December 16, 2013

I'm Dreaming of an AZ Christmas


doing some landscaping , what you cant see is that he has on hot pink crocs  lol
Lunch with  Elders and ?? 

Elder Merkley and Montgomery together for 2 transfers in Benfica

Elder Montgomery, Andre from Angola getting ready to leave on his mission to Portugal,
 Elder Hyde and Brown.

Week 70 OLA MINHA FAMILIA!!!!!                                                         Dec 16 2013
 First off, shout out to Susan Figgins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love and miss you my mom #2 and I hope your birthday was awesome!!!!! Sorry for the late wishes.
So this week was a good one. Me and Elder Banta are rocking it already and I am loving the chance to work with a new companion. I always thought I didn’t like change and felt I was a creature of habit in  my life until the mission, but I have figured out that I love adapting to changes and trying new things and changing up the routine. It’s fun!
So Monday we got transfer notices, and found out that Elder Merkley was leaving, so Tuesday was pretty much going around our whole area and elder Merkley was saying goodbye to all the people we taught and stuff, so that was fun. Then Wednesday morning elder Merkley packed his stuff and left for Vianna, and elder Banta came to Benfica.  He unpacked for about an hour, then we ate lunch and went straight to work. The whole week was pretty good, and we got to walk alllllot. But had some really good lessons, set one more baptismal date, and found some new people. Elder Banta  so we have already gotten into a really good teaching groove, and I’m excited to work with him!!!
We are focusing a lot in strengthening our recent convert and less active members, because our area will never grow and multiply and replenish if it doesn't have member support, so that is something we are working on really hard, but we do have some good baptismal dates set and have a healthy teaching pool.
 I finished the book or mormon this week again in my person reading and was strengthened by the powerful promises that Moroni gives us as we come unto Christ to be perfected in him. I am trying constantly to come unto him, and earn a forgiveness of my sins as I help those brothers and sisters here in Angola learn how they too can do the same. I have a lot of baggage on my conscience and have a hard time forgiving myself for my past mistakes, and how I could have been a better missionary if I would have done this or that, or if I would have studied the language harder and stuff, but I know that through the Lords help I can be forgiven, and as Alma puts , I can be made an instrument in the Lords hands to bring others to the gospel and eventually show them the way to salvation.
   It is definitely a daily struggle. I heard a quote that when an elder is set apart as a missionary he enters into a personal full time war with satan, and satan is constantly trying to tempt him, bring him down, an make in ineffective a s a missionary. ITS TRUE! ahha I have felt that since the very first day. But as that missionary does his best and stays on the Lord’s side, bringing souls unto Christ, he has the protection that Paul describes as the armor of god. It’s a good metaphor, but at the same time its 10000000% percent true. I think of that picture Greg and I had on our wall as kids of two missionaries getting ready in the morning in their apartment about to leave and one is doing his tie in the mirror, but in the reflection in the mirror is of a soldier putting on his helmet and holding his sword and shield. I feel like that every single day, that this is truly a battle of good versus evil, and that I am on the lords side bringing souls unto him. Like it says in the missionary handbook, HOW GREAT IS YOUR ((my) CALLING!
I’m fighting every day, someday are great battles’ I have been doing something lately that I love. Alcohol is a huge huge huge part of life here. I’m not just talking about a beer on the weekends or a wine with dinner, but men and women and teenagers who are from the time they wake-up to the time they pass out drinking beer whiskey and anything’s alcoholic they can get their hands on, just to make it through the day or to get out of the life that is so hard here. So my goal and its been working, is to make at least one person a day think twice about why and what they are drinking , what that drink does to them and in turn to their families, and to their kids the person they might hit in their car. Everything, and then I convince them to dump the drink out on the ground. I know they can go buy another one the second I weak away, but at least for one second, even if just to make me go away, they thought about their kids and wife and family and those who they have in their lives, and they valued those people  more than a bottle or a plastic whiskey packet. Hey I know I’m not doing much in a city of 8 million people, but I’m staying where I am and lifting where I stand as a representative of Jesus Christ called to the country of Angola to do what I can to bring souls to their redeemer.
 So that’s my mindset lately. do everything I can and give everything I got for these next four months, because I will one day look back and regret or rejoice in the work I did or didn’t do here in these two short years. I have a lot of regrets, but I wanna rejoice more! work work work, there is no substitute.
Anyway, elder Montgomery is good, healthy, and stoked for the days and months and weeks to come.
Skype, I’d like everyone there who can come. It’s the last one after all. Family, friends, whoever. It’s up to yall. just so everyone knows, President Merrill was specific in his instructions that we follow the handbook, that say 40 MINUTE LIMIT ON SKYPE. So I’m gonna be exactly obedient get all your questions and stuff written down and let’s not waste time we don’t have:) I’ll let you know what time though next Monday. Probably around 10 or nine in the morning there would be best right_ I think that time works here too, I’ll let you know. So keep in mind though 40 minute limit! Sorry, rules  R rules.
No box package yet, but I did get the envelopes like I said. I’m stoked to see all your smiling faces!!!!! I love you all and hope this week goes by fast. I know it will for me. Every week flies by. Especially when you’re having fun. If you’re NOT having fun in missionary work, you’re doing something wrong!
I love you all, best Christmas wishes and loves and kisses. I’ll talk to ya next week to confirm the times and everything. loves!!!!
com amor, Elder Montgomery 

