Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy Birthday!

This week went pretty well.  It was super cold, as low as 9 degrees Celcius, and rained the whole week.  We were able to get the permision for the twins´ baptism and also got their mom to come to church this week.  Things are going great and we will be having 3 baptisms this Saturday.

Sorry, I´m out of time, but it send pics and stories next week.

Elder Casdorph

[ A note from the editor: It is Elder Casdorph's birthday today.  I'm certain he would love to hear from each of you, and his mission rules have recently changed to allow him to email anyone he wants to.  You can reach him at

Thanks!  -- Andrea ]

Monday, June 17, 2013

Las Gemelas

We are teaching a couple of twin 12 year old girls who are the daughters of an inactive member.  It´s been tough because although they have an impressive gospel knowedge and want to go to the church and the activities, one of them wanted to get baptized and the other, no.  We had trouble finding out why, especially because ther mom, who turned away from the church because whe didn´t want to give up drinking, wasn´t helping us either.  After trying many times to talk to her mom and getting rejected, we found her raking the grass and offered to help.  She told us "no."  After trying unsuccessfully to talk to her about her daughters or help her rake, we turned around dismayed and started to walk away.

"Elders!" she yelled.


"Do you really want to help me?"

"Yeah, of course" we replied.

"I couldn´t sleep last night, I was so worried about all the things I have to get done.  Here, take the rake and I´ll go get another one"

We helped her rake the grass and she still didn´t want to talk, but asked us to help her with some other chores.  We then moved a pile of wood in her yard and found an killed a rat that was in her shed.  After 2 hours of helping her she opened up.

"I want my daughters to get baptized," she told us.  "I want them to get baptized, but I want it to be the both of them, not just one.  Florencia wants to get baptized, but Victoria´s brother told her that if she gets baptized her dad (who lives in the US) will stop sending her money."

We were able to talk to Victoria, and she´s now going to talk to her dad, who we hope won´t have a problem with her baptism.  It was amazing, however how much raking some grass and killing a rat really helped her mom - who came to church yesterday for the first time after years of inactivity.

If you really want to help somebody and don´t know how, go to their house and rake their grass.  He´ll open up and start to help himself.

Elder Casdorph

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Nuevas reglas

They changed the rules about who we as missionaries are allowed to write. Before we could only write immediate family members, but now we can write friends, girlfriends, even friends in other missions.  It´s crazy now to hear from all of them and what missions they are in or hear that they are now married.

Things are going great here and I will now officially stay in the Bolivia Santa Cruz mission and not go the Santa Cruz North Mission when the mission splits.  It will be tough to be separated from my friends who are now in the North mission, but, I´ll get to meet some new missionaries that were part of the Cochabamba mission, but will now be part of Santa Cruz.

It´s crazy to thing that pretty soon I will have 1 year in the mission, time is flying so fast.  Anyway, there´s not much to write, but all is going well here.

Elder Casdorph

Monday, June 3, 2013


Sorry to all of those who were waiting anxiosly for my mission experiences this week, but I used almost all of my time in internet writing to other people or worrying about other things.
I will tell you that we had a baptism on Saturday and we are hoping to have 2 more possibly this Saturday or the next.  I´ll send pics next week.
Elder  Casdorph