Many Things Stay the Same, but Changes Abound

Well, I’m still in Chilca. Yay! Elder Torres headed off to the super far away area of Los Andes 1 (about ten minutes from our area). I am with Elder (Carlos Javier) Cavero. He’s from el Callao in Lima. He’s a great missionary. He’s got two months out in the mission, so I’ll be finishing his training. He is also a temporary missionary out here in Huancayo. He’s actually heading out to the Boliva La Paz mission as soon as his visa arrives. Not sure when that will be, but we’ll have a blast until then!

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Councils, Interviews and Missionary Work — Oh Boy!

A standard trip to the Metro Market. We get some cookies, some drinks, and some other random junk. Those Milo Sandwich cookies are the BEST. If Milo isn't in the states, I don't know what I'll do. (Note from Mom: Elder Torres must have found a Coke bottle with his name from the Coke Create a Can ad campaign.)

A standard trip to the Metro Market. We get some cookies, some drinks, and some other random junk. Those Milo Sandwich cookies are the BEST. If Milo isn’t in the states, I don’t know what I’ll do. (Note from Mom: Elder Torres must have found a Coke bottle with his name from the Coke Create a Can ad campaign.)

Well, what a pretty good week! It has been quite an adventure this week especially with all of the things that have been going on. As always, the work has been going well, and I’m doing great! I really love how things are going here and always look forward to the new day.

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A Jedi’s Strength Flows From the Force

Well, we’re missionaries, but it is a pretty interesting comparison. A Missionary’s strength flows from the Spirit, which is a remarkable comparison. Just like Luke Skywalker, who has to learn to control the Force, we as missionaries have to learn to listen to the Spirit and to draw what we teach from that power. If we don’t, the message of the Gospel will never reach the heart of the person, as it is promised in 2 Nephi 33. I have really learned to rely on that power in our lessons and as we teach our investigators because they are God’s children, and He knows them better than I ever will.

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In Case of Fire, Use Stairs

The view from the roof of Pachis house. It is an awesome view -- we can see the whole valley.

The view from the roof of Pachis’ house. It is an awesome view — we can see the whole valley.

So, it occurred to me this week that our Pension’s home might not be a very safe place if there happens to be a fire. The stairwell spirals up and there are no railings. Oh, and all of the stairs are completely uneven. I think that it might be safer to jump from the fifth story window from where we chill than having to run down those stairs with risk of falling from clumsiness. However, I will say this: my habit of constantly tripping up the stairs is basically gone now that I’m completely used to going up uneven and often times non-smooth stairs this past year. Gonna be hard getting used to regular stairs when I get home, but I will be glad for American building inspectors — Granddad would never have approved of some of the building practices here!

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Wake Me Up When September Ends

Well, it has arrived. September. I am super excited that it is September because that means that we’re entering into the last cycle of the seasons that I’ll have on the mission. That means that there will no longer be any more rain that I will have to deal with as a missionary. Winter here means rainy season and rainy season means wet missionaries and less work done because we try to escape from the random storms that just happen. The weather is less predictable than Utah and even when it is raining like crazy, the whole sky could be blue in about 20 minutes.

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