Monday, June 5, 2017

Hurrah for Israel

Never thought that this day would come. I remember starting out the mission thinking man the day will never come and now it came faster than I thought. Its pretty hard thinking I have to say goodbye to this pretty soon. 
Just so you guys know, when I started the mission I had a goal. It was to not come home weird like Dustin did (I would say Tyler as well but he left weird so he came home the same. Just couldn't understand him). The way I figured I would complete that goal is by not letting the mission go through me and rather I just go through the mission. I don't know when it happened, but I'm so grateful that it did, that the mission started going through me. I still feel like I'm the same guy as when I left, with obviously the same interests because I miss the gym like crazy, but I know what's actually important now in this life and that really we are in a preparatory state to live with God and our Savior again. I wont risk not getting that again. 

On the mission I've learned so much more about the Plan of Salvation and about everything else. My testimony has shot up like crazy and there's no convincing me otherwise that these things aren't true. I know who I can trust and who is always there for help when I need Him. Maybe you have heard the saying that your strongest convert on the mission should be yourself and I can 100% say that. 

Being given the opportunity to share the gospel with all my brothers and sisters these past 2 years has been a great privilege. It hasn't been easy and many times I wanted to hit these people because of their hardened hearts, but I have really come to love them. Just the thought of not seeing an old woman walking with her cane and a big sack of who knows what on her back makes me want to cry. I love Ecuador and I love these people. 

To finish off I want you guys to know that I know that this church is true and the only true church of Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and will bring anyone closer to God and Christ by reading it and applying it in their lives because I have done it and have seen the difference. I know that Christ lives. I know that this is His work and that nothing will stop it from going forward. I love my Heavenly Father and I love His Son. Hurrah for Israel. 

See you all next week, 
Elder Welch

The cake :(

Monday, May 29, 2017

"Tengo un ejercito de hijos"

So the week went by pretty fast. Its going good here in Tena.
So like I said last week we had transfers. My companion is honestly one of the nicest companions I've had on the mission. Hes super great and we get along pretty well. he doesn't make me trunky or anything like my last one would so thats awesome. The only problem that I have noticed is he has super bad BO. I don't know how you tell someone they need to buy deodorant haha but we will see if he buys it when the money shows up on wednesday. I hope so cuz it's like sitting next to that indian kid in class bad when we teach a lesson sometimes... I still love him though
So this week we decided to pass by Rafael. I told my companion a couple of his stories and he was pretty animated to go meet him. So last night was the day and he put on a pretty good performance. My companion asked him "do you have any kids" and with like this straight stare at us not even smiling or anything says "I have an army of children" I just started laughing cuz I was like what in the world but Rafael didn't think it was too funny. He did give us some pretty good food that he made with his friend that he had made in the street 30 minutes prior to us showing up. 
Also another story. Those BYU nurses frustrate me. They literally called us and asked us to go translate for them. So we go one morning and they were like why are you guys here? you should be working like we don't need your help. So once they told me that at the end I said why did you call us then? Like we literally canceled lunch and all of our morning citas to come here because you guys called saying you needed help. So frustrating but at least the physical therapist that I was translating for was super nice to me. He needed a lot of help. Mom btw here is another back tool that you can buy if your hook isnt getting it done. Look up the tuner by Dr sherik (I think thats his name) 
So i'm pretty pumped you could say. Yesterday in branch council, still am not used to saying that, our branch president said something that stuck to me. He was telling us about an interview he had with his mission president while he was on his mission. His mission president said "if a junior companion gets desanimated whose responsibility is it to get him animated again?" (excuse the spanglish I just honestly don't know what word you use for desanimated) so he responded back "the district leader is responsibly". He then kept asking and if the district gets desanimated up until the mission president. When He asked him whose responsibility is it to animate the mission president he didn't know what to say. Then his mission president said "its no ones job to animate me because I didn't come on the mission to be desanimated". Its so true. You don't go on a mission to get bummed out over things you can't control. It's a part of the plan. No matter what happens, as long as I am diligent in the work, I wont lose any blessings if people reject me or the church attendance was that big or any other thing that can upset a missionary. The best part is that the church is still true. Just like in the attribute of hope it says that you will always be enthusiastic and animated if you truly have hope. The goal this week for branch conference is that every member, including the babies, is responsible to bring a plus one to church. However, the missionaries are a plus 6. If we can reach that, we will have an attendance of like 100. That would be so cool! Gotta have hope though! 
The church is true no matter what happens. Im doing great, my airplane tickets showed up, the financial secretary told me how much I will be getting because im going home. Doesnt feel real pero tiene que dale. 
Im gonna sprint through the finish line. I love being a missionary

