Wednesday, January 17, 2018

JANUARY 2, 2018

JANUARY 2, 2018

It’s been a year since you guys have heard from me. Just want to tell you guys that I am doing well, and still alive down here in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

So to let you guys in a bit, as a missionary we visit people. People who show that they are interested by reading, praying, and coming to church are the people we keep visiting.  And the people who always will listen to us or talk but never keep their compromises, they are the ones that waste the Lord’s time, and mine! So we focus on people who are willing to learn and to change. 

This week, we went around to all of those people, and invited them to be baptized, those that progress. So we went from having a family of five who said yes to being baptized, to now having them, and a family of three and four other people that are just solitary to be baptized. Which makes a huge difference. Because now they aren’t just reading, or listening, but they are progressing toward their entrance to eternal life. They aren’t just enjoying talking to a gringo and a brasiilian, but they are moving toward Christ.

My testimony this week is about baptism.

2 Nephi  31:10-13.

10 And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?
11 And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son.
12 And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.

13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.
I love the gospel, and for that reason I have followed Jesús Christ, and I was baptized. And I know help others to follow the Savior of the world. Like Mormon says, in 

3 Nephi 5:13

13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.



Elder Tracy



JANUARY 8, 2018

This week I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life, and I have recognized his guidance. When I first started my mission, I remember saying that I felt like I hadn't received any guidance, but as I go more and more throughout the mission, I look at certain people, and the spirit constrains me to talk to them.  Or I look at certain roads, and I feel I should not wander down them. Things like this let me know that my Father in Heaven loves me.

I have been helping a family come back to church, and their children to prepare to be baptized, and serve a mission as well. It has been really sweet with them expressing their feelings of love toward me, and me being able to do the same. It reminds me also of Jesus Christ, when Lazarus died, and the people saying, Oh how he loved him! 

I love the Colombian people. And it has been a pleasure to have served here for this time. And I feel sad to know that this year I'm gone! Only seven months left to serve.


2nd Nephi 2:6-7

 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.
 Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.


Elder Tracy

JANUARY 15, 2018

JANUARY 15, 2018

This week, I testify about the leaders we have in the Mission and in our Wards, and in our lives (like parents). I have learned a lot about being a leader here in the Mission. I feel like everybody wants to be a leader at home, but there are just some things that stop us. Or that make you a leader but through fear or pressure. But what I've learned and what I've felt is it's just how the scriptures say, that a leader has to be a good shepherd. 

John 10:11-18
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

I know that Jesus is our good shepherd, and a great experience I had this week really focuses on that. 

We had a open house in our chapel like two months ago. We were planning, and we had an idea to do a Family Home Evening with some members, and to invite people around the neighborhood to it. One of these was called Magali. She was a reference from the open house. We called her to invite, and she said yes! She said, "I would love to fill myself with the word of god tonight. I need to."  And so we came by at 7 pm, it was at 8 pm, to just drop off some soda to let it get cold in the freezer, and we found her outside waiting since then, and told us she was gonna be there on the dot. We came back and she had waited there for one hour outside. We got in, did the Family Home Evening; and at the end she burst into tears, and told us she had been praying and praying to God, but hadn't received an answer. Had went to every church and tried to learn the truth, but hadn't felt anything. And so she asked, "How do I need to pray to get an answer?"  Well. . . It was pretty sweet, and at the end she told us that she recognized us as an answer from God. 


The Lord works in mysterious ways, and I know he loves us.

Elder Tracy

Monday, December 18, 2017

DECEMBER 18, 2017

This week came transfers, but I stayed in La Cumbre Area, Bucaramanga, Colombia.



Elder Blair got sent back to Suba which is pretty crazy, he was my Zone Leader here. And my new Zone Leader is Elder Aguilar, my companion from back in Bogotá like a year ago. Pretty crazy.

This week was pretty cool. We had eight people come to church, and we met a dude named Juan Flores. Juan Flores has a lot of desires to change his life,and he says that he had a pretty bad life before but he wants to change. We met up with him, and taught him about the Restoration. He went to church and he is a pretty cool dude. Drives a taxi, does jewelry, he does electricity, he does it all.

This week we got a new Ward Mission Leader, which is somebody who lives where I live. He is in charge of helping us with our mission work. His name is Ernesto Rodriguez, from Guayaquil, Ecuador. So we are gonna start working smarter and not harder in this next month.

