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Week #3 | Counterfeit Money, Football and Fútbol

“I feel like Perú is a whole different Country.” – Elder Mead

Week three has been pretty mellow so far. Here’s what’s happened: I could have gone to jail for currency fraud. Some how some of the money I got from the Atlanta Airport, when I converted my cash into Soles, was fake. Luckily, I found that out at the Temple store where the people were way chill, but had I tried to pay with the fake money at the local market or something, they would have called La Policía on me and I could have gotten in some pretty big trouble. I was told that counterfeit money is a huge problem here and you are required to call the police and put the person under civilian arrest if they try to use counterfeit money. So, I am stoked that didn’t happen. Also, there was this huge festival all day long on Sunday. It was some Catholic celebration or something. They were constantly playing music, dancing and shooting off these giant, old fashion cannons (like four or five, every couple of minutes.) It is cool to see how different the culture is.

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As far as the Elder Mead quotes, I’m gonna try to start out each letter with one. Elder Mead is just a fun and way cool Elder from Nappa, Idaho. We are going to the same mission when we leave the CCM. Also, right now since we had another elder leave last week, I’m in a trio with Elder McKamey from Las Vegas (but really like from Montana) and Elder Maddocks from Arizona (all the Latinos think he is Zack Efron, because they look identical.)

Last Friday, (I think it was), all of the bus drivers in Lima went on strike so a bunch of the teachers and workers here at the CCM were way late. Also, its nice not to be the new kids here at the CCM (MTC.) It’s cool to see Hermana Pay from home as well, but it’s weird because I want to call her Kyleigh. My new favorite meal here at the CCM is Tacu Tacu.  DSC00139 It’s like fried rice, potatoes, lentils, chicken and this veggie thing, all smashed together to make this dragon egg type thing. It’s so good, but hard to describe the taste. The CCM has gotten to the point where it is pretty much the same schedule every day.

I’m stoked because this weekend we have our first proselyting activity. We get on a bus and drive down to the Peru Lima South Mission. We then meet up with a whole bunch of missionaries and their Mission President pairs each missionary with one of us from the Missionary Training Center (CCM) and we get to go teach. It will be like 100% Spanish and what the actual Mission is going to be like. Also, most of the time, they pair the Gringos up with Latinos that speak no English, so you are fully immersed in speaking Spanish. I am super excited for it.

DSC00137We tried to play American Football here this week with the Latinos and they were horrible. I hadn’t yet realized they really don’t play any sports here where you throw and catch a ball with your hands. It was pretty funny to watch, but they still wreck us in fútbol.

I have been feeling the Spirit so much lately. For example, today after shopping, we were just walking around looking for someone to talk to and we ran into a man named Jorge. As we began to talk to him about why 3 gringos were here in Perú walking around in suits, I noticed that I was speaking Spanish without any struggle. He told us how he feels something in his heart everyday as he walks past the Temple on his way to work. We spoke to him for a while, I bore testimony of what I know. He wanted to know more and more, so we got all his info to send to the Missionaries serving in the area to teach him. He gladly accepted the Book of Mormon and our Invitation to read and pray about it (specifically 3 Nephi chapter 11.) He was so ready to receive our message. The spirit was so strong and it was a nice little reminder of the joy this Gospel can bring people. I am so stoked to be here in Perú. America is chill, but Perú is chiller. See you in 1 week.

Adios,
Elder Turner

Extras from Elder Turner this week:

  • To Slade: “Keep working and having fun.  Play sports, don’t date.  Keep doing the right things. Don’t be dumb, be smart.”
  • To Jed: “The waves will be bad for the next two years, sorry.  Don’t be dumb,
    be smart.   Go skate and surf.  Love you.”
  • I have had so much fun at the CCM already and have learned a lot.  I may switch into a latino district for my last two weeks here, idk yet, but if I do switch it would be 100% Spanish immersion. I’ll find out tomorrow.
  • I have been listening to a lot of classical music and getting way into that stuff lately, mainly Mozart, Bach and Strauss.
  • Love you guys and miss you a lot.

