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.
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.”