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Weeks 81-82 | Call to Home, Rain, and Letter to Hudson

Thanks for the letters.  Seems like you guys are way busy.  The end of school was always the best time of year when I back home, hahahah.  Wow, they did wreck the house, hahah (we got TP’d pretty bad) but, yea, so I was watching the videos and, well, I saw my car and like I’ve only got 4 and a half months left, so I think it would be best if you just don’t sell the car cuz I kinda wanna drive it when I get back home…  (He got an offer on the “Swaggon” a few weeks ago).

So you put my name in the temple this week so that I wouldn’t get sick and, well, I got sick this week, hahahhaah.  Nah, I just got like a super bad cold + nausea and a neck rash.  I was only not proselytizing for a day though, but kinda funny, no?

Trujillo is good.  It’s starting to get a bit cooler here which is nice but it still gets pretty hot.  The zone is doing well and a lot of our investigators were baptized this month so that’s chill.   My comp and I are still doing great.  Overall it’s been a good week and my comp and I have some baptism coming up, so we will see how that all goes.

Love you guys a ton.

Dear Hudson,

Wow I can’t believe you are getting so big and are already 11 years old. You are such a cool and happy kid and I love you so much. I always talk to the people here in Peru and show them the picture of us at your baptism. When people ask me who the first person was that I baptized, I show them the picture of the two of us.

I miss you so much but I love it here in Peru. One day we are going to come back together to meet the people of Peru. I cannot believe you are going to be in sixth grade. That’s so crazy! 11-year-old scouts is the best. My favorite part was the campouts and tin foil dinners. I am way happy in Peru but I do miss moms cooking and all you guys. But it’s ok because I get to teach the gospel and help people each day. Well, have fun this summer and do everything you can. Keep being a good boy and I will see you soon. Sure love you a lot. Seebs ya later.

Seebs in 5.
Your Big Brother Elder Turner

And May 15th the day after we talked to him on Mother’s Day:

Hey Mom, thanks for the Letter.  It was great to Skype you guys yesterday.  This last skype felt a lot different that my first skype, hahaha.  Its weird..  Not that I wasn’t super excited,  but,  like,  I just felt accustomed.  It was rough too cuz my comp’s family like is struggling a ton and stuff and is like kinda inactive, so he just spent his entire time bearing his testimony to his fam and asking them to go to church and stuff.  I don’t have any of those worries with you guys so like I don’t have to worry myself too much with that stuff.  I’m grateful because it allows us to just talk normally and stuff.

Love you so much.​​​​​​

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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