Monday, June 9, 2014

I ate french toast this morning and It was delicious

Howdy, peoplesss. How is life? Mine is fancy. It gets super cooler all the time. We just have so many weird experiences as missionaries, also a ridiculous amount of crazy spiritural ones. Out here, I have learned that God really does answer prayers. He waits for us to have the right amount of faith and obedience to answer them, but He always answers. I have been trying to be more ready to receive those answers lately and it is pretty amazing. It just brings a lot peace to my heart and my mind. It makes me feel calm and happy in moments of distress and confusion. It is wonderful.
This week I got to move around a bit more than usual and be in a few different areas and work with different missionaries and meet new people and it was just great. I love how the Lord just fill us up and gives us what we need to help other people when they are having hard times and need a lift. We got to have lots of experiences like that this week.

But, like always, some reaaaaaaaaally funny ones. Like when a rocker dude spat on me. Like when, in a part of the city, we saw a big truck full of goats on the side of the road that were being along with their milk, and fresh. Like when I met a guy from New Zealand and he told me about his interesting life of being a journeyman and just traveling the world. Like when we had a huuuge stake primary activity with a bunch of investigators and it was CRAZY and also super fun. Just like some awesome stuff ahhaha. My life totally rocks.

I have to go but keep having a cool life and try to have a great dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy always. Also listen to the mormon tabernacle choir and love them. Also the piano. I LOVE YOU ALLLLL

I get bored of signing my name the same every time.

Elderous Pratticus


We had transfers today but I am staying in Suba! I have been here for a bit more than 4 months and I should be here for another month and a half. I am so pumped!

Sometimes, after being a missionary for a long time, you think you have just seen it all. When you start to think that, God shows you that you are very mistaken. This past Sunday, I was feeling pretty comfortable, but the Big Guy made sure to let me know that up until that point, I had never had one of our invited guests to the chapel have an epileptic seisure. So yeah, basically I am thankful for the first aid merit badge and my sometimes dependable memory. Thanks to our good buddy the Holy Ghost, I was able to remember what I needed to remember and everything turned out juuuust fine (why, yes of course the Holy Ghost reminded me, haven´t you read John 14:26?). Good times haha. 

A young man from our ward got his mission call this past week, Mexico Mexico City North. He comes to appointments with us when he can and is going to be an excellent missionary. We are so pumped for Felipe!

This week, for the first time in my life, I lost my wallet. It was kinda a bummer. It just had stuff that can get replaced, like my temple recommend, my 
ID card from Colombia, and a bus card, but other stuff that can´t, like a usb drive (I have almost everything backed up though so it´s okay) and some money. Kinda a bummer. I think I left it in a taxi at night and we had contacted the taxi driver so I had his phone number and we called him the next morning and he said that I hadn´t left anything there. hmmmmmmmm not sure if I believe him or if someone else just found it first. Oh well, life goes on haha.

WORLD: If you have not, watch this video. If you have, watch it again. plz.
(If the link doesn´t work, it is the video of "I´ll Go Where You Want Me to Go")

Please do these things. Please. It makes allll the difference in the world, it really does.

I love everyone in the whole wide world, except for the man (or woman, let´s not be sexist here) who invented food that makes you feel sick. Also slow internet.


My second Mother´s Day as a missionary

I feel oldishly young.


Anyway anyway, this week was super cool. I feel like I basically have told all my stories of the week because yesterday I talked to my fam, but then like 3 crazy things have happened in the past 24 hours that changed everything. Venga le cuento.

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, we went to visit this familiy and they have this super old grandma. Like super old. she can´t hear or anything and doesn´t have teeth and nobody can like understand her, but sometimes she just gets excited when we come and sits with us and starts smiling and nodding. It is really sweet. But yesterday, it just got crazy because she  sometimes gets excited with visitors and jsut wants to talk and nobody, I mean nobody, can make her stop talking. She just started talking and talking and talking and nor my comp nor I could understand. But everyone is just used to talking oever her, so we taught the lesson with her chatting along. They say she jsut sits down adn starts telling us like all these crazy historical natural remedies for sicknesses and stuff that she has learned over the generations, which is basically the coolest thing ever, but we had to give the lesson instead of taking notes this time. It actually turned out to be a pretty great lesson. They family really felt the Spirit and is progressing. Good times.