Christmas is coming pretty close and I love the season. In the mission it is not so much about spending time with the family, or buying the best gift, but I am giving literally everything I have. All of my time and my talents I'm giving to these people so they can receive eternal life. A little bit like Mormon, from the Book Of Mormon found in
3 Nephi 5:13.

Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.

I know that my Savior was born, and He came into this earth to save it!  

2 Nephi 2:6. 

Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.

I feel his spirit strongly in this season, and I know that he wants all the ends of the earth to come unto him, and the best way to do that is to  #LightTheWorld . IF you guys haven't started the initiative yet, it is golden. Go to Mormon.org to figure out how you can help others feel the light that Christ shined into this world. 

John 8:12.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


Elder Connor Tracy



















Tuesday, December 12, 2017

DECEMBER 11, 2017

Well I've been a bad dude and haven't been writing like I should.


So these last few weeks have been pretty good. I hit fifteen months in two days, so I'm feeling pretty blown away. The Time has been chugging along. Here in La Cumbre, Bucaramanga, Colombia, we had people who were supposed to get baptized this Saturday, and last Saturday, but all four of them couldn't get baptized so we just end up without any baptisms this transfer. But we've revived the Ward where we are at and it's going great.

So the Ward also has had some changes. Leaders here in the Ward have been rotated. We are still working hard.

I've been thinking about my behavior also. In the scriptures, there's a part that talks about The Natural man. That he is an enemy to God.

Mosiah 3:19 
For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

I have been studying that, and wondering what our purpose here on the earth is. As I was studying, I found one of them! 


Alma 34:30-32
And now, my brethren, I would that, after ye have received so many witnesses, seeing that the holy scriptures testify of these things, ye come forth and bring fruit unto repentance.

Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.

For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.



I realized, that we must repent here. We all are unique, and have special parts to play here on the earth.  But our purpose is to Prepare to meet God! Repent. Be Baptized by his proper authority on this earth, and to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by that same authority. 
As an authorized missionary of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I know that I have the same power that Jesus Christ had, but that I am weak. When I think about how I was when I was still at home, I cringe and just try to forget. But I know also that it´s possible to change, and I feel like I've had that chance and that change here in Colombia. God wants us to make those changes here in this life on earth. Through the power of the atonement of his Son, we can do it.
Élder Tracy




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 -- YEAR ONE WEEK ONE

Sup dudes.

This week was pretty awesome. I think this next coming week is my last one here in Atalaya.





We received a reference from the Stake Mission Leader yesterday. We went, and the lady said that three weeks ago (when we invited him to kneel and pray to know which of his friends to invite) she felt something that told her to go to church. She went to one, but hadn't went the other week, or the day we visited. We had a great first visit, and we asked the wife of the family to say a pray. She cried during it and asked for the Lord to guide her to the truth. I know she found it.

Another family. We showed up with Familia Camacho and we went to visit their friends in Nuevo Horizonte. The father wasn't home, but we visited anyway. We found a daughter, and the son in law. We did a lesson, and the same thing. The daughter at the end was crying, and said she wanted to know the truth. She said the prayer and cried through it all asking for the same guidance from the Lord. Really great experiences.

This week, I testify of a new beginning. I have one year now to get done, and I am feeling motivated! 

I don't have all the time in the world like before, and so I'm feeling like I need to step it up and make the most of this year. 

I am very pleased to have all of the opportunities that I have had to serve the Lord, and I know he calls worthy men on the earth today to direct his work.































Elder Tracy

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 11, 2017 -- THE BIG ONE YEAR

This week I hit the one year mark. 



When I first started, I began to put a sentence to every week I served, and so I decided to just let you guys see into it. I was thinking about saying them all in my Homecoming talk, but that would take way too much time.

Week 3: In the Field --   Psalms 82:6 
Week 4: Nothing chévere (cool)
Week 5: Lamentations 3:40
Week 6: Exodus 33:11
Week 7: Matthew 5:14-16, Jeremiah 16:16
Week 8: Isaiah 7;14
Week 9: First Baptism. Gilbert Venegas Alexis Sans -- D&C 18:18-19
Week 10: Ecclesiates 3:14 (Christmas) 
Week 11: 1st Nephi 10:20
Week 12: 1st Nephi 17:49-51 
Week 13: 2nd Timothy 2:15-16

From here on out share one sentence from each week for Homecoming talk.


