Month: March 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Week 22 | Baptism in a River, More Cuy and I love It Here.

So ya, I’ll actually explain this last week.  I got a call from the Assistants to the President saying that there was an emergency change in Chota and that the President had called me to go help out.  It kinda caught me off guard but I said yes, obviously. And now I am here!  Chota is way rad. I thought I was already up in the mountains and way far away from the rest of the mission in Cajamarca, but Chota is like another 4 hours further.  It’s like the farthest area of the whole mission.  It is a small city and with a lot of “campo” or field homes.  It’s even greener here and has better weather than Cajamarca, but it still does rain.

The people here are like the nicest, most open people I have ever met.  But the best part about Chota is the Church members.  The church is way new here, like less than 3 years old.  It is weird because no one here really knows about our Church.  They have never heard of Mormons and always think we are like Catholic or some other group.  Like I said last week, the church here is only a branch and there are about 25-30 people that come to church each week. Since it’s so small and new, my companion and I lead the meetings and do a lot of other stuff.

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Oh yea, my new comp, Elder Boren, is rad.  He is from Arizona and is nearly done with his mission.  I have learned so much from him in this short amount of time.  He understands what God’s will is and he does it.  He has more love and faith than any other missionary I have met in all my mission.  We get along really well.  It was a bit of a bummer to leave everyone in my last area but I know God wants me here.

For P-day we went and hiked this random mountain here in Chota (cuz like everything is in our area for 6 hrs in every direction).  It’s so mellow and pretty here.  We found this lady dragging a bed up into the mountains and saw that she was struggling.  So we asked if we could help and of course she said “yes”.  We carried that mattress for like 30mins up a mountain.  It was chill though and a great service experience.  Chota is funny like that.

Right when I got here this week we had a baptism.  It was wayy rad and a very spiritual experience.  He is a young guy that Elder Boren has been teaching for a while.  The chapel here is just a small house and definitely doesn’t have a baptismal font, so they always baptize out in the river.  The teaching is so incredible here and I’m learning so much.

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I have like 0 time again today but I just want to end with my testimony.  I know this church is true and I know that happiness and peace is what God wants for each one of his children.  You can’t ever hide from God like Adam tried to in the Garden of Eden after they ate the fruit.  God loves us so much and he always will.  I love the mission more than anything and I love the people of Chota so much.  The church is true and the sky is blue.

Seebs,

Elder Turner

more pics on the site

Extras from Elder Turner:

  • I just love it here.  I am learning to love and fear God more than man.  I have fully submitted everything to Him; I am not going to hold anything back.  I am learning to open my heart to my Heavenly Father, to let Him take control.  My divine destiny depends on this principal and I am determined to literally give Him whatever it takes to be on the right track.  I am changing everything and am willing to give whatever sacrifice He asks to be his righteous servant.  I love the church and my understanding the gospel of Christ has truly grown.  But Chota (the city Wyatt is now serving in) is the best!  I love it here and hope I’m here for a long time.
  • We get to teach English in the school here… see the picture.
  • A few of these pictures are from a Cajamarca Zone Conference a few weeks ago (we think), they were found on other websites.

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Week 21 | Chota – A New Area Way Up in the Mountains

Chota, Peru

Chota, Peru

This is going to be my letter for the week, sorry.

I have like zero time right now, but this has been the craziest week of my mission.  I got called 3 days ago by the Assistants to the President and they told me that I was getting transferred by emergency to help out the Mission President in this little branch way far away, in this little city up in the mountains called Chota.  It’s like another 4hrs away from Cajamarca far into the mountains and is soooooo sick.  I can walk 6 hrs in any direction and it’s still our area (his proselyting boundaries.)  My new companion is Elder Boren and he is so rad.  He is from Arizona and is one of the most loving people I have ever met.  We are the only two missionaries here in Chota and are 2 of the 3 gringos in all of Chota (we are teaching the other one, lol.)  We are also the furthest area in the whole mission from President and the office in Trujillo.  It’s so beautiful here and so green.  We have about 25 people that come to church each Sunday and have a lot of work to do.  Although I have been here only a few days, we have already seen so many miracles.  The church is small here, but the spirit is the same.  I’m so stoked to be here and I’m stoked for the new work we have ahead of us.  I’m sorry I have no time to write today because its been crazy this week, but I will write a lot next week, so don’t worry.  Also, I forgot my camera so there will be lots of photos next week too.  The attached photos are from my companion’s camera.  I love being a missionary and I love the joy and light this gospel brings to people’s lives.  The Church is true and God loves his children, especially here in Chota (church building.)

Seebs, I’ll get you all better next week.

Elder Turner

Chota, Peru

Chota, Peru

Crazy week Dad. I’m in a tiny branch way up in the mountains in Chota. It’s the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. I love the people and the work here, but we have a lot of work ahead of us. You were in branches on your mission and I’ll need ideas. We need better attendance at church on Sundays or the President will take missionaries out of this area and it just becomes a district. But I’m not worried at all; it will be a ward soon because that’s what the Lord wants. Send me ideas and I will write more next week.

Extras from Elder Turner:

  • Chota is 12 hours from Trujillo, where the Mission home and the Mission President is.
  • I took like a 12 person car here and it sucked but its chill.  It took about 4+ hours.
  • This is a letter from Wyatt’s pensionista, Sister Barrantes: (Jeff is translating from Spanish) “Just now, Elder Turner got his transfer assignment and he came a told us.  We felt sad and cried a bit because he was so great in our area. Without a doubt, you have a very special son, very good.  He wrote me a letter and I keep it as something very precious.  We won’t see another like him.  He is going to be something super special.  It was a great please to have come to know your son and, as he told me, we will be friends forever.”
Elder Boren and Elder Turner

My new companion, Elder Boren and me

Cumba Mayo

Cumba Mayo

Me and Elder Babel

Me and Elder Babel

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