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The Haunting of a Mormon Missionary in Ecuador

Posted on July 8, 2010

In 2001 I was serving a Mormon mission in Guayaquil, Ecuador. As you might know, missionaries are paired up in twos and are called companionships. My particular companion at this time was a young guy from Chile. We lived in a little two level home made of cinder blocks and cement just on the outskirts of a small town near Guayaquil. We lived on the lower level. My companion had lived in this home for a couple of months before I moved in, and at this time, I had moved in 2 months prior.

As you may know, missionaries have a very strict schedule and our schedule consisted of a “companionship study” every morning from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. During this time, we studied the lessons we taught, and I, being from North America, studied Spanish with him.

One morning as we were studying, we heard what sounded like footsteps running across the floor of the second level, right above our heads. We looked at each other and instantly dismissed the idea of mice or rats because the footsteps were so loud and hard, they could not have possible been from a small rodent or animal. The footsteps ran from one end of the floor to the other. Because he had lived there longer than I had, I asked him if he knew what was on the second level. He told me that he had never even been up there and as far as he knew, we were the only ones in the house. It was an eerie experience to hear the footsteps, but we didn’t trouble ourselves anymore on the issue, and we went about our regular missionary schedule.

Roughly a month later, as we were again studying, we heard the same thing above our heads. This got us really interested in finding out what was on the second level, so we decided to investigate. We found that there were only two ways to get up to that level. One way was through our room. There was a door that sat right next to the front of my bed; however, this door had 8 or 9 locks that ran up and down the door as if someone bolted that door shut with the intention that it would never be opened again. I didn’t think much about the door until we heard the footsteps, but I remember thinking it was a bit spooky. The other way to the second level was through the kitchen. There was a large black steel door that opened up to a spiral-type staircase and led right up to the second level. It seemed as if this door had not been opened in years; we had to pry it open using our strength and a couple of tough kitchen utensils. We were able to get the black door open and ended up ascending the staircase. The only light source we had were candles, so we had a couple of lit candles to give us the necessary light. When we got to the second level, and to our astonishment, there were a lot of pictures of little children. These pictures, some actual and some drawings, were positioned in a circle around what seemed to be burnt candles. There were no drawings on the floor, just burnt candles and melted wax everywhere. We thought it was a little creepy and we had that feeling that encouraged us to leave it alone and not worry about it, so we left after looking around a little and again went back to our regular schedule.

About a week later we were just getting back from a day of service and we both decided to hit the hay a little earlier than normal. As I mentioned before, there was a wooden door next to the head of my bed with 8 or 9 locks on it. As I was laying there on the bed just relaxing and staring out my window, I heard three VERY loud and distinguishing knocks that came from the other side of the door. KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK! Instinct kicked in and I threw the sheets over my head, scared out of my mind because I knew that there was only one other way to get to the staircase that led upstairs and that was in the kitchen. I yelled at my companion, who was in his bed at the other end of the room, but he was asleep and would not wake up. I was freaking out because of the knocks, so I just kept my head under the covers the rest of the night.

I dozed off to sleep because next thing, I remember waking up at exactly 3:00 am. I pulled my head out of the covers to look around and see if anything was unusual, but there was just a storm outside and a lot of lightning.

The next morning, we got up for companionship study, and I relayed the story of what happened to me that night. I told him about the knocks and waking up at 3. As I was in the middle of telling him, he looked at me strangely and asked, “What is that on your face?” I felt around my face but could not notice anything out of the ordinary. I darted to the bathroom mirror and to my horror, I had three very long scratches on the right side of my face that ran from the top of my forehead to the bottom of my chin. They were very red long distinguishable scratches. I sat there staring at them, thinking of any possible explanation as to why they were there and why three. I kept thinking about the three knocks and waking up at 3:00 am and now three scratches.

Needless to say, that was the last night we spent in that house. We got a new apartment and nothing happened after that.

I had never heard of paranormal scratches until a couple of years later when I got home from Ecuador. I was browsing online and came across a few sites that specialize in that particular phenomenon. I was in awe as I read it, and to this day, I still wonder what those three scratches were and what they represented.

Any suggestions as to what happened would be great.

Sent in by Geoff, Copyright 2010 TrueGhostTales.com

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21 Responses to “The Haunting of a Mormon Missionary in Ecuador”
  1. goththom says:

    A lot of people feel that demonic entities will leave three scratches on you as a mocking of the trinity. Usually it starts a a itching or burning sensation and they rise up and start to bleed.Seems to work from the inside out, and it ignores clothing, only effecting your body. I’ve gotten nailed with the three’s a few times, take it as a compliment. You riled up someone doing your missionary work.Keep in mind missionary work put’s you on the front line of an eternal battle, keep the faith, pray and trust God and take things like this as they come. It’s nothing prayer and neosporine won’t sort out.

  2. AnNa says:

    GEOFF–thats a little creepy.for the 3 scratches i have know idea.but when i watch some movies with ghosts and such(i know its a movie and this is real life)but i see 3 scratches on them too.have you told anyone else what had happened to you?i wonder why nothing happened to your room-mate.well im glad nothing bad happened to you besides the scratches.and im glad nothing happened since.thanks for the story.

  3. Pat says:

    I sure am glad that you got out of that house… I really wonder what happened in that house to cause such a haunting… I think you were scratched because you were closer to the door. Just a guess mind you…. I have heard of the scratching phenomina too…Have you had any more activity on or around you since your return to the states????Take care-

    • Geoff says:

      No, I haven’t experienced anything since being back in the states. In fact, it seemed to have happened so long ago that I often wonder if it really was my imagination because I might have been freaked out or something. Anyways, I can’t deny that I heard three distinct knocks and woke up with three scratches down my face, but it seems so unrealistic sometimes.

