An Awesome New Trimester - Alargar el Paso, Lengthen Your Stride!

272 Baptisms in September - Lengthen Your Stride Leadership Counsel
Oct. 12, 2013

What a fast week. First off I loved conference. It was awesome, especially Pres. Uchtdorf's talk in the Preisthood sesh. It was weird watching my last conference as a missionary.....But I was super blessed during my mission to watch all of them in English. Was awesome. 

Elder Welling Teaches Leadership Counsel-Lengthen Your Stride.
 But this week was great. First off, on Monday, we had the normal day or doing all of the office work. Getting all of the stats and other things like that. We had the office meeting, and otherwise had a good start off of the week. Then came Tuesday. On Tuesday we had to go to the cities up north. We started to do interviews with all of the missionaries and it is a lot of fun. We are just doing practices with them. I think they are helping a lot. I am having a lot of fun doing it. Monday is our turn for the interviews. Should be great. 

Elder Welling Teaching Some More.
Then on Wednesday we did the same thing. We went to Buga, and did some interviews in Palmira with the Zona Paraiso. It was awesome. Went really well. It is a great plus to be with all of the missionaries in the mission and to get to know everyone. Then came Thursday, we basically got to together with President Prince in the morning to go over the plan for the Consejo, which was the flooowing day. We thought of the new trimester is called Alargar el Paso......or lengthen the stride. It was awesome. We had a good time planning it. 

Elder Welling Loves Eating With Missionary Friends
But then we went to go with pres to a mtg he had in COLON, the stake center. It was with all of the Jovenes in the stake. We talked to them about the mission, and how they could prepare themselves for it. So that was awesome. Then we went back to do some more planning with Pres. Prince, and then to the office to do some final touches. 

Always Happy When He Eats...Looks So Good!
On Thursday night all of the ZL,s came over to sleep at our house, so we basically had a ball and everything. It was a lot of fun. haha Always great seeing some awesome friends. Elder LaBar and Eliason and Edwards and everyone. Loved it. Then on Friday we had the Consejo and it turned out really well. We had a lot of fun. Everyone was stoked for the new goal. Especially President Prince. 

At the river in Cali on their Pday-staying on the rocks. Beautiful there!

Elder Welling's Pday With the Great Office Crew.

We are all really happy to what is going to happen this coming trimester! Should be unforgettable! Well. That was basically my week. I went to a cool river today. That was awesome. I guess I will send pics. haha Here they are.........

Love you all!
Elder Welling
Mission Cali Colombia

Pasto and Ipiales for Awesome Missionary Interviews, Pizza and Flying!

Elder Welling ready to baptize this wonderful little girl in Cali.
October 5, 2013

Elder Welling ready for first flight-Pasto to Cali.
Ok, so this week was another fast, but solid week. I will try walking you all through it step by step. So, my comp and I finished getting all of the things ready for our interviews with all of the missionaries. We decided to teach them about compromises that we do with the investigators. It went really well. 

On Wednesday we woke up at about 3:30 in the morning to go to the airport to get on our plane that was going to leave at 6am. So, we got to the airport in Cali for our direct flight to Pasto, my comp and I. Everything was great. Got on the 

Elder Menendez ready to fly, too.
plane, we headed to the runway and boooommmmm......the captain said that we needed to go back to the loading site, because there is a lot of fog in the airport in Pasto.......We were there in the terminal for another 2 hours until 8am, and then they ended cancelling our flight...NOOOO!

So we hurried and went to the terminal and took a chi chi bus to Pasto......that was a long bus ride...........Pres and the Hermana Prince were able to go to Bogota first, then to Pasto by plane, so their flight didn't get cancelled..

So we finally got to Pasto after a long bus ride at 8pm at night. We went and saw some converts on Elder Menendez, and then went back to the house of the ZL in Pasto to sleep. Woke up the next day and did the interviews with the missionaries in Ipiales. They turned out great, and are doing really well down there. 
Elder Welling (top,far right) with Pasto/Ipiales Zones.
My good friend, Elder Eliason, is the ZL and it was cool to see him again. We had a good pizza lunch after the interviews, then we headed to the Pasto airport to head back to Cali. This time the flight wasn't cancelled and we made it out of Pasto. First going to Bogota and then to Cali. It was fun. I sat in the isle, so that was awesome. I had a good time, and last night we had a baptism. So that was a great way to finish the week! Now I am super excited for the conferences this weekend!! <Going to be the best!!!

Everyone ready to eat pizza with Pres. Prince.

Elder Welling enjoys his food....happy missionaries!


Elders Welling and Menendez on their plane!

Flying from Pasto to Cali.

Love and miss you all.

I'm on a horse. 

Elder Welling
Mission Cali Colombia

More Cambios This Week, Highest Number of Converts in 25 Years Here!

Consejo-Leadership Counsel Fun Picture (Elder Welling back, 3rd from left.
Sept. 28, 2013                                                 

Hey Family and Friends, 

So, what to say. This past week went by really fast and I cant believe it. Ya, we are here in October........What happened to August and But things are going great today. Sadly, we won't be having the baptisms for some reasons, but they will happen later on. 

But in other news, I am doing great here. Last night we were going to have a show de talentos...It got postponed to today at 4, because there was no power yesterday. Sad, because there were a lot of people ready to come. I think that not too many people will come today...sooooooo we will see how it turns out. 

What else? Cambios are this week, so it will be another packed week. I will also being going to the Andes city of Pasto for the interviews that are starting this month. Hopefully we will make it there this time. I want to go on an airplane.....haha. 

Elder Welling focused.
 But I am excited for today. We will have the highest number of converts that we have had in 25 years here in the mission. It was a great month this month in Septiembre. I am excited. But basically that is it for me. 

Today I ate at Subway, so I am all good. haha. Too bad I don't have dad's subway card to always get sandwhiches. haha. Love you all and hope you are all doing great!!!!!!!!
Elder Welling
Mission Cali Colombia
Elder Welling really focused.
Preparing to teach, getting ready.
Elder Welling wishes there was more great food to eat.

Longest and Best Week Ever...Buenaventura, Consejo, Hermana Prince's Birthday!

Celebrating Hermana Prince's Birthday, they made her cake! 
Happy in kitchen!
Sept. 21, 2013

Hey Family and Friends, 
This has been the longest week of my life...and I don't know why..I do, but didn't know it would make me feel so tired. But I have been extremely tired. haha. 

But anyways, starting from Monday we had a good day. the mission is going really well and everything. We mainly just met up with Pres Prince to talk about the Consejo that we were going to have on Thursday. So that was cool. 

Tuesday in the morning we woke up way early. My comp, and I headed out to Buenaventura, it was awesome--yes, awesome!!!! I went to go and do a lot of baptism interviews, it went really well. I had the best and good time seeing a lot of people, my family from Buenaventura-it was so awesome to see them again!!. I got to do some interviews for some people that I had interviewed when I was there before as ZL with Elder Belnap and my bro Elders, was awesome. But they are all doing well. Had a lot of fun seeing old friends too.(pics to come.) 

Then we came back to Cali on Wednesday in the morning and we had some more time with Pres Prince planning the mtg with the ZL's. On Thursday we had the Consejo de Liderazgo. It went really well. Probably the best one I have ever been in. The mission in this moment is going really well, and we are trying to help it do better. 
Happy with his BV family!
So, at the end of Consejo the whole world left super happy, because we have a big chance to break the highest mark in the last 25 years here with number of converts this month. Hope we can do it to help the reino de dios crecer. I am doing really well and loving it. 

We will have a baptism next Saturday, so we are doing well. I don't know what else to say, we played soccer again. We won. muhaha But other than that, things are good and ya. Love and miss you all. 

OHHH and Hermana Prince had her birthday, so I made her a was better than the other one :) It was awesome!

Elder Welling
Mission Cali Colombia

Deep in thought during BV interviews.
Happy Elder Welling and good friend in BV.