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.

Not a whole lot to report event-wise here in the jungle, as there wasn’t really anything interesting that happened this last week.   Unfortunately, Hermano Arturo wasn’t quite as ready for his baptism as we thought he was.  He had his interview on Friday with the Zone Leaders, and they told us that he was missing a testimony of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the Church.  However, they gave us the green light to go ahead and get him baptized, so we went ahead and made plans for the next morning.   We went early to the church to clean the font up and to fill it.  We also then went to La Merced to grab the baptism clothing from the Zone Leaders.   When we returned, we went to look for Arturo, but couldn’t find him.  We couldn’t even find him in his normal route that he takes to ask for food.  We then decided to head to the church to see if he was there, and he unfortunately wasn’t.  Then I had the thought and feeling to go check the status of the font.  The font was terribly dirty and there was less water than Tania’s baptism.  It was quite sad.  Apparently Heavenly Father was telling us that Arturo wasn’t quite ready to be baptized.  These next few days, we’re going to try to find and visit him to help strengthen his testimony.

Other than that, it’s been raining quite a lot here, which is super nice.  The rain storms are super strong, and the thunder and lightning are brilliant.  I’ve attached a picture of an oncoming storm so that you can see how dark and big the clouds are when they get here.

Storm clouds in the jungle are big and dark

I’ve also attached a picture of a cool, but frightening path that we found.  It is a concrete “funnel” type thing, but it goes straight to the river in almost a diving board pattern.  It’s in one of the poorer, more tranquil areas of San Ramón and literally scared me when I walked out to check it out.  Guess it is used to dump some dirty water and trash into the river.

A water chute into the Chanchamayo River we found while out walking

I’ve also attached a picture of the outside of our chapel.  Can’t remember if I sent it already, but here’s a nice picture of the outside.  It’s pretty small, but it works.

The LDS chapel in San Ramón — small but cozy

In other news:

  • I have found that I LOVE herbal tea.  Hermana Susana makes it fairly often because she knows I like it.  I also like Café Mormón, which is this stuff called Ecco.  It is a barley drink that tastes like coffee, but it isn’t — just knew that I’d be a coffee drinker if I didn’t follow the Word of Wisdom.
  • The Bishop of San Ramón wears Crocs around everywhere and practices his broken English with me, just like everyone else.
  • It is also pretty freaking hot still, but the rain has cooled it down most days.
  • If Will was here, he’d probably be scarred for life since there are bugs everywhere and they range from tiny to about the size of Amelia’s fist.  We have cockroaches almost every day in our bathroom, which keeps me on my toes.  However, I have mastered using the broom to fling them into the wall; it is now a game for me that is quite fun.
  • Last night I also had this sweet drink that is basically a kind of cereal soaked in water to make a thick drink.  They drink it with cookies, and yes Mom and Dad, it is acceptable to have a cookie in your mouth and then have a drink to soften it up.  Soooooo delicious.  Also turns out that this drink is another something that the Incans drank as well quite often.  So yes, I have had yet more “Lamanite” food.

Also, I’d love it if you could send me some more ties.  I love the ones that I have, but there are a few that I don’t want to really use since they’re my favorites.  Send me as many ties as is reasonable, if you’d like, from perhaps DI or cheaper areas.  I don’t really care what kind of ties I get, I’d just like some more so that I can change up my wardrobe a bit, since ties are really the only things that look different.

Hope that everything is going well at home.  I know that this church is true and that the gospel is true.  I know now, without a doubt, that the Book of Mormon is true.  I love you all so much and pray that you are doing well.  Keep me updated on the state of affairs at home, as well as news.  Sure do love you all loads!

love,

Elder David

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