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…
Anyway, this week has been amazingly standard. We’re working hard and really loving all of the various things that we can do to help the Lord’s work move and grow. We had some pretty awesome lessons this week that really made me feel that my teaching abilities have grown. We have been teaching the four sisters from the Rios family the past few weeks. We’ve had troubles finding the second oldest and teaching her, but we’ve been able to teach the other three all of the other lessons. They live out in one of the towns that we have in our area called Huayucachi. It is really beautiful out there and is rather calm and very tranquilo as we’d say in Spanish. Anyway, this week we had an appointment with them and finally got the opportunity to talk with the second oldest sister. We learned that she had a hard time with religion after an experience where a bunch of “missionaries” from some random church showed up to her school and later baptized her somehow without her permission. We talked to her about that experience, and how it wasn’t her choice that time but this time around she could pray and gain a testimony and make a choice. Then we taught the Restoration to her through the introduction of the Book of Mormon and the Spirit removed any doubts that she had.
The best part of that whole experience was that all four of them showed up to church yesterday. But the coolest part of that part was that when asked when they were getting baptized, they all said the 24th of August. We’re excited for them.
Other than that, we’ve had a few surprises here in Peru, like all of the RANDOM festivals which bring out various crazy food carts (like ice cream machines rigged up to lawn mower motors, pineapple juice bicycles, etc) and kids selling things like popcorn and candy. We came across a dead, decaying, fly-infested dog, and plenty of other random surprises that I never imagined. It is really quite the adventure here in Huancayo.
La Pachis also switched houses. She’s now on the 5th floor of a brand new building that her cousin(?) is building. We had to carry her freaking washing machine up those stairs. ALL OF THOSE STAIRS. Her poor dogs aren’t allowed into the real part of the house. They sit in the stairwell and just cry and cry and cry (they deserve it since they were “raised bad” as Pachis always says) until they find their opportunity to sneak into the house. That usually doesn’t end well for them. Now we have to climb up those stairs three times a day so that we can eat food. Yay, Perú. But seriously, who lives on the 5th floor of a house?
Well, that’s basically it for this week. I’m really loving the mission, as I probably should. It is hard at times and lately I’ve been missing home for random things, but I’m doing well. Hard to believe that I almost have 13 months, but that’s how it rolls. Anyway, I’m off to have an adventure! Have a great week!
love, Elder VK