“I’m Having The Time of My Life, And I’ve Never Felt This Way Before”

First off, I gotta say that taxi rides both terrify me and are super awesome.   They terrify me because the drivers here are pretty selfish and they drive about 200 miles per hour when we head to La Merced.   However, they are super awesome because they often have music playing that is among the popular music of the US, and yes, that song has come up several times being down here.  I also have had a taxi that had an entire CD of BeeGees music that I sang along to under my breath the entire way to our destination.  It was pretty sweet.

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I Think It’s Gonna Rain

Hey Family!

So, yea, I didn’t get the chance on Monday to send home a letter for a few reasons.   The first is that today is a Multi-Zone P-Day since the elders from another zone are coming in for a conference with us tomorrow.   We’re going to have the chance to be instructed by our mission president and learn from him.  Today, we’re going to go to two different waterfalls, which I’ve been promised are cooler than the last two than we’ve hiked.   I’m looking forward to both events since it will be a bit of a different experience.

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Week Two en el Campo Misional!

Well, it is pretty much the hottest I’ve been for a long time.  I know I’ve experienced this kind of heat before, it’s just that I haven’t experienced it for so long and so consistently. Every single day I’m sweating buckets and walking through the crazy heat.  I am in the jungle, to be sure.  However, our area is more of a cleared out section of the Jungle.  Since there aren’t many trees (which has its ups, as well — namely there aren’t tons more bugs around and the bugs aren’t always as big as I saw last P-Day on our trip to a waterfall) there isn’t shade, and it is often a dry, but humid heat.  However, the humidity is something that I’ve only experienced in the coast — never at home! — and it is killing me.   Also, Peru doesn’t have air conditioning in a lot of places, so that kills me, too.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

If you couldn’t tell by the title, I am in the jungle! I am writing from an “Internet Shop” in a city. Our zone is La Merced, and I have been assigned to the San Ramon area!  My companion is named Elder Espinoza.  So, all of your prayers for a Latino first companion have been answered. He’s pretty cool, but it is hard for me to really communicate with him (which is something that I am DYING to do… I need someone to talk to in English).  Guess this gives me an even better reason to really crack down on my Spanish.  Elder Espinoza is from Central America and only has two and a half more transfers until he goes home.  He’s pretty funny, quite cool, and is a great missionary.  He’s had 46 baptisms during his mission and can’t wait for more with me.  Our zone is divided up into seven areas, and there are only seven companionships.  My companion says that only certain missionaries are assigned here because there are tons of “pretty looking women” and that there have even been problems here in the past.  Yikes.  Well, we have two wards in our area, so we have a ton of work to do on our own. Ah yeah.

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