December 9, 2013

Wonderful Week

Kito's baptism, he and his family have been taught for 9 months, last week he and his wife were married. 
Elder Mariquele, Yeanoplos, Kito, Elder Montgomery, Tingey, and Clifford
Dec. 7, 2013

69 Weeks in Angola                                                                                        Dec. 9, 2013

OLA MINHA FAMILIA!!!!!
So this week was as wonderful as the last. And this week coming will even be more wonderful. Why?? Hard, work, great attitude, thanksgiving, and consecration. Those are the things I’m focusing on to better myself lately. Its going good. I have a lot of work left to go though that’s for sure. 
So this week had a few awesome events!
 -mission conference with Elder Kevin S. Hamilton of the second quorum of the 70, 
-Kito got baptized
Transfers!!! I’m staying in Benfica, sad to say Elder Merkley is leaving, but stoked to work with Elder Banta!!!! Its gonna be super fun and he’s a very hard worker I know so we will do work. Elder Merkley goes to Viana to be with Elder Fergeson.
- I got the four envelope packages!!!!!
So yeah it was a very good week. But also the week was good with work. We set baptismal dates with three guys, 20 17 and 15, all prospective missionaries. So cool. I think they will all pull through!

So the highlight of the week was for sure the mission conference. I took like ten pages of notes in two hours that Elder Hamilton spoke. He definitely reminds me a lot of Elder Bednar in the way he teaches and talks and all that. super cool.
He spoke on the path that leads to exaltation. It is a straight and narrow path that has to pass through certain gaits and checkpoints, baptism, the temple, etc, an without those gaits and checkpoints people will NEVER make it to eternal life. It is essential that we teach the path. Elder Holland said, "if you can convince me of the WHY, I’ll figure out the HOW" he told a story of some members in the Congo, two men who rode ONE bicycle over 8 days to go to stake conference where they received the Melchizedek priesthood. Two guys one bike, 8 days, across the country to listen to their priesthood leaders and receive the power of God so they can serve others. Talk about consecration!!!!
 So he talked about how our investigators, if they do not take the very first steps, reading, praying, coming to church, they will not keep and honor baptismal their temple covenants. That’s how we can know who to focus on. The people who show the desire. Even if they’re not perfect. Desire is universal. 
So I learned a lot from that,  and me and Elder Banta will have some extra finding time, but we will find those who will receive us and the Lord. I’m so excited!!!!

I love doing this work. I am so blessed to have great leaders, and examples all around me. Not only my mission president, and family, and friends, but in the mission also. Elder Hyde and Clifford, as the assistants to the president, who I’m so stoked that Clifford will live with me and Hyde now, and also Elders Merkley, Mariquele, Rigby, and Petersen. All amazing elders who make me better every day.
I’m really really trying to do my best to consecrate myself and these next few months of my mission. My favorite quote from Elder Hamilton, I don’t know if he made it up or not, but I liked it- 
"you have two years to do it, and a lifetime to think about it. " NO REGRETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m doing my best and will do better every day to make sure I am giving all my heart mind might and strength to the lord. I love this gospel so much and am so grateful to teach it to this people in Angola. 
I love allllll of you so much and am so thankful for the packages!!! The four bubble packages got here and Greg I got your letter! Loved it and am writing yours right now. 

I love you all, have good safe weeks, and know I love you! Make someone better, serve, be Christlike, and love one another! 
tchao!!
com amor,
Elder Colin Montgomery

Elder Clifford says hi!!!

December 2, 2013

So Much to Be Thankful for !

Simple things that make him Smile

Thanksgiving Day Soccer Tournament Championship 2013
does Elder Montgomery make the penalty shot for the win ? 
or does Elder Domingos (who has been playing soccer all of his life) block the shot.  

 
The long awaited marriage of Kito and Miloca,Congratulations.

68 Weeks in Angola
OLa miinha familia!                                                                                        Dec. 2, 2013
I love you all so much and hope that everyone had a marvelous Thanksgiving and is now in the awesome Christmas spirit! I sure am!
So this week was a really good one. crazy and stressful at a few times, but super good. 
Monday we had a half pday because of Thanksgiving, but it was good to get out and start the week off with a hard day of work!
   Elder Rigby and Elder Peterson are walking together as companions, and they are both in the field for only 9 weeks so far!!! >ELDER PETERSON AND RIGBY ARE STUDS!!!!! I never ever could have walked with someone my same time in the mission before I even got done training. But Elder Rigby and Peterson have completely amazed me and are rocking in their area, both with only 11 weeks in Angola. They are very diligent and are progressing both together very well. They’re my heroes of the week! 
Wednesday we received Elder Andre, (Angolan) and Elder Brown in our house, who were in Lubango, but for Elder Andre to get his visa to Portugal they are in Luanda, so there is 8 elders living in our house right now. It’s a lot!!!! Very crowded but FUN. There’s always someone to talk to haha
Wednesday night we went with our branch president to visit a member recent convert who needs some help, so we took our branch president there, and had a really good visit with her. But the really cool thing was when my comp, Elder Merkley, bore his testimony about a personal experience of keeping the  Sabbath day holy to the member, and the spirit was SO strong. Elder Merkley doesn’t usually say a lot, he’s a pretty quiet guy, but I am learning so much with him because when he bears his testimony he does it with power and authority, and the sprit floods upon the lesson. It’s truly amazing and I love learning with him. The spirit doesn’t care what we say, he wants to guide  our words and then they will be powerful. Something I’m trying to learn. Elder Merkley is teaching me so much!
Thursday,,, was AMaZING. Thanksgiving, turkey bowl, but soccer. We the Bem fica bate bwe beat the Luanda 2 big red underdogs in the first game semi finals, but then lost to the Lumbago laser cats in the final, the picture I sent of me taking a penalty shot would have won the game but Elder Domingo’s blocked it:(
So we lost but had so so much fun playing. Then we alllll helped to make the t-day diner, I peeled like 20 pound of potatoes and am now a pro at peeling a potatoes with just a knife. Dinner was amazing, then we made skits and just had fun. It was a blast to be with all the elders and have so much fun, even though I lost us the game for the championship:(!
So then Friday I went on a division with Elder Clifford  and that was fun , but the highlight of the day was the wedding of Kito and Miloca, Friday night. Me and Elder Clifford, then Dunkley then Tingey taught him and her in Cassequel forever, the whole five transfers when I was there and even more, and they finally got married. I was so happy I wanted to cry. Kito will be baptized on this Saturday, I’m so excited. 
Saturday and Sunday were normal but good days. Our branch had some awesome baptisms, and it was stress free and fun. I loved this week. I learned so much about following the spirit, I’ve been trying to learn from Elder Merkley and I have learned so much. He truly has the spirit and testifies with power and authority. I love watching people hearts be touched and then hearing how they describe the spirit. My face just lights up when someone recognizes the sprint and the lord working using us as his hammer such a fulfilling experience! 
I love you all! I hope the spirit of Christmas fills your weeks and you all remember the birth of the greatest man who ever was born or whoever will be born on this earth, and I promise that he lives! I love you all! Have a good week! I’ll give the details about skype when I find out. No idea yet! I love you!
Have a good week. Remember even though thanksgiving is over all that you are thankful for! Share with those who don’t have. It’s a commandment and part of our baptismal covenants! “weep with those who weep, comfort those that stand in need of comfort”. There are those who are without family or presents or food this holiday season.. My challenge to you all is to serve someone this week. Not someone who you know or who isn’t suffering, but be Christlike and truly help someone this week. YOU'LL HAVE TO LOOK! Opportunities won’t knock on the door. You might have to look a little. But you’ll find it, then don’t let it pass, because Christ wouldn’t!
Love you all!!!!!
com muito amor,
Elder Montgomery!

November 25, 2013

Nov 25 2013 Thankful


Elder Montgomery and Elder Merkley,  Benfica Nov 24, 2013 
67 Weeks in Angola                                                                            Nov 25, 2013
Ola minha familia!
So this weeks letter will be a little different!
First I wanna tell my family how much I love you all! Each and everyone of you are the best part of my life. And DAD HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO PARABENS A VOCE NESTA DATA QUERIDA MUITAS FLICIDADES MUITOS ANOS DA VIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PARABENS!!! I love and am thankful for You Dad.
So this week was super cool. Nothing special, no amazing quantities of work that got done, but it was just good. 
We did have a awesome fireside that we put on Sunday night about member missionary work, and that was a huge success so it was fun. We’re trying to get our branch to really bump up the missionary work effort. It was fun to work with members because there is always success.  So that was the highlight of the week. It was fun for sure. 
Saturday we were locked in house all day because there was demonstrations in the city against the government so we had to stay in house and do nothing all day. We wrote letters and played soccer, video coming, and slept and studied and ate all that fun stuff.. Other than that I had a very average week. We’re getting geared up for Thanksgiving this week and I’m sure stoked. Today we only have half a p-day then work, because Thursday is a soccer tournament and diner at President and Sisters Merrill’s house I’m so excited. We are the Benfica bate bwe. which means we WIN!
So as this week is a week for giving thanks I wanted to give thanks for a few things. I'm thankful for my family. They continually support and love me and make me better each and every day. You’re everything to me family. I'm thankful for the Savior and his atoning sacrifice for each and every one of us. We would literally be lost without him. I'm thankful for HIM!
I'm thankful for the little things, like a smile, or a good appointment, or the spirit in a contact, or free rides, or energy in our house, or not getting kicked out of the internet cafe early. The little things can make the biggest difference.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a missionary. I know this is the Lords work! He is in it and makes changes in the lives of all those who come unto him. ~
I'm thankful for a loving Heavenly Father. As one of our recent converts says '' there is no Father so good like Heavenly Father'' true that! Our Heavenly father is the best father that could ever exist. He is perfect! I'm thankful for the opportunity to try and be like him every day.
I'm thankful for y friends who help me be better everyday. 
I'm thankful for my leaders like President Merrill who is called by god to lead this mission in Angola.
I'm thankful for food and clothes and a comfortable house. I’ve never gone without those things, and I have seen so many people who have., I'm thankful for the life I have and the people I know and the love of our Savior and Heavenly father every day. ~I love being a missionary. I’m thankful for each and every one of you! I love you all!  I'm thankful for Thanksgiving turkey. my favorite foods, pumpkin pie. all that. 
I'm thankful for my mission! I love it an I hope you all are having a wonderful amazing week, and have an awesome Thanksgiving! I love you all! 
I'm thankful for you! 
com muito amor,

Elder Montogmery

November 19, 2013

 Baptisms Nov 16,2013
Elder Montgomery with D, and Her Aunt E. 

