Monday, July 1, 2013

New Mission Info - July 1, 2013

Ben has been gone 5 months now! I think they have been the slowest 5 months! We are so grateful as a family for all the love and support you give Ben! Here is his email for the week:

Sorry last week we didn`t have much time to write because my companion broke his foot getting off from the bunk bed. He can actually walk on it so all is good.  This week we actually found a girl who is the cousin of a member and she is 24 years old. We taught her early this week and in the closing prayer she asked if this was true and she started to cry. The spirit is awesome. She came to church yesterday and she really liked it. She is going to get baptized the 20th if not the 13th which we are going to push for. Sorry about photos. I really haven`t had time and I really haven`t had much to take pictures of. I will try to take more this week. I haven`t heard anything about what is going to happen this week. We will just continue like normal. Hopefully we will be able to meet President Torres, sounds like he will be awesome. Anyways a scripture to take a look at that is awesome for this week is 1 Nephi 3:17-19. It is a great scripture for this week. Tell Grandma thank you for me. I bought a super sweet Jacket from the Ecuador National Soccer team. It is super sweet. And about Kendra, that is awesome! (She has a mission call to Paraguay) She will be great. I am so glad she is going. I am so glad that she is coming here to Sur America!! She will be great. Anyways I really am doing great here. Sometimes it is super hard but I will keep working hard trying to help people out. I will keep sharing my testimony with as many that will listen. And hopefully we will be able to have success. Anyways I love you all so much and I miss you all so much. Have a great week and a great 4th of July!!!!!
Love, Elder Duzett

Here is a map showing the new mission boundaries in Ecuador as of today on

Ben's mission is the furthest south in Ecuador containing Guayaquil, Machala, Loja, and Cuenca.

Here is an article from Portales, New Mexico paper about Ben's new mission president, President Torres and his family.  We are humbled and grateful for their sacrifice to serve.

Mission of medicine, helping, drives family
June 6, 2013
Dr. Maxsimo Torres went on his first church mission to South America more than 30 years ago.
Later this month he will return to South America for another mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his wife and two of his children.
Torres, chief medical director of La Casa Family Health Center, is moving to Ecuador to fulfill a three-year mission. He said the primary goal of the mission is to invite others into the word of God.
"I will be helping whoever I can as a physician, as well as working with and supervising missionaries, visiting with church members and just sharing the word," said Dr. Torres, 53.
He will be joined by his wife Blanca, and his children, Cariel, 13, and Jarom, 11.
The Torres family has sold most of its belongings, including the family house.
A family physician since arriving in Portales in 1995, Torres will be serving as the mission president.
Torres' two youngest children were apprehensive about moving to Ecuador.
Blanca Torres said her childrens' first response to being told about the trip was, "Do we have to go?" However, the Torres said they have taught their children through Sunday school, family home evenings, and general parentship the value of giving and helping others.
"They've learned the importance of following what we believe to be the Lord's hand through our lives," says Dr. Torres.
The youngest daughter, Cariel, was the first of the family to willingly sacrifice something dear to her, when she gave away her pet cat, Splendora.
"We believe the definition of sacrifice is to give up something good for something better," Dr. Torres said.
Torres went on his first mission at the age of 19 to Colombia in June 1979, serving for two years. He says it won't differ much from the first one except for it will be three years instead of two. His wife, Blanca, also served a mission in Los Angeles at the same time.

The Torres have four other grown children, including two who have gone on missions of their own. 

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