Hello Everyone,

“I may not fit in because of my Spanish but none of you guys will fit into the 4ft tall Peruvian doorways.” - Elder Mead

Week 5 was mellow and a bit different which is always rad when at the CCM.  To start off:

  • There is a leprechaun (4ft tall red-head kid) that came in the new group of Gringos. He kills it at soccer but I’m positive he has a pot of gold hidden somewhere around here.
  • I woke up the other morning with a whole bunch of little bug bites all up and down my body, especially my back and chest.  I’m not sure if it’s bedbugs or what, but it kinda sucks.
  • I ordered some way sick custom fútbol jerseys.  I got one that is a USA visitors jersey that says “Elder Turnup” on the back , then I got the Perú visitors with just “Turner” on the back.  I’m stoked and they only cost about 22 Soles, which is roughly less that $7.  Peru is so cool.
  • Also, last P-Day (Preparation Day) we decided to change it up and went to the Metro for our shopping.  This place was crazy. Imagine a 3 story Supermarket/Costco where the aisles are all about 3ft wide, there are about 30 trillion people and everything there is on a 50% off sale.  It was pretty cool and I scored some rad stuff.  But, the line was like 40 minutes long.
  • Lastly, last week we had about 10 Latinos come into the MTC/CCM that will be headed to our same mission with us next week.  They all seem chill so I am stoked.
Elder Turnup joins the USA visitors team

Elder Turnup joins the visiting USA team

As for the raddest spiritual experience I have had this past week, we are full on teaching a REAL Investigator now.  She works here at the CCM Cafeteria.  She always greets the missionaries every meal and is so nice.  One day my Companions, Elder Maddocks, Elder McKamey, and I had the thought to ask her what ward she was in.  It turned out that she isn’t even a member at all.  This kinds caught me off guard because she has been working for the Church for years feeding the Church Missionaries.  Later that day we asked her if we could teach her and she happily agree.  (I think she was expecting it to be kinda more of a practice thing for us rather that an actual lesson, lol.)  So, this past Monday we sat her down during our free study time and taught her lesson #1 “The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  I have never taught with so much conviction and love.  I felt the Spirit work through me, as I clearly expressed through my broken Spanish that I know that this is Jesus Christ’s Church restored on the Earth today.  I was amazed to see her, as she began to realize that we were not doing this for practice, but rather that we truly wanted to share the joy and peace that this Gospel brings us.  She said she felt something.  She committed to pray and wanted to meet again.  So, we have another lesson with her later today and I’m stoked to see how it goes.

They ate all my pringles.

They ate all my pringles.

This just got me way excited once again to get out into the actual Mission, “the field.”  I leave the CCM in 5 days, then I’m off to Trujillo.  I think I have a flight Monday night but I’m not sure exactly when.  I know that we spend next Tuesday with our Mission Presidents, President and Sister Marler.  I’m super stoked to see what area I am gonna be serving in.

I know this Church is for everyone and I am so glad to be able to share it.  “Life is ‘bout to go from 0 to 100mph real fast.”

Elder Turner

P.S. I’m not sure how it is gonna work next week since P-Day is probably going to change.  So, I may or may not be able to send a letter next week.

Gringos to the back of the bus.

Gringos to the back of the bus.

Extras from Elder Turner this week:

  • To my brothers: Don’t be dumb and make sure to pay attention in all your church classes, cuz that stuff comes in handy.  Love u guys.
  • Alex and Jacob – Write to me!  I need your email addresses.
  • Mom: “Are you ready to leave the CCM?  Do feel like you have the lessons down and the the language?” Wyatt: “The CCM can only do so much- but yea, I’m ready”
  • How do you feel about leaving the MTC? – I’m stoked, but its gonna be a bummer to not always be with 30 rad kids.  I’ll miss ’em.
  • Danks = Good stuff