LAST NIGHT, we were visiting a brother who has been doing some fixes to his house. Right now, he has a pile of sand in one part of his floor. We were visiting him and his familiy when suddenly, their cat decided that the sand pile was his litter box. The cat went to the bathroom and I saw so I motioned to the brother and said, "woah!" The brother jumped up and started yelling and the kids started screaming and everyone just got super crazy and his 9 year old, who was playing with little army men at the time, also joined in the fight. The kid ran over as fast as he could and aimed his trusty little army man at the cat and started making shooting noises as loud as he could. Amazingly, the shooting noises scared the cat away before he got hit by the grandpa. Gooood times.

THIS MORNING, we went to go play micro, which is like soccer, but like on a basketball court and with a ball that is heavy and small and stuff. I tired to nail the bad boy and I am a dumb gringo and kicked the ground so so so so so hard that I thought I was gonna die. It was reaaaaaaally funny. My foot is totes fine but my toe hurts like a thing that hurts very badly. We think my toe nail is gonna fall off, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever. Goooooood times.

SO yeah. My week basically memorable. I unfortunately wasted all my time telling dumb stories, but know that we are working hard, teaching by the Spirit, and learning a lot. Life is great here! As the Master would say, he who loses his life for my sake, shall find it. The real life and happiness is found in service. At least that much I have learned.

And, as the second most important master would say: Love you all, I do.

Elder Pratt

I´ll Go Where You Want Me to Go

I´d bet that many of you, when reading the title, thought that finally Elder Pratt had grown up. If that is what you want and expect, please do not keep reading, because I will disappoint you hahah.

The truth is that this week was basically stellar. My comp and I are having a blast. We are working hard, finding a lot of service opportunities, and teaching some great people. I don´t know if I have talked about Isabel, but she is this great lady who was just stuck in a whole mess of doubts and problems in her personal life that were impeeding her spiritual progress. Well, this week we had a pretty crazy awesome appointment with her and it was awesome. She explained our purpose as missionaries and the purpose of baptism and why we always were talking about baptism with her. She understood sooo well and for the first time she started to express to us the beginnings of her testimony. She told us how she knew she needed to get baptized. She said that had a lot of doubts, but she knew that what we told her was true and that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. She told us that she needed to get over her personal issues and make decisions! She accepted a baptismal date for the 24th of this month. I hope I am still here in Suba to see her and her daughter get baptized that day!

This week I finished reading that Book of Mormon again. Man I love that book so much. If I was going to be stuck on an island alone forever and was just gonna like hang out there until I died, I would take the Book of Mormon with me. Also maybe like a pocket knife or something. But definitely the Book of Mormon.

Time for your joke/spanish lesson of the week. Soooooooooo there is this family here in Suba who is super cool. The dad is named Felix and is he is a stud. His son is 5 and named Juan Felipe and is sooooooooooooo funny. Yesterday in church, one of the members went up to Juan Felipe and asked him, "¿Dónde está Felix?" Juan Fe, being a young little ball of energy and weird thoughts, responded, "Yo estoy feliz aquí, yo estoy feliz allí, por todo lado estoy feliz!" The por kid heard feliz instead of Felix and just let us know that he is jsut a happy kid wherever he is.

This weekend was of the fast and here what we usually do when we fast is saturday lunch to sunday lunch. We spent Saturday afternoon moving furniture, painting a house, and going hard. I have gotten soo good at fasting here in the mission. Before the mission I was such a pansy when it came to fasting and now I a getting stronger. BOO YAH AUTODOMINIO

Well that´s enough of me. Have a groovy (totally set on bringing that word back) week and keep Colombia in your prayers!

Elder Pratttt

I feel old.

I feel old. In one month, I turn 21. Gross.

Anyway, This week was totally cool. I got to play translator for a few teenagers from Denmark, I learned about my companions love for Gringo music, and I heard the most ridiculous number of siblings that had ever existed. But we have to go in order. 

