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S: Elder Curtis Twitchell - Santa Cruz, Bolivia

BC: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:21

FC: 2008-2010

1: "Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come . . . and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation." Doctrine and Covenants 31:3

2: Getting set apart as a missionary Nov 18, 2008 Leaving for the MTC Nov 20, 2008

3: Paul and Curt at the Albuquerque Temple | Sophie, Holly, Curt, Mom, Dad, Kenny at the Roswell Stake Center

4: Provo, Utah MTC Nov - Dec 2008 Lima, Perú CCM Dec - Jan 2009 | Curtis and his MTC companion, Elder Packham (Orem, Utah)

5: Elder Sandagorda (Cochabamba, Bolivia) and Elder Twitchell | President & Hermana Groberg

6: President & Hermana Davis Arequipa, Perú | The service project the missionaries in the'CCM' performed in Lima on Christmas Eve 2008. | Elder Weaver (Houston, Texas)

7: "We finished the adobe house and painted another house...the picture of me and the bucket is where we got water to make adobe and a couple weeks back I fell in the ditch but this way with the bridge was much better."

8: Tacna, Perú Jan 2009 | Curtis went to the beach for preparation day! He even saw a dead jellyfish washed up on the shore. | Elder Espinoza (Lima, Perú) March 2009

9: Puno, Perú Apr 2009 The view from Curt's apartment | Curtis, Alan, Brother Zapana, Elder Corrales (Cochabamba, Bolivia) | Elder Hutchison and Curt in the Juliaca Airport | The Bolivian missionaries at the Lima, Perú temple

10: Visiting ancient graves in Sillustani, Perú June 2009 | Elder Twitchell, Shumer, Elder Corrales | The missionaries in Curt's district visiting Lake Titicaca

11: At the Juliaca airport | Elder Hutchison and Curtis at a tourist spot in Puno

12: "The district took a trip to a naval command ship stationed on Lake Titicaca. We had a private tour of the ship and took most of these pictures when the tour guide wasn't looking." | Puno, Perú 2009

13: August 2009 | President & Hermana Maynes Santa Cruz, Bolivia | Elder Montes (Santa Marta, Colombia) | On the border of Bolivia and Argentina

14: "This chicken broke into my room and was all over the place so we ate it." | Curt washing his clothes by hand | Curtis, President Charles and Hermana Karina | Elder Spencer Gutierez served in the Phoenix, AZ mission and was Paul's district leader | Elder Twitchell & Elder Montes

15: Elder Twitchell, Elder Montes, Elder Guillian | Elder Victorino (Guayaquil, Equador) Sept 2009 | "[Valeria] is the pensionista/branch president's kid and she never shows her teeth when she smiles but I took the only picture in the whole world where she showed her teeth and she about killed me when she saw and told me to erase it so... I didn't and now I'm sending it to you. Seriously this is ground breaking, Valeria showing her teeth." | Elder Gonzalez Oct 2009 (Santa Marta, Colombia)

16: One of the houses Curt lived in Oct 2009 | "Some service that we did for one of our investigators. We dug some holes and put in posts. I don't know why he wanted them but we helped him get the job done." | On the airplane to Yacuiba | Elder Escalera (Cochabamba, Bolivia)

17: "life is like a box of chocolates thrown out the window of a 90 story building. that thing is flying fast...and you never know what hits you in the head." | Yacuiba, Bolivia Apr 2010 | Elder Castillo | (La Paz, Bolivia) | Elder Fierro | (Viña del Mar, Chile)

19: "Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on my name, and you shall receive my Spirit, and a blessing so great as you never have known." Doctrine & Covenants 39:10

20: "As I said the prayer to baptize Rodolfo, the most amazing spirit entered the room and my soul. I felt the smile and joy of God beaming down on our baptismal service. After the ordinance, Rodolfo and I hugged as brothers in the Savior. It was quite amazing and a moment I shall never forget."

21: "Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day." 3 Nephi 27:20

22: Curtis and his companion doing service. He says its "kinda like mowing the weeds but by hand." | Curtis with his pensionista and two of her sons | Helping Miguel and Rosita move | "The biggest grapefruit I have ever seen!" | The district eating after a service project | The Beni River

23: "Thus God has provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles; therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings." Mosiah 8:18 | Elder Ttito Feb 2010 (Cuzco, Perú) | Elder Tamara Mar 2010 (Lima, Perú) | Elder Seminario Dec 2009 (Piura, Perú)

24: BOLIVIA | June 2010 | "My companion and I went to Villamontes to spend our preparation day and had a blast... I killed a duck today too. That was sweet. There was blood everywhere and the machete I was using wasn't very sharp so it took me 8 whacks...poor duck. Elder Allen killed another one cutting its throat with a knife and I held the body. All I can say is I'll never forget the feeling of having a duck die in my hands."

25: "My new mission president is great. He's a convert to the church and really helps us understand the mission from the converts point of view. He's really loving and fun. A great man." | President & Hermana Calderon | Elder Díaz, Elder Apaza, Elder Correa, Elder Twitchell | Elder Díaz (Santiago, Chile)

26: "Where the earth is red and the air is humid." | Elder Asturizaga and Curtis roofing their pensionista's house. | "I got a change and now I am in the coolest part of the mission. I am literally in the jungle. Riberalta. The people here have palm tree leaf roofs and almost everyone gets their water out of a well. The dirt is red. The sun is hot, and I basically sweat 24/7." | Riberalta, Bolivia | Sept 2010 | Riberalta, Bolivia

27: Curtis and his pensionista holding up a turtle that they cooked for lunch | "The hole we dug is a bathroom. They'll put some wood slats over it and it's like camping. Like I said indoor plumbing is a luxury but yes, my companion and I have a real bathroom that flushes and all. Don't worry."

28: "This week we cleaned out a well. It was awesome, you have to take out all the water fast and then clean the stuff that falls down, toys, coins, we found a wrench too." | Elder Asturizaga (La Paz, Bolivia) Sept 2010

29: Resting comfortably on preparation day | Curt helped paint a house green | Cruising down the Beni Mamoré | "Test driving" Hermano Kadir's motorcycle

30: "I didn't want to leave at all."

31: Santa Cruz to Miami, FL to Dallas, TX to Albuquerque, NM | Nov 6, 2010

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