Elder Montgomery with D., and her
 Aunt E, and Elder Merkley

Elder Montgomery with D at her Baptism 11/16/2013

66 Weeks in Angola                                                                            Nov 18, 2013
Ola Minha Familia! 
Happy birthday to Aunt Coco and Marlise! Have awesome birthdays and I love you both!!!
This week was awesome. I’m grateful to be where I am right now. I know this is exactly where the lord wants me and when. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission and help others. I know that service is the best way we can show charity, and without charity, NADA SOMOS!
This week i learned a lot about patience, and my weaknesses, and relying on prayer and the lord. We had two more baptisms this week, D, and E, the sister and the aunt of the two boys baptized this last week. It was a really good service, and finally for once all the people responsible for the baptismal meeting came and it ran smoothly. Rare! But it was really good. I baptized them both, so that was really cool. Then on Sunday they were both confirmed, and then right after D sang a solo in the primary program. It was so cute! She’s the smartest little girl, and definitely the most in touch with the spirit in her whole family, and she’s only 11!
Our hour of consecration worked perfectly! We met a lady who knew about the church from Portugal, but never sat with the missionaries, and really wants too, so were gonna go to here house tomorrow! She seems really prepared, so we’ll see! But thanks for the idea Jake, it works for sure!
Other than that it was just another week, nothing that stuck out huge amazing, sorry everyone! Missionary life is just that way sometimes!
I’m excited to see your smiling faces here in about a month though!
I know this work is the lord’s work and that this is his gospel. I was reading in ether this week, and i was amazed at how over and over again, the brother of Jared would just turn to the lord in prayer and receive an answer or a blessing, and I thought "now why doesn’t that happen to me????" and then I read a little more, and the lord said to him, all these things I have done unto you because of this long time ye have cried unto me. Then later it talks about how the faith of the brother of Jared was so perfect that he knew nothing doubting. I wish I could have faith like that! But that’s why we’re all here is to grow our tree of faith every day, we have to water our tree everyday or it won’t grow. If it’s not growing it’s dying, so make sure each and every one of you is watering your tree of faith daily, and praying unceasingly to the lord. 
I love you all! sorry my letters are increasingly shorter as time goes on. But I have missionary Alzheimer’s. I don’t remember what i did last week or the week before. it’s all a blur!
I love you’ll ad I love the lord, and I know this is his work I’m doin. Have good weeks, and don’t forget, if your trees not growing, it’s dying!
com muito amor,

Elder Montgomery

November 12, 2013

Be a Hammer



Elder Montgomery, Antonio (recent convert) , Elder Merkley, Joao  life long member  from the Congo.

Brothers baptized T & J with Elder Montgomery, Benfica.


T & J 's family, their Aunt and Sister will be baptized next week. What a beautiful Family!!  Benfica

Beautiful Peacock

KTM Bike Store that sell Electra Beach Cruisers the store is right 
next door to where Colin lives in Benfica. 
( I wonder where they ride them and who buys them they are expensive here in the States)
65 weeks in Angola                                                                            Nov, 12, 2013
ola minha familia!!!
so this week i can actually write a good letter, we made sure the internet cafe wasn’t gonna close on us randomly. sorry about that last week.
So this week was really cool. We did tons of work, and have been having alot of success. Still pretty stressful, but with a good attitude and lots of prayer and trust in the lord, everything went ok.
So the week started off just normal workweek, and we set another baptismal date with a young kid named D. He is seventeen and has come to church three times, but because his parents are kind a flakes he hasn’t been able to progress really good, so we started sitting with him alone and taught him the law of chastity on Tuesday night e loved it and was so excited to be able to set his standards to be equal to the Lords, not the worlds. The spirit told me to ask him if he was ready to commit to baptism, so i did, and he committed to a date of the 30th of November, so we’re really excited. Even if he doesn’t make his date,( which is like 100% of the time), he still knows that he has the desire to be baptized and follow the lords example. so that was a good way to start out the week. Then that night we took A__. , a recent convert to is J__, a member form the Congo, the one in the picture I sent with me Elder Merk, A__. and him. It was an awesome visit. I shared the scripture in alma I think 19 or 17 about when alma reunites with the sons of Mosiah, and he is so full of joy to see that they were still his brethren in the Lord.. after that J__. the one from the Congo who was without the church until this week, after being a member his whole life, said in french (but we could understand almost perfectly, SO COOL! GIFT OF TONGUES) that he felt the exact same way and he knew it was inspired for me to share that scripture to help the spirit lift him up. So that was a really strong testimony builder for me. I love when I follow the spirit and it is the right thing. It sure is hard for me, I always mix up the spirit with my conscience and then it ends up and if I don’t follow it. So that’s one thing I’ve been working on lately.
 Later in the week we got an awesome reference from elder Mariquele and Hyde this young couple named G__. and L___. , they are really cool and we sat with them once didn’t even get to teach the restoration but they loved it and accepted the invite to church and c,me! VERY RARE! G. is 27 and works as a gardener at the US embassy, and L. is 17,,,, ya haha we laughed at that when we left their house. They’re not even forced to be together by a early baby or anything. O its good, they just really are a normal couple~, both really smart and tons of potential. So we’ll see where that one goes stay tuned!
 So that was basically the cool things that happened this week, me and elder Merkley did SO much work and it felt so good to be exhausted on Sunday night ready for pday.
 I know the lord is in this work. He gives us so many small miracles every single day and according to our faith and prayers, he will give us even more. Elder Merkley and I are gonna do the one hour consecration to the lord to be in the right time at the right place for the lord to show us what we need to do, who we need to meet serve or teach. We’re calling it happy hour! also I’ll let you all know how it goes next week.
 I love this gospel. I know that truly this is the lords work, and we are all just tools in his hands. BUT it’s up to us if we are the hammer,  right by his side on his tool belt, the hammer that he uses every day, or the little tiny alan wrench that never gets taken out of the box. My challenge for the week, BE HAMMERS!
I love you all! Hope your weeks are awesome, and know I love and pray for you all everyday! till next time,
com amor,
elder Montgomery
ps to answer questions!
 dad, yes it is HOTT. not full on summer yet, but getting there. for example, I’m sitting in a shaded cyber cafe right now, with the windows open, and sweat just dripped off my forehead onto the keyboard... that means it’s not full on summer yet!
1 to 10 in white man Portuguese, I have no idea. I’m fluent? but not perfect? I guess you’d say 7 or 8. I have no idea probably not even that good.
Mom, the only thing I know about visas is that the Americans and 5 mocambicanos (Mozambique’s)  SHOULD be here in December.
love ya all!