  4. AnNa says:

    maybe something happend to your room-mate but maybe he doesnt want to share.he was to scared.maybe you got scratched because you guys went upstairs when you werent suppose too.i dont know.i was going to say but you moved out of there but you could of done some research on the place.

  5. Suzi says:

    Wow thats kinda weird. Just be careful when you find doors like that. If I saw the door I would have not opened it but I still probley would have went up there like you. JUst be careful!

  6. trolldoll says:

    i can’t imagine why all the pictures of children! it may of been children killed in a military action. were there wars in the area? as for the footsteps and knocks, it is a interesting mystery!

  7. kartikey says:

    its strange, but maybe it could be your imagination and probably in sleep you yourself made the scratches on your face in fear. knockings could be of wind pressure due to storm making something on the other side of the door to hit it.. dont so easily believe in paranormal activity. take care

    • sydney says:

      i have to disagree he could not have made those scratches by himself! he would have noticed. i don’t know about the storm though…

    • sydney says:

      also isn’t it kinda strange to you..and to the person that wrote the story, he didn’t describe that it bled…besides if a normal person did that he would have made it bleed. =)

  8. John says:

    Nice story… sounds like whoever owned that house knew what was going on there. The locks on the door and the kitchen door that hadn’t been open in a long time. That might be why they only rent out the first floor of the house. Curiosity got the better of you, the ghost or whatever was apparently not a big fan of you. Glad nothing worse happened to you.

  9. AnNa says:

    i think everybody that wasnt suppose to open doors would.i know i probably would.

  10. Heather says:

    Geoff -

    I was going to tell you exactly what Goththom said several messages back.

    I have also had trouble, but not scratches to my knowledge; however, the things that did happen were obvious and very clear to us. I’ll tell you more if you want, I don’t want to use all the comment space.
    My former step-dad and mom were Mormon, and I was truely forced into it until 17-18, I am baptized Catholic, but I’m not strictly into any religion, but do hold the 10 Commandments to my heart. I don’t feel that religions should contest with others, and cause people to fight, when the 10 Commandents is what they’re really supposed to be preaching.

    Anyway, no offense to the Mormons or any religion. As I mentioned, agreeing with Goththam, and my own terrifying experiences; I just wanted to warn you to be very careful because as a missionary you were spreading Jesus and God’s faith and you better believe whatever you encountered was most likely demonic, and was probably invited in by whoever had been holding Black Masses in that room you found. Out of curiosity was the room dusty and had cobb webs all over like no one had been in that room, or did it look like someone could have possibly been in there? I was thinking someone might have been up there while you guys were out, and holding Black Masses. I feel sick to speculate the pictures and drawings of children being involved, but you definitely encountered some very deep, dark, awful situation, and you disturbed it.

    Honestly, you should tell your branch President or whoever you trust and is of strong faith and have a blessing/cleansing done to you, and if you’re okay with it you might tell contact the priests of the town you were in, and tell them. They may be aware of crimes regarding those children in that room. I believe that they are most likely dead and their souls are being kept hostage by the evil in the room.

    I would tell the priests or someone of strong faith and of that nature, not the owner, because they may be involved or were.

    Well, take care and stay strong in your faith to God, and say your prayers to be protected. I am just concerned because as a missionary the dark side hates you and will try to keep you from your faith and scare you, but I truly am concerned for those children.

    • Geoff says:

      Thanks for the insight! Yeah, I can’t really remember the address, and the town is too uncivilized to have too accurate home records, so I haven’t pursued any investigation into the house. What I really regret is not snapping any pictures of the door or experience. I might have been able to tap into more information that way.

  11. emory says:

    waking up at 3 am is creepy- that’s an unholy hour. the melted candles and pictures of children is creepy!

  12. bpotter says:

    The three three’s are nine, nine turned down is 6 just as the pentagram is inverted in dark practice so can numbers be inverted evil is going to present its self in riddles, it hides and lies,mixes truth with lies and is never straight forward when it presents its self

  13. GirlRacer says:

    Hi Geoff.

    Weird question but do you remember what colour the candles/candle wax was?

    Black/Red – not good.

    White/Gold/Silver/Yellow/Blue – good.

    I’ve come across things like this documented at work. So if you know, I’ll try to explain.

    Steph x

  14. Nick says:

    These scratches means that this entity marked you for destruction…inspite of that Jesus Christ is greater and will give you power over them. In rare cases you may need to speak to a group who specialize in these paranormal occurances. Spiritual freedom church are experts in this area. Lead Pastor: Bob Larson

  15. Seth says:

    Fascinating story.
    I found myself particularly interested because at approximately the same time, 2001-2003, I too served a mission for the LDS Church, and in a small town about an hour and a half north of Mexico City had a very similar experience.
    While we did not find any indication of something of a malevolent nature occurring in our apartment, my companion and I DID cast spirits out of our home. Let me tell you that the next ten hours of my life amounted to a horrifying experience as we sat in pitch black and listened as the unseen moved about in our apartment, heard a lot of noise including footsteps in the empty warehouse above our apartment and had things falling to the ground from a wind where there could have been no wind.
    In my life I have never been nervous to turn the lights ON other than that night. In a strange way it is comforting to know that there are those who have had similar experiences. I would be very interested to get more information from you on the background of the town you were serving in and see if it at all matches the description of the one I was in, while also sharing more detail of what happened to my companion and me.
    If you are interested, I would love to open some kind of email correspondence or something of that kind.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Was that Guayaquil South or North? I was there around that time. I knew an Elder Geoff. That is freaky. I would have moved too. What town were you serving in at the time?

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