this is for Jake Fisher

This super good cake and cheesecake they sell in my zone leaders sector. Its so good

My companion told me today that before the mission I had a manly face and now I have a child face

Monday, May 22, 2017

"BYU Nursing Program Saves the Day!"

So it was a pretty good week. I consumed a lot of pizza and shrimp this week so it was cool but man do I feel icky girl. Currently eating some cookies while writing this... CANT STOP WONT STOP! 
So this week we were able to go to Baños and do meaningless divisions. I say meaningless because my zone leader told me "i'm not even telling president about these divisions. 1. its week 6 and 2. you go home in 3 more weeks so i doubt it even matters" So literally meaningless but they were way fun! After we taught some peeps we went and did an all you can eat. Im proud of myself cuz I took down 14 pieces but i could have done better but they took too long to bring the pieces out. mi parcero aka my companion, took down 11 and started throwing up in the street so it was actually pretty funny. I was laughing pretty hard because it was literally right in downtown Baños in the middle of the street. 
Also some member called us this week and goes "elders, i want to take you guys out to eat. Come to Choquitos." So yeah we went there and MAMA it was a rich place. Im sure it wasnt that rich but anywhere where there isnt plastic chairs you think is a rich place but she did feed us like kings! She told us to get whatever we wanted and then after that made us buy another plate and then after that said lets go get ice cream. In total she spent like $130 on us. Maybe it doesnt sound like that crazy but keep in mind Ecuador is A LOT cheaper than the states. I was actually full those two nights which hurt so good. 
We taught Rafeal. Sadly he didnt accept fechya but when we invited him he started talking about this little boy he gave soup to. Hes a funny guy. He just doesnt get it
So to explain the craziness of sunday, this is what happened. So we walked in typical like 8:45 and there was just the branch presidents family the other missionaries, and like one other family were there. So we are starting the meeting at 9 with a total of like 25 people. The out of no where a super tall white woman walks in. Then another. Then another until about 35 byu students were in the congregation. It was honestly crazy! Supposedly they are BYU nursing students and the are here in our sector helping out with a group called charity. So this week we are going to go and help translate for them. Should be interesting because my medical terms in spanish are sort of limited. 
We also had changes last night. My companion is just moving to the other sector in Tena and my new companion is Elder Navia. Hes from Bolivia and has about a year in the mission. Should be a super fast change... We also got the list of all 350 less actives yesterday so these next 3 weeks will be consisted of finding those lost sheep. 
I love this work. Its awesome being a missionary! Thanks for all the love and support. Im doing great!

Heres me in that super awesome restaurant 

Heres me with a Llama. Its a lot cooler than any cat

Heres me eating pizza 

Heres me with the zona Oriente ( i know its super small. Its about less then half of a regular zone) 

 my hard core piano performance I put on for the zone

my comp and I outside of Rafeals house after a lesson. It was raining super hard so I didnt want to get too wet cuz im without an umbrella so we waited it out 

Monday, May 15, 2017


I ran into Rafeal today, the crazy cross eyed investigator we have that I was telling you all about yesterday, while he was working. He started screaming "WELXSH, WELXSHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!" I didn't hear it but my companion did so we went and talked to him for a bit and he told me the reason I didn't hear him is because in the states it makes a lot of noise. He´s doing great though. We have a cita with him this week and hopefully he actually understands something this time and also hopefully we get some more funny stories from him! 
It was awesome to talk to you all yesterday. A little weird to bare my testimony in english but I was happy to see you all and to know that you are all doing good. Especially cool to see Goldie! 
Anyways, I don't have anything new to share but the Gospel is true, I know what I'm doing is very important.
I love you all! Thanks for all the love and support.