November 8, 2013

64 weeks in Angola

Pictures from Sister Merrills blog since Colin had problems sending some this week
                                                               Elder Merkley and Montgomery mixing up some of their favorite food for Conf Week End at Pres Merrill's

 Conf Week end at Pres Merrill's, who knows what their up to.  

 P-Day at he beach FOOTBALL 

 Looks Serious 

 Traffic Luanda Style 

64 weeks in Angola                                                                                          Nov. 3, 2013
I hope everyone had amazing weeks, i sure did. talk about stressful though. wow. so we had two baptisms this Saturday, two sons of a family I’ve been teaching with elder Merkley who are just waiting on marriage! It was the most stressful week of my mission yet, and the baptismal service was very very unorganized because none of our branch showed up, just the missionaries, but it was good. Sorry no pics of the baptisms, this computer is not working with my sd card
Also we had so many miracles this week, and I really really wanted to tell you all about them but the stupid internet cafe just told us they are closing in 5 minutes and we have to get off, and they didn’t tell us before. I’m sorry everyone!!!!!!! This is Angola people, forgive me haah
But anyways, ya I’m doing good, just having a blast with elder Merkley, our area is really droping good right now we have a goal of 6 baptisms this transfer and its totally reach able for us, so I’m stoked!!! I love being a missionary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry this is SO short, gotta love people who don’t tell you important things like the internet closes in 30 minutes when we needed an hour and a half. sorry! I love you all! have a good week!
Mom, I have literally no idea what classes I’ll need when I go back to BYU.. but for my Christmas package,
Old spice sweat defense deodorant, crest tooth paste,, Christmas cards from people and  wedding invites, stuff like that and 3x5 post it notes, more next week love you all!

Elder Montgomery

October 28, 2013

63 Weeks in Angola / 80 on His Mission


Watching General Conf this week at the church building

Imbomdero Tree

Elder Montgomery and Tingey with a new convert 
Baptised Saturday, Colin taught her in Cassequel 

New Convert  with Elder Montgomery, Dunkley, and Francisco 
( Francisco ok he's new I have never heard of him, any Moms have any info on him?) 

63 Weeks in Angola    80 in the Mission                                            Oct 28, 2013

ola minha familia!!!!
Love you all and hope everyone’s week was the best. This will be a short one, Just because nothing at all happened with me this week haah
 here are the transfer changes....
If that means anything to anyone besides mom I don’t know ahah but there it is. To answer questions really quick, mom, I got the package this week! Thanks I loved the letters and the exercise band and I loved love love the quote book. thank you!
Mom, I have to approval to do college app stuff any pday I need to, president said that’s ok. just let me know when you need me to do stuff ahead of time. I don’t know if I can really write essays...... my writing is horrible as you all know.
KATE!!! I won’t and can’t forget you don’t you worry!
Graham, your on for the game on April 19th buddy!!!!
Sorry that this email is super short. We had two day of no work this week because we had interviews with president, that was good, just took us out of work for a day, and then with general conference we had another two days out, so we didn’t get to do much work this week. We found out one of our recent converts isn’t married to her husband, because he was in Angola when she was in Portugal when she was baptized, so it’s the elders fault in Portugal that she is not know worthy..... a little frustrating. She was embarrassed and wanted to stop coming to church. but were working with her. We will probably have three baptisms this week, a family we are waiting to get married decided the kids wanna get baptized now so cross our fingers and pray that happens this week!!!! 
Anyway, that’s all for me, and Elder Merkley are stoked for another transfer together. It will be fun. We’ve got lots of work to do with the members in our branch. 
I love you all. Hope that you all have good weeks. I’ll get you my Christmas list next week mom. loves!!! 
com muito amor,

