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.
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!
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.
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.