was like a lightbulb illuminated her mind and she accepted it from that time forward. Even though she still jokes about drinking coffee, I love her response as to why she gave it up. She said, at least now I can sleep calmly at night knowing that I am doing what God has commanded me to do. Man she is an inspiration to me. I know she will give up whatever is asked of her if she knows it is from God. She would be a great missionary! haha We had a service project for her house this week and it was awesome to see the ward pull together. Even though we are few in numbers, we got the job done!!! It was simply amazing. Because we literally planned the service project the day of. We were with our Mission Leader, he called the
Bishop and the Bishop called the Relief Society president and the Elders Quorum president and then they called their peeps and we had a great turn out! More than anything, Aida loves the order that we have in the church. 

So a funny story again from the food portion of the mission... We ate fish again and the fish here is really good! We have one family in our ward that is pretty wealthy. So we eat like Kings haha no but we eat in a very proper manner. Man...one thing that I have never known that is the hardest thing in life to do....Eat fish with a fork and a knife!!!! haha Man is that a hard task to do!! I am pretty sure I have just a bit more bones in my body because I got impatient with trying to use these utensils to eat a fish  lol But all is good. It is always funny the way the people look at you when you eat. They think that I am so weird because of the way I eat hahaha 

One thing I learned this week is how fragile a testimony is. We taught a menos active (less active) and he is a return missionary and loves talking about his mission. It was a little hard not to say then why aren't you living up to the things you taught!! But then I realized how fragile a testimony is. That it needs to be nourished daily by scripture study and prayer. And every week going to church. It isn't a mission and boom you have a testimony, it is a constant battle or choice. So read your scriptures and say your prayers!! Follow the example of the primary answers! They will save your soul. I love you all! Until next week...
Elder Reynolds

Service Project at Aida's

The ward comes together and provides service for Aida!

Ambato, Ecuador

 Elder Reynolds and Aida

 Elder Wilson and Elder Reynolds
Elder Wilson gets his first bad haircut and Kyle couldn't help but laugh!

This little boy reminds Elder Reynolds of his younger brother, Caiden!!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Endure to the End, Always Abounding in Good Works!

Hello everyone!!
Wow what a great week this has been! We finally had an investigator attend church!! And she absolutely loved it!!!! It is so awesome to see the light of Christ in her eyes! She used to be a Jehovah's witness.. Not saying anything bad about their religion just that they are usually so knowledgeable and extremely hard to convert. But she is progressing just fine!! I now have a strong testimony of attending church and the importance of it! She is 84 years old, somewhere around there. She has been putting off church ever since the first lesson we had with her which was about a little over a month ago. But finally she attended church and we had a lesson with her right after church and lunch and man.... she was totally open to everything we would say to her!! The spirit was so strong in the lesson and she was literally feasting on the words of Christ. We would teach one principle and go on asking questions about how she can apply it in her life.. It was like she was watching a movie because she was sitting on the edge of her seat!! Ahhhh she has a baptismal date for the 5th of August! We are hoping all goes well with that! She is such a special person. 

One thing I did learn from her is what she said about her friend.. She is a reference from one of the members of the church. And by the way.... references are the best!!! Help the missionaries out and give them references!! haha But the member is a little menos activo (less active) and she didn't attend church. The whole time in church she was asking where her friend was and all we could explain to her is that she has her own agency and has the right to use it in whatever way she pleases. It was so sad because Aida is the investigators name, was so stressed about that as to why she wouldn't attend church. It just made me think... About one of the things my teacher in the MTC said.... after the mission is not the end of it all. We all have to endure to the end and live up to the things you have been teaching for 2 years. Think of how your investigator would feel if he or she saw you on Facebook doing things you are not supposed to... Doing the exact thing you told them not to do!!! The very person that taught them all that they know about the gospel is now lost.. How sad is that?? It just strengthened my testimony that people are watching us. As members, we have a name written in our hearts that we have to live up to so the world can see. I love you all! I hope we have that change of heart in our lives and are always abounding in good works! It's not easy, but it is expected and hoped of us. With the help of the Atonement, everything is possible. I love you all! Keep striving and enduring! 
Elder Reynolds

Elder Reynolds learning how to make Empanadas!

 Making pancakes for them!

 Bishop's family

 He is always making people smile....Miss that smile!!!!!

My little puppy I am going to bring home!

