December 5 / Just a short email this week:

Hey Mom, thanks for the letter and for everything. I have a ton of photos and stuff. This last pday we went to Chan Chan with some other elders and it was way cool. There wasn’t anyone there to explain anything to us, but it was still rad to see. Straight up it’s the “Land of desolation” that the Book of Mormon talks about. It was cool.

This week we had a Mission Conference with Elder Godoy. He is a Seventy and is the Area President of this area right now. It was so cool. We had one huge meeting with the whole mission and then we had a meeting with just all the Zone Leaders, Elder Godoy and our Mission President. Elder Godoy is from Brazil. Other than that I’m just here working. It’s been kinda a weird few weeks, but I’m doing my best and trying to do all that I can. My comps a good guy, but we just have got to find a way to be more motivated and unified. This is his last companionship change of his mission. I’m doing great and miss you guys a lot. I’m praying for you guys each day. Love you guys and tell all the boys I love them, too.

December 12 / Letter

So, this has been a pretty rad week. Like always we had some ups and some downs. It’s been pretty busy as well which makes time go by very fast.

To start off this week we had a baptism. Luis and Julissa finally got baptized this week. All of their family, including their children, were already members except for them. The missionaries that had been in this area before me had been working with them for many months. I have been able to work with them just these past four weeks, but I have already seen such a big change in them and have grown to love them so much. It was way cool because they’re children and their family did the entire Baptismal program, the talks, songs, and prayers. It was a way cool experience to be there and to be a part of it.

This week I think I have knocked more doors than I have in my entire Mission. It’s a bit harder to find new people to teach here in Central Area because it’s just like straight city center and businesses. The cool thing about my area is that, because it’s a city center, you get all the weird crazy people that are amazed by the sighting of a white person or that try to sell you a fake wooden necklace for $100. LOL. They make proselyting very interesting. We’ve been talking to a lot of people lately.

Also, last night we got to go to the Christmas Devotional. It was cool but when you have a chapel full of anxious Peruvians, something just has to go wrong. The video ended up freezing many times and it was always as the speakers were making a weird gesture or funny face, hahaha. It was great and I especially like the talk by President Eyring.

Man I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas again. It came around so fast this year. Christmas has been a bit different for me lately. It’s still my favorite holiday but for different reasons. We celebrate the most sacred and important birth in all of history, the birth of hope for everyone, ever born. Christ changed the world. He is the Light of the World.  He was the perfect piece to the infinite puzzle. The only one who could and WOULD save and exalt us. In this Christmas season, I hope all will enjoy the greatest gift ever given. Es la única manera de realmente ser feliz (He is the only way to enjoy true joy). Go drink your hot chocolate and give thanks for the best gift ever given. No seas torto.

Seebs, Elder Turner