Monday, January 15, 2018

Week 78: January 15, 2018.

Wowowowowow, so this week I have no idea where to begin.  We have seen so many miracles this week and it has been a week of just go go go go.

To start it off, Bogota is awesome! It is definitely a different culture.  Here the people are a little less receptive to hear missionaries and mostly tend to stay in their houses at all times. But it has been so awesome to be contacting with Elder Sorbonne.  We have been doing so many different things to find new investigadores, from trying to train investigadores to share the gospel with their friends, to going out contact with the members, to giving out candy with questions on the candy. It has all been super fun.

This week I had two intercambios: one with Elder Masarreli from Brasil and one with Elder Lutdke from California. I had a blast with those two Elderes. We had all of the citas fall through so we ended up contacting for a fair amount of time but it was super fun. We touched doors, contacted a lot in the streets, and looked for less actives.  I was amazed by how diligent those Elderes were.  They were always touching doors between the citas and just super excited to find some new investigadores.

One amazing blessing we experienced this week happened late at night.  Just before 8:00 we had the feeling to look for a less active in a neighborhood. We just started to look and we found ourselves with an old contact that Elder Sorbonne had found. We were able to teach him and he is such an amazing man. He was a professional chef and had given all of his money to do food kitchens and help other people. He was so ready to hear the message and accepted the invitation to be baptized in the first lesson. 

I am so grateful to the Lord for giving me this opportunity to serve in this amazing area with an amazing  companion. 

I love you all.

Elder Parson

Elders contacting us.

Intercambio with Elder Massarreli

Elder Lutdke and Elder Sorbonne

Intercambio with Elder Lutdke

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 77: January 8, 2018. Transfer to Bogota...new companion Elder Sorbonne.

Buenas tardes hermanos y hermanas...

How are y'all doin? This week was a good week! 

But to start it all off, I am with Elder Sorbonne. This Elder is such a stud! He is the first Elder I met in the airport when I left for Colombia and all this time I have been wondering when we will be companions. And it looks like today is the day.  I am so pumped to work my tail off.

This week I was able to go to a leadership conference in Bogota, which was fantastic.  It was awesome to see some of my old friends and learn how we can improve as a mission.  I learned that we as missionaries need to always be committed to find new investigators in whatever way possible. And right now with Elder Sorbonne.  I am so pumped to find a lot of new investigators.

This week with Elder Colindres, we were contacting and trying to find people through many different ways:  visiting members, contacting with the Word of Wisdom and with The Family Proclamation For the World. One of the biggest blessings that I have learned this week is about the principle of agency. We as missionaries need to always be looking for ways to help the children of God use their agency for the best, to choose joy and to choose to follow the plan of God. 

I am so grateful that God has given me my agency so that I can always choose to follow Him and be happy and bring others to Him. That is what we control in our lives--how much we will follow God's Plan. 

I love you all, have a great day!
Elder Parson

My old Companions

My CCM (Missionary Training Center) group.  We are showing the letter "M" for our district name:  "Mosiah".

My old companion:  Elder Colindres.

My new companion, Elder Sorbonne.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Week 76: January 2, 2018.

Wow, this year has gone by way too fast, but it has been one of the best of my life!  I hope all of you had a grand new year.

So this week went by pretty well.  We had five investigadores come to church which was super cool! The family that we have been working with for the past few weeks, La Familia Diaz Segura, came to church! And they really liked it! I am super excited for them and I am super excited to start helping them prepare for marriage.

This week we kinda struggled to find new investigadores because everyone here already knows the church. But on Christmas eve, we went to the main Catholic church here and handed out "The Family Proclamation" to people and they really liked it. I actually met someone here who has been to the United States and Hawaii so that was interesting. But it has been super fun to try and animate the members here to give us references.  Something really neat is that this entire time that I have been here I have felt the need to talk to a particular member and ask her for a reference.  Finally, I was able to meet with her. She recently gave a reference to the missionaries and they baptized a family of five.  But when we talked to her, she told us that she said a prayer about who she should invite to the gospel but didn't share the first name she received -- but the second.  So now we are trying to help her share the gospel with the first name. And it has been super great. 