So we were running a few errands in the immigration offices of Bogotá a few days ago and we were about to get on the city´s bus system, called Transmilenio. It is like their over-ground subway. After we got purchased our passages (I forget the word in english, like not tickets but like the entrance fee was onthe card blah blah blah), we were heard off to enter and we heard a person saying, "Inglés? Inglés?" and so naturally I turned around. I saw two white kids about 18 years old trying to talk to ticket lady, the three of them obviously confused. My comp and I walked over and I was like, "Hey, do you guys need help?" I played middle-man and we got their passages and got them sent on the right bus. Turns out it was the same bus as we needed, so we got to talking. It was pretty cool. They were really cool kids and we totally made it into a missionary contact and left them with some stuff to think about. BOOM I´M A MISSIONARY

The otehr day we were talking down a street in the city and the little stores on the side of the road always have loud music playing, usually colombian or mexican music. But I heard a song as we were walking and I was sure it was in english, but we heard it for like 3 seconds and didn´t stop walking. I said to my comp (who does not hardly speak any english), "Hey man was that in English?" and he responded, "Oh yeah, that was Lil´ Wayne and Eminem." Later that day, the same thing happened. "Yeah, Guns and Roses, bro." It was tooo funny for me. So a few days later, we were talking to someone who is like super crazy. Like my comp and I knew for sure he was crazy and sometimes he follows us around and just talks to us. So he somehow got my comp and started talling him his life story (and the dude talks soooooo fast it hurts my mind to listen to him) and I was just off to the side and started to quietly sing the song Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, and my comp startred cracking up while still talking to the guy. As we escaped, my comp started singing the song and said, "Man how could you sing the Gnarls Barkley song in that moment?" I almost died. My comp is a stud.

One of our investigatores has (at least) 140 brothers (all kids of the same dad). I don´t feel like this statements needs any more comments.

WE FOUND A SUPER COOL LESS ACTIVE LADY AND SHE IS THE COOLEST and she came to church for the first time in a looooong time and she totally liked it and is reading the scriptures and praying and listening to the lessons again and being super cool and it is the best. I seriously love how good it feels to just find amazing people who are just waiting to be members or become active members or stuff like that. It is the best ever. But for reals.

Also sometimes the adversary can be a real punk and make awful stuff happen but it doesn´t even matter when your investigators are strong and ready. We have this familiy who have been waiting for a long time to get baptized because there is this crazy thing with his divorce so they can get married and then baptized and they need a lot of money, like $500 and they are in a bit of a rough economic situation. They have had some up moments and down moments, but recently they have been doing great and we are trying to help them work for the money. On Friday, the (future) husband was going to sell some stuff, about $650 of stuff. Some sketchy business stuff went down with the bank and they ended up robbing him the $650. He was suuuuuper bummed and was ready to just give up with the chruch and all he had learned and everything. He slept on it that night, talked to his mom (a member of the church for about 2 years now and super strong) and then called us on Saturday, asking for a blessing of the priesthood. He told us, "If Satan is persistent and is working so hard against me, I and going to show him that I am more persistent and will work evern harder." Man those were like the best words I have ever heard in my life. He strengthened me when he said that and I felt just like the little kid I am. I hope that someday I can be as strong as he is.

I love you all and hope you are all just doing swell!!!!

Elder Pratt


This week was so weird. Here in Colombia, the Easter week is hard core. The whole week is suuuuper different. All week they show movies from the Bible on TV, a bunch of  people take work off and go far away to visit big churches, people follow weird traditions that most Mormon kids hve never heard of, and it is crazy. During the Holy Week, most people don´t eat red meat because of traditions and stuff, so we ate a LOT of fish this week. I mean a LOT. It was cool but also kinda like woah can we not eat my third mojarra in the 3 hours right now? But it is cool. Now I have a lot of Omega 3 or whatever in my body!
So there is this old guy here in Suba named Vicente Garzón. He is a member of the church who was baptized a looooong time ago, but in these past months we have helped himj back to activity and he is a stud. He is like one of the funniest old men I know. He is so witty, but can´t hear hardly anything so sometimes we get into like wit battles but he can´t hear me so them he just puts on this funny smile and it is a blast. His heart has changed a lot of late and he really ahs become a different person now that he is trying to live the gospel and it is amazing. this week, He told a few things that really made me think a bit. In one moment, he said, "Now I really feel that soemone is guiding my life. I feel the presence of the Holy Ghost guiding daily." Just about screamed for joy when he said that. It is sooooo great to hear that as a missionary. A bit later, he said, "The kids who let themselves be guided in life have a good life. Those who don´t find they suffer in life." Powerful words. And not jsut applicable to parenting, but to the gospel as well. when we let our lives be guided by God, we are blessed and good things happen. When we don´t let our Heavenly Father guide our lives by living his teachings, we will too find that we suffer in this life and are not prepared to face the life that comes later. Vicente is a wise man ahaha.