Scorps Rock!
Un bar en donde se vive la musica (A bar where the music lives) hahaha

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Finding Joy and Peace in this Life!

Mis-sion-ary, (noun)
Someone who leaves their family for two years so that others may be with their families for Eternity.

Hello again!!
This week was another great one! We had a lot of service this week. Right now I actually feel like I have been working at my old job haha in construction (EZ Shade). We had service for 3 days of helping a member excavate some dirt and rocks then pour some concrete. Man..... another luxury we have in the united states is the big concrete trucks!! I remember Logan telling me about how they poured concrete in Africa and how I was like yeah that must have been extremely hard... And yep I can testify about what I said!! haha So to pour concrete or mix it we mixed in the concrete dust and some fine dirt and then some gravel. Then after that we would pour in water and use our shovels to mix it in... haha We didn't have to work out this week because man was that hard!! haha But it was interesting to see the different ways they improvise since they don't have all of the nice tools.
It was also a great week of teaching. We had a lot of citas (appointments) with our investigators and we feel like they were all good. As I am studying more in the New Testament and seeing how Jesus taught I am learning that he really had a strong personality! At least for me, I thought of Jesus Christ as this super kind and loving person that would please anyone so that they can be happy... But in reality the real charity or the real love is being completely obedient and expecting that of everyone else through example and encouragement. I don't know how many times Jesus said, O man of little faith to his apostles... But really it made me think that although He is the epitome of love, it is so much different than what we think of love and making people happy. .....I don't know if this is making any sense... ha But I am going to try and keep on explaining and hopefully some people will get it...... So to apply that in this week is I tried to be more direct in lessons. At first I felt like I was being completely mean and brutal!! But when my companion and I talked about how we felt during the lessons we agreed that being more direct we felt the spirit more. We felt the spirit guide us more in our teachings. We felt that our investigators finally got the point of what we were teaching. Man the things you learn along the way you wish that you learned them before so that you could go back and re-teach or redo all the things you now learned!! But I am super happy I learned this Christ like concept or attribute. To apply it into everyone's life, Mosiah 3:19... A promise to everyone! Yes the commandments are sometimes hard to keep. Maybe not for you guys but for me, yea it's hard. But the only way Heavenly Father can bless us is through our obedience. He cant bless us if we are disobedient...that is something He cannot do because wickedness never was happiness. Wickedness never ever brings something good. Being on the mission I have finally felt the powerful influence of the spirit. And sometimes when we do break a rule or aren't completely diligent, I feel the influence go away... and how sad I am!! But thanks to the Atonement! I can be forgiven every time!! I know it is hard, but estamos en la verdad (we are in the truth). There is no other way to find joy and peace in this life. I testify of that strongly. And because we are in the truth, life will never be the same. Like Elder Holland said, after an experience with the Savior, nothing will ever be the same again. We can't go back......  I love you all!! I hope someone is able to understand all these jumbled up words! haha keep at it! Never look back. 
Elder Reynolds

 Pouring Concrete!

 Good thing he has experience in pouring concrete in his previous job at EZ Shade!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sacrifice, Love and Heart

These Elders are great examples of Sacrifice, Love and Heart!
Elder Reynolds and Elder Marquez

Hello everyone!! This week was a great week!! It was sure a cold one too!! I have no idea what happened for every day it rained and we sure were not ready for it! lol The worst part is we don't have a very good house so we have lots of.....opportunities for the water to find us haha! But it's all good. Elder Marquez is such a great example to me. He is the district leader and one of the sisters in our district has been having problems with her hips and been in extreme pain. Even though we have been crazy busy with our own schedule, He has been just as attentive to her as to our investigators. It is so amazing the sacrifice other missionaries have wrought to be here out here on their mission and to stay on the mission. Crazy story of the week is one Elder in our zone got kissed.... haha by a pit bull! I don't know all the details but unfortunately he had to get emergency surgery and has 50 or so stitches on his face but he's a strong Elder and is still on the mission! I feel so bad when I think woe is me with my little bruises, or little pruebas de fe (faith tests) that I have when others are so willing to bring forth this work no matter the cost. It is such a testimony builder to me to see others making these sacrifices. What I love most is that it doesn't matter the amount of sacrifice each of us make. All God requires of us is our heart and what sacrifice we can give. Like the parable of the woman with the one penny. haha I don't know what it is called in English lol Now I am having the problem of not being able to speak English or Spanish!! haha But anyways we had a great humbling week this week. Full of problems and full of trials but all for our well being.