Elder Welch

I too had a Hank the water tank water bottle. A dog jumped on me and scared me and I dropped it so it broke

If you see where the clumper of lights are in the background thats where I was. We walked up that big hill and I sweated and they werent home so I wanted to sit down 

Thats the amazon river

Monday, May 8, 2017

"Know, Do, Become"

Pretty good week in Tena. Only one day this week we went without a lesson so thats how you know it was a success. Also we had an asistence of 54 yesterday so thats pretty ballin! 
So last night the missionaries in the district slept the night over at our house because we had to leave at 3 in the morning to get to Baños for a zone activity. So one of them fell asleep at like 9:30 and so i ran and jumped on his bed and he literally flipped. I think I scared him like hard core cuz he threw his journal and his pen across the room and then I thought he was gonna punch me in the face. So basically I learned dont wake people up from sleeping by jumping on their beds. Its still pretty awkward between us now...
So last night we had interviews with pte and they went super well. I always learn a lot from him. I'm gonna miss these interviews. So anyways I talked to him about personal study and how he learns so much and gets so much out of the bible. I was asking how I could learn and get more out of my studies and if I had to learn German to read the bible to get the true translation. He then told me dont worry about it too much. He then quoted the line upon line scripture and said the Lord will guide us in our studies and help us learn. What we have to do is apply what we know. He then quoted saying "you need to know, then do, and then become" So i invite you guys all to apply that to your lives. You have to really apply what you are learning in your studies so that you can become more like our Savior. 
Sorry the letter was short. hope it made sense! Hopefully we can have a super hyphy skype this sunday:) 

I got the whole back row to myself traveling this past week. Decided I would take a selfie

This is probably a dream location for dustin. The virgin that looks over Baños

Monday, May 1, 2017

"yo soy tranquilo pero también soy una bestia"

So this week was pretty good. On Sunday last week the branch president said in branch council "it's going to be a good week" and I started thinking "well it sure can't get worse than the week we just had".  He was right, it was a lot better. 
To start off, if you are ever debating about getting a haircut from a trany, dont do it.  You might be wondering why would I ever go and get a haircut from a trany? Well I didn't know he/she was a trany. I thought it was just an ugly woman. Then I sat down and she asked me how I wanted my hair cut and I just about stood up and left cuz of his or her voice. Not only that she was a trany, but she also did a craptastic job. Hopefully it grows before I get home so i don't look like a pinhead. 
Then at lunch I decided I would eat half of a chicken. So i told the guy to give me 2 plates of a 1/4 of a chicken and he looked at me all confused and said but your friend just bought a lunch?... So i looked at him and basically said "I know what i'm about". I took that down like a champ. (Btw if you don't get that reference, watch parks and rec) 
So the week was awesome! Started out with lots of lessons and lots of new investigators! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BUDDYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! It was actually awesome. Not to mention one of the new investigators we taught owns a clothing store and she gave me a free tie. You know I sucked up to her the next lesson and wore the tie. She so came to church this sunday too so that's a first here in Tena for me!!!! We also were able to get the branch president to come out with us this week so it was awesome even though we literally, i'm not exaggerating at all, didn't say a word in 3 straight lessons. Its okay though because all 3 were to less actives. 
So you remember the investigator that dropped us and I said I would follow up with you with what happened? Well this is what happened. I called him all week and he never answered.  He too was in finals. So yesterday we knocked on his door and I basically said what I told you all I was going to say. Then I bore my testimony of the Book and my companion bore his testimony. Im not gonna lie, I thought he was going to let us in, but he just said thank you and i'll read the Book this week. Im happy though because we have officially done all we can with him until he decides to listen again. 
So on saturday we did a service project helping a family move houses. I dont know who took more advantage of my muscles mom or my companion because I carried just about everything heavy (the fridge, washing machine, all the couch parts, etc.).  The worst part of the service project is I got the harder side every single time. Not cool. 
Its going to be a good week this week. My crock game is still going strong so thats how I know. I love being a missionary! 

