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.
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.
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.
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.