Monday, June 29, 2015

Big Authority!

Monday, on Pday, we just played soccer and hung around. Tuesday we had interviews/training with President Henderson. We had a cool experience with Hector. He said that ever since I gave him that blessing he has had many opportunities to drink. His friends came and looked for him and tried to get him to go drinking but he has felt a lot more empowered and has said no to drinking. In the blessing I said something like "flee from the temptations that easily beset you" and that is what he's doing. It's always cool to see the priesthood work and people's faith grow.

This is what's left of my package 

Wednesday we had a fairly normal day. We had 3 lessons and 14 contacts. Thursday we traveled to Huánuco because Elder Wardell is coming to speak to us missionaries. I stayed with the zone leaders (Inkley and Gonzalez).

Friday we met with Elder Wardell for our conference. He is huge! I didn't realize he was so big; he is like 6'7"! I said the opening prayer for the conference which was kind of cool. One of the things that the general authority said to us was that we made a covenant with God through the prophet when we acknowledged our mission call and signed our letter of acceptance. He spoke of what God expects of us and how we can achieve it. I am going to change a few things and have recommitted to be better!

Saturday we went back to Cerro de Pasco and got ready for church the next day. On Sunday we had 2 lessons, got 2 new investigators and 5 contacts. I gave another blessing to Hector's mom. She was having some stroke like symptoms. I gave her the blessing at church and when we left, she said that she felt like her pain was going away. That was cool! Well, I miss you guys and will chat with you soon!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Trujillo Peru Temple Dedicated!

Monday on Pday we did absolutely nothing. My companion and I were really sick so we just stayed in bed all day and slept. Tuesday I was feeling much better but Elder Cunningham was still not feeling the best. We were informed about changes too. Elder Cunningham is getting transferred and leaving to go to Huancayo (Chilca). It's a really good area and he will be in a trio.

My new companion will be Elder Molina. He will be my third Bolivian companion. I don't know why president keeps sending them to me but it is good! Wednesday I got my new companion. Elder Molina is a really good guy and a good missionary. He has been a member since 2008. He has been out in the mission field for about 14 months. One thing that is kind of cool, I have had like eight opportunities to give blessings of health in the last two days. It's really cool to have the priesthood and be able to serve others.

Friday and Saturday were not the best of days. We did our planning, had our district meeting and things like that but we did not have any lessons. We did get to see some of the opening events for the Trujillo Peru temple dedication. Saturday was the three-year mark of when KJ died. It's kind of crazy of how fast time goes by. I thought of him a little bit today.

Sunday is Father's Day! I want to say Happy Father's Day to dad. I hope you had a great day dad! I really love and miss you! I've been thinking a lot about you today dad. Today was good; we got to watch the Trujillo Peru temple dedication at church. Elder Bednar lead it and Elder Uchtdorf was there too. It was really cool to see them set the cornerstone—La piedra angular. We found some new investigators today. I also gave a blessing to this guy who needed help overcoming alcohol. He asked me for it and he knelt down. So I gave him a blessing as he was kneeling down and it was probably one of the most powerful blessings that I have ever given. It was really cool. I really think he will have the strength to overcome this addiction. Well, I hope you all had a great week. I love you guys so much. Hasta luego!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Huayllay (oughta!)

On Pday we went to Huayllay. It's a place with a lot of rocks that look like animals. It was really, really hot. 

Tuesday we had our zone meeting and I went on divisions with Elder Chapeton (zone leader). We had five lessons today so that was pretty cool. I also got my package from you guys and HOLY COW, you guys seriously spoil me! I will be just fine staying in Cerro de Pasco for another two changes.

Wednesday wasn't that great of a day. We helped one of our less actives walk home because he was drunk. He was crying in my arms and stuff. It was kind of weird but good, he was really scared to go home but then we walked by his place a bit later and he back drinking so I'm not sure if we helped much.

Friday didn't go that great. Elder Cunningham wasn't feeling too well so we got out really late and then had one lesson that did not go well.