PS- so we taught a less active and he started like whipping his kids with an extension cord for apparently "bad behavior" when they weren't doing anything actually.  He started yelling while whipping them "yo soy bien tranquilo pero también soy una bestia" It will now probably be one of my new threats along with daddy forgot to feed the children. 

yes that was probably the most uncomfortable I have ever felt in my life. Almost just got up and left but I got scared of being whipped as well so I was on way good behavior.

Monday, April 24, 2017

La Chamba

The "chamba" took a big hit this week. Adam taught me that word. He said thats what they called the work in Mexico so I thought it was more fun to say chamba than obra so I do. Ill explain later why it took a hit. 

This week we had zone conference and it was pretty good. So president starts out the conference saying "we have good news and bad news. The bad news, Elder Christofferson came and visited our mission this past monday. It was short notice and only invited the missionaries in quito. Good news, we are going to spend the next 30 minutes talking about it." I just about punched someone in the face. Stupid emergency changes. They did a pretty good job talking about it. He left a blessing on the mission however I forgot my notes in the house so I forget exactly what the blessings were. Still feel a little bitter. 
A couple highlights of the week. 1. my sandals broke so I decided it was a sign that since it was like my 3rd pair, that it was time to buy crocks. They are just the greatest. They also look super swaggy. 2. I started making the mama de los batidos. I call it "la mama". Its basically just a ton of fruit, eggs, avocado, milk, vanilla, and the secret ingredient, pony malta. I like drinking it while I have my crocks on.
So like I said, la chamba took a hit. We went 3 straight days without a lesson. I wanted to die because it was so hot those days and you just stand outside of every house crying and knocking for like over 5 minutes because they told you to come and they lied. Not only that, just about every contact denied us too. Needless to say, I passed out at the end of every day. Then to top off that we got denied every contact, yesterday, the ONLY investigator that we had, decided to drop us. Like excuse me? I drop you you dont drop me. After that happened I told my comp I need to sit down. I sat on a stair for like 30 minutes cuz I didnt know what to do anymore haha. That night I told the zone leaders what happened and they said "are you going to go teach him again?" After he said that I didnt respond for like 10 seconds cuz I literally almost said "you idiot I just said he said I dont wanna listen anymore. Why would I go back?" After the conversation I was doing some pondering and I thought of the districts when the investigator "jinx" thinks she received an answer and that the mormons arent for her. The missionaries didnt give up on her. Anyways, yeah so I decided since he studies in Riobamba, like 5 hrs away from Tena, that I would call him and invite him to read the book before he decides to drop us. I will inform you next week on the outcome.
So on saturday we did divisions so i went to the other sector in Tena. It was awesome because we had a lesson. But it was also great because the guy we taught has been looking for an answer to his question about what church is true. He said he has been studying with the testigos and adventistas and catholics and everything. So his mom is adventista and he lives with her. So we were teaching him and then his mom comes in right when we are starting the first prayer and she just gets so mad. She like starts throwing a temper and everything haha. It made me think a lot though in Acts 5 verses 41 and 42 because she literally hated us because we were teaching the truth. Ive been thinking a lot about that experience including yesterday on my half hour stair sit. We are getting rejected left and right right now here in Tena. Its way hard and it honestly makes the days so long. But I am grateful that everyday I get rejected representing the name of Jesus Christ or as the scripture puts it being counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Well la chamba continues. At least if the day is hard, i get to go home and put on my crocks. It always puts a smile on my face. So does putting on my placa. 

