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.
That brings me to this week’s news. It rained like crazy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Each day got progressively worse. There was THUNDER and LIGHTENING (which I absolutely loved, but was also very frightening because we are at a pretty high altitude), downpours, and rain throughout the night. It was the first time here in Huancayo that we actually had to find some place to be inside just to keep from being wet. It was also the first time that I actually felt cold here in this area. It was really refreshing, and I loved it, but as missionaries and servants of the Lord, rain makes it hard to get anything done. But, we’re cheerful and happy to keep working.
I have to say that my favorite moment of the week, however, was Ward Council yesterday. We were finally invited to the ward council of our ward. We were given about 40 minutes to talk about some of our ideas and to inspire the rest of the council. We also talked about how the ward needs to work harder if they want more missionaries in their ward. The main thing that we explained is that we are only here to help them. They are in charge of finding people to teach, making plans to meet their goals as a ward, and well, the work of salvation in their area. That was one thing that I really focused on. I don’t think that we should call missionary work “missionary work” any longer as a Church. This work isn’t just bringing people to a new church, we’re bringing them to a whole new lifestyle that will change them forever. But most importantly, we are helping them receive sacred ordinances and make sacred and eternal covenants with God that will bring them to Salvation and Exaltation if they stay strong. I told the members of the council that, and the Spirit suddenly filled the room and all of the members had a new attitude about the work in their ward. We’ve made plans and we’re hoping to see some serious progress in coming months. It was absolutely amazing.
Well, that’s basically it for this week. We’re excited for the work and we sure do love it out here in Chilca. I know that I didn’t somehow deserve to struggle in my last area, nor to have all of this success. The Lord is providing me with these opportunities to learn and enjoy the work. I am here to learn, because the mission is just an extension of life. Happiness doesn’t just “come.” Happiness is the way you choose to see life even when it is really hard.
Well, I’m off to have an adventure! Have a great week!
With many llamas,
Elder David Van Komen