I can't believe this week I hit one year! Time here in the mission has gone by way too fast, I feel like I just barely got here a short time ago. We are going to burn our shirts today for the tradition, and I'll send pictures of it next week. The craziest thing that happend this week was I KILLED A CUY!!! Our pension was making cuy. Here they just get one of the cuy from their yard and prepare it for their food that day. So my companion and I both caught a cuy, yes, had to killed them, and then ate them all in the same day! It was weird but cool at the same time. (Sorry to gross some of you out, but that's the culture here).
|Cuy for dinner!|
|The Final Product!|
We had another good successful week this week and were able to visit a lot of less actives, and 7 of them came to church yesterday which was awesome to see! Transfers are coming up soon, so who knows if I'll be leaving or staying here in Junin. Today we're passing P Day here in Junin and making tacos so it should be a good one.
I found a scripture this week were Christ said he came to serve,and not to be served. It's the exact same being a missionary. All we have to do is give, and not even think about what we can get. It's so much better to give, than to get. I invite all of you to look and pray for opportunities to serve somebody daily. It can be something really small and simple, or something big. I promise you will be blessed,and feel better about yourselves, as we serve our fellow travelers in this journey called life.
I love and miss all of you have a great week!
Oct 6th, 2014
I'm here in Marcavalle my first area, we're visiting for P-Day. We surprised Elder Toomor. He is here in Marcavalle. We had a little sleep over last night and had a fund time catching up. So I'm sitting here in my first room and it's like a father and son experience. My companion is throwing up but what's so funny is that he's actually throwing up in the same toilet that I threw up when I started my mission.
Last week, since it was the first year mark for my mission and two other elders we burned our shirts. So our neighbor has all these big wooden posts that look. He uses them for holding up the roof for houses. So I thought that would be kind-of funny if we make scarecrows with our shirts. So we borrowed three wooden posts and we took them to our pension's house. There is this little hill in the back and we dug three holes and put the posts there. Afterwards we put our shirts on it, and used a balloon for our heads. Then we burned it. Burning the shirts is a tradition, the scarecrow was my idea. Although it looked sacrilegious it was kinda of cool.
Last week we played soccer and beat the locals. They'll never admit it but the gringos won them. It was so awesome.
This week there are these elections that go on every four years for mayor and governors. Two of the candidates are investigators. I don't know if they won because we are not in Junin. We are teaching the mayor candidate and a guy who is running for the governors counselor or something like that. It will be cool if they won. Today we are going to be living it up American style. We are going to play American football, then go to this American restaurant and eat hamburgers and pizza. So we are going to live it up today.
Love and miss you all!
Oct. 13th, 2014
Well this week was a little tough. My companion has been really sick this entire week.. It reminded me of when I was first starting and sick all the time so
I felt bad for him. We're in Tarma right now for a zone conference and it
should be a lot of fun.
I'm pretty excited! We've been struggling to have success here in Junin, even with a lot of hard work. We've been contacting and knocking so many doors,
but still with very little success. It was hard seeing my companion get a little bummed about hard work with little success, but I found a scripture that has helped us both out a lot. Romans 8:18 "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Paul really put things into perspective to me, and I felt like it was exactly what I needed to hear.
Our trials and struggles are for our experience, and just like President
Uchtdorf said last conference we should be grateful in any circumstance, especially our trials because that's how we learn, grow, and gain experience in this life. I love the work that I'm doing even though it's not easy. Elder
Holland said missionary work has never been easy, and it never will be,
because by doing missionary work we are walking in the same path that Christ walked, and it was never easy for him. He suffered more than any of us ever will, and it's a privelige to be able to walk a little in the same path that Christ walked here on earth, serving God.
I love and miss all of you, and hope yall have a good week!
Oct 20th. 2014
We had a great week here in Junin, and we found an entire new family of 4 contacting that we taught and had a great lesson. We had some good success with the investigators we already have, and the couple that we are teaching started progressing again which we're really happy about. They have a
wedding and baptismal date in a couple weeks so hopefully this time it all
I was reviewing my notes from the conference, and I think my favorite talk was the one by President Uchtdorf about doing a self evaluation and trying to see ourselves clearly. I like how he explained that seeing ourselves clearly is essencial in our spiritual growth and the beggining of wisdom. It's so true that we really do have a hard time seeing ourselves as we really are. I tried doing my own self evaluation, and just realized so many more things that I really need to improve on.
I also learned from my conference notes that if we are to become as Christ, and Christ was fearless, we sould also be fearless. I for sure need to work on fearing God more than man. I love the part in John 12:42-43 how many believed in Christ but didn't confess him, because they loved the praise of men, more than the praise of God. It's something I'm for sure trying to work on.
Well I'm in Tarma again right now, and today we're going to Huagapo, the same cave I went to like last January. I'm happy and just loving life in the mission here in Junin, and little by little we're starting to have more success! Thanks for all your letters and support they all mean a lot to me.
I love and miss yall have a good week!
Oct 27th, 2014
Well I'm writing a little late this week because we just got done doing interviews with President Henderson. He came to Junin to interview us so it was nice not having to travel like usual. We were planning on going to the lake here in Junin, which is actually the highest lake in the entire world from what they say here, so it'll be awesome if we get to go. Our investigators Franklin and Jubita have their wedding and baptism all set for the 8th which is next Saturday! We're super pumped about it. This Friday we're going to try and have an activity for Halloween and carve pumpkins or something. It's been raining more and more as the raining season is really starting to kick in here. We're making good progress, and I'm loving missionary life here in Junin.
I love and miss you all tons and thanks for all of your support!