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Weeks 64-68 | Dante’s Baptism, New Companion and Miracles!

Wow, so it’s been a little while since I have sent a letter and I’m actually really sorry about that. I’ve been busy but, yea, there really isn’t an excuse but I’m here now and I have the letter, haha. Wow, so these last couple of weeks have been way hectic. We have been trying so hard to find people to teach and people who are willing to make covenants with the Lord. My area is a bit different than the rest of the mission. Pretty much all of the mission is known for being an area where it’s easy to get into people’s houses and teach, but where you have to really work with investigators to actually see progress. Well, my area isn’t quite like that.  Actually, it’s the opposite, hahah. It’s hard to get into people’s homes (Idk why- probs just because it’s the very center of the city) but, when you finally get someone that is truly willing to learn and listen, they progress like crazy. It’s actually quite interesting. But, yea, so we have been working really hard to find those who want to listen to our message.

So changes (new companion) were this week and Elder Bolivia was called to spend the last six weeks of his mission training a brand new missionary. My new companion is Elder Garrison from Boise. I’ll be training him as a new zone leader. He is way cool and we are getting to know each other. Also this week we are going to be moving so that will be nice. Right now it’s wayyyyyyy hot here in Trujillo.  We live in a wood house on the 3rd floor above a bakery so it gets pretty hot, haha. But the cool thing about our room right now is that you can close all the windows and throw some water on the floor and it turns into a legit sauna, lol. It will be nice to move.

I’m doing good right now and have been learning a lot. This change has been full full of miracles and I wanted to share one.

About a month ago Elder Bolivia and I felt inspired to knock on a door. A rather large lady opened up with just the biggest look of confusion. We asked her if she had some water cuz it was hot outside (something we really just do to try to get in, haha) and she let us in. We explained that we were missionaries and that we wanted to share a short message with her. She then proceeded to tell us that she had just gotten off the phone with her daughter who had just then told her about a dream she had just had.  In the dream, the daughter said she saw two mormon missionaries and heard a voice tell her to listen to them. With grins from ear to ear we began to share the saving message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Christ. She listened and thanked us. To be perfectly honest, to us it seemed like we had witnessed a real miracle, that she was the chosen investigator we had been praying to find.  However, though we tried and tried, we have not yet been able to find or talk again with that same large lady. It just isn’t her time yet. Yet, that first day, there was a man in the other room who was listening attentively to the  message we shared with the lady, though, at the time, we had no idea he was there. On our way out, he asked us to visit him in another time. We gladly accepted his invitation, still unaware that he had been listening.

We had been looking again and again for an opportunity to teach that lady, with zero success. As our miracle seemed to vanish, we finally ran into that same man. We decided to visit him then and there and he told us how he had heard everything we had shared with the lady and had some questions. We answered them and at the end of the lesson, we invited him to be baptized the 28th of January. He accepted our invitation. We kept working with him and he progressed steadily. This past week I had the great opportunity to be able to baptize him into the Church. It was such a great moment for him and for me and he is a friend I will never forget. I often wondered why the Lord would give such a powerful experience to someone he knew wasn’t ready at that time (the large lady). It wasn’t til the day of Dante’s baptism that I realized how perfect the Lord’s plans are. Maybe he knew it wasn’t that lady’s time now, but he needed a way to connect us with that man listening in the other room and he saw the opportunity. I learned how perfectly the Lord works and how to have faith that everything happens for a reason. It was a way cool experience and something I will never forget.

Well I love it here. It’s the best. I really couldn’t imagine being anywhere else or doing anything else. I love it all so much and hope that everyone that has the chance to serve will take the invitation. I could really go for some Outback right now, but it’s chill…chicken and rice will do, lol. Seebs. don’t bes dumbs.

Jan 24:
Thanks for the letter Mom. Sorry, I have not written a letter in a little while, next week I will write, I promise.

Today was cool because we got to go to the Temple. That’s why I’m writing a day late. It was so rad. Its been a little while since iI’ve been but I loved it. I hope you guys are going often and are taking the boys as well.

I completely forgot to write Maverick last week. I remembered on like Thursday and felt real bad but I will write him a letter and I’ll send it to you separately.

Its sooooooooooooooooo HOT here right now. It’s terrible.

Love you guys a lot. Sure do miss you. ’til next week.

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.

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.”

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