Month: June 2016

Week 36| Fiesta of June, Bull Fights, and the Plan of Salvation

Hectic week here and Chota. Lots of good things going on and also a few obstacles. One of the bigger obstacles for this week has been the Fiesta Carnivals. Every year, Chota has a huge Carnival for 10 days in the end of June, called San Juan Bautista Festival.

There are three main parts to the “Fiesta of June.”

  • The concerts and dances: which are huge cultural celebrations.
  • San Juan Pampa: which is the huge Carnival thing. (To use other McKameys words to describe San Juan Pampa, “It’s the quality of a county fair, with the attendance of a state fair.” LOL, it’s true though, some janky set ups they have going on there.
  • They finish with “Las Corridas de los Toros,” the bullfights.

We actually got special permission to go to a day of the bullfights, and it was pretty rad. Kind of dumb to get in a cage with a full grown bull, but in the end it was way cool to see, and to be honest, a lot of the things people do are dumb. So yeah, the fiestas were fun, but in the end, it complicated everything when planning for our week. For the people here, the fiestas are a valid excuse to forget about everything important for a week. If there was some type of event going on associated with the fiesta, you could go walking around in the streets and not see a single person. It was cool, just a bit rough this week, haha. But no, there were still so many miracles.

The Lord has been trying our faith here a bit, and even more, the faith of the members. It’s weird with how chosen these people have been and how yet how hard it has been for them to progress. Nevertheless, I cannot even begin to describe how much we can feel the Lord helping us. This week we have seen miracles with both members and investigators. One of my favorite things from this week was teaching a younger investigator “The Plan of Salvation.” Understanding the reality of what sin can do to us brought him worry, regret, and despair. But understanding what Christ can do for us, if we make covenants to accept him, changed his this worry, regret and despair into hope and happiness. Salvation does not come passively; it is something we have to choose and we have to work for. This young man understood this principle and began to grasp the scope of Christ’s power. It’s something I hope we can all understand. Chota it is so rad. It has so much potential. Pray for us here and Chota and don’t be unsmart (dumb).

Elder Turner

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Week 35 | Cajamarca again, Pres. Marler, and an Island of Reeds

So this week was a hectic/sad/rad week. Lots of good things going on right now here in Chota and in the mission. Way hectic, but way rad.

To start off with, once again we went down to Cajamarca last Sunday. We got there just in time for the “Charla Fogonera” (Fireside) with the Marlers and the Cajamarca Stake. It was so awesome. You can always just feel the Spirit so strong in those firesides, especially with the Marlers. It was cool though because I also got to see some people from my old area, Atahualpa Cajamarca. There are benefits to staying in the same Zone. But yeah, Sunday night was great.

Monday we all woke up early and went to go play soccer with the zone and the Marlers. I missed about seven goals, so that wasn’t chill, but it’s still all good cuz our team still won. Then for P-Day (preparation day) we went out to this cool little lake thing. We hung out for a bit on an island of reeds, played some volleyball on the sketchiest court ever, and had some food together. More than anything it was just great to be with President and Sister Marler for last P-Day.
The next day we woke up and had a rad Multi-Zone Training*( with only one Zone, haha) , by President and Sister Marler and the Assistants. I loved it all but there were three parts that really stuck out to me.

  • First was the importance of applying the doctrine and we learn and teach in our own personal lives.
  • Second was the power and truthfulness of our commission as missionaries: ”I am called of God. My authority is above that of the kings of the earth. By revelation, I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my Master and He has chosen me to represent Him, to stand in His place, to say and do what He himself would say and do if He personally were ministering to the very people to whom He has sent me. My voice is His voice, and my acts are His acts; my words are His words and my doctrine is His doctrine. My commission is to do what He wants done; to say what He wants said; to be a living, modern witness in word and deed of the divinity of His great and marvelous latter-day work.” I love that commission and I know every word of it is true. It gives me strength and comfort. I truly am his servant.
  • Third was President Marler’s advice:
    1. The atonement can change you and your mission
    2. The doctrine of “Rest” and how “Rest” is the goal (D&C 84:23 “Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God; But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory” and Moroni 7:3 “Wherefore, I would speak unto you that are of the church, that are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord, from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven”
    3. Conversion for life.

You could feel the Spirit so strong in that training and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend our last day with the Marlers.

The sad part for me is that the Marlers are leaving our mission after three years of faithful service. I love them so much they have changed my life. It’s going to be hard to see them go but I’m excited to get to work with the Marbles (our new Mission President.). I know they will be great. I know that Pres. Marbles was called by God. I know he is supposed to come here. I sustain him and I’m ready to give him my all (Which is not much cuz I still don’t really know what I’m doing out here, hahaha) But for reals, I’m stoked to be able to work with him in this great work.

This was kind of a short week for us in Chota, because of having to travel to Cajamarca, but it was still so rad. A week full of trials and miracles. We have had baptismal dates fall through and new dates set. We just entered into festivals here for the next two weeks and it just makes it a bit hard to keep everyone on track. But really we have seen miracles too. This week, the branch president’s wife, who has been an investigator for years, told us she “knows the church is true but that she is not yet ready to commit to anything.” Hahaha, it’s a bit frustrating but it’s a big step and I’ll take it for now. Another miracle was really being able to see the branch start to step up to the challenge made by Mervyn B. Arnold in his past General Conference talk, “To the Rescue.” We have had new investigators and new opportunities. The branch is becoming more converted. I am becoming more converted.

I love the work right now. I love my calling and my time here. The work is so rad and the people here are amazing. Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ live.

Make good decisions. Don’t be dumb. Don’t tie sheep to the top of your car (they do that a lot here.) Read your scriptures, say your prayers, go to church, and someone send me a double-double with animal style fries and a large chocolate shake. Seebs.

Elder Turner

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