Month: February 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Week 18 | The Long Run and What is Your Happiness Perspective?

Time is going by way too fast.  I have been on my Mission for almost 5 months now.  It’s kinda crazy but it’s rad. If you are working hard, time flys by.  But yea, another way rad week.

To start off, I am way stoked because I am staying another change/transfer (2 months) in this area.  I’m staying with my same companion Elder Dorado, from Bolivia.  This is great because we kind of have each other figured out (with how we teach and just how we are.)  I feel like we were just preparing everything in this area at the first transfers and the beginning of the second, and now we are seeing everything happen.  I am so glad.  Also, this change is gonna be weird because, rather that the normal 6 weeks, it’s going to be 8 weeks.  I not exactly sure why, but it’s only for this change, so yea.  But I am stoked. It will be sick to see what happens in the next 8 weeks with all of the people we are teaching.

Santa Polonia

Santa Polonia

There is like this historical Chapel / Cross up on the side of the mountain near our area, called Santa Polonia.  I am not sure why, but the other morning,we decided to run up to it for exercise.  So we woke up and headed out.  After like 10 seconds of running we had 15 dogs chasing after us biting at our ankles.  Also, turns out that Santa Polonia is way farther away and higher up than we thought.  So we were late for breakfast.  But overall it was definitely worth it.  I still feel it a bit in my legs but the view was so rad.  You can see all of Cajamarca and everything seems so calm.  Pretty sick morning exercise.

Cajamarca

Cajamarca

Some other things that have been going on:

  • We went to the mall as a district on our P-Day (preparation day) and the Hermanas (Sister Missionaries) managed to spend like 3 hours in 1 store.  But it’s all good because the mall had a Pizza Hut, who is way expensive here, but way good.
  • I have woken up the past three nights in a row with terrible leg cramps.  But it’s chill, I am starting to eat more bananas.

As for the work, it’s going great.  These past few weeks we were able to reactivate 5 different people.  One, when I first met him, told me pretty much to go to h*** and that Sundays are the only day he has customers in his store and that he wasn’t gonna give it all up for a “fairy-tale.”  But step by step, he was able to trust in the Lord more and more.  He grew his testimony to the point where he took that big step of faith to close his store and start living the commandments he knew were true.  He hasn’t worked a Sunday in the past month and he hasn’t lacked anything.  In fact, he is making more money.  Fewer people come into his store, but some how there is always enough for him.  It doesn’t make sense on paper, but he knows the Lord is blessing him.  Also, we have a baptism this week.  She has been preparing and finally one day, she just poured her heart out to the Lord to know if the Gospel is true.  The next day, when we came to visit her, she just had the biggest smile on her face.  She told us of how every time since that prayer that she thinks about the church or bapstism, she just becomes overwhelmed with this joy she can’t describe.  I have seen people who feel like there is nothing that truly matters in life change their entire perspective.  Every day is another spiritual experience.  So many people think we are here to claim baptisms or have more people in the chapel each Sunday, but it is so much more than that.  Really the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is the key to happiness.  Not the happiness that the world offers, which is just for a passing moment, but a happiness that lasts for forever, here in this life and for the eternities after.

Being in Peru is rad.  Climbing mountains, seeing waterfalls, and learning a new culture is rad. But better that anything is seeing people recognize the true happiness this Gospel brings and seeing them grab hold of it.  That is why I am here and that’s why I love it.

Seebs,

Elder Turner

Extras from his family letter this week:

  • I love being a missionary.  It’s hard, but it’s easy.  Every night I climb into my bed more tired than ever but I am always just so happy.  I’m definitely not a perfect missionary but I’m really trying my hardest to do my best.  I can’t describe how rewarding the work is.  I love teaching the Gospel and I love to see people use their faith to overcome challenges.
  • Advice to his younger brothers:
    • If I could give some advice to Slade, Jed, Rook, Hudson, and Maverick, it would be to pray always.  Not just like a trite quick prayer like you do before bed, but to really kneel and take the time to express how you feel, what you are grateful for, and what you need.  Make an effort and make it real.
    • Do well in school and study a lot.
    • Have fun with the family, because strangely enough they are the ones you will miss the most.
    • Eat lots of In-n-Out ‘cuz you don’t know where you are gonna serve someday.

