Well, I’m approaching a year and with another transfer of eight weeks this transfer, the math makes it look like I’ll be coming home in a year from this week or last, depending on how it actually turns out. That’s pretty darned crazy, but that’s how it rolls. Can’t honestly believe that the time has gone by so fast. And now that I’m basically on the ‘bajada’ or ‘down-hill’ part of the mission, it will probably end up going faster. Can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me this next year. I hope I’m ready for it.
This has been a pretty great week. We are still getting a ton of help from the young people in our ward and they are really excited to get their friends to church. At this rate, if we can start baptizing full families or the rest of their families, they’ll have a stake in about two years in the area that we have. How freaking awesome would that be? They are all really, really excited about the work and really enjoy preaching the gospel. We’ve seen several of the young men and women head out to the streets with Book of Mormon in hand ready to preach the gospel to their friends. It is honestly amazing how I can help influence these young people to do so much good. I am so excited to see what we can all do together.
In other news we had three baptisms this week. Two of them are cousins and they are named Kris and Oliver. They came to us on Sunday and said, ‘Baptize us, we believe it all because the missionaries already taught us.’ They weren’t baptized before because their parents didn’t give their consent for baptism. They finally received their parents’ blessing and wanted to be baptized together. So, we went over Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Article of Faith 4, basically), did the pre-interview, and we baptized them. It was great. The other baptism was Diego, a cousin of a returned missionary in our ward and friend of Jesús and Diego (my first baptism here in Chilca). He wasn’t so sure about getting baptized for quite some time, but we kept visiting him and sending the young men and women over to his house. Then this week, after teaching Oliver and Kris, we felt the need to go visit Diego as a massive youth force. We talked and had a really powerful spiritual experience and all of the young people offered all of their help. He decided to get baptized. So we had the interviews and got the baptismal service ready. The service was really simple (especially since they lock up Hymnals in a closet in every chapel in Perú!) but the Spirit was strong. Oliver’s dad, after the service, hugged his son for about five minutes just crying. Then he thanked my companion and me for helping his son change and begged us to keep helping him. I told him he was in good Hands.
Other than that, there isn’t really a ton of interesting things going on.
Our last P-Day was pretty fun. We went to a place called Miraflores which is up in the mountains. We were surrounded by trees up in a canyon and really enjoyed a lot of the calmness of nature (well, when we couldn’t hear Peruvian Huayno music from the ‘resort’) and a good chunk of Futbol. It was a pretty nice P-Day especially when we found the pine trees.
Well that’s basically it. I love reading your letters — I can’t believe Dorothy and all her AP tests. She should be really proud of herself. Hope that you’ve all had a good week and that you’ll have a great week this week.
Love to you all.
Well, I’m off to have an adventure!