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.
When we arrived in Lima, we headed to the Peru Lima East mission home, just to chill for a while while Elder Larson and Elder Barney (personal secretary and assistant here in Huancayo) got our dinner — a huge container of fried rice that could feed a whole Peruvian family and we all got one each! I met with a bunch of other missionaries that I both knew and that I didn’t know while we were there. It was really fun to see Elder Hancock because when he talked to me and asked how I was doing, he took a moment to preach to me about how Heavenly Father has a plan for me, which I know is true. I promise I didn’t complain about the mission! I think I even said, “I’m in Huancayo having a blast as a District Leader.” He was a good Zone Leader back in Tarma so I didn’t really mind. And it was a good reminder from someone else that God really does have a plan for me, something that I know is absolutely certain.
After that, we headed to the Hotel Yeya’s to stay the night. It is owned by members so they give a really good deal to missionaries that come in for immigrations. I was in a room with Elder Montgomery and two Mexican elders, Elder Serrano and Elder Mendez. It was a pretty nice room, except that everything was pink.
The next day we woke up and headed to the wonderful immigrations building that I had gone to almost exactly a year earlier. It was a lot easier this time and we didn’t have to wait seven hours. We waited more like five and got to sit down for a big portion of the wait. But, I’m still legal in Peru, so that’s what matters. After that we headed to the Lima Temple to eat in the visiting building on the campus. Then we bought some stuff (like three different church DVD sets that I wanted to get that cost me a total of three dollars) and went to the store across the street from the temple and then to Totus. They we chilled the rest of the day at the hotel talking about awesome things (I really enjoy Elder Barney’s and Elder Larson’s company), and sleeping. Then we got up in the morning and headed to a different bus company called Oltursa. Oltursa is a bit nerve-wracking because they are very picky and only accept original documents to get on their services. Luckily, we had our passports so there was no problem in getting on. We just had to wait two extra hours since the bus was broken when we arrived. However, we were in the VIP lounge and got fed breakfast and watched a bit of Disney XD: Marvel Universe where I learned that the super hero shows like the Amazing Spider-man are not nearly as funny in Spanish. Then we got on the bus and headed back to Huancayo.
This week we didn’t have a ton of adventures other than my trip to Lima. My companion was with Elder Bonner since Elder Padula had to come to Lima with me. They went to every appointment, every plan, and every other thing that they could do, but nothing happened. At all. Not a single lesson. They just didn’t have any success those three days that we were gone. It was rather sad, but we’ll be fine. We’re still working with a bunch of people. This week we have the Rios sisters’ baptism planned and I’m super excited because they’re really awesome people. We have a bunch of others and we actually received a ton of references and are super excited to work with them.
It is a great time to be a missionary because we are really trying to “Catch the Wave” and I’m not going to let go. It is too fun to work for the Lord.
Well, I’m off to have an adventure! Have a great week! Love you all!
Elder Van Komen
Here’s a tour of the Chilca apartment: