Month: January 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Week 14 | Bipolar Weather, Goats, & What You Can Learn Through the Spirit

Pretty rad week here in Cajamarca once more. Lots of rain and lots of sun. Cajamarca is kinda bipolar when it comes to the weather, but yea it’s all good. I love it.

We had P-Day (preparation day) as a zone this week, which was really fun. We piled into a combis ( like a taxi bus system run by whomever has a car that can fit people) and headed for Otuzco just a bit outside of Cajamarca in the fields. It was like a 30 minute ride in a bus that seats 14 people, but it was filled with a little over 20 people and 1 goat. Otuzco is rad. There are like these Inca burial ruins carved into the mountains that are way cool and like super sacred for the local people. It was where they would place the bones of all the royalty that died in ancient times. When we got there, it was all sunny and hot. But like I said, Cajamarca’s weather is bipolar and within 20 minutes we were in one of the biggest rainstorms we have had here, with no where really to go to stay out of the rain. The entire mountainside turned to mud rushing downward and, yea, we got like wayyyyyyyyyyy soaked, lol. It was classic. Finally one of the natives that lived near there invited the 25+ missionaries into her 15 square foot, 5 foot tall home, to keep out of the rain. After like 30 minutes and 4 stories of the Otuzco Ruins by the lady, the rain slowed down and we headed back down the mountain to eat. When we got down, we found that our empanadas were now cold and soggy empanada soup because of the rain, so yea that kinda sucked. After eating, we went exploring for a grassy field to try to play some fútbol, but all we found was mud, angry farmers, and dogs that thought my ankles were food or something. But, yea, it was way a rad and dank (ahaha, get it, ‘cuz I was soaking wet) experience.

25 foot square home-- 5 feet tall

25 foot square home– 5 feet tall

The hike to the Otzuco Ruins

The hike to the Otzuco Ruins

As for the food this week, I definitely had some new experiences. To start off, I had “Estamago de Cabra” or goat’s stomach. It’s legit, the stomach sack of a goat cut out and cooked in a spicy cream soup thing. It is probably the grosses thing I have ever eaten and all I could think about was that I was putting a stomach which was at one point digesting who knows what in my mouth to end up in my stomach to be digested. It was kinda the worst. Someone send me In-n-Out or Baja Fish Tacos.

Also, here in Cajamarca we are getting into the thick of Carnivals which means more random food, more music, more water balloons and more drinking by the locals. It’s way weird cuz some how when we are walking down the street all the drunks seem to know us and come out chasing us saying “SSyelderes.” If someone calls out to the missionaries to come teach them, it probably means they are drunk, lol. But, it’s all good. There are some areas we can’t go to at night during Carnivales, but yea, I am stoked to be here.

As for the Missionary work, it is going great! We had a training broadcast from Salt Lake this week for all the missionaries around the world. It was way good. We got to hear from the Apostles, including Elder Bednar, and got some solid advice. The two main messages I got from it was that; First as Missionaries we can’t convert people, the Holy Ghost is what converts. We are only vessels, but as vessels, we need to do everything we can to bring the Spirit and to bring the people to the “door” which they can open and allow Christ into their lives. Second, that the only way people can really understand and gain a testimony of what we teach is through prayer to our Heavenly Father. You can ask the Missionaries, your local pastor, your parents, websites, whomever, but we are all merely humans and in the end all of us can lie, me included. So then, the only logical thing to do if you want to know if what I am teaching is true, is to ask the only one who can’t lie, God the Father, in the name of Christ, with all the desires of your heart and with faith, if what I am teaching is true, You don’t have to gamble or hope that it’s right, you can know (Moroni 10:3-5). Miss all you guys and also the food back home. I love being a Missionary.

Elder Turner

Week 13 | Finally a little Cuy!

Yea the weeks are going by faster and faster.  I feel like I just wrote a letter an hour a go, but yea. Another solid week here in Cajamarca.