Week 14: Give it all you got for 2 years Connor!  D&C  58:27
Week 15: 2nd Corinthians 3:3. Ponder upon the words of eternal life       Connor!
Week 16: 5 months out. Marcelo got deported. D&C 111:11
Week 17: The Lord has answered my prayers. Scripture D&C 25:13
Week 18: Open your eyes and see the blessings!
Week 19: I'm enjoying the mission, fasting works! Jeremiah 51:15
Week 20: Be a tool in the Lord's hand. 2nd Nephi 20:15
Week 21: Everybody is ready if you are!
Week 22: I Wasn't less active 2 years, I served a mission!
Week 23: Forgot to say that in Week 20 I baptized 2 people! (Samuel Acurero y Yuzara tapias carpio) D&C 18:17-18
Week 24: I'm eating that corn!  Deuteronomy 25:4 
Week 25: 7 months. The Lord lives. The Lord of Peace! 2nd Thess. 3:16
Week 26: Cúcuta is really HOT! 
Week 27: The Lord answers prayers. Jeremiah 33:3
Week 28: The doctrine of Christ. 2nd John 1:9-11
Week 29: The Book of Mormon is our strongest tool, quote Thomas S. Monson April 2017 conference.
Week 30: Endure the Lord's trials for us, and he'll help us become more humble.
Week 31: Shut your mouth and then learn. Job 13:5
Week 32: The priesthood gives us the authority, not our knowledge. Matthew 10:1
Week 33: Baptized refugees, turned them into VIP's into the celestial kingdom. Juan 3:5
Week 34: A Question. If I have a bad companion, will it be a bad transfer? 
Week 35: The Lord placed you guys together so you could learn from each other. I know because I just learned that here in Cúcuta! Mosiah 4:9
Week 36: I know that the Book of Mormon is blue! And True! I'm district leader
Week 37: Learning to serve my fellow beings will help one throughout the lifetime. Mosiah 2:17
Week 38: Faith brings us miracles. Mosiah 4:9
Week 39: In this life, the main goal, is to take off the natural man. Mosiah 3:19
Week 40: I don't know if I'm going to actually read this in my talk. Alma 5
Week 41: My companion left to be Assistant to the President. He was the 1st companion I had that worked hard.
Week 42: My new one is pretty cool. Elder Rodriguez from Bolivia!
Week 43: We have started fasting two times a week to see if anything happens.  Helaman 3:35
Week 44: I have a fire in the bones! I truly feel like I'm a different person.
Week 45: I am really off count on the weeks, because I just hit a year!
Year 1: Jacob 1:19, Moroni 9:6

This last year, as I reflect on all of the experiences I've had, and all of the people that I've met. I think on how blessed I've been by the Lord. There is revelation today on the face of the earth. I know that I was called of God to serve in Colombia. This place has been so extraordinary for me. I love my Heavenly Father. I am grateful for my family. And I am repenting every day of what I didn't do, or what I did poorly while I was still home. 

With one year under my belt, I have truly not even began to understand the masters teaching, of service. Matthew 20:25-28

25 Entonces Jesús, llamándolosdijo: Sabéis que los gobernantes de los gentiles se enseñorean sobre ellos, los que sograndes ejercen sobre ellos potestad.
26 Mas entre vosotros no será así, sino que el que quiera hacerse grande entre vosotros será vuestro servidor;
27 el que quiera ser el primero entre vosotros será vuestrsiervo,
28 así como el Hijo del Hombre no vino para ser servido, sinpara servir para dar su vida en rescate por muchos.
In Spanish there is a phrase ¨El que no sirve, no sirve¨. It means- He who doesn't serve, doesn't work, (thinking of a broken tool that doesn't work for what it was made for). I know that's true. The Lord has a great work waiting for everybody, and I know that that great work is here in the mission field! I still have yet to begin my true discipleship of Jesus Christ. When we think we have hit that point, we should think that it is truly just beginning. As I started my mission, I thought about competition, being better than everybody else. What I've learned in the mission is all the opposite. It is a gentle response, being humble, Matthew 5:39.

It is this selfless service. I can't wait to get to that point. And I pray for all of you to learn these truths. I miss you all. I won't say a lot because I feel like I'm at home down here in Colombia, but I miss you. 

Thanks for all the memories we've had, and know that I try to apply them to my time here, to bless the lives of all those people around me. Especially my father and my mother. They are some of the most devote followers of Christ I have had the pleasure to meet. 

If I could write a book of scripture, it would probably have the first verse something about the same as Nephi, when he wrote 1st Nephi 1:1.

I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.

ONE Year down, ONE more to go. I expect you all to start writing me. Seriously!

Élder Tracy