Month: May 2016 (page 2 of 2)

Week 29-30 | Sketchiest Zoo, The Marlers, and Branch Miracles


So it’s been hard to write letters lately.  We have been traveling a lot and I never have time, but I promised Mom I would try to write more.  I found a little time today, so here I am, hahaha.

I still haven’t Skyped for my “Mother’s Day Call” cuz we had to travel the Mother’s Day week.  Then yesterday I tried to call but it is just didn’t work.  Chota is one giant Wi-Fi hotspot and it didn’t want to work for me last night.  But we are going to give it another try this Wednesday and I think it will be chillin’ this time. Looking forward to talking to my family.

So, it was a way rad week.  We went down to Cajamarca Sunday night, then woke up early Monday, to have interviews.  We all have interviews with President and Sister Marler every so often, and with their assistants.  Interviews are always so rad. I love President and Sister Marler.  Obviously I love the assistants too… but, like, the Marlers are the best.  Two of the most loving people I have ever met.


Monday after the interviews we had Zone P-Day activity.  It was so sick.  We went to this place called Granja Porcon.  They have the world’s sketchiest zoo in their little city.  It’s like a normal zoo, with lions bears leopards, mountain lions, monkeys, hogs and a bunch of other stuff.  The only difference is that all the cages are shoulder-high chicken wire.  The only thing that is really keeping those animals in the fence was this half a cow they feed them everyday.  But for reals, it’s like the sketchiest raddest zoo ever.

The next day we had a great Zone training meeting.  After that, Elder Boren and I went on inter-changes with the Zone leaders.  The week was going perfect until Tuesday night.  Tuesday night we ate this real nasty chicken and got way sick.  We are just now getting over it hahaha, But Yeah!,  just more RAD memories.

This week we have seen so many miracles.  I see the hand of God in every little thing that happens here.  One of the biggest miracles was with an investigator who finally committed to take the steps to follow Christ and get baptized.  He doesn’t want to commit to a date yet, but it’s going to be coming up fast.  He is so awesome though. Completely willing to give up his own worldly desires to follow Christ.  There are so many great people here in Chota.  God is just waiting but we are starting to see the fruits of our labor pay off.


Another huge miracle is that, as a Branch (congregation), we are going to make the 12-hour trip to go to the temple in Trujillo on May 27th and 28th of this month.  I’m so stoked! It will be the last day for my companion Elder Boren before he goes home, the end of his two-year mission.  So, that’s a pretty rad way to finish it off.  But yeah, God loves Chota.  I love being a missionary and I love the message I share.

I’m the most happy I’ve been in all my life right now!  Thanks for all you do.

Stay classy San Diego. Seebs.

Elder Turner


Extras from us at home:

  • We were finally able to Skype with Wyatt this past week.  He looks great! He is happy and he has become an amazing young man.  We will post a few snippets in the next week from our call.
  • He will be getting a new companion in the next week as Elder Boren is heading home after 2 years service.
  • He and his companion are actually are on a local Chota TV station every Saturday.  Kinda cool.
  • He is so positive!  We love it.

Week 27-28 | Dragging Cows and Trials of Faith

Alright, it has been a little while since I have been able to write a solid letter because of how crazy it’s been.  But like I have finally found a little time.  Anyways, this week has been amazing.  Some really cool experiences, some trials of faith, and lots of miracles.  Chota is the raddest place on Earth, and it’s even better being here as a missionary.

Visiting Ilda out on her "campo."

Visiting Ilda out on her “campo.”

A cool experience from this week was going out again to visit Sister Ilda in the “palma” (the equivalent to boondocks).  As always, the little combi-bus ride was rough, but we got there all fine, and we received just a little tender mercy… it wasn’t raining.  Rain makes it really hard to get to Ilda’s house.  But yeah, no rain.  When we got there, we asked if we could help her with anything, like washing dishes or something.  When she said yes, the last thing I was expecting was to have to walk her cows and bulls up a mountain to another valley to feed.  These things were huge and dumb and so stubborn.  It was just way fun though, hahaha.  I don’t know how, but Sister Ilda would just walk normal with them and the beasts would follow her.  Mine just wanted to do whatever they wanted to do regardless of my firm encouragements.  Really confusing, LOL. (This must be a parable about parenting.)  Then Ilda served us enough rice, potatoes and cheese to feed all of Chota.  My stomach always gets wrecked after eating with her, but yeah that’s the way it goes.  The raddest part was that she asked us to visit one of her nearest neighbors who was having some trials.  We walked 30 minutes up and over a mountain and finally got to this beautiful little family.  We weren’t there too long with them, but it was just so cool to see Sister Ilda, even in her little “campo”, wanting to share the gospel with those around her.

A beautiful place to live.

A beautiful place to live.

Some other bad things from this week, I saw a pig that legitly look like a bear.  It was so big and so jacked.  I really thought it was a bear for a second, LOL.  Also, we ate Pollo a La Brasa 5 nights in a row this week.  It is so good, the best thing to eat here in Chota cuz there’s not much.  But I’m pretty sure it’s terrible for you, but it’s chill- I’m still skinny.  Also I saw this little car going to Tacobamba, which is 2 hours from Chota, and it had to live sheep like just tied with straps to the roof.  Peru is just so awesome!

But this has really been such a rad week, not only like dragging cows around, but with awesome spiritual experiences.  To start, the branch president’s wife, who isn’t a member came to church this week and we had two incredible lessons with her in her home, which truly is such a miracle.  She has worked the missionaries for years and never had any desire to change or commit to anything.  But these past few weeks, we have seen such a big change in her.  God knows what he wants for her.  We love her so much.

Got the cows back up the mountain.

Got the cows back up the mountain.

Chota is so strange.  With every week, we see so many things get better and better.  We have more and more spiritual lessons, more and more people tell us they have gained testimonies of the Savior’s gospel and we see more and more miracles.  The work here still lacks a lot though.  The members need to come to church and they do not always.  But Heavenly Father knows what he is doing and what he wants from Chota and my companion and I are working how he wants us to, so we are not too worried.  He is in control, hahaha.  Really it is something special.  I love Chota.  I love being a missionary.  I wake up every day just so stoked.  I love how the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes people and mostly how it has changed me.

Seebs till next week, send me Baja Fish Tacos!

Elder Turner

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