Elder Montgomery

October 22, 2013

62 Weeks in Angola

Photos' via Elder Petersen :
Pday Elder Rigby , Montgomery, McAllister

Sunset over Luanda (Benfica Area)

HaHa American 


IF I was a sister missionary,    ( the way this Elder thinks is funny- Tammy ) 
                                                                            
If I was a Sister MissionaryJ - wow, cannot believe I’m already done with my mission! It was such an amazing experience and I’m so excited to see you all in a few days!!! Its been a long year and a half in the making!!!
love,SISTER montgomery   
( for those of you that dont know sister missionaries only serve 18 months so if he was a Sister Missionary he'd be coming home , get it - Tammy)
 hope you all get the joke.

ola mina familia!!!!!                                                                                       Oct 21, 2013
  Anyways, I love you all, and I am very sad to say, but i finished my sister mission this week, now it’s time to buck up and be a real missionary. I am very very excited to see what this next sis months has to offer. It will fly by too fast, so  I’m gonna make the best of it, and that started this week!
  Me and Elder Merkley had a really really good week. To show for it, we have no pictures. At least I don’t . Sorry! but that meant we were working our tails off, just like we should! it seems crazy to think about, but I’ve already been here in Benfica for a transfer, and next Monday me an Elder Merk get transfer emails, but I’m pretty sure we’ll stay the same. I’m really excited though. You never know what can happen with transfers.
  This week was amazing. First off we met this 15 year old kid and his sister 13, Silvio and Telma. They live right next door to one of our big hitter families that is just waiting on marriage, so that’s a huge help. We taught them the restoration, and then they both read the book of mormon and both felt like the spirit was telling them t was true. We’re gonna set baptismal dates with them this week, and I have a really good feeling about it all! I’m so excited. Finally after the whole transfer of work work work were hopefully gonna get in the water!
   Then we had another really cool family we found. Their names are Daniel, Mima, and Daniel, father, mother and son. They are really cool and the dad and son already came to church three times. In brazil that is enough to baptize them, haha but here we have to work with people a lot more because the church is so small, we have to make sure people really are established with their own testimonies and everything because they have to swim on their own a little.
  This week was good. I’m in a race to finish the book of mormon in Portuguese before the end of the year, and so that occupies any spare time I have if any at all. That was one of my 2013 goals so I’m trying to finish it. I’m in Alma 5 right now. I got a little ways to go, I got it all timed out so ill get it.
  The rest of our week was good. We had 12 investigators at church yesterday, so that was a really good feeling because lately none is doing anything or showing they want to act, but I think this week will change that.
   This week I bought a study notebook and have been writing down all my thoughts and stuff when I study, and I challenge you all to do the same. We learn a lot more when we record what we learn. It’s the same with the scriptures. The prophets wrote it down because it was important, and one day our lives will be important to others. So make sure you all keep journals and stuff, because you never know when someone down the road will come readin about you. You don’t wanna be like some of the guys in the book of mormon, " my name is john and my dad gave me these plates, and today I gave them to my brother, and thus I end my record. " we all need to keep records of our lives. Any way that was kinda random.
   My testimony this week is on prayer. I have been praying so hard to finally have some people keep their commitments and come to church and do what we ask them, and we were having no success because our prayers were concentrated on asking asking asking. So I did a study in preach my gospel about prayer, and I re-learned that prayer isn’t just a wish last to heavenly father, prayer is a conversation with him and we have to listen at times more than we talk. So I did that. I said a humble short prayer of thanks with my questions and needs in mind, then listened to the spirit, and with in minutes I had some answers and ideas about where to go what to teach and how to help our investigators, and what happened, it all worked. sometimes we just have to remember that Heavenly Father is on the other line listening to us, and after we make our order, we have to wait for him to answer, we can’t just hang up the phone, we have to give our Heavenly Father a chance to talk back to us, and answer our prayers. I know that’s true and I challenge all of you to not hang up the phone this week.
   I love you all, and apologize for no pictures, but am so grateful for our love and prayers. I hope you all have an amazing week, and remember to not hang up the phone!
com muito amor,
Elder Montgomery
ps, mom, no package this week, but hopefully next week!:)

October 14, 2013

BEST WEEK EVER


we're not counting , but he has 6 months left :)

Helping hands after a good hard day of manual labor :)

Elder Merkley walking in front of their housing compound 

the back porch
carport love pretty nice, it is the nicest place Colin has stayed. 


