Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Happy Birthday Elder Duzett!!!

Hola Familia, This week was a very great week. It was great to get to talk to all of you. I was very happy to see all well. I hope that you all had a wonerful week of Christmas!! I hope that you all have had a wonderful week. This week was super awesome because of Saturday. First of all the Baptism of Hermano Andres was amazing. The spirit is so strong. He is so awesome. He gave the closing prayer in Sunday School yesterday and did a great great job. He came in a white shirt and tie for his confermacion. In his baptism when he came out of the water the spirit was so strong. He said he just wanted to stand in there because he felt so good. After he came out of the font he was so happy. He is awesome. The other great news is that our Investigator that had the interview had a miracle. He has been wanting to get baptized for like three years but the missionaries always told him he had to wait for his situation but never talked with the mission president. When he came out of the interview with president, President said, ´¨We have a little problem¨¨ I was confused for a second until President said, ´¨we have a baptism this SATURDAY!!!!¨¨ Hermano Segunda Dacto also got baptized on Saturday. He was so happy!! The spirit was so strong in the baptismal service. It was amazing. I was so happy!! It was the best baptismal service I think I have had! They will be great help to the branch here.  Well I talked to President about the card with my mission dates and he said that he has not been told anything and that it is probably just a mistake so we will see don`t worry about it. Everything under control. Well I still have not gotten my packages yet but the other elders in our apartment had changes and they had to go to Guayaquil so I told the one that is coming back here who just went to pick up his new companion to look for my package so hopefully I will have it soon. Well I love you all so much and I hope that you all have a wonderful week. Happy NEW YEAR!! 2014 will be awesome!! I love you all so much and I loved talking to you. Thank you so much for the testimony journal!!! Les Amo Muchisisisimo!!! Elder Duzett

Christmas Burgers and Fries!!

Feliz Navidad From the Ecuador Guayaquil South Mission Santa Rosa Zone!!

From December 24, 2013:

Dear Family and Friends of Mission Ecuador Guayaquil South,

 At this special time of the year we express our sincere gratitude for all your prayers
and sacrifices on behalf of your missionary.  We love each and every one of them. They  are as our own and wish each the very best blessings of the Lord.

Just as you yearn to be with your son or daughter, our Father in Heaven desires all of his children to return to HIM. Your missionary is striving to ensure just that, that each of our Heavenly Fathers children can return to him by inviting them to come unto Christ and participating in the ordinances of salvation. “ And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, …, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” He is the only Way in life to return to our Heavenly Father.

May the Lord give you the peace you desire of knowing your missionary is in the hands of HIM who indeed gave His hands in service, in devotion, in sacrifice for each and every one of us. May God bless you for your prayers and sacrifices in this great work of salvation.

With our love and appreciation,

Sister Torres and President Torres,
Misión Ecuador Guayaquil Sur

Where's Elder Duzett? Can you see him hiding on the back row?!

Feliz Navidad!!

From December 23, 2013:

 Hola Familia!!! Como Estén? I hope that all is well. I am excited for the chance that we have to Skype. We are going to Skype on the 25th at 11 a.m here which is 9 a.m there but we are still working a few things out. We will call to verify everything! But this week has been a pretty good week. We were able to have a little bit of success this week. We are super excited because we are going to have a baptism on Saturday. Andres is his name. He read the whole Book of Mormon in three weeks and he has a strong testimony!!! I am excited for his Baptism. He is also super excited for his baptism. We are still looking for more families to teach. We have found a lot of great people but they are having a few problems progressing. I hope that we can help all of our investigators to gain there testimonies!! I am so happy to be here serving a mission. I still have not recieved a package yet but I know that they will come. I know that with faith everything is possible. I know that when Heavenly Father is helping us we really can do anything. I am so grateful for this gospel and the opportunity that I have to help people realize that. Thank you so much for sending me your testimonies. They will help me out so much. I don`t know if you could possibly send me the whole testimony journal if it is not too much trouble. If it is to much trouble don`t worry about it. Well thank you all for so much that you do for me. I hope that all is super well with you guys. We will talk in 2 days!! Have a wonderful Christmas!!!!!!!!! Well I am almost out of time but I love you all so much!!! I was reading in Ether 12 today and it was super awesome!!! I am going to finish the Book of Mormon tomorrow which I am super happy about!!! Well I love you all so much!! Have a great great Christmas week!! Les Amo Elder Duzett

