Elder Colton Mikal Welling, called to serve in the Zambia Lusaka, Africa Mission. Entered the MTC, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. We are so proud of you and we are so excited for the awesome adventures you are about to embark on. Love you!

Monday, December 28, 2015

All is well....

Hello Family,
Hope things are going alright for everyone and they enjoyed the week in what they were doing there!!!  Things have been pretty good here and we are doing well here and enjoying.  There is not much to say here considering we talked three days ago!!!  I thank all who have been helpful and for the support that I have received from everyone!!!  It has been great I enjoyed talking to the family and seeing all their faces!!!  The time is moving and time is running out but it will be coming to a close before I know it will be!!!  I hope everyone has a great week and that they all had a great Christmas!!!  Happy New Years to all and Love you all talk next week!!!

Elder Welling

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Week in the Field....

Hey Family 

Things are going good here and all is well!!  I am not going to really write an email because we are going to be talking here in 4 days so I will save everything for that and things!!!   There is not much to say though, Joseph says hi and is enjoying gearing up for his mission and things which is in a few weeks which will be good!!!  Other than this nothing is going on besides busy schedules and teaching appts and things hahahaha!!!!  Anyway hope you have fun for the holidays and the festivities and things and have a great 4 days till we talk Love you all!!! Not sure what time it will be but it could be anywhere from 8 to 10 I’ll give you a warning call on the phone the night before and let you know the time!!!!

Elder Welling 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Keeping the Work Going Forward....

Hello Family,

Things this week have been pretty good and we are enjoying all the time that we are receiving here in this area!!  Me and the comp are doing well and teaching many people and getting them to be progressing towards the truth and things like that!!!!  I am doing well other than being really tired all the time we are going great!!!  The area is picking up and we are having a lot of fun for the Christmas season down here so it is quite awesome!!!  We are looking forward to
Christmas and things like that as it gets closer as well as the new year!!  It is coming very fast but it is also meaning that the time is winding down very fast!!!

Anyway we have a great Zone and some great missionaries there inside of it for sure so I am excited for it to continue to grow and get better!!!  We are striving to keep things going and doing certain things to keep up the momentum going into the Christmas season and things so we will see what happens as the time is progressing!!!  Parker is coming home in I think three weeks or so, so it should be pretty awesome and things to see him come home!!!  Then Jemini will be pretty close behind him and then me which is interesting!!!  It is also interesting because there are so many new faces here in the mission it is hard for me to understand that most of these other guys are home already because I am now at the old stages of the missionaries!!!

Other than this the skyping will be possible for sure it will be in the morning time there for you but I do not know the exact time either that it will happen or things like that but we will see what happens!!!  I’m hoping that all things will work out that way!!  I get an hour and a half,  Or because I only have 10 weeks left maybe I just don’t call at all and we will talk when I get home hahahahahaha Joking mom!!!  Anyway hope you all have a great week love you all!!!

Elder Welling

Monday, December 7, 2015

Still teaching and doing well...

Hello Family

I hope things are going good for all of you as it is for me here!!!  I am enjoying and having a great time here as well as the other missionaries and things so it has been good!!!  The rainy season and the air conditioning has been good as well it has been nice to have them in the flatte and in the truck!!!  We are doing a lot of teaching and as always a lot of running around the place taking care of problems and things which is always good!!!  The comp is good and we are enjoying for sure in the companionship!!!!   We have a lot in common and we get along pretty well and it is good although I have gotten along with a lot of my companions so it isn’t too hard!!!

We are teaching many as I have said we are hoping to get three to baptism very soon which will be very nice!!!  These people are awesome and are doing well they know the truth and want to follow it!!!  They have obstacles but so do we all, hope we will be able to get them to overcome those and move forward!!!!  Anyway the branch is good and doing well it isn’t really a branch it is really a group and we meet in a really small house we are hoping it will be made a branch very soon in the future because we want that very much to happen!!!

I don’t have a long time left but it seems that people are doing well there at home and are enjoying the bball and the Christmas that is always nice wish I could be there though Christmas is just not the same without the snow and the lights and the different things that go along with it especially the food and things hahaha!!!!  We have a few things planned here but not sure they are that many to start with but I am also not sure when but I will be skyping and things like that for sure hopefully I will get the time and then it will be good hahaha
Anyway I hope you all have a great week I did put some more photos on there!!!!  Love you all!!!!

Elder Welling

Pictures from October Zone Conference

Monday, November 30, 2015

Still Loving the Work....

