Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 23, 2016 - Thats it.

Well it is crazy to think that it is all coming to an end. As some might know, this will be my last week being called eldercito or hermanito. Next Tuesday night I will be arriving back home to New Mexico. These have been 2 amazing years, and the best decision I have ever made. I truly have grown to love the people here and this amazing country.

There are so many things I could say and share, but I just share my testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know it is the true church. The Book of Mormon can change us and guide us if we let it. I would invite everyone to read it and pray about it.

Our Savior lives and loves us.

Love, Elder Parker

May 16, 2016 - Ecuador Markets

May 9, 2016

Dallin did not write this week, but we skyped him on Mother's Day. He looks great and we all still can't believe he will be home in 3 weeks!

April 25, 2016 and May 2, 2016

Sorry, Dallin did not write this week. The final details for his return are being worked out!

April 18, 2016 - Earthquake

Hi. Thank you for your prayers. We are all well. We were pretty far away. Even esmeraldas in our mission (the coast) did not get it that bad. More in ManabĂ­. We were all fine, and did not have to follow any emergency plan. We felt it, but nothing happened. We are about 8 hours away from where the epicenter was. We are about 2 hours away from quito. You guys will know much more than me. We do not know anything unless someone tells us.  
We had changes today and I will be training a new missionary. And yes, I will be home the 31st of May.


April 11, 2016

Sorry, Dallin did not write this week. He is now in Cayambe, near Otavalo.

April 4, 2016 - TEMPLO

Quito will have a temple!! WHooo!!! That was such a happy moment for us yesterday when we heard the prophet say that!
It was such a blessing to hear that there will be a temple in the area that I have grown to love in this time. These people are very ready to recieve this blessing in their lives.
I was grateful to have the chance to listen to and sustain the living prophets of today. I know that they guide us and protect us if we follow their counsels.
1. The cake the zone made for me for my birthday! Love those guys.
2. And the zone of the jungle of Ecuador.

March 28, 2016

Sorry, Dallin did not send out a letter this week. He has about 2 months left in his mission!

March 21, 2016 - Jungle Adventure

Our adventure to the jungle today! There are many more, but that was all I had time to upload.
We are having an awesome time here and are having lots of success. The branch is progressing, slowly but surely and there are many things going on here in the jungle! 

March 14, 2016

Dallin did not send an email this week. He is figuring out his schedule and housing for summer term at BYU.

March 7, 2016 - Congrats Chris!!!

Dallin did not send a group e-mail, but he is excited for Chris! He will be serving in the New Jersey, Morristown, Spanish speaking mission. He reports to the Provo MTC on June 15.


(From Elder Parker)
That is exciting about Chris! I am pumped for him!

February 29, 2016 - Foto

Foto of the zone before the visit of Elder Holland

February 22, 2016 - Choked by an Apostle...

It was a great week, as you might have guessed from the subject of this email! We recieved the visit of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to our mission, and I got to meet him in a very special way, haha. We started the meeting with a photo and a hand shake. Then we were priviliged to have talks from a member of the area presidency, an area seventy, our mission president and his wife, and then from Elder Holland. He started up on the stand and then he came down on the floor to talk more to us and to teach us. 

I was sitting in the front row in the middle on the left end. He had just finished talking about missionaries and how he feels about disobedient missionaries, or those who go inactive after the mission. He walks down onto the floor, and he walks by me, puts his hand on my shoulder, and then chokes me and gets real close in my face, and shakes a little bit. Haha it was great. Then he lets me go and says, that is what happens to those missionaries I just mentioned. 

We learned a lot from him. The thing I liked the most was how much of an influence his mission has had in his life. He knew exactly how long he had been home, down to the day. 

I have to go now, but thank you all for your support! I love you all!

Elder Parker

February 8, 2016 and February 15, 2016

Sorry, Dallin did not send out a group letter. He is still doing well and only has a few months left!