Alright, so Chota is so great. We had a way cool week, this week.  Saw some pretty cool places, taught some really rad people, got to listen to General Conference, learned A LOT, grew my testimony, and once again learned that, as missionaries, we have to do literally all that we can… Chota is going to be what the Lord wants, when he wants it.

For P-Day (preparation-day) this week we went on another rad hike to a little lake in the mountains above Chota.  The people here say it is cursed and that it “eats” the people that go swimming in it, but really it just has gnarly quicksand at the bottom.  Like always, it started to rain and we got straight soaked, lol.  It was fun though because Chota is just like the most beautiful place in the whole world.

Another rad thing that happened this week was that we got to go and visit sister Ilda.  She is a way solid member here.  She is just this nice lady that lives with her husband up in the mountains, like an hour and 15 minutes (30 minutes in bus and 45 minutes hiking) away from the church house and the City of Chota.  Despite the distance, she comes to church faithfully each week.  Her home is on a mountain side in one of the most green parts around here.  They are just the nicest family ever!  She is so committed and strong in the gospel.  Her father recently passed away and she just needed a little spiritual comfort.  We had a powerful lesson on the Plan of Salvation and the spirit straight up ministered to her.  It was just an overall incredible experience.

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Hiking to Ilda’s house in mountains by Chota. A 45 minute hike to get there.

Some other things that have been happening …

  • I saw a pig the size of a horse.
  • I ate Pollo a la Brasa 3 times this week (it’s the best thing in all of Peru aside from cuy.)
  • I spoke with a sheep. (He gives no explanation on this… ??)
  • I started reading Jesus the Christ again (best book ever.)
Ilda Cooking in her kitchen

Ilda Cooking in her kitchen

This week was full of spiritual experiences as well.  As a companionship we had a super cool and powerful fast.  We decided to fast for just a few specific things that we need.  It is amazing, because we have already started to see the fruits of our fast.  Fasting works! Also this week we got to meet some rad new people the Lord has put in our path, people with such an honest desire to follow Christ, but don’t know how, so we are going to teach them.  We saw a lady and her grandchild open up their hearts to us and the Spirit.  Also, we have had some super rad lessons.  One with the only other “gringo” in all of Chota.  He is super awesome.  He’s Norwegian, but speaks like almost perfect English.  It is so cool though he has changed a lot, like I mean a lot.  The Lord has been preparing him and his family a bunch to receive the restored gospel.  He came to all of General Conference and was not only there but listened intently.  He liked it a lot and was spiritually touched.  He especially like Elder Uchtdorf’s talk in the Sunday session, partly because he likes that he’s another European guy, but more because he too has seen the power of God reconstruct cities and reconstruct his life.

Romario, a ward member in Chota.

Romario, a ward member in Chota.

To end, I just want to talk about how wonderful General Conference was.  I love hearing the prophet, the apostles, and the other leaders of the Church.  All of the sessions were so rad but the talks that really hit me were;

I love being a missionary.  I love it here in Peru, especially in Chota.  If there are two things I’ve learned so far, one is that Inka Mama’s isn’t real Peruvian food and two that Christ truly leads this church.  (If you haven’t read the Book of Mormon yet, reach out to your Mormon friends and ask, today!)

Seebs until next week,

Elder Turner