This is truly some of the greatest joy in missionary work and in the world; to be able to feel the Spirit guide you to people who need the gospel in their lives. 

I testify that this is the work of God and there is nothing more awesome in all the world.  I hope that in this new year we can become more focused on using the Gospel of Christ to bless the lives of everyone that we come in contact with.

Love you,

Elder Parson

Chicoral at night

Pedro -- an investigador who came to Church.

Area around Chicoral.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Week 75: December 27, 2017. White Christmas -- Lucia's Baptism.

So Christmas in the mission is the best thing ever! 

This Christmas the best gift was the baptism of Lucia! She is a teenager who listed to the missionaries a couple years ago.  When I got to Chicoral, she kept coming to church. We just started to read the Book of Mormon with her every day and she just kept progressing until her baptism. 

Lucia's Baptism.
On Christmas Eve, I was able to give out little toys to the kids and it was so awesome to see their faces.  Although the toys were super tiny, it was super awesome to be able to brighten their days.  I've got to go but I hope all of you have a great day.  

And the best part about Christmas is being able to fight to help others experience the light of Christ. 

Love you all,


Elder Parson

NOTE:  Elder Parson sent a recording to his family in which he described their Christmas Eve and Christmas activities.  He was most excited to have a "White Christmas" with Lucia's baptism and shared that he was singing "White Christmas" that morning.

Week 75: December 27, 2017. White Christmas! Baptism of Lucia.

So Christmas in the mission is the best thing ever! t

This Christmas, the best gift was the baptism of Lucia! She is a teenager who first heard the discussion a couple of years ago.  When I first got to Chicoral, she kept coming to church. We started to read the Book of Mormon with her every day and she just kept progressing until her baptism. 

On Christmas Eve, I was able to give out little toys to the kids and it was so awesome to see their faces.  Although the toys were super tiny, it was super awesome to be able to brighten their days.  

I've got to go but i hope all of you have a great day.  The best part about Christmas is being able to fight to help others experience the light of Christ. 

Love you all,


Elder Parson
Lucia's Baptism.  A White Christmas!
NOTE:  Elder Parson sent his family a recording for Christmas.  He shared his excitement to have a "White Christmas" with Lucia's baptism.  He said he woke up that morning singing "White Christmas".

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas 2017 Call. December 23, 2017. 38 Minutes...

A highlight of Christmas was being able to video call with Alex.  He is happy and doing well.  He loves Colombia and the people he has been blessed to serve...and serve with.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week 74: December 17, 2017

Hola paisanos, como les va?

So this week has been really different but really good. Probably one of the coolest things is that my comp-convert, Duvan, is right now reading the book of Mormon while I write.  He is in Alma 5.  If all goes well, he will finish it before the end of the transfer.

I have never visited as many people as we visited this week in all my mission. What we have been doing everyday is running around and visiting all the less actives and our investigadores.  We are just reading the Book of Mormon with them to give them the spiritual power that thy need to progress.

Also we saw several miracles this week. When I was serving with Elder Murphy, we visited a family and they presented us to some of their neighbors and they are super ready for the gospel. They have been reading the Book of Mormon separately and together as a family for the past few days and we are really hoping that this week they can come to church. 

Also, here in Chicoral, it is so tiny that everyone knows the missionaries. I love to contact but it is sometimes unexciting when you touch ten doors and they all know you.  But my comp said something amazing he said, well if they already know us, that should make it easier right? That was the right answer. 

Another miracle I witnessed this week was with a less active who we met.  She was so nice and happy but told us that she wouldn't be able to go to church.  I felt sad but then she came anyway.  I was playing the piano and almost started to cry.  

The Lord will always be there to touch the hearts of those who need Him. 

Love you. 
Duvan with Jerky -- part of his Christmas Stocking. 
Elder Parson shared that Duvan has never had a birthday or received a gift. 
Alex had to teach him how to open a present.
Elder Parson's family is thankful they were able to send a "12 Days of Christmas" package
and some Christmas gifts to Duvan.