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.
So, Tuesday was a pretty great day. President Henderson did something I’d never seen done: we had a District Leader counsel/training! Usually (out here in Peru, not sure about other missions in the world) the Zone Leaders in the entire mission travel out to the HQ of the mission for a counsel meeting with the President, his wife, his assistants, and the office. In said counsel they talk all day long about things that missionaries need to know, changes in mission policy, announcements, etc and then come back and pass it on to the rest of us. On Tuesday, Pte Henderson did that with us District Leaders. We talked about our roles as leaders, went over some things that needed to be addressed, had some announcements, and had a cool training session. It was super cool learning a lot about how important we district leaders are, especially after six months of not being sure what I was supposed to do and feeling like the “report filter” that didn’t really do anything other than direct district meetings.
The counsel was awesome because we had a delicious lunch (some sweet spaghetti with garlic bread, the fanciest meal I’ve had my whole mission), an amazing dessert (HOME-MADE BROWNIES WITH FROSTING MADE BY Hma HENDERSON AND ICE CREAM — picture attached!), and we played some soccer. I was the best goalie on the field, but I was humiliated with one goal and had to walk off the field. But at least I’m getting better!
Wednesday, we had another day out of our area. Elder Torres and I had to go to Pampas again! We sat in the maldito (cursed) car with five grown men for an hour and a half to get to the area. It was hot. It was dusty (from lack of rain the days before). And it was a long ride. But then we got there and all was well. Elder Cifuentes and I went to the Casa Capilla (house chapel) to do the interview, and then Elder Torres and I left straight away. Another hour and a half in the car. Yay!
Thursday was a very standard day. We really enjoyed the lessons that we’ve had. The young men and women are still working very hard. I’m very proud of the missionaries that they’ve become in such a short time. When they hit full-time, they will be the power of their missions. I don’t really mind if I don’t have a ton of baptisms. I just love following the scripture in (I think) D&C 64 that says that we are putting down the foundation of a greater work and that small things always precede the great ones. Friday we had another interview for Peñaloza and that went well. We had two baptisms in our district. I don’t think that my area will have a baptism this month, but I really enjoyed the smaller things to strengthen the area first.
Saturday and Sunday there were a million parties out in the street that we had to deal with. It was crazy! There was one RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR ROOM THAT WENT UNTIL ABOUT 1:00 IN THE MORNING. Lots of drunken people all over the place and lots of awful saxophone music. They need some lessons!
Well, other than that there isn’t too much else to report. We’ve had a great week and I’m loving the work. Transfers are this week and I have no idea if I’m going or staying. It is really up in the air since Elder Torres and I have the same amount of time here in Chilca. Well, whatever happens, it will be an adventure and I will do my best to take advantage of it!
Well, I’m off to have an adventure! Have a wonderful adventure!
With many Llamas,