Month: May 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Week 32 | Temple Trip to Remember and a New Old Companion

So one of the craziest, raddest, most hectic weeks of my whole mission. Like real busy, but full of miracles.

To start off we went to the temple in Trujillo as a branch (the local congregation in Chota). It was so cool. This whole past week we were just getting everything ready. Like we planned and carried out the whole trip. We were running all around figuring it out, buying tickets and stuff for like 3 days. Like I have no idea how we got it all worked out on time, it was truly a tender mercy and miracle that everyone got to the bus station and on the bus on time, hahaha. When we were finally on the bus and are on our way down to Trujillo, Elder Boren and I looked at each other and he said, “Now we have nothing to worry about; it is smooth sailing from here on out.” About an hour later while we were switchbacking down the mountain, the back tire of the bus blew out and we almost all died. So they fixed the tire and we got back on the road only like an hour behind schedule. Not even 20 minutes passed and the bus just turned off as we were getting to the bottom of those same switchbacks. I have no idea how, but the bus had run out of gas. We ended up pushing the giant two-story bus for a bit until finally a car stopped and gave us some gas. They gave us the gas, we got it in the bus and then they took off. We all got back on the bus and the driver went to turn it on but the bus wouldn’t start. So we had to wait even longer for them to be able to fix everything. Finally the bus started and we drove very slowly down to Chiclayo. We got to to Chiclayo at like 11 P.M. and we finally got to Trujillo at about 3 A.M. I was way tired. But if there was one thing that I learned, it is that what the Lord promised to Jacob is true. (2 Nephi 2:11). Hahaha, but for real, it was a cool experience. It made the members really want to get to Trujillo and really made it so they had to exercise a bit of faith to get there. It’s so rad.

Our friend Ilda went to the Temple with us. She is the one we visit way up on the mountains.

Our friend Ilda went to the Temple with us. She is the one we visit way up on the mountains.

Saturday in the temple was amazing. You can feel the Spirit just being around the temple itself. Literally, they are the raddest places in the whole world. Being there with the branch members was the best part though. For almost all of them, it was their first time ever going to the temple. It was so rad. The temple has such power and it was especially awesome because Elder Boren was able to spend his last day in the mission (Elder Boren completed his two years as a full-time missionary the following day) with the whole branch in the temple. It was a bummer to see him go. I love that guy a lot. He taught me what it means to truly be a servant of the Lord. He is truly one of the best missionaries I’ve ever met and a great homie.

Now comes like the craziest- my new companion is Elder McKamey, my first companion in the CCM (Missionary Training Center.) I was like so confused but stoked the same time, haha. But yeah I’m stoked cuz I know we have the same vision of missionary work.

Mi and mi compañero with compañero Coke | My first MTC Companion - Elder McKamey

Mi and mi compañero with compañero Coke | My first MTC Companion – Elder McKamey

This week we had like no time cuz of the temple trip, but I still had so many spiritual moments. Investigators are progressing and the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is changing lives here in Chota. Pray for us and don’t ever be dumb.

Seebs.
Elder Turner

More pictures on the site.

Extras from Elder Turner

To Dad: “Love u guys. Thanks for everything. Tell the boys I love them too. Teach a lesson to them on repentance, that it is truly a blessing from God not a punishment. That’s something I don’t think a lot of people understand, even as members of the church.”

To Slade: “Thanks for the letter Slade. The mission is the best. Like I’m not saying I wasn’t happy before my mission, but like its a different type of happiness out here-better. You will see soon what I mean. Slade u gotta start to the little things now. Like always remember that your decisions determine your destiny. Who you hang out with, even if you don’t do anything bad, will have an effect on your life. Also Bro, you gotta get good grades. It’s like really not that hard and it’s wayyyyyyy worth it in the end. But what are you doing now? What are your plans for summer? Where are you at right now in your scripture study? Are you going to mission prep every week? Do the little things and get yourself ready now to serve a mission. Don’t be dumb and write me.”

Week 31 | A Wedding, Protests and Miracles

Wow, so this week was really rad. To start off Denis y Sandra got married! They are this rad couple that has been less active ever since their baptisms. When I first came to Chota, all they seemed to do was fight and yell. If you talked about marriage, they laughed in your face. But they kind of always dreamed of having a happy family and over these past few months they’ve made it happen. Yesterday, they got married civilly and now they are preparing to have their family sealed in the temple. I’ve seen them change a lot and I have seen the gospel really take effect in their lives. They are so cool and I’m way stoked for them.

A new and improved Elder Turner.

A new and improved Elder Turner.

Something else that has been going on has been the protesting by the people of Chota against the Peruvian government. The people have been asking for the government to give them support and funding in order to bring their Chota into the modern age and to fix the roads that connect it to the other provinces and cities. The government has yet to even start any projects. So, the people are protesting by blocking off all the roads that connect Chota to everywhere else (there are only two roads that lead out of Chota, one to Chiclayo and one to Cajamarca.) At these roadblocks, the people walk around rioting in big groups and it’s pretty much the worst when you have a temple trip planned for the branch in a week. We were starting to get worried because we were only a few days away from our planned trip to the Temple and the protesters were planning on keeping up the road-block for a whole month. Thanks to a lot of prayer, they just barely took down the barricades, at least temporarily, and now we are able to go to Trujillo. It is a straight-up miracle.

Me and my best friend.

Me and my best friend.

This week we have seen miracles. One was the wedding, another was the roadblock being lifted. But for me, the biggest miracle was seeing a change in one of our “eternal investigators.” She is so awesome; she just hasn’t progressed for years and years. I saw her open her heart for the first time recently to the gospel. She has been progressing so much and I have felt the help of the Spirit as I teach, plan and study what the Lord would have her hear. I have felt His influence more strongly for her more than for anyone else I have ever worked with. She is amazing and God has very specifically told us that she will get baptized very soon. Really, the thing that has been the coolest with her is that I have seen for myself how much God loves her and how hard he tries with her and how he has never given up on trying to guide her. It’s so rad!

Another rad thing has been working with Denis, the guy who got married as he works to be a worthy priesthood holder again. He had to make some really big changes, but he did it. It was so powerful because he didn’t do it to be able to pass the sacrament or to be able to go to the temple. He did it out of humility, love and his desire to be the best father possible.

Miracles happen so much here. I love it. I love Chota and I love being a missionary. I am a true messenger of Christ. I know the gospel was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Say your prayers. Read the scriptures. Don’t be dumb.

Seebs.
Elder Turner

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