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!

The reason why my message this week is "In Case of Fire, Use Stairs." No railing, a gap between the stairs, and it winds around forever.

The reason why my message this week is “In Case of Fire, Use Stairs.” No railing, a gap between the stairs, and it winds around forever.

Whinnie, Pachis' other dog. He really loves me now. He's a fan of Nix wafer cookies and loves it when I pet him while he is sitting on the chair. He is pretty great.

Whinnie, Pachis’ other dog. He really loves me now. He’s a fan of Nix wafer cookies and loves it when I pet him while he is sitting on the chair. He is pretty great.

Mecano, our Pensionista's dog. He has a "Rey" (King) sticker on his back that Pachis put there. She called him "El Rey" all afternoon.

Mecano, our Pensionista’s dog. He has a “Rey” (King) sticker on his back that Pachis put there. She called him “El Rey” all afternoon.

Well, this week has been very standard. My companion has been sick to his stomach due to some kind of infection. He’s taking the awful pills that I had to take back in Cerro de Pasco in May. Those pills are awful because if you take the next one before the two hours are up, you will most likely throw up, like I did back in May! He’s feeling better now, but is still on the treatment. Luckily, I haven’t gotten that infection again, and I just get a mild case of the “siempres” every now and then.

Other than that, Elder Bonner and I had an adventure on Thursday. We had the opportunity to go to Pampas to get some stuff taken care of. I had to interview their baptismal candidate (an 18-year-old young woman that was really excited to get baptized) and Elder Bonner had to talk and verify their new Pension, talk with their old Pension, and check out a new room that they wanted to use (which they decided not to use because it was in a very awkward place and would be hard to keep clean). Everything was in tip-top shape by the time we left. I actually spent the day with Elder Cifuentes and we had a good time getting caught up.

We took tons of pictures of the ride there. The road there is super scary. About half of the 90 minute ride (well, in a car rushing around) is on a dirt road on top of the mountains. There were some pretty epic pictures that we got, but I figured it better to not send them because they might scare you. Also… Elder Bonner and I each took videos of what was going on as we were headed back. The driver was ZOOMING around the whole time (listening to Peruvian Huayno music) and we each thought we were going to die. After the mission, I will let you see the videos! Just confirms that I am in the Lord’s hands. Plus, if the Peruvians survive, so will I!

On the crazy ride to Pampas for a baptismal interview. It is a dirt road for more than half of the 1.5 hour ride. The worst was coming back into Huancayo at night...

On the crazy ride to Pampas for a baptismal interview. It is a dirt road for more than half of the 1.5 hour ride. The worst was coming back into Huancayo at night…

Well, we’re still working hard with the ward and are really enjoying the success that we’re seeing. There are plenty of things that need to get better, but it is coming along. I’m really happy that the Area is putting more focus on Activation in the wards so that all the great new members who join have a good experience and stay active. I got a real testimony of that in San Pedro.

I love it here so much and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me.

Well, I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

 Me and the statue "Danzante de Tijeras" or in English, "The Scissor Dancer" in Pampas. It's a pretty sweet statue.

Me and the statue “Danzante de Tijeras” or in English, “The Scissor Dancer” in Pampas. It’s a pretty sweet statue.

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