61 weeks in Angola
ola minha familia!!!!!!                                                             Oct 14, 2013
First off, HUNTER HAPPY LATE BDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow I’m forgetting everyone’s bdays this week. Sorry for that! I love you though and hope our bday was sweet and full of felicidades!!!!!
wow, this week was the best ever seriously, I love being a  missionary!
I don’t even know where to start. We had 7 new investigators, lots of teaching, lots of people at church, a whole day mixing and laying concrete, and an awesome pday full of soccer until right now, then awesome emails from yall,. I love you all. Thanks for the love and support.
So this week FLEW by very fast. I honestly can’t even think of everything we did, there was so much work.
We taught one night a family about service, then the next day went to their house and mixed concrete for their roof, and got all nice and dirty. I looked exactly like a day of work at rainforest!! It was fun though, and I impressed Danielson the investigator when I knew already how to mix and lay cement. and as I was breaking up some cement, I was swinging the hammer and thought about what  dad always said, "you gotta know how to swing a hammer like a man." haha I woulda made you proud pops.
We didn’t knock a single door this week, it was awesome, and we received nine references, and had seven new investigators. The people are flowing in for sure. I know it’s a blessing from Heavenly Father because we have been working hard these last few weeks and now were finally reaping some blessings. It’s so fun.
I have felt like an old man this week because Thursday I hit my six months mark! It’s seriously flying by so fast. I have so much more to do this year and six months I don’t know if I’ll have time to do it all, I might have to extend a few transfers...... what d ya’ll think?? haah

One cool experience this week was we met this guy names Alegria (joy) and sat with him in a lesson.  He has no wife or kids (very rare) and he was born with a clubbed foot and only one eye and a cleft pallet, but he taught himself to walk, and sing and play guitar and he’s pretty famous in Angola. He’s been on tv before and all that. He is the most humble guy ever. we told him about how the gospel will bless his life and he said he just want to give himself to god and he knows that is the only way he will one day have happiness. He was so humble and I could feel the spirit working through us to tell him that god loves him and that one day he will be whole and have eternal life. It was such an amazing experience. There are so many humble elect people in Angola. I love them all. Well sorry to cut this off, but my time is out.  Love you all so much and hope you know that.

mom no dont worry no effect from all the mosquitos, I take my malaria medication every day that I remember!:)
Graham, challenge accepted for the soccer game! I can’t wait buddy.

I love you and pray for you all! Have a good week.
My challenge is for everyone to do something nice for someone you don’t know this week. Charity!!!!!!!

com muito amor,
Elder Montgomery

October 8, 2013

"Threatened Shootings" , nay nay do not start an email like this LOL


General Conference at President and Sister Merrill's Home
Front and Center Fanta LOL,  front row l-r Elder Wilhelm, Castleton,Sister and Pres Merrill's,Chatwin, Hansen, Hannay. back l-r Elder Dredge, Garn, Hyde, Chandler, Banta, 
behind Stewart, Hobbs, Fonatine, Petersen, Rigby.

Elder Money, Montgomery, Tingey

Colins new house pet Lagarto "Frank"

Elder Merkley and Montgomery made Banana Bread:) good job , Elders

by the way never start an email with these words 
'THREATENED SHOOTINGS" 
61 weeks in Angola                                                                            Oct 7, 2013
OLA MINHA FAMILIA!!!!
First off, Isaac, I am so sorry I missed your b-day in my email last week I hadn’t flipped over my calendar yet and didn’t see your b-day was the third till Tuesday, but I can guess with conference and BYU spankin Utah State it was a good bday, so happy late bday brother i love you!!!
As for everyones favorite elder in Africa, I am doing awesome. This week was fast and full of work and blessings!
We have the best branch in Angola for sure here in Benfica. All the big hitters in our branch are the leaders and they help us out so much. for example, in our PEC meeting this week the branch president made us all bring three families names and  then they assigned all the auxiliary presidencies and their spouses to look after each of the families, and to visit them at least once a month, and to go on group dates with the parents to help them work towards marriage. 
It’s so cool. It’s the most organized branch I’ve ever seen, and it’s the smallest in Luanda. 
 The week was good though. We got a lot of work done and tons of new people. 
  One funny story, we had a lesson with two ladies sisters in law, and it was an amazing lesson they loved it and both accepted baptism. The next day we were calling to confirm our appointment with them for the next day and the husband and brother called us back, an told us we should never be calling woman this late at night (8:30 haha) and that his wife was forever catholic, and that if we came to his house he would shoot us. He said that three times then hung up. So what did we do? Early the next morning we knocked on his door to meet him before he went to work! He needed to know who we were so he would let us teach his wife. He wasn’t there, but we went back the next day, and after praying to soften his heart, he opened the door to us, apologized, asked our forgiveness, and invited us to come back and teach his wife whenever we wanted. Talk about the Lord answering prayers.
I may seem brave from that story, until I tell you that both times we knocked his door my knees were SHAKIN and my armpits were very sweaty. Prayer works!!!!
   Sorry this is so short but time is low, so just before I forget, I had the coolest study this week about the atonement. I was reading in Corinthians and read chap 7 vs 23 "you were bought with a good price" it got me thinking about the price that the Savior really bought us with, and  I am so thankful for him and his sacrifice for us. I can’t explain all I know about it, or how grateful I am, but I do know that it was infinite for each of us, and I am eternally indebted to him. I love our Savior and his eternal sacrifice for me and all of you. Love you all and hope for a good week!   com muito amor, Elder Montgomery

ps dad tell someone from Mont. ward to tell the football team good job!  That’s the most we’ve ever beaten Gilbert since I was a sophomore! WOOHOO!!!!! Meg,,,,,,, not sorry at all! 