I found a bamboo log and I tried to cut it with my machette. But because I was so tired I actually fell asleep on the ground and my comp took a picture of me sleeping

Just a couple dollops of tuna. That tuna was straight gold. 5 bucks! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tener Careful!

So it was another successful week in Tena, meaning I survived and the crazy indigenous didn't rob me! Anyways its been a good week. I love being with my Colombian comp again. Hopefully I'm still saying that by the end of the change haha. 
Idk why but i literally feel like Benjamin Button because I feel like my body is falling apart. I wake up and my whole body just hurts and I feel like an old man but everyone tells me I look like im 18 so must be all the rice I eat:) Anyways so we went to a waterfall today in the middle of nowhere jungle town. It was the muddiest trail to get there and it was like over a 30 minute walk in straight mud. Luckily I made it safely and crossed the river and did some rad poses in front of the waterfall. Walking back was the tricky part. The whole time I literally almost fell like 50 times and so did the other elders so i decided I would make a deal first one to fall has to buy bread for everyone else. Luckily no one agreed because right when I was about to pull out a victorious walk I tanked hard core. I went straight from my feet to my back and it knocked the wind right out of me. I took it like a champ. However I feel bad for the branch pte when he washes my clothes tomorrow because it looks like I pooped my pants but i promise I didn't...
So the week was great. We are working super hard and contacting a lot and not seeing a lot of fruits but its still awesome. The only downside is we are making progress with the less actives here. Including going from telling the missionaries to stop coming by, to inviting us to eat with them every friday for lunch! I think the hardest part for me is its all coming to an end soon and I wanna see results and I wanna see them now before I go home. But Pte said something yesterday in consejo de rama and said we cant run with these people. It really made me think because yeah its cool to see results and to baptize and all that but the branch already has too many less actives. Im working on my patience now. Ive developed I think more tolerance on the mission than patience. You have to have patience and really learn how to love these people. Its great being a missionary! 
I love you all! 
Elder Welch

PS- come to Tena if you wanna hear a hot cheeto and taki talk on sunday about the work for the dead in the recently cleaned office building/ chapel that I got assigned to clean:) 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hot and Sweaty

So its been another solid week here in Tena. So yesterday we received changes and Elder Velez the "mono" is now out of Tena and I will be receiving Elder Espinosa. You might remember that name because he has already been my companion. He is the colombian I was with that was WAY hard to understand. However, since Tena is in the absolute middle of no where, he still isnt here. He is coming all the way from Manabi and has to travel to Quito then take a 7 hr bus ride to get to Tena so he probably wont get here until about 8 at night. Its been nice being able to speak english with another elder all day since I haven't had a gringo comp since august. 

Not too much new went on. It was another week of contacting and naked people answering the door telling us they are busy. However, it was rewarding. We were able after 3 straight hours of tracting to find a new investigator named Gustavo. It was so nice we taught the restoration to him and felt the spirit so strongly. A few tears may have fallen from my eyes. Im not sure if its because we actually taught a lesson and he 100% understood and comprehended what we were teaching or because I felt so much love for him as he said yes to a baptismal date. Both reasons are valid. We also are going to start teaching a PF family. Everyone is member minus the dad. He played for the LA galaxy about 20 years ago so thats pretty cool. He started talking to me about pro soccer players about like 15 years ago and I was like yeah I have no idea who these guys are. I gotta stop telling people I like sports because they think I know everything. I stood my ground more though on soccer than I did with baseball #thankyoucompañerouruguasho :)
Well, I love being a missionary. It was a great week being all in! The weather is hot and we are sweating a lot. Its awesome too because my farmers tan line is getting pretty good as well. I found out this week that Tena is hotter than guayaquil so that made me feel a lot better. Not only am I walking more than Jake fisher, but I for sure am sweating more than him. 

I love you all! Thanks for everything and talk to yall later

The smallest zone in the mission

I ate a worm this week. Its called the Chontacuro. I only took it down fried but I wanna 
eat it raw this next time look it up in the internet

My mono:) 

I actually climbed a hill in Tena so thats all of Tena in the picture

Monday, April 3, 2017

All In!