Hello Family

So it has been a pretty good week so far but really crazy haha!!!  The week has also gone super fast and most likely it is because I was busy the whole time but I am still loving the work and all the other things we are doing this side!!  It is very hard to explain exactly where I am but I am in the mid center of Lilongwe now but we work on the outskirts of it so it is really funny!!!  Also it has been kind of funny because Tuesday we spent the day literally moving missionaries around for transfers and the same with the next day!!!  Funny thing was because of all the moving we lost our mileage for the month and we didn’t have a truck for four days so we got some great exercise on the bikes my legs feel like jam and it’s because we went a distance for the truck on the bikes plus the hot weather made it ten times worse and things hahaha!!!  It still was awesome though!!!  It will be a little more difficult to baptize now because of the distance but a challenge never bothers me hahaha!!!  The flat we are in is a little smaller and things but it is still awesome!!!  Although we have a pretty sweet Zone after this transfer which is awesome!!  Kapande lives next door to us so I am liking it a lot it should be good!!!
The comp is really awesome though I am liking him and the best part is we have a lot in common already so it should be a pretty fun rest of the mission with him and things like that!!!  The new branch is pretty cool we are liking it, it has a way to go but we will get there in getting it to a branch soon right now it is really a group but growing very fast and they moved two more elders into the area!!!  So we should be good!!  There will be some sort of a Christmas devotional thing that we will be going to here in a few weeks it should be fun we will be going down to Blantyre and things I will enjoy it a lot!!! 
It seems like everyone up there is enjoying the holidays and the family can’t wait to do that again!!! Being here as the ZL is definitely challenging and very busy but it will be good to keep me busy for sure!!!    Hope everyone will have a good week and a great Monday Love you all

Elder Welling 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Transfer and Called as Zone Leader...

Hello Family,
This week has been pretty good and things are going well here!!!  We didn’t have too many events but things are going well and me and the comp are enjoying here for sure!!!  So this last week first of all I have been transferred to a new area so I will be leaving Elder Gangire and going to another area in the same Zone but I have been called to be a Zone Leader of the Zone which should be interesting for sure!!!  It will be different, but I am leaving some very good friends here in the branch behind!!!  Especially Joseph so it is pretty sad for the things that have happened but as I have said and learned it is not my will but the Lords!!!  I am leaving today to go to the new area and the new comp is name is Elder Cunningham he is a white guy from the states and things he is a pretty cool guy likes the outdoors, hunting and country music all the same things I like except on one thing haha he is a wrestler and I play the bball!!! Other than that it has been pretty good here this week!!!
We also were able to have another baptism this week which was great I enjoyed it.  The guy’s name is Patrick great guy too bad I won’t be here for the confirmation but we were still able to do the work to bring him to the knowledge of the truth which is always a good thing!!!  The branch is cool I am just sad to leave it behind and for sure if it is this hard to leave just a branch then on the way home it is going to be even worse feeling not going to be a joke!!  We didn’t get to play soccer this week but I am hoping in the weeks to come it will be available!!!  It is definitely weird to be 21 hahah didn’t think that I would make it to this age haha but it is here and for sure it will continue to climb haha but as it does others are always ahead of me hahaha that is a joke!!!
Anyway Joseph leaves for his mission in 5 weeks so it will be good for him to be going he is ready and for sure he will enjoy he is already very powerful in the Gospel and this experience will make it better!!!  Anyway I hope all will enjoy the holidays and the week and all will be going good for all!!!  I love you all and talk next week!!!!

Elder Welling

Monday, November 16, 2015

Baptisms and More Baptisms.....

Hey Family
Hope all is going well there on the home front and things!!!  We are doing good here and having a good time for what we are doing!!!  There are a lot of things happening down here and it is good!!!  First off I am trying to upload some photos so people can see them so I hope they will be on the dropbox by the time that I finish!!!  The baptism yesterday was pretty good and we enjoyed for sure he was excited even though he is pretty old and things!!!  The branch is doing pretty good and things we actually got a new branch presidency and things so we will see how it goes and if things will be better than they are now!!!  We have been trying to get this branch back to doing well and running smoothly for sure but all is well!!!  It was pretty funny there was a branch here in Lilongwe where they had some funny things happen it is too bad it didn’t happen here I could have killed them!!!
Anyway apparently two returned missionaries in the branch were a little mad that they were denied PEF and they came to sacrament meeting and took the bread and threw it out and tried to shut down the meeting as well as to make people go home!!!  It was quite interesting to hear about here!!!  These branches are funny and for sure they are doing good but have some things where they need to improve!!  There are a lot of other things that are happening here and it is quite interesting but we will endure them and try to do better!!!  Other than these things we are trying to find some more people to teach and help them out and things as well as there should be another baptism this Sunday for another individual which will be awesome!!! 
We got to play soccer this week which was fun and I enjoyed although we were not able to win it was still fun i have been sunburned though so I should get a little darker and it is hot and humid right now here I am not doing anything but sitting here and i am sweating and dying!!!  Hopefully the air conditioning at home will be going well!!!  There has not been much of anything else here that is going on but we are doing pretty good!!!  It seems like you all there are staying pretty busy which is good keep it up for sure!!!  Anyway have a good week and a great Monday Love you all!!!!

Elder Welling