September 30, 2013

BE CONDUITS


One of these things is not like the other, sweet babies :)



75 bites on one arm (I hope he is taking his malaria meds) 
GET A NET !!!
Elder Chatwin and Montgomery, 2 Mesa boys. 
Elder Chatwin's dad was Colin's Seminary teacher @ HHS

60 Weeks in Angola                                                                                        Sept 30, 2013
Ola Minha Familia!!
So this week flew by, let me see if I can remember anything. 
I think just the cool thing that happens is that me and Elder Merkley have been having small little cool miracles every day. Like we’ll make a cool contact and forget to get his number or name , and then they’ll call us back, or we’ll be looking for a house in a area we don’t know and the first random door we knock is that right person. Its just amazing the miracles that make every day worthwhile, and one of our families who are waiting on marriage finally the dad got a job this week, he’s been unemployed, since January and this week he got a really good oil platform job. So that’s really cool. 
Other than that I can’t really think of any specific things that happened to us this week. We were out of power and our generator didn’t work all week so we had to sleep with the doors open and all the mosquitoes loved my blood. Over 75 mosquito bits just on my left arm,,, I didn’t have a net over my bed, but it’s ok because we have energy now. 
We had an awesome zone conference this week with all the zones combined and got a ton of really cool training from our zone leaders. All about less active and new convert work. That’s a lot of what Merkley and I do. Small growing branch!
But ya one of the quote I loved was from President Merrill talking about sometimes as missionaries we just plant seeds to be harvested later by other elders with baptisms, but he said, " some plant, and some harvest, but we ALL reap the blessings in heaven." I loved that. No matter where we go or what we do we always have to be missionaries and set a good example as a seed, you never know when it will be harvested for salvation!
We got to go to the orphanage today and it was amazing I sent pictures. I love African babies/kids!!
Hope you all have amazing weeks. Let your light’s so shine!!! but remember, we are not the light! Only the conduits that the lord shines through! SO GO BE CONDUITS!!!!!!!!!!! love you all
have a good week! 
com muito amor e beijos,
elder montgomery

ps dad and mom just before I forget make sure you take pictures of the fhe tomorrow so I can see next week! I wanna see who I recognize. 

September 23, 2013

Slow as a Turtle


Elder Montgomery, Antonio, Elder Merkley

President and Sister Merrill with Elder Montgomery
 "I love them so much"

Sunset at the beach with kids playing soccer at the dump. 


59 Weeks                                                                                                        Sept 23,2013
Slower than a Turtle
Ola Minha Familia!!!!!!
Hope your all doin well and know that I love yall!
This week was veereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ssssssssssssslllllllllllloooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I feel like it’s been a month since I had a pday! Not a bad week, just really slow. 
so not much had changed for me, I’m still here in Benfica, and loving it. Me and Elder Merkley’s area is huge, and we don’t have many people, so we spend a lot of time finding new people, and it’s really hard. I feel like you could compare Benfica perfectly with Queen Creek! Out side the city, lots of nice houses, and a lot more space and growing like crazy. 
 So the news for the week was that we got to have a baptism! Antonio was baptized on Saturday and it was awesome. He is very strong and has a really cool testimony. He was baptized Saturday, but not confirmed because we had district conference Sunday (stake conference) it was in a really really nice conference center in Luanda and the conference was beautiful and very spiritual. It was nice to be able to see some of my old investigators from Cassequal and stuff. I realized I loved them a lot after I left!
 The week was so slow because our area is huge, and we don’t have very many people so we had to do a lot of finding, and neither of us know the area very well so it was long days! but I’m happy here and I know the area will grow and it will be fun. I think too I have some separation anxiety from Cassequal. I love the confusion therr believe it or not. Planes flying 50 feet over our head and thirty million people in the street 24 hours a day. I liked the fast pace, but I’ll get used to things here in Benfica.
We had an awesome district meeting and it was very spiritual, we talked about obedience, and we all needed to hear it. I used that quote that mom always put on the fridge, "when obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.”  It’s so true! and especially as missionaries, sorry I never got it in my head mom!
  TO ANSWER QUEStions,,,,,,,
I’ll have pictures next week, but we don’t have an apartment, we have a house, and it’s really really nice, I have a bigger closet than mom and dad’s hah it’s sweet! and me and Elder Merkley have our own bathroom in our room with two sinks hah I’m livin like a king! I still am in the city and we get to see all the missionaries every week at soccer, so I don’t have any separation anxiety from the boys. Elder Merkley is very quiet . We get along fine, I’m trying to give him alot of the responsibility so he can grow, because that’s what helps me grow the most is responsibility. Its way funner living with six elders, the nights and working out is a blast, which I have been doing every day. I’m dedicated! The only thing is the house and dishes get dirty super fast, so that’s not fun. I washed the dished three times in the last three days,,,, it’s pretty much me alone haha service!! Our area has all the main grocery store chains here in Angola too so we get to shop close to home its nice. This is the first nice house I’ve lived in  my mission. It sure takes a lot of stress away!
  But yea, this week was good. Not much news, just the day in day out of missionary life. I’ll send pics of the house next week, and hope you all know I love you and miss you! Have awesome weeks. Much love,
Elder Colin Jay Montgomery