So it was another great week as a missionary! It was for sure better than last week. It was a lot of prayers and questions answered as well as I listened to general conference:) Something else cool is that today I fed a monkey and it climbed all over me. That was WAY cool:) They robbed me a couple times including stealing the bag of grapes out of my hands but it was awesome! I want a pet monkey now. The only thing that scared me was the bigger one bit this guy so he slapped it in the face haha and they all went into attack mode so we got the crap out of there! Other than that it was great.
So yeah conference was wayyy awesome! Such good talks were given and so much was learned. The key things I learned were about being all in, following the spirit, and love. My favorite talk was given by Elder Gary B. Sabin. It was so good! It honestly just hit me super hard about being a missionary here in Tena. I just have to be all in and give everything I have to the branch and the Lord. Then the talks on the spirit too especially Elder Rasbands about following the promptings. I loved the part "9 times out of 10 youll be right" in referring to following the spirit. I thought about the internal battle missionaries tend to have when walking in the street and thinking "contact them" and then you fight it no and its just a battle honestly haha and then the person passes by and yeah. I referred that back to being all in. Not letting a single moment pass by! Then A LOT of talks talked about Christ's love for us and His work and also our Heavenly Fathers love for all of His children. It then made me think again about being all in. The branch and Tena in general need all the love I have right now. I know Heavenly Father loves all these people here in Tena even if they dont know it or believe it or dont want to know anything about Him. I need to have the same look on them. My goal is to eventually have the experience of Pte Eyring happen to me all the time where you just look at someone and see them exactly as He does. Im loving the people more, but I have a lot more of love to give them! For that reason, I want to be 100% all in. So by that im giving everything I have in what I have left. To help me complete my goal, I dont wanna think about home. Please when you guys write me do not mention anything of the house or how much time I have left. Anything that can be classified as "trunky" dont send me please! Subjects to avoid: anything related to the gym and working out(<--especially this one), sports, vacations, schooling, or anything else you guys can think of.

Im so excited to be here as a missionary! Pte told me in a letter that he sent me here because he believes with the experience that I have that I can help change the branch and help strengthen future leaders/ find them. Im grateful for this challenge. Yesterday we had a solid assistence of 14 people haha 4 being missionaries but thats going to change. Im getting used to the heat and humidity and im more focused!
I love you all! Thanks for the letters and talk to you all next week:)

My new style. You may be wondering what the heck your tie is too short, no its called the power gap

also note that I put a towel on my belt. Yes i do feel like a quarterback but its just to wipe the sweat off my face during lessons and stuff :) 

My monkey friend

Monday, March 27, 2017

"I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go"