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hola Familia, How are you all. Sounds like you all had a great week! We had a pretty great week here in Pasaje! We were able to bring 8 investigators to church which was pretty awesome. Our investigator Andres came to church and shared his testimony about the Book of Mormon with everyone that he met. It was pretty awesome. He also told everybody that he is going to get baptized on the 28th. We are super excited for that! We hope to be able to help the others with baptismal dates. We will see! The rama had 80 in attendence which is awesome. They had 50 two weeks ago. We are working with a lot of great inactives who are really great. They are progressing a lot. We are really excited for them. My companion is  in his 11th week which means he has two weeks of training left but he is super smart as a misionary which is really great. We are working really hard to be able to have more success. Hopefully that zls will have my packages tomorrow in the district meeting but we will see. We were able to have a great week because we had a Christmas Devocional on friday. President put together a devocional with a group of missionaries with musical talents travel to all the stakes and districts to do a devocional. There were three hermanas that sang one that played the violin and an elder that played the flute and an elder that sang. The funny part is that one of them was singing was Hermana Whitmore and the Hermana that played the Violin was Hermana Murri which was super weird seeing them but it was cool. We also recieved a christmas gift from President which was super awesome. We had a pretty great week. We are hoping to have a better week the next week. When I went to Guayaquil I just got to see a little bit of Downtown in the night from the bus but it was super awesome. Downtown is on a port which is pretty cool. Go UTES!!!! Hopefully they will be able to keep it up! Anyways I love you all so much and I miss you all greatly. I hope that you all have a wonderful, wonderful week!! Oh and the other great news is that we get to Skype for 1 hour!!!!! We can Skype the 24th or the 25th but both of those days we have to be inside our houses at 6 p.m because it can be dangerous. But I am excited!!! I will try to let you know all the details next week but if there is a time that is better for you guys let me know! I will see what we can do!! Anyways have a wonderful, wonderful week. I love you all!! Feliz Navidad!!!!!
Les Amo,
Elder Duzett

Monday, December 9, 2013

Picture From Pasaje!

Transferred to Pasaje!

Hola Familia!!!! Hello from Pasaje!!! This week has been a pretty crazy week!!! Tuesday after the District Meeting I got a call from the Zone Leaders and I thought they were just asking me about an interview that I had to do but no they told me that I had transfers!!!! I actually thought he was joking for a second! We then had to rush to Azogues from Cuenca to pack my bags to travel to Guayaquil. We then stayed the night in the mission home! The next day, wednesday, I traveled to a city named Pasaje with my new companion Elder Ulloa, from Chile!! He is pretty cool. Pasaje is like 30 minutes from Machala and like 45 min out of Santa Rosa. We are in the Santa Rosa Zone. There was some problems with the Rama the Rama 2 here in Pasaje before changes, so there had to be changes so I am excited for the chance that I have to help the people here. We are working with lots of less actives and we were able to see about 6 less actives come to church that we visited which we were super excited about and we had 3 investigators in Church. We have and investigator named Andres who we found last week and he accepted a baptismal date for the28th of December!!! He is super excited. He has already ready up to Mosiah 21!!!!! Wow!! We just have to get him to church. I know that with this week, an entire week of work we will be able to get lots more done!! I am so grateful for the opurtunity that I had to be in Azogues because I learned a ton a ton there. We are hoping to be able to work with the Members a lot more. We had a great Family night last night with the Branch President. Hopefully we will be able to make a difference here. I am a little sad that I now dont get to talk to Elder Condori but you guys will have to keep writing him! I am grateful for Elder Bohorquez and the chance that I had to work with him. He was a great companion but I am excited to be working with a great new companion. Sounds like you guys have had a great week, but a busy one. Sometimes the meetings are long but I am grateful for what we learn from them here to. I also need to repent and not complain about meetings. The picture of the river is in Cañar where we went to do and Interview and that is the path that you have to take to the house. It was super cool there. It is pretty hot here on the coast. The first few day I was dying but now all is good. I still have not recieved the packages but we will see!!! I hope Elder Condori recieved them well too!! I know he will be grateful for whatever!!! Anways I am excited to be working in the work of the Lord and for his help that I recieve everyday. Tell Parker and Spencer congrats from me this week. Well I hope that all is well with you guys. I have not heard anything about christmas but we will see!!! I love you all so much and miss you all!!! 

Les Amo
Elder Duzett

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pizza for Thanksgiving!!

Hola Familia, Espero que tuvieron una Thanksgiving cheverisismo!! We had a pretty good week. We were not able to see to much success this week but I know that the Lord will help us extemely this week. I know that this is the work of Lord. The family that we had last week did not come to church because they were in Cuenca but we have a family night planned with them for tuesday. We are going to watch a church video. I know that we will be blessed by the Lord with his spirit so than can continue to progress!! Sounds like you guys had a prety good week and thanksgiving. We celebrated thanksgiving here to en la noche porque tenemos 2 gringos en nuestro departamento! We bought a giant pizza for the night! It was pretty awesome!!! We had a pretty good time. I was in Cañar on tuesday with Elder Condori. It was pretty great. We were able to save three baptisms that got baptized on Saturday. It was pretty awesome. This week they are starting to celebrate Christmas. They put up trees thoughout the city. There is one right out side of our apartment. It is pretty awesome. I have not heard of any more tradicions yet but it will be interesting to learn about them. I do know that they eat Turkey on Christmas. Maybe we will get some pavo!!!! This week we hope to find the people that are ready to here the gospel. They are hiding pretty well but we will find them, they can not hide forever!! I know that this week will be better. I thank all of you for your wonderful examples that you guys give to me everyday. I hope that you guys have a wonderful week!! We aregoing to have a great week I just know it!!! I miss you all but I know I am in the right place!! have a wonderful week!! Love, Elder Duzett
 here are some sweet fotos!!