Our investigators are progressing slowly but surely. We had actually quite a few investigators committed to coming to church but....none of them came.. ha It was frustrating but I love what our president of the mission said to us. That the reason investigators don't keep their promises is due to the fact that they don't understand fully what or why we are asking it.

We had an awesome experience in one of our lessons. We were teaching a less active and his spouse is of another religion and doesn't really like us coming to visit haha. They fight a lot because they have 2 kids and want them to be baptized. But one of their kids was so sick and the less active asked us for a blessing. How humbled we were because one all eyes were on us and two it was almost like the spouse was scowling at us because we were giving her daughter a blessing of our faith. But we shared a lesson beforehand and talked about faith and explained how Jesus works by faith and you could just tell her heart was being softened as we spoke. We later gave the blessing and in it said that the very next day she would be completely healed and ready for school and everything. This was important because this week was finals for all the kids and the little girl could hardly get up let alone she couldn't speak or open her eyes... After the lesson we looked at each other like what..... hahah but sure enough the next day, there wasn't a trace to be found that she was sick. The authority found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the power of God. I believe that with all my heart. I had the opportunity to give the blessing which I was nervous about because I could just tell the spouse was eyeing me closely but once I started the blessing, it started flowing and the most amazing part was when the spirit instructed me to say "Te digo sea sanada (I tell you to be healed)." I literally felt this power inside of me I have never before felt. It was such an amazing experience. I know this church is true!! I love you all! We need all of you in this work. I love you!
Elder Reynolds

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Grateful for President and Hermana Christensen!

This is President and Hermana Christensen's last week!
Ambato Ecuador Zone

Hello everyone!
Unfortunately I don't have any crazy food stories this week. Hopefully these food stories will only come maybe once a change haha I think the worst thing is when I am sick and we go to lunch and there waiting for us is a chicken foot or the head of what we are about to eat staring right back at us lol All I want is just a nice plate of chicken nuggets from McDonalds! lol Its all good. Experiences are the best out here. Oh I did learn something about eating fish. Every time we would eat fish of course we would eat the eyeballs too. Until the other day my comp asked me why I do that. "Do people in the US eat the eyeballs of fish?" And I said "no...." Then he said "oh because here you are just suppose to suck on the eyeball, not swallow it." I said "Man...... how many times have we had fish and why did you not tell me that?!!!!" haha Maybe my vision will get better or we can hope at least.

So this week was a good week. We didn't have any investigators attend church but we did have a lot of menos activos (less actives) attend! I kind of see them as investigators too because they are a little bit lost and just need a bit of a push or a guide to get them back on track. The asistencia (assistance) of the barrio (neighborhood) is going up too so that is a good thing! This ward is a lot different from the other ward I was at. Even though there are fewer people, this ward feels more like a family. It is funny because we have the noche de hogar (Family Home Evening) as a ward and it is basically like another sacrament meeting because the whole ward attends! lol And yes the games we play are very competitive! I can't believe how involved and into the games everyone gets regardless of their age! The mission is getting a lot more enjoyable as I am conversing more with the members. I used to have a lot of fear because of my limited Spanish and my Spanish still is limited, but they are so patient with me. Sometimes I use that to my advantage hahaha Like if they ask me to give a talk I just say I don't understand.. No hahahaha But that is a great idea... lol We have a great ward here in Ambato. I love it here. The weather is so cold though. The coldest months of the year are June, July and August.. Of course! haha

Our mission president is leaving!! This is his last week here and he sent out a mass email about how he is going to miss us and everything like that. It was kind of sad but really an eye opener to me because I remember starting the mission and him saying he is leaving in July! I thought July is never going to come and here it is!! Wow.. how time flies. But the next president is President Barlow. It is going to be interesting to see how the mission changes or if it changes. But I definitely have a testimony of revelation. Man how tiring it must be for Presidents of the Missions! I cant even believe how much work they put in! I am very grateful for all the leaders and their example. Well until next week! I love you all!
Elder Reynolds

Monday, June 19, 2017

Time is flying by!!

La Casa Del Arbol (The Treehouse)
Banos, Ecuador
A tourist attraction, also known as "The swing at the end of the world!"