To start off, I finally had “Cuy” or in other words, guinea pig.  It tastes so good.  I’m like way bummed ‘cuz my camera was dead and I couldn’t take a picture, so I’mma describe it all.  We got to help with the whole process of cooking it.  We went into this lady’s back yard where she has a guinea pig farm and then we got to choose which one we wanted to eat.  I chose one with all white fur and pink eyes in memory of Christian Bowcutt, lol.  Then they take the guinea pig and whack it over the head with like a dough roller to kill it.  Next, you peel the skin and fur off, (some times you leave it on, depends on how you cook it.)  After you remove the skin, it is just bone and muscle, but still all together in one piece.  Then we stuck a stick through it to cook it rotisserie style.  Once it’s done cooking you plop it on some rice and enjoy.  It is actually way good.  They are kinda hard to eat because there’s not a lot of meat, though it is more than I expected, and there are like a tone of little bones.  It’s kinda like chicken but softer and it tastes a bit different.  (It is kind of hard to explain but it was way good.) I’m bummed I didn’t have my camera charged but it’s all good; I am positive I will have the opportunity to eat guinea pig many times in these two years, especially in Trujillo, as it’s a lot more common in Trujillo.

This week was my first “Transfers” (where they swap out missionaries for different areas and stuff.)  I stayed with the same companion, because I am still in training for the next six weeks.  But our zone lost a few missionaries and gained some new ones.  There were a lot of changes, but in our district we got 2 new Elders and 1 new Hermana.  Elder Boren (from Arizona), and Elder Males (from a tribe in Ecuador, it’s rad cuz he got special permission to keep his long hair because it’s his culture), and Hermana McQueen (from Utah.)  Them 3, along with some other new ones in our zone, are all way rad and I am stoked to work with them.

Doing a little service. Cleaning out a living room and kitchen.

Doing a little service. Cleaning out a living room and kitchen.

Some other great things that have been going on…

  • I have a new favorite snack here; you take a banana and this chocolate bar call “Triangulo,” you shove the chocolate bar in the banana then eat it.  It’s way good and way cheap, so I eat like three a day.
  • It is the start of Carnivales here in Peru and it’s gonna last for like 2 months.  It’s a huge deal here in Peru, especially in Cajamarca, “The Capital of Peruvian Carnivales.”  It doesn’t effect us much other than everyone is always throwing water-balloons at us and everyone else and everyone is always drunk.
  • My Spanish is getting good.  I am learning so much and understand almost everything.  Sometimes, I realize that I have been speaking without a struggle the whole day and get way stoked, hahaha.  But yea, it’s way rad!
Where I study my scriptures and my Spanish. And my comp plays his recorder.

Where I study my scriptures and my Spanish. And my comp plays his recorder.

We are teaching so many people right now and I love it.  I love to see the joy and peace and the comfort that can be found in this Gospel, the one and only true Church of Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Holy Ghost.  If there is one thing I have learned from this week from my teaching of these people is that faith can and has brought to pass the greatest miracles this world has seen and will ever see.  Walking on water (Mathew 14:24-31), moving mountains (Ether 12:30), and, greatest of all, the salvation of man.  Likewise, lack of faith has brought to pass and will bring to pass the greatest sadness, remorse and regret the world has seen and will see.  Have faith, search for truth and be happy.  It works here in Cajamarca, so I am sure it will work back home.  Be smart, don’t be dumb.

Seebs,  Elder Turner

More pictures on the site.

Here is a letter Elder Turner wrote to his youngest brother Maverick.  We thought it was too awesome not to share it.

Dear Maverick,

I cant believe you are getting baptized. It is so crazy to think you are all ready 8 years old.  Baptism is one of the most important things you will ever do in your life.  In the primary song “I’m Trying to be Like Jesus,” we sing about the many ways we can follow what he has taught us.  Jesus was perfect, yet he was still baptized to fulfill all righteousness or in other words to do what God commanded.  You have this opportunity to be like Jesus as the song says and to follow in his ways. I’m so happy for you and wish I could be there, but I’m so stoked to be here helping the people in Peru to learn what you know and do what you are going to do.  I love you a lot and am so happy you are choosing this.  Keep being a good, smart boy.  Listen to mom, dad, and the Holy Ghost that you are now going to have.  You’re the best, keep doing what is right.  Be smart.  Don’t be dumb.

Elder Wyatt

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