This was a way rad week. I’m totally in the swing of things now and I’m kinda taking charge of a lot of stuff now. I still have 6 weeks of “training” but yea, everything is starting to make sense.
Happy New Year to everyone. Yes they celebrate New Years here in Perú. It is almost a bigger celebration than at home. The typical night consists of a big dinner (usually they go to a big fiesta thing, drink a lot, then wait until midnight) and at midnight they go crazy, blast music, and set off fireworks for about 6 hours, or until around 6am the next day. Also, they buy specific underwear to wear as the new year passes. It’s like for good luck or something. The different colors of underwear represent your hope for things in the new year. For example, the most popular colors are yellow underwear which means money and red for love. Yea, it’s kinda weird. They also make these giant doll/scarecrow things and all come out into the street at midnight and light them on fire. It’s kinda a huge fire hazard but yea. Not really sure what it represents either, but they all do it.
Some things that have happened this week…
- We were teaching a lesson in this building and we hear this crashing noise but didn’t really think anything of it. After the lesson we came out to police everywhere. Turns out that some people had broken in and robbed the two other rooms in that hallway. That was “no chill.”
- I bought a Zampoña and am learning how to play it. It’s way fun. It’s like these bamboo tubes you blow into. It’s hard to describe; I will send a picture.
- Like I have mentioned before, all the drinks here are served hot. The other day we were eating lunch and I had already finished my meal when the pinchionista came running out saying “Ahhh, sorry it’s late, but here’s your drinks. Again, sorry, your orange juice took a bit longer to boil than I thought. Here you go.” I thought it was a joke….. but yea, it wasn’t.
This week I got to have two big training meetings with President and Sister Marler. The first was a big zone training. We talked about “Rocks in your Socks”, or, in other words, things in our lives that keep us from our full potential. Often times when we are hiking or running we get rocks stuck in our shoes or socks. Many times, it doesn’t seem like a big deal or we are too lazy or too stubborn to stop and remove the rocks. So, we keep running. With these rocks, the journey is a lot harder and keeps us from running at our full potential. Yet for some reason, we don’t stop to take them out. We have the ability to “remove” (or stop doing) the things in our lives that keep us from being the best missionaries or people we can be. Things such as disobedience, anger, or laziness might be our rocks. It was a way rad training. The second training meeting was for Me and the 3 other new missionaries in this area, Elder Hunt, Hermana Patillo, and Hermana Malo. We had our “5 weeks meeting” with President and Sister Marler. We talked about what we have learned so far and how were were doing. The 4 key things that I have learned so far are:
- If you are looking for the bad in others, I guarantee you will find it. So, look for the good.
- If you truly love people, then life and missionary work are a lot easier.
- I’m not here for me. I am here for the people that I meet.
- If you are doing what the Lord has asked and letting him lead your life, you will find that life becomes a lot easier and that you are a lot happier.
It was a solid training. I love the Marlers (Mission President and Wife).
The Mission is literally the raddest thing ever. Every day I just wake up way stoked. These past few weeks, we have been teaching a bunch of people. A few were less active members that are now fully back in the church with callings and all that stuff. Also, we have a baptism this Saturday for a way good guy we have been teaching. This is why the mission is great. I get to see people find this joy, knowledge, and comfort in their lives. This is why I am here. The Church is true and the sky is blue.
Extras from Elder Turner this week:
- Answering his little brother Maverick: My companion is really cool and doesn’t speak any english. Cajamarca is really festive and cool. It’s cold and rainy sometimes- hot and dry some times, haha. We don’t ride bikes or drive cars, we walk and take mototaxis. “How do you get a hold of your investigators?”- We knock on their door or call them if they have a phone. We have a cell phone. I speak Spanish a lot better but, it’s still hard some times. I hope you can come here too on your mission, it’s sooo cool.
I love you and miss you. I am excited about your baptism. Keep being a good boy and do well in school and sports.
- Cats cost $3 here.
- I love the canned pears!
- Finally got my jacket, yeah.
- I have to go to Lima tomorrow for my Visa and if it doesn’t work out I’m gonna have to go to Chile for a few days, then come back a tourist. It works out most of the time, so I think I’m good. “Who is going with you?” – I’m going with 4 new missionaries, we are flying in like a tiny plane from the Cajamarca Airport. It’s gonna be fine, they have plans and stuff for this. I’m sure I’ll get approved.