Hello everyone!
This week was a great week! Although we didn't have any investigators attend sacrament meeting, we had a great week full of great lessons! It is weird the trade off we have.... Because some weeks our numbers are horrible.. yet we felt like we did all we could. And then other weeks were simply great and our numbers showed it! Not saying that we worked any harder or any less hard than the other weeks.. It is just weird to me. But this week was when our numbers were great, but felt like we didn't have a lot of success. We have a lot of success with finding people, but having a follow up lesson is where we struggle. Don't know if its our fault or simply just their agency... Also this week seemed like it flew by! Each day while we were climbing into bed I would look up at the ceiling and just think wow another day has come and gone!!

We had an interesting lunch this week. This lady that usually feeds us opened up a restaurant so now we go to the restaurant when we eat with her. Its funny because you know when you are eating something funky when the person giving it to you is staring intently at you waiting for your reaction.. And of course as a missionary...you cant say no!! haha So we had this soup and I could tell it was a little weird and then they gave us this shredded meat looking thing. So of course we ate the soup. I think the key is you just have to eat it like you have eaten it before and not think about what it could be... But we ate it and it wasn't that bad. Then we had the other dish and it was tripe or cow stomach. Actually wasn't that bad either. So of course the lady that was feeding us was trying to hold in her laugh the whole time while we ate the dish. She told us the soup was pig intestines and a bunch of other stuff I didn't understand haha As we were about to leave this other couple came and sat down and ordered what we had. We were saying goodbye and then the couple asked if there was any more blood.... My comp and I looked at each other and was like Hermana!! What did he say?!! She just started laughing her head off and looking at our expressions. So that shredded meat stuff was cooked blood or something like that!! Luckily our stomachs handled it well and we are all good! It was kinda nasty afterwards because just thinking about it made it seem like our stomachs were hurting ha. So that was a crazy cool experience we had. It was also funny this week as we always pass by this dog and as 20 year olds....we taunt it a little. Well we were passing the dog and we were about to do our regular ritual and taunt it and then we realized....this time it wasn't chained up!!! It ran after us and....... licked us! haha Man I though we were going to die because of the way it was running after us! But it was all good! I guess the dog liked our taunting or forgot all about it haha But we lived!

I hope all the fathers had a wonderful Fathers day! It was kind of weird thinking of this Sunday as a holiday because the last holiday we were able to call home! But unfortunately Fathers aren't as important as Mothers.... haha just kidding. It was a hard long Sunday because NO ONE wanted to meet with us. We barely got fed on Sunday because everyone was going out of town or having a party haha. I felt like the dogs on the street looking for food and then someone with a soft heart throws them a part of their meal lol but it was a good day. We mainly spent it with members of the bishopric lol. But we took advantage of the holiday as we invited people to church! People said they couldn't come because they were inviting people over to their house. We used the tactic that our Father in Heaven is doing the exact same thing...Inviting people to His house to worship on His day! Unfortunately no one came...but I thought it was a pretty good idea! haha Man people and their agency is sometimes no bueno (good) lol

For P-day we went to a really cool swing thing called la casa del arbol! It is a swing and even though we went on the worst possible day, it was still a beautiful sight.

This work is definitely not easy but it is worth it. One of our lessons consisted of Mateo (Matthew) 14 when Peter was walking on water with Jesus. It is interesting that in that miracle and also in Lehi's dream, the Savior always invites us to come with Him into the dark and dreary waste or out into the crashing waves of the sea... I love that. I love that the Savior invites us to enter into this crazy life. And at the moment we ask for help, He will always give it to us. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are just waiting for us to ask them for help. All we have to do is humble ourselves. And for some people....me.... it is hard! haha But I have gained a testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are literally just waiting to bless us. I love you all!!! I hope this week is great!!
Elder Reynolds

Deep in the Ecuadorian wilderness is a seismic monitoring station in a tree known as Casa del Arbol. Its purpose is observe Mt. Tungurahua, the nearby active volcano, from its precarious perch. While the treehouse itself is a sight to behold, the real attraction is the crude swing hanging from one of the tree's skinny branches. With no harness, net, or any other safety feature the swing (nothing more than a plank suspended by two ropes) arcs riders out into the air over the canyon.

A swing to dangle you off the very edge!

A beautiful sight!