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, February 22, 2016

7 Baptisms in 5 Weeks....

Hello Family

I hope things are going good for you all there and having a great time!!!  I also want to say that if you are having a good time keep it up and ill join you in 12 days hahaha just kidding!!!  This week has been pretty good and I have enjoyed a lot here we had the 2 baptisms and it has been really well with us!!!  The converts are good and doing well here and I am glad for them!!!  It has been pretty good with me and ford here, I have been somewhat surprised here because me and Ford in 5 weeks we have been able to play a part in 7 baptisms here and it has been a great run!!!!!  It was great!!!!  The time is moving fast and I am almost not believing that I leave in 12 days it’s just not something that I have realized yet but it is coming!!!  We are still working pretty good we found a family last week and it seems to have potential to be progressing We are going to see them today at 3 and see what we can help them with there!!!  Other than that we are still trying to help the others we already have!!!!  

Not too many fun things to do though before I come home here but I will find some cool things for me before I come home and for sure I already have a few picked out hahaha!!!  It should be going good though!!  Well Things are going good here and yes there are many things I have left to tell all of you since I have been here and they will get old as I am there but for now as you all know I am pretty Lazy at typing emails and things so it would be better that I tell you in person hahaha!!!  I will talk to you next week though hope you all enjoy the week and have a great time!!!  Love you all!!!!

Elder Welling

 Mission Leadership Conference

Monday, February 15, 2016

Doing Great and Finishing Strong....

Hello Family
Things are going good here in Africa for sure and we are enjoying no problems!!!  I thought for sure that the baptisms and confirmations we just had were going to be the last, but we are working with 2 others that they will be baptized this week which is really awesome and I am excited for it for sure!!!  Me and Elder Ford are trying to get some others on the same path but from the looks of it they won’t be ready till after I am gone but we will continue with them till then!!!  The branch is good and doing well and all is getting better and bigger!!!  We are hoping to find a better building for the branch to meet in sometime this coming week but hopefully it will get there!!!  There is really not a whole lot to tell of this week it was a pretty straight forward week to be honest!!!
We didn’t really do anything today either but all is going well!!!  I didn’t get any pics on this week either but I will take some of the baptisms here and get them sent that side this upcoming Monday!!!  It should be good and ready then!!!!  Other than all of this it looks like the bball schedule is doing well wish I could be there to see all the games and things.  I like to watch those but it has been a while hahaha!!!  It will be good to see those again!!!  Hopefully I can still play it has been a while again so we will see!!!  Anyway I hope all will have a good week and a great Monday and I love you all!!!!!

Elder Welling

Monday, February 8, 2016

Family Baptisms.....

Hello Family
Hope things that side are going good but from the emails and things it seems like they are!!  Anyway things are going good here and me and the comp are enjoying the time that we are having to be together and things!!!  We are excited because we were able to have some 5 baptisms yesterday as I was able to mention and things it went very well!!!  They were 2 families and one from a part member family the branch president daughter who was really excited for it!!!  We had a good time, we are planning to have another one here in the next 2 weeks but it will just be one and it should be set in stone by next week as we are going there to teach him and things like that!!!  Elder Ford is doing well and he is enjoying Lilongwe and things he will be used to it by the time I am out of here!!
The group has now been officially made a branch and things down here so we no longer have to go to the 47 branch there and things like that!!!  We will be able to stay in the area and do the things that we need to!!!  We are hoping for a couple of callings to be given to the branch members there so they will remain active and help to lift the branch!!!!  The mission is changing here for sure, it is looking like a whole different place, there are a lot of new faces coming in and fulfilling spots so it is weird to see them all especially when I traveled to Lusaka and saw them all!!! The Zone is doing well though they are all having a good time and we hope they are enjoying the mission work!!!
As time is coming to a close it is getting weirder and weirder to think about for sure and I can’t even realize that it is so close to the end!!!  People here keep saying it but never really internalized it haha but for sure it is there!!!  It will be difficult to leave all the friends here and things but hopefully things will work out.  I sent a suit case full of stuff to mission home yesterday so they are just waiting for me to come there get it and go!!!  Not too many things went really cool this week since I spent it in meetings but the meetings were good and President sure does have a vison for where the mission should and is going, so it is really good!!!  It sounds like things are good there and everyone is enjoying the time there!!!  I hope all will have a good week and I love you all!!!!

Elder Welling

Monday, February 1, 2016

Baptisms and Traveling this week....

Hello Family

Hope things are going good for you all this week!!  It has been good here too!!!  The snow that side sounds awesome wish I could be there to see it!!!!  I am hoping to be able to see it here in a bit for sure!!!  I miss that white stuff for sure!!!  It has been long without it and it seems like without it the seasons are not even changing at all!!!  I know I have been climatized a bit to the weather down here but I am ready to reclimatize to the snow and cold!!!  It sounds like the bball games there are going good and everyone is enjoying there other than the traveling in the weather!!  I am sorry to hear about what happened to the house and the flooding it is really sad that it happened.  Things are going good though and I am sure things will be fine as time goes on!!!  

Here things are great and doing well haha we are working on and getting two families prepared for baptism and they both have been interviewed and will be baptized next week Sunday which is awesome!!!  There are 5 in total and it is awesome to be a part of!!!  I think these will most likely be the last ones I get on mission but it has been a good run for sure!!!  The branch is doing great and is growing in number every week that goes by it should be becoming a branch this month but things are moving very slowly for the meeting house to be found!!!  All things will run smoothly though!!  Me and Ford are enjoying the time that we are having but the time is moving very fast and even more than I have anticipated for sure!!!  We will be going to Lusaka this week for a meeting with the mission president so it will be fun I am looking forward to it!!!  I hear that it is a lot of fun to be there in these things when they happen!!!  So we will see how that goes and I will most likely be getting all the travel things down and ready to go there before they send me back down here to prepare to go back up hahaha!!!  Anyway I will let you know how that will go!!!  

The Zone is doing good and they are getting the work done in all the areas that they should so it is very nice!!!  People here are doing good and I have a lot of friends in this Zone for sure!!  Oh and something that is really cool is Elder Bakari the first missionary I trained that went to Uganda is the Zone leader that side and he has Elder Gangire the other missionary that I trained in his Zone which is really cool!!!!
They are doing well though I am keeping in contact with them as well as I can!!  Also Joseph and the other branch missionaries are doing well there in the MTC and in the field which is awesome never thought I would get to see all the branch missionaries from Kalambo branch here go on missions with me being able to put them all on the plane!!!  It has been awesome!!  Anyway hope all will have a good week and I love you all!!!

Elder Welling