Sorry to be so late in writing today! We’re in Tarma, and had trouble pulling out our monthly money at the ATM. The mission debit cards wouldn’t work, so I took out quite a bit from my personal checking account — 200 Soles which is like $75. I hope they have it fixed soon. And then we got here, and the mouse on the computer didn’t work. But, it is all good now.
So, the biggest news from me this week is that I have not been transferred, nor has my companion Elder Calle been transferred. Instead, we are staying put in San Pedro de Cajas and I have been promoted to District Leader.
Other than that, it has been a pretty standard week, so I don’t have any pictures but I’ll write about what has been going on.
Well, Tuesday night, at about 10:45 I got a call from my zone leaders and they told me, after a long pause, that I had been “promoted” to District Leader! I asked where, and they just told me that it was the exact same area as before: San Pedro de Cajas. So, now I’m district leader and have more responsibility. It’s still Elder Calle and me in San Pedro, and then Elder Meager and an Argentinian I haven’t met are in Junin.
This week was Semana Santa (Holy Week). It is so different from Easter celebrations at home. They hold parades, have Mass every day, and party all the time. It is freaking crazy. We didn’t have the chance to do much work because the party in San Pedro is one of the biggest in the region of Junin, and it is a small town so everything was packed.
The best part of the celebration was the massive amounts of chicken that we got to eat. Hna Maria made chicken every lunch and night from Thursday until Sunday, so we got a load of chicken and french fries. It was sooo tasty but I was sooo full after everything. She doesn’t usually feed us like that — we usually just get chicken on the weekends. Her restaurant was so full on Saturday, and that was just lunch. She had over 200 people enter her tiny restaurant. They made a killing.
Also, Saturday night, I did something I should have done a LONG time ago. I took Moroni’s Challenge. I’ve always known that the Book of Mormon was true, but I never really felt that burning testimony that I could see in others. I finally decided to do it — it was like Enos: “And my soul hungered.” I read all of Mormon (chapters 1-10) and really thought about what I was reading. Then I pondered the mercies of God in all of history and in my own life. Then I got down on my knees and cried to my Maker. I asked Him if the Book was true. I got an overwhelming response. My heart filled with joy and peace and the thought came to mind ,“Of course it is true.” Then the feeling filled my whole body and I wanted to just shout. Now I know without a doubt that this is the work of the Lord. I know it. And that was a pretty cool Easter gift.
The Zone leaders said that they have a package for me, so that must be my Easter package. It’s been frustrating — I know it’s been in the office since the first week of March. However, the Zone Leaders are off to Lima, so I may or may not get the package this week. Elder Calle and I will enjoy it when it finally arrives!
Well, I’m off to have an adventure! Have no idea what is going to happen today, but it should be great! We had our first big adventure which was to get from San Pedro to Tarma — traveling in a really old car on a bumpy road is really a crazy way to start each week.
Love you all loads!