Happy Halloween! Or in Peru, “!Feliz dia de la Musica criolla!” (Traditional Peruvian music day.) It’s kind of sad because all the Peruvians have stop celebrating the traditional music and are starting to celebrate Halloween more and more. It has made the older generations here very angry, but whatever, Halloween is better anyways. But yeah, sorry for not getting a letter out these past couple of weeks. I still am doing great though. I LOVE IT here in Los Cedros. It’s all going so well right now and we have been saying lots of miracles.
To start off, I want to say thanks for the package. I have already eaten all the food other than a few Nature Valley bars and the macaroni and cheese: they have been expired since February, hahaha. Also, THE BOOK IS SO GOOD! (The Infinite Atonement by Tadd Callister.) I’m almost done with it and I have learned so much. I highly recommend it to everyone. If you need to, borrow it from my parents.
This week I also had the chance to have end exchange with Elder Babbel, a friend from my first area in Cajamarca. That was way cool. He is a great missionary and we had a great day together. Also, he taught me how to juggle so that was pretty chill as well.
This week the Sister Missionaries from our Ward had a baptism. I was able to interview their candidate and it was just so rad. Baptismal interviews are always so spiritual and so cool. I really love getting to give them.
We are doing great here. We have so many great people that are really progressing. This week we had a very cool family home evening with some investigators and a family from the ward. It was a amazing experience and the family was really touched. They were able to understand the importance of the family to our Heavenly Father. The family is truly under attack right now and we need to do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families. Also, the family home evening made me remember home a lot because of the kids just wanted to play games.
This week I have been thinking a lot about Elder Renlund’s talk from April 2016 General Conference. He talked about how the farther we put ourselves from God, the more entitled we feel to Heaven’s blessing and likewise, the closer we come to God, the less entitled we feel and the more aware we become of our need for repentance. I love that thought. The closer we are to the Lord the more humble we become. I think one of the greatest examples is found in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 4 as Nephi examines his life:
16 Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.
17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.
19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.
20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.
21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.
24 And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him; yea, my voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and ministered unto me.
25 And upon the wings of his Spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceedingly high mountains. And mine eyes have beheld great things, yea, even too great for man; therefore I was bidden that I should not write them.
26 O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions?
27 And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?
28 Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.
30 Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
32 May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I may walk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in the plain road!
33 O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies! Wilt thou make my path straight before me! Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way—but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy.
34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
35 Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.
I love Nephi and hope to follow his example of humility and love for the Savior.
I love the Mission and I wouldn’t trade this time for anything.