This week, I have been reading the Old Testament, finishing Genesis and starting Exodus. It was a blast reading the real stories of Joseph (who was sold into Egypt) and Moses. Veeeery interesting. While I was reading I remembered all the movies and musicals I have seen of those stories and it was cool to see how in many parts they followed the doctrine, but good to know when it was just embellishment. I had the songs stuck in my head allllllllll week of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the animated Moses movie that I think is dreamworks, if my memory serves me. Good times ahhaha.

Weeeeellllll it has been a blast. Remember people: You are what you eat. I don´t know why you should remember that, but when I typed the words "Remember people:" the first thing that came into my mind was that phrase. I hope it helps one of you out there. 


Elder Praff

I hate to judge but old ladies with beards scare me

For those of you still learning spanish, I am disappointed in you. Spanish is the coolest. There are so many things that you just say in spanish so easily but you just can´t say in english. It is a real disappointment sometimes when I am talking in english to someone who is not bilingual and I can´t just say the phrase in spanish and they understand me hahahah.

Sometimes as a missionary, you have a cold for a few weeks that you just can´t get rid of. This is fun, because every single person you visit tells you some secret magic remedy passed down from the generations, be it a drug they bought in the store that changed their life or, most commonly here in Colombia, a mix of herbs that you have never heard of that they put in a drink that doesn´t even exist in your country and give it to you at the temperature of lava. It gets kinda cold here and the drinks are tasty so it is pretty much the best ever. I love the people here.

Also, sometimes as a missionary, you just like stop with the cute little discussions and you get real with people. (I will always remember the talk from Holland about the coach "getting in your face.") We have this lady who is less-active and is a great lady, but has a pretty crazy story and some pretty bit challenges in her life and uses them as excuses to not go to church, but, as we know, God´s commandments aren´t for when we feel like it, or when it´s easy, they are lines draw in the sand. We do it, or don´t. She, for a long time, was just not doing it. We like her a lot and she likes us a lot, but we just had to get down to business on Saturday and talk about the Sabbath Day and attending church. We, with all of the love in the world (and remember, real loves tells the truth) we talked to her and told her how things were. It got a bit strong in one moment, but I felt that I needed to say the words I said and in the specific way I said them, my comp as well. After that moment, she looked down, thought for a minute, then said, "Okay. Rain or thunder, I am going to church tomorrow." Aaaaaaand she did. Aaaaaaaand she brought her non-member husband. Aaaaaaaand it was awesome. As missionaries, we have been set apart and we have authority from God to do what we do. I is pretty great to see the miracles that come when we remember that and exercise it.

A lot of the people here don´t have the musical background that we gringos have. Many of us grow up with a history of music and a basic understanding of how it all goes. That is not so true here. It can be really funny sometimes, when they pick songs in sacrament meeting that nobody knows and either nobody sings or they kinda all just gregorian chant it. It is a blast. That happens like almost every week. It is sad but so great. Sometimes when we have appointments with people in their homes, we like to sing hymns with them. Sometimes, they have no idea what´s going on but they just sing with all their hearts and do their very best, It is so great! I love seeing and feeling (and hearing) that faith! Sometimes I like to think that their little other melodies that happen are just cool harmonies thta I just hadn´t thought aobut before. I try not to think that because sometimes it makes me giggle a bit and that makes me feel like the bad person I am ahhahaa.