Well its been another week in the mission. I finally made it to my sector on Tuesday around 1 and while I was sitting in the bus terminal all by myself (wasnt even that scared mom) I just started sweating like crazy. Seriously the sun is sooo strong and its WAY humid! The worst part is that since I got emergency changed I had to pack as fast as possible and get to the bus terminal so they could send me off. I forgot all my dirty clothes in my old house which was a majority of my shirts. So ive been wearing 2 shirts in 6 days. I have to hand wash my shirt every night and i don't think I'm doing that  good of a job because they are turning yellow... no me importa
I really love my house its cool its right across the street from the police station so they are keeping me safe in the jungle. However we did forget our keys in the house one day and we shut the door and were locked out. So being from the states I was like lets just tell the police theyll open up the door and my companion, from guayaquil, just kinda stared at me. So i told the police and they just looked at me like what do you want me to do so I was like can you guys just break into the house and they said they didnt know how so then I asked for a ladder and they didnt have one. So then after the police were no help I lifted my companion up to enter for the balcony but bc he doesnt work out in the mornings he couldnt do a simple pull up and get in. So we went looking in the whole part of the area for a ladder. Finally we got in about an hour later. I bet it looked pretty weird seeing 2 missionaries trying to  climb into a second story building but yeah. Also another story is ever since friday we have had the gusto to be hosting the evangelicas on the other side of the street. Man do they go hard. SO we live across the street from a basketball court and they started holding services there at night. The preacher goes way hard in the paint. He screams like crazy and then everyone starts screaming halleuya (i have no idea how to spell that.) and gloria a dios y amen! its so funny and they just all start clapping and going crazy. I would say the craziest part is when the preacher told someone he had cancer and said Ill save you and then he "cured him" and the guy fell to the ground and was all spazzing. That one tends to happen a lot too. I have some pretty funny videos I filmed from our house so Ill show you guys in 11 weeks
So besides all those crazy experiences that where pretty fun, its been a hard week. I got here in my new sector way pumped and ready to go and thats when it all struck. Everyone in the district just starts talking bad on Tena. I tried not to listen but then the work started.  I would say it all just hit me yesterday in church though because it just built up throughout the week. So we dont even have a chapel to start with. Its an office where we hold our meetings. We had an assistence of 48 people yesterday and the branch has over 700 members but the rest are all inactive. It just all hit me because I was sitting there in church like oh my gosh where the heck am I? Principios del evangelio was just us 4 missionaries  teaching to 2 converts and then elders quorum was literally quorum de elderes because it was basically all missionaries. It was 4 missionaries, the branch president and some man that lives 3 hours outside of tena. Its so hot here you dont go to church in suits and you just sweat all day. Its so hard because I dont know if you guys have seen that vine where the guy asks the kid whats 9+10 and he says 21 Then he calls him stupid? That is literally how I feel here. Doesnt matter what you ask someone it can literally be hermano who is God to you? and they will respond with I read the bible everyday and I literally am like I dont care thats not what I asked. My patience has never been tried so much all at once. Im not gonna lie, the mission hasnt been easy buts it 100% been enjoyable for me and ive enjoyed the whole process and its been way fun! I love the mission but this week has been hard. I just almost broke down into tears. The ward is like a bucket of water with a bunch of holes as my mission president put it. Im trying so hard to love the people and my companion. Its been a new type of challenge for me. However, I tell the Lord everyday "ill go where you want me to go" I know its hard but He knows what he is doing. I obviously have some more forming He wants to do with me and thats why im here. I know why im on a mission. The answer is the same that I recieved in the MTC when I was having a hard time. "Elder Welch, do you love me? Feed my sheep" I love the Lord. I know im here for a reason and so im trying to be as obedient to the call to serve as ever. 
Sorry if the letter was negative but its been a hard week. Im excited for the chance to serve here in tena. I hope to leave a lasting impact in this area and to really show the Lord that I love Him. Ill go where ever He sends me
I love you all
Elder Welch

Monday, March 20, 2017

12 weeks!

Well I don't know if its common in other missions but when missionaries start their missions they go through the 12 week process where they are being trained. Then its common for missionaries to say they are in their 12 weeks when they are finishing up with their last 12 weeks. Im now in that boat and its crazy!
Well I today has been basically the worst Pday ever! We were about to get on a bus to go to a waterfall for a zone activity and then the assistants called me and told me I have emergency changes. This is my 3RD EMERGENCY CHANGE IN THE MISSION! I HATE them. They are so stressful but I know they are inspired. So I got taken out of my beloved ward Vista Hermosa after 3 weeks. Its awful I didnt even get to say goodbye to the people I love most! I got shipped to the jungle. I now (fingers crossed) am in my last sector. My sector is called Tena. Its the hottest part of the whole mission and its like straight jungle. Its the only part in the whole mission where you get to baptize in a river because its a super small branch with an assistance of about 30-50 people. It should be way cool! Right now im in baños because I just got off of a 4 hour bus ride and still have 3.5 hours to travel to get to my new sector. So they told me to stop here for the day and tomorrow I have to travel more. Then every Thursday I have to travel to baños for the district/zone meetings haha. Pretty crazy but im excited to be here. I remember Pte Christensen told me a little over a year ago that maybe one day ill go to Tena. He told me that the day before changes and I didnt go. With time the thought faded away. Now im going! Should be great and im excited to work and to baptize so you see some straight flammin baptismal pictures in the river in the middle of a jungle! 

The work was going great in Vista Hermosa. We were receiving a lot of references and eating arepas! It was great. 

So last week I got a little trunky and decided I would write down on a piece of paper some goals. I called it the missionary/man I want to be. It talks about the characteristics of the missionary I dream to be and the man I want to be. I felt inspired to do it because I still feel like there is WAYYYYYY more for me to get out of the mission. I feel like the Lord isnt done shaping me into the missionary and man he wants me to be. Im so grateful for the 21 months Ive had in the mission and for the 3 months I have left. Time to work hard!
Thanks for all the letters! know that I love you guys! Hope you all have a great week!

Monday, March 13, 2017


Well I'm sorry to inform you guys, the diet took a huge hit this week and it was all my fault. I decided it would be way cool if I learned how to make arepas with some venzuelans and it was way cool. I still gotta practice it but dont worry ill have it mastered for you guys when I get back. 

This ward is FILLED with members from venezuela. They all keep coming here trying to escape the horrible conditions that are in their country right now. So our recent finds this week came from German. He has a couple roommates that just moved in. They accepted to listen to us, a baptismal date, and came to church and I was pumped! First time thats happened in a while! They are about 20 years old the 2 of them so we are working with future missionaries which is awesome:) The worst part is I told them I like baseball and they ONLY talk baseball with me. All I literally said was I like baseball and they took it as if I love like crazy haha. I know nothing about baseball as far as players go and everything especially international play. So if you guys wanna fill me in thatd be cool so I dont look like an idiot haha

Well in my personal study I came across something that called my attention in mosiah 18:30. In this chapter Alma has just baptized about 200 people in the waters of mormon. And what calls my attention so much is in v30 when it says all this happened in mormon where they came to the knowledge of their Redeemer. Why I like that verse so much is because as well in the Book of Mormon, we come to the knowledge of our Redeemer. I know because it has happened to me. My testimony is the Book of Mormon is VERY strong. I know that this book is true and I wouldnt deny it for anything. I hope you all are reading it daily and applying what it teaches us.
Hopefully what I shared made sense because it did in my head
I love you all and hope you all have a great week! Talk to yall later! 

Monday, March 6, 2017


So this week was pretty good! Thankfully the baptism was able to go through super well besides the fact that 3 members showed up haha but its okay! I was happy because this is the best ward mission leader I think I have had in the mission! He is always way on top of things. He got the font filled, vacuumed everything and made the program without us having to say anything. It was way nice! 

So I really dont have too much time due to getting a haircut that took forever because the guy is this hardcore haircutter thats gonna travel to the states for a haircutting contest where he puts designs in peoples hair. He took a video of me and then took a picture afterwards. LOOK FOR ME ON INSTAGRAM! I got an Angel Moroni on the back of my head now its pretty hyphy
The part that stood out to me the most this week was the familia Cadena. So on tuesday we were walking and a man and his wife start contacting us in their car. They said they wanted a book of mormon and so it was like ya of course where do you live? So on friday we visited them and it was awesome! So we start talking not even asking questions to get any information out of him and then he just tells us everything! He literally told us why he wanted to listen to us, what are his beliefs and doubts. Literally straight money! Then the part that stood out to me the most was about Camila. So he is studying to become an orthodontist and one of the people that studies their is a girl named camila. He said he noticed her and noticed how mature she was especially since she is only 19. So he started talking to her and she told him that she was a member of the church and thats why she is how she is. She started telling him about the Book of Mormon and everything! She made such a big impact on him just from the way she carries herself, that he is now listening to us. I dont know what will happen with the familia Cadena, but I am so grateful for people that live the Gospel. You never know who is watching and the impact you can make on others just by living and following Christ.
Anyways I know that this work is true! I love being a missionary and I dont have an angel moroni on my head but the rest of the information was true. I love you all!