There’s So Much in This World to Learn

Seriously. There is SO much in this world that we can learn. Perú has really made me realize that. When you think that you know a lot, that’s when you are most wrong. There are always things that you can learn no matter how old or young you are. This is really illustrated by an example that Elder Boyd K. Packer gave at some kind of conference a while ago. First, he drew a line across a whiteboard with a 0% written at one end and 100% written at the other. He said that the line represents the knowledge of God (if you can imagine a single line representing the knowledge of an all-knowing being) and asked each of the people in the audience to think about where they would be. Before long, he drew a little tiny line on the line and said that that was where he was. Now, the line wasn’t near the middle, nor a fourth of the way, but rather was RIGHT next to 0%. He then said, “Now, this is where I am. Where are all of you?”

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I’m Never Letting Go

Well, this week has been one of the fastest weeks of my mission. You wanna know why? I went to Lima for immigration papers and stuff! Yay! The Zone Leaders (since they share the same pension as us) told me on Tuesday that I would be headed to Lima on Thursday to renew my Peruvian ID card that lets me stay here longer than a tourist. So, after some hard work the two days that we were in Chilca, I headed off to Lima in the Cruz del Sur tourist company bus. It was a pretty sweet bus. The seats were huge and super comfortable. They also had these tablets running the oldest version of Android software that I remember that they programmed to only allow movies, music, books, and an internet browser. We were good missionaries, though, only used them for LDS.org and the mission blog. The ride took forever, and we arrived at Lima late in the night.

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Just a Normal Week in Huancayo

Well, it has been another week in Huancayo. We’re having a blast and are really enjoying all of the many surprises that Huancayo and, well, Perú in general have to offer. For starters, we thoroughly enjoyed a Santiago/Fiesta that was basically right outside our window. Well, it wasn’t actually RIGHT outside our window, but it sure did seem that way. It was actually behind the houses across the street, so even though we couldn’t see it, we sure could hear it! I do not love having a hard time going to sleep some nights, but at least THEY enjoyed themselves. It makes me wonder how Perú would be with sound ordinance laws…

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Huaytapallana: My Death this Week

So, this email is later than normal this week (4pm MDT rather than 10am!) because this morning we went to the highest mountain in the Huancayo region of Peru. The mountain is named Huaytapallana and in Quechua means “place to pick flowers.” However, there are absolutely no flowers! And there’s some kind of curse on the mountain that if you take flowers from the mountain, you will personally cause a TON of rain and miserable weather in the valley… Not sure if that curse is true, but it was a great hike! We hiked for about three hours on the uphill direction and an hour and a half on the downhill. There is a gigantic glacier that we figured had been around since the ice age and that there are probably some pretty fantastic creatures buried under the ice that we have never known existed! Well, maybe I’m just exaggerating this time, but whatever. (from Mom: David spelled it ‘exadurating’ — he is officially losing his English, I think!)

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