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Weeks 77-80 | New Companion, Baptisms, and Important Mission Preparation

Great week. Lots of really rad stuff going on and surprises.

To start off we got the changes yesterday and well, I’m staying here in the central zone for another month and a half. It’s actually way weird because Elder Garrison is leaving and going back to Casa Grande, Where he came from. My new companion is going to be Elder Cantos from Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is way cool and looks like Mr. Bean from that “Rat Race”. Oh yeah, we also have the same time in the mission so we will be going home together in October. Other than that, I don’t know much about him other than he has been a Zone Leader for a couple of changes in the Guadalupe Zone. It will be my 5th change (7 and a half months) here and he will be my 4th companion in this area.

Elder Turner and Elder Cantos

Other than that we have had a ton of fun and success this past week. We had two interchanges and got a ton of work done. The first interchange I got to be with my old pal Elder Mendoza from Cajamarca. He is a way cool missionary and taught me how to always find a way to connect with the people on some level. The other interchange I had was with Elder Melendrez, another way cool mssy. He taught me to teach with simplicity.

This week I have been studying a lot about faith and I was brought back to study a parables that I love. The first is found in Alma 32 and he compares the Word of God to a seed with great potential but in need of nourishment. The second is the parable Christ taught to his disciples found in Luke chapter 8, the Parable of the Sower. I love these two parables and the connection they make between seeds and soil, the Word of God and the hearts of men. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is and always will be a good seed. What makes the difference is the fertility or receptiveness of our hearts. Kind of cool to think about.

Also this week, we had the baptism of Melissa. A super rad girl that we have been working with. I don’t have any pictures because her baptism service was held up in the mountains where her family could be there to see her get baptized. But it was still way cool to get to help her.

Melissa’s Baptism

To answer your question, some things that helped me get ready for my Mission and would have prepared me better if I had been more diligent were 1.) doing hard things before like more work and tougher things physically, 2.) being more diligent in my personal habits like reading scripture and saying prayers and building my own testimony and 3.) studying and teaching from Preach My Gospel more. I have been studying a lot this week in Chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel about teaching so that investigators understand and it’s been something key that we have applied with one of our families. I love the part that says, “Expounding the gospel means that you explain the meaning of doctrines and scriptural passages simply and clearly, relying on the Spirit to guide what you say. You use dignified but conversational language to help people understand the doctrinal principle. You ask questions to help them think about the principles and to see if they understand and accept what you have taught.” As we have used this method in our teaching this week especially with Domitila and Ana Lucia we have seen their understand of the message of the gospel grow. I wish I had understood this better earlier.

Ha sido una semana chevere.

Seebs til next week.

PS. Happy birthday Mom I love you.

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Weeks 70-72 | Stones and Serpents or Bread and Fish – and the Beach.

So another week that has flown by here in the Central Ward. I know I’m always saying this, but it’s crazy how fast time goes by here. I am just trying to do all I can to not miss or waste even a moment. Everything is good though and I’m loving it.

This past P-day was cool because we went down to the beach. Trujillo is a coastal city however most of the coastline isn’t Beach. They built the shanty homes too close to the water many years ago and, with the constant changes of the swells over the years, the beaches have come up farther and farther and washed away the homes… kind of like the parable Christ taught of the foolish man who had built his house upon sand, in Matthew 7:24-27:

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Anyways, to avoid the tides destroying their homes, they threw up a bunch of rock barriers. So we had to walk for about an hour to get to the regular beaches. We also found the first counselor of the stake presidency fishing and talked with him for a bit. The best part was just sitting on the beach, running the sand through my fingers and watching the waves, Hahaha, I miss the beach a lot.

Another way hectic thing that happened this week was that I got very sick out of the blue. I think I must have eaten something bad cuz I had a fever, diarrhea, and nausea for three days straight. I’m all better now, but it just sucks being sick in the mission because when you’re sick you can’t give all that you normally would be able to give.

This week, we have had the opportunity help lots of people. I marvel at the great faith it takes for those we teach to put off worldly traditions and desires. It makes me think of the Lord and how hard it must have been for him. In the mission, and in life, things may not seemed to go perfectly. Sometimes we try our hardest to do what we think is best and we will see that the Lord doesn’t always give us what we want. But he will always give us what best.

Matthew 7:9-14

“Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat; Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Something that I have learned in the mission is that God never will give us ”stones” nor “ serpents”, though it may not always seem like it, If it comes from Him, it will always be “bread” and “fish.” It’s pretty cool to know that.

I hope everything is going well back home and that you guys don’t get asked about Trump and the wall as much as I do, hahaha.

Seebs til next week.

Elder Turner

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