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Week 16 | Paint Wars, Carnivales, and I Love Spanish

Another rad week here in Cajamarca. I know I say that like every letter, but it is true. Every week I learn something new, experience something new, and every week truly is rad.

I am writing a day late ‘cuz there hasn’t been any power in Cajamarca for the past 3 days (and no power means no internet.) In Peru, February 6th, 7th and 8th are the 3 biggest days of Carnivales. They have parades, and day long paint wars with literally everyone from the city. Music, riots, parties, and lots of drinking. Cajamarca is the capital of Peruvian Carnivales and they are so involved that the city cuts the power for the 3 days to get everyone out into the streets to celebrate-and it works! For these 3 days, everyone is out celebrating. After Saturday, everything is covered in all sorts of colors of paint-streets, homes, walls, cars, dogs, people, …everything. It’s all connected to the culture but really is just the entire city partying for 3 days. It’s way crazy and not really controlled so my Mission President has asked us to stay inside or outside of the city for these 3 days and not to proselyte or work because it is not safe for us. That part kinda sucked, but yea, Cajamarca goes pretty hard for Carnivales.
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Also, this week as a district we went on this way sick hike to this giant cross that sits on top of one of the mountains that overlooks the entire valley of Cajamarca. We had a 30-minute bus ride, in a bus that wasn’t made for regular sized people, to get to the base of the mountain. I was standing like a hunch-back for 30 minutes with a bunch of natives from the fields outside Cajamarca staring at me, so yea that was rad, hahaha. But, we got there and hiked this way sketchy trail all the way up the mountain. When we finally got to the top, it was way awesome. The cross was huge and you could see all of Cajamarca. It’s crazy how small Cajamarca really is. But we ate lunch and then it started to rain so we headed back down. The trail we hiked up was now a running river, so yea, we got soaked again, but it was a way cool experience and an even cooler view.

Some other things that have been going on…

  • Our new pinchonista (the lady who cooks all of our meals) is the ranks. She cooks so well, and so much. Their whole family is the bomb and hook up the missionaries.
  • Also, I found a super market that has American brand foods, so I am loaded up on Jiffy Peanut Butter.
  • I love Spanish! It is the raddest thing ever for me (besides actual missionary work.) It’s coming fast and I love it.

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This week I have been thinking a lot about how to get the most out of this life, (it’s really a short amount of time,) and how can we benefit the from it. Really, its simple: just do what is right. As we teach, we always try to commit the people to do things that we know will help them -read the scriptures, live the commandments, and stop doing the things that destroy their lives. But why? Because we all need to have an eternal perspective. We need to do these things in order to find out what else we need to do. For example: when we really pray, we receive answers that are ultimately going to better us. One of my favorite quotes is by Jeffery R. Holland and says something like “Keep the commandments and good things (blessings) will come. Some will come quickly, some after a bit of time, and some only in the heavens. But for those who keep the commandments and do what is right, they do come.” Don’t be dumb. Make the most of this life. Think of the bigger picture and have faith that these good things will come. I love it here and know that what I’m doing is the best thing I could be doing for these next two years. Miss you all a lot.

Seebs,
Elder Turner

Week 15 | A “Vaconaso” Dream, Guacamole and More Cuy

Wow, I can’t believe I am writing another letter already.  Time is going by way fast, but yea another “vaconaso” (Peruvian slang for ‘rad’) week here in the “marked box” (Cajamarca.)

To start off, it started raining like 3 days ago and it hasn’t stopped.  It’s been like a a big storm.  Hail, rain, lightening, and thunder all day and night.  On Saturday, there was a legit solid 15 minutes of straight thunder.  Like 15 minutes of the loud shaking sound with out ever a little break.  It reminded me a little bit of the storms a Lake Powell, just worse.  The first day the rain, hail, and wind were terrible and all of the avocados on the tree in our little courtyard fell off.  It’s like we are walking in a bit of guacamole every time we leave. he storm was way bad again on Saturday night / early Sunday morning and I guess lightening struck the wrong place or something because when we woke up, our whole side of the city didn’t have electricity.  If you remember, the shower that electrocutes me needs power to heat the water.  Soon, yea, that was a bummer to wake up to Sunday morning.  All the members showed up to church a solid 30-45 minutes late.  The storm still hasn’t stopped, but I am hoping we are nearing the end of it, because walking around wet and cold kinda sucks.  But yea, it’s chill ‘cuz more people let us into their homes.

Some other rad things that have been going on:

  • I had Cuy or Guinea Pig again and I had my camera this time, lol.  It continues to be a bit complicated to eat but yea, it was dank.
  • Our neighbors have this dog that must be like 20 years old or has broken every bone in its body because it s dying and it is the most annoying thing ever.  All day and all night it’s whining and barking.  I feel bad for it, but at the same time, I kinda want to sleep. It’s chill, everything has its purpose.
  • The other night, during one of the worst rainfalls, we were way late for an appointment and as we were rushing to it, we came across a block in our road.  All the rain had filled the street we had to cross, literally turning it into an ankle-deep river.  There wasn’t another way around it, so we just walked though it.  My shoes, socks, and pants got drenched.  I was so mad, hahaha, but I am all happy now and it will make for a classic memory.
  • We changed Pinchonistas (the lady who cooks all our food), for the month of February to Hermana Fresia Alvarez.  She is a way rad member from our ward.  I’m stoked cuz our old pinchonista didn’t really feed us much and Hermana Fresia is the bomb and cooks dank food.  Spiritually, their family is even radder!

The work is so great right now.  We are teaching so much and are blessed to have so many rad people that truly want to know the truth.  One lady that we have been meeting with has gained the strongest testimony I have ever seen in an investigator of the Church.  The key is that she wants to know for herself if these things are true and then acts accordingly.  The other night, the day before we were going to teach her about “The Gospel of Jesus Christ” and specifically the principle of baptism, she had a dream.

In her dream she was watching from afar as people entered one by one into a river and were put under the water, then brought back up, by a man that seemed to be shining.  After the people left the water, they too were shining.  She wanted more than anything to shine like these people.  So, she too entered the water and when she came back up out of the water she felt a joy, “that words cannot describe.”  She recounted this dream to us and said that she didn’t totally understand it, but knew it was from God.  She said she would give anything to feel how she felt in her dream.

That day we taught the true manner of baptism for the remission of sins, how Christ was baptized by immersion, or in other words, completely under the water, by John the Baptist.  John didn’t have years of biblical study or religious degrees, but he truly had the Priesthood authority of God and the right to baptize.  I love the mission.  I love to bring this “joy, that words cannot describe,” to people.  I love Peru.  I wake up every morning grateful and excited for what the day will bring.  Always be happy!  Always be grateful!

Seebs,
Elder Turner

Extras from Elder Turner this week:

  • I’m so good right now.  Happy, with a kind of energy to help me work.  I love it more than anything.
  • Three nights in a row I have had vivd dreams of surfing, hahaha.
  • Miss you guys a lot.  Tell everyone “hi” for me.
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