It's not so much "whatever that means." It's whoever...

"Dear Elder Cannon: you are hereby called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Colombia Bogota North Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months...You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language... "

Monday, February 6, 2012

Dear Family,

It's been a whole week since I wrote you last. Isn't it wonderful to be able to email so often? Modern technology is a great blessing. 

Okay, I just have to say, the fingers on my left hand really burn right now. My peruvian companion wanted to make aji de gallina today. It's a really delish peruvian food, and you make it with aji amarillo, which is actually anaranjado. But whatever color it is, it's really really picante. Spicy. Hot. I had the job of cutting them open, and taking out all the seeds and veins and such so that it wouldn't be as spicy. After cutting it up, my fingers started to burn. Now, 5 hours later, they still do. They told me I should scrub my hands with sugar, because the sweetness gets rid of the spicy. I'm not sure if it'll work, but I'm willing to try it.

This week we finally committed someone to baptism. ¡Por fin! I was beginning to feel like we weren't ever going to find someone. It's been a little more difficult in "tierra fria." Cold land. The people here are more closed. More...cold. Heh. Anyway, Carol, our most recent convert, introduced us to her cousin, Felipe. He's kind of shy, but he's super-juicioso. Righteous? Good. Well-behaved. Something like that. Anyway, we taught him about the Restoration and then about baptism, and he accepted a fecha for the 3rd of March. The only thing that worries me is his parents. He's only 17 years old, so he'll need his parents' permission to be baptized. We'll have to see how that goes. We're hoping and praying that they'll let him be baptized. What would be even better would be if we could talk to his parents as well and have them baptized as a family. :) That'd be wonderful. Oh, and btw's, if you want to commit someone to baptism, use 2nd Nephi 31. That's my favorite one to use. Starting from verse 5 until verse 11. It explains how Christ, even though he was perfect, was still baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Then it says in verse 10, "Follow thou me." "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, how can we follow Jesus Christ save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?" And then in the next verse it gives the commandment: "And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son." Anyway, just a little missionary tidbit for you. :) The Spirit is always the strongest during 2 moments in teaching. During the First Vision, and in commiting them to be baptized. :) 

It rained today. The rain here in Tunja is like the early spring rain in Utah. Cold. It hasn't really rained all that often though. They say it's still summer. Winter starts in April, I guess. Maybe I'll still be here. Who knows? Beginning next transfer, we're getting 40 new missionaries in the mission. If I end up training (santa vaca...) which I've been told is likely, I'll be here another 3 months. Fun stuff. :) 

This week went by so fast, and it didn't really feel all that productive... :-/ My companion is trying to get his visa to go to the United States, because his family is there at the moment, so we've been running all sorts of errands. :-/ But this coming week's going to be a lot better. Because I decided it would be. I decided that I need to lead out more in the companionship. I feel sometimes like I just do whatever my companion says. This week, I'm gong to take more of an innitiative and just do stuff. "That's called taking the innitiative, son. I wish I had 10 more like you." I'm half the companionship, so my opinion and hard work and dedication makes a big difference. Lots of times I want to contact, but it's hard sometimes. Especially because our area is really really spread out. There're a lot of open fields and huge hills to climb. I need to get better at contacting people on the street. I can do it, it just takes a Nike attitude. "Just Do It!"

Anyway, I'm out of time. I was going to attach some awesome photos today, but I don't have my converter thingy. It'll have to wait until next week. :-/

That's all for now, folks!

Love y'all. Take care. :)

-Elder Cannon

P.S. Does anyone have the music to Lex de Azevedo's "If you could Hie to Kolob?" I would love a copy of it. :)

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