Week 17 | Awesome Investigators & More Water Balloons

Ya, another week already gone. No one ever told me that time moves faster south of the equator, but it does.  Though it was fast, it was still a pretty sick week. Lots of good stuff happening right now.

To start off, we had another way rad Preparation Day (P-Day) as a zone this we.  We took busses up into the mountains to this rad little pueblo call Llakanora.  It’s tiny and the only paved road is a square around the city center, lol.  It’s cool though and the people are so nice, but even radder than the 40 feet of paved roads is the waterfalls and mountains you can hike.  We all packed a lunch and started out up the mountain.  There were some of the coolest waterfalls I have seen.  After about an hour and a half of hiking we reached the peak of the mountain.  It was pouring rain.  There were wild dogs that I accidentally fed and then they followed me for the next couple of hours.  I love all the missionaries here.   I love Cajamarca and how just pure it is.   The day ended with the folk of Llakanora coming out to throw water balloons at the foreigners for Carnivales and then we headed home happy and wet.

Llakanora Trail and Waterfall

Llakanora Trail and Waterfall

Also this week President and Sister Marler came up to Cajamarca.   We had interview with President Marler, which were awesome and a fireside (talk) with the entire Cajamarca stake.  I love the interview with Pres. Marler.   You can learn so much and it just is like a boost that gets you way stoked to work and serve.   The fireside was so spiritual and we had a lot people attend.  Pres. Marler spoke and everyone could just feel the spirit that he brought.  It’s always a bummer when President and Sister Marler have to head back down to Trujillo, but I can feel their love for each one of us all the way up in Cajamarca (8 hours away.)  They are the best.

Pres. and Sister Marler, Elder Dorado and Me

Pres. and Sister Marler, Elder Dorado and Me

Some other stuff, I finally got all the letters from everyone in the mail (the Christmas package.)  A lot of it was for Christmas but it’s chill. I love it. Thanks to all the homies who sent stuff.  It means a lot.

Tambien, this week is the last week before transfers.  This Sunday we hear from the President about what’s gonna happen.  We find out if we will be staying in the same area, getting a new companion or training.  The last change I wasn’t too concerned because I was still in training and knew that there would be no changes for me.  But this time, I have no idea what is gonna happen.  I hope I stay in Cajamarca.  I love everything here, but I know whatever happens will be the best and is what God wants for me. Just stoked to see what happens.

This week I spoke in our Sacrament meeting (church) with the Stake President.  I’m sure I messed up my Spanish a bunch, but it was rad.  I spoke about faith. How it is much more than just believing but really how it is acting as well.  We met with someone who the missionaries have been teaching since before I got here.  She just never felt ready to commit to baptism.  This week, we talked a lot about Christ and what it means to have true faith in him.  As she began to not only believe in him, but exercise faith in him as well, her testimony grew.  Baptism was no longer something she had to do, but something she wanted to do.  Really this type of faith changes lives.  We taught a man who we have been working with, who is probably the poorest person I know, who works every day for pennies to support his family.  This week, we taught him the law of tithing (donating 10% of all our income to help support the work of the Lord, build chapels, print scriptures, and help those in need.)  At first he laughed and asked what we could see that he could donate.  But we read Malachi 3:8-10…

8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

..and then asked him to show just a little faith and watch as the blessings from heaven poured down.  Faith is the key to everything.  It leads to true happiness and to greater covenants with God, such as baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost.  We just do our part then watch as the blessings pour down.  Believe then act!  Do it.  Get the blessings.  Be happy.  ’til next week.

Seebs,

Elder Turner

Extras from Elder Turner this week:

  • Shout-out to Rook, my little bro. Happy 13th Birthday this week.
  • Hey Hudson,
    Thanks so much for your letter.  I’m sorry about your head but I’m glad you are tough and all better. Tell mom to let you drive my car while I’m in Peru, but only you. Stop falling and getting hit by backpacks.  And don’t worry, I’m not being dumb.  Talk to you next week.
    Love, Wyatt
  • Quick words for the youth:
    The youth down here are wayyyyy rad.  If I have advice for youth back home it is; kneel down really for yourself, and figure out if this Gospel is true.  A lot of you are all ready doing these things, just don’t do them in vain, do them ‘cuz you really want to know.
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