Life is great here in Colombia and we are working hard. Keep us in your prayers and we will see what we can do to get stuff pushing even more here in Suba. I love you alll!!!!!!
Elder Pratt


We had transfers today!!! I know who my new companion is going to be, I know him personally, but he gets here tomorrow at 3 o´clock in the morning soooooooo we still aren´t together. I get to hang out with some other Elders in the mean time. But his name is Elder Caceres and he is cool.
This letter is going to be many random explosions of thought because I don´t have much time. Transfer days are always CRAZY.

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY DEVIN PRATT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Emilee Wells and her family totally had a mormon message during conference sessions. It was awesome. I was like yelling to all the people in the room with me about how cool ti was that I knew them.
Last week, a drunk guy came up to me and, in English, said very slowly and with a confused look on his face, "You are me?" I don´t feel the need to talk any more about that experience.

Another missionary was with us the other day and we were all getting ready because we had a meeting the president. I asked him, "¿Cómo se siente?" (How are you feeling?). He, an argentinian, busted out his English and started singing "I feel prettyyyyy, oh so prettyyyyy!" He is my new best friend.
One of my favorite quotes from the weekend: Real character is shown when we practice what we preach. (I don´t know how to say it pretty in english but in spanish they said it really pretty.) SO TRUE. Just think aobut how true that is. SO TRUE.
I realized something during the conference on Sunday. there was a talk (by Elder Bednar?) where they talked a bit about the commandment to love one another. If we disrespect someone and are rude to them, not only are we being lame and jerks and bad people, but we are actually breaking the commandment to love one another. At least I see it this way. Interesting way to look at it, no? Makes you.... reflect a bit ahhah.
Also this week the quote-thing of "Don´t dress for what you are, but what you want to be," for like jobs came to my mind. It is so true. But its not just how we dress or how we act to try to gain power and position, but like this life. Here in this life, a lot of times we act and do things based on the worldly status in which we find ourselves. We decide that well this commandment isn´t too important right now like well I am really tired so I jsut won´t go to church or I feel short on money so I won´t pay a full tithe and things like that. We might not even break the line-in-the-sand-mosaic-law commanments, but we might  find reasons to not live the higher law that the Savior taught, loving everyone, going the extra-mile, and all that good stuff. We put doing that stuff in a second plane of importance, when in reality, we should probably think about things in an eternal perspective. If we always remembered who we are and the potencial we have, wouldn´t we act a bit better? Wouldn´t we love a bit more? Wouldn´t we show the love that we, as disciples of Christ, supposedly feel towards everyone?
Sorry for the personal thought explosions everyone, when you probably are expecting more funny thieve stories or something hahah. I spent a lot of this week and weekend reflecting with all of the meetings we had. It was really great. I have a lot to repent of if I really want to try to follow Christ.
I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLLLLL,. But really, I do. Sorry I have been such a tool in my life to all of you. If you want to vent and tell me how I was a bum and need to change, I will say to you what we say here in Colombia, "Hágale!!!" (Do it!)
Elder Pratt and Abraham Lincoln  =|:-)

On the wings of looooooove

I wanted to send you a video of my comp and I playing piano, but I took it in high quality and the computer I am using is soooooooo slow it gives me anxiety so I cant convert the video and send it today. Maybe another day ahhaah.
So the title this weeks comes from a study sesh of 2 Nephi 4 this past week when  was bored. I think I was a bit tired and you know how your mind just runs and things get crazy. (well, I know that Lyndi understands me and will get this reference way better.) I was reading that chapter and I got the 25th verse and there Nephi says that he was carried away on the wings of the Spirit or something and I don´t know how my brain made the connection but the chorus of that old song "Wings of Love" came into my head and it was just really weird and awesome. Also It made me realize how unfocused I was and made me focus in. Win win situation.

Remeber that woman who came into the chapel a month ago alone and talked to us after? Welllllll she got baptized with her 11 year-old son last saturday and it was EXCELLENT. It was funny because the water heater was broken so the water was preeeeeetty cold, but that´s like normal. In one of the last baptismal services we had in that chapel, one of the people screamed when they got in the water and it was really funny, but Liliana was strong. She stepped in, said "OH MY!" under her breath, looked at me already standing in the water, sucked it up and put on a smile and went in. She was sooooooo happy after. It was just a great day for her and her son. We were pretty happy too I guess. Oh yeah, and the like 30 family members (not members of the church) taht she had invited all clapped after she came out of the water. That was prettty awesome too ahhaha.

