Weeks 85-87 | Workers of Miracles, Illegal Monkeys and Transferred to the Beach


June 5th

Hey family, how are you doing?  I have had another great week here in Central Zone. Seems like the miracles are picking back up a bit.  I truly can’t complain.  I always recognize the Lord’s hand in this work, in the good and in the bad.  It’s been a great week.

Anyways, this week we had a way cool multi-zone conference with President and Sister Marble.  Elder Cantos and I were both able to train and be trained. I learned a ton.  We talked a bit about prayer and the role it plays in a true conversion.  The world teaches that spiritual knowledge should come from what you can see, while the Lord teaches that spiritual knowledge comes from Him.   A knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon or the Restoration of the Gospel can be found by earnest study and prayer, and the strongest testimony is the testimony of the Holy Ghost.   We also talked about not just sharing ”nice messages” but taking advantage of every teaching moment to testify and teach of the restoration and the Book of Mormon.  Lastly, we talk about something that really stood out for me; that we need to be more than just good administrator; rather we need to be ”workers of Miracles” if we want to achieve all that the Lord has prepared for us.  It was a way cool conference and I learned a lot.

This week was also cool because this past month or so we have been working to reactivate a family in our ward and help the 10 year old daughter to be baptized.  They each have strengthened their testimonies, have begun to fully participate in church once again.  It was so cool to be able to work with the family and see their daughter take the step of baptism.  They all gave powerful testimonies in the baptismal service.

Some other cool things from this week…

  • The national soccer team of Peru played against Paraguay here in Trujillo and the stadium is in my area so it was crazy.  After the game, pretty much everyone in our area was drunk.
  • There was no power in all of Trujillo all day Sunday so during sacrament meeting it was so hard to hear the testimonies and this one little old lady got up and gave what look like the gnarliest testimony ever, but she spoke for 20 minutes in what must have been a whisper because no one heard a single word.  It was kind of funny.
  • Also we met a way rad guy this week that works illegally selling monkeys.  He was cool though and we have an appointment with him this Tuesday.

That’s a bit of what happened this week, I know that this is the best thing I could be doing with my life right now and I love it!

Seebs til next week.

June 12

Hey Dad,

I have like no time but I had changes this week and I’m in the same zone but in a new area called Buenos Aires.  Elder Melendrez is my new companion and is way cool.  I’m training him as a new zone leader.  He has 14 months in the mission and is from Lima.  My area is right on the beach and is way poor.  I love it.  Tulio was baptized, cool! I’ll send a good letter next week.  Also, that trip to Mt. Whitney looked soooooo rad, hahah. I can’t wait to climb Machu Pichu with you guys.  Gotta run.

I love you guys!

June 19
Just a quick email to us this week answering some questions from the family.
What is your new apartment like?
Small and in a kinda sketchy area but chill. Just has no water pressure which sucks when you need to take a fast shower of fill up a water bottle.

What are the members and investigators like? Are they different?
Yes, very different culture and stuff. They are a bit more involved and active. A lot more humble and poor. I love it here, it’s way different.

You said it is a poor area, what does that mean in Peru and in Trujillo?
Violence and people that don’t have food to eat. Lots of home here were destroyed in the huaicos and people live in like make-shift tents. it’s cool I sent pictures.

How is your new companion?
He’s cool he is from Lima and is a hard worker.

Do you still have a pensionista? How about your laundry, who is doing that?
Yes and both are members in the ward.

What cool lessons have you learned in the last few weeks?
Humility and how to better teach the doctrine (gospel) of Christ. Like how to teach that they are not separate principles.

Tell us about your new area; you said it was poor and humble.
It’s all along the beach here in the far part of Trujillo and the beach isn’t to pretty or rich here it’s like super prone to disaster and so it’s super poor. They say my area won’t exist in ten years because the rising tides is taking away all the sand. It’s really cool though and the people are so humble. You can walk into what ever house you want. It’s also very dangerous. There was a fight outside our room last night at like 3 am and I’m pretty sure someone died but yea its kinda hectic but way cool.

More pictures on the website

Weeks 83-84 | Study Marathon, Arepas, and Following the Spirit!

Hey guys.  Hope everyone is having a good week.  This was a way cool last week for us here in Central.  Elder Cantos and I have been working way hard and we have definitely seen some Miracles.

To start off,  the scriptures are rad.  This week,  Elder Cantos got very sick for a day and we weren’t able to go out and proselyte.  He stayed in bed while I had,  like,  a 12-hour-long personal study.  I studied a ton of the attributes of Christ.  But then, I got a little sidetracked and started to study the whole book of Acts and the Pauline Epistles.  It was way cool and my testimony of the Restoration was strengthened.  I was able to see, and feel by the Spirit, that the Restored Church today really does teach the same gospel that was taught in Paul’s time and it has the same organization as the church that Christ himself established over two thousand years ago.

Some other cool stuff from this past week are that we got to go eat at Chili’s for P-Day.  Also, I finally got my suit fixed so that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing Rook’s suit anymore.  A drunk guy tried to fight one of the young man that was accompanying us and we got free “arepas” from a Venezuelan dude.

Also,  this week Frank got baptized!  He asked me to baptize him,  which was a way cool experience for me.  He is so great and has a strong testimony.  After church this Sunday, he accompanied us for about 6 hours as we made visits.  At the end of our day, he told us that he has plans to complete a year of membership and then go serve his own mission.  It is cool to see his path from an eternal perspective, not just a single event or two, but one that spans generations of those who will be affected by his decisions.

We also had another way cool experience this week.  It was like 9:20 p.m. at night and we were walking, more like power walking, back to the room cuz it was already way late.  Right then, we saw a guy walking slowly on the opposite side of the street who kind of caught my attention for some reason.  We decided to cross the street and talk to him.  I think we scared him at the first, but, after explaining what we do and sharing briefly the message of the Restoration, he invited us to visit him in his home the next day.  We went back the following day and had one of the most spiritual lessons I have ever been in.  It was because his heart is softened to the Spirit and he truly wants to know spiritual things.  We taught and, at the end of the lesson, he accepted a baptismal invitation.  This Sunday he came to church!  It’s cool to think that it all started by following a simple spiritual prompting that I just about brushed off as unimportant or my own imagination.

All in all, it’s been pretty cool week I’m excited to keep on working!

Seebs in 5.
Elder Turner

Cute Brother banter below

Wy wy,

I am really excited for summer and after summer I’m gonna be in 6th grade. I really love you Wyatt and you’re a great role model for me and I also look up to you. Are you happy in Peru?

So Hurricane Harbor is opening at Magic Mountain and it is practically a huge water park. I am so excited it opens on Monday. Like today when you read this. We get to go soon.

I started 11 year old scouts. It is so much fun and I get to go on a camp out soon. What was your favorite part of 11 year old scouts?

School is out in 3 days… because no school on Monday . I get to go to the beach on Tuesday for 5th grade party. And the last day is Thursday.

I love you so much and I really miss you.


Hey Hudson,
Wow i cannot believe you are going to be in sixth grade.  Thats so crazy! I am way happy in Peru but i miss moms cooking and all you guys but its ok because I get to teach the gospel and help people each day.  Hmmm.. Hurricane harbor.  We will have to go when i get home.  11 year old scouts is the best.  My favorite part was the campouts and tin foil dinners.  Well have fun this summer and do everything you can.  Sure love you a lot.

Seebs ya later.

Elder Wyatt


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