I Want the Snow!

Dear Family,

So, heard that it has been snowing at home.  I’m so jealous! I LOVE the snow and am dying in the heat here in Peru.  But that’s ok, I guess.

First off, I gotta say that Peruvian mannequins scare the heck out of me.  If “Doctor Who” wanted to make a really scary pilot episode, they should have used mannequins from Peru.  Also, I’ve seen several of the Chinese Cat toy-statue things here in San Ramon and they really really remind me of Sherlock, and also scare the heck out of me since I remember the connotation of those stupid cats.

Andrea (our pensionista Susanna’s daughter), who is 10 years old and reminds me of an Amelia and Will mix, has been playing a ton of New Super Mario Bros on her brother’s 3DS this week and it just reminds me too much of Will.  Last night, she also made a craft very similar to the things that Amelia used to make all the time at that age, so it really reminded me of her, too.

Also, I’ve fallen in love.  With homemade Pineapple Juice! Seriously.  It is SOOO good.  Peruvian music, even though the drum part is really starting to annoy me when it is all I can hear, is pretty groovy and very awesome.  Also, for Amelia: Peruvian Fried Rice, Choufa, is so much better than Panda Express’s fried rice.  I promise with all of my heart.  My Spanish is also coming along well, as many people are saying that I don’t sound like a Gringo and that they think that I have much more than 3.5 months in the field.  It’s a pretty sweet compliment.

Now for some experiences.  Last P-day, we got to go to a little mini-zoo as a District.  It was pretty fun, but not nearly as epic as the Hogle Zoo.  However, we were really really close to the animals, and the animals were all from the Jungle.  Since there really isn’t much else to send as pictures this week, I’ve attached two from that event.  One is of me holding a joven (young) boa and the other is of a really cute animal native to the jungle of which I can’t remember the name since the entire tour of the zoo was in Spanish and she used a lot of words that I didn’t recognize.  However, the meat that I’ve talked about before comes from them.  Not really a fan of the meat, but the animals sure are cute.  They also had a big El Mariposario, which is a big exhibit for butterflies.  Pretty cool, but the bug spray from one of the hermanas kept them all away.

At the zoo with a baby boa constrictor.

These guys aren’t as tasty as they look!

We had a pretty awesome spiritual experience on Saturday night.  First, though, we had a really weird experience with a man that told us that what we really need to do is collect alms to pay for the needs of people con necesidades.  His reasoning was that we are from God, and we wear white shirts, ties, and black pants.  It was a really weird situation.  Elder Espinoza smooth talked us out of the situation and we moved on.  It really made me reflect on a lot of things Grandpa has been sending me.

Anyway, the spiritual experience:  Earlier that morning, Elder Espinoza and I had to go to La Merced to have a baptismal interview for a girl named Kelly.  He said that her testimony is super energetic for being so new to the gospel, and she really wants to be baptized.  Her baptism, along with another convert of the Zone Leaders, was to be that night.  We had to come back later to give them the baptism clothing.  When we did, we arrived at the chapel to find that the girl was crying off in the corner.  We talked with her for a while, and she was upset that her parents wouldn’t give her permission to get baptized and that they wouldn’t accept the gospel.  Super sweet on her part.  We talked for a while, when I had the thought to share Isaiah 41:10:  “Fear not, for I am with thee.”  It was super sweet as she read it, and just started to cry.  I have some memorable tears in my Spanish Bible from that experience.  She knows that God will help her though her trial and that’s what we wanted to share.

Whelp, that’s all for this week.  Hope that all is well at home, with my friends, and with everyone else that has been part of my life for so long!  Remember that God loves you and that He only wants the best for each of us.

Love you all,


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