So I don´t know if I have like insomnia or something, but I just am a person who does not sleep a lot. We have 8 hours in our missionary schedule where we are in bed and should be asleep, but I m like weird and wake up in the night for no reason and just like think for a while, fall back asleep, and the wake up lik a half hour or hour before the alarm in the morning and just like hang out waiting for it to be 6:30 so I can get up. And it´s not like during the day I am tired or anything, I just don´t sleep a lot I guess. But on Tuesday, we had a super long day where we just walked sooooo much it was crazy and my comp and I got home just wasted. That night, I slept through the whole night heavily and woke up to the alarm (for the first time in a while) and somehow my top retainer was like on the ground next to my bed instead of in my mouth. It was a new experience hahhaa. The mssion is pretty great hahaha.

These past few weeks after the conference with Elder Uceda we have been pushing pretty hard with our ward to get the work moving and trying to do stuff better. It whas been SPECTACULAR. The ward leaders are leaving on visits with us now, they are working hard with their corresponding people, and we are seeing the progress in the people we visit. It just makes us so pumped up to see the changes we are making in ourselves and the blessings that have come as a result. The church attendance in our ward has almost double since the push and everyone has been serving a lot more within the ward! It is amazing! Please help the missionaries in your areas!!! They need it and the people they visit need it. It is the best everrrrrr!

I love you all!!!!! Read the Book of Mormon!!!!

Elder Prattarata

My heart will go onnnnnnnnnnnn

I do not know why I put that as the title. I have had nothing to do with that song in like a bajillion years. I think the Enya music I have is getting to me and even reminding me of Celine.

HOW IS EVERYONE????? My life continues to get more and more interesting every time I stop to think about it. So many cool, not cool, funny, and not funny things happened this week!! 

SHOUT OUT TO GRANDMA BAKER, WHO HAD A BIRTHDAY. You´ve had a birthday, shout hooray. I want to sing to you today. One year older and wiser, too. Happy birthday to you! (Yes, I still remember the primary songs every once in a while).

So, the news you have all been waiting for....... I PLAYED PIANO. The Lord gave me a tender mercy and didn´t make me play for the youth´s special musical number, and I even escaped playing the first hymn. I did play the sacrament hymn and the closing hymn and I just have to say that, all jokes aside, I actually did not fail. I messed up a few times and blah blah blah but I felt like really good about it at the end. I was so relaxed because all saturday night and sunday morning I was stressing out about it (it didn´t help that sunday morning, while picking up an investigator to go to church with us, we almost got jumped again. I was so stressed and so not in a good mood that when the punks started coming up to us, I picked up this little wooden pole that was on the ground and was about ready to stress-relief on the punks´ face. Luckily, I snapped out of it and my comp and I just ran away ahahh. gooooooood times.)

This week we had a conference with Elder Uceda, one of the Seventy and our area president. HE IS SO GREAT. There were different sessions, one for just mission leadership in the morning, one for all the missionaries from Bogotá in the afternoon, and one for the missionaries and those from the ward council at night. My comp and I were there in the various meeting without leaving the chapel from 8 in the morning to 8 at night and it was spectacular. Absolutely spectacular.

Recently, the sister missionaries who live right by the temple have started to offer guided tours of the temple grounds from investigators. We went with some investigators who are gonna get married and baptized soon and it was a blast. The temple is sooo great and the Spirit there is just so strong. I love to seeeeee the teeeeeeemple

Sulma, the 25 year-old who got baptized a month ago, is doing GREAT. in the gospel principles class, she opened up (she is kinda shy with people she doesn´t know too well) and shared her testimony of the Atonement after we watched a video called "The Mediator." Man. Man. Man. There isn´t a better feeling than hearing a recent convert sharing her testimony. It jsut is great. There isn´t really a way to describe it. I cried a tiny wee bit, but don´t tell her because she will laugh at me hahahah.

IIIIII dont have any more time. I loveyou all!!!!!!

ttarP redlE