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!
This week has been a really good week. Transfers, as I expected, so the zone is pretty different. They actually divided our Zone and the Mantaro Zone. There’s a new zone called El Tambo. It will be pretty interesting in how that one zone will work with two different stakes. This new zone stole three of our areas: La Florida, Central, and Nuevo Horizonte. So our zone is smaller again. However, we got one new area called La Libertad 2, which is a division of the Asistant’s area. Elder Inkley, a new missionary gringo, is out there and he’s doing great! It was hard for me to realize how strong these new missionaries are! I talked with all four of the entering gringos and they are super excited and have such a strong spirit and desire to work. There are going to be some great things happening in this mission in the next two years, I can promise you all that!
Thursday, we just went to get to know the area and hang out. We went out with the jovenes (young adults) and just visited some less actives and I showed my companion around. We also had two baptismal interviews in Peñaloza. A 20 year-old girl who has a great testimony and is really strong and a nine-year-old that reminds me a lot of my old chubby self. It was a great day. Friday, we headed out to Pampas for another two baptismal interviews and ended up getting rained out. The rain, and it being Friday, caused the prices of each seat on the bus to jump up to 20 soles each seat. We even waited a while for things to calm down, but to no avail. So… I ended up paying 16 soles more than I should have to come out. Luckily this week I’ll be getting a pretty big reimbursement from the mission office since I’ve spent so much money on getting out to Pampas. I did get to interview two young brothers and they are totally ready. Unfortunately, the youngest suffered a really bad head injury and has problems remembering things. But that’s the beauty of the gospel — everyone can gain a testimony!
Saturday we headed out to a little tiny town that is part of the area. It is called Cullhuas. It isn’t officially a branch because there are no ordained elders in the group. It is dependent on the Chilca ward, so we went as part of an activity. We went down with the Bishop and several other members of the auxiliary organizations to talk about the gospel and watch the Testaments movie. It took a while to get things set up. We had to make do with what we had: a megaphone for sound that they wire-spliced to hook up to the sound mixer, the projector on a blue wall, and some gigantic windows that let in too much light. However, the Spirit was strong and there was a great turnout. We enjoyed the presence of 40 or so people and were able to testify of the Restoration and the divinity of the Book of Mormon. We dropped some pamphlets and will be making our way back out there some day soon. The town is really small and reminds me a lot of San Pedro de Cajas. (And just like San Pedro, they tried to poison me with weird potatoes and soup for refreshments.)
Things are going well here. We’re super excited for this transfer and we have tons of plans for things that we want to get done. I love the work and I love the Lord. All is well out here, even if there is a lot of confusion on procedure (which I totally brought up at Ward Counsel. — seriously LEADERS USE HANDBOOK 2!), the gospel is still true. The Spirit is here and I know it.
Well, I’m off to have an adventure! Have a great week!
with many llamas,