Saturday we went to Kimbo's for lunch with Elder Whitaker and Elder Herron. We had four lessons and then a baptism. We baptized a nine year old girl named Jessica. I didn't have my camera so I didn't get any pictures! I'll have to hunt some down. Elder Cunningham baptized her. I also had to do some baptismal interviews for Yanacancha. I interviewed Joel and it was really cool to see how much he noticed that he has changed since visiting with the missionaries.

"The force is strong with this one"

Our assistance at church on Sunday was down a little bit. Micheli did not come to church so we will have to change her baptismal date a bit. We did find three new investigators though so that was awesome! Elder Cunningham is feeling really bad so we had to come home early. I forgot to mention that Elder White is now in the office. He is the health secretary. I thought that was kind of funny. He's a good guy. Well, I love you guys and hope you have a great week. Talk to you later.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Meet the Mormons

Monday, after I wrote you guys, we went out to eat as a district to La Moderna. It's kind of like a bakery. I had a hamburger with an egg on it and some french fries, it was pretty good. Then we went to the San Juan chapel and played some cards and watched "Meet the Mormons". On Tuesday I did divisions with Elder Gonzalez. He is from Ecuador and is a good missionary. We stayed in my area to work. Things are going pretty well with our investigators.

Here's something crazy. Betty, one of our investigators, her husband was driving with three others on their way to Lima and they got in a wreck with this huge truck. We heard that two of the four people died and the other two were in Lima. So Betty went to Lima, then we heard that one more person died so we called her. It turns out that her husband was the only survivor. He needs to have a couple of operations but he is still around.

I lost my name tag. It must've just fallen off somewhere; I don't know where it is. I still have another one but it's kind of sad to lose the first one.

Friday we had weekly planning and taught three lessons. On Saturday we started our fast. Things are going good here and are starting to get moving. We're teaching this 15-year-old girl named Micheli. She is progressing really well. On Sunday, there were 81 people attending church. That is more than normal and that is with one of the active families not in attendance. We had five less actives come to church and one investigator, Micheli. Her mom is less active and Micheli is doing really well. She's really nice and we met with her that evening. She's making good friends in the church and she's really changing, which is cool to see. I love seeing how this gospel can change people. It's crazy how different she is from when we first met her.

Well, I'm just waiting to get calls from my district for this week's numbers. I'm happy and I am doing well. I love you all!

Monday, June 1, 2015

New Digs!

This week on Pday we bought some beanies and then later had a family night with Hermano Huaipa, which went well.

My feet have really, really been hurting me again. I have no idea what it is. It's like they are asleep and the balls of my feet are hurting. I don't know it's just weird. On Tuesday I completed nine months in the mission, which is crazy! It actually happened to be one of the worst days of my mission so far. Everything fell through, it was garbage. Nothing really worked out. It was really hard to want to be out in the mission field that day. However, I know those feelings will pass and better days will come.

On Wednesday we got settled into our new room. It's on the fourth floor above this clinic and it’s mold free! We are paying 350 every month now. One of the members of the ward had a huge truck and they helped us move. The zone leaders and my district helped us too. It's seriously so nice! We can even get hot water bags for our blankets if we want!

We found three investigators and taught three lessons on Thursday. We also installed a new shower head in our shower, so that was nice! The old one keep squirting us in the eyes and getting the floor all wet.

Friday we had five lessons, three of them were with a member present which was sweet! This week we have found 8 new investigators so far.  We went knocking doors. I was sick and tired of the weak investigators we had so I knocked and knocked and found some. It's nice to finally be finding some people to work with. There was a relief society activity at the church on Saturday and a lot of people came.
The weather has been really nice lately. My feet still hurt. My moccasins are cool!

At church on Sunday our attendance went up a little bit. There were 77 people there. We had seven less active members and one new investigator attend. It was the best Sunday that we've had here in a while. Things are going well. We ended the week with 10 new investigators, which was awesome! I think at least 7 will progress really fast. We found this amazing investigator who's name is Munoz. We were sitting down and he walked up and start talking to us. He thought we were from Germany. He's from the jungle and has friends from Germany in his little pueblo.

We went out to eat one day!

It's crazy that L Tom Perry died. We just found that out today. I love you all! Hasta luego!