Week #2 | Visit to Immigration & Cool Ties

Hey Everyone,

So far Week #2 has been a bit smoother than Week #1.  We got outsde the walls a couple times again this week.  Last Thursday we had to go to Immigration to fill out more papers and stuff – to try to get residency.  The Perú Immigrations building is like “the DMV x 23640 million.”  It is crazy in here and we all kind of had to figure it out by ourselves because they won’t let any of the teachers and leaders past certain points.  Also, there are a ton of cats that just mob around in the buildings, I don’t know why.  The best part about this trip was that I was one of the first kids to finish, so me and 3 Latino Elders went down to try and find the spot on the first floor where we were supposed to meet up with everyone.  When we walked down, we heard this lady on the other side of the exit yelling “Elders!”  The other Missionaries were convinced she was our bus driver, so we went outside but it turned out to just be a lady trying to sell passport covers, (for a ridiculously, cheap price. I bought one.)  They wouldn’t let us back in the building so we just walked around for about a half an hour looking for the bus.  Perú is so rad, there are a bunch of little shops everywhere.  So, while we were waking around, I both a few snacks and stuff.  Finally, we found everyone but before we go on the bus, they gave us all a huge lecture on how we can’t buy any food from vendors on the street ‘cuz it can make you way sick, lol.  I haven’t gotten sick yet though, so I think I will be fine.

On the Bus with Elder McRamey

On the bus with Elder McRamey

The CCM (MTC) isn’t to bad although another Elder is going home this week.  From 10 people to 7 people in the first two weeks has never happened here to a district, so I guess that makes us like 1 in a million.  I have been here at the CCM for 12 days and that is 36 meals so far.  I can honestly say that about 30 of the those meals have been Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice) and sometimes potatoes or some other type of a vegetable.  Class aren’t to bad here either, I am learning so much.  We do everything we can though to make the CCM fun. During our free time, for exercise, we usually play fútbol, which I am starting to figure out or doubles sand volleyball.  Also, we make a ton of small wagers about random stuff.  For example, Elder Gutierrez ate 40 rolls for dinner the other night, so 3 kids received a haircut in the bathroom that night with plastic crayola scissors.  Also, another kid who lost a bet ate a plantain, peel and everything – plantains are nasty until you fry them. … Pretty much anything to keep us busy.

About 50 Latinos and 30 Gringos (USA) Elders and Hermanas left yesterday which is kind of a bummer because I became way good friends with a lot of them, especially the Latinos.  I think there are a few groups coming in today sometime as well or may already be here.  I just haven’t seen anyone new yet.  Also, I think Sister Kyleigh Pay is in this incoming group, which will be nice to see a familiar face. (update: Just saw Hermana Pay, cool to see someone from my home ward.  She is going to serve in the Peru Piura Mission.)

The Trujillo Norte District with Pres. & Sis. Marler

The Trujillo Norte District at CCM
with Pres. & Sis. Marler

Another way rad thing that happened this week was that our Mission President came to visit our Trujillo Norte District.  They never visit the missionaries in the CCM but they said they were in the area for a meeting and just felt like they should come and visit us.  As a district we needed it because of the craziness of what has been going on.  They are very nice people and I am stoked to be serving in their Mission.

My testimony that this is the true church and that I have been called of God to preach his Gospel, grows each day.  I can feel the power of the Atonement everyday.  Some in my district have struggled, but I have been fine.  I have loved every day so far and can’t wait to get into the field.

Elder Turner

More Pictures on the site.

P.S. Someone jack-up Bowcutt for me.


A few extras Wyatt told us about:

  • We get to go to the Temple every week, in Spanish.
  • Yes, I love the Mission.  Not trying to be mean or anything but I haven’t been homesick once.  Everyday feels like I have a purpose for the day.  I don’t get bored. Its kinda like EFY here at the CCM.
  • Typical day includes: Lots of classes and study time. We have an hour and a half each day for excersise and to get back in church clothes again.  Also we teach about two lessons a day to “investigators” that the CCM hires.  We aren’t allowed to talk in English on Tuesday, Thursday and half of Saturday – at all!
  • Mom: “You got a haircut, mandatory or choice…do you like it?”  Wyatt: “A bit of both, but like everyone had to get one on the first day.  It’s fine, I like it.”
  • To Maverick:  I met this guy who rides around on one of those Nacho
    Libre bike/trike/motorcycle/scooter things. (They are actually pretty
    popular down here.)
  • To Hudson: P-day today, so I ate some empanadas from this rad market we go to every P-day.  They were really good. But we mainly eat chicken and rice… everyday!
  • To Dad: I love it here.  Spanish is easy.  The Church is true.  Latínos are a
    super receptive people.
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