“I feel like Perú is a whole different Country.” – Elder Mead

Week three has been pretty mellow so far. Here’s what’s happened: I could have gone to jail for currency fraud. Some how some of the money I got from the Atlanta Airport, when I converted my cash into Soles, was fake. Luckily, I found that out at the Temple store where the people were way chill, but had I tried to pay with the fake money at the local market or something, they would have called La Policía on me and I could have gotten in some pretty big trouble. I was told that counterfeit money is a huge problem here and you are required to call the police and put the person under civilian arrest if they try to use counterfeit money. So, I am stoked that didn’t happen. Also, there was this huge festival all day long on Sunday. It was some Catholic celebration or something. They were constantly playing music, dancing and shooting off these giant, old fashion cannons (like four or five, every couple of minutes.) It is cool to see how different the culture is.

As far as the Elder Mead quotes, I’m gonna try to start out each letter with one. Elder Mead is just a fun and way cool Elder from Nappa, Idaho. We are going to the same mission when we leave the CCM. Also, right now since we had another elder leave last week, I’m in a trio with Elder McKamey from Las Vegas (but really like from Montana) and Elder Maddocks from Arizona (all the Latinos think he is Zack Efron, because they look identical.)

Last Friday, (I think it was), all of the bus drivers in Lima went on strike so a bunch of the teachers and workers here at the CCM were way late. Also, its nice not to be the new kids here at the CCM (MTC.) It’s cool to see Hermana Pay from home as well, but it’s weird because I want to call her Kyleigh. My new favorite meal here at the CCM is Tacu Tacu.  DSC00139 It’s like fried rice, potatoes, lentils, chicken and this veggie thing, all smashed together to make this dragon egg type thing. It’s so good, but hard to describe the taste. The CCM has gotten to the point where it is pretty much the same schedule every day.

I’m stoked because this weekend we have our first proselyting activity. We get on a bus and drive down to the Peru Lima South Mission. We then meet up with a whole bunch of missionaries and their Mission President pairs each missionary with one of us from the Missionary Training Center (CCM) and we get to go teach. It will be like 100% Spanish and what the actual Mission is going to be like. Also, most of the time, they pair the Gringos up with Latinos that speak no English, so you are fully immersed in speaking Spanish. I am super excited for it.

DSC00137We tried to play American Football here this week with the Latinos and they were horrible. I hadn’t yet realized they really don’t play any sports here where you throw and catch a ball with your hands. It was pretty funny to watch, but they still wreck us in fútbol.

I have been feeling the Spirit so much lately. For example, today after shopping, we were just walking around looking for someone to talk to and we ran into a man named Jorge. As we began to talk to him about why 3 gringos were here in Perú walking around in suits, I noticed that I was speaking Spanish without any struggle. He told us how he feels something in his heart everyday as he walks past the Temple on his way to work. We spoke to him for a while, I bore testimony of what I know. He wanted to know more and more, so we got all his info to send to the Missionaries serving in the area to teach him. He gladly accepted the Book of Mormon and our Invitation to read and pray about it (specifically 3 Nephi chapter 11.) He was so ready to receive our message. The spirit was so strong and it was a nice little reminder of the joy this Gospel can bring people. I am so stoked to be here in Perú. America is chill, but Perú is chiller. See you in 1 week.

Elder Turner

Extras from Elder Turner this week:

  • To Slade: “Keep working and having fun.  Play sports, don’t date.  Keep doing the right things. Don’t be dumb, be smart.”
  • To Jed: “The waves will be bad for the next two years, sorry.  Don’t be dumb,
    be smart.   Go skate and surf.  Love you.”
  • I have had so much fun at the CCM already and have learned a lot.  I may switch into a latino district for my last two weeks here, idk yet, but if I do switch it would be 100% Spanish immersion. I’ll find out tomorrow.
  • I have been listening to a lot of classical music and getting way into that stuff lately, mainly Mozart, Bach and Strauss